We welcome you to the Cleanest Village of Asia ~ Mawlynnong, Meghalaya.

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God’s own garden and the Cleanest Village in Asia at Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong Village ~ Meghalaya ~ India

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.

Located in the virgin wilderness of the East Khasi Hills and overlooking the plains of Bangladesh, Mawlynnong Village is located at around 90 km from the capital city of Shillong.

The village of Mawlynnong is a small Khasi tribal village with around 100 households predominantly of the Khasi tribes. Mawlynnong Village proves as an ideal stopover for refreshments and lunch on your way back from Dawki. At Mawlynnong, it is best to experience the rural life of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya at one of their homestays where you get to experience their culture and also learn how to cook delightful Khasi cuisine and savor it alongside the family in their local kitchen. At Mawlynnong, cleanliness is an age old tradition and a way of life of the villagers dubbing Mawlynnong as the cleanest village in Asia. Although it might known as a rural village but Mawlynnong boasts of a 100% literacy rate and this can be observed as most of the villagers can speak English fluently.

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Riwai Living Root Bridge at the Cleanest Village in Asia at Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong Village ~ Meghalaya ~ India

Places of Interest at Mawlynnong ~ 

1| Riwai Single Decker Living Root Bridge ~ Mawlynnong

The Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong Village is a Single Decker Living Root Bridge. Unlike the Living Root Bridges at Cherrapunji, the Root Bridge at Mawlynnong is easily accessible with only a few stairs to climb down and up. This is what makes it a favorite destination among the visitors who do not need a day’s time to access Engineering marvels of the Khasi Tribes. The Root Bridge at Mawlynnong has a broader pavement compared to the others making it easier for visitors to cross the Bridge and reach on to the other side where a small tea shop offers the much needed refreshment.

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

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Balancing Rocks at the Cleanest Village in Asia at Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong Village ~ Meghalaya ~ India

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.

Just before arriving at the Mawlynnong village lies a a nature’s wonder known as the balancing rock. These rocks are within a wired fence, the spot has two stones, a huge boulder resting on a smaller stone. The structure has remained like that for ages and no cyclone or storm has been able to disturb the formation. The place is called Nature’s Balancing Rock or Maw Ryngkew Sharatia, locally by the Khasi people of Mawlynnong.

While some elderly locals say that this was the spot where human sacrifices were made 1000 years back to appease the presiding deity of the area, the locals say that it was an ancient shrine of the Khasi tribes that was no longer used after the advent of Christianity in Mawlynnong Village and Riwai. A must see for all travellers to Mawlynnong.

3| Holy Cathedral ~ Mawlynnong

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Holy Cathedral at the Cleanest Village in Asia at Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong Village ~ Meghalaya ~ India

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.

The People of the State of Meghalaya practice Christianity as their religion. This is evident once you travel around the State and see majestic Cathedrals and Churches here. Many of the Churches in Meghalaya are over 100 years old and host a charm of the British Era in India. The people of Mawlynnong Village too are devout Christians. Surrounded by orange and palm trees, stands a 100-year-old church in the village called ‘Church of the Epiphany’. 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, Tribes & Ecotourism ~ Mawlynnong

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Dining at local kitchen of Homestay with foreign visitors at the Cleanest Village in Asia at Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong Village ~ Meghalaya ~ India

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.

The people of Mawlynnong primarily are the Khasi Tribes of Meghalaya. They practice Christianity as their faith. The Khasis are welcoming people and offer visitors to experience their rich culture and heritage by opening their homes to their visitors. There are quite a few Homestay options at Mawlynnong where one gets to experience the Khasi way of life by staying, cooking and dining with them.

Mawlyynong Village is perhaps one of the best Ecotourism destinations in India, where you get to experience the heritage of the Khasi Tribes of Meghalaya. An Eco-tourist at Mawlynnong gets a chance to explore the unadulterated natural surroundings, spot the wonders of nature at the Living Root Bridges, spot numerous flora and avi-fauna species, living with the locals and learning their way of life, learn their art of cooking, dining and also staying with them.

5| Asia’s Cleanest Village of Mawlynnong ~

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Asia’s Cleanest Village Mawlynnong ~ Mawlynnong ~ Meghalaya ~ India

There is a status of the Mawlynnong village which the proud residents are keeping up to, the status of being Asia’s Cleanest Village awarded by the travel magazine ‘Discover India’ in the year 2003. The effort and the way of living of the households is commendable, locals cleaning the roads, picking up leaves and throwing garbage in the bin is a very common sight. Cleanliness is an age old tradition and a way of life for all villagers. To keep the village clean there is bamboo baskets outside every house. The village is surrounded with traditional thatched Khasi houses, cobbled streets to walk on and colorful flower gardens to pass by. The village is quite pretty, especially in the monsoons when there is lush greenery all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the village.

