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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 known as Mawlyngbna booming with life. Nestled within the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the area is famend for its dwelling root bridges, the place nature intertwines with human ingenuity. Journey fans can partake in trekking, mountaineering, rappelling, exploring the undulating hills and discovering hidden waterfalls like Kyntang. 

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

In an effort to deal with this subject 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. Nevertheless, for a few years, it remained unknown to the world. We need to open it to extra folks and convey 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 known 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 have been incomes, however I may see that there have been quite a few untapped alternatives for the youth. In addition to farming, there have been virtually no different work choices,” he displays.

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

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 revenue technology,” he explains.

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

“Certainly one of my pals from Shilling who was within the tourism business was the one who gave us the braveness to take the leap. He helped us with establishing 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 may be a lot to see and discover within the space however most individuals flock to the mainstream hills station. We needed to do one thing that draws 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 means of the homestay and camp alone, we’ve 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 in regards to the preliminary response of the vacationers, Bishar says, “We began again in 2014, whereas it was a superb 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 plenty of thrilling issues that the place needed to supply, a lack of expertise 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 more guests,” he says. 

“We have now hosted almost 300 folks this yr alone. The recognition has elevated and we get plenty of inquiries,” he provides. 

Speaking in regards to the numerous actions that the homestay presents, he says, “We have now just a few actions at our homestays. We have now 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 forth. We additionally organise treks to discover the close by areas,” he says. 

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

The homestay additionally arranges cave exploration for the company on request. “We have now skilled almost 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 need 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 includes two cottages and a campsite, offering lodging for the company. Bishar emphasises, “We’re dedicated to giving again to nature as it’s the very essence of our livelihood. We try 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 company.”

Reflecting on his journey to this point, Bishar expresses, “I consider we possess immense potential for progress, and it’s actually thrilling to witness the regular progress of tourism within the village yr by yr. We’re optimistic that at some point the village will supply an abundance of alternatives, eliminating the necessity for anybody emigrate to town looking for employment.”

(Edited by Padmashree Pande)

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