Cherrapunji
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Brief

Welcome to Cherrapunji, the second wettest place in the world. Cherrapunji has often been credited as being the wettest place on Earth. Cherrapunji still holds the all time record for the most rainfall in a calender month and in a year.

The hills and valleys around the place are quite beautiful and offer a picturesque landscape to the tourists who come here. Due to the abundance of rain, the hill side is covered with a dense vegetation cover and is a treat to anyone who is tired of seeing the grey cityscape. The place is located at a height of around 1500 m from the sea level. While Cherrapunji is the commonly used name, the historical name Sohra is coming into usage more and more of late.

Cherrapunji has a mild subtropical highland climate, with monsoonal influences typical of India. Cherapunji receives both the southwest and northwest monsoonal winds, giving it a single monsson season. It lies on the windward side of the Khasi Hills.

In the winter months it receives the northeast monsoon showers that travel down the Brahmaputra valley.

Khasi is the official language in Cherrapunji. A large number of people fluently speaks Hindi and english alon with Khasi language.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Cherrapunji is between the months of October and May when the weather remains cool and pleasant.

The winter here is quite pleasant with a moderate temperature. This is the best time to explore this region. And irrespective of when you are visiting the place.

Do not forget your umbrellas and rain gear.



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 10.9° Max
  • 5.6° Min
  • 9.0 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen.
 
Things to do

There are plenty of places to visit around Cherrapunji.

While the place itself has a beautiful terrain, there are a number of places that you can make a trip to while visiting Cherrapunji.

The village of Mawsinram is quite nearby. This little village is the wettest place in the world. It is a well-known tourist spot and is famous for the shivalingam shaped stalagmite formation.

The cave where the stalagmites are formed is a popular tourist location. Tyrna village is another nearby village you should pay a visit to.

The Double Decker Root Bridge in the little village is a picturesque little root bridge made using Indian rubber. Nokrek National Park is around 45 km from Cherrapunji. It is well known for its collection of orchids and elephants.

Krem Mawmluh Cave is at around half a kilometer from Cherrapunji. The cave is the fourth longest cave in the entire Indian subcontinent and attracts a large number of tourists.

Thangkharang Park is another park in the vicinity of Cherrapunji. The park is under the control of forest authority. In there you can see the famous Khoh Ramhah rock, which is in the shape of a basket.

Eco Park is a recently opened park which houses a large variety of orchids.

 
Getting Around

The town of Cherrapunji is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy.

The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses.

You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and come at a reasonable price.

 
Places to Stay

There are number of luxury hotels indulge in the Royal treatment. One can experience the absolute best.

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Cherrapunji where you can book your accommodations.

Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

You can also look for guest houses and paying guest situations. The local tourist agencies can help you in this regard.

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is at Shillong. However, the airport at Shillong is not very well connected. You can take a flight to Shillong from Kolkata. Alternatively, you can get to the airport at Guwahati and take a taxi from there to reach Cherrapunji.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Guwahati in Assam. From the station, Cherrapunji is a few hours drive away. The distance can be covered by bus or taxi. The station at Guwahati is well connected to the other parts of the country. You can book your tickets and get details of train from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. From Guwahati station you can avail rented cars for approximately 1200 to 1400 INR. The journey lasts for about two and half to three hours.
  • This is the best way to travel if you are going to Cherrapunji. The roads are well developed and connected to the other cities in the north-eastern part of the country. There are plenty of buses which leave daily for Cherrapunji. You can also take a cab or a rented car to reach Cherrapunji from any of the major towns around. Taxi services can be availed of from cities like Guwahati, Agartala, and Dimapur, and Shillong.

 
Surrounding Attractions

If you are planning a trip to Cherrapunji, there are a number of places that you can visit.

Dainthlen Waterfalls is the perfect place for a short drive. The place is known for its scenic beauty.

Rangjyrthej is a village that falls on the way and is well worth visiting.

Khasi Monoliths are important memorials that were built by the indigenous population.

You may also go and explore Krem Phyllut Cave. This long cave has three entrances and is one of the tourist attractions of the place.

Also, just an hour’s drive away lies the state capital of Meghalaya, Shillong blending scenic beauty with modern day facilities.

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.

Seven Sisters Falls, is dramatic waterfalls, some of the highest in India, over limestone cliffs in a picturesque setting.

The Kynrem Falls is located 12 kilometres from Cherrapunji in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is situated inside the Thangkharang Park. It is the 7th highest waterfalls in India. The Kynrem Falls is a three-tiered waterfalls.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Hospital: 102