Bird watching is an incredible option when you visit Cherrapunji. Find out more about different breeds of birds and enjoy viewing flocks of rare species around you. Spot the black-breasted Parrotbill Black Storks and Asian Openbills here. Have a wonderful time exploring these birds and staying amidst nature while you appreciate its beauty.
Mountain biking is always an exciting journey. Cherrapunji is perfect for carrying out cycling tours during the few months when it rains on a lesser scale here. The topography is rugged and the mountains can pose quite a challenge to pro-bikers but it is none the less a truly thrilling experience.
Indulge in a thrilling experience of zip-lining across the valleys of Cherrapunji. Superior equipment helps you glide through the outdoor setup and view the scenic wonders of Cherrapunji. An adventure activity for a great adrenaline rush, zip-lining is a recreational activity where you travel through tight ropes taking you from one end to another.
Trek to Living Root Bridge
Cherrapunji is filled with trekking trails. The beautiful scenery around makes it a wonderful sport to try out while you are here. The trek to the Living Root Bridge takes a duration of about 3 to 4 hours. Steep steps take you downhill towards the village of Nongriat. A jungle trail travels through the sides of the hill which ultimately takes you to the Living Root Bridge.
Places to See in Cherrapunji
Caves in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji has a number of natural caves which include Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mamluh and Krem Umshyrpi. These caves are carved out from torrential rains that visit Cherrapunji all year round. Explore the wonders of stalagmite and stalactite inside these caves. The caves are used for adventure activities by visitors from all across the world. The impressive formations in the limestone rocks make them worth a visit!
While you are staying in Cherrapunji, cherish the flavours of the land by experiencing their culture, lifestyle and traditional ways of survival. Places you can visit here include the famous Cherra Bazaar. This bustling market place is filled with stalls offering daily necessities, food items, handicrafts, show-items and more.
The caves at Cherrapunjee are a geographical wonder.
Enjoy viewing thousands of years of nature taking its course in these areas,
Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mamluh, and Krem Umshyrpi are some popular caving sites.
MAWLYNNONG VILLAGE - 90 KMS
Mawlynnong Village has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in India. It is situated 90 kms from Shillong and besides the picturesque village, offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock
LIVING ROOT BRIDGES - 15 KMS
Living Root Bridges are built especially using the secondary root systems that grow higher up on the trunk. To prevent these roots from flaring out on all directions and guiding them the right way, hollowed out betel nut trunks are used. Once the roots extend over to the other side of the river, they are allowed to take root. A good sturdy bridge may take anywhere from 10 to 15 years to be completely built and can easily carry the weight of more than 50 people. Since the roots continue to grow, over time this living bridge continues to strengthen as well. Some bridges in this area are more than 500 years old. A special mention goes to the "Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge", which are two bridges stacked up on each other - one of its kind in the whole world, for sure.
SEVEN SISTER FALLS
Known for being one of the tallest waterfalls the Seven Sisters Falls or the Nohsngithiang Falls consists of seven different streams, one of them falling from a height of 250 m.
DAINTHLEN WATERFALLS - 10 KMS
Located at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunji, they act as perfect picnic spots, furnishing a pleasant drive full with scenic beauty to look around for, in order to reach here. Rangjyrthej is a village that lies near these falls that is worth a visit. There is an interesting legend associated with the falls. It is believed that people killed a huge snake living in the caves nearby this place and the natural rock carving made by the snake can still be seen.
ECO PARK - 2 KMS
Established by Meghalaya Government. It offers a breathtaking view of Sylhet Plains of neighbouring Bangladesh. You will find several varieties of hybrid and indigenous orchids in the greenhouse in the park.
ARWAH CAVE - 8 kms
The Arwah Lumshynna tourist hub will enable the tourists to have a glimpse of the scenic beauty, cascading waterfalls, ancient rocks similar to the grand Canyons, precipices, caves and recreation parks for Children.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION - 7 KMS
There is a special performance known as Shad Suk Mynsiem or 'Dance of the Joyous Heart' organized here during the month of April which one should try not to miss. It was established in 1939.
NOHKALIKAI WATERFALLS - 12 KMS
These waterfalls lie at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunji. They are very popular as they have earned the title of being fourth highest waterfall in the world with a height of 1100 ft. The view these waterfalls falling off a steep cliff is majestic especially during the monsoons.
THANGKHARANG PARK - 8 KMS
It lies at a distance of 12 km from Cherrapunji. This park is directly under the control of the State forest department. This park overlooks the plains of Bangladesh, and provides a beautiful view of them. There is a nominal entry fee too.
KHOH RAMHAH OR THE BASKET OF THE GIANT - 7 KMS
If you move a few kilometres ahead from Thangkharang Park, you will spot an enormous stone resembling a Khasi basket. Local people of Cherrapunji believe that a giant used to carry this huge stone and hence its name, Khoh Ramhah or the Basket of the Giant.
These waterfalls can be seen from the Thangkharang Park, as they are placed at an altitude of 1000 feet.