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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best Time: October to February Read More

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"Meghalaya's dew drop"

Cherrapunji Tourism

Nestled amidst the misty hills of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji was once renowned as the wettest place on Earth. Located approximately 50 kilometers from Shillong, this sub-divisional town boasts a rich tapestry of flora and natural wonders. Although Mawsynram now holds the title of the wettest place, Cherrapunji retains its allure with the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. Its iconic double-decker living root bridge, a marvel of indigenous engineering, stands as a testament to the region's unique heritage.

Cherrapunji's natural attractions extend beyond its famed root bridge, encompassing enchanting cave formations like the Mawsmai Caves and Krem Phyllut. Visitors can immerse themselves in the pristine beauty of Asia's cleanest village, Mawylyngnong, where they can experience the local food and culture firsthand. The region's misty valleys and cascading waterfalls, including the awe-inspiring Nohkalikai Waterfalls, offer a scenic backdrop for adventurous road trips, particularly during sunny winter days.

For those seeking further exploration, a journey to Dawki, bordering Bangladesh, presents an opportunity for a serene boating experience on crystal-clear waters during the winter season. For adventurers, Cherrapunji offers trekking opportunities along rugged trails, leading to hidden caves and panoramic viewpoints. Additionally, eco-tourism initiatives allow travelers to engage with local communities, gaining insight into their sustainable way of life amidst the stunning natural surroundings.

The best time to visit is during the drier months from November to March, when the landscapes are at their most vibrant and the rainfall subsides, allowing for more comfortable exploration. Whether marveling at its cascading waterfalls, delving into its ancient caves, or immersing in its vibrant traditions, a journey to Cherrapunji promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Meghalaya's wilderness.

Must Know Before You Travel to Cherrapunji

Pre-Booking Activities: During peak tourist season, it's advised to pre-book to secure a spot. Check ahead and plan accordingly.
Attraction Closure: Certain attractions in Cherrapunji may be closed on particular days such as local holidays and weekdays. (Mawsmai Nongthymmai Eco park is closed from December 25th and December 31st)
Seasonal Closures: Check for seasonal closures as certain areas or activities in Cherrapunji may be closed during monsoon due to heavy rainfall. 
Language Barrier: While English is widely spoken, there might be instances where local dialects are predominant. Basic knowledge of local phrases can be helpful in such situations.
ATM Availability: ATMs might be scarce in some parts of Cherrapunji, so it's advisable to carry sufficient cash. Additionally, not all establishments may accept foreign currency, so exchange currency beforehand if needed.
Transport Options: Taxis are available for longer distances or convenience. Negotiate fares in advance if using taxis.
Health Precautions: Due to the hilly terrain, acclimatization is essential, especially for those not accustomed to high altitudes. Some attractions require you to hike or walk for long distances, so be prepared. 

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Cherrapunji Photos

Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Khasi monoliths
Nohkalikai Waterfalls

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What is the local food in Cherrapunjee?

Cherrapunjee houses a wide range of food options including North Indian, Bengali, Punjabi, South-Indian and Chinese cuisine as well as their slightly unique Khasi versions. The local cuisine is rich, refreshing and zesty and one must indulge in it. Pork momos and Jadoh along with rice cooked with pork blood are the specialty of this region.
Rice beer is a compulsory drink in celebration and ceremonies, religious or otherwise. Khasis ferment rice beer and through the process of distillation, making spirit out of rice or millets. Sohra Pulao is another unique delicacy popular here, prepared only with vegetables and oil, without using any spices.
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What are the places near Cherrapunjee?

The top places near to Cherrapunjee are Shillong which is 36 km from Cherrapunjee, Mawsynram which is located 11 km from Cherrapunjee, Jowai which is located 52 km from Cherrapunjee, Nongpoh which is located 69 km from Cherrapunjee, Guwahati which is located 94 km from Cherrapunjee

What are the things to do in Cherrapunjee?

The top things to do in Cherrapunjee are Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Dawki, Mawlynnong, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Mawsmai Cave, Krem Phyllut. You can see all the places to visit in Cherrapunjee here

How much does a package cost for Cherrapunjee?

The packages for Cherrapunjee start at INR 6292 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Cherrapunjee?

It is best to first reach either Shillong(60 km) or Guwahati(150 km) and then start for Cherrapunji. Shillong airport is the closest. Taxis from Shillong are easily available. If you plan to go by train, the Guwahati station is the closest. Helicopter services are available from Guwahati to Shillong - a thrilling experience in itself. Bus service is quite active and good between Shillong and Cherrapunji.
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What is the best time to visit Cherrapunjee?

September to May will let you have the best of Cherrapunjee. June is an absolute no-no, as it receives the highest amount of rainfall. July and August also experiences heavy rainfall and its best to avoid these 3 months.
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Q. What are some do's and donts when in Cherrapunjee? Does it really rain all year long?

Kovid Kapoor

6 years ago
don�t miss the living double decker root bridges while in cherrapunjee. And don�t go and swim anywhere you like because that can be dangerous and fatal. And yes it rains there almost throug (Read More)hout the year.
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Madan Palai

on Double Decker Living Root Bridge 6 years ago
It is very attractive place. But u must walking to see this double decker bridge. Approx 6km distance from your staring or entry gate. Total pathway is surrounded by green forest hills and falls. All (Read More) natures are so pleasent. U may take time to reach your destiny but must see it

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
- This is definitely in the top 5 of the wettest places on Earth - after all the debates. So obviously be well equipped to tackle that. Umbrellas, rain coats, gum boots, rubber slippers, floaters are (Read More) the top priorities in your 'things to carry' list. Other than that, also carry mosquito repellant creams. If you plan to go during winters (December - Feb) do carry warm clothing.
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