While we were getting ready to go on our long awaited weekend outing to explore the countryside of Sohra or Cherrapunjee, we felt especially grateful for the pleasing weather which seemed to hold promise of a delightful trip. We planned to visit a place, little known but rich in Khasi history, called ‘Rangjyrteh’. In the bygone days, Rangjyrteh was a thriving village known for its mastery of iron smelting across the region, but now it is left abandoned in ruins and mostly only ever referred to in old Khasi folklores. The entrance to this exceptional village is situated by the road side opposite the Dainthlen Falls and just before reaching the Wei Sawdong Waterfalls.
We set out on our journey, full of excitement, in the morning of a beautiful summer day. Naturally, we took our time getting started since the distance between Shillong and Sohra is about 55 km and takes around one and half to two hours at most (at a leisurely pace) to reach if you are travelling by a vehicle.