by Lita Hazarika.
Photo Credit: Sankar Hazarika
It was a cold breezy November morning when we decided to go to Mawphlang and visit the Sacred Grove. Mawphlang is the one of the sites of the Sacred Groves of Meghalaya, which are fragments of forests that are protected by the local communities for religious purposes. These places are very rich in plants, birds and mammals as well as spiritual centers for the people of Meghalaya.
Cherrapunji is locally known as Sohra, which was mispronounced by the British as “Churra”. This brought about the current name Cherrapunji or the ‘land of oranges’. The drive to Cherrapunji is quite scenic. It is easy to forget that one is in India while driving amid the rolling hills and picturesque grasslands that the journey has to offer. It is no wonder that Shillong and the Khasi hills were referred to as the ‘Scotland of the east’ by the British. The panoramic views along the way are indeed a spectacle to behold.
Cooking from Meghalaya.
We bought the tomatoes on our way to Cherrapunjee and took the recipe from the young girl who was sold them to us. In Khasi these tomatoes are called ‘sohba’. They grow on trees therefore they are known as “tree tomatoes”.
by Lita Hazarika.
Photo Credit: Sankar Hazarika.
Meghalaya offers some of the most scenic trekking routes in India. The Rhododendron Trek is a 6 km walk that starts at Upper Shillong and ends at Ka Madan Sangmeiñ. This is an old horse route that was used by the British to travel to Sangmeiñ from Upper Shillong. The walk is open until sunset on Sundays, Saturdays and Wednesdays from October till April.
We started from Guwahati at 7.30 am and halted at Barapani for a cuppa in a small teashop by the side of ‘Breeze’ with ‘Jingbam and Puri’ written on the signboard. Jingbam in Khasi means ‘snacks’. Incidentally, nothing can beat a cup of steaming tea poured out of shiny aluminum kettles in these cozy little shops. While sipping our tea a gutsy wind started blowing and this continued till our starting point, which compelled us to pull out our jackets. The wind was strong, cold and dusty.
by Akanksha Kakati.
Nakham. Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/leekhoailang
Meghalaya (translated from Sanskrit as the abode of clouds) is known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ due its rolling hills and picturesque beauty. It is home to three major tribal communities namely Garo, Khasi and Jaintia. Aside from these there are many other tribal communities such as the Koch, Boro, Dimasa, Hajong, Lakhar, Hmar, Mikir, Rabha, Nepali, etc. Continue reading