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Cherrapunji is a sub divisional town in the East Khasi Hills district State of Meghalaya. Cherrapunji is known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’. High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji (4,500 feet). This is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunji coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. Mawsynram, also in Meghalaya, is known to receive higher rainfall than Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji itself receives a staggering 11,777 mm of rainfall annually.
Cherrapunji is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season: the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji is that it rains mostly at night. The heaviest downpours span approximately five long months-from May until September. The clouds then are dark and menacing, full blown with rain, which descends earthwards with the stinging force of a whiplash.
Who should visit the city?
Best time to visit (months)
Season-1 : September - December | Season-2 : Jan - May
There are many government buses available frequently from Guwahati for the visitors to reach the place without any difficulty. One can even get AC buses to the city. The state has a facility of its own buses for tourists to visit main places of this city to ease tourist’s efforts of finding the attractions. Taxies are easily available from Guwahati.
Nearest railway station is Guwahati about 145 km away. Buses and taxis connect Guwahati to Cherrapunji
Borjhar airport in Guwahati, about 170 km north, is the nearest airport. You can reach Cherrapunji by a taxi or a bus.
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Best fair, festivals and attractions
Sohra festival is one of the main festival. Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Dainthlen Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Krem Mawmluh Cave, Mawsynram, Mawkdok Dympep Valley View etc are the main tourist places.