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"Meghalaya's dew drop"

Cherrapunji Tourism

Earlier the wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, also known as Sohra, is known for its double-decker living root bridge. Located around 50 Kms from Shillong, this sub-divisional town is famous for its rich flora and natural attractions. Although Mawsynram is now the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji still holds the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. Apart from the famous living root bridge, other natural attractions include cave formations such as the Mawsmai Caves and Krem Phyllut. Asia's cleanest village, Mawylyngnong is another famous tourist spot here, where visitors can live and experience the food and culture of the village.

The misty valleys and the waterfalls in the region make a long drive through Cherrapunji ideal for those who love road trips. The breathtaking panoramic views of the valley and waterfalls such as the famous Nohkalikai Waterfalls are wonderful experiences to be had during the sunny winter days. For those with a bit of time on their hands, the town of Dawki at the border with Bangladesh offers a wonderful clearwater boating experience in the winter season.

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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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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 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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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 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

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

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Q. What are some do's and donts when in Cherrapunjee? Does it really rain all year long?

Kovid Kapoor

4 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 4 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

4 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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