About Mawsynram

Country: India | State: Meghalaya

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Nearest City to Mawsynram: Guwahati (152 Kms), Shillong (60 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Mawsynram: September to May

Peak Season: October to November

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 Village and Jakrem are the top places to visit in Mawsynram. Also, the Mawsynram tourism is known for the secretly placed caves and the adventure sports activities.

Guwahati Airport is the nearest major airport which is about 163 km from Mawsynram and is well-connected by flights with cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur. About 153 km, Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest rail head to Mawsynram which has direct trains from Kolkata, Delhi, Agartala, Mumbai, Bikaner, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Patna, Kanyakumari, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Chennai and Jammu Tawi. Mawsynram is well-connected by bus with Guwahati, Shillong and Cherrapunjee. The drive from Shillong towards Mawsynram is a challenge for drivers and requires exception skills. Only SUVs or four-wheel drives can handle the terrain.

The PWD inspection bungalow in Mawsynram is the only hope for accommodation. There are plenty of staying options available in Shillong from luxurious independent cottages to lodges and homestays. Cherrapunji also offers better options for staying and eating.

The best time to visit Mawsynram is between the months of September and May as the rainfall is less during these two months and the weather is absolutely pleasant for sightseeing. For those who wish to relish the rains, the monsoon season is the best time to experience Mawsynram Tourism.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 03637
Languages Spoken: Khasi, Bengali, Assamese, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

How to Reach Mawsynram

By Air

Nearest Airport: Guwahati - Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (163 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Guwahati Railway Station (152 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Mawsynram Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Mawsynram


#2 of 4 Places to Visit in Mawsynram

At a distance of 2.5 km from Mawsynram Bus Station, Mawjymbuin Cave is a natural cave situated at Mawsynram village in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is one of the famous Caves in Meghalaya and among the top places to visit in Mawsynram.

Mawjymbuin cave is a 209 m high natural cave that is made up of calcareous sandstones. Also known as Krem Mawjymbuin, this cave consists of several stalagmites, which are formed as a result of weathering, calcium carbonate deposition and dripping of mineral-enriched liquid. There is a Shiva Linga structure that has been a result of a giant pillar formation and is a natural and accurate formation of the Hindu deity. This formation is the key attraction of this cave and is considered with very high regard. The most interesting fact here is the Shivlinga is constantly bathed in water issuing from a stalactite shaped like a cow's udder.

There are many rift entrances and passages in the cave, some of which are difficult to enter. A .....

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Heritage | Nature

#3 of 4 Places to Visit in Mawsynram

At a distance of 15 km from Mawsynram, Mawlyngbna is a scenic village located in Mawsynram Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Meghalaya and among the best places to experience Mawsynram Tourism.

The scenic village of Mawlyngbna is located on a hilltop. This serene village is famous for its rich fossils of animals dating back to 200 million years. Within the village are several natural springs that supply clean fresh water year-round. On the outskirts of the village is a large broadleaf forest which is famous for endangered predaceous pitcher plant. From the hilltop one can witnesses the dramatic sequence of the rolling Khasi hills merging into the Bangladesh plains.

There are also numbers of picturesque waterfalls among which the most notable ones are Um Diengkain and Ar Phalat waterfalls. There is also an adventure park run by Mawlyngbna village community which offers adventure sports like swimming, zip-lining, fishing, .....

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#4 of 4 Places to Visit in Mawsynram

At a distance of 4 km from Mawsynram Bus Station, Khreng Khreng is a vantage point situated at Mawkaphan in Mawsynram village of Meghalaya. It is one of the popular viewpoints in Mawsynram and among the best places to experience Mawsynram Tourism.

The word 'Khreng Khreng' means Cracked Rock in local Khasi language. From the viewpoint, visitors can get the enchanting view of Syntein, the five villages expertise in bamboo handicrafts. Their products gained recognition within the country and at international level as well. From this point one can also see the famous historic hill Lum Iawpaw, Umngi river, Rit Syntein and besides an attractive scenic beauty. This place also offers best view of setting sun.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

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Hill Station

#1 of 4 Places to Visit in Mawsynram

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 Mawsynram): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mawsynram - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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