Cherrapunji is situated about 56 km driving distance from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya with an altitude of 1,300 m (4,267 feet) above sea level. The local name of this place is “Sohra” or “Churra” means “the land of oranges”. Cherrapunji is a sub-divisional town in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. Previously Cherrapunji has been credited as the wettest place on Earth, but now nearby Mawsynram holds the record. Still, it holds the record for the most rainfall in a calendar year; it received 26,461 millimetres (1,041.8 in or 86.814 feet) between 1st August 1860 and 31st July 1861. However, you have to say the average rainfall of Cherrapunji in metre or feet rather than millimetres or inches. Cherrapunji is the only place in India to receive rainfall throughout the year. It has experienced only one season that is monsoon all around the year – rainfall may be heavy or light, but there is no any month in the year without rain.
The amazing attraction of Cherrapunji is Living Root Bridge. It has been created with a biotechnological mechanism by the local Khasi people. They know this technique since hundreds of years to develop a large bridge with growing roots of rubber plants. It may take 10 to 15 years to complete a bridge and may survive hundreds of years. There has a 500 years old root bridge in Cherrapunji. However, except Cherrapunji, this extraordinary natural style is not seen anywhere in the world. A bridge can bear 50 people at a time. Double-decker Root Bridge on the Umshiyang River in Nongriat village is an amazing creature of this category about 3 km away from Taranya village, which will reach down to 2,400 feet below the foothill requires at least a few hours of trekking. It is advisable to hire a guide for your treks.
Best season to visit Cherrapunji:
Cherrapunji is the second wettest place in the World and receives heavy rainfall throughout the year. In monsoon, it breaks all the records. So, it will be better to avoid rainy season to visit Cherrapunji. The best time to visit Cherrapunji is between the months of September and May when the weather remains charming and rain may be comfortable.
Wakaba falls: Wakaba falls is situated at 15 km from Cherrapunji on the way to Shillong. In winter, the stream of the falls becomes a thin crisscross pattern of the hair strands at the back of a woman’s head and suddenly it disappears in the deep below. During monsoon, Wakaba falls gets its full life and the beauties of the surrounding vegetation make a fabulous flavour.
Ramakrishna Mission & Museum: Ramakrishna Mission is the next destination at Cherrapunji. On October 20, 1952, former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of the Cherrapunji Mission. This mission has working to improve the lives of Khasi tribes. The contribution of Ramakrishna Mission to the education, health and social services in this area is undeniable. Just behind the school building, the mountainous ranges are spreading over the horizon. The Anthropological Museum of Ramakrishna Mission is incredible. It gives a good idea about the tribal lifestyle and culture of North-East India.
Nohkalikai Falls: The next destination in Cherrapunji is Nakhaltikai Falls, about 5 km driving distance. It is the tallest waterfalls in India with a height about 340 m (1,115 feet) and a width of 23 m (75 feet). It is a single drop waterfall from the mountain covered with green vegetation. The place is very beautiful, but most of the time clouds disturb to see it. In monsoon, Nohkalikai Falls become amazing. Bangladesh view point is situated nearby Nohkalikai Falls. Bangladesh is viewable in clear weather.
Eco Park: It is a newly developed unique eco-friendly tourist destination in Cherrapunji. Flowers garden and Orchids garden are the main usp of this Eco-Park, where the visitors can enjoy the gorgeous view of the ‘Green Canyons’ along with the Seven Sister Falls in the south-corner of the park. The park is placed atop a plateau, which gives an amazing view of the Plains of Sylhet in Bangladesh.
Nohsngithiang Falls or Seven Sister waterfall: Nohsngithiang Falls is the 4th highest waterfall in India about 1,035 feet height located just 1 km south of Mawsmai of Sohra in East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya. It is also called as the Seven Sisters Falls, where seven streams of water plunge over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills. During the monsoon, the Seven Sisters Falls takes its full force and a rainbow is a frequent sighting on those days.
Limestone Caves or Mawsmai Caves: Mawsmai Caves is located in Mawsmai village, about 6km driving distance through beautiful grassland and forest from the main town Cherrapunji or Sohra. The experience inside this natural cave in a perennial environment is undoubtedly thrilling. Earlier tourists entered the cave with the help of torches and guides. Now it is not necessary because there has electronic lighting system inside the cave. This is a one-way cave, after entering into the cave one have to exit only from the exit-way; in the middle, it way is too narrow, so you have to squeeze or bend yourself to go. It is a 150 m long lime-stone cave, where tiny drops dripping down the glistened lime stone continues to work like a patient artist and create different shapes - sometimes the face of a man, duck or birds. It is a splendid display of the power of nature.
Some other popular Places of Tourist Interest that one can cover on a sightseeing tour of Cherrapunjee are Dainthlen Waterfalls, Cherrapunjee Market, Don Bosco Shrine, Thangkharang Park & Khynrem Falls, Khoh Ramhah/Pillar Rock and others.
Cherrapunji is 58 km driving distance from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. You may rent a car or booked the conducted tour by buses of Meghalaya Tourism from Shillong for a day trip at Cherrapunji. The conducted tour of Meghalaya Tourism will start at 8:00 am morning and will be returning at 5:00 pm evening to Shillong. It will cost INR 300 per head. If you want to stay at Cherrapunji and rent a car for your trip. In that case, the small car would be INR 12,500 to INR 13,000, Sumo would be INR 12,800 to INR 13,300, Inova would be INR 3,500 to INR 4,000.
For Conducted Tours in Meghalaya, call Tourist Information Centre on +91 364-222220.
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