Cherapunjee Day Tour
Cherapunji the historic name Sohra is more commonly used, and alternative spellings are Cherrapunjee and Charrapunji) is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. The original name for this town was Sohra which was pronounced “Churra” by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji. The name “cherrapunji” which means ‘land of oranges’ was first used by tourists from other parts of India. It has an average elevation of 1,484 metres (4,869 ft) and sits on a plateau in the southern part of the Khasi Hills, facing the plains of Bangladesh.
The locals living in and around Cherrapunji are known as Khasis. It is a matrilineal culture. After the wedding, the husband of the youngest daughter goes to live with his wife’s family, who own the property of the family, while others live on their own getting a bit of the share. The children take on the surname of the mother.
Pickup form Shillong at 7am & drive to Cherapunjee. Enroute visit Elephant Falls, Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge, Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Arwah Cave, Ram Krishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Eco Park, Nohsngithiang Falls or Seven Sister Water Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Thangkharang Park, Khon Ramhah. After sightseeing back to Shillong and drop at Hotel.
- Elephant Falls- Elephant Falls is among most popular tourist sites of Shillong. Elephant Falls Just 12 Km from Shillong. The original Khasi name for the falls was ‘Ka kshaid lai pateng khohsiew’ (three steps water falls), because of the fact that the water falls in three steps. Of course it was the British who named it ‘Elephant Falls’ because of a stone that resembles an elephant near the falls. But the stone was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897. But the name hasn’t changed.
- Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge- A beautiful bridge known to the locals as the Duwan Singh Syiem Bridge, that is the entrance to the Sohra tourist circuit. It is one of the most prominent attractions place. The Forest Department has constructed a view-point where visitors can stop a while and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty.
- Mawkdok Dympep Valley- The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, located at the very start of Sohra tourist circuit, is one of the most prominent attractions of the place. The forest department has made a view-point at this valley from where tourists can enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the valley.
- Arwah Cave- This cave sits at a higher altitude which allows visitors to lay their eyes on to the other side of the hill which is the small town of Sohra.
- Ram Krishna Mission- Its an important landmark overlooking the hills of Cherapunjee. Started in 1924 by Swami Vivekananda, this institution has grown into a major tourist attraction.
- Nohkalikai Falls- Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.ts height is 1115 feet (340 metres) making it as the highest waterfall in India. The name of the falls in Khasi language meaning “Jump of Ka Likai” is linked to a legend about local women Likai who jumped off the cliff next to the falls.
- Eco Park- The Eco Park has been designed by the Meghalaya government to facilitate tourist to enjoy the ‘Green Canyons” ofSohra as well as the waterfalls that lie around it.
- Nohsngithiang Falls- Also known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls is a seven-segmented waterfall.
- Mawsmai Cave- Mawsmai Caves are a major crowd puller that leaves tourists spellbound. These limestone caves have the distinction of being the only caves in Meghalaya that are lit enough to enable tourists to enjoy the natural formations in awe.
- Thangkharang Park- It is located just besides the Khoh Ramhah rock and offers a 180 degree view of the Bangladesh plains below.
- Khon Ramhah- Its also known as Pillar Rock or Mothorp is another major tourist attraction of Sohra. The very shape of the rock keeps one spellbound as it is an impressive rock formation in the shape of a giant cone. In fact, situated besides the Khoh Ramhah are two very similar rocks, smaller in size.