6 reasons you should invest in travel to Sohra (Cherrapunjee) at least for a Day
August 24, 2018
What to do in single day Cherrapunjee trip?
Recently, I visited the wettest place on earth Cherrapunjee (Also known as Sohra in native language). The travel experience was amazing. You are away from technology in a land untouched much by our human counterparts. This is my experience of my one day Cherrapunjee trip.
Our Journey started in Shillong and after a 2 hours drive we reached the outskirts of Cherrapunjee. It is a high-altitude town in the northeast part of the Indian state of Meghalaya. The area is known for its living root bridges made from rubber trees, Mawkdok Dympep valley view point which overlooks verdant gorges and in the surrounding hills, the Noh-Kalikai, Dain-Thlen and Kynrem waterfalls plunge from forested clifftops. To the south of town, Mawsmai cave is illuminated to show its stalagmites.
Through this travel blog post I am going to give you 6 reasons why you should plan a Cherrapunjee trip for your next vacation.
1) Mawdok Dympep Valley the First in your Cherrapunjee trip :
This valley view point is a point from where you can see the beautiful and exorbitant gorges of Mawdok Dympep. The point is a heaven for photographers and an eye catcher for the tourists visiting this place. The valley is located on the way to Cherrapunjee. You are most likely to be visiting this place as your first attraction in your Cherrapunjee trip.
Another reason I loved this place was the food. A canteen is located just by the view point and there are three separate shops inside. It is a perfect place to have your breakfast, they have both north-east and north Indian cuisines. After a hefty breakfast you can continue your journey towards other Cherrapunjee sightseeing points.
2) Wahkaba Falls The Canyon waterfall of India :
The next point of interest after the valley view point is Wakaba falls. The fall is a gem in the mountains. Once you reach there you will just see a valley and staircase leading down the hill.
I saw many tourists just viewing the valley or going down these first flight of stairs and turning back. They are missing the real gem of the place, the falls as it is located downstairs. If you go all the way down it starts to gets dangerous. The stairs are slippery and broken so be careful while going down or climbing back up. As I reached the falls, I was mesmerized by the view and the calm environment.
the waterfall in itself is a very soothing place. There is a bridge here where you can stop for a while, You can enjoy the view and listen to the calm sound of the waterfall just behind you. This is a must visit place for all the nature lovers like myself. Here you can unwind your thoughts and be in the lap of our true and amazing mother nature.
3) NohkaliKai Falls a must visit in your cherrapunjee trip list:
A must visit place in your Cherrapunjee trip and a great part of Cherrapunjee(Sohra) Tourism.The falls are located on a inside road from Cherrapunjee(Sohra). The waterfall boasts to be the tallest plunge waterfall in India and has a height of 1115 feet. The fall got its name from a tragic story which you can read from the wikepedia .
The Falls and its surrounding have a picturesque view with the fall seen far off from the view point. The place has quiet a few local sellers selling garam masala’s(specially cinnamon sticks as large as 3-4 feet in length), fresh pineapples and souvenirs to remember this place by.
Do buy the Cinnamon sticks. I only got one packet from a local vendor but they are worth more. The sticks are really fresh and have authentic flavors. Buy them from local hawkers rather then big shops so you will get a more pure product at better prices.
4) Eco Park:
The Eco park is built and maintained by Govt. of Meghalaya and holds a unique spot in Cherrapunjee Tourism. It is one of the popular Cherrapunjee sightseeing attraction and a must visit in your trip.
The park is a place where you can enjoy the view of green canyons, falls and plains of Bangladesh all in one single place.
When you walk past the crossover bridge and arrive at its ends you will get the beautiful view of the green canyons the view in itself is really breathtaking.
When you walk to the other side of the park you can enjoy the amazing view of the Sylhet plains of Bangladesh.
Apart from the Amazing views and calm atmosphere the park also holds a vast variety of orchids given by the Shillong agri-horticulture society. The flowers are placed inside a greenhouse in the park. The unique park is situated atop a plateau and is recently developed. The park is also the originating point of the famous Nohsngithiang Falls. The park also hosts clear water streams inside its boundaries.
5) Nohsngithiang Falls or The Seven Sisters Falls :
Located one km from Mawsmai village, Nohsngithiang Falls (also known as the seven sisters waterfalls ) is a seven-segmented waterfall in east khasi hill district. The height of the waterfall is 1033 ft (315 m). The falls also have an average width of 230 ft(70 m) making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India.
The waterfalls mainly symbolizes the seven states in the northeast namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya. This is why it is also known as the Seven Sisters falls.
The beauty of this falls comes to light mainly during the rainy seasons. So one must visit this place during monsoons to get the flow of it. The falls plunges over the top of the limestone cliffs and at its full spate the falls segment covers almost whole of the cliff.
The falls get illuminated by the Vibrant colors of the rising as well as setting sun making it a very beautiful sight. So, one must plan a visit to this place in there Cherrapunjee trip.
6) Mawswami Caves:
Meghalaya has lots of caves. The Mawswami Caves is one of them and should be in your to do list during your visit to Sohra(Cherrapunjee).
Just make sure you are not claustrophobic as it can get pretty tight inside. At first you have to buy and entry ticket which costs around Rs.20. Then after a small hike on the staircase your are led to the cave entrance.(sorry about the pictures my DSLR battery died out and there was literary a line to go inside the cave so was not able to stop and click much).
The Mawsami caves are a network of underground beautiful stalactites and stalagmites caves. Once inside the fist look suggest its a wide open cave and you will be out in a second. As you move forward the caves become more narrower and you literary had to sit at some points to pass through.
I thought this attraction was deserted as I saw lots of people turning back from the entrance of the caves. But, I think that day lots of daredevils were in there. As the path became narrower the line of the tourists became larger. Which made matters worse because of the small space, foul smell and agitated tourists. After some time the line started to move but what came next made me amazed as well as startled.
I literally had to crawl in some places. But after some climbing, grinding and stealth walking I was finally able to complete the whole cave expedition without much of the problem (if you are not Claustrophobic). But I do like to point out that there is zero safety for the visitors inside the cave. There are no exit point, no safety measures or safety kits. The cave had enough lights. But, the main issue was the power source since electricity was powering these lights. Things could get ugly pretty quickly as there was water almost everywhere.
I am not suggesting that you should not visit but just making you aware of some of the situations that might occur. It is better to roam around inside the cave when less people are around. I would also like to make the authorities aware that they should have a protocol in place when there are lots of tourists visiting these caves if a serious mishap occurs.
Overall, It is a must visit place and if you like a small adventure then these caves are full of it. Do include a visit to this place whenever you are planning your Cherrapunjee trip.
The whole day sightseeing was quiet eventful in Cherrapunjee. It was worth every step I took to visit these places. If you are visiting Meghalaya do visit Cherrapunjee for its calm, peaceful and wonderful existence.
We had lunch at orange roots (Which was not that good that’s why not reviewing it). After a whole adventurous day with lots of amazing memories I went back to Shillong. I did Shillong day tour the next day you can read about it here.