A village in the Khasi Hills district of the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya is famous for its cleanliness. And that is Mawlynnong. it was honored as the “Cleanest Village in Asia” by Discover India in 2003. It is called “God’s own garden” and there are good reasons for it. Hygiene should be its most important aspect, but it has achieved much more than that.
Mawlynnong enjoys a pleasant atmosphere all year round. However, the monsoon season will be more pleasant for this place. In the rainy season, green grass grows all around which makes the place more pleasant and scenic.
How to reach Mawlynnong?
a. If you are going by bus you can come from Shillong and Cherrapunji.
b. If you want to travel by air, Shillong Airport will be better which is 78 km from this village.
c. If you come by train, Guwahati will be closer to you which is 172 km away from Mawlynnong.
Now whether you come by train or by air, you can get a bus or a taxi to reach this village from near that station.
Why should we go there once?
Cleanliness is a habit of the people of Mawlynnong. Smoking and plastic bags are strictly forbidden there, and anyone who breaks these rules is severely punished. Not only that, but everyone was also given a dustbin made of bamboo, with everything from rubbish to dried leaves thrown into it.
This is the place where children inherit their mother’s surname and property which is an excellent example of Woman Empowerment. Khasi has become a center of attraction due to this small village.
Those people use fresh and organic vegetables for meals. Even or nonvegetarian, it uses the meat of home-raised birds and animals. There are different dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians that are worth a try.
The most attractive place in this village is Vantage Point. There is an 85 feet tall tower from where you can easily see Bangladesh. Because this place is located on the border of Bangladesh.
The brooding forest is a very quiet place, there is a beautiful Mawlynnong waterfall which is very soothing. This is the best place to get rid of whole-day fatigue.
The other attraction of this village is the chirp of epiphany. There is a hundred-year-old structure, which is a witness of that time and still manages its old charm.
Living root bridge
It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A pool is formed across the river from the aerial roots of a huge rubber tree. This pool is not built by anyone but is self-constructed, at a time it can accommodate around 50 to 7o people.
This is a place that can’t be described in words, you can’t imagine the beauty of it until you see it with your own eyes. Located in a very beautiful and pleasant environment, this village deserves a one-time visit.