Mawsynram in Meghalaya
Many people believe that Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the world’s wettest place. However, the truth is that a small village in the East Khasi Hills district of the same state has repeatedly beaten Cherrapunji in terms of average rainfall. The village is Mawsynram which records an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimeters (467.4 in) making it certainly the rainiest place in India, and possibly in the world too. It finds a mention in the Guinness book of world records for receiving 26,000 millimeters of rainfall in 1985. Mawsynram is situated at an altitude of 1,400 and is home to subtropical climate. During the monsoon season, the whole region becomes a bountiful abode of natural beauty marked by lush green farms, breathtaking waterfalls and misty landscapes. It is worth a visit at least once in your lifetime and can easily clubbed with other popular attractions in Meghalaya like the vibrant city of Shillong, the amazing double-decker living root bridges of Nongriat and the wonderful caves of Mawsmai. It is also just around 100 km from Dawki, a stunning little border town known for the transparent green waters of the Umngot where you can take a boat ride. Here, then, are all the details on how to reach Mawsynram, the world’s wettest place, located in northeast India’s Meghalaya.
How to reach Mawsynram by air
The closest airport to Mawsynram is the Shillong airport or Umroi airport in Shillong located at a distance of 87 km. Several private vehicles ply between the Shillong airport and Mawsynram and the scenic route takes you through some beautiful hillocks and lush green landscapes. It should take you around 2 hours and 50 minutes to reach Mawsynram from Shillong airport by road. If you are coming via Assam, you can also choose to land at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (also called the Guwahati airport). It is located at a distance of 170 km from Mawsynram. Travel time from the Guwahati airport to Mawsynram is close to 5 hours.
How to reach Mawsynram by road
Mawsynram is well-connected by road to Guwahati in Assam and Shillong as well as other prominent spots like Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya. The road route is flanked by wonderful, cloud-capped hills and sprawling farmlands. Mawsynram is located just 60 km from Shillong city and takes a little over 2 hours to reach by road. If you are visiting Mawsynram from Cherrapunji, you need to take a detour at Mawngap on the route to Shillong. Mawsynram is located around 81 km from Cherrapunji and takes close to 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach by road.
How to reach Mawsynram by train
The nearest rail head to visit any place in Meghalaya is the Guwahati railway station in Assam. Mawsynram is located at a distance of 151 km from Guwahati railway station. It takes close to 4 hours and 35 minutes to reach by road. Several buses and private vehicles are play between Guwahati and Mawsynram. (ALSO SEE 10-day itinerary to explore the best holiday destinations in northeast India)
So, if you like to tread off the beaten path and exploring lesser-known places abundant in natural beauty, pay a visit to Mawsynram in Meghalaya. Apart from being the wettest place on earth, it is also rich in culture and greenery, and can give you a welcome, rejuvenating respite from your hectic daily routine.