Meghalaya: Abode of the clouds

We disappeared from cyberspace for the past week to explore further into Meghalaya (which is Sanskrit for “the abode of the clouds”).  The road from Shillong to Cherrapunji (called Sohra in the local Khasi language) wound through the impressive Khasi hills.  There were sheer cliffs with waterfalls plunging to lush rain forests in deep valleys.  This is the home of the humble Khasi tribe, a predominately matriarchal society.

Cherrapunji is the town with the highest annual rainfall on earth, with an average of somewhere around 12,000 mm per year.  It also holds two Guinness world records for recieving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year: 24,555 mm (80.561 feet) of rainfall in 1974 and in a single month: 9,300 mm (30.511 feet) in July 1861.  Luckily, most of this rain falls in the monsoon season (May through September) and it actually rains relatively little at this time of year.

There is a very informative website if you’d like read more about Cherrapunji or the Khasi people.