Cherrapunjee, also called Sohra, a town to the west of this one, is allegedly the rainiest place on earth. It’s also certainly the wettest desert on earth, a place where the denuded topsoil retains neither the rain it receives nor lets much but scrub grass grow. The limestone hills around are riddled with caves and carved with waterfalls, and my assistant and I took the day off work to go on a visit. Both of us had been to these places before more than once, but there’s a fundamentally different experience in going somewhere by motorcycle than there is by car. A biker will immediately know what I’m talking about. For others, well, never mind - for today. I’ll educate you some other time on that.
So, here’s the photo feature of the trip. We’re planning a further and longer trip in the near future.
The bikes and the riders:
|My bike: Royal Enfield Desert Storm|
|My assistant (and fellow rider)|
|Your travelogue guide and motorcycle gangster-in-chief|
|His bike (left and below): Bajaj Avenger|
|On the road|
A photo feature specially on a trip to Mawkdok is here. Mawkdok happens to be on the way to Cherrapunjee.
|We kept running into this particular tourist family in Cherrapunjee too|
This is about five kilometres on the other side of Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunjee itself isn't worth the pixels it's photographed on, so I did not bother.
|The dogawful steps down to the viewing point|
|And talking of dogs...|
|She was extremely friendly. Came and rubbed herself all over me as soon as I dismounted.|
|And lest we forget: The cock of the walk|
This is about eleven kilometres from Nohkalikai, six kilometres beyond Cherrapunjee in another direction. Limestone carved in interesting patterns by rainwater. In the rainy season the interior drips.
|Not for claustrophobic or fat people|
|Note the stalagmites|
|A natural chimney near the cave exit|
|Above and below: exit|
The way home:
|The undulating treeless plateau around Cherrapunjee, where it's always freezing even in bright sunshine|
|In the rainy season this, too, is a waterfall.|
Copyright B Purkayastha 2013