Cherrapunjee Tourism
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Cherrapunjee Tourism

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238 Ratings & 151 Reviews

We visited Meghalaya & Assam in April, 2010. It was an extremely enjoyable trip and something that we (including my wife, daughter and son) will probably never forget. There is hardly any commercialization of this place and hence remains untouched in terms of natural beauty. The fun part was the constant hide and seek that we had to play with the clouds to catch a sight to behold!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is hardly any good shops elsewhere other than Shillong. We did buy some handicraft items from some of the handloom shops in Shilliong.

Activities & things to do: Other than sight-seeing, there is nothing much we could do.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reached Guwahati from Kolkata by flight. Took taxi from airport to Shillong. Stayed in Shillong club, which was expensive but nice (right at the heart of the city). From there, we took the help of Pradip-da (9863087418), who was more than just a taxi-driver. He was our local guide, shopping guide, everything. We drove in his car to different parts of Meghalaya for 3.5 days but I wish I had few more days to enjoy more of the scenic beauty of Meghalaya. It was raining a lot and was cold also - so need to take appropriate gear for that.
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Bharath
  • Bharath
  • 4 Reviews

"A must visit if you love monsoon showers!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Cheerapujee can serve as a relaxing as well as an adventure location. The scenic beauty around is breath taking. If you enjoy the greens and the monsoon showers then this is a must visit place in the monsoons. Summer has its effect on the....... More
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Jai prakash

"Relax and rejuvenating experiece" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The city was in the green lashed environment of Meghalaya State. Cherapunjee is generally cold most of the seasons with heavy rainfalls in the monsoon periods. The hospitality of the local village people is admirable and the rich cultural....... More
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Devaraj
  • Devaraj
  • 9 Reviews

"Adventures experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
A wonderful location to visit. Cherrapunji is the only place in India that experiences monsoon season throughout the year. It is a small town so you can find only 4 - 5 Hotels/resorts to stay. The scenic beauty of Cherapunji is great. It has....... More
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Preety H
  • Preety H
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A heavenly feeling"

  • Posted 8 months ago
I went to Cherrapunjee with my bother and his family. Its quite a peaceful place. With hills, falls,clouds all around. I can't just explain in words. Its a must go thing Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Must see : seven sisters falls,....... More
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Dalia Karmakar
  • Dalia Karmakar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"The abode of clouds"

  • Posted 1 year ago
Cherrapunjee is a place where you can recompose yourself. the calm and serene beauty of this place accompanied with simple and innocent villagers roaming all around is bound to mesmerize you. the water falls all around you and the clouds....... More
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Cherrapunjee Info

  • State: Meghalaya
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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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