Spread out along the razor sharp ridges of a gigantic mountain wall, Cherrapunjee sits neatly on the edge of the Himalayas towering the pancake low lying plains of Bangladesh. This alluring village was once regarded as the wettest place on the earth given the massive monsoon rainfall that it sees. Road leading from Shillong to this miniscule village passes through the magnificent scenery that become sensational at the Dympep viewpoint. Here you’ll come across a photogenic V shaped valley that deeply slits into the plateau.
The lush green surroundings of Cherrapunjee very well justifies the Meghalaya’s over-used ‘Scotland of the East’ tag. Nohkalikai Falls here are particularly dramatic especially during the monsoon season when they are brimming with a quantity which is 20 times more than the original. These can be seen from the viewpoint that is located on a plateau that lies at the edge of the 4.4 km mountain ride from the Sohra market. You can hire a local taxi here that will shuttle you to the view point. More significant than this is the series of the ‘Grand Canyon’ gorges that are located around the region that further descends into the green chasms of the tropical forests.
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I am so impressed by this package that I can not stop but write a review about. I just came back from this tour, Northeast right now, especially Meghalaya is brimming with beautiful falls, and rivers. There is no doubt in giving Thrillophilia the credits for arranging everything so wonderfully.
All in all, I and my friends had a super awesome time in the Northeast during this trip. Totally satisfied
Reaching the viewpoint of Nohkalikai falls in Cherrapunji took more than 10 minutes but the magic of the majestic fall can never be described in words. One of the best trips of my life. Northeast is the true beauty of India
It was an amazing experience. I just loved it. Thank you Thrillophilia for arranging such an amazing tour.
It was a fantastic experience!!! I took this trip with my sisters and we enjoyed every second of it.Everyone from our driver Mr Modan to our hotel manager Mr John to our coordinator Mr Bikash were extremely helpful and cooperative.Trek to Rainbow falls was the highlight of our trip.I would recommend it one hundred percent, worth five star experience. Only regret is that I wish Ii would hav lasted longer
On our trip we had some really amazing local food. Our guide was so accustomed to the region that we tasted some authentic local dishes such as jadoh, the jhur kleh and Do O Pura. The entire tour was a mix of varied geographical locations which included many waterfalls like seven sister falls, elephant falls, and my favourite Nohkalikai falls, lakes like Umiam, natural caves like Maswmai, the transparent Umngot river in Dawki and the cleanest village of India Mawlynnong village. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
I travelled on this tour during the monsoon season and while some places were oozing with beauty, few places are still left unseen. We couldn’t see Nohkalikai as it was hiding behind clouds. The overall tour was fun, the guide was funny and friendly, the car and hotel were comfortable and we didn’t bother for tickets and entry passes at various landmarks. Was an effortless travel!
Most of the waterfalls we visited on this tour were quite dry and we couldn’t see much volume of water, maybe because we visited in the summer months. However, the unique Khasi food items, our driver Debojeet was a migrant from Bengal yet he knew every nook and corner of the region and the beautiful Khasi villages and landscape took my heart. Special thanks to Thrillophilia for curating such a nice itinerary where we had enough breaks and more than enough adventure on this four-day-long tour. A hearty thanks, guys!
People Also Ask About Cherrapunji
Keep touts at bay.
Whenever you eat street food, always double check the quality.
Make sure the water bottle that you buy from the stalls has its seal intact.
Don’t let anyone mislead you.
Book prepaid taxis to avoid overpaying. In case you are unable to find prepaid taxis, you can hire a metered taxi or auto. In case there is no option, you must negotiate the fare before you get in the taxi.
Never leave your valuables, cash or jewelry behind.
Enquire about the availability of the room safe before buying.
Do not book a hotel in a shady place.
Never indulge in drugs of any form.
Never entertain the beggars.
Don’t trust anyone with your valuables.
Always carry with you a copy of all your necessary documents and licenses. You may require to show them in some cases.
Do no photograph at the places where photography is prohibited.
