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SHILLONG, June 24, 2018: After the curfew which has now been relaxed in the city, saw droves of devotees arriving here from Kamakhya in neighbouring Assam on Saturday. Pilgrims who have come for the Ambubachi Mela, made a beeline for the Pine City to partake of its serene beauty. All-time favourite Sohra (Cherrapunjee) is also on their travel list.

Every year, when the ancient festival of Ambubachi gets under way at the Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills in Kamrup, pilgrims from different parts of the country, mostly from the eastern region, especially Bengal, make it a point to undertake a pilgrimage of a different kind to Sohra-once the wettest place on earth.

“Amra proti bochhor Ambubachi melate eshe Cherrapunjeete brishti dekhte ashi (every year, when we come for the Ambubachi Mela, we also come to see rainfall in Cherrapunjee),” said Rupali Das from Malda.

“All security arrangements are in place to ensure safety of the tourists, who visit Shillong and Cherrapunjee in large numbers during the fair every year,” said a senior officer in the traffic branch of the city police. The city was rocked by violence a couple of weeks back and curfew was imposed. The Kamakhya tourists started arriving after the situation improved.
“Business is beginning to pick up now with the arrival of the pilgrims,” said Bahrit, a cabbie, who like other taxi drivers, is up early to ferry the tourists.
Rain-awash Sohra, where rain is a way of life, is now lush and inviting. This spot of geo-climatic wonder-known the world over for its rainfall- is also the traditional seat of indigenous Khasi language and culture. For most visitors, the natural splendour and the eco-system is a big draw.
Featured image: thetridentholidays.com

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