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Serene Homestay

Nongriat, Sohra 793108 India
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#4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Sohra
Simple, natural homestay situated in beautiful jungle at Nongriat, 100m from famous Double-Decker living-tree root bridge. Enjoy rigorous hikes up to Rainbow Falls and to lookout towards Bangladesh, or relax in pristine pools of Double-Decker Bridge and turquoise mountain rivers. All inexpensive, home-cooked meals available from friendly, knowledgeable, local family. Cold drinks, electricity.
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Nabanita S wrote a review Jun 2019
Kolkata, India4 contributions2 helpful votes
In a remote location like Nongriat, this place provides more than decent accomodation and services you'd expect. >The rooms are mostly dormitory style except a couple of double bed rooms but they all provide only the basic amenities such a bed, a table and a fan. The rooms looked reasonably clean. >All toilets are shared but even after that its quite clean and looks properly maintained. >They serve maggi and coffee throughout the day. Since we got there late, it was a life saver. >Dinner is served buffet style with rice, dal and loads of local vegetable dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the local cuisine served and was probably the best meal of the entire trip. >This is located right near the double decker tree roots bridge and location wise it can't get any better. One word of advice, dont go to Nongriat expecting services of tourist hubs such as Shillong and Cherapunjee. This place is for trekkers and backpackers. Basically expect the bare minimum and you'd be a happy traveller.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike and Alece wrote a review May 2019
20 contributions3 helpful votes
Serene homestay has simple and very clean accommodations. Byron the owner is very kind and accommodating. It is a few minutes walk away from the double decker root bridge. The food is delicious and is offered for a very reasonable price. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Arjit Mani Tripathi wrote a review May 2019
New Delhi, India206 contributions59 helpful votes
The home stay is situated in Nongriat village far from mainland and only way to reach here is through a 3 km trek (mostly stairs) covering almost 3500+ stairs, few metal bridges and one root bridge. We travelled with our 2.5 year old daughter and had to take a porter (Nightstar-yes it’s name of a person) from the starting point to reach Serene Homestay in 80 mins. The Double Decker Bridge is hardly 100 m - which is a 2 min walk from there. Do take walking sticks from the starting point, rental is Rs. 20 only per stick. During our stay at Serene, lightning struck at 6 pm and burnt the electric lines, so we didn’t have electricity whole night and day. We enjoyed the torrential rains and sound of waterfall till the time we were awake, and didn’t even feel the need of electricity. The dinner was simple yet delicious vegetarian meal served in buffet style starting at 7 pm and closing by 8 pm. Next day, another porter (Minute-yes it is also a name) came at 6:30 am to take us to Rainbow falls on a 90 minute trek, we were back at Double Decker at 10 am after spending 30 mins at Rainbow falls. We took a bath in pool at Double Decker and started our trek back to Lumsophie village at 11:15 am. We went to Single Root Bridge (30 min stay) on our way up and finished the trek at 2:10 pm. The difficulty in reaching the place has given it an advantage to remain untouched by commercialisation. But it has a flip side to it which is evident in other reviews that the place is not worth staying and owner Mr. Byron Nongbri is very rude and uncouth in dealing with guests. The ‘mantra’ to get satisfied and enjoy is based on 2 simple points: 1) Don’t expect too much in the secluded area and adhere to timing of nature, in this case Mr. Byron is the nature man taking care of his family as well as guests and has to keep a strict schedule for each thing at his home. Treat it like a PG, where everyone has a fixed time for meal and live like a family not like hotel or guest house by behaving like demanding guests, as we all generally do in other hotels. 2) Secondly, before judging the nature of Mr. Byron Nongbri, please get to know a bit about the life he’s living and his past as well. He has been an educator with 12 years of experience, out of which 5 years were in Rama Krishna mission giving Health and Environment education. He left all that to live with his family and serve people like us, he may sound rude at times but he’s just being upfront like an educator, unlike ‘always yes’ norm in hospitality industry. P.S.: I also had a verbal tiff with Byron before checking in but later I realised that by asking too many questions about the amenities, we are raising a doubt on the credibility of establishment run by him. -Just check-in, stay, if you like, come back again, if you don’t, just don’t come back again- The home stay is actually becoming victim of its own success! Too many people visiting and leaving trash, making too much noise, playing loud music, leaving the home stay and surroundings dirty. Please understand the nature will take care of us only when we’ll take care of the nature.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: First floor definitely, try getting the newly constructed ones
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Serinity of Simplicity wrote a review May 2019
New Delhi, India36 contributions2 helpful votes
Home for 2 nights!! In the lap of nature , warm hospitality of the host and just 2 mins walk to double decker bridge this place gv me unforgettable memories .best part was d silence noise of raindrops n simple home cooked meal Must do 1.5 hrs trek from homestay is rainbow waterfall
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Himani81 wrote a review May 2019
Vadodara, India4 contributions
On your trek to double decker root bridge do stay for a night or 2 over here... ..rather than just clicking a few pics on the bridge and heading back. It's just a minute away from the double decker bridge and you can head further to the rainbow falls and the natural swimming pools. Serene homestay is a basic neat and clean homestay but beyond that staying here and interacting with Byron, the owner of the home would give you deep insights of the region and the Khasi people and their culture thus enriching the experience further. So when in Nongriat , would suggest Serene Homestay for sure!
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Date of stay: April 2019
IndiaMeghalayaEast Khasi Hills DistrictSohra
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Frequently Asked Questions about Serene Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Serene Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Double Decker Living Root Bridge (3.5 km), Nohkalikai Falls (3.0 km), and Mawsmai Cave (5.3 km).
What food & drink options are available at Serene Homestay?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Serene Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jiva Grill sohra, Orange Roots, and Nalgre Restaurant.