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Cherrapunji: Home to Mysterious Living Root Bridges, Mighty Mountains and Much More

Often credited as the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is a land of astounding beauty and exotic people. Although the rolling rolls, mystifying caves, and majestic waterfalls are enough to make you fall in love with the capital of 'ka Hima Nongkhlaw,' the unique living root bridges make Cherrapunji a perfect place to satiate your wanderlust.

There are a lot of spots that make Cherrapunji every travel buff's sweet escape. Indulge in sightseeing at the Garden of Caves, or get adventurous by trekking down to the double-decker living root bridge. The choice is all yours because this place is filled with natural wonders. Not to mention, there is a spot for every kind of a traveller, whether you want to relax or try something venturous.

If you are planning to visit Cherrapunji, the best time lies between October to February. It may get a little too cold in winters, but you will get days with abundant sunshine as well. Moreover, this time is perfect for exploring the living root bridges and caves.

The History of the Living Root Bridges

Inhabiting the hills of Meghalaya, the local people have developed a close relationship with nature. Unlike other human-made bridges, the living root bridges in Cherrapunji are made with the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which is basically the rubber tree. These living root bridges have existed in this north-eastern state since 1844.

These bridges and roots last for 500 years, once grown completely. UNESCO has recognized the living root bridges in Meghalaya as a World Heritage Site.

Things to Revel in When in Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji may not be a large town, but it still has a lot to offer when it comes to its major attractions, and the epitome of the same is the aforementioned bridges. One of the best holiday destinations in India, here are some of the top spots you must venture while in Cherrapunji

Seven Sisters Falls

Seven Sisters Falls in Cherrapunji

As the name suggests, the Seven Sisters Falls comprises of seven parts that fall over the hills. The waterfall also symbolizes the seven north-eastern states of India, i.e., Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, and Mizoram. On a bright sunny day, you can clearly view the beauty of these falls.

Garden of Caves

Garden of Caves in Cherrapunji

Don't forget to carry an HD camera when you visit the Garden of Caves. Why, you ask? There are many beautiful spots to explore in this hidden gem. There are waterfalls, remnants from century-old kingdoms, and winsome bamboo bridges. On top of it, the folklore entwined with every spot, make your visit even more enthralling. On a rainy day, you may find yourselves surrounded by clouds and mist.

Mawsmai Cave

Mawsmai Cave in Cherrapunji

Give your brain a twister at Mawsmai Cave. It is actually a maze of caves accoutred with stalagmites and stalactites. Make sure you carry a flashlight to view the fossils and molluscs clearly. You may also meet bats that call these caves their home.

Nohkalikai Waterfall

Nohkalikai Waterfall in Cherrapunji

How can you not visit the tallest plunge waterfall in the country, when in Cherrapunji! As you reach Nohkalikai falls, you will find yourself surrounded by milky white clouds, lush green hills, and a view to remember. At the location, you will find a signboard that narrates the legend of Nohkalikai. Spoiler alert! You might feel a little uncomfortable after getting acquainted with the tragic story of 'Ka Likai.'

Wei Sawdong

Wei Sawdong

Rough roads take you good places! The same is true for Wei Sawdong as the path to this scenic waterfall is a bit challenging, but when you reach the spot, you are left all amazed. It's a three-step waterfall with striking bluish-green coloured water. The waterfall has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and has become one of the favourite spots for shooting music videos, and movies.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Meghalaya

Made with rubber tree roots by the Khasi and Jaintia tribes, the living root bridges are among the biggest attractions in Meghalaya. The Double Decker Living Root Bridge is one of its kind and can hold the weight of at least fifty people at a time. It takes ten to fifteen years for these bridges to gain the shape totally. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and track pants as you will have to trek for approximately three kilometres to reach the double-decker living root bridge at Cherrapunji. 

Cherrapunji View Point

Cherrapunji View Point

A perfect spot for sightseeing, you can visit Cherrapunji View Point for a hearty picnic. Click pictures, bask in the beauty of the rolling hills, and relax. After all, you'll want to unwind post all the walking and trekking. 

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--- Published By  Shalini Singh