The Monsoon Magic At Chirapunji
There was heavy rain all around. I reached Shillong on a cold rainy night. Next day I went to Cherrapunji. Same rain was there. The views were faded due to rain. The wipers of the car worked without any rest! Only two meter of distance was visible. The only evidence of other vehicles coming opposite was that of yellow lights sparkled sometimes. Everyone drove the vehicle carefully.
To reach Cherrapunji we need to take a right turn on the half way to the Mawlynnong village. The Seven Sisters water fall offers a stunning view for the visitors. Seven Sister Waterfall has a unique charm to it. During good season one can seven different falls side-by-side cascading the cliff, which gives the waterfall its name. It is a seven segmented waterfall that overlooks Bangladesh.
Slowly heading through the heavy precipitation, we reached at Orange County Hotel. This hotel has paved the basis for the growth of tourism at this place. Its owner was a Tamil. So I decided to befriend with him and thus I could have a tea too to get rid of the cold. But the owner wasn't there. We saw his son and he phoned his father. After having a tea we continued our journey. Along the roadside there were many waterfalls. Many tourists were seen there enjoying the monsoon.
The main view is the Seven Sisters Waterfall. We parked the car in front of a small shop. The shrill sounds of water falls were heard. Even though, it wasn't visible. The Seven Sisters are falling from the top of the hill to the valley. But we need to be lucky to see the view. If you are lucky enough the snow will be withdrawn for few minutes. We waited for a long with the hope of seeing the spectacular view but it was in vain. The goddess of luck hasn't appeared for us.
Many small bridges and footpaths were built to enjoy the view of waterfalls. The only thing is we can walk along this ways but the views will not be visible. The monsoon is to hear the loud music of waterfalls and to know the mild touches of dewdrops. A Buddhist monk came from Assam was also walking through the rain in search of tones of peace beyond the music of rain.
The girls were taking selfie under the umbrella. The merchants were seen all along the paths selling handicrafts. The bouquet made of straw and areca nuts were so beautiful.
We returned hearing the music offered by the water falls and without seeing them. Although I felt like we were so lucky being able to see this heavy rain. Shillong is not the wettest place now and that place is for Mawsynram, a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong. On returning the rain was withdrawn for a few hours. I got wonderstruck by seeing the stunning beauty of nature all around the roads. There were greenery surrounded by the black roads and the background was of hills, blue sky and the white clouds!
The Land of Caves
Meghalaya consist of about more than thousand caves. 22.2 meter long Krem Liat Prah is the longest among them. It is located in the hills of Jaintia. Synrang-Pamiang, Krem Chympe, and Krem Umthlu are also regarded as the long caves located in these hills. The tourists are also attracted by the caves like Krem Mawkhyrdop, Krem Lymput etc situated on the hills of Khasi and the caves like Tetengkol Balwakol, Siju cave etc. The guidelines for such adventurous tours are given by Meghalaya Adventure Association.
Nokrek National Park, the core area of Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, is a national park located approximately 2 km from Tura Peak in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, India. UNESCO added this National park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. Along with Balphakram national park, Nokrek is a hotspot of biodiversity in Meghalaya.
Various tourism services of Meghalaya are available from Shillong. Local sightseeing costs INR 100 to 375 per person depending on the packages chosen. Generally, the Meghalaya Taxis are tourist friendly.
Lady Sister Park, Wards Lake, Shillong Peak, Police Bazar, Bara Bazar, Umiyam Lake, Elephant Falls etc are the other important attractions in Shillong.