On days that Nature finds fitting for an exhibition; Blades of grass, dust in the air and the surface of the lakes are illuminated with golden light. The ever-present gentle breeze is humbled by the glorious setting of the sun as it bathes these rolling hills. Lum Kyllang, Lum Symper, Mawten / Mawkyrwat, Lum Nohkrek, Rambrai, Mawdoh, and even the great Himalaya’s can be seen before night fall. One might witness children playing football in between two gently sloped hills and amid the sounds of cowbells ringing. Evenings around in Mawphanlur can be quite eventful.
Around dusk, if fortunate, there are children playful yet shy; jumping about, splashing water and sitting on the banks with fishing rods. Find shelter in one of the humble cottages at the Traveller’s Nest and receive a warm and hearty home cooked meal. Piping hot steamed rice, dal, home fried potatoes and a local chicken curry. One can see the moon rising from the horizon and into the clouds right outside the window. At night a few houses can be seen with their low intensity bulbs glimmering from a moderately great distance.
Around dawn, a walk to the hill where one can see Lum Kyllang is a must. The water in the lake beside the hill is as still as death itself. On such mornings the mist soon blankets the entire Village. Silence once again. It’s good to hear thoughts, once in a while.
The Mawphanlur Traveller’s Nest is owned and managed by Mawphanlur Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited comprising of enterprising individuals from the village and led by the every smiling ‘Bah Syiemlieh’.
Activities for Guests –
- Flat water kayaking
- Pond fishing
- Star gazing using telescopes
- Extended walks
- Traditional Khasi musicians
- Folk Tales over campfires
- Panoramic views
Overnight Package- Itinerary:
8:00 am – Depart for Mawphanlur Village from Shillong.
11:00 am – Arrive at Mawphanlur. Check in at the Traveller’s Nest where light refreshments will be served followed by lunch after you have settled in.
12:30 pm – Trek around the legendary Hills of Mawthadrishan.
5:00 pm – Evening tea will be served.
8:30 pm – Dinner will be served. Meals will be served in local styles.
Bonfire and Overnight stay.
8:00 am – Breakfast will be served.
9:00 am – Kayaking and angling in the ponds atop the hills.
12:00 pm – Lunch will be served.
1:00 pm – Continue with the activities.
4:30 pm – Checkout and depart for Shillong.