Cherrapunjee seems to be a place quite unknown in our country other than the fact that it is the wettest place on earth, and also the state it belongs to Meghalaya. Cherrapunjee is 56km in distance from Shillong. But during monsoon the clouds are thick and the drive is difficult. The sights to see here are the Khasi monoliths and Mawsmai falls during the day time and Limestone caves can be visited on the way back. However, it does not rain during the months of winter and becomes completely dry. There are numerous waterfalls that are located here as well and these are good places for picnics. Some of the falls that can be seen in the area are Dain Thelen Falls (5 km away), Noh Sngithiang Falls and Noh Kalikai Falls.
These are located nearby and can be easily accessed from the town. There are a few caves that can be seen near the town as well and the main one is the Mawsmai Cave. There are a few places that one can see in and around the town and the main attractions in the place is the pristine views and pleasant climate. Cherrapunjee is a good place to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. There are many viewpoints that are located around the town and many visitors can be seen at these places.
The natural beauty of the town is still relatively untouched and one can find a peaceful atmosphere here. Cherrapunji is also famous for its living bridges. Over hundreds of years the people in Cherrapunji have developed techniques for growing roots of trees into large bridges. The process takes 10-15 years and the bridges typically last hundreds of years, the oldest ones in use being over 500 years old.
For long, Cherrapunjee has been considered the wettest place on earth. With time, of course, it has no longer been able to hold on to this sobriquet; the newest wettest place is Wai-ale-ale Crater in Kauai Islands in Hawaii. Nonetheless, in popular imagination, it continues to be the jewel crest of Meghalaya.
The name of one of the wettest places on earth just got a bit shorter. Cherrapunjee, the old colonial name by which this quaint Meghalaya town attained international fame as the place with the highest recorded rainfall, will soon be known as, simply, 'Sohra'.
"Sohra has been the traditional seat of learning and Khasi literature. It has produced eminent poet Soso Tham and many other litterateurs,'' Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih of the North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) said. "The change of name is welcome.'' Nonkynrih himself is an established poet and a native of Sohra.
Every year after monsoons, Sohra just dries up, making it difficult for people even to find drinking water. Experts blame large-scale destruction of forests in the area for the disappearance of perennial springs in the hills there.