In October 2013 MaplePine Farm Bed and Breakfast celebrated its ‘official opening’. For many years i had been hinting that our family should have a gathering in India. In 2013 many of our family took me up on the hint, 2013 was a year that marked 50 years since my parents had come to Shillong in 1963, along with 7 children under 10 years old and my mother pregnant with me, I was born in 1964.
A little slide show below of some of the time in October 2013 with family, Brothers, Sisters, nieces, nephews and their spouses.. What a time we had, So many friends of family came out for the occasion..
Throughout the early year – 2009 – 2013 we slowly started a name for ourselves. Having operated ‘CULTURAL PURSUITS ADVENTURES’ since 1997 we set out to offer a simple get away for Travelers, a place they could stay for a few nights, either before (thus getting some advice and options for their travels), or after (a place to share their stories), their travels in other places.
We had traveled to remote parts of most of North East India in the early days of Tourism development.
Below are just a few pics of some of our first experiences, friends and guests that stayed with us and some of our own fun while building and developing
It was a cold night in the winter of 2010, that we made our first wild adventure to set up the first structure on this property. Our Mahindra Armada, We had bought the Armada from a Catholic Bishop in Manipur, it served us well over the years we had it, in fact only weeks after we bought it in 2009, we did a 1 month trip of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland with 8 Belgium Mountain Bikers. Now it was serving us again by pulling our Kitchen on a Trailer,at night, to avoid traffic to this empty property and a village called Lynkien, in Hima Mawphlang, just a short hike of about 2 km up the hill one would find the famous: Mawphlang Sacred Forest.
Part of the whole move to starting this project was, as our family was growing, we felt the need to be based in one place. Since 1998 I would be away most of the time from Sept till April, on trips through out North East India.
This was the beginning, overnight and a Kitchen was on the property. We woke up the next morning, cold and tired; but we actually had an indoor kitchen.
This was the start, an 8 month old Imryie, two older brothers my wife and I.
We spent 2 months,as we got a visions of what we wanted, and I built the first Cabin. Each morning at about 5 am, I would get up and dig a small portion of garden, just to get myself warmed up. Days would warm up by 8 am or so, and be mostly sunny. Nights were cold, but we were always warm in the tent. Baths were in the river.
After a good breakfast, I would work the day on the Cabin. No Electricity at that time, so all hand tools.
MaplePine Farm Bed & Breakfast
July 3rd 2021
Today we will start a journey into our short History.
It is much like starting over, so we will start from where we came from to where we are ready to go, as we anticipate a return to business.
We will start this series and continue at least every other day till we finally can host our guests again at
We start today’s post with a Blank property and will continue with the history of our place: Please support us and other businesses that have taken the full brunt of this ‘Lockdown’.