WHEN AT CHERRAPUNJI: CHAPTER 2
Day 3: Left from Mawlynnong.
We stopped at places nowhere marked in the maps and walked on paths unknown. It was 1:00 pm we reached Cherrapunji, we entered the Sohra market area and started looking for a home-stay. As we were traveling without an itenary we had no rooms booked in advance. But we were lucky enough we hardly went 100 meters uphill from the market we saw a signboard which read ‘Pateng Homestay’. The place looked kind of appealing as it was all cloudy when we reached, we got down called at the number given on the board and were hoping to get a room here. Well this was the place the door opened and an old lady welcomed us with a warm smile saying ‘yes, we have a room’. She told us we were the first customer after they opened in this New Year. Got a room at Rs. 1000 per night. It was a very comfortable and well furnished; it had cupboard, coat hanger, chairs and all the requirements.
We got fresh and went to a nearby restaurant, waiting for the food to be served; as soon as I moved the curtain and peeped out of the window what I saw was again mystically magical. We had no idea there was a waterfalls amidst the clouds and it was the famous Nohsngithiang Falls also known as seven sisters’ falls. With the excitement to see this falls from the viewpoint we finished our lunch and rushed to the viewpoint. The only thing we missed was the unpredictable weather. As soon as we went down to the viewpoint it started raining heavily we could hardly capture few pictures and due to wind and rain we were all wet, so we went back to our nest. It was not even an hour when the rain stopped and I could see the falls right from the window of the room, what a magnificent sight. So again we planned to go to the viewpoint which was just 10 minutes downhill. All geared up with camera and umbrella we went down. I sat down at the steps made at the viewpoint whereas my friends were all busy clicking and posing. Oh what a pleasant feeling, it seemed that my entire burden was gone and I had a blank look at the scene. I was simply praising and thanking for this day.
That hidden waterfall
This falls has a height of 315 meters and its considered to be one of the tallest waterfalls in India above all it was marvelous.
Time-lapse at Seven Sisters waterfalls.
It rained and the view was clear; soon we could see the white smoke like clouds coming up from the forests down and from the corners of the undulating cliffs. This was a very amusing phenomenon of rising of the clouds and pouring down. Each time it rained the water fall would be more prominent. I enjoyed watching this whole scene for me it was a movie with no editing and no cinematography and no animation. Yes this is the real movie; the real art and real game of hide and seek.
When the sun goes down and the clouds rise up, with rain to pour down and lift my heart with hope.
It started getting dark and we went back to the home-stay. Just to mention by 5:30 pm it gets dark. Back to room and heard the old lady we called ‘dadi’ calling us and we were all delighted to see the small ‘angithi’ , the traditional brazier ready for us. We sat there talking and discussing about the day and warming ourselves. The caretakers in the home-stay were all very friendly and even the owner was simply awesome. We were also provided with a room heater which was all we could wish for after this cold and wet day.
We called her 'dadi' she has been so caring.
Day 4: WHEN AT CHERRAPUNJI
Another resplendent morning full of joy. Woke up at 5:00 am and sat near the window which was covered with dew drops and I tried to replicate the scenario in front of the window. The entire town was covered with clouds as I walked on the small courtyard and soon it rained; here it was the clear sky and the mighty hills surrounding the town. I stood on the steps near the fence from here I could see the Nohsngithiang Falls, I could never dream of such a beautiful house and in such a perfect location. I enjoyed every moment there, the clouds flying by seemed like rushing for the class. I wish I could capture it all but few moments are to be lived, to be lost. My friends were still sleeping after a soaked day. By 8:30 am our driver was at the door and we were filling up in the breakfast table. We made our so called plan on the dining table; first we would go to the Nohkalikai waterfalls and then to the Double Decker Living root bridge.
So we reached Nohkalikai falls at around 10:30 -11:00 am. We again bumped into the clouds and many of the tourists were returning from the view point as it was all covered with clouds , but we stood there and could see nothing. Without losing hope we went around the place for some time and again stood near to railing with a hope to see the very famous Nohkalinai falls. Our hope was not a waste and our prayers were not unheard, soon the clouds were clear and the sun slowly peeped out of the clouds. Now what we were seeing was 340 meters high falls and beaming water and woods.
A mesmerizing sight
We stood silently and watched the entire row of hills full of lush green forests. What made these hills unique was the small and big waterfalls and streams or may be river (as we were too far to realize how big would be those water bodies)
Far off and appealing
We spent a quality time here moving around as the clouds would come and go. I enjoyed the walk in the misty clouds which would come flying toward me to just give a little hug and twirl around and make me cold. Instead of just watching the falls I would suggest the travelers to go around this entire viewpoint.
As far as I could see I saw my favorite color