Cherrapunji is a town in Meghalaya, India which is
credited as being one of the world's wettest places. It holds two Guinness
world records :- For receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single
year :- 22,987 mm (904.9,973 inches) of rainfall between August 1860 and
July 1861. For receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month :-
9299.96 mm (366.14 in) in July 1861.
Cherrapunji's yearly rainfall average stands at 11,430 mm (450 in).
Cherrapunji receives both the Southwest and Northeast monsoon showers which
give it a single monsoon season. Cherrapunji lies at an elevation of 1,370 m
(4,500 feet) in the Khasi Hills. It lies in the windward side of these hills
to the Bay of Bengal branch of the SW monsoons which enters India through
the Ganga delta. Due to orographic rainfall, the rain-bearing clouds are
forced to deposit much of their moisture and rain on these hills from June
to September. In the winter months it receives the northeast monsoon showers
which travel down the Brahmaputra valley.
Specialty :- Cherrapunji is a series of memorable views and one can
see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away form a belt
lacking of vegetation. The place exhibits a dense woods interspersed by
rocky, cliffs broken by erosion. An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns,
and moss convert each sector into a botanist's paradise.
Cherrapunji produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In
fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the forefathers of the famous Nagpuri oranges
in the Central India.
Location :- Cherrapunji is just 60 km from Shillong, the
capital city of Meghalaya.
By Air :- Pawan Hans has provided a Dauphin helicopter to Govt. of
Meghalaya for running regular passenger services on Guwahati- Shillong -
Tura sector. After reaching Shillong, you can take a bus or taxi to
By Road :- Cherrapunji is 60 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.
A steep motorable road are available which leads up to Cherrapunji. Buses
and taxis ply to Cherrapunji from Shillong.
WHEN TO GO
Cherrapunji is the only place in India which has just one
season: the monsoon. there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact
about Cherrapunji is that it rains mostly at night. Day-to-day activity is
not really disrupted by the rain.
WHAT TO SEE
Mawsmai Falls :- Mawsmai Falls is the fourth
highest falls in India. It is the alluring, the spectacular, cascading
1,035-ft-high fall lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji.
Khasi monoliths :- It is located near Mawsmai
Falls which is a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath
age-old caves. The must visit place for amateur and experienced
explorers. Elsewhere around Cherrapunji, Khasi monoliths (stones in
memory of their ancestors) lie scattered around.
Noh Kalikai Falls :- Noh Kalikai Falls is located
few kilometers to the west of Sohra (Cherrapunji).It is a clear bubbling
stream emerges from its steep mountain bed to hurl down a rocky
precipice into a deep gorge creating a captivating view of breathtaking
beauty. The cascading waterfall compares favourably with the well known
Job Falls of South India.
Krem Mawmluh :- The krem mawmluh cave is located
about half a km west of Cherrapunji adjacent to the small hamlet of
Mawmluh. The cave interestingly has a five-river way with impressive
proportions. With a length of 4503 m, this cave is at present and it is
the 4th longest cave in the Indian sub continent.
Krem Phyllut :- It is Situated in village Mawsmai
to the south of Cherrapunjee.This cave has a large section of fossil
passage, two stream ways and three entrances. The length of the cave is
WHERE TO EAT
You can try the special restaurants at the luxury hotels.