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About Cherrapunji

Country: India | State: Meghalaya

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Cherrapunji: Guwahati (146 Kms), Shillong (54 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Cherrapunji: September to May

Peak Season: March to April

At a distance of 54 km from Shillong, 80 km from Mawsynram, 84 km from Dawki, 146 km from Guwahati, 292 km from Tezpur, Cherrapunji or Cherrapunjee is a small sub divisional town in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is one of the wettest places on the earth and among the must visit places in Meghalaya as part of honeymoon tour packages.

The original name for this town was Sohra, which was pronounced 'Churra' by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji, which means the 'land of oranges'. According to the history, Cherrapunji is the traditional capital of a Nongkhlaw hima, an independent Khasi state. Between 16th and 18th centuries, the local residents were ruled by their tribal Syiems (chiefs) of Khyriem in the Khasi Hills. Tirot Sing was the last important Syiem of this area, who later admitted to the British in 1883 and ruled this place till independence.

Receiving an annual rainfall of about 11,777 mm, Cherrapunji happens to be the second wettest place on the planet after Mawsynram. The town receives both south-west and north-east monsoons. Despite receiving an abundant rainfall, Cherrapunji faces an acute water shortage and the inhabitants have to trek very long distances to obtain potable water. The excessive rain causes soil erosion which has deprived the land of Cherrapunji and the surrounding valleys.

Located in Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is a paradise for monsoon lovers and nature enthusiasts as it is home to several gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful limestone caves, living root bridges and other stunning natural attractions. David Scott Trail, Maswmai Cave, Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Seven Sister Waterfalls, Nohkalikai falls, and Thangkharang Park are the top places to visit in Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunji is also an ideal place for trekking and soaking up the peace that nature offers. The most popular trekking route is the one that leads to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Nongriat village.

Nongkrem Dance and Shad-Suk Mynsiem are the two important festivals of Cherrapunji. Nongkrem Dance is an annual dance festival celebrated for five days every year in the month of October or November. The tribes in Cherrapunji perform the Nongkrem dance with pomp and gaiety. Shad-Suk Mynsiem is a dance festival, where the Khasi people thank the Almighty for the year that went by.

Guwahati Airport is the nearest major airport which is about 166 km from Cherrapunji and is well-connected by flights with cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur. About 146 km, Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest rail head to Sohra which is well connected by train with Kolkata, Delhi, Agartala, Mumbai, Bikaner, Dibrugarh, Tambaram, Bangalore, Silchar, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Patna, Kanyakumari, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Chennai and Jammu Tawi. Shillong is the nearest bus station from where frequent state buses run between Shillong and other regions of Assam and Meghalaya to reach Cherrapunji. Frequent state buses, cabs or taxis are available from Shillong to reach Cherrapunji.

From guest houses to resorts and from cottages to homestays, Cherrapunji has several options for accommodation. Some of these hotels and resorts are boutique properties in remote scenic locations while some are larger and closer to town.

Cherrapunji is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season that is monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. So, the best time to visit Cherrapunji is between the months of October and May, when the weather remains cool and pleasant. It's advisable to avoid a visit to Cherrapunji during the peak monsoon season. more

Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 03637
Languages Spoken: Khasi, Bengali, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Nongkrem Dance & Shad-Suk Mynsiem

How to Reach Cherrapunji

By Air

Nearest Airport: Guwahati - Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (166 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Guwahati Railway Station (146 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Shillong (54 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Cherrapunji

Hill Station

#1 of 18 Places to Visit in Cherrapunji

At a distance of 98 km from Guwahati, 377 km from Dhaka, 414 km from Kohima, 420 km from Cooch Behar, 572 km from Siliguri, 594 km from Darjeeling, 631 km from Gangtok and 1116 km from Kolkata, Shillong is a mesmerizing hill station in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in India. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya as well as the headquarters of East Khasi Hills district. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in India and among the must include places in your honeymoon tour packages.

Perched at an attitude of 1496 m, Shillong is situated on a plateau bounded by the Umiam gorge on the north, Diengiei Hills on the northwest, and the hills of the Assam valley on the northeast. Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong with an altitude of 6449 feet. The city gets its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong, who is worshipped at the Shillong Peak. The British fondly called Shillong the 'Scotland of the .....

Distance (From Cherrapunji): 54 Kms
Trip Duration (From Cherrapunji - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Hill Station

#2 of 18 Places to Visit in Cherrapunji

At a distance of 60 km from Shillong, 63 km from Nongkrem, 81 km from Cherrapunjee, 104 km from Mawlynnong, 107 km from Dawki, and 152 km from Guwahati, Mawsynram is a scenic village located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is the wettest place on the earth and among the best places to visit in Meghalaya.

Situated at an altitude of 1400 m, Mawsynram is the rain lover's paradise as it receives the highest rainfalls in India. With 11,872 mm of rainfall received annually, Mawsynram beats Cherrapunji by a slender margin. Cherrapunji receives 11,777 mm of rainfall. The rains are so intense in Mawsynram that the villagers use thick grass to sound-proof their homes from the thunderous rain. The 'Maw' in Mawsynram is a Khasi word meaning 'stone'. It symbolizes the unique megaliths unearthed in the Khasi Hill area.

Apart from rains, Mawsynram is also known for lush green vegetation, floating clouds, roaring waterfalls and the colourful orchids. Mawjymbuin Cave, Mawlyngbna .....

Distance (From Cherrapunji): 81 Kms
Trip Duration (From Cherrapunji - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station | Nature

#3 of 18 Places to Visit in Cherrapunji

At a distance of 30 km from Mawlynnong, 57 km from Jowai, 71 km from Nongkrem, 80 km from Shillong, 84 km from Cherrapunjee, 95 km from Mairang, 172 km from Guwahati, 205 km from Kamrup, 223 km from Morigaon, 265 km from Barpeta, Dawki or Dauki is a small town in West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. Situated on the banks of Umngot River, it is one of the beautiful places to visit in Meghalaya.

Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a border town in Jaintia Hills. It is also a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh which is mainly used for coal transportation to Bangladesh and also other places of India. The crystal clear Umngot River of Dawki is a major attraction that marks the natural separation between the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.

Besides being a trade hub, this small town is known for its immense natural beauty. Umngot River, Umngot Bridge, Jaflong Zero Point .....

Distance (From Cherrapunji): 84 Kms
Trip Duration (From Cherrapunji - Including Travel): Full Day
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Most Asked Questions on Cherrapunji

  • What is the best time to visit Cherrapunji?

    Cherrapunji can be visited at any time through out the year, but September to May is the best time to visit Cherrapunji when the weather remains cool and pleasant. It's advisable to avoid a visit to Cherrapunji during the peak monsoon season.

  • How many days are required to visit Cherrapunji?

    Shillong usually takes 1-2 days to visit the most important tourist attractions. Cherrapunji can be mixed with near by wonderful destination like Shillong, Dawki, Jowai and Guwahati by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Cherrapunji?

    Budget of Cherrapunji trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Cherrapunji tour packages offered by start from as low as INR 6000 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8500 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Cherrapunji?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Cherrapunji like Nohsngithiang Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Dainthlen Waterfalls, Arwah Cave, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Nongsawlia Presbyterian Church, etc. Shillong which is around 55 km from Cherrapunji and can be visited along with Cherrapunji.

  • What are the things to buy in Cherrapunji?

    Some of the famous items to buy in Cherrapunji are handicrafts, especially items made from cane and bamboo, orange flower honey, cinnamon and other spices.