0913 Shillong to Cherrapunjee, India
"Canon EOS 50D" "Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM" India “Republic of India” “South Asia” subcontinent Shillong capital Meghalaya Khasis ”East Khasi Hills district” "Scotland of the East" Shillong “Jaintia Hills” Assam Assamese গুৱাহাটী Sanskrit प्राग्ज्योतिषपुर “North East India” “north-eastern India” foothills “Shillong plateau” Cherrapunjee Cherrapunji Sohra Churra “land of oranges” river gorge mining shack
Cherrapunji (alternative spellings are Cherrapunjee and Charrapunji), is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being the second wettest place on Earth. However, nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record. It is the traditional capital of a hima (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state) known as Sohra or Churra. The original name for this town was Sohra, which was pronounced "Churra" by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji. The word "cherrapunji" means 'land of oranges'. Despite perennial rainfall, Cherrapunji faces an acute water shortage and the inhabitants often have to trek for miles to obtain potable water.