Cherrapunji (Sohra or Churra in local language) of Meghalaya is the place known to have the maximum rainfall in India. It can take the credit of being the only destination where it rains almost throughout the year. It is located in the East Khasi Hills that is approximately 50 kilometers away from Shillong.
Best time to visit: Anytime except June to August
Witness the panoramic view of the splendid Bangladesh plains from the mountain peaks of Cherrapunji. Check out the unique living root bridges that are a living example of the bioengineering skills of the natives. It is one of the most remarkable things in the world. The capacity of these bridges is 50 people. You can trek for some hours and reach the double-decker root bridge in the village of Nongriat. It is one of the most beautiful trekking trails of the city. Hiring a guide is a great idea for the treks,as the guides are a trove of local knowledge and folklore.
You can even enjoy rock climbing, camping and river canyoning from Nongthymmai to Mynteng steel rope bridge too while you are here.
Shopping for products prepared from cane and bamboo is a must do at Cherrapunji. Orange flower honey, cinnamon, other spices and Meghalaya tea are also worth buying.
Some of the must visit places in Cherrapunji
Seven Sisters Waterfalls here is the fourth highest waterfalls of India. The mountain peaks of the Khasi Hills are sculpted naturally with limestone and the water is segmented into seven parts that gives it the name. Monsoon is the best time to witness the splendour of this fall. Do click the picture of the sunset when here.
Exploring Krem Mawmluh Caves, 1.5 kilometers from Cherrapunji, would be a memorable experience for the tourists because of its picturesque landscape and photogenic surroundings. It is India’s forth longest cave and is located at a height of 4503 m.
Nohkalikai Falls 7 kilometers away from Cherrapunji, is the fifth highest waterfall in India. The water falls from a height of 1100 feet creates a mesmerizing sight. September and October months warrant a clear vision of the falls as the weather is relatively sunnier.
Thangkharang Park overlooking the grand Kynrem Falls is around 12 kilometers from Cherrapunji. The views of the Bangladesh plains and Khoh Ramhah rock add to the splendor of the park.
Mawsynram is one of the wettest places on Earth. It is situated 15 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. Verdant surroundings and magnificent waterfalls are synonymous to this place. September to November is the ideal time to visit it.
You can even include Eco Park in your itinerary from where you can have a look at the Sylhet Plains in Bangladesh, Mawsmai Falls and Dainthlen Waterfalls too are worth a visit.
Stay and Food
Accommodation can be taken in guest houses, resorts or luxurious hotels according to your budget preference. While you are at Cherrapunji, try out pork rice that is a specialty of Khasi cuisine. Sohra Pulao as well as red meat are must have delicacies at Cherrapunji.
The Borjhar Airport in Guwahati is the nearest major airport at about 181 kilometers from Cherrapunji. You can get a pre-paid taxi from the airport itself or take a bus. The Umroi Airport (91 km) near Shillong is the nearest airport to Cherrapunji, but this airport receives receives only 3-5 flights a week that too only from Kolkata. Guwahati the nearest railhead too. There are buses as well as private cabs available from Guwahati and Shillong for Cherrapunji.
Geography books never told us about the beauty of Cherrapunji, right? Well, now that you know how awesome the place is, why not plan a trip to this offbeat destination!!