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Thekkady - God is the most beautiful, and beauty is the expression of God.

ThekkadyThekkady a perfect destination for all type of travelers in south India. If you are a nature lover and are looking for a place to cool yourself off of the hustle and bustle of day to day life, Thekkady would be a great choice for you.  Look forward to days of relaxation, gorgeous views, spice plantations, and a lot of thrill and adventure to your Kerala trip with Thekkady on your travel route. With its breathtaking beauty, cozy climate, and diverse wildlife, greenery, beautiful land the place would calm your mind and purify your being. The evergreen and semi-evergreen forest which is bordered by the Western Ghats offers so many places to visit in Thekkady with varied terrain and diverse vegetation. The soothing effect that these places can bring is unparalleled. Hence it is considered one of the best tourist locations in Kerala.  Information About ThekkadyThekkady is also called Periyar and sometimes known as Kumily too. Kumily is the place where we normally stay and Thekkady i…

David Scott Trail

David Scott Trail to Meghalaya

An old trekking route and one of the most popular trekking route in Meghalaya, in Shillong Northeast region of India. David Scott was a British administrator who operated in and around the Khasi hills for nearly thirty years (1802-1832). This 16-km trek is a part of the famous horse-cart track that he built, which stretches from Cherrapunjee to Bangladesh and is named after him "David Scott Trail". This trail route is separated into smaller trekking route and the trail between the place called Mawphlang and Lad Mawphlang, is the most famous one. This route covers the lovely terrain of Eastern Khasi Hills. My favorite destination Meghalaya as always i wants to explore more & more and trying to give you all beautiful places information. Meghalaya has always been one of our favorite destination in Northeast India. 

Information About David Scott Trail for Trekking
  • Trek Distance: 16 Kilometres
  • Time Taken: 04 - 05 Hours Approx
  • Altitude: 4890 Ft.
  • Trek Condition: Muddy trail with a few rocky sections
  • Trek Gradient: Easy-Moderate. Gradual descent for 1 hour followed by flat walk for about 2-3 hours. Gradual ascent for the last 1 hour.
  • Drinking Water: Carry with you 02 liter water bottle & en-route you can refill it near by Umiam Lake starting point. This point is after 02 km your starting trekking point.

Explore Beauty of David Scott Trail
This trek is blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty & wonders such as cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams gushing down from mountains, woods & rocks sculpting the enormous landscape, Khasi villages, scenic valleys, dense forests. Camps can be set to treat the eyes to the stunning views of lush rugged Umiam valley. Captured the beauty to click memorable photographs here.

Location of David Scott Trail
  • The trek starts between 02 famous village of Khasi Hills at Mawphlang and end at Lad-Mawphlang.
  • Mawphlang is around 24 km from Shillong capital of Meghalaya. You can easily reach to hire taxi. 
  • The exit of the trek, Lad Mawphlang village is near by Sohra or Cherrapunji. Take vehicle you can directly reach at Cherrapunji. 

Lets Start Trekking with RV of David Scott Trail
The good thing of this trek is we can start trekking from both side of village, starting from Mawphlang village makes it more of a descending trail. Start trekking Mawphlang village and till you notice a resting place called ‘Ka Kor Ka Shonmai’. This is named after a daughter of Dorsing Lyngdoh, the 1st Lyngdoh with the British, and acts as the primary trail identification point for the David Scott’s Trail. Follow the mud path winding down for another 02 km to a place called Mawsahep, where you find a Tomb. This tomb was erected in 1843 in the memory of a Child fondly called Camilla. Here you can also refill your water bottle & take rest.

Continue trekking follow a winding path overlooking Umiam river, Simpanghang Falls and part of Mawphlang Dam. ‘Umiam’ quite literally translates into the flood of tears. According to legends, the river was formed by the tears of a sister who came down from the heaven losing her sibling en-route. After 03 km trek Walk through the hanging bridge over the Umiam river. This military-built bridge acts as the perfect entry into the forest. It will take 20 minute to cross this bridge. En route explore the beauty of hills, forest, natural and take photographs. 

History of David Scott Trail
David Scott was one of the first British English Officer, who was sent to Northeast India during the British Period during the East India Company Rule. His operations stretched for almost 30 years (1802-1832) and were mostly in the Khasi Hills and the surrounding areas. Under his order, a horse cart trail was laid down across the hills and jungles from Assam to Sylhet in Bangaladesh. Earlier Sylhet was part of India. This route was almost 100 km long and was used to carry goods from 01 place to another place. His services as the Commissioner of Revenue Circuits on the north east frontier covered areas that are modern day Bangladesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
This route was also the cause of the war between U Tirot Singh, king of Khadsawphra Syiemship and the British. The Anglo-Khasi War went continue 4 years. The Khasis tribe people lacked firearms and had only bows and arrows, swords and shields and were obviously untrained in the British way of warfare. Tirot Singh and the other Khasi leaders soon found out that they were no match for the well trained British soldiers and so resorted to guerrilla warfare. This continued for 4 years until Tirot Singh was captured and deported to Bangladesh, where he died in 1835 & his life was ended in Bangladesh. 

Best Time for Trekking of David Scott Trail
You can go for round the year but  would like to suggest trekking in winter session October - March. You can plan a overnight stay in forest & do camping at night in forest area, best place for camping near Ladmawphlang village. Winter time temperatures drop 3-4 degrees Celsius, take additional precautions, carry sufficient warm clothes.

How to Reach Shillong, Meghalaya 

By Air: Meghalaya’s only airport is in Umroi which is around 35km from Shillong. Due to its poor connectivity, the other International airport that people use to travel to Meghalaya is the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati which is 128 km from Shillong. 

By Rail: There’s no train station in Meghalaya and subsequently, no railways lines as well. The closest one is in Guwahati. It’s roughly 110 km away from Shillong and can be used to arrive at the capital of Meghalaya. The Guwahati station is well connected with all the other cities in India and is often used as a conduit into the state of Meghalaya too.

By Road: Meghalaya Transport Corporation is well connected to several cities within the state as well as neighboring states. The highway that connects Guwahati to Shillong is NH-40 and it is well-maintained and easy to navigate. If you want to go sightseeing, then you can book a cab to take you around. Travelling by road in Meghalaya during the monsoons however can prove to be a bit challenging because of slick roads, but otherwise, this is a good way to reach the state.



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