“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
The 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.
Here 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!
Here, 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.
Here meandering in a beguiling fashion through the dense forest is the way to excitement and beauty.
No wonder, Khasi hills are a perfect playground for those who like to wander.
Here 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.
As 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.