Cherrapunji is a very popular offbeat tourist destination, thanks
to its distinction of being the wettest place in the world after Mawsynram, a
village that’s located close to this spot. It is located on the mystic Khasi
hills of Meghalaya and known for its serene views and luscious greenery. Mainly
due to the peaceful environment that it provides, it is an ideal place where
you can kick back and relax on your holidays in North East India.
What You Can Do in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is known for its natural beauty that is starkly
displayed by the beautiful valleys and hills, which attract tourists from all
over the world. The biggest attraction here is Mawsmai Falls, which is located at a
height of 1035 feet. It is situated in the outskirts of Cherrapunji and is the
fourth highest waterfall in India. This waterfall features on the must-see list
of every tourist, as the view is simply mesmerizing.
Cherrapunji is a wet place, it is rich in vegetation and surrounded by
beautiful dense forests that house some of the rarest plants. The drive
to Cherrapunji is one that you should look out for as you’re sure to catch some
striking views. You can go trekking through the dense forests, although it might be a
good idea to hire a guide first.
Visit Nohkalikai Falls, a spot that is very famous and well known
for its calming surroundings. Laitkynsew is a village near Cherrapunji that is
again a must visit place as it has a bridge made of roots from trees called the
Double Decker Root Bridge which help the natives to commute.
Some of the other places to visit are Ramakrishna mission and the
British Cemetery. Khoh Ramhah/Pillar Rock is a place for peace and tranquility;
as you can go there to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city
Getting to Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is situated about 60 kilometers from Shillong and
there are bus and taxi services which can take you up to the valley. The
weather can be quite a hindrance during the monsoon months (although it rains
almost all the time), bringing about a halt in the uphill transport. There are
private bus services as well as buses provided by the state, but if you prefer
your privacy and value it highly, you can hire a private taxi to roam around
You can get to Cherrapunji by air as the nearest airport is located
at Shillong and there are daily flights from Kolkata and Guwahati. There are
direct trains that run from Guwahati to Cherrapunji as well, and traveling
through trains in this route can be an amazing experience, thanks to its
natural beauty. You can book Cherrapunji tours from Kolkata as well.
If you’re planning on visiting Cherrapunji, there’s no particular
season that you can go for as it rains all through the year. There is no particular
off season, and you can visit the place during any time of the year. One more
advantage is that it rains only in the night, so your day activities will not
Where to Stay in Cherrapunji
Since Cherrapunji is a tourist spot, there are a wide variety of
hotels, resorts and guest houses ranging from two stars to five star options.
These hotels provide their customers with state of the art facilities and the
works. There are many private bungalows as well as Circuit houses where tourist can enjoy a great stay, however prior permission from the administration is required for staying here.
is a perfect place for a vacation with its spectacular views and breathtaking
mountains, and you can take a trip to this locale to relax and rejuvenate.