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Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji is one of the highest rain receiving city in the world. The city receives rain through out the year and hence celebrates only one season - the monsoons. Though the magnitude might vary from month to month, but the rain would not stop. The city offers a scenic beauty which is matchless. Cherrapunji at Meghalaya is only 60 kilometers away from Shillong and is located at a height of around 4500 feet above sea level. The nearest airport is Guwahati airport, though Pawan Hans have offered a Dauphin helicopter to the Meghalayan Government for regular transport on Guwahati - Shillong - Tura route. From Shillong you can take up a bus or taxi to reach Cherrapunji.



Elephant Falls

The Elephant Falls located just outside the Shillong city at a distance of approx 10 kms provides a unique sight wherein the water column carves out its way and surrenders to gravity at two successive locations. The gigantic stream accumulated just at the pinnacle comes crashing down the terrain and rebounds only to cover a short distance and once again leap into a daunting gorge. The very sight of natural pandemonium is enough to make one miss a heartbeat and leap with joy. The surrounding basin sheltered by the sky like green vegetation provides a perfect backdrop to this enchanting picnic spot.



Living Root-Bridge

Meghalaya's double-decker and single-decker root bridges are unique in the world and are a sight to behold. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Khasi people have been trained to grow these bridges across the raised banks of streams to form a solid bridge, made from roots. The living bridges are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots that are perched atop huge boulders along the streams or the riverbanks to form bridges. The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. The bridges are alive and still growing and gain strength over time