High above the hazy valleys and foaming rivers, hidden in the rolling clouds and perched on an headland, lies Cherrapunji, in the north eastern state of Meghalaya, a spectacular location with the year-round rain. Long ago, it had earned the coveted place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the wettest place on the earth. This is one place all over the world, where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. This pristine land with ever-lasting beauty, is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season,- the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji Meghalaya is that, it rains mostly at night, and day-to-day activity does not really get disrupted by the downpour! The alluring, spectacular and cascading Mawsmai Falls, the fourth highest in India, lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!
Close by is located a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves and this is a must visit place for amateur and experienced explorers where Khasi monoliths stones in memory of their ancestors lie scattered around.There are a series of memorable views, and one can see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away form a belt lacking of vegetation, as the place exhibits dense woods interspersed by rocky, cliffs broken by erosion. An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns, and moss convert each sector into a botanist’s paradise as this place also produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the forefathers of the famous Nagpuri oranges in the Central India.
The trekking opportunity in Meghalaya is outstanding for the fact that the terrain is very challenging in the Himalayan areas but with the advantage of not being snow-wrapped. An added attraction is the possibility of intimating with many rare species of flora and fauna, impossible to find elsewhere. You can hire guides to walk through the most alluring and confusing terrains of the Meghalaya, which is characterised by flowing rivers, rolling hills and towering waterfalls.
Being a desert region with hot days and cool nights, the summer is unbearingly hot but a `Eureka’ enough, though in winter the pleasant days are definitely tempting and even the nights, though cold, are enjoyable, for an escapade! Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan with a lake, a mammoth Wildlife Sanctuary, a centuries’ old Achalgarh Fort, a temple carved out of solid rock, and many Jain temples including the charming complex of Dilwara Temples, a symphony in white marble, but resting at a phenomenal height above sea level, and having a salubrious climate.
The southern regions of Karnataka and Kerala is recommended for a visit all year round as there is enough recreation for indoor and outdoor areas. The winters are pleasantly cool and summers may get a little humid or warm. Showers are unpredictable and may drizzle or pour throughout the year!
Sikkim is recommended for a visit throughout the year, as even during heavy snowfall in winters or a thundering downpour during the rains, there is a plethora of opportunities to keep the tourists involved in this wondrous land, gulping hot tea or coffee with piping hot snacks or meals in the blaring cold or sipping some cool beverage during pleasant weather!
Shillong is recommended for a visit throughout the year, though it can get very cold from December to February, and June to August can be very wet. The climate in Meghalaya is highly hot and humid at the lower altitudes and in the valleys wrapped by marshy thick forest particularly in the eastern region, while it becomes too cold in the higher altitudes. The rainfall is amongst the heaviest in the country. The Meghalayan Sky seldom remains free of clouds and it is neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter.