State : Meghalaya, in the north east of India.
Best time to Travel : Through out the year.
Weather Conditions : Monsoon is the only season at Cherrapunji. It is the Wettest Place in North East India, receiving railfall throughout the year round.
Location : Cherrapunji is just 60 km from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya.
High above the hazy valleys and foaming rivers, hidden in the rolling clouds and perched on an headland, lies Cherrapunji, 4,500 ft above the sea level. The destination is a spectacular location with the year-round rain. Long ago, Cherrapunji had earned the coveted place in the Guinness Book of World for being the wettest place on the earth. This is one place all over the world, where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters.
Travel to this pristine land with ever-lasting beauty, is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season - the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji tour is that, it rains mostly at night. Day-to-day activity does not really get disrupted by the rain.
But, in the recent past the increases in pollution and deforestation resulting in environmental changes has affected the rainfall here, leading to the shortage of water in the region.
Airport : Pawan Hans has provided a Dauphin helicopter travel to Govternment of Meghalaya for giving regular passenger services on Guwahati- Shillong - Tura sector. There are various tours organized by Meghalaya tourism sector to enjoy the green belt of this region. After reaching Shillong, you can travel by a bus or taxi to Cherrapunji.
Road Transport : Cherrapunji is 60 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. A steep motorable road, are available, which leads up to Cherrapunji. Buses and taxis ply to Cherrapunji from Shillong.
Staying in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji has several comfortable private hotels. Staying at the Circuit House and the Dak Bungalow require prior permission from the administration.
Sightseeing tours in Cherrapunji
The alluring, the spectacular, cascading 1,035-ft-high Mawsmai Falls - is a tourist delight, it is the 4th highest fall in India, lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji.
Close by is located the attracton of a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves. This the must visit place for amateur and experienced explorers. Elsewhere around Cherrapunji, Khasi monoliths (stones in memory of their ancestors) lie scattered around.
Some Amazing Views
There are a series of memorable views while holidaying in Cherapunji, one can see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away form a belt lacking of vegetation. The place exhibits a dense woods interspersed by rocky, cliffs broken by erosion.
An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns, and moss convert each sector into a botanist's paradise. Cherrapunji produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the forefathers of the famous Nagpuri oranges in the Central India.