Such an enchanting place to visit. Nongriat, to me was definitely worth the three thousand and more steps, down and up. We started from Sohra early in the morning where the cab driver dropped us at the point where it was downhill all the way. What worried me more was coming back up the same way. So I would advise making staying back an essential option for this trip. The guest house is comfortable and it's wise to call before incase it is full. Mosquito repellents are must haves. Beware of scary moths in the room if the windows are opened.The food is delicious, simple and wholesome and there is a tendency that one can overeat as well. Butterflies of so many different colours and sizes make you think you are living in a fairy tale. Nongriat is a haven for people who need to relax and take time off. The living root bridges along the way are amazing. The iron bridges were a little scary though but the view from them is superb. The double decker bridge is definitely the star of the trip but you'll find the other things along the way are equally beautiful stars. A nice swim can be enjoyed near the waterfall close to the bridge. If you're up for more adventure, there is a different way of going back up. This route leads to the beautiful Nohkalikai falls. But if, you think it's a better way of avoiding the steps like I did, then you're in for a big treat. A firm, sturdy stick is necessary, not to chase wild animals, but to clear the big spiders and their webs along the way. Some parts along the way are unpaved but that's what makes the whole trip adventurous. And yes, sometimes, you would just feel like giving up and going back the same way you came from, also realising that you had come too far to go back. But, ofcourse, this is not a warning to deter anyone else from taking this route. It is just simple good advice. The time taken from heading from the guest house till the nohkalikai falls is approximately 5 hours going up with short 5 to 10 minutes stops taking pictures and catching your breath. There is the beautiful "rainbow waterfall" on that same route. There you can spend sometime relishing the beauty of the place. It gets a little steep and slippery on nearing the top. A little extra care is always helpful. On reaching the top, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the nohkalikai falls viewpoint, with some hot tea and honey. This trip is amazing. It gave me a good feeling, a sense of accomplishment! If I had to go again? I'd wait for a few years more but I would definitely! All the best and enjoy!
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