Cherrapunji, nature at its best

North-east is definitely the unexplored paradise of India and if you like rains, Cherrapunji  which is coveted as one of world\'s wettest places, is a spectacular destination to head 

Published: 23rd February 2012 04:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:01 PM   |  A+A-

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North-east is definitely the unexplored paradise of India and if you like rains, Cherrapunji  which is coveted as one of world's wettest places, is a spectacular destination to head  this summer. The language mostly spoken here is Khasi. The traditional dress of Khasi is Jymphong (a longish sleeveless coat without collar, fastened by strings in front). However, people here are mostly dressed in western attire. Almost everyone here can speak manage to speak in English. So, communicating with the locals shouldn't be an issue. As far as food is concerned, momos, thumpa, pork dishes are famous here. Cherrapunji also produces the best quality of oranges and pineapples in the country. Hence, do not forget to taste some of them.

There is only one season in Cherrapunji, monsoon. Hence, the land here is wet throughout the year. It stands at 4,500 feet above the sea-level. It is just 60 kilometres  from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. One has to take the route through Shilliong in order to reach Cherrapunji. On the way from Shilliong to Cherrapunje, there is a  view point called V-Valley, where the mist acts as a layer of cover,and slowly as afternoon approaches, the green hills can be seen.

Cherrapunjee is a land of falls. Mawsmai Falls here is the fourth highest falls in India with

a height of 1,035 feet.

The Khasi monoliths is another must visit for all adventure lovers. It is a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath the age-old caves.   

Mawsmai cave is also called limestone caves and one of most adventurous place to be in. One has to climb up to the cave which is flooded with water and will cover you up to your foot as you enter. One has to crawl their way in, as water will keeping dropping from the roof. Staircases are found inside which can be used while exploring the caves. It is suggested to carry a torch to avoid darkness.

Finally in the Eco Park, one can witness seven water falls. The whole park is under the cover of fog. Here, tourists can see beautiful orchids growing in abundance in the green house, which is donated by the Shillong Agri-Horticultural Society. In addition, tourists visiting this Eco Park can enjoy views of the beautiful Sylhet Plains of Bangladesh.

As far as transport is concerned, Pawan Hans has provided a Dauphin helicopter to the Government of Meghalaya for running services on the Guwahati- Shillong — Tura sector. After reaching Shillong, you can take a bus or taxi to Cherrapunji. Lodging is not a major issue as Cherrapunji has many private hotels.

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