Postcards from Cherrapunji that will convince you to visit it

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Photo of Postcards from Cherrapunji that will convince you to visit it by Nayan Das

Why this monsoon wonderland should be a part of your summer travel plans:

Set off early for Shillong. That way, you will be able to avoid the traffic snarls the Meghalayan capital is infamous for.

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If the weather is clear, head to the Golf Links and just laze around on the grass there.

Photo of Shillong Golf Course, Golf Links, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Crossing Mylliem on the Cherrapunji is an experience on its own. Sit back and relax as you soak in the winding curves and rolling hills.

Photo of Mylliem, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

The Mawdok Valley view point is a great for a pitstop. You can enjoy a hot cup of tea in the chilly weather, zip-line over the canyon or just take a dramatic walk in the fading afternoon light across the bridge.

Photo of Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

The fog comes swooping down with any warning during monsoon days, and makes the journey all the more mystical.

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das
Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Undulating hills hug one end of the road on the way to Cherra.

Photo of Nongtraw, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Soon the canyon opens up and you are left with jaw-dropping views of the Bangladesh plains as you approach Sohra.

Photo of Nohwet View Point, Cherrapunji-Mawsynram Reserve Forest, Nohwet, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

The Seven Sisters Falls is the best place get a panoramic view of the plains. The ecopark is notorious for slippery sandstones in the rains though.

Photo of Seven Sisters Falls, Nongkalikhai, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

If it is raining when you reach Cherra (for which there is a high probability), head to the Polo Orchid resort. The restaurant there has good food options, but be vary of the price.

Photo of Polo Orchid Resort Cherrapunjee, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

The sun and rain play hide and seek on most rainy days, and towards the latter half of the afternoon the clouds lose their theatrics and unveils a side Meghalaya that made Sir David Scott fall in love with the region.

Photo of Seven Sisters Falls, Nongkalikhai, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Paradise Falls is real.

Photo of Seven Sisters Falls, Nongkalikhai, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das
Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das
Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das
Photo of Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

The same bridge from earlier in the afternoon.

Photo of Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Mylliem basking in the warm rainy sunshine. Absolutely magical.

Photo of Mylliem, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

These fresh vegetable stalls will definitely attract you with their unique and indigenous collections.

Photo of Mylliem, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

A vegetable stall on the outskirts of Shillong.

Photo of Mylliem, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Shillong's markets are best enjoyed during the fading sunlight and on foot.

Photo of Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das

Don't forget to collect fresh mulberries when you visit Police Bazaar.

Photo of Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Nayan Das
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