SHILLONG: 20th April 2022 (Outlook India Source)
You'll find bliss in the company of nature and a sense of peace and seclusion when you visit Meghalaya's Mawsynram, tucked away among the greenery. Clean air, waterfalls, and a variety of delectable Khasi cuisine are all on offer.
The Mawsynram region, which receives the greatest rainfall on Earth, is much more than a trivia question. The edge of Meghalaya's towering heights finds caves, waterfalls, and enchanting flora. Attractions in Mawsynram are not limited to one location. Here are some of the greatest locations in Mawsynram where you will have the time of your life.
Mawsynram, which is supposedly the wettest place on Earth, has dethroned its neighbour, Sohra, to become the world's heaviest rainforest. This picturesque hamlet, with an annual rainfall of 467 inches and a population of about 20 people, evokes images of foggy mountaintops, lush vegetation, crisp air, waterfalls, and delectable Khasi cuisine.
Mawsynram has gained international fame since its unusual weather pattern intrigued meteorologists. The laid-back village is now becoming a popular tourist destination, with knowledgeable visitors, making it a nearly compulsory visit.
Mawsynram is a hill station in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, India, at an elevation of 1,400 meters. The village is located on a ridge on the southern slopes of the East Khasi Hills and has spectacular views of waterfalls and rain-washed countryside.
As you get about four kilometres from Shillong, the highway becomes increasingly foggy, reducing visibility to around 10 meters at times. The road then zigzags down a steep mountain slope to guide you to a signpost that states ‘Mawsynram Division,' after which you may expect showers or rain, depending on the season.
You will see farmers in the region wearing the typical rain shield, known as a 'knup,' while tilling their fields when passing through. These turtle shell-shaped rain shields, which are made of bamboo and banana leaf, not only provide full-bodied protection but also allow you to withstand strong rains with high winds, which is common in the area.
Mawsynram, a semi-rural sprawl, does not make a strong first impression as tourism automobiles crawl along the lanes of its chaotic market area. As the road ascends into the village proper, its cobblestone streets, flanked by weather-worn yet attractive homes - often fronted by gardens - and spectacular views of surrounding hills become evident. The eastern border of the hamlet provides some of the most breathtaking panoramas, with a cliff plummeting almost vertically into the valley below. During the wet season, it's unusual to have sunny days - especially since it's so rainy here - but when they do occur, it's a time of celebration throughout the village. Even schools close down to take advantage of the drought!
Mawsynram may be visited as a day excursion from Shillong. However, in order to get the most out of your visit, it is recommended that you stay at least one night or two. Aside from the weather, Mawsynram has a lot more to offer.
With only 100 residences, this little town necessitates a full-day exploration. The ideal method to get a sense of local culture is to walk about the area at your leisure.
A picturesque church constructed in Gothic style, with an ornate façade, can be found near the football field. The inhabitants of Mawsynram spend their evenings frequently having a great time, with the ground being packed with people from the village to watch football games, regardless of whether it's raining or not!
The Presbyterian Church is located a short walk away from the ground. The weekly market days are not to be missed, as they provide a sensory experience with rows of roadside stalls selling loads of fruits and vegetables, fresh quality meat, exotic flowers and spices. Pusaw (steamed rice cake flavoured with orange rind), a popular Khasi food that's served with Sha Saw or red tea, is another must-try.