Meghalaya The Indian state situated on hills in Northeastern India, which means residence of clouds in Sanskrit. So let’s talk about Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji (Sohra) subdivision located in East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya India. Cherrapunji has often been credited as being the wettest place on the Earth, but now Mawsynram currently holds that superiority. Cherrapunji has a moderated subtropical highland weather with monsoonal impacts standard of India. Cherrapunji’s average annual rainfall recorded at 11,777 millimeters.Although this city receives rainfall the whole year. From November to February is the driest month recorded here. However from June to September, the heaviest rainfall has shown here, so I wanna suggest you avoid visit here in these months.
How to Reach Cherrapunji By Air :
The distance between Delhi to Cherrapunji is approx 1926kms. Umroi Airport in Shillong is the nearest airport to Cherrapunji. Though, Shillong is only related to Kolkata by air. The best way to reach Cherrapunji by air is to take a flight toward Guwahati Airport, which is well connected to all major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
How to Reach Cherrapunji By Train :
If you traveling by Train than Guwahati Railway station is well connected to the rest of the country to reach Cherrapunji.
10 Best sightseeing and places to visit in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji has high altitude town and famous for its living root bridges which are made by Rubber trees. Although while exploring the Cherrapunji there are lots of places, hills, and valleys to explore on your trip. So here is the list of some best places to visit in Cherrapunji.
- Double Decker Living Root Bridges
- Nohsngithiang Falls(Seven Sisters Falls)
- Krem Mawmluh
- Dainthlen Waterfall
- Mawsmai Cave
- Ka Khoh Ramhah
- Mawkdok Dympep Valley View
1.Double Decker Living Root Bridges
Living Roots Bridges one of the most famous places to visit in cherrapunji, and it is a great combination of human discovery and natural sensation. The bridges have been built by locals through Rubber trees. The Umshiang River flows below the bridge. The bridge starts from the village of Tyrna and passes the River Umshiang on your way. Reaching the actual bridge is a bit of trek. The hike down to the bridge is a huge 3500-3600 steps each way to the bridge and back from the base village of Tyrna, which is 20Km from the main town of Cherrapunji.
Best Time to Visit :
Between June to September, the heaviest rainfall has shown here and may make your journey slippery, so avoid to visit here. in these months, While visiting here don’t forget to carry raincoat and umbrella to protect yourself from the unexpected rainfalls.
Dawki town is located in the Jaintia hills. It is located near the International border of Bangladesh and India, moreover, it is a major center of trade between both countries. Crystal clear water and the beauty around will mesmerize you for sure. During the spring months, the city becomes a favorite place for the tourists as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. It is approx 84Km from Cherrapunji. You can hire a taxi to reach Dawki from Cherrapunji, charges would be 1500/- to 2000/- INR. Boating charges applicable to approx 400-500/- INR.
Best Time to Visit Dawki :
You can visit here all year because of its beautiful climate. Normally winters are colder than summers, especially at night. You must carry some warm clothes with yourself. Sunrise to before sunset you can visit here.
3.Nohsngithiang Falls(Seven sisters falls)
Nohsngithiang Falls also known as Seven Sisters Falls. This natural wonder holds the title of the 4th highest waterfall in India. As much as Nohsngithiang word is difficult to pronounce but adventurous to explore that much. The falls are distributed with seven streams of water which represents the seven sister states of north-east India. Nohsngithiang Falls is located 1Km from Mawsmai Village East Khasi Hills and approx 4Km from Cherrapunji main town.
Entry Fee: Free
Best Time to Visit :
Monsoon season offers the most spectacular view of the Seven Sisters Falls when it flows with immense fierceness. When the sunlight strikes the water, a prismatic effect happens, a rainbow is a constant sight and the lucky ones may get the chance to see this. So you can visit here any time but the monsoon is an ideal time to experience the beauty of India’s highest Waterfall. The Timings are 6 Am – 6 Pm.
Krem Mawmluh is supposed to be the fourth-longest cave in the Indian subcontinent. This cave is situated at an altitude of 4,503m and 10 Feet above the sea level. The total length of this cave is over 7 km of cave entrances. It takes 4-5 hours to cover both the ways. The cave is too deep that contain tunnels, massive holes, waist-deep pools, and few climbs. Also, only 1/4 portion of the cave gets the sunlight while the rest of the cave remains covers with the darkness. The entrance of the cave is narrow and you need to squeeze yourself to get inside. Inside the cave, the floor is very slippery so be careful while entering and exploring. Although they will provide suits, boots, and helmets before trekking to the cave. This cave one of the dream destinations for adventure seekers. The distance from Cherrapunji to Krem Mawmluh is approx 3.5km and located near Mawmluah.
Entry Fee: Free & Rs. 200 for Guide
Best Time To Visit :
The best time to explore this adventurous cave is from October to May, while the weather is comfortable and cool. During monsoons, some areas of the cave are completely sunk underwater and grounds become very slippery. So try to avoid visits here in monsoon season. Timings are 7:30 AM – 4 PM to visit here.
The beautiful Dainthlen Waterfall is located in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. It is one of the famous Waterfall in Meghalaya. On the way of Sohra before reaching about 2km away from Sohra, one comes beyond this fall which is 5km away from the road. This also comes below one of the most famous tourist destinations. A small story associate with this Waterfall, as per locals say there was a huge demon python name of Thlen who was immersed in greed and power. Some people destroyed the snake to rid themselves of its dominate of terror near this fall.
