We welcome you to the Cleanest Village of Asia ~ Mawlynnong, Meghalaya.
Mawlynnong is a small village located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya with a total population of around 95 households. Mawlynnong Village serves as an ideal stopover after your journey back from the Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki. The Riwai Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong is a popular tourist destination here and during tourist season, this place witnesses a heavy influx of tourists upto 1000 per day.
Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong city along the India-Bangladesh border. Mawlynnong offers a majestic view of the plains of Bangladesh. Often referred to as the Cleanest Village in Asia, this prestigious tag was awarded to this place by Discover India Magazine in 2003. The people of Mawlynnong are very concerned about cleanliness and ensure all possible steps are taken to keep this village free of any garbage. Dustbins are found at regular intervals which in turn are directed to pits and later used as manure. Use of polythene bags is banned in Mawlynnong village and rain water harvesting is encouraged in this village. Often referred to as God’s own Garen, this tinsel village is an ecotourism initiative by the Khasi folks of Meghalaya in order to help visitors explore this village in a clean and serene environment. Mawlynnong earned the distinction of being the Cleanest Village in Asia in the year 2003 and the Cleanest in India by Discover India Magazine in 2005. The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi made a mention of the village in his speech during the launch of the Swaach Bharat Abhayan Campaign in October 2014. The reputation among visitors to Mawlynnong has been growing since then. Here at Mawlynnong, visitors are not allowed to litter around and garbage disposal is strictly meant to be done at the dustbins kept at regular intervals in the village premises. The entire village contributes in keeping the premises of Mawlynnong clean and green. The elderly folks of the village along with the children start their day as early as 6.30 am in the morning and walk around the village with a broom stick in their hand and start their work towards the beautification of the village of Mawlynnong. They get to sweeping the streets, picking up garbage and dead leaves and discarding them responsibly on hand woven, cane baskets. It is interesting to note that even in a small village like Mawlynnong, the people know to separate the organic waste from the thrash that needs to be burnt. While leaves and other biodegradable waste are usually buried to be eventually used as fertilizers, the other thrash is taken at a far off location and burnt.
Mawlynnong village is a pretty sight in the monsoons with the lush greenery around the village and all the streams and waterfalls around the village gushing around and flowering orchids start dangling from across the tall trees of the village. Locals of the village greet every visitor with a warm smile and take pride in showing then around the village. It is interesting to state that even though Mawlynnong is a small village it has almost 100% literacy and every person known to speak in English. This small village is indeed an example for the other villages in the country.
Places of Interest at Mawlynnong ~
1| Riwai Single Decker Living Root Bridge ~ Mawlynnong
The most popular with tourists among all the Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya, the Living Root Bridge of Riwai is located very close to the Cleanest Village of Asia at Mawlynnong. The ease of accessibility has made this site very popular and hundreds of visitors can be spotted here every day. During tourist season, this place sees upto a 1000 visitors every day. The Mawlynnong Living Root Bridge is comparatively newer to the other Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya. The Root Bridge is also much broader and firm than the ones at Cherrapunji which allows a person to easily cross from one end of the Bridge to the other. Local Khasi people of Meghalaya can be spotted at the vicinity of the Root Bridge carrying out their daily household chores.
2| Balancing Rocks ~ Mawlynnong
The Balancing Rocks at Mawlynnong are an amazing phenomenon to be witnessed. Here, we see a huge boulder stone resting on top of a much smaller stone and has remained like this since ages. No storm at Mawlynnong has been able to disturb this formation. Though not proven but some elderly of the village say that this spot was the place where in order to please the deity human sacrifices were performed.
3| Holy Cathedral ~ Mawlynnong
Established as a small church about 100 years ago, the Mawlynnong Cathedral is a quaint place in the Village. Built of stone in the shape of bricks, this cathedral is a must visit place especially on a Sunday when the sermons are narrated. Narrow stone paths with plants bearing orange flowers reach out to the Church, which is a black and white structure exuding an old-world charm. There are no houses that rise above the Church spire.
4| Mawlynnong Homestays ~ Mawlynnong
The Khasi tribes of Mawlynnong are loving and cheerful people who have opened their homes to visitors who choose to halt for a night or two at Mawlynnong. At Mawlynnong, there are several trek routes and many unexplored destinations. If you are a traveller who chooses to go the offbeat path and explore the unexplored then halting at Mawlynnong at one of a the Khasi Homestays is surely a rewarding experience. Not only do you get to see these unexplored places of beauty but also you get to experience a rural Khasi life. You may choose to visit their kitchen and prepare a local delicacy along with the owner of the homestay. Also, get an opportunity to dine with them at their local kitchen when you choose to halt at a homestay in Mawlynnong Village.
How to reach Mawlynnong from Kaziranga National Park –
By Road – Mawlynnong is located at a distance of around 325 kilometers from Kaziranga National Park. It takes around 9 hours by road to reach Mawlynnong from Kaziranga. Private Taxi operators ply from Kaziranga National Park to Mawlynnong. We operate our Taxi Service to Mawlynnong from Kaziranga National Park. Our well maintained fleet makes your journey from Kaziranga National Park to Mawlynnong a comfortable one.
By Air – Mawlynnong is well connected to the Guwahati Airport by road. You can choose to fly to the Guwahati Airport. We operate taxi service from Guwahati Airport to Mawlynnong.
By Train – Mawlynnong can be reached from Guwahati Railway Station. We operate taxi service from Guwahati Railway Station to Mawlynnong.
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