Meghalaya Cherrapunjee Hill Station
A beautiful sub divisional town lying of the laps of East Khasi hills of Meghalaya is Cherrapunji. Cherapunji is known as the second wettest place on earth. It receives the world’s second maximum rainfall of a calendar month and of a year. The highest rainfall received of Cherapunji was 9,300 mm (366 in) of July 1861 and 26,461 mm (1,041.75 in) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861.Cherapunji is the capital of a Hima- Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state known as Sohra.Originally Sohra was pronounced by the British as Chura.Eventually this came to be known as Cherrapunji- meaning the land of oranges. Despite heavy rainfall throughout the year, the city faces acute water shortage problem and the occupants have to walk a long mile to search for proper drinking water. Cherrapunji is the beautiful town with heavy rainfall. It is covered by huge mountains with natural waterfalls to add to the scenic beauty.
Due to excessive rain of Cherrapunji, the top soil is washed away. The Meghalaya govt has again renamed Cherrapunji back to its original name, Sohra. The history of the Khasis – the inhabitants of Cherrapunjee – may be traced from the early part of the 16th century. The Khasi hills came under British authority from the year 1833 with the submission of the last of the important stymies, Tirot Singh.
The khasi state rests on the matriarchal system.
How To Reach
Tourists can travel by bus which is reasonably cheap. The bus service for Cherapunji leaves from the Sohra bus stand of the Bura Bazaar area of Shillong.
The nearest rail station from Cherrapunji is the Guwahati Station. It is at a distance of 181 kms Tourists can either take bus or hire a taxi from the paltan bazaar stand of Guwahati.
The nearest major airport for tourists traveling by air next to Cherrapunji is Guwahati airport. It is located 181 kms away from the city. Taxis can be hired from Paltan Bazaar stand of Guwahati or prepaid taxis and buses are also available.
Places To Visit
The Nohkalikai Waterfalls is a very beautiful waterfall viewed only during the monsoon season. It initiates as a bubbling stream and turns into a huge waterfall which runs down the rocky precipitate into a gorge. Its serene and virgin beauty attracts many tourists during the monsoon season.
On the way to Cherrapunji falls the Dainthlen Waterfalls. The way to the waterfall is surrounded by greenery and a dense forest which is very refreshing to the eyes. It has vast stretches of greenery and rocks.
Double Decker Root Bridge
The Double Decker Root Bridge is a two tier living root bridge which can carry 50 or more people at a time and it is 100 feet long. The bridge gets stronger everyday as it is made up of live roots. These bridges usually take 15 to 20 years to get functional.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The monsoon season is the only season of Cherapunji. It continuously rains and the land is wet throughout the year. The best time to visit Cherrapunji is during the late months after monsoon i.e. September, October. Summer is also a good time to visit though it is a little humid. The weather is very cold of winter because of the hills which receive heavy rainfall and during monsoon there is heavy rain.
The town is well connected with various transportation means that makes tourists to move from one place to another. Weather should always be taken into consideration as it the place with heavy rainfall and there are several natural waterfalls that makes the town more beautiful to draw more visitors.
Language And Culture
The official language of Cherrapunji is Khasi which is the local language. Hindi is also spoken widely.
Tourists can choose from several hotels of Cherrapunji. These range from various executive to luxury class. With prior permission from the government and administration, tourists can also book a place of the circuit house or the dark bungalow with minimum affordable rates.
Festivals And Activities
If tourists are a little adventurous; the trekking of the Double Decker living root bridge of Nongriat village provides great pleasure. The trekking starts from Tyrna, However tourists should keep of mind that a guide should be accompanying them for the bridge trek. The guide is very reasonable and it is wise to avail their services.
Tourist can choose from a number of hotels of Cherrapunji. The rooms are very affordable within Rs 1000 and provide comfortable accommodation. Deluxe rooms come at a price of 2500 Rs and offer excellent hospitality. The luxury rooms range from 3000-5000. They offer royal treatment and come with all the services. Air conditioner is not necessary as it is always comfortable.
Some of the well known hotels are:
Cherrapunjee Hotel Resort
Village Laitkynsew, Cherrapunjee 793108, India
Lower Cherrapunjee, East Khasi Hills District, Cherrapunjee 793108, India
If you want to roam around and explore Cherrapunji, bus services are available. Regular bus services are operative by the Meghalaya tourism between Shillong and Cherrapunji. Shared taxis are also available if one wants to commute between the two towns.
Mawlynnong, located of Meghalaya is also referred to as Gods own garden. It has been given the title of being the cleanest village of Asia of the years 2003, and 2005.The village is located at a distance of 90 kms from shillong and there lot of tourists who visit the village for its cleanliness.
Tyrna, a village located of the East Khasi hills district of Meghalaya, is connected by a succession of stone steps with the neighboring village of Nongriat, just below Cherrapunji-Laitkynsew bridle path. Tourists can visit the village as its scenic beauty prevails of the minds of all.
Cherra Bazaar of Cherrapunji is famous for its colorful variety of good which also includes various kinds of handmade tribal jewellery and orange flavored honey. Tourists can also visit shoos for cane, bamboo and wooden handicraft items, shawls and handicrafts, and fabrics of Shillong.