Sohra (or Cherrapunjee) is a small place about 50 kms from the state capital Shillong. A fantastic highway through the East Khasi hills ensures you cover the distance in under 90 mins. But, a major problem to that, are the views around you. They make you stop every few meters.
The claim to fame of Sohra or Cherrapunjee, is being one of the wettest places on the planet. So the ideal time to visit this place is monsoons. With a lush green cover all around and overflowing falls in the East Khasi Hills, it makes for a very pretty sight. When we planned the trip, it was in the month of November which sees minimal rainfall. Yes, we did not get to see it in it’s prime, but, hey, it was still better than most other options.
The beauty of the place is such that you will not come back disappointed, whenever you decide to visit.
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How to reach Sohra?
The quickest way to reach Sohra, is to catch a flight till Guwahati, travel by road (NH40) till Shillong, and then onward to Sohra along the SH5. The roads are an absolute delight to drive on. The roads in Meghalaya are in a league of their own! Excellent tarmac and proper signage. The road sense and discipline in the drivers makes driving here, even more pleasurable.
The state highway from Shillong to Sohra passes through some small idyllic villages, which are all spick and span. Mawlyyong has a claim as being the cleanest village in the world, but dare I say, every other village in the state gives it a stiff competition for this title.
Highlights of Sohra
One of highlights is the limestone cave systems developed over centuries. Some of the famous and ‘tourist’ friendly caves are – Mawsmai, Lawshynna and Mawmluh. All these are pretty elaborate with narrow passages at places. It is an experience you should not miss if you are going that way.
The other obvious highlights of Sohra or Cherrapunjee are the numerous waterfalls that dot the surrounding hills. Some of the most famous ones being – Noh-Kalikai Falls, Seven sisters Falls (called so as there are 7 parallel streams of water falling), Noh-Sngithiang Falls, Kynrem Falls, Dain-Thlen Falls etc.
Don’t plan a busy day trip from Shillong. Take it easy, spend sometime in the nature, enjoy the journey, the views, the clouds. There are plenty of hotels available in almost every budget range, so take your pick.
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Finally, if you do stay for a longer time, don’t miss these lesser known gems – Ka Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park. The former, in local dialect means, clear view and that is exactly what you get from here. You can see almost as far as the plains of Bangladesh. Thangkharang Park offers a similar view and is pretty close to the Kynrem Falls.
Hope you guys enjoyed this journey! Share your stories from the valley too, what did you like the most? And when do you plan to return? :)
Keep Rocking, keep Roaming!