If you were born, or you grew up in Northeast India, you will find it very hard to be anywhere else during the monsoon. Let me tell you why. The perfect rhythm of the rainfall, and the newness you experience when you see the rain-washed forest and manicured tea-estates, is surreal.

The moving landscape of the North-East district is verdant whenever of the year, however particularly so in the blustery season. You’ll appreciate the varieties – from the rainstorm view on soak slants of the Darjeeling territory, to the adjusted slopes of Meghalaya while in transit to Shillong. Visit Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, which as of now holds the world record for the most yearly precipitation. Here I give you 5 apt reasons on why you should design this excursion, read on!

5 Reasons to travel Northeast in Monsoon

1. Enjoy All Fifty Shades of Green

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The Norteast is blessed with lush vegetation year-round but it is during the monsoons that they are at their greenest, in myriad shades unseen in the northern Himalayas. A veritable devour for the eyes, as the assortment of changing displays and scenes is much the same as a principle course supper – green rice paddies converging into bumpy outcrops, moving slopes, numerous with tea-gardens, and, in North Bengal and Sikkim, snow-capped greenery and soak mountains. Whether arriving by air, rail or overland, nature is always at its exhilarating best here.

2. Wonder about the Spectacular Live Root Bridges, Caves and more

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The chances of getting leave from work during summer and winter vacation are always bleak; being peak season, so why not choose this time. If Shillong has been on your list since quite a long time, this is the perfect time to visit. On the off chance that Shillong has been on your rundown since a significant long time, this is the ideal time to visit. As of late, Mawsynram has surpassed Cherapunji, and is prestigious for its great hollows and staggering live root spans! Really a one of a kind experience.

3. Relax in the Cool and Wet Weather

 

The weather in the North-East may be a bit wet, but such is the case anywhere else in India. What’s important is that it’s not sweltering or muggy. In general, the weather is almost like the perfect air-conditioner!

4. Escape from the Madness of Everyday Life

Regardless of whether you’re searching for some alone time, a spa excursion or a sentimental meet, you’ll get all the security you need, and that’s just the beginning, at the real goals in the Northeast. In the event that you are searching for activity, even that is accessible in the business sectors, bazaars and downtown places of Darjeeling, Gangtok and Shillong.

5. Enjoy Off Season Prices, Discounts and Upgrades

There are great all-round discounts and upgrades to be enjoyed this time of year, along with the ever assured hospitality of the North East. Foodies can look over a wide assortment of treats at low costs. Make the most of your fill of blend fries, fiery pork, momos and beer at unbeatable price!

Cherrapunji – The Magic of Northeast Monsoon 

The window ornament of fog just tumbles down, rain drops are all over, cool breeze goes east to west in the quality of quiet, and you see individuals with splendid red recoloured lips alongside their umbrellas. Welcome to Cherrapunji.

It was in the long stretch of August when I chose to pursue the rain in the wettest landscapes on the planet. What better time to move in the rain than storm in the place that is known for mists. And I set out to explore this part of the world which is an unexplored paradise on earth.

Charrapunji is credited similar to the second wettest place on earth. Initially known as “Sohra”, the British articulated it “Churra” before it got its prominent name as Cherrapunji The surroundings are mostly dotted with towering Khasi hills and valleys beyond your horizon. You are welcomed by the charming Khasi people with a big smile. Known as “the abode of clouds”, Meghalaya surprises you with its splendid secrets.

I stepped out from hotel at around 7.30 am driving towards the city known as abode of clouds. The plateau of Cherrapunji has a completely unique horizon. The multi layers of hills and sun rays are not seen in this part of India. Instead, rocky hills, lush green surroundings, valleys and clouds are there to delight you. On my way, I crossed various towns like Six Miles, Banuin and Myllien.

It was 10 am. I had already covered half of my journey towards Cherrapunji. I must tell you that the weather in Cherrapunji is unpredictable. You never know when you are welcomed by clouds or rain on the road. With each level, new landscape awaits you.

As I was moving up, I saw a sudden change in the climate. Within a fraction of minutes, mists dropped on the whole street, abandoning it to no ability to see. I was just Aww by the sudden change. When I got down from my car at Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge to see the Mawkdok Dympep Valley, rain started pouring.

It was surprising that in this cloudy and rainy weather also, you can find small roadside tea stalls in that place. Khasi women were selling tea, biscuits, water bottles, and all essentials to the tourists under a small umbrella.

Unlike other parts of India, one would notice that in the streets or markets of Meghalaya there are lot of shops which are mostly runned by women. As Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system, where women is the head of the family. Yes, it’s true! The bride manages all the business practices while the groom winds up doing household chores.

By the time I reached Cherrapunji, I could only see the descending clouds. It was still raining. I headed towards Eco Park, which is one of the tourist attractions in Cherrapunji. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the “Green Canyons” of Cherrapunji. Not just that, you can also view the amazing plains of Bangladesh.

The famous Double Decker Living Root Bridge amazed me. Situated in a thick tropical backwoods of Meghalaya, this extension is nothing not as much as a man-influenced cum normal to ponder. These roots develop from antiquated elastic trees which are seen just in the Northeast district. Made by Khasi people, these roots are weaved with the end goal that they are in a sort of an augmentation over the stream.

There are a couple of root connects in Meghalaya, yet Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge is the most well-known one. Another stunning sight is the Nohkalikai Falls. This amazing cascade is the tallest cascade in the nation which tumbles from a stature of 1100 feet and it is the fourth most elevated on the planet. This waterfall is also called as Seven Sisters Waterfalls. If you are lucky, you can have the picturesque view of seven different waterfalls cascading down the hill.

Cherrapunji has a lot to offer from root bridges, waterfalls, Eco parks, caves to breath taking valleys also known as “Scotland of East”. Though tourists have started exploring this part of India lately, but if I compare it with other parts of India, Northeast is still way beyond the margin. If you like the post then  do subscribe to Wayfearer , Like and comment below if you want us to provide any feedback about the post.

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Sayantan Chakraborty

A Nomad by nature, Co-Founder and Writer at wayfearer.com | Puts Pen into use for travelers alike who have the same taste of traveling the world.

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