The clear azure sky suddenly changes colours and a darker shade of grey begins to envelop the atmosphere. It looks as if the sky was perennially missing the floating grey clouds in its vicinity. The rainiest place on planet earth for a substantial period in the past, Sohra in local parlance or Cherrapunjee as the world knows, creates a heavy concoction of flowing rivers, cool breeze, swaying trees and hot noodle soups. There is a thick cover of mist that greets anyone whose footsteps cross these undulating green valleys. Cherrapunjee still retains the charm of a British summer retreat with solitary dilapidated bungalows and remnants of colonial churches dotting the verdant valleys in between the prolific number of hotels that have conjured up recently in these parts. Cherrapunjee is the second largest town after the capital city of Shillong in Meghalaya and lies at a distance of close to 56 km from Shillong. There are regular cabs available from Shillong for a 2 hour drive to Cherrapunjee. The sight of the waterfalls in the monsoon season from July-September is the prettiest but this place also offers cosy retreats and nature walks during the winter months from October to February.
Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is one of the wettest places on the planet and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. The town of Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital, Shillong. Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’. The cliffs of Cherrapunjee also offer stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh.
Best Places to stay
Cherrapunjee offers several options for accommodation. From guest houses with basic amenities, resorts that offer better facilities, cottages to home-stays.
Best Places to Eat
Pork rice is a Khasi specialty that must be sampled in Cherrapunji. Eateries that sell pork and other red meat abound in the town. Sohra Pulao which is rice cooked with oil and vegetables but without spices should not be missed.