Monsoon is a great time to travel across India. But India is so diverse in its terrain that it can often get confusing to figure out where to go. From Jammu and Kashmir in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south, each part of India is home to some spectacular locales worth checking out. However, one of the lesser explored regions of India is the northeast. It is a delight for nature lovers and adventurers alike. And if you are looking for one place to visit in the northeast, then Cherrapunji is your best bet. (ALSO SEE What is The Best Time to Visit Meghalaya in Northeast India?) Here are 5 reasons to visit Cherrapunji at least once in your lifetime. Also Read - Waterfalls, Meadows & Lakes Galore: Why Meghalaya is a Nature Lover's Paradise | Top 8 Places to Visit
One of the Wettest Places on the Planet
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Cherrapunji has the reputation of the being the second wettest place on earth (after the nearby Mwsynram). It is therefore natural that it is one of the greenest Indian destinations. Its natural landscapes are characterized by lush green hillocks and cloudy skies. Also Read - Cherrapunji is a Must Visit For a Staunch Nature Lover
Cheerapunji is also home to, and surrounded by, some amazing waterfalls which are a sight for sore eyes. Prime among these waterfalls are the glorious Seven Sisters Falls and the picturesque Nohkalikai Falls.
Double-decker Living Root Bridges
Nongriat, that is located a few minutes away from Cherrapunji, is home to the majestic double-decker living root bridges. The 3-hour trek is extremely beautiful and rewarding as it takes you through some lovely views before you reach the marvelous northeast Indian attraction.
Cherrapunji is also quite inexpensive thanks to the number of accommodation options available here. A hostel named By the Way offers a bed at Rs 250 a night. Food is quite inexpensive too and if you have your own rented motorbike or car, you are gold!
Photograph: Dilip Merala
And then there are the other marvellous destinations located around Cherrapunji! Be it the beautiful green Umngot river of Dawki or the quaint village of Mawlynnong, known as Asias cleanest village, there is loads for you to do near Cherrapunji.
So, this monsoon, take a trip to Cherrapunji for a memorable vacation.