Cherrapunji is a place where nature flourishes. It may be the wettest place on earth, but it is a region surrounded with abounds of scenic beauty too. It is 1300 meters above the sea level thus commands a panoramic view of hilly terrains, deep gorges and valleys with its roaring waterfalls. It also overlooks the vast plains of Bangladesh.
The town of Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of state capital Shillong. The town is also known as Sohra and Churra. Cherrapunji, also means ‘the land of oranges’. A peculiar thing about the town is that despite receiving excess rain, the town faces acute water shortage and the locals have to travel great distances to get fresh water.
Cherrapunji till date collects the largest amount of rainfall in the world at an average annual rainfall of 11,931.7mm. Also known as ‘Sohra’, Cherrapunji was once upon a time the capital of Assam of British India and the Centre of Khasi Culture and Literature during the early days.
Cherrapunji is famous for its Bamboo Handicrafts, especially products made of bamboo and cane. The lovely town is also famous for its honey known as “Genuine Orange Flower Honey”. The home of enterprising Khasi clans, Cherrapunji’s place in the Guinness Book of Records is not its only claim to fame. Along with falls lesser in height but no less alluring, the spectacular, cascading 1,035-ft-high Mawsmai Falls-the fourth highest in India-lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji. Close by is situated a fascinating labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves-a veritable dream for amateur explorers.