Nested amidst the edge of the glorious Khasi Hills, Cherrapunji is an enchanting place. Beautiful clouds roll around in this lovely place. The small town is seemingly carved out of a plateau and is extremely picturesque. Cherrapunji offers you a scene of pristine beauty. The hills are landscape with thick forests of pines that are dissected by white streamlets running down through innumerable stunning waterfalls.
Once upon a time, Cherrapunji had the honor of being the wettest place on earth. It even held the record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, it has lost that position to the neighboring Mawsynram. However, that does not mean that you can expect sunny skies. You should be ready to get wet when you visit Cherrapunji.
How to Get There
By Air :
Guwahati airport is the nearest major airport to Cherrapunji. It is located 181 km from the city.The Umroi Airport (91 km) near Shillong is the nearest airport to Cherrapunji
By Rail :
Guwahati is the nearest railhead to Cherrapunji.
By Road :
Buses for Cherrapunji leave from the Sohra Bus Stand in the Bara Bazaar area of Shillong
Double Decker Root Bridge
The root bridges are a phenomenon unique to Cherrapunji. The ficus elastica tree has secondary roots which can be extended over large distances. The native Khasi tribes of Meghalaya used to channel these roots with the help of a hollowed out tree trunk. The roots would then be channeled through the trunks over a river. Once the roots reached the other side, they would embed themselves in the soil and a natural bridge would be formed. These look absolutely spectacular.
The Double Decker Root Bridge, as the name suggests, is comprised of two different root bridges located one above the other. The bridge looks stunning and may seem to be created by magical means. From a distance, you may feel that it is a picture painted by a skilled artist.
One of the most magnificent waterfalls in Meghalaya is the Dainthlen Waterfalls. Often compared to the legendary Niagara Falls, this one is spectacular. This waterfall is going to surprise you with its tranquility. Its waters fall down softly rather than roaring out their presence. The serenity of the area is enhanced by the verdant forests cover the place like a rich carpet.
Meghalaya is home to the fascinating Khasi tribe. These monoliths have been left by the tribesmen to stand as memorials for their ancestors. In the midst of the verdant natural beauty, the dull shades of the stones stand out. Here you can explore ancient caves and their mysterious underground passages.
The Nohkalikai Waterfalls is the tallest in India. At this amazing waterfall, you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of the milky white waters falling from a height of 1100 ft. The waters crash down the waterfall to create a spectacular pool which will mesmerize you with its turquoise green shades. From a distance, the white stream stands out from the emerald shades of the forests and the sober tones of the rocky cliff sides.