Cherrapunji (or Sohra) is located 56 km from Shillong, in the East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya. It has dropped its name “Cherrapunji” given by the British and has been rechristened as Sohra.
It is a little known yet one of the “must-see” destination for all tourists. The average rainfall here is 12,000 mm a year which makes it the “Wettest place on Earth”.
It has the highest rainfall record for a single day as 2455 mm recorded in 1974.
The heavy rainfall has sculptured many rock formations, imposing cliffs and waterfalls all over the southern slopes.
Places to see in Cherrapunji (or Sohra)
Mawsmai Caves – These miles long limestone caves provides you a unique tourist experience. This is also the main attraction of Sohra.
Dain-Thlen Falls – These waterfalls are 5 km away from Cherrapunji (or Sohra). Daiñ Thlen means cutting off the Thlen (a serpent monster).
Noh-Kalikai Falls – One of the most striking waterfalls and the highest in Meghalaya.
Noh-Sngithiang Falls – Also known as Mawsmai Falls. These are several waterfalls cascading down to a canyon.
Thangkharang Park – It offers a panoramic view of the cliffs and the Kynrem falls.
Khoh Ramhah – The “Giants Basket” also known as “Motrop” is an imposing single formation in the shape of a giant cone.
Living root Bridge – This is made of entwined roots of rubber plants. It is located at the Laitkynsew and Nongriat villages.
By the side of the Pomsohmen stream lays the cremation ground of the Sohra Syiemship (Cherra chieftain). This ‘Ka Kpep Syiem Sohra’ or the sacred cremation ground is located 1 km from the Sohra market.
Hints for Tourists
Cherrapunji (or Sohra) is a one-day sightseeing trip. It is a two-hour journey by road and one must start early from Shillong. If you reach it around 9 am you can catch the glimpse of the plains of Bangla Desh. Chances of clear siting reduce thereafter as the clouds start rising from the valley.
How to Reach Cherrapunji (or Sohra)
You can hire a private taxi for around Rs 1500/-, which is the best way to reach Cherrapunji (or Sohra). Besides this, Meghalaya Govt has a regular luxury coach service too. This starts from the Tourist Office located at Police Bazaar, Shillong. Alternatively, you can drive down in your car and stay the night at one of the many Airbnb homestays.
Book it at least a day in advance to ensure a timely visit to various dites.
If you finish your trip to Cherrapunji by 2 pm, you can visit the famous Elephant falls and Shillong peak on the return journey.