You cannot shoot videos or films without the legal permissions. So, make sure you do that.
Do not litter around and spoil the beauty of the place.
The legal age for drinking in Cherrapunji is 21 years.
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Nohkalikai Falls is naturally one of the top tourist places in Cherrapunji. Tourists who visit this area surely fall in love with the waterfalls that are rated as the tallest in India. The water drops from a height of 1115 feet which is indeed mind boggling. This town receives the highest rainfall in the country and hence the waterfalls blast on its way to the bottom. The view from the nearby region is very amusing that can be checked out after accessing a proper trip. You can also examine the plains of Bangladesh from this region.
If you are searching for the top places to see in Cherrapunji, then do not miss a chance to visit Mawsmai Cave. This landmark would give you a chilling experience since you get to explore darkness without actually knowing where the track will lead. The roof is very low in these caves and there are chances that your head might strike onto something. But there is a light source in Mawsmai Cave which makes this exploration more interesting. You can enjoy the minute details of the cave and observe different patterns present on the walls. Tourists should plan their trip in a systematic manner keeping safety and security as the prime focus before entering Mawsmai Cave.
Dainthlen Falls can be reached after traveling about 5 km from the city area. There is a legend connected to this place which is quite fascinating. It is believed that a big snake lived in the nearby cave which was eventually killed by the local people. Tourists will like the rock carvings of the snake which are present close to the waterfall. It symbolizes greed and evil. This is a soft waterfall but the atmospheric beauty is quite electric. The breathtaking drive towards the waterfalls is itself very majestic. Prefer this as one of the gorgeous resorts during your trip to Cherrapunji.
Thangkharang Park can be reached after covering a distance of 12 km starting from the city. You will get to cross the amazing Kynrem Falls. This park is located on the edge of a beautiful hill. Tourists can access a lovely view of the hills along with the seventh highest waterfall in the country. The Khoh Ramhah rock is another popular landmark in this area that will catch your attention. It is a single rock single formation and appears as an overturned basket. Hence, the nickname ‘Giant Basket’ is due to its exclusive shape. There is a play area in this region that is loved by kids. Thangkharang Park can be counted as a smooth area for sightseeing when you are exploring Cherrapunji.
Nohsngithiang Falls is the fourth largest waterfall in India and is fondly regarded as the Seven Sister Falls. It gushes down from a massive height of 1035 feet and looks absolutely spectacular when you catch the glimpse of it from the base. Since, there are seven streams flowing down the plateau it gets the name, ‘Seven Sister Falls’. You can even find the limestone cliff that look splendid. Atmosphere of this place is tranquil. This is the reason why a lot of tourists come here to relax and unwind. Monsoon is definitely the best time to plan a visit to this Kerala falls.
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There is no denial in the fact that Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the wettest place on the planet. So, when you are on the wettest place how can you miss out on the rains? The rains only make the place more beautiful and alluring. So, whenever you do plan a visit to Cherrapunji is a fairly good idea to carry with you additional layers of clothing.
The locals on Cherrapunji are extremely warm and helpful. They will do their bit to ensure that you have a pleasant stay here. Whenever, you need any sort of help here, you can directly ask for help from them and they’ll willingly help you.
There are a plenty of waterfalls in Cherrapunji that are indeed the most important places to see here. Some of the must see waterfalls here include the Seven Sister Falls, Dainthlen Falls and Nohkalikai Water Falls.
Sneak Peak of Bangladesh
The hills in the Meghalaya abruptly give way to the majestic plains of the Bangladesh. It is more like a natural demarcation line that mutated into the geographical one. ?
Cherrapunji is mainly known for its hand woven and handicraft items especially the ones that are designed from bamboo and cane. You can find the stalls and the shops here that see bamboo and cane artefacts right from furniture to mementos. It is also the best place to shop for the finest quality of orange flower honey. Shopping for spices and cinnamon is also common here. The spices are cultivated in and around Cherrapunji. You must also shop for the special Meghalaya tea which has a very distinct flavor in comparison to the tea from Darjeeling or Assam.
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