Cherrapunjee Tourism

Cherrapunjee Tourism

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  • State: Meghalaya
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: East Khasi Hills
Cherrapunjee is essentially a sub-divisional town situated in the East Khasi Hills District of the state of Meghalaya. This town is the traditional capital of the Hima state, known as Churra or Sohra. Cherrapunjee refers to the land of oranges and is considered to be the second wettest region in the world.

Even though the town features excessive rains, yet the local inhabitants face acute water shortage along with unsuitable conditions for irrigation due to washing away of the topsoil. Khasis are the local inhabitants, who have been living in the region since the 16th century. These inhabitants used to live in the Khasi Hills and were ruled by the Syiems of Khyrtim between the 16th and 18th century.

In 1883, this region came under the rule of the British, due to the submission of the main Syiems, Tirot Singh. Cherrapunjee has an average elevation of around 1484 metres and faces the plains of Bangladesh. Cherrapunjee is about 600 metres above the surrounding valleys and has poor soil due to deforestation. Moreover, it is located approximately 4500 feet above the main sea level.

Cherrapunjee holds two Guinness World Records; one for having the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year between August 1860 and July 1861. The second record is for the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month, in July 1861. This region experiences an annual average rainfall of around 11,430 metres. Further, it is the only place in India which experiences monsoon all year round.

The rainfall in the region varies from heavy to medium to light, with majority of rainfall occurring during the night. Between May to September, Cherrapunjee experiences heavy downpour, with clouds and rain descending earthwards. After September, the pattern of rainfall becomes gentle with soft pastel shades in the sky.

The major inhabitants in the region are Khasis, who practice a matrilineal culture. In this culture, the husband of the youngest daughter lives with his in-laws and owns the property of the family. The Khasi children usually get the surname of their mother.

This tribe is divided into different clans and their descendants are called as kiaws. Shi Kur and Shi Kpoh are the sub-clans that have common ancestry and individuals belonging to these clans are not allowed to marry within the clan.

Cherrapunjee is famous for its living bridges, where the Khasis grow roots of trees. This process generally takes around 10 to 15 years, with the bridges lasting more than 100 years. Tourists can ideally visit Cherrapunjee between September and October, when the rainfall varies from medium to light, with clear skies during the day time.

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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 179 photos
  • 75 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
  •  172708 readers

"The city that is always WET"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The town of Cherrapunji, locally known as Sohra, has been declared as one of the wettest places in the world and boasts of some mind-blowing, untamed natural surroundings. From the world famous Noh Ka Likai falls, Seven Sisters falls, and the double decker living Root Bridge, the town has it all. Moreover, Meghalaya is an upcoming adventure destination for caving enthusiasts, and one can get first-hand experience of traversing through the 200 m limestone caves (Mawsmai Caves), right near Cherrapunji.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 160 photos
  • 116 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  64435 readers

"House of rain"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
Cherrapunji is one of the best tourist destination in India. It is 60 km away from Shillong the capital of Meghalya. Running on road towards cherrapinjee in taxi of Wanky was a great experience. You can stay some days in cherrapunjee to enjoy the beauty of lakes and nature. Can go all the year.
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Rajveer Singh

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  • Rajveer Singh
  • Lives in Dimapur
  • 13 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  1137 readers

"A good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 12, 2016
Eco park is one of the beautiful site to visit in Cherrapunjee. A large "Eco Park" established by the Meghalaya government in the plateau, which hosts several hybrid and indigenous orchids in the Greenhouse donated by Shillong Agricultural Society. Also the Eco Park offers breathtaking view of distant Sylhet Plains of neighbouring Bangladesh. There is a stream inside the park and one has to cross a bridge to get near the edge of the canyon. The scenic beauty from the edge is awe inspiring. The Nohsngithiang Falls originate from the southern edge of the park.

Cherrapunji also called Sohra, Cherrapunjee and Cherrapunji, is a town in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being the wettest place on Earth. However, nearby Mawsynram has more rainfall nowadays, and both are surpassed by Lloro, Colombia. Today, climatic changes have edged Cherrapunji out of the topmost 'wet' slot, but it still retains its pristine beauty, its unusual facets, the perpetual clouds, and the perpetual mists. Appropriately, Cherrapunji lies in the heart of the State of Meghalaya-the abode of clouds. It is the traditional capital of a hima which is a Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state known as Sohra or Churra. High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji (4, 500 feet).
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 26 Reviews
  •  1295 helpful votes
  •  211416 readers

"The dream place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2016
It takes about one and a half to two hours to travel along the beautiful mountains and reach the former wettest town in India, Cherrapunjee from Shillong. Taxis are available in plenty for a day trip to Cherrapunjee which is about 54 km from Shillong. Just after leaving Shillong the tourist spot of elephant falls separates the way to Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram. On the way to Shillong there are a few viewpoints to provide some romantic scenes to the nature lovers.

