|A variety of ginger blooming in Umden|
A tea garden on the way to our destination. Umden is a village that is about 55 kms from our city. We headed to the Eco Park that has two cottages with basic amenities. The owners, a Khasi couple, went out of their way to make our stay most comfortable. Food was simple and prepared with minimal ingredients, all put in a bamboo hollow and cooked on an open fire. The aroma was wonderful and reminded us of the chutneys and the steamed preparations using bamboo.
|Our cottage in the woods.:)|
|Front view of the cottage|
This collage shows mt brother-in-law having a go at angling. Later Ilias, the owner caught a fish. All the time spent turned out to be fruitful! Bird's eye chillies are widely grown and used in local cuisine.
The next day we headed to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.
|A view of Shillong from Galeria restaurant at Centre Point hotel.|
The hotel lobby had beautiful floral arrangements. Honestly I had never used mother-in-law's tongue/Sansevieria in decorating before. Love the idea!
Apart from the local cuisine, it's always Chinese food that we
Then we went to Ward's lake, another popular tourist destination. The hydrangeas must have have been a sight to behold a month or so earlier. I always enjoy walking around this lake and feeding the fishes from the bridge. But now the bridge is being repaired and it did look as if something was missing...
|Water lilies, dahlias, rudbeckias and zinnias in bloom.|
|Ducks resting on the green slopes|
|Never seen fungi like this one before!|
|View from the restaurant where we stopped for coffee|