the pluviophile's paradise
Known to be one of the wettest places in the world, the beautiful village of Mawsynram is situated at a distance of 60 kms from the city centre. The mesmerizing village with its panoramic views, lush green landscape and beautiful rains, Mawsynram is a perfect destination for both nature lovers and pluviophiles. Known to be one of the best tourist attraction in India, the village is known for its huge formation of a stalagmite, which takes after the shape of a 'Shivling'. Situated at an altitude of 1400 m above the sea level, the area is known for many caves narrating the story of a bygone era. Mawsynram receives heavy rainfall that the local villagers need to use thick grass to sound-proof their homes from it.
The major tourist attractions in Mawsynram includes the Mawlyngbna known for rich fossils and a natural geyser, Cherrapunjee known to be the second wettest place of this earth, Mawsmai Falls known as the fourth highest waterfall in India, Mawsmai caves - the holy cave of the Khasis is in the Mawsmai village and Nohkalikai Falls - crowned to be the fifth highest falls in India.
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Although the eating choices of Mawsynram are limited, you can enjoy the Khasi cuisine such as pork rice and more. Sohra Pulao which is rice cooked with oil and vegetables without spices is a must try for everyone visiting this place. You can also find Indian, Chinese, Punjabi and Bengali cuisines in here.
Some of the good restaurants in Mawsynram includes:
- Trattoria's: Famous for its local Khasi dishes such as Ja Doh (rice stewed in pig blood) and curried pig innards.
- Ginger Restaurant: Famous for Italian and continental dishes.
On reaching Mawsynram, after breakfast, head to the Mawsami Falls in the morning. Later you can proceed to Mawsmai caves and Cherapunjee. After a late lunch, move towards the beautiful Nohkalikai Waterfall, and Mawlyngbna in the evening. You can either spent the night exploring the place or head back.