Monday, 20 May 2013

Which is this place?

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About Nohkalikai Waterfalls                    


Nohkalikai Waterfalls, located at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunjee, is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft., the legend associated with these falls is as popular as the attraction itself.
A local woman, Kalikai, who remarried discovered that her new husband did not like her daughter and was not in favour of the child living with them. His discomfort turned to jealousy when he realised that his wife's affection towards the little girl was more than what he felt he deserved. Driven to despair, he decides to kill his step daughter.
One day, when Kalikai was away working, he slaughters the girl and uses her flesh to cook a meal. Upon reaching back and not finding her daughter at home, she plans to search for her outside. Her husband asks her to first have her lunch before going out. After completing her meal, she is shocked to find her daughter's fingers in the basket. Realising the gory act committed by her husband and her own unintentional part in the death of her beloved daughter, she rushes out and, in her profound grief, leaps off a tall cliff. It is this "fall of Kalikai" that has lent to Cherrapunji one of its prime attractions.
The ideal time to visit Nohkalikai is during the monsoon season when the falls are at its most spectacular. A viewing gallery allows the visitor to take in the vista which is, often, at the mercy of the mist that sweeps in frequently. A flight of stairs also takes tourists down to more viewing points. For those who are adventurous, a trek from the iconic double root bridge also leads to the base of Nohkalikai, followed by the climb back up the stairs to the viewing gallery.