Travel to Cherrapunji Hill Station

Cherrapunji is a city in the state of Meghalaya, India that experiences monsoon season throughout the year.
Travel to Cherrapunji Hill Station

It is recorded to be amongst the world's wettest regions. It is often referred to as the 'Land of Oranges'. It is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine and natural beauty.

Best time to visit
During the span of May to August, heaviest rainfall takes place. The whole region is full of dark, menacing clouds. Hence, it is advisable to visit this place in the months of September and October.

The state of Meghalaya is well connected to all metropolis cities of the nation. Shillong lies at a distance of 60 km from Cherrapunji and it has a domestic airport. Guwahati that lies at a distance of 181 km has the nearest railhead, and also has an international airport. This city has many private hotels that offer comfortable options of lodging. Hotels such as The Circuit House and the Dak Bungalow require prior permission from the administration.
How to Reach Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji lies in the state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya is well connected to all parts of the nation. Its capital Shillong, has its own airport that caters to the need of all tourists. The drive from Shillong to Cherrapunji is a pleasurable one. There are many taxis and buses that ply to this route. These places are at a distance of 60 km from each other.

By Air

Shillong (Umroi) airport is the nearest to Cherrapunji. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and is well connected to other major cities of the nation. Indian airlines run a 50 seater ATR German aircraft on this route.

Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati is the nearest international airport to Cherrapunji.

There are flights from New Delhi or Kolkata to Guwahati. Flights from Kolkata operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

By Rail

Guwahati acts as the nearest railhead to Cherrapunji. Although it lies at a distance of 181 km from this region, buss or taxis can be availed from the railway station. Guwahati railway station is well connected to the entire country and regular trains carry passengers to and from.

By Road

The state transport bus station lies in Paltan Bazaar, near Guwahati Railway Station. A tourist can catch Assam state and Meghalaya state transport buses to Shillong. Apart from this, there are many private luxury coach operators nearby, who also ply their buses. There is also the tourist taxi stand that provides tourist taxis up to Shillong.

States buses run frequently between Shillong and Cherrapunji. The tickets too are affordable.

The Shared Taxis currently charge Rs.150 per person, and take in 5 persons. Sumo Maxi Cabs charge Rs.90 to Rs.100 per person to Shillong, and take in 10 passengers

Places to Visit in Cherrapunji

The hills of Cherrapunji are untouched by the dull hands of busy metropolis lives. This region is not yet exploited and this fact adds to their charm, giving all tourists a chance at exploration.  

Double Decker Root Bridge
This bridge is amongst the premier attractions of Cherrapunji. It is situated in the Tyma Village and acts as the pride of successful bio-engineering.
Double Decker Root Bridge

Basically, it is a 100 feet long, two-tier living root bridge. It gets across at least 50 people or more at one point of time. For such a bridge to become fully functional, a period of 10 to 15 years is required. The best quality about it is that it gets stronger everyday.

Dainthlen Waterfalls
Located at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunji, they act as perfect picnic spots, furnishing a pleasant drive full with scenic beauty to look around for, in order to reach here. Rangjyrthej is a village that lies near these falls that is worth a visit.
Dainthlen Waterfalls

There is an interesting legend associated with the falls. It is believed that people killed a huge snake living in the caves nearby this place and the natural rock carving made by the snake can still be seen.

David Scott Memorial
David Scott Memorial

It is monument which was erected by the British in recognition of David Scott who was considered as the most zealous, able and intelligent servant of that time.

Eco Park
Located in the east Khasi hills district in Cherrapunji, it was established by Meghalaya Government. It offers a breath taking view of Sylhet Plains of neighbouring Bangladesh.
Eco Park

You will find several varieties of hybrid and indigenous orchids in the green house in the park.

Khasi Monoliths
For people seeking little adventure, these monoliths are a must. Many monoliths that were built in the memory of ancestors lie scattered around Cherrapunji.
Khasi Monoliths

One of them in particular, has beautiful intricate structure of interconnecting underground passages that lie beneath old caves.

Krem Phyllut Cave
This 1002 m long cave has 3 entrances and two river passages and is among the major attractions located towards the south of Cherrapunji in Mawsmai village.
Krem Phyllut Cave

Timings: 9 a.m to 4.30 p.m (All days open)

Ram Krishna Mission
There is a special performance known as Shad Suk Mynsiem or 'Dance of the Joyous Heart' organized here during the month of April which one should try not to miss.
Ram Krishna Mission

It was established in 1939.

Tourist Destination Near Cherrapunji

Nohkalikai Waterfalls
These waterfalls lie at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunji. They are very popular as they have earned the title of being fourth highest waterfall in the world with a height of 1100 ft.

The view of these waterfalls falling off a steep cliff is majestic especially during the monsoons.

Thangkharang Park
It lies at a distance of 12 km from Cherrapunji. This park is directly under the control of the State forest department.
Thangkharang Park

This park overlooks the plains of Bangladesh, and provides a beautiful view of them. There is a nominal entry fee too.

Shopping in Cherrapunji
Even though Cherrapunji is not a shopper's paradise, a tourists can pick up some souvenirs in remembrance of their stay at this beautiful wet city. While here, a person must shop for oranges which are famous even in Central India. Sayang and Saflang are popular fruits grown locally in the regions. These are packed in banana leaves and sold on the local street markets around the city.

What to buy and where to shop?
Tribal jewellery and orange-flavoured honey are a must buy. Among handicrafts, cane, bamboo and wooden artifacts can be brought from Cherrapunji.

You will also find some interesting options among handloom including shawls and fabrics. You will easily find these items in Cherra Bazaar in Cherrapunji.
Shopping in Cherrapunji

A few miles away, Bara Bazaar in Shillong attracts lot of tribal Khasis. This market is mainly run by women who sell everything from gold jewellery to spices and textiles.

Apart from this, there is also Police Bazaar that has many food stalls along with shops selling various other things. The market is popular for its locally produced wooden and bamboo handicrafts. Forest-made honey is a specialty of the place. Hand-carved knives and bamboo cutlery are among other artifacts available in this market.

Beautifully woven traditional Khasi skirts called jain-sayem made of silk are an expensive yet worthy buying.

Eating Out in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is famous for its oranges. Apart from this, rice is the staple food of this region. Fish and meat are also consumed.
Eating Out in Cherrapunji

Khasis also ferment rice-beer, and make spirit out of rice or millets by distillation. Use of rice-beer is a must for every ceremonial and religious occasion.

Travel Tips
  • As Cherrapuji is a monsoon destination and experiences heavy rainfall during most of the months, it is advised not to go there specially during the monsoons. Always carry your monsoon gears namely, umbrellas and raincoats with you when in Cherrapunji.
  • Always be safe and alert while driving in the hilly areas like Cherrapunji as the road are narrow at some places with sharp turns.
  • Be careful while trekking around the hills. A little careless may prove to be risky. It is also advised that you avoid moving around the isolated areas alone.
Hotels in Cherrapunji

Polo Orchird Resort
Address: Nohsngithiang Falls, Mawsmai Elaka, Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya 793108
Phone:089740 10141
Pala Resort
Address: Kutmadan, Sohra, Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya 793111
Phone:089740 10141
By The Way
Address: Sohra-Shella Road, Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya 793108
Phone:098566 30274

 Tourist Map of Cherrapunji
Tourist Map of Cherrapunji

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