Dainthlen Falls Meghalaya- Rustic Natural Creation

We were extremely pleased at the peaceful and serene ambience of the lake situated in the middle of beautiful mountains. The sight of such a magnificent man made creation seriously impressed us. From there, we went to a place which is known to be the main attraction of the state i.e. Cherrapunjee.

Almost everybody is accustomed to the fact that Cherrapunjee receives the highest amount of rainfall in the country. We had only heard about the place and read about it in Geography books till date. But it was the first time that we had the opportunity to experience everything in reality.

On our way to Cherrapunjee, we came to know that it is locally known as Sohra. It used to be the rainiest place on the earth but now the pole position is occupied by Mawsynram. Statistics say that Cherrapunjee is blessed with 12m of rain annually. There is no doubt about the fact that Cherrapunjee still enjoys the comfort of attracting the greater number of tourists in comparison to Mawsynram.

Dainthlen Falls Meghalaya
Dainthlen Falls Meghalaya | Image Resource : bishnupriyamanipuri.blogspot.com

We were very impressed with the number of caves, canyons, naturally created waterfalls, lush green flat or roller coaster type valleys and abundant natural magnificence found in Cherrapunjee. It is located at a distance of nearly 60km away from Shillong in the district of East Khasi. One of the most interesting things about Cherrapunjee is the growth of many natural root bridges. The Umshiang is one such double decker root bridge located at Nongriat.

The presence of different types of clouds and variation in the weather almost every instant was a memorable experience. Being an ardent lover of trekking, I also crossed one of the living root bridges. While doing so, I understood that the task required great amount of stamina and mental strength.

While returning from Sohra, we went to the Dainthlen Falls which is extremely famous in this part of the world. It has been named after a Thlen which is used as the name for Python. The legend says that people had destroyed the Thlen against the rock that lies under the waterfalls in order to get rid of evil. The Theln was believed to a symbol of corruption, evil and greed.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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