Location of Cherrapunji and its highlights | Road map and driving directions to Cherrapunji from Shillong
Cherrapunji is at a distance of 56 kms from Shillong. It takes 2 hours to reach Cherrapunji in the narrow roads and high mountains. Visitors who enter Cherrapunji expect to see dense forests. But, would be shocked to find dry grass lands, children and women carrying pots of water etc. The hills are full of coal and limestone mines.
Cherrapunji has an average elevation of 4,283 feet and is a plateau in the southern part of Khasi hills. The original name is Sohra Punj. Soh means fruits and rah means available. This was the main business center for British. Coal, lime stone and sand stone production center. They could not pronounce the name correctly and used to call this place Cherrapunji which gradually became Cherrapunji. Locals call this place Sohra. Many of the uneducated does not even know that their place is called Cherrapunji by others.
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Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace
Chowmahalla palace, the palace belonging to Nizam is renovated to match the grandeur of Nizam. The palace exhibits artistry in every inch, the charm of this palace has not diminished a bit even after so many generations. Historical items and pleasant atmosphere are the things that Chowmahalla palace offers to the visitors. Clothes, swords, articles, artifacts used belonging to Nizam is exhibited in this palace. Meeting hall, and the construction of the palace are a challenge to to days engineering technology. People who love history should visit this place to their hearts content.
Bhimbetka Rock paintings at Bhimbetka caves (rock shelters) | Driving directions and route map of Bhimbetka rock shelters from Bhopal, MP, India
Bhimbetka caves are situated at a distance of 40kms from Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. The sculptures carved between 8000 BC and 5000 BC can be seen in these caves. Life style of common man and the method of hunting etc in ancient times can be found out from these painting.
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Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park….. Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India
These are the most beautiful reserve forests situated in India. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for tigers. Elephant Safari facility is available here. Kanha Park is the stage for many researches and preservation programs. Many endangered species are also being preserved here.
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Driving directions and route map to Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India:
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Arrival of British to Shillong
In 19th century, British were searching for cool places unable to bear the heat of the Indian summer. They reached Shillong and achieved supremacy over the Khasi tribes. They planted pine, fir and other fruits trees. They constructed buildings and named them after British. Shillong is also called the ‘Scotland of the East’.
The influence of British on the Khasi tribe can be still felt with the number of cathedrals in the town, wood houses, the Khasi script in Roman letters and the rock music heard from every house. Shillong is the birth place of many world famous rock musicians. Heritage hotels which can be seen in Shillong were built by British. Pianos, ball rooms, furniture, cutlery and fire places in the hotels remind the British culture.
Market place and touristic attractions of Cherrapunji
Heavy rains wash out the top soil on the plateau and now Cherrapunji remained as a market place. People of nearby villages come and sell their things here. This market is held for every 8 days. Government offices and hospitals work compulsorily on that day. Taxis and Buses are also over crowded on the market day.
Though rainfall has decreased there are many places to be visited in Cherrapunji. Nahkalikai waterfall is the 4th highest waterfall in the world. Honey, pepper, betel nuts and cinnamon are cheaper here. Nohsngithiang waterfalls which are also called Seven sisters falls are another attraction. This is at a height of 4,500 feet and Bangladesh is clearly visible from this height. Mawsmai caves are located nearby.
Presently main attractions are Cherrapunji are the waterfalls and the limestone caves. Mawsmai is one such cave. The ceiling of this cave is 30 – 40 feet at some places. Water trickles from the ceiling. These caves are very dark. Trekking and adventure caving facilities are available for those who are interested.
Cherrapunji is famous for root bridges. These are formed with the roots of big trees. These bridges can bear the weight of 50 people. October – April is the best place to visit Cherrapunji.