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.