Cherrapunjee continues to receive the highest recorded rainfall in the whole world despite cyclical below average rainfall in some years. Cherrapunjee is locally known as 'Sohra' which name has now been declared as the official name of the place by the state Government. The fact that Cherrapunjee / Sohra falls directly on the path of South West Monsoon and the oragraphy of the hills at about Cherrapunjee helps to funnel and converge the monsoon clouds of a wide area to a relatively small area and deflect them upwards to cooler climes contribute to such heavy rainfall.
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a hill town, situated in the north eastern part of India. Shillong in Meghalaya is situated at an altitude of 1496 m above sea level. Shillong remained the capital of Assam, before the formation of Meghalaya in the 1974. The place, the people and the climate all combined together to create an amiable atmosphere, to make Shillong Meghalaya an ideal holiday destination throughout the year. Shillong tourism you can view beautiful lakes and waterfalls set in pine forests and green mountains. It is a popular hill-station which the British used to call the Scotland of the East.