A trip to Meghalaya should atleast be a 5 days so that it allows students to explore these activities curated for this module comfortably, with clear learning outcomes.
Given below are a few activities that can be conducted at this destination, along with the appropriate age group. Our forte is customisation, so feel free to select ONE, ALL or ANY combination of the below activities to design a trip unique to your curriculum and experiential learning needs.
The living root bridges are perfect examples of natural living art. The aerial roots of trees such as the rubber fig tree are manipulated to be able to form a bridge like structure, reaching across to the other side. These trees thrive along streams and fast-flowing rivers in the Karst landscape. In some places in Meghalaya there are even double, and triple Decker bridges that exist! Each bridge takes approximately 15 years to complete, but can exist as long as the tree they originate from remains healthy. Some trees can be more than a hundred years old, and thus, so can these bridges!
The students will go on a one day trek where they will come across these bridges, and get to explore these natural architectural marvels.
Meghalaya is home to some of the longest caves in the world!
The heavy rainfall, combined with favourable deposits such as limestone, have resulted in breathtaking cave formations. Recently, it has also been discovered that the stalagmite layers in caves can be used to discover what climatic conditions existed in the past. Scientists are now trying to see if they can use the data to find what the climate was like in the Holocene Period, when mammoths and giant sloths roamed the world! The students will get to see these and several other cave formations, and also observe the unique organisms that have evolved in the cave habitat.
The students will be trained in horizontal as well as vertical caving techniques,in order to learn the proper use of ropes for cave exploration. Apart from a great life skill activity, it also has curricular links to geography and the environment.
Best quality caving and safety gear will be provided and will be conducted by certified instructors with years of experience in handling varied age groups.
Riverbed canyoning is an adrenaline packed activity where the students will learn to navigate through the river using hiking, jumping, and techniques using ropes. This activity will not only develop the orienteering skills, but also instill a level of confidence that can only come from traversing the river and overcoming all the challenges it has to offer.
Associated with one of the most famous Khasi legends, the Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest plunge waterfall in India. The 335m high falls culminate in an unusual yet beautiful emerald coloured pool. The students will get to spend a few hours to take in the stunning landscape.
Meghalaya is known as a tribal state because tribes make up a large part of it’s population demographics. The same can be said for most of the other states in the North East. A visit to the Don Bosco Centre is a cultural must as it has developed as a space to represent all the indigenous cultures in the North East. The students will get the opportunity to explore the different ways that the tribal people go about their lives, and the cultural aspects that make up their rich heritage.
The rich mineral deposits found in Meghalaya have made it extremely vulnerable to human activities such as quarrying. This not only strips the land of the flora and fauna, but also has an extremely damaging effect on water quality as well as cave systems. Krem Mawmluh is one of significant importance not only because of its spectacular cave structure, but because of the effect of anthropological activities that has affected this cave system.
Once a cave of almost 10 kms in length, unscientific quarrying for limestone caused a major portion of the cave to collapse. Now only 4 km of the cave can be explored, and rest of the cave system is completely inaccessible. Nevertheless, what can be explored is still a beautiful example of cave development and a reminder of the importance of cave conservation.