Mawsynram Tourism – An Ultimate Travel Guide, 2022

Mawsynram is a small village and one of the most visited places in India which is located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is one of wettest places and holds a Guinness record with highest rainfall. It is at a height of 1400 meter above sea level. Due to its location it receives highest rainfall. Mawsynram has an amazing nature. From all over the world, people come here. There are many valleys, mountains, hills and many other historic places to see.

Best Time to Visit Mawsynram

To visit Mawsynram, there must be less rainfall. From April to June, there will be less rainfall and weather is pleasant during these months. In other months there will be rainfall.

Rainfall in Mawsynram

Mawsynram is recorded as the place with highest rainfall and wettest place on the world. Mawsynram and Cherrapunji are miles apart and both receives rainfall. It does not rain all day but it rains every day. It receives on average 11,872 mm of rainfall annually. It gets most of the rain in monsoon months.

Things to carry while visiting Mawsynram

Things like umbrella, rain coat, first-aid kit, trekking kit, winter clothes, waterproof shoe, and mosquito repellants, plastic covers to carry mobiles, electronic gadgets in rainy areas, and all the necessary identity cards and identity proofs.

How to Reach

You can reach Shillong by road, rail or flight.
By Road
By Rail
By Air

Choosing road will be a good option and also a difficult one. One can enjoy beautiful nature along the roads. It is connected by roads to famous places like Shillong, Guwahati. From Shillong, it takes nearly 2 hours.

The nearest railway station is in Guwahati which is at a distance of 150 km. From there, one can catch a car or a bus to reach Mawsynram.

Shillong airport (Umroi airport) is the nearest airport which is 86 km away from the town. From this, it may take 2 to 3 hours to reach Mawsynram. For direct flights, there is an international airport in Guwahati named Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. It is at a distance of 170km.


Most of the people in this area speaks English for communication. Hindi is also spoken by rarely. Tribes speak Khasi language and Garo languages.

In 1901-1940 India Meteorological Department showed Cherrapunji as the wettest place. Rainfall of 10800.8mm is recorded in Mawsynram which is highest rainfall received place. “Maw” means stone in Khasi language. The village is known for stalagmite, which has the shape pf “Shivling”.

People here are number of tribes namely Garo, Khasi, and Jaintia. The traditions, festivals, dresses differ from one tribe to another. Dresses worn by them describes their tribe. Garo tribes wear a small cloth around their waist. Women in Khasi tribe wear a Jainsen with a blouse. Women costumes differ from men costumes. Festivals like Shad Suk Mynsiem, Nongkrem festival, Behdeinkhlam festival, Shad Sukra, Wangala festival, are the ones which should be seen by the tourists. When comes to food, choices are less but the Khasi cuisine which includes pork rice and many more should be tried. Also, “Kwai” named tea is a must try.

Weather in Mawsynram

The weather in summer is pleasant and warm in Mawsynram. It is not as heat as other states. The temperature ranges from 14-20 degree Celsius. This is the driest time of the year. The rainfall during these months is heavy and it will be difficult to visit these places during these times. Humidity levels are high. Tourists experience different climatic conditions. It is not safe. September and October has less rainfall. It will be cold during this months. So the tourists must carry woolen clothes and rain coats also. The temperature is around 15 degree. The daytime is not so chill.

Summer(April-June) 14°C-20°C
Monsoon(July-September) 12°C-16°C
Winter(October-March) 2°C-15°C

Best Places to stay in Mawsynram

NamePrice (Tentative)
Emily and Sankrita’s HomestayStarts from Rs.4,500/- per night.
Hesed HouseStarts from Rs.3,000/- per night.
La Tngenlang HomestayStarts from Rs.3,200/- per night.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shillong Tourism

1. Why Mawsynram is called the wettest place on earth?

Mawsynram is called the wettest place on the earth as it has received highest amount of rainfall. It also holds a Guinness record for receiving 26000 mm of rainfall.

2. Does it rain every day in Mawsynram?

It does not rain all day but it rains every day in Mawsynram.

3. Is Cherrapunji and Mawsynram same?

No, they are not same. Currently, Cherrapunji is wettest place. Both these places are miles apart which shares common orography facing different valleys.

4. What is Mawsynram famous for?

Mawsynram is famous for being the wettest place and a place which recorded the highest rainfall. It is also famous for being one of the famous tourist places in India with beautiful scenic places.

5. What are the nearby tourist spots near Mawsynram?

There are many tourist attractions to visit in Mawsynram. Some of them are Mawjymbuin caves, Mawlyngbna, Khreng Khreng viewpoint etc. Shillong and Cherrapunji are also famous tourist spots near Mawsynram.

6. What can I buy from Mawsynram?

Handicraft items made of bamboo and cane are famous here. Stalls selling these items and also furniture are quit common here.

7. Best places for Shopping in Mawsynram?

There are no particular places for shopping but orange flower must be brought in Cherrapunji.

8. Which fruit is famous in Mawsynram?

Phanmluh is a sweet potato and is only found in Mawsynram. Sohliang is a fruit which looks like Sophlang is also famous.