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Wettest Places on Earth Mawsynram | Tourist Destination | North East India Info

The current record holder, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, is the cluster of hamlets known as Mawsynram in India. 
Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in North Eastern India, 65 kilometers from Shillong. Mawsynram receives one of the highest rainfalls in India. 

It is reportedly the wettest place on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimeters (467.4 in). Cherrapunji has often been credited as being the wettest place on Earth, but for now nearby Mawsynram currently holds that distinction. 

Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year, however: it received 9,300 millimeters (370 in; 30.5 ft) in July 1861 and 26,461 millimeters (1,041.8 in; 86.814 ft.) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861. 
Here are some facts you should know about the wettest place on Earth a wonderland of India.

1. Matrilineal culture

The locals living in and around Cherrapunji are known as Khasis. It is a matrilineal culture. After the wedding, the husband of the youngest daughter goes to live with his wife's family, who own the property of the family, while others live on their own getting a bit of the share. The children take on the surname of the mother.

2. Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji Mountain
Cherrapunji Mountain

Cherrapunji. It’s known locally by its traditional name Sohra and is the second wettest place on earth. Cherrapunji located on southern Meghalaya state with close proximity to Mawsynram, Northeast India. It is located on the Shillong Plateau about 35 miles (55 km) southwest of Shillong, the state capital. Cherrapunji is noted for having one of the world’s highest average annual precipitation levels.

3. The Living Root Bridge

Double  Living Root Bridge
Double  Living Root Bridge

Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees (Ficus elastica) by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples. Over hundreds of years, the people in Cherrapunji have developed techniques for growing roots of trees into large bridges. The process takes 10 to 15 years and the bridges typically last hundreds of years, the oldest ones in use being over 500 years old.

4. Dainthlen Waterfalls

Dainthlen waterfall
Dainthlen waterfall

These are one of the most popular falls of Cherrapunji - even for the locals. Legends have it that in the caves near the falls an evil snake was once killed. There are carving on the rocks and caves nearby. The snake signifies greed and evil. This otherwise beautiful work of nature is just 5km from the city.

5.  Seven Sister Waterfalls

Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Seven Sisters Waterfalls

The seven sister’s waterfall is a kind of waterfall which symbolizes the seven states in northeast namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The fall is separated with seven parts over the cliff of the hills.  The views are spectacular and completely engross one individual with the view.

6. Mawjymbuin

Mawjymbuin limestone cave
Mawjymbuin limestone cave

Located in Mawsynram is a cave named Mawjymbuin, known for its stalagmites. Inside this cave is a pair of notable speleothems - breast-shaped stalactite over a massive stalagmite. The area is known for its many caves, commercialised and non-commercialised, which contain remnants of a past that tells us of the history of the plateau that was once present.

7. Khreng Viewpoint

Khreng Khreng Viewpoint
Khreng Khreng Viewpoint

The word 'Khreng Khreng' means Cracked Rock in local Khasi language. From the viewpoint, visitors can get the enchanting view of Syntein, the five village’s expertise in bamboo handicrafts. Their products gained recognition within the country and at the international level as well. From this point, one can also see the famous historic hill Lum Iawpaw, Umngi river, Rit Syntein and besides an attractive scenic beauty. This place also offers the best view of setting sun.

Cool right! Meghalaya is a paradise for the nature lover with its canyons, waterfall and caves the place is a wonderland for tourist. Another interesting fact is that Mawlynnong The cleanest village in Asia is located here in Meghalaya.

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