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Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

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Cherrapunji is one of the world’s wettest places, receiving rain throughout the year. The living root bridges, which can accommodate up to 50 people at once, are proof of the nation’s bio-engineering prowess. A haven for hikers, Cherrapunji also provides camping, rock climbing, and river canyoning from Nongthymmai to Mynteng Steel Rope Bridge. In this breathtaking setting, misty valleys, raging rivers, and billowing clouds create a surreal atmosphere. As a result of its pristine beauty and constant mist, it is a popular tourist destination. The term “Cherrapunjee,” which means “land of oranges,” was first used by visitors to the region from other parts of the nation. Cherrapunjee becomes a sea of tiny rivulets from May to September, when the region receives its heaviest rainfall.One can enjoy the staccato sound of raindrops hitting rooftops and lose themselves in the beautiful rain music that is specific to India’s northeastern states. After the torrential downpour stops, the area’s vegetation takes on gentle pastel tones, and the gloomy skies turn a stunning rainbow of colours.

Nearby Places to See

Nohkalikai Waterfalls
With a height of 1,115 feet, Nohkalikai Falls is thought to be India’s tallest plunge waterfall. This waterfall, located in the East Khasi Hills District of Sohra, is overwhelmingly beautiful but also has a tragic history. It is believed that a grief-stricken mother plunged to her death in these falls after her husband murdered her daughter. A green pool is created below a waterfall that descends from the top of a gorge.
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
The viewpoint of this stunning valley is located about 20 kilometres from the canyon. The operation of a zipline activity is dependent on both favourable weather and the number of tourists present. It’s a thrilling experience to zip down the line from 1200 feet with a once-in-a-lifetime view, and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the viewpoint.
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
This bridge in Nongriat, a popular destination for hikers and environmentalists, is a well-known landmark in the region. The natives shaped the natural form of this bridge from the entangled roots of trees. There are a lot of bridges like this in the area, and getting to this one requires crossing a lot of other bridges. However, this bridge is unique because it actually consists of two bridges, stacked atop one another, and because its roots are still actively expanding. This bridge is not easy to access. Each way requires a hike of about 3000 steps. About 12 kilometres from Cherrapunjee, in the village of Tyrna, is where the walk to the bridge starts.
Mawsmai Cave
These caves are part of a larger underground cave system and can be found about 4 kilometres from Cherrapunji. As one moves deeper into the cave, the passageway narrows from its wide beginning. Currently, visitors are restricted to within 150 metres of the entrance. There is plenty of light in the cave, and water is constantly dripping from the ceiling. The limestone cave’s stalactites and stalagmites are stunning formations made by nature.
Kynrem Falls
Some 15 kilometres from Cherrapunji is a waterfall widely considered to be among India’s highest waterfalls. The waterfall has several levels and is most spectacular during the monsoon. One of the perks is the beautiful panorama of the valley and nearby hills. One of the best places to see the falls is from a road that passes directly in front of the third tier.
Arwah Caves
The cave is about 5 kilometres away from Cherrapunji, and only a small section of it is currently accessible to the public. Limestone formations and fossils of marine organisms that are thought to be 30 million years old have given the cave a reputation as an important archaeological site. One of the public magical caves, it is hidden from view by a thick forest on the outside and has a stream winding its way through the cave’s interior.
Seven Sisters Waterfall
This waterfall, also known as Mawsmai waterfalls or Nohsinghithiang waterfall, is located about 4 kilometres from Cherrapunji, close to the village of Mawsmai. Seven separate streams drop off the cliff, giving rise to the name “seven sisters.” At nearly 1030 feet in height, it is also among the tallest waterfalls in Meghalaya and all of India. It’s a beautiful sight to see the stream crashing down the steep cliff it cuts through.