India Travel Photography

Nongriat, Meghalaya: In Photos

“This north-east Indian village with root bridges is by far the best place I’ve seen in your country.”

I still remember how my friend expressed his excitement, as we clambered over the lofty and vainglorious mountains of Uttarakhand, last year. His voice – a perfect invitation for me to amble – kept reverberating in my head until I finally set off to see this place.

From being a place where it rains (almost) the most in the world to being home to one of the friendliest tribal communities in India – there are many reasons why you should visit Nongriat. But the undisputed highlights are its lush forest, magnificent valleys, countless natural pools, and the living root bridges. Here, some unforgettable moments I clicked in and around Nongriat (eastern Khasi Hills). This is…

Village Nongriat, In Photos

 

nongriatThe entire east Khasi Hills in Meghalaya is like a secluded oasis of silence in the vastness of nature. And Nongriat – with its less than 10 houses – is like a sleepy settlement deep inside it.

The waterfalls in our country may not be the tallest, but their beauty is rare. And ‘Nohkalikai Falls’ in Meghalaya is a perfect example of that, which creates an ever arresting view of immensity and spectacle.

nongriat peopleHere people are always happy to have their picture clicked and then checking it out to give you feedback.

Many visit Nongriat to explore its incomparable beauty but end up losing their heart to the pure and refreshing innocence of its children.

…who always seem interested in knowing more about the outside world!

village peopleHere, every encounter with a local makes you feel like this is how we’re supposed to live and rejoice our life. It is one of those whimsical places where childhood dreams – full of magic and serenity – come true.

nongriat kidsHere meandering in a beguiling fashion through the dense forest is the way to excitement and beauty.

khasi hillsNo wonder, Khasi hills are a perfect playground for those who like to wander.

khasi womanHere chewing Betel Nuts is not a habit but more of a fashion. One can find indigenous Khasi women chewing them all day as they impart an attractive reddish stain on their lips.

nautral poolAs you’d stumble upon a collection of pools with crystal clear water, your heart would want you to do what this place is meant for – getting a free fish pedicure while enjoying the luxury of stillness.

Update March 2020: I revisited Nongiat in January 2020 and was totally startled to see its state. Overtourism has killed the place. Where last time I found local families in Nongriat too welcoming and heart-warming to be true, this time they were too busy to even speak to. Kids were busy selling fake ‘natural honey’. The root-bridge was slowly dying. Read More: Nongriat Isn’t Worth Visiting Anymore.

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After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!

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  2. Idaintyit

    Oh wow this place is such a stunning natural beauty! What an amazing place, I would love to sit at the water and have a fish pedicure! Looks like the most relaxing place on earth

  3. Amazing photos Dev! Great scenic shots that make me want to go here NOW. My favourite is the man smoking – amazing that you captured that!

  4. Your pictures are breathtaking they say a story with no words. I wish I could go to India one day it seems fascinating.

    • Well, its the people who tell the story. I just capture their emotions and try to give them a few words.

  5. Your photos stunning is like they say a story with no words. I wish I could go to India one day it seems fascinating.

  6. Woow your photos are amazing is like they say a story with no words. I wish I could go to India one day it seems fascinating.

  7. Ami Rose

    I always love reading your posts and seeing the photos that you take. You always capture the emotion perfectly.

    Ami xxx

  8. Great post and your photos are amazing! You have really captured everything so well.

  9. Florence

    Man, your pictures are stunning! Really! I wish I could travel around India with you and pick up some advices!!
    Love all of them !

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  10. Nongriat, even the name sounds so exotic and mysterious that makes me put the place on my bucket list. awesome photos, breathtaking

  11. Such a great photos and writing. We don’t see this everyday, we are used to living in our comfort surrounding that we forget about this places. Thanks for sharing this amazing photos and post.

  12. WOW! These photos are amazing. Such an interesting insight. The colours are captured so well. I always get so afraid to capture people in their raw forms incase they were to get offended. Such a silly fear. You do it so well!

  13. I have been seeing more and more of India, and rightfully so. If by population alone, then it follows that there would be many Indians blogging. Having said that, I thought the last photo with a pool of water was made amazing by the rock formations!

  14. Lily Travella

    You’re an amazing photographer! Your photos really capture an atmosphere and give character!

  15. I love your photography, especially the close-ups, good post!

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  16. Christine K

    Love your blog and the photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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