Cherrapunji, that was historically named as Sohra, is a subdivisional town in the district of East Khasi Hills, in the state of Meghalaya. Cherrapunji has often been credited as the second wettest place on earth, after Mawsynram, that is located not very far from the former.
Located at a distance of about thirty-five kilometres away from Shillong, atop the Shillong plateau, the best time to visit this land of pristine beauty is during the months of August, September and October, as the rainfall during these months is comparatively lesser.
Owing to heavy rainfall all year round, agriculture suffers a great deal, here, which is why Cherrapunji is very much dependant on the influx of tourists for its financial advancement. Thus, once you visit Cherrapunji you won’t only be having the time of your life, but also will be helping people whose livelihood depends on tourists like you.
Unfamiliar places become easier to navigate through once you have a private rental car at your disposal anytime you want. Look no further, as we are here to help you make your one day Cherrapunji trip one of the best vacations you will ever have. A car will pick you up at an appointed time as per your convenience and all you have to do is plug in your headphones, sit back and relax as we will be there taking care of your every need.
Package Glimpse of 1 Day Cherrapunji Local Sightseeing Tour by Cab
Cherrapunji is a beautiful mix of old and new, cultural and natural beauty. In the one day Cherrapunji private package, we will be exploring spots such as Nohkalikai waterfalls, double-decker living root bridge, Krem Mawmluh Caves, Mawsmai Falls, Eco park, Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, Thangkharang Park and Khasi Monoliths. All of our private rental cabs are GPS-enabled, air conditioned, luxurious, and driven by experienced drivers to ensure that your trip is safe, secure and enjoyable. Our packages are all-inclusive and extremely pocket friendly as well!
1. Nohkalikai waterfalls
Nohkalikai Waterfalls, which is around 5 km away from Cherrapunjee, is the fourth highest waterfall on our planet, and will be the first spot on our one day Cherrapunji local sightseeing tour. Falling from a height of 1,100 feet, the sad legend associated with these falls is as enthralling as the Falls itself.
The perfect time to visit this place is during the monsoons when the falls is at its glorious best. There is a viewing gallery which permits the tourists to take in the view which is often, at the mercy of the mist that sweeps in frequently.
A flight of stairs will take tourists down to other popular tourist hotspots. For those of you who are adventurous enough to go on a trek, the iconic double root bridge will take you to the base of this waterfalls and the trip is sure to give you an adrenaline boost.
- Must See / Things Do:: There is a small local temple at the foot of this waterfall, which you must visit.
2. Double-decker living root bridge
Double-Decker Living Root Bridge is found in the Tyrna village of Cherrapunji. It is made of real rubber, extracted from Indian rubber tree which is also known as Ficus Elastica. Every year, thousands of tourists visiting Cherrapunji throng to this bridge. In addition to that, it is also considered as one of the most unique and stunning examples of bioengineering.
The two-tier bridge is more than 100 feet long. It even has a carrying capacity of around 50 people at a particular time. Having the Umshiang River flowing beneath the living root bridges, it has been assumed and scientifically deciphered that these bridges are about 500 to 600 years old. Thus, it is a beautiful spot to experience cultural and natural fraternity on the one day Cherrapunji private tour.
- Must See / Things Do:: Drop by the food stalls selling some authentic indigenous cuisine.
3. Krem Mawmluh Cave
Krem Mawmluh Cave is approximately half a kilometre away from and to the west of Cherrapunjee. It is one of the most prominent tourist spots of the place. In the entire Indian subcontinent, this cave is considered as the fourth longest one.
The cave has an enormous height of around 4,503 metres. Its entrance is located at a height of 10 feet above the sea level. There is a pool inside the cave as well, which is formed at the intersection of five different rivers, flowing along the cave. Cameras and mobile phones are allowed inside.
- Must See / Things Do:: Look out for occasional red stones that are estimated to be thousands of years old.
4. Mawsmai Falls
The Mawsmai Falls is a magnificent sight to behold. It is located about a kilometre to the south of Mawsmai village, and we will reach here through the private rental cab. This village is a part of the East Khasi Hills district. When it comes to picturesque landscapes and breathtaking natural wonders, no other place can beat Cherrapunjee. Its bumpy plateaus, paired with thunderous wailing gullies and streams leave a long-lasting mark on every thrill-seeking tourist.
Considered as the 4th highest falls in India, it is locally known as the Nohsngithiang Falls. It is one of the major natural wonders of Meghalaya. It is also known as the Seven Sisters’ Falls because of the way it runs down along the limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills. These cliffs separate the flows of the water into seven segments that plunge down to a height of 1,033 feet into a deep valley.
- Must See / Things Do:: Sunsets from top of Mawsmai falls must not be missed!.
5. Eco park
The Eco Park has been designed and constructed by the government of Meghalaya to let tourists enjoy the Green Canyons of Sohra as well as the waterfalls that lie adjacent to it. There is a stream running inside the park and you will have to cross a bridge to reach near the edge of the canyon. The scenic tranquil beauty from the edge is an exhilarating experience in the Cherrapunji private sightseeing tour.
On the other side of the Eco Park is a viewpoint, overlooking the plains of Bangladesh. It also houses myriad forms of orchids, cared for by the Shillong Agri-Horticultural society. This park doesn’t charge an entry fee.
- Must See / Things Do:: Explore spectacular flora at its best and do remember to click some photographs!
6. Mawkdok Dympep Valley View
The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, which is also known as the Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge, is situated at the starting point of the Sohra tourist circuit. It is one of the most popular tourist hotspots of Meghalaya.
The forest department has even built a viewpoint at this valley from where the tourists can appreciate the natural beauty of the valley. However, on the downside, every tourist has to take a flight of stairs to reach the same but for the adventure enthusiasts on the Cherrapunji local sightseeing tour, this shouldn’t be a problem! Avoid visiting this valley during the monsoons so as to get a clear view of the valley.
- Must See / Things Do:: Sunrises of the valley are a serene experience and do try to witness one.
7. Thangkharang Park
Thangkharang Park, situated at a distance of around 12 kilometres away from Cherrapunji, should definitely be on your bucket list, and it is definitely a part of ours when we plan the one day Cherrapunji tour. It lies beside the Khoh Ramhah rock and offers a 180-degree view of the Bangladesh plains below.
This viewpoint also presents a majestic view of the Kynrem Falls, which cascade in three different levels at a distance. The two viewpoints have been strategically built on two of the three rocks, thus offering a great view of Khoh Ramhah, the pillar rocks and the valley below. Like the Eco park, it also has a small bridge that helps one cross over to the opposite side of the park in times of profuse rainfall or during the monsoons in general, when the stream below gets overflowing with water.
- Must See / Things Do:: The unparalleled view of the plains of Bangladesh.
8. Khasi monoliths
Fascinating structures related to the Khasi tribe, these are found near the Mawsmai Falls, and it is needless to say that these are pretty popular among tourists. The underground passages which are located beneath the old caves have special historical significance attached to them.
The monoliths are basically stones standing in memory of the Khasi ancestors who are extremely respected and revered within the community. These are found all around Cherrapunjee and are beautiful pieces of tribute to the founding fathers of this region.
- Must See / Things Do:: The cravings etched on some of the structures..
Thus, your Cherrapunji sightseeing tour will ensure that you witness all the magic and beauty this place has to offer in just one day and it might be one of the most memorable days of your life!