We welcome you to the wettest place on Planet Earth at Mawsynram.
Mawsynram in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya is a place filled with nature that provides an ideal retreat away from the city life. The pleasant weather and warm hearted people always welcome visitors to Mawsynram with open arms. Mawsynram is a small village township located at a distance of around 65 kilometers from the State Capital of Shillong. Mawsynram records an average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm every year that makes it the region with the highest rainfall in the year anywhere in the World. Monsoons exists from the months of June through September across the region of North East India, but Mawsynram often has a longer period when the clouds cease to clear the skies and torrential downpour occurs regularly here. But with no proper meteorological department office located at Mawsynram, the statistics recorded have not been up to date always and the tag of being the wettest place on Earth is often juggled between the neighbours Cherrapunji and Mawsynram.
Often during the rains at Mawsynram, one can see families taking refuge in the comfort of their homes and the animals seeking shelter wherever they can. The wet season at Mawsynram draws a lot of tourists who come to see the majestic waterfalls and the gushing streams of Mawsynram. It’s an amazing sight to see the local people getting to work everyday battling all weather conditions by covering themselves with shell lieke baskets made from bamboo. Tourists also visit Mawsynram to beat the summer heat across other parts of India when temperatures soar well above 45 degrees and at Mawsynram the climate is always favorable ranging from 10 degrees to 20 degrees.
It would be interesting to state that while many parts of the World especially the deserts in South America fail to receive even half an inch of rainfall every year Mawsynram records a heavy rainfall of almost around 40 feet each year.
The major attractions at Mawsynram are the numerous waterfalls and the caves here. The most attractive tourist spot in Mawsynram is the Mawjymbuin Cave which is among the well known caves in the region. This cave is home to some majestic stalactites and stalagmites that are of great geographical interest because of its exquisiteness. The stalagtites of this cave is shaped into a Shivalinga. This is what attracts many visitors to the cave who consider it to be a revered shrine of Lord Shiva and in the festival of Shivratri thousands of visitors visit the cave. Another important cave in Mawsynram is the Krem Puri – the longest sandstone cave in the World. The Krem Puri in Mawsynram records a total length of 24.5 km which is almost three times the length of Mount Everest. The major highlight of the Krem Puri Cave in Mawsynram is not only its length but also the availability of dinosaur fossils from 70 million years old. The Krem Puri caves is located near Laitsohum village in Mawsynram in the East Khasi Hills district.
As per survey done at the Krem Puri Caves in Mawsynram, the dinosaur fossils here included one of the Mosasaurus too which was an aquatic lizard that lived on Earth around 70 million years ago. The previous longest sandstone cave in in Venezuela measuring 18.2 km.
Meghalaya is also home to India’s longest cave – the Krem Liat Bah Umim Labit limestone cave in the Jaintia Hills which in 31 km in length. The word Krem is Khasi means a cave. Meghalaya is home to around 1650 caves in total spread across the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills. As per data, around 491 caves have been explored in the State with a lot of potential to make Meghalaya a next adventure destination for promotion of caving expeditions.
How to reach Mawsynram from Kaziranga National Park –
By Road – Mawsynram is located at a distance of around 310 kilometers from Kaziranga National Park. It takes around 9 hours by road to reach Mawsynram from Kaziranga. Private Taxi operators ply from Kaziranga National Park to Mawsynram. We operate our Taxi Service to Mawsynram from Kaziranga National Park. Our well maintained fleet makes your journey from Kaziranga National Park to Mawsynram a comfortable one.
By Air – Mawsynram is well connected to the Guwahati Airport by road. You can choose to fly to the Guwahati Airport. We operate taxi service from Guwahati Airport to Mawsynram.
By Train – Mawsynram can be reached from Guwahati Railway Station. We operate taxi service from Guwahati Railway Station to Mawsynram.
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