Notable most for its wet climate, Mawsynram is a beautiful village located in the state of Meghalaya, India. Well welcome to Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth. If you happen to visit this small village make sure you carry few things, rain coat, rain proof shoes and a big umbrella — mind it when I say BIG. Don’t worry if you forget your sunglasses as you won’t need them. But ofcouse if you turn really lucky you might see some rays in the wettest place on Earth. Let’s know more about Mawsynram, the wettest place on earth.
Mawsynram: Crowned As The Wettest Place On Earth
The village receives 11,872 mm of rainfall every year. Cherrapunji was the wettest place on earth until Mawsynram beat it record by a very slender margin. Cherrapunji is also located in the state of Meghalaya receives around 11,777 mm of rainfall every year.
Rested over a ridge in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, this little village of Mawsynram has recorded to receive the highest average rainfall on the entire planet. Isn’t that a great fact about the country? Mawsynram is a dream place for each and every nature lover. And if you are one of them who love the rains then this is the best place to witness the rage of the rains. Mawsynram is located 15 kilometres west of Cherrapunji. The village is located at 1400 m above the sea level. According to the meteorologists the location of Mawsynram plays a significant role in it receiving huge amount of rainfall. Heavy and long monsoon is a result of precipitation which is caused by the moisture gathered over the Bay of Bengal.
Interesting Things To Know About Mawsynram
1. Sound-Proof Huts For The Deafening Rains
The rains in Mawsynram are so intense that the villagers need to use thick grass to make their huts sound-proof from the deafening rain.
2. Stalagmite Which Resemble The “Shivling”
“Maw” in Mawsynram is actually a Khasi word which means “Stone”, hence it refers to a certain megaliths which is found in the Khasi Hill area. Mawsynram is very popular for the massive formation of a stalagmite. These stalagmites resemble the shape of a ‘shivling’.
3. Villagers Spend Months Preparing For The Rains
Life can be difficult for us if we have to encounter the rains for 2 continous days. But the people at Mawsynram have to face long monsoon seasons. Facing rains for days and days can be tough isn’t it? Well but the villagers of Mawsynram prep well, they spend months in preparing for the wet season. It can be highly difficult to leave homes and go shopping during the wettest months i.e. months between May and July. So the villagers make sure they buy and stock-up food grains to cope up with continuous rainy days.
4. “Knups” The Perfect Rain Shield
“Knups” are the rain covers used by the women of Mawsynram. They make these rain covers by using bamboo slivers, plastic sheets and broom grass. This rains covers resemble the turtle shell and act as a perfect rain. These Knups have to worn on the head, these are large enough to keep rain off the entire body right up to the knees. You will be surprised to know that the process of weaving a knup is a labour-intensive process. It can take at least an hour to complete.
5. Bamboo And Broom Grass Among The Chief Plants Grown In Meghalaya
Bamboo and broom grass which is used in the making of Indian brooms fall among the chief plants grown in the hilly regions of Meghalaya. Some of the locals spend the entire season of monsoon and also a part of the winter in making bamboo baskets, brooms and knups. All these local produces are sold all around the state.
6. Jingkieng Deingjris – The Living Bridges
One of the must-dos at Mawsynram is to use at least one of the jingkieng deingjris. These Jingkieng Deingjris are living bridges which are made from the roots of rubber trees. Surprising fact about the Jingkieng Deingjris is that these take about two decades to grow. The Jingkieng Deingjris need to grow properly to gain strong support. These are used by the locals to cross stormy streams during the monsoon season.
7. Pass-Time For The Residents
Well there might be many passtimes but one of the most favourite is ‘siat khnam’. The residents of Mawsynram play this centuries-old tradition of shooting arrows. This is a leisure activity of archery-led gambling. Each player needs to throw arrows like javelins at bamboo targets which are a few metres away. Another popular activity is “Angling” in the ponds around the village.
8. Best Time To Visit
The months between September and November are the best time to visit Mawsynram. The rainfall during these two months is the least and the weather is totally pleasant. But if you are one of those who would like to witness the brute force of nature, then visit Mawsynram during the rainy season.
There are some drawbacks associated with Mawsynram too. First being there are very limited options for accommodations. Limited options when it comes to food too. But one thing which is unlimited is the beautiful nature and RAINS.
Mawsynram as we discussed is located at an altitude of 1400 m. There are picturesque waterfalls lush green lands and beautiful landscape waiting for you to explore. Well to reach you will need to drive from Shillong towards Mawsynram, but the drive can be challenging and will require the drivers to possess exception skills.
Do let us know if you liked reading about Mawsynram. If you know anything special about this place then do lets us know as comments.
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