Cherrapunjee Tourism

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Nagendra Kushwah

Nagendra Kushwah5.0/5

10 reviews

The Wettest Place On Earth-The Best AND Must One

Hello all, again Nagendra here with the mind blowing experience. I visited cherrapunji locally known as SOHRA also on 15 of Nov this year with my wife as I was dying to see the DOUBLE DECKER bridge since 3 yrs but the fruits riped this year. No one could imagine how he/she feels after watching the panoramic and serene views of cherrapunji. Whether it is undulated hills, mesmerizing UMIAM Lake, breathtaking views of BANGLADESH Plains, tranparancy of DAWKI and last but not the least in my term THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGES AND THE UNDEFINED BEAUTY OF DOUBLE DECKER BRIDGE all will leave you astonished as you will not find this dazzling beauty anywhere else on the Planet Earth. We stayed at Polo Orchid Resort in Cherrapunji for 3 days which I think is best at Sohra with superb luxury and stupendous services. On the very first day we visited The Living Root bridge which is nearby Mawlynnong-ASIA'S CLEANEST VILLAGE(one would definitely remain stunned after watching the **** gorgeous beauty of the Single living root bridge ... Tourists used to walk over the bridge while its green. Its amazing whereas in MAWLYNNONG the cleanliness and hygiene will make you delighted that the awards are given for perfection only. You can take photographs after wearing their local attire which is KHASI CULTURE for which they charge 100 Rs, after taking the glimpses of village if you feel hungry can have lunch too with the local dal, sabji and some non veg too. After having lunch we reached DAWKI which is famous for its transparent and glassy water you can simply see the depth of river while taking the boatride. Some part of this river flows in Bangladesh simply refreshing and nearby there is INDIA-BANGLADESH BORDER we saw it and believe me the POLICE persons near the border are **** decent and polite makes you comfortable. )On the second day we made a trek to Double Decker Bridge and indeed you will be forced to think that it should be declared as the ninth WONDER OF THE WORLD, trekking is tough as you have to cross 3000 steps single diddly mostly downwards and two hanging bridges one of which will definitely give goose bumps but after seeing the Miraculous DOUBLE DECKER BRIDGE your tireness will be totally wiped off and you will feel smasher, on the way to DOUBLE DECKER local people use to sell snacks like biscuits, pineapple bites you will get in whole SOHRA, mineral water and cold drinks but remember one thing carry your lunch because you wont get that. One will undoubtedly feel worth coming here and hats off to some over aged couples around in their mid 80's who managed to reach the bridge with sharp intensity and on the last day while going to Shillong we went to MAWSMAI CAVES, NOHKALIKAI FALLS(MAWSMAI CAVES are a major crowdpuller in SOHRA which leaves tourists spellbound. These are limestone caves and very distinct as they are lit enough for the tourists so that they could enjoy the formations in awe and coming to NOHKALIKAI FALLS- it is magnificent as it is the tallest plunge waterfall in INDIA and the main thing about this is that below the waterfall there has formed a plunge pool with really unusual green colored water.
Vegetarians got many dishes local and north indian as well but for the non veg lovers you will surely get beyond your expectations. Main attractions are DOUBLE DECKER BRIDGE, DAWKI, INDIA BANGLADESH BORDER, MAYLYNNONG, LIVING ROOT BRIDGE, NOHKALIKAI FALLS, MAWSMAI CAVES which can be covered perfectly in 3 days. Do carry umbrella or raincoat, umbrella you will need round the year and raincoat is must for the season from april to august. Thanks to Polo Orchid Resort who provided us a Sweet umbrella as a welcome gift it really helped a lot. Ticket for every attraction and parking charges are nominal so don't worry. Nobody wants to leave the Heaven"THE SCOTLAND OF EAST" but afterall we are tourists and certainly have to return to the origin. At last I guarantee all that after visiting CHERRAPUNJEE you will undoubtedly amazed. Thanks CHERRAPUNJEE. I will be back again.

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Biswajit Deka

Biswajit Deka4.3/5

2 reviews


Cherrapunjee is beautiful place with very humid atmosphere. Best place for outdoor camping, if you love rain than come to this place in any season. The whole Journey from Shillong to cherrapunjee is awesome. Road condition is good. Accommodation is available, specially there are lots of homestay facility in which you can enjoy the local culture.
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Cherrapunjee Overview

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.