As a part of my Meghalaya trip as on 11th June 2015, I was at Mawsynram. Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong. Crowned as the wettest place on earth, the village of Mawsynram is a nature lover’s dream and the best place to witness the fury of the rains. With 11,872 mm of rainfall received annually. Mawsynram is 1400 m above sea level. Meteorologists believe Mawsynram’s location plays a huge part in it receiving huge amount of rainfall. Moisture gathers over the Bay of Bengal, it causes precipitation over Mawsynram, leading to a heavy and very long monsoon season. The rains are so intense in Mawsynram that the villagers use thick grass to sound-proof their huts from the deafening rain. The ‘Maw’ in Mawsynram is a Khasi word which means ‘stone’, thus referring to certain megaliths found in the Khasi Hill area.

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