Cherrapunjee Tourism
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Cherrapunjee Tourism

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  • 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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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 42 Reviews
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"A good place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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"Beautiful place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
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"Should visit during monsoons"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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"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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"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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Manas Nag

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  • Manas Nag
  • Lives in Kharagpur
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"A nice place & must visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2015
This is a very nice place and a must visit. When you visit Meghalaya you must keep Cherrapunjee in your list. It is kind of whole day tour from Shillong, we have started from Shillong at morning 8. 30 and came back to Shillong by evening 6:30. You can hire a Shillong local taxi and hire it for whole day for Cherrapunjee visit, it will cost you nearly 1700 rs.
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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
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"Amidst the Waterfalls-Cherrapunjee"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 14, 2015
Cherrapunjee is the ideal place for people who love different kinds of hills. Most popularly known as 'the rainiest place on earth', Cherrapunjee is a complete stunner. The hills with clouds running up and down them, the numerous waterfalls, the caves and the climate will amaze you. Visit the place during the monsoon, there is almost no rain during October. Also, book hotels well beforehand as there are not many hotels and it is tough to get a booking done after you reach there. A visit to the 'Double Decker Root Bridge' would be once in a lifetime experience.
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Souvik Banerjee

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"Beauty of Nature with delightful views-Cherrapunjee"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2015
Cherrapunji or Sohra, I must say Its a place or heaven on earth can't be determined if you don't come to this place in Monsoon. This is my 2nd time and still mesmerized by the beauty of Sohra. Its a bachelor trip three friends together went to Meghalaya in June 2015.

We boarded Kanchanjungha Express from Sealdah on Sunday and reached Guwahati by Monday morning. We hired MTDC sumo service and reached Shillong by 11 O'clock in the morning. We stayed at Hotel Anuradha good place for Single people not advisable for couples. Various types of Foods are available near Police Bazar and this hotel is situated just near the main market chowk. If you are an early riser then don't miss the paratha and sabji at roadside stall in the morning as breakfast. Wines are too much less costly than West Bengal Bihar and Jharkhand.

There are two ways to reach Cherrapunjee from Shillong you can book a personal vehicle for that day it would cost around 2200 or you can book MTDC bus service for that you have to book the seat before the day of journey. MTDC office is situated near Shillong Bus Stand. It cost around 180-220 per head. You can contact the following person for booking of vehicle to Cherrapunjee. It is advisable to take personal car to enjoy the beauty of Cherrapunjee with sufficient time in hand.

There are beautiful falls and valleys you can see in Sohra. Nohkalikai is one of them and Seven Sister falls (Photos are attached). The Cherrapujee valley and Wah kaba falls is eye soothing for greeneries. The ECO Tourism Park is famous for his Missing Falls and Bangladesh View point. Nature lovers can enjoy at Orchid Green house at Cherrapunjee. Moh Top is also a famous point for Bangladesh view and the story related to Moh trop is very interesting. Roads are terrific but the only enemy is clouds. Its a one day tour to Cherrapunjee if you want to stay at Cherrapunjee hotels are available and then Double Decker Bridge is a must watch.

Shillong is famous for spicy foods and if you are a lover of Pork and Beef then it's a right place to be in. We took pork Manchurian with Bamboo shoots and beef bhuna. Foods are terrific. Tikli Pitha is another local food that you can't miss.
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Wanshan Kharwanlang

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"A place to spend nice time fishing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2015
Not far away from Cherrapunjee or Sohra is this small yet homely place called Yoh Thiew, a fishing pond. A fine yet humble gentleman set up this place as a smart business move to invite everyone who loves fishing to come, pay a nominal rate and fish all day long. The best part is what you catch is what you keep. You will come across many with a passion to fish who would invite you for a chat, tea and even a fine glass of whisky. A fine place to relax, catch yourself submerged with the surroundings and lovely strangers who at the end of the day make you feel like family. One should visit this place every now and then to free your soul.
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