Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort is a family run Nature Resort, promoted as a Family Holiday Destination. The focus is on the abundant scenic beauty all around the Resort, the benevolence of the Asian Summer Monsoon on Cherrapunjee, the enchanting and challenging Nature Treks in this amazing terrain, the Living Root Bridges including the unique Double Decker Root Bridge, which are exclusive to Meghalaya in the whole world, Baths in waterfalls, mountain streams and cool springs during the rainy season, Swims in Natural Swimming Pools that are rock pools in the river bed down in the valley, Campfires, Adventure Caving, River Canyoning and Camping Out in winter.
It is our earnest desire to provide the right ambience for family holidays in the lap of nature in this abode of clouds. Come to nature to be soothed and healed, to have great family get-togethers, for soft adventure and for real adventure. Inculcate the spirit of adventure in your children. Help them to appreciate Nature in a place endowed with exceptional natural beauty. The serenity and beauty of this place will overwhelm you. To help you enjoy the natural beauty of the area and to enable you to have better interaction with your family members, only one common TV is provided in the main hall and the rooms are free from TVs.
We have placed direction boards from Cherrapunjee market place onwards till the Resort. The smaller signboards carry our short name Cherra Resort. Cherra Resort, Sohra Resort as some local people call us are the same as Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort.
Contact Numbers: 094361 15925, 096153 38500
How is it here today........
5th March 2014
The day started on a cloudy note with the rain clouds populating the sky overhead. There was a sprinkling of raindrops but before the clouds broke into rain they got swept past. I learnt that Shillong, further north of us about 30 km, got some rain. The sky brightened for the better part of the morning. By about 3:00 p.m. more rain clouds swept over the hills and it rained for a brief while. Distant view is poor with haze reducing the view of Mawsahew and Mawsynram hills and the plains of Bangladesh. The quiet of the place with the birds hopping from one tree top to the other in the jungle on the slopes of the hill is perfect to sit out in our front lawn to sip your favourite tea or coffee. Some of our elderly guests love to sit out and look out in to the vast expanse of the valley in front of us. Sunset in winter is nice to watch from the Resort. I see different varieties of trees in the forest sprouting tender new leaves of various shades as they mature from being just a knob on the branch to full grown leaves. Spring is here. The sosang creeper is already having ripened fruits on its vines. This is a sweet sour fruit of the summer months.
The Nohkalikai waterfalls has become a trickle again after having some decent flow of water after two days of rain. The grasses that had dried up brown, have started letting out fresh green tender blades changing the brown landscape in grasslands to a developing shade of green. The rainfall received so far this month (this year too - January 2014 rainfall is 0.0 mm) is 89.2 mm. The average rainfall for February is 66.9 mm.
I see the flame of the forests trees is flush with flowers. This tree sheds its leaves by the time it starts flowering. The few that may remain as the flowering starts drop off soon and the tree gets decked by bright red flowers adorning the skyline against the backdrop of the hills. The view of the tree full with flowers now is lovely to see. The mango tree I notice has shed almost all its older leaves and the new leaves have grown bigger by the day.
Moths have started showing up as the weather gets warmer. I see beetles too. Today morning I heard the hum of insects visiting the flowers in the wild chestnut tree as music to my ears. Nature is busy and very active now with the warmer days creeping in.
This is the time for harvesting bay leaves. We see people busy cutting off small branches of bay leaves and drying them out in the shade. The dried leaves are plucked off the twigs and packed in gunny bags. The few village level wholesale buyers are waiting with their bar balance along roadsides in some places to buy the produce from the villagers. Nice to see the stacked gunny bags packed tight with bay leaves. This crop, perhaps, gives the most revenue during the year for the farmers here. In our village the farmers are busy tending to their small patches of vegetable garden. They grow cabbage, beet root, carrot, radish, green peas, mustard and tapioca. When you go on walks along these gardens you may be able buy some garden fresh vegetables.
Winter is the ideal time for trekking around this place. The terrain of the place lends itself to many trekking opportunities around this area. The treks to the Living Root Bridges including that of the Double Decker Root Bridge are very popular with our guests coming from all over the World. Our natural swimming pools are great to be in after a good trek especially when the sun is shining bright. Though the water is cold one can enjoy a swim after a good trek and sun out on the rocks.
River Canyoning is an ideal sport which tests your physical strength and also builds up the resilience of your body and it is very interesting too. We have a few options in different mountain rivers and are looking at adding more options. If you are good swimmer you would get a choice of swimming pools in some River Canyoning routes.
Caving is another challenging adventure sport that is best done now when there is no rain. The water levels recede making the caves accessible. If you want to do a caving expedition, you need to book the caving expedition before hand, since we have to tie up both the guide and equipment.
Temperature and Humidity recorded at the Resort on 5th March 2014
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River Canyoning Recce 4th November 2013
We had gone on a river canyoning in Umwai river again on the 4th November 2013 and proceeded further from where we had left done on 10th March 2013. We reached up to the edge of the vertical cliff took bath in the waterfall falling from the cliff edge hundreds of feet above. Water flow in the waterfall was less and hence we could stand under the falls, else one can not stand under these waterfalls. The going became steep and tough as we reached the upper reaches of the river / stream. We had to negotiate many huge boulders. When the boulders were vertical rock faces, we found a way up the river bank navigating through trees standing on very steep slopes and descended back to the river bed to push forward on our trail. On this trip we were four of us Joel, Batskhem, Freddie and myself. I am not able to up load the pictures right away. What you see here is the pictures taken on 10th March 2013. Idea is to introduce new River Canyoning and trekking options for our guests. It was new terrain for us too. I have posted the 10th March pictures in the Picture Gallery under the head River Canyoning March 2013. It was a great experience this time too on 4th November 2013, as it is ever.
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