Once in Cherrapunjee the first spot to visit is the Noh-ka-likai falls. It's truly worth seeing the falls from a height. Next spots of interest are the seven sisters falls which is a treat for the eyes. Just a few minutes away from it is the eco-park. The main attraction of Cherrapunjee is the mawsmai cave.

It takes around an hour to complete the entire thrilling experience of the cave. And lastly at the end of the days tour the double floored living root bridge is something one won't want to miss. There is enough food available in most of the spots and the best time to visit is during summer when the state of Meghalaya has already started receiving rainfall but it has not reached its extent.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 50 photos
  • 99 Reviews
  •  153 helpful votes
  •  83817 readers

"A good place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
We went to explore Cherrapunjee from Shillong. Start as early as possible as you have to cover approx 150-160 km depending upon the other sightseeing options which you want to see. We went to see ramaKrishna mission, eco park, Nokkari falls, Seven sister falls etc.
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Md Asghar

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  • Md Asghar
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 1 Review
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"Beautiful place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2016
If you wanna explore natural wonders, then pick Cherrapunji for it's amazing nature and offbeat crowd.

Cherrapunji is situated at East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.

It is well known for record rainfall on this planet.

I took a taxi for 55 KM journey of Shillong to Cherrapunji. You can go by public cab from town for cheaper fare. Visibility becomes near zero in monsoon due to 24*7 hour rain. I had reached Cherrapunji town in 100 minutes.

If you are planned for stay longer then, first book hotel room because there in only three hotels and some costly resort in Cherrapunji.

Must visit places in Cherrapunji are-

1 Mawsmai falls- I was surprised by beauty of Mawsmai falls.

2 Nohkalikai Falls- It is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. You can go in the base of fall by stairs.

3 Mawsmai cave- beautiful cave.

4 Double Decker Living Root- Interesting and wonderful natural bridges...!

5 amazing looks of Bangladesh from hills.

And many more thing you can visit in Cherrapunji.

In Cherrapunji, you can taste good Chinese food.

Pork is most popular food in that region.

Must carry a raincoat or umbrella with you.

Import thing is Northeast India is very cheaper destination.
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Ritesh Agarwal

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  • Ritesh Agarwal
  • Lives in Bardhaman
  • 19 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
  •  8455 readers

"Should visit during monsoons"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Meghalaya is called as 'Adobe of Clouds' and Cherrapunji makes this statement true. Yes it is worth visit place. The journey itself to the rainiest place by road is a awesome thing. It is a plateau. Totally green, peace & calm atmosphere. Chill weather &Hotels available.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 150 photos
  • 118 Reviews
  •  90 helpful votes
  •  97533 readers

"Plateau in Meghalaya"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
Earlier regarded as the wettest place in the world. Now, lost its glory to a nearby place named Mawsynram. It is around 4800 ft high, a plateau area with a number of waterfalls and caves. The plain land of Bangladesh is seen from here. The road from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is also fascinating with enriched scenic beauty.
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Pavan Kolla

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  • Pavan Kolla
  • Lives in Guntur
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  31 helpful votes
  •  5198 readers

"Play with the nature, Cherrapunjee"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
The place where nature has it's Natural look, the place which makes every traveller feel to not leave, the place which has beautiful locations with freely flowing waterfalls throughout the year. That it the place which every traveller needs to visit at least once in life. Cherrapunjee the wettest place in India attracts tourists from not only India but from many countries. Wonderful waterfalls, Picturesque locations, Caves and many more attractions of Sohra gives a divine look to every nature lover. To all those who hadn't been to Cherrapunjee yet, I am adding photos here of a waterfall near Cherrapunjee from my favourite clicks this year. To those who are planning to visit Cherrapunjee, don't miss any waterfall or zip riding near Cherrapunjee.
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Sandeep Sunny

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  • Sandeep Sunny
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"An amazing waterfalls"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
There is beautiful water falls and awesome valleys. Its a hot spot & a heritage town. Can see Bangladesh from top of the mountains. Cool breeze can be felt there.
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