/ Places to see in Cherrapunji
High above the hazy clouds lays the Hill station of Cherrapunji that is adorned with the choicest blessings of nature and its fullness. Located at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level the picturesque location once had te credit of being the wettest place on the world recording high levels of rainfall than any other place on the surface of the earth. The apparent changes in the ecosystem has bought about changes in the patterns of rainfall but not the intensity, Cherrapunji tourism or the point that attracts tourists the most is the pristine and everlasting ecosystem that is just perfect for spending some quality time on holiday.
Hence the places to visit in Cherrapunji are:
Mawkdok Dympep Valley View- This place is located at the entrance of the Sohra Tourist Circuit in the hill station of Cherrapunji. The landscape of the hill station is mostly verdant with hazy environment and has a mystic ambience. Travelers travelling to the valley witness a transformation in the environment with deep gouges and a view point that offers a scenic and at the same time picturesque view of Cherrapunji. The sight is awe inspiring and the ambience is filled with a brooding silence. Here one can enjoy the fullest in being with nature.
Mawmluh Caves- This is a spectular natural creation that cannot be missed while on stay on Cherrapunji. One of the longest caves to be found in the Indian subcontinent with an opening that is 10 feet above sea level. The caves have a single way for both entry and exist. The entry is not for the faint of heart. Once inside the cave there is a hush silence and as such tourists can feel this and see the live stone pillars and the mites formation and both the ceilings and the entrance of the cave. Over the years the entrance has caved in due to the extraction of limestone. However this is also a testing experience , patience is the key while entering and exiting the cave.
Nongsawlia- Situated at about two kilometers from Sohra this is a charming village. Much of the changes and the way of life of the villager living the city are credited to the Welsh missionaries who started their ministry in the before independence. This is also the epicenter of the missionary work that later on spread to the Khasi hills and Jaintia hills. The environment is serene and mystic more over the warmth and the utter simplicity of the folks residing here attracts tourists to spend some time here. Though from the exterior it may appear to be lazy and laid back town, the locals are very hardworking in their daily tasks.
Mawsmai Falls- This is a geological spectacle. The cascading waterfall of the 1,035 feet is one attraction that tourists flock. The simple reason for this is the waterfall and the second reason the lush green and sylvan settings around the falls that are a treat for the sense and relaxation of the mind. The feeling is mystic, tourists can to visit the place in search of peace and solace and they are greeted and welcomed with and unseen and peaceful tranquility.
Noh-Kalikai Falls- Though it is said that the best time to visit the fall during the months of the monsoon, the cascading waterfalls are an attraction all throughout the years especially in terms of visiting tourists. The beautiful Falls of Noh-Kalikai have a sad tale to tell. Yet tourists are treated to the best and the most refreshing feeling that can be experienced. The falls is said to be the tears of grief of a mother who grieved for her deceased daughter. However every traveler visiting this place exudes a feeling of consolation. Hence is a consoling and peaceful place for tourists to spend and truly experience the ambience of nature.
Dain Theln Falls- This is also located next to the Sohra and is also known for the cascading waterfalls and the rock carvings besides the waterfalls. Legend has it that the name Theln refers to the snake that was killed by the village folk at the side of the falls. In summation of the same there can be seen a sstone carving that bears the inscriptions of the same with rock cut stones. This is also a mystic place as the evergreen environment offer rejuvenation to the visitors.
Double Decker living root Bridge- There is a number of bridges in the vicinity in and around the city. But this bridge is special and distinct above the rest and hence finds mention in every possible travelogue. The reason for this is the bridge is not made by hand but by living roots that spread across the barks of two living trees and forms a covering of roots like nestling pathway which ferries tourists to and fro. The feeling of this bridge is difficult to be articulated in words since it is none other than a marvel of nature for tourists to experience.
The monoliths of Khasi- The monoliths of Khasi are a perfect place for tourists and at the same time explorers who have a thirst for the unchartered and going about exploring the same. The Khasi Monoliths are actually scattered all throughout the region of Cherrapunji and appear in clusters. This is a perfect location especially for those who have a keen interest in trekking and exploring and have a thirst for something adventurous.
Don Bosco’s Shrine- The Don Bosco’s Shrine Cherrapunji is an important tourists destination in the hill station and at the same time is also the main church for the tribal communities of Khasi in the area. The construction of the resembles that of a Khasi Place of worship with the center dome with spires and have been in compliance with popular construction. The inside of the Church and the main altar is adorned with a mosaic on te altar that was assembled piece by piece.
Mawlynnong Village- Situated 90 kms from Shillong along the Indo Bangla Border; this picturesque village is the cleanest village in India and offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. Mawlynnong is an artist's delight and the sort of getaway that would titillate creative writers and poets.