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(Cherrapunji-The Wettest place on Earth):Cherrapunji is known as Sohra by the local Khasi people here. Known to have the highest annual rainfall and also pronounced the wettest place on earth, Sohra welcomed me with glistening roads and open skies that were the bluest of blue!!! The road to Sohra from Mawlynnong is 100km long and takes 3hrs usually. A leisurely wakeup and an even more well paced drive from Mawlynnong got me here. After I checked into the homestay at Scarlet's, I immediately left to see the places that were around. Nongthymmai eco-park is the place where the Seven Sisters falls originates. It is a rocky plain where a small stream of water turns into a majestic waterfalls. Such a beautiful landscape to conceive isn't it? Mawsmai Cave is where I went next. It is a constant stalagtite and stalagmite formation which has a tiny entrance and you have to crawl your way into the actual cave formations which consist of anthropod fossils etc. Mawkdok viewpoint shows you the entire valley on the top of which Cherrapunji is nestled upon. I simply cannot putforth the beauty of this place in words. Then we were off to see the 2 most proclaimed waterfalls: The Seven Sisters falls(from its view point) and Nohkalikai falls. Legend has it that Nohkalikai got its name from a girl named Likai who jumped along the falls to death from remorse and grief that she had eaten her daughter who was killed by her husband. Hence the name Nohkalikai falls meaning "The Leap Of Likai". When we reached the place, there were clouds that completely engulfed the valley ensuring that the Nohkalikai falls couldn't be seen. With the hope of seeing it the next day. We went to Arwah caves, the route of which is a hike of 1.5km along a rocky path which has been laid down. Some fossils and stalagtite formations were discovered as recently as 2 years back from now. So it was a different experience as compared to Mawsmai cave which has been in existence since long. When I came back to the room, there was a guy from Mumbai who was also backpacking on a solo trip. He had just come back from a tiring trek to Nongriat. We would go on to share my room for that night. Dinner was at a local restaurant that serves really good Chinese Food. A good sleep followed.
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