Cherrapunji‎

Cherrapunji

The clear azure sky suddenly changes colours and a darker shade of grey begins to envelop the atmosphere. It looks as if the sky was perennially missing the floating grey clouds in its vicinity. The rainiest place on planet earth for a substantial period in the past, Sohra in local parlance or Cherrapunji as the world knows, creates a heavy concoction of flowing rivers, cool breeze, swaying trees and hot noodle soups. There is a thick cover of mist that greets anyone whose footsteps cross these undulating green valleys. Cherrapunji still retains the charm of a British summer retreat with solitary dilapidated bungalows and remnants of colonial churches dotting the verdant valleys in between the prolific number of hotels that have conjured up recently in these parts. Cherrapunji is the second largest town after the capital city of Shillong in Meghalaya and lies at a distance of close to 56 km from Shillong. There are regular cabs available from Shillong for a 2 hours drive to Cherrapunjee. The sight of the waterfalls in the monsoon season from July-September is the prettiest but this place also offers cosy retreats and nature walks during the winter months from October to February.

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is one of the wettest places on the planet and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. The town of Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital, Shillong. Cherrapunji, also known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’. The cliffs of Cherrapunji also offer stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh.

The nearest airport to Cherrapunji is the Umroi Airport which is around 90 km away from the main Shillong city, Umroi Airport is less preferred by tourists due to its limited connectivity to the main Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. People traveling to Shillong generally prefer taking flight to the Guwahati airport as it is well connected with all other major cities in India.

There are as such no proper rail lines in Meghalaya. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 105 Km from Shillong. The city is well connected to all other major cities of the country via rail medium. There are also taxi as well as bus facility for Shillong.

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