Moving on we got to beautiful Cherrapunjee close to the Indian-Bangladeshi border.
As mentioned Meghalaya is very much a state defined by water. This is spectacular Nohkalikai Falls. It's huge and the setting for it is spectacular. And I was even lucky to catch a few rays of sunshine on the strip of rocks below the falls.
Look at that pool of water. It's unbelievable turquoise.
Another lovely waterfall. Notice the van on the top left side to get a sense of scale.
Seen from a different angle.
As this sign shows Cherrapunjee has long been known as the rainiest place in the world. However, Ironically Cherrapunjee suffers from serious droughts for large parts of the year. And to add insult to injury nearby Mawsynram has recently taken over the title as the rainiest place in the world!
Beautiful steep cliffs visible from Cherrapunjee. Notice the difference in vegetation between the almost barren hills on the top and the lush valley below. This interesting contrast is yet another phenomenon caused by Meghalaya's water. The heavy monsoon rains wash away the top soil of those areas that are the most exposed to the rains. This means that no serious vegetation can settle here. However lower lying areas not so exposed directly to the furious downpour have access to plenty of water and thus become very lush.
A further example of the relatively a barren landscape caused by the monsoons. It is no wonder Meghalaya was known as the Scotland of the East in colonial times.If you look closely on the top of the hills you can see traces of landslides caused by the monsoon.
A few more pictures from the trip on the way to Cherrapunjee:
Getting lunch packed for the trip in a small local restaurant.
Akia and Crystal coming back from a snack run near the restaurant.
Large piles of traditional Khasi baskets. You'll see more of these in future posts.
A wonderful gorge being filled with sunlight penetrating through the skies.
A curiosity: A big house being built on top of a small house.