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Discovery of The Most Beautiful Cottage in Meghalaya | Maple Pine Farm

Surrounded by waterfalls that tumble down and pound on the rocks and hill, the rivers that susurrate tales of the tribes, the slopes that run craggy in places, gentle otherwise; meandering mountain roads, our contributor, Badal had started out to explore the South West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya when nature exposed her flawlessly fallow fragment – unsettling him in the most gratifying manner. Perhaps, the Japanese author, Haruki Murakami is right when he says, “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”

Our friend Badal shares his experience of discovering a beautiful Bed & Breakfast guest house in the midst of nature – about 25 kms away from Shillong

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Badal next to the cottage at the Maple Pine Farm, Mawphlang – Shillong

If you’ve ever visited Shillong, Meghalaya, what is the best thing you can remember? Waterfalls, hills, rivers, rain, cloud and what else? Well, one thing that’s heard of very often from this part of Northeast India, are the monolith and of course the sacred groves. If you haven’t visited, then that’s a must-visit.

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Mawphlang Sacred Grove | Photo credits @rishimohanty

  • Exploring the South West Khasi Hills with Badal

“My short expedition started as an official trip to South West Khasi hills, we were onboard a rental car and just crossing the picturesque Mawphlang valley when we were awestruck by a distant windmill, not a very common sight in Meghalaya.We then moved in closer to a flat area, surrounded by a maize field and soon reached a dead end halted by a crystal-clear river.

We were not very sure if it was open. We wandered within the boundaries viewing its deserted look with only nature to accompany. Soon, we were greeted by a young man in his early 20s. He escorted us to our rooms , which were super cozy – almost felt like we had entered a dwarf’s house in some fairytale.  It was well maintained and had awesome architecture.

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One of the cottages at maple pine farm.

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Open field next to Maple pine farm.

  • What’s the place exactly?

After much research and some word of mouth facts and information, we learnt that it was small family run Bed and Breakfast guest house called ‘Maple Pine Farm’ Located 25 kms away from Shillong, its picture-perfect environment topped by a little stream says it all. If you are looking for a quiet time away from the daily hustle and bustle of city lights, this could be a great place for a personal healing time you can give to yourself.

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Inside view of the cottage at the Maple Pine Farm

We are already planning a second trip to this awesome discovery we made.

Badal Nyalang

A coffee addict and a self-proclaimed writer. Love bonding over food and some interesting stories.

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