A Meghalaya Homestay for Journey Lovers


Began to fight the shortage of job alternatives on this Meghalaya village, Traveller’s Nest is an ideal place for journey lovers who want to strive every little thing from caving and canyoning to waterfall treks.

Amid dense forests and enchanting landscapes is a small village referred to as Mawlyngbna booming with life. Nestled within the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the area is famend for its residing root bridges, the place nature intertwines with human ingenuity. Journey fanatics can partake in trekking, mountaineering, rappelling, exploring the undulating hills and discovering hidden waterfalls like Kyntang. 

Whereas the world boasts wealthy landscapes and wonder, it remained comparatively unknown for a few years. With restricted avenues for earnings, the youth of the village struggled to outlive. Apart from farming, there have been few work alternatives.

In an effort to deal with this concern and enhance tourism within the space, Bisharlang Kharnaior initiated Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest—a homestay that gives perception into the village’s tradition and presents a plethora of actions, together with tenting, canoeing, and wildlife treks.

“Mawlyngbna is a small village however it’s bursting with actions and life. Nonetheless, for a few years, it remained unknown to the world. We wish to open it to extra folks and produce extra tourism within the village,” Bisharlang tells The Higher India. 

‘Our homestay displays Mawlyngbna’

The place offers a plethora of activities, including camping, canoeing, and wildlife treks.
The place presents a plethora of actions, together with tenting, canoeing, and wildlife treks. Image credit score: Bishar

Born and raised in Mawlyngbna, Bisharlang, affectionately referred to as Bishar, grew up in his serene village, cherishing the simplicity of life.

As he navigated the complexities of maturity, he discovered contentment in his days as a beekeeper.

“I used to be glad with no matter my household and I had been incomes, however I might see that there have been quite a few untapped alternatives for the youth. In addition to farming, there have been nearly no different work choices,” he displays.

Observing the youth departing from the village, Bishar felt an pressing must take motion. “My sentiments had been shared by many within the village, and we got here collectively to discover a answer,” he recollects.

With collective efforts from the villagers, the Mawlyngbna Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd was established. “Regardless of our breathtaking panorama, our existence was comparatively unknown to the broader world. The youth confronted the dilemma of both leaving the village or struggling for survival. The cooperative society aimed to create new avenues for earnings technology,” he explains.

“Once we had been brainstorming, the primary thought that struck us was to advertise tourism within the village. Elevated tourism not solely advantages the village straight but in addition contributes to the expansion of native companies,” he opines.

“One among my buddies from Shilling who was within the tourism trade was the one who gave us the braveness to take the leap. He helped us with organising the property,” he informs. 

Underneath the society’s umbrella, Bisharlang initiated Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest, a singular mixture of a homestay and tenting website for vacationers.

“There’s a lot to see and discover within the space however most individuals flock to the mainstream hills station. We wished to do one thing that pulls vacationers and that is how the thought of an journey camp got here up,” he says. 

“Underneath the society, we’re 240 members who work in bringing new job avenues for folks. By the homestay and camp alone, we now have skilled 40 folks in numerous duties like hospitality, housekeeping and trek guiding and given them jobs on the homestay,” he says. 

Journey, nature and tradition

Speaking concerning the preliminary response of the vacationers, Bishar says, “We began again in 2014, whereas it was a very good dream, the preliminary response was not how we anticipated,” he says. 

The activities at the homestay are divided into two categories based in seasons.
The actions on the homestay are divided into two classes primarily based on seasons. Image credit score: Bishar

Whereas there have been lots of thrilling issues that the place needed to supply, a lack of understanding prevailed. “It was through Fb and Google search that just a few folks began to go to us. With phrase of mouth, we began getting increasingly guests,” he says. 

“We’ve got hosted practically 300 folks this 12 months alone. The recognition has elevated and we get lots of inquiries,” he provides. 

Speaking concerning the numerous actions that the homestay presents, he says, “We’ve got just a few actions at our homestays. We’ve got divided them in accordance with the season — monsoons and winters. Most of them are associated to water sports activities like Cliff Leaping, River Canyoning, Kayaking, and so on. We additionally organise treks to discover the close by areas,” he says. 

There are two forms of treks — quick and lengthy treks. “A protracted trek is round 4 hours and a brief trek is about 2 hours lengthy. On these treks, you possibly can benefit from the landscapes, take pleasure in bathing in 4 waterfalls, you possibly can see the fossils and the magnificent rock formations,” he says. 

The homestay additionally arranges cave exploration for the visitors on request. “We’ve got skilled practically 40 locals as trek guides to assist folks in these treks,” he informs. 

In addition to exploring the wilderness, the homestay additionally organises village excursions and cultural actions like consuming genuine meals. “We additionally wish to introduce folks to our tradition and heritage. We serve genuine Mawlyngbna meals to the folks at our homestay throughout their keep,” he informs. 

The property at present contains two cottages and a campsite, offering lodging for the visitors. Bishar emphasises, “We’re dedicated to giving again to nature as it’s the very essence of our livelihood. We attempt to be environmentally accountable by making certain that every one our treks are plastic-free. Moreover, we utilise bamboo for crafting storage areas for our visitors.”

Reflecting on his journey up to now, Bishar expresses, “I imagine we possess immense potential for development, and it’s really thrilling to witness the regular development of tourism within the village 12 months by 12 months. We’re optimistic that at some point the village will supply an abundance of alternatives, eliminating the necessity for anybody emigrate to town searching for employment.”

(Edited by Padmashree Pande)