Cherrapunji Tourism

Cherrapunji features prominently in the southern fringes of Khasi Hills that are always enveloped by the rolling clouds. This little town is also called as Sohra and comes across as one of the most significant tourist destination in Meghalaya. The name Meghalaya literally means “Abode of the Clouds” and as the name suggests it is one of the wettest places on the earth that receives the highest rainfall in the world with Cherrapunji holding Guinness book of World record as the wettest place on earth. This status of Cherrapunji has however changed due to the Global warming and heavy deforestation. Today it has thus slipped to the second place with close by Mawsynram holding the record for highest rainfall.As for the beauty of this immaculate town- it is surrounded with verdant pine forested hills, pretty white streamlets, cascading waterfalls, and its tranquil temperate climate that is always shrouded with the army of clouds. Due to its climate, this town is sometimes compared to Scotland.As for its history, David Scott, the political agent of the East India Company arrived at Cherrapunji in the early 19th Century via Syhlet district of erstwhile East Bengal. Under Scott, Cherrapunji came to be known as the ‘Cherra Station’ and he made it the official headquarters of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Subsequently it also served as the capital of Assam before the British moved the capital to Shillong. Later on Sohra saw immense change after the Welsh Mission arrived here. A typical itinerary of Cherrapunji will include a visit to its spectacular waterfalls, deep valleys and evergreen misty landscapes. The town also boasts of having a few fascinating stone gorges noted among which are Riat-Maw-Iew, Maw-Laikhlieh and Riat-U-Shain. The heavy monsoon rains over these mountains undoubtedly creates in Sohra(Cherrapinji) one of the rarest bio-diverse vegetations in the world. Explore nature in its virgin self with Cherrapunji.

Essential travel information and Cherrapunji tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Cherrapunji follows the same time zone as that of India. Indian Standard Time (IST) is the time observed throughout India, with a time offset of UTC+5:30.
  • Currency: The currency operational in Cherrapunji is INR(Indian Rupees).
  • Electricity: In Cherrapunji , Type D electrical outlet pugs are used. They have three pins.
  • Language: The predominant language spoken in Cherrapunji is Khasi.
  • Emergency contacts: Police-220050 / 220730, Fire-223801, Medical Help-220735
  • As Cherrapuji is a monsoon destination and experiences heavy rainfall during most of the months, it is advised not to go there especially during the monsoons. Always carry your monsoon gears namely, umbrellas and raincoats with you when in Cherrapunji.
  • Always be safe and alert while driving in the hilly areas like Cherrapunji as the road are narrow at some places with sharp turns.
  • Be careful while trekking around the hills. A little careless may prove to be risky. It is also advised that you avoid moving around the isolated areas alone.
  • Know the pollution level of Cherrapunji before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 22.22 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 63.89 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 61.11 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 27.78 (Low)
  • How safe is Cherrapunji for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cherrapunji.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 62.5 (High)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Cherrapunji is 135.05 (High)

    • Safety Index 47.06 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 71.13 (High)
    • Pollution Index 43.87 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.75 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 24.04 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.67 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.46 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 46.56 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cherrapunji

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.82 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 12.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 42.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.68 USD

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