Thursday, February 28, 2013

Enroute to Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India.

Cherrapunji (currently the historical name Sohra is more commonly used)is a town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being the second wettest place on Earth. However, nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record. Though, it still holds the world record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year. It received 9,300 mm (366 in) in July 1861 and 26,461 mm (1,041.75 in) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861.

In August we were home for vacations and this time we were all excited to be going to Cherrapunjee a 99 km from Guwahati (Assam)to Shillong(Mehalaya) and another 50 km to Cherra.Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya,and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m). It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Hence, Shillong is known as "Scotland of the East."
We started out at about 9 a.m  from Guwahati, harldly we drove for about an hour before we had a flat tyre and it took us a good hour and a half to get it fixed and get going again. A few shots on our way... some blue skies...some black clouds...some rains...some fog...

Umiam Lake, also known as Barapani (Big Water) is a spot around 15 Km before reaching  Shillong where a massive hydro-electric dam has been constructed across the Umiam river stream.



a bit of sunshine here and there...










As we approach the bridge we are engulfed by the fog...



Was really curious to see what lies beyond the winding road....

This is a waterfall but we just missed it as the fog reached before us...
 

We finally reach Cherrapunjee at about 4p.m and our first waterfall sighting...a little far off...

View of distant Sylhet plains of neighbouring country Bangladesh...



As we approach the resort the sun and fog greet us:)


We finally reach the resort, instead of checking in first after our long and tiring drive we were busy watching this beautiful sunset.Only after it set did we check-in...

Sharing at Tina's *a piece of heaven*

 
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39 comments:

  1. A fantastic set of pictures Shantana. Stunning scenery.
    So good to see a blue sky. Haven't seen much here recently lol

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  2. what a fantastic post, i so enjoyed traveling with you Arunava and Shantana. your beautiful photos swept me into Cherrapunjee, a most gorgeous place on our planet. and so very different from my current post which has tumbleweeds blowing across a very dry grass plain. thank you for sharing, did you see any rainbows? :)

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  3. what a beautiful land and wonderful pics! thanx for sharing your piece of heaven with us :)

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  4. the photos make me nostalgic.........
    I have been there twice..
    the cloud, mountain, rain, verdant grrenery, plums, caves..everything is so heavenly,,

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  5. Wow wow wow - what fabulous shots! So lush and green.

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  6. Rainiest place on Earth - thats an interesting tourist pitch!

    Cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  7. Gorgeous images in green, blue!

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  8. Cherrapunjee is a fantastic place!

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  9. What a beautiful, crip and colorful group of photographs! Breathtaking!

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  10. Lovely serie of photos!
    Well done!

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  11. Lovely country side scenery and sunset.

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  12. Great photos. Love that last shot. And I just adore your header photo.

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  13. Wow.. lovely pictures..

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  14. This is not the India I am used to see. Love all of it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  15. Well OK then, I guess I'll never again think that Oregon (where we used to live on the west coast USA) is the rainiest place in the world. Your spot here definitely tops it. But no wonder it is so green .... and, just like Oregon, beautiful (when it's not raining ;>)!...Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures and info about a place I'd never before heard of.

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  16. Preciosas imágenes,,,un abrazo desde Murcia

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  17. Loving those clouds!! Especially the ones in the last photo - good stuff!!

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  18. What a fantastic drive ! I’m curious what will be beyond a winding road, too. It was a good idea to check in after viewing the sunset. I enjoyed your company through the fabulous photos.

    Yoko

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  19. Beautiful, stunning scenery, but I'm ready to get off that narrow, winding road and head to the resort! :)

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  20. Stunning shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  21. Wow---what a gorgeous place, Shantana. Great sky pictures showing the clouds/rain/fog, etc... Bet it might be hard to get good photos of the area if it rains and is foggy much of the time... But---how beautiful it must have been to visit there!!!! Hope you have more photos to share.

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    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  22. Great image series showing. Thanks for the comment on my blog :) Hanne Bente

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  23. Wow, those was wonderful greens. Very interesting. Thanks for visiting.

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  24. Great scenery and it's very beautiful - in between the rain showers!

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  25. Lovely travelogue, thank you for sharing. I love to discover new parts of the world.

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  26. Wow, what a great trip, thanks for letting us tag along! There's such diversity in the area.

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  27. Hi! I enjoyed your driving adventure. The sky is blue,the land is green. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. That looks like an incredible place, but too wet for me!

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  29. so beautiful! I love seeing the world through the eyes of other photographers and travellers. Thank you for tkaing me along. I would love to be sitting on that seat watching the sunset.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  30. The landscapes are gorgeous. Wonderful series of shots.

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  31. The sky is stunning. And what a beautiful lake!

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  32. What beautiful green photos. So welcome to eyes that have only seen barren winter landscapes.
    Cindy

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  33. Happy to welcome you to Nature Notes this week. Lovely views along the way as you traveled. So very green in contrast to where I am which is snowy and cold. I hope you have a good time once you reached there.. Michelle from ramblingwoods.com

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  35. So many beautiful photos to feast my eyes!

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  36. i fell in love with meghapalya when I saw pics of it from my colleague's work trip in 2006, have been planning since then!!

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  37. Breathtaking view and a stunning place to enjoy fresh nature!

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  38. Wettest place on earth, huh???? That is amazing... I am SO enjoying your photos.. Thanks for sharing this journey with us.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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