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Cherrapunji, India

From series “The Most Extreme Settlements on the Planet”
In India, travelers will have an opportunity to visit a small town of Cherrapunji, which is considered the rainiest settlement in the world. It's raining here literally every day. On average, it's about 12 000 mm of rainfall per year. About 10 000 people constantly live in the town. Daily walks down the street with an umbrella or raincoat become a commonplace for them. The town has a large cement factory, and there are several industrial centers for the extraction of coal and limestone in the surrounding area.

Cherrapunji, India Due to the fact that the soil is constantly washed away by heavy rains, locals don't have opportunities to engage in the agriculture. Trade and working at large industrial plants are main means of livelihood for people. The peculiar landscape of the area forms unusual climatic environment. The town of Cherrapunji is located among the maze of mountains. The mountainous landscape forms continuing funnels of clouds. Only in the period from November to February, rain falls here a little less than in other times of the year.

Five months a year, there are showers every day, but locals have long learned to adapt to these challenging environment. For example, in remote areas where roads after the rain turn into a river, people build live bridges. Such constructions are created using roots of trees. Live bridges have long been one of the main symbols of Cherrapunji. Every day, in spite of the abundance of rain and puddles underfoot, locals go to work, go fishing, and even for a walk. A huge amount of water that is poured on them from the sky in no way affects the daily life of the town. Next - La Rinconada


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'City Bank ATM' located in 27 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'National Motor Vehicle Hire' is located in 36 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Weiloi Petrol Pump' in 13 km
Supermarket: 'Anisha Kurkalang' in 26 km
Parking: 'Wahrashi Parking (Syntung)' in 34 km
Apotheek: 'Mohammadia Pharmacy' in 27 km
Police station: 'Police Station' in 21 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Nalgre Restaurants' in 0.84 km
Railway station: 'Chhatak Railway Station' in 28 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Cherrapunji

Hotel Centre Point

Located in 36 km from Cherrapunji
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Rooms: 29
Air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and an attached bathroom with hot and cold water supply. A plush seating area is … More: photo, rates and booking
Royal Heritage Tripura Castle

Located in 37 km from Cherrapunji
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Rooms: 10
Royal Heritage Tripura Castle is less than 3 km to Khandailad (Police Bazzar). Guwahati Railway Station is approximately 112 km away while Guwahati … More: photo, rates and booking
Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake

Located in 38 km from Cherrapunji
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Rooms: 17
The resort overlooks azure waters of Umiam Lake situated just 2.5 km away. Guwahati Railway Station is 75 km away and Guwahati Airport is 105 km … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Aarian Aatithya

Located in 95 km from Cherrapunji
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Rooms: 18
Modern rooms are tastefully decorated with soothing wall colours. In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV, seating area and private bathroom with … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Root Bridges
22 km - Root Bridges
Bridges constructed from living tree roots aren’t rare in India. These bridges weren’t built; they literally grew up of strong roots of the rubber tree. To start growing bridge, it’s enough to throw a wire frame across the river and monitor mighty tree roots …
Baitul Mukarram Mosque
217 km - Baitul Mukarram Mosque
Baitul Mukarram is the National Mosque of Bangladesh. Located at the centre of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the mosque name translates as a “The Holy House”. The structure of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque resembles the Kaaba in Mecca. For the building were used …
Hazaribagh
219 km - Hazaribagh
Hazaribagh city had got the status of the large tannery center many centuries ago. In recent years, the extent of production has become much greater, although the tanning methods on some establishments have remained constant for several hundred years. There are about …
Bangladesh
223 km - Bangladesh
Bangladesh has been trying to take the upcoming water under control for a long period of time. If the water rises to 1,5 meters, the territory of 22 000 m2 will forever go under the water. Such natural disaster can break lives of more than 18 million people. The water …
Tigers Nest Monastery
340 km - Tigers Nest Monastery
Fans of stay in the atmosphere of solitude are attracted by the Paro Valley in Bhutan. Here is one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in the world. It owns a proud name - the Tiger's Nest. This monastery is located in a very remote and dangerous area. The …
Ganges
412 km - Ganges
Ganges River is one of the best places for rafting in Asia. It is the largest and most teeming river in India. The starting point of the most popular rafting route is Devaprayag City, along with two rushing rivers - Alaknanda and Bhagirati feeding the Ganges River. …
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