For the best view of Dainthlen Waterfall, you should cross the stream to the other side and it is only possible when the water flow is low. The turbulency of this Waterfall finds a lot of steam during the monsoons compared to the rest of the year. It will take approx 30minuts to reach Sohra road to Dainthlen Falls. There is no proper road to reach this waterfall so be careful.
Entry Fee: Free & Rs. 20 for Parking.
Best Time to Visit :
Well, as we are discussing the Waterfall so monsoon is the best time to visit here because if you are planning to visit in winter season as the Waterfall might just dry up to be a little strand and a small shadow of itself. To visit here you should know about the timings are 6 Am – 5 Pm.
This beautiful Natural Mawsmai Cave formed out of toughed Limestones is located at Cherrapunji(Sohra). Though the caves are quite long, only 150 meters of the area is open for tourists, and the remaining section is closed. The cave has a large opening but it shortly squeezed into a narrow path. However, there are places in the caves where explorers need to mold and squeeze themselves out. Mawsmai Cave Longest cave in Meghalaya. This cave is the place of various flora and fauna and makes a great shelter for bats and bugs. It is one of the most famous place for the explorers, but I would like to suggest that old age people and the people who are suffering from any breathing problems will not prefer to visit here.
The distance between Cherrapunji Bus stand to Mawsmai Cave is 4Km and just 1Km from Mawsmai Village to Caves.
Entry Fee :
Adult – 20Rs
Child below 10year – 5rs
Video camera – 50Rs
Best Time to Visit :
Post Monsoon is the best time to explore this Cave Because During Monsoon it is filled with water, so avoid visiting here while monsoon season running. December – June is the best month to explore these natural caves. The Timing is 9 Am – 5 Pm, so pack your bags and let’s explore.
7.Ka Khoh Ramhah
Ka Khoh Ramhah or Basket of the Giant also know as Mothorp and Piller rock. It is again one of the major tourist attractions spots in Cherrapunji(Sohra). The main highlight of this location is the impressive shape of the rock that is in the form of a giant cone. This is also a famous picnic spot. The Rock is bounded with two smaller rocks in the same shape. The beauty of the surrounding area will mesmerize you, and if the weather is not so much cloudy so you can enjoy the view of the plains of Bangladesh. Beside the rock is a viewpoint from where one can look up to the spellbound views. A story also behind this mysterious place, according to legends, this rock is a fossilized cone-shaped basket that belonged to a big evil giant and as per legends a giant spirit deceived in this rock. So, if you can find a thrilling experience around the landscape.
Once you visit here you can’t forget the mysterious and spellbound beauty of this place. It is almost 9-10km from the Sohra market.
Entry Fee: Free.
Best time to visit :
Well, the perfect time to visit here is Monsoon season, when the beauty of this mesmerizing place gets enhanced and you can enjoy this place from sunrise to sunset.
Mawlynnong is a small village in East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya. Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness, and it was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by Discovery India. This is also a reason behind makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Apart from its cleanliness, this village is also famous for rich green valleys, crystal clear water in the river, living root bridges, orchids hanging from the trees and offering warm hospitality to the visitors. Mawlynnong village also offers refreshing weather throughout the year and especially while the monsoon. The village also offers an exciting view of Bangladesh plains as it is located on the Indo-Bangla border. The distance is about 81Km from Cherrapunji. You need to hire a private taxi to reach this village.
Places to visit near Mawlynnong village :
These place you must visit while exploring Mawlynnong Village;
.Living Root Bridges
.Church of Epiphany
.Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
Best Time to Visit :
Although, you can visit here in any season, in summers March to June is a perfect time to explore. During monsoon, June to September is the ideal time to visit here.
9.Mawkdok Dympep Valley View
Mawkdok Dympep Valley View known as Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge Viewpoint in Cherrapunji. This wonderful vantage place located on Shillong – Cherrapunji road. This initial valley is completely untouched by commercialization, so visitors can feel dreamlike and so close to nature. You need to walk down many steps to reach the viewpoint, where you can enjoy zip-line activities, photography by wearing a traditional dress of the Khasi tribe. You can enjoy Tea and maggie at the cafe which is the opposite side of the viewpoint. Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point 24Km far from Cherrapunji.
Best Time to Visit :
You can visit here all year, there is no specific time, just pack your bag and explore. From 6 Am – 6 Pm is the timing for the visitors.
Mawsynram village is situated in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is situated 1400 meters above sea level. It receives the highest rainfall in India. Mawsynram beats its opponent Cherrapunji which is just 10miles apart by an insignificant 4 inches of rainfall. It receives an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimeters, which makes Mawsynram known as the wettest place on Earth. The green village is surrounded by mountains and floating clouds overhead are a regular sight. Mawsynram receives extraordinary rainfall all year, but in December until February noticed as drier months. There is a famous cave named Mawjymbuin known for its interesting stalagmites which shape is like Shivlinga. You must visit here if you are visiting Mawsynram.
Best time to visit :
As we know Mawsynram is known as the wettest place on Earth, so you can visit here any time of the year the rainfall will welcome you…
Must read before traveling to Cherrapunji
Guyz… I just wanted to share some important tips before visiting Cherrapunji. As we know Cherrapunji is the second wettest place on Earth, so while visiting here you must carry few things with yourself like-
. Carry Some warm clothes(visiting anytime)
. Umbrella and raincoats you must carry
. Mosquito repellent cream.