Cherrapunji’s a stunning location and it receives rain all year-round. The place is also called as the wettest place on earth, and the place is where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than millimeters. Today, climatic changes have edged Cherrapunji out of top notch wet slot, but it still retains its pristine beauty, its unusual facets, the perpetual clouds and perpetual mists. This place lies in at the heart of the State of Meghalaya-the home of clouds.
It is perhaps the only place in India, which has just a single season: the monsoon. The rainfall vary from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about this place is it rains heavily at night. Day to day activity is not really disrupted by the rain.
As in days gone by, the faces of Cherrapunji don’t change with the seasons, but with the pattern of rainfall. The heaviest downpour span approximately five long months commencing from May till September. The clouds then are dark and menacing, full blown with rain that descends with the stinging force of a whiplash.
Throughout these months, cherrapunjiis transformed into a sea of tiny, gushing rivulets. The raindrops beat incessantly on rooftops and treetops creating awesome sounds that cannot be savored anywhere else but in the Northeastern states. There are also record making months that contribute to records like stunning 22,987 mm of rainfall in the year 1861. The annual average rainfall of Cheerapuji stands today at 10,871 millimeters. Barely 10 km from Cherrapunji stands the village of Mawsynram that has snatched the record of the heaviest rainfall with 12,163 millimeters of rainfall.
Attractions of Cheerapunji
It is the home of enterprising Khasi clans, cherrapunjiplace in the Guiness Book of Records is not only a claim to fame. Along with falls lesser in height, but not less alluring, the spectacular cascading 1035 ft height Mawsmai Falls- fourth highest in India-lie just few kilometers beyond Cheerapunji.
Closeby you’ll witness a fascinating labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves a veritable dream for amateur explorers. Elsewhere around Cheerapunji, Khasi monoliths like dotted around as a vague reminder of forests of Bastar.
Amidst all the surprises, you’ll witness warm sunshine. When the clouds drift away there are a series of memorable views, and one can view as far as Bangladesh. Orchids bloom here and as the months move on, you’ll the feel the smell of decaying vegetation.
Originally posted 2013-05-20 19:52:10.