Mawsynram, Meghalaya
Enchanting Wettest Place On Earth
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Overview

Mawsynram, known as the wettest place on Earth, is a captivating village situated 61 kilometers south of Shillong. It offers an enchanting experience for nature enthusiasts and is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Surpassing Cherrapunjee by a small margin, Mawsynram holds the title for being the wettest place in India. The name 'Mawsynram' originates from the Khasi word 'Maw', which means 'stone', representing the remarkable megaliths found in the Khasi Hill area. This village is renowned for its impressive stalagmite formation, resembling a 'Shivling'. Nestled in the East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya, Mawsynram sits at an elevation of 1400 meters above sea level. The relentless rains in Mawsynram are so intense that local villagers utilize thick grass to insulate their homes from the thundering downpour.
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How to Reach Mawsynram

To get to the city, you can take a flight, drive, or use public transportation. If you choose to fly, you can book a flight to the nearest airport and then use a taxi or shuttle service to reach the city. Driving is also an option, and you can use a GPS or map for directions. Public transportation such as buses or trains may also be available, so you can check the schedules and routes to plan your journey accordingly.
  • By Air : To reach the city by air, travelers can book flights to the nearest airport, which is located approximately 30 miles outside the city center. The airport is well connected to major international hubs, making it convenient for visitors arriving from afar. Upon landing, taxis, shuttle services, and rental car facilities are readily available at the airport to transport passengers to their final destination in the city.
  • By Train : To reach the city by train, travelers can avail themselves of the extensive rail network that connects the city to various destinations. The city boasts well-maintained train stations that offer convenient access to the public transport system. Passengers can choose from a range of train options, including high-speed trains and local commuter services, providing a comfortable and efficient travel experience. With frequent departures and reliable schedules, train travel offers an excellent way to reach the city while enjoying scenic views along the journey.
  • By Road : To get to the city by road, you can take the highway from the neighboring town. The drive takes approximately three hours, and the road is well-maintained with scenic views along the way. There are also several rest stops and gas stations available for convenience. Be sure to check the weather conditions before embarking on your journey, as the road can be affected by adverse weather at certain times of the year.
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Places to Visit in Mawsynram

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Mawlyngbna, Meghalayastar-img4.4 (265)
Located approximately 25 km from Mawsynram, Mawlyngbna is famous for its abundant fossil deposits and a mesmerizing natural geyser.
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Things to do in Mawsynram

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Embark on a journey to Mawlyngbna, located approximately 25 km from Mawsynram. This destination is renowned for its abundant fossils and a captivating natural geyser, offering a unique and enriching experience for nature enthusiasts.
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Best Time to Visit Mawsynram

The best time to visit Mawsynram is during the monsoon season, from June to September, when the village showcases its extraordinary rainfall. This period allows visitors to witness the natural spectacle of the cascading rain, which is a defining feature of Mawsynram's charm.

FAQs on Mawsynram

How much does a package cost for Mawsynram?
The packages for Mawsynram start at INR 5799 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations.
What are the places near Mawsynram?
The top places near to Mawsynram are Cherrapunjee which is 11 km from Mawsynram, Shillong which is located 44 km from Mawsynram, Jowai which is located 64 km from Mawsynram, Guwahati which is located 95 km from Mawsynram, Tura which is located 140 km from Mawsynram.
What is the best way to reach Mawsynram?
Mawsynram is situated 3 hours away from the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong. Therefore, Shillong Airport also known as Umroi Airport is the nearest airport to Mawsynram. At times there are no direct flights to Shillong and then Guwahati Airport comes to the rescue. There are no railway connections in Meghalaya hence Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 104 km from Shillong. Interstate buses from Shillong and Guwahati run through the neighbouring states, giving you a picturesque view of nearby areas as you travel.
What is the local food in Mawsynram?
For the foodies, the eating choices in Mawsynram are limited although eating in Cherrapunjee can be a memorable experience. You can relish Khasi cuisine such as pork rice and more. Sohra Pulao which is rice cooked with oil and vegetables without spices is a must try for everyone visiting this place. One will also find Indian Chinese, Punjabi and Bengali cuisines in Cherrapunjee.
What is the best time to visit Mawsynram?
Mawsynram is known to be one of the wettest places on the planet. It is, therefore, best when visited between April and June which is the summer season in the country. Some may choose to visit Mawsynram at the onset or by the end of the monsoon season, i.e. in July/ September-October to experience the lovely ambience, but since it is one of the wettest places in India, they need to be aware and equipped for the heavy rainfall the region witnesses. The transitioning month of October is also quite a pleasant time to explore the tourist attractions as the terrain is consistently covered with lush greenery and the air is refreshing and rejuvenating.
Who should visit Mawsynram?
Mawsynram is ideal for people who are deeply in love with natural showers of rain and waterfalls.
What is not so good about Mawsynram?
Due to heavy rains road blocks create a problematic situation.
What is famous about Mawsynram?
Mawsynram is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world, perfect for those who cherish rains. Cascading waterfalls and lush green plains are all that you are going to see.

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