Mawsynram, located about 65 km away from the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong. Meghalaya is the northeastern state of India. India’s northeast is also known as the seven sisters, because of the neighboring states Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh. Diacritic culture, from different states with individuality, is mesmerizing along with refinement of nature, denoting the “Unity in Diversity”. Here among the seven sister’s is the “place with the heaviest rainfall in the world”, known as Mawsynram.
Shillong is the “Scotland of East”!
The reason behind describing it as Scotland
The mesmerizing beauty of nature, the green mountains covered with the pine trees. The pine trees are the main attraction, the finest part that most of us enjoy, the ground covered with the dried pines. The hills and mountains, with tall trees, green leaves slaying cold breeze of air along with the nature’s miracle that can be seen in “ the Living Root bridge”.
Pines are a rare type, which is seen, pinecones are mostly found in the trees of Shillong. What about the pine trees of Scotland? Pine trees of Scotland are Scots pine, different in appearance if compared with pinecones.
The flowing water of the waterfalls is a Natural beauty, in Meghalaya. While travelling from one valley to another a number of waterfalls are seen. Few are huge and famous as tourist places while few are simply flowing down by, near the house in the mountains.
Native people use these springs for their household works when there is a scarcity of water. The flowing warm water of the elephant falls a paradise combination of three rivers that flow through this falls. The Krangsuri Waterfalls which is situated in Jowai, a tranquilizing nature surrounding, which is larger than the Elephant Falls.
Caves and Mountains
Meghalaya has a wide number of caves, surrounded by hills and mountains. Each valley has caves made of limestones or laterite stones occurring due to the various changes of nature for years. The caves are also exciting places for the tourist travelling from different parts of the world.
Valley within the mountain covered with clouds
Meghalaya is also known as the “abode of clouds”. The clouds that do not only flow through the sky, one can feel the touch of the dewy clouds as long as the bends and turns of the roads moving up towards the serenity of heaven.
The natural renderings creates viscous image of Shillong, Cherrapunji and Jowai valleys that define its natural innovativeness. Mawsynram the heaviest rainfall place is situated about 15 km west to Cherrapunji. Each valley has its own individual glam of nature that creates its distinctiveness.
Cherrapunji and The seven sisters Waterfalls.
One of the popular valleys in the world is Cherrapunji, it was once famous for being the place of heaviest rainfall but now Mawsynram is showing the highest rainfall intensity. Cherrapunji is a place with the deepened valleys, which are most of the time covered with the risen clouds. Another reason for attraction to the evergreen, soothing nature to revisit repeatedly is the famous “Seven Sisters Waterfalls”.
The Hypnotizing Seven Sister’s Waterfalls, Meghalaya, it is one of the most important attractions of the heaviest rainfall place, Cherrapunji and Mawsynrum. Watch the nature’s extreme beauty when it is covering with the mists of cold cloud that you can feel through your eyes and hand, during monsoon the chilled breeze of air and the floating clouds can make you feel as if you are standing in heaven. The forests and plantations create the heavenly atmosphere.
The waterfalls falling from the top of the mountains are seven in numbers but each fall from different heights. The tallest waterfalls of Meghalaya, the seven sisters falls that is known as “Nohsngithiang Falls” as it is segmented into seven waterfalls. However, the waterfall varies in different sizes but approximately it starts from a height of 315 meters which falls over the East Khasi hills build of the limestones. As you stand and observe the water falling from above flowing steeply downwards to the greeneries and boundaries of Bangladesh, the neighbouring country of India.
You can easily see the differentiating greeneries, the covered fogs or clouds floating through the divided countries. This shows that people can divide countries but nature does not understand the division or restriction, they flow in their own way.
The best period to watch the chilled foggy weather is during rainfall, it is not necessary that the rain is in monsoon, it rains anytime when the clouds accumulate around your head while you are present there, the wondrous nature is when sunlight fleets with the rainbows. Rainbows are often seen during the monsoon, so in order to cherish the glimpse of the tranquillizing nature, that heavy rain or the drizzling raindrops while driving throughout the curvy roads of Meghalaya. The temperature of the place lowers due to the clouds and rain, so one has to be prepared with their warm clothes to avoid any sort of sickness, you may ruin your vacations by falling ill, on the other hand, the temperature increases when the sun rises.
Sometimes it becomes unpredictable to understand the game of the weather, in a few minutes it’s a clear sky while in few hours you find the sudden rainfall with the darkened sky. Don’t forget to carry a raincoat with you!
Civilization, a unique and necessary Introduction.
While describing the rainfall of Meghalaya, it becomes essential to describe the civilization and its people. The place is divided in East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and the Garo Hill, Mawsynram is located in the East Khasi Hills and their native people speak Khasi, an entirely distinctive people with distinct language.
The East Khasi Hills, also consists of the cleanest village of Asia, Mawlynnong villages, as you travel along the roads watching a number of waterfalls flowing down to the rivers. The cleanest village with the best rural planning, maintaining the proper drainage system. Rain harvesting is common due to the lack of supply of water that they use in their development of agriculture. Since the rainfall is often, so the possibility of the storing and harvesting of rainwater becomes an easy process.
Dust free and dirt free roads, while you can see the people and children sitting in between the roads and playing around. A village with proper sanitation and water supply in India that has grabbed the title of the cleanest village. Surrounded by the green plants and trees, apart from it the cleanliness together creates a soothing feeling to the tourists and also the village people. Homestays are available for the tourists to enjoy the lifestyle of the cleanest village of India.
- The important facts about the caves of Meghalaya are the discovery of the “Meghalayan age”. According to the recent studies by the geologists, it is classified that the distinctive age interval of almost 4,200 years in the Holocene epoch. The present phase of the Holocene epoch is the Meghalayan age and the oldest phase of the Holocene epoch was the ice age.
- The evidence of the presence and the evolution of this meghalayan age is found around the seven continents of the world. The geological time scale has shown the similar time intervals as appeared from the stalagmite limestones of the caves of Meghalaya.
- The reason for the evolution of the Meghalaya age is considered as the drought that occurred several years before and led to the formation of caves through cooling. The agriculture growth throughout the region of Greece, Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Mesopotamia led to the destruction of the places due to the drought.
- The longest cave of Meghalaya which is known as the “ Mawluhm Cave” which contains the flooring of the stalagmite limestones floorings, that has been developing since years were taken as specimens by the researchers.
- While discussing the heaviest rainfall place the other reason for the priority of the place is the ancient caves, Mawluh Cave is one which has the evidence of the stepping into a new age of the Holocene epoch. Mawluh cave is situated in Cherrapunjee, if you visit the heaviest rainfall place then it is also necessary to visit the longest caves not only for pieces of evidence but also to seek an adventure through the dark narrow lanes of the caves.
Meghalaya was famous for being one of the heaviest rainfall places in the world but apart from it, modern world Meghalaya is recognized worldwide. Though it is one of the smallest states of India, it has created an enormous value through the civilization of its people and the geological features that have developed for centuries.
The untouched beauty of nature in Meghalaya, a small state of India has proven to be one of the adorable and sensational creativity of mother nature. The year’s sediments and unbeatable beauty of caves and the forests of Meghalaya with the greeneries enrolled within the clouds and rainfall.