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❛ Your sojourn with the Cloud Messanger ❜
For most of us, modernisation, pushes us far away from nature and then we need to “take” a break (a vacay as the netizens say), to an escapade to feel close to nature. Come to the abode of clouds, ‘Meghalaya’, and you will discover how people have lived for centuries, in complete harmony with Nature and continue to do so even now. Modernisation here, means a whole lot of things to the people, really.
Here literacy rates are much higher than the average literacy rate of the entire country, and the predominant ‘Khasi’ population proudly protect their natural and cultural heritage, thus promoting endogenous tourism to the truest sense.
When you gasp at the sight of intricately intertwined roots of the famous ‘Living Root Bridges’, (the oldest being there for the last 500 years) you’ll definitely understand what it really means living with nature, hand in hand.
Meghalaya is a land of many surprises. Our old geography books remind us of ‘Cherrapunjee’, for its record rainfall, but Cherrapunjee now known as Sohra as well, is much much more than that. Numerous caves, high waterfalls, rock formations, crystal clear rivers, flora and fauna thriving in the lush green Khasi hills and the beautiful people with their equally beautiful cultural heirloom make this a fascinating place to be. In fact staying in Sohra is the best way to explore a number of places in Meghalaya.
❝ If the path be beautiful let us not ask where it leads ❞
— Anatole France
With a view to nurture and promote the richness of the Khasi culture and traditions, many enthusiasts from this community opened their houses to guests to have a tete a tete with the local ambience. The ‘Cherrapunjee Homestay’ is one such place to hole up. Set atop a quint hillock, this homestay looks over the serene countryside all around.
There are ‘8 Double & Twin bedded rooms’, 3 are in top floor, 3 are in 1st floor and 2 are in ground floor and all with attached western toilet and private balcony. The rooms as well as the bathrooms are impeccably clean, spacious and cosy, incorporating a traditional twist, with high ceilings and having period furniture, paintings, art pieces, imbuing a subtle class to the natural themes that the Homestay carries. This gives a unique look to the tastefully done interiors.
The balconies are the perfect place to indulge in doing-nothing-but-gazing at the playful clouds pass you by or the mystic mists enamour you, leaving behind a trail of delightful thoughts eager to be jotted down,in a poetry, may be! Does that match your own vision of the prolific “Cloud Messenger”? You have to be there at least once to know the truth.
The homestay also has a restaurant downstairs which doubles up as the guest lounge. Food is fabulous, so is the hospitality. In the morning, you’ll enjoy the scrumptious morning breakfast with lots of options. The hosts take tremendous care to make the guests feel at home, literally.
There’s a beautiful garden and fish pond which is an area of great interest to kids. The property has a lot of open space and being at a little away from the hustle and bustle of the town makes it an ideal place to unwind.
There’s also a souvenir shop in the premises, where you should visit atleast once.
As there are many trekking and day tours options, the hosts readily help out with planning, guided tours, packed meals, cars etc as required. The property is located at a central point to visit all the spots in and around Cherrapunjee, which is an added advantage.
As guests say, this is the best place to stay in Cherrapunjee or Sohra, as it is locally known, with respect to food, lodging, room service, hospitality and tariff.
Available Rooms & Tariff
Includes (unless otherwise specified):
Children & Extra BedsKids upto 10 years of age are our guests at no charge.
Child 10+ years in extra bed: considering as adult.
Double Room - A well furnished double room assigned to two people and have one double bed.
Triple Room - A well furnished family room assigned to three people and have one double and one single bed.
Cherrapunjee is just 53.9 km from Shillong and the journey takes about 1 hour 35 minutes by car. Many travellers combine a visit to Cherrapunjee and Shillong when they are drawing up their travel plans in Meghalaya. A rather steep road that’s perpetually covered in mist leads up to Cherrapunjee and when the mists clears away you will be rewarded with sparkling sunshine and memorable views.
You can take a shared taxi (usually a Sumo) from Mawlong Haat in Barabazar in Shillong (the charges are around RS.80 per seat). Local taxis also travel from Shillong to Cherrapunjee and they stop at several sites like Elephant Falls, Dympep Valley View etc that fall en-route. From Cherrapunjee, too shared taxis are available to Shillong. Bus service to Cherrapunjee is also regular and buses take off from the bus stand in Police Bazaar in Shillong.
The ‘Cherrapunjee Homestay’ is located atop a quaint hillock near the Main Market of Sohra. It has a prime & central location in the town, with a hospital, a market and other local landmarks just a stones’s throw away.
Host says — “The central location of the homestay gives us a logistical advantage to Tourists who really want to experience the local scene, since we are literally surrounded by excellent places that Tourists can visit and experience.“
Good to know
The second wettest place on earth in the abode of clouds has only one season, very heavy rainfall from May to September, and lesser rains during the remaining 7 months.
So plan your holiday accordingly. And remember, generally it rains at night (October to April), so you can enjoy the day tours nicely but do carry umbrellas and raincoats and also rain cover for your rucksack.
ATM availability is not as easy as in Shillong so make sure that you come armed with plenty of cash too. Most attractions in Cherrapunjee are natural wonders and you wons’t find too many museums, artificially designed parks and recreation spots here...so be prepared to embrace nature in her rawest and loveliest form.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Cherrapunjee Homestay after booking. Final balance to be paid to Cherrapunjee Homestay after arrival.
If government travel restrictions or hotel closure prevents your stay, the initial deposit paid to Bhramonik may be freely transferred to a future booking through Bhramonik (T&Cs apply).
For cancellations less than 90 days before arrival, Cherrapunjee Homestay will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Cherrapunjee Homestay will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Cherrapunjee Homestay will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Cherrapunjee Homestay may be used for a future stay at this property.
Payment and cancellation policies may vary with special offers.
Unless otherwise specified, the initial guarantee deposit is non-refundable.
We're available from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday,
and 9am-5pm Saturday (India times).