6| Bangladesh Plains View from Mawlynnong ~

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The Tree View at Mawlyynong to see the plains of Bangladesh ~ Mawlynnong ~ Meghalaya ~ India

Mawlynnong Village is located at close proximity to the Border of India and Bangladesh. This allows us to catch a view of the plains of Bangladesh from any of the various tree point views that have been constructed near Mawlynnong.

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.

Sample Itinerary for your visit to Mawlynnong Village ~

Day 1 ~ The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~ Home to the Highest Population density of One Horned Indian Rhinoceros

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam, an endangered Rhino breed indigenous to Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest population density of One Horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the World. Also, visit the Mayong Museum. Mayong is the famous land of black magic in India. Although black magic is no longer practiced, you will find relics in the museum showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier.

Night Stay: Maibong Eco Resort at Pobitora or similar (1 Deluxe Cottage)

Meals Included: NA

Day 2 ~ Pobitora & Cherrapunji ~ Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Caves, Seven Sister Falls

Early morning go for a thrilling Jeep Safari/Elephant Safari into the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend your time near the Eco Resort and spot some rare Bird species at Pobitora. After Breakfast, depart to Cherrapunji. The roads are good, so enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Upon arrival at Meghalaya visit the Umiam Lake. The largest artificial water reservoir of North East India, the Umiam Lake is scenic because of its pristine clear and blue waters. Arrive at Cherrapunji and visit the Nohkalikai Falls ~ India’s Tallest Plunge Waterfall. If time and weather conditions permit, visit the Mawsmai Caves and the Seven Sister Falls ~ India’s Second Tallest Plunge Waterfall.

Night Stay: Saimika Resort/Sohra Plaza at Cherrapunji (1 Deluxe Cottage)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~ Cherrapunji ~ Double Decker Living Root Bridge (Trek Duration ~ 5 – 6 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Living Root Bridge Trek at Nongriat Village near Cherrapunji. Duration of trek is 5 – 6 hours. We will also spot the Single Decker Living Root Bridge at Cherrapunji.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • These Living Root Bridges (Single and Double Decker) are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills
  • Pools with pristine blue water
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • Picturesque Views

After the trek we’ll have lunch at the Local Market at Cherrapunji and savor Ethnic Khasi Delicacies and Cuisine. Later visit the Dainthlen Falls and wrap up for the day.

Night Stay: Saimika Resort/Sohra Plaza at Cherrapunji (1 Deluxe Cottage)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~ Pynursla ~ Longest Living Root Bridge (Trek Duration ~ 2 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we’ll drive to Pynursla. From there we kick start our trek to the Longest Living Root Bridge accessible in the East Khasi Hills at Pynursla (Organised by Jungleideas only).

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Longest Living Root Bridge
  • Virgin Wilderness
  • Picturesque Views
  • Jungle Hike

Arrive a Mawlynnong ~ the Cleanest Village in Asia. At Mawlynnong, visit the village and take a view of the Country of Bangladesh from a Watch Tower. Evening get a glimpse of a traditional Khasi Tribes way of life including their cooking traditions. Savor traditional Khasi cuisine with the Khasi Tribes of Mawlynnong.

Night Stay: Harud Wahduid (Brookside) Homestay at Mawlynnong

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~ Mawlynnong & Dawki (Border of India and Bangladesh)

Today, our day starts in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills. Morning after breakfast we visit the Living Root Bridge of Mawlynnong. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.

For Sightseeing, Options are:

  • Asia’s cleanest village
  • Balancing Rock
  • Village Walks

We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.

Dawki Sight Seeing Options:

  • Clear Water Boating on the Umngot River at Dawki
  • Bangaldesh Border at Tamabil

Night Stay: Harud Wahduid (Brookside) Homestay at Mawlynnong

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~ Mawphlang (Khasi Hills Sacred Groves) and Guwahati

Depart from Mawlynnong Village to the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves at Mawphlang. Breakfast on the way at Pynursla at a Restaurant overlooking the lush green Hills of Meghalaya overlooking the plains of Bangladesh. Arrive at Mawphlang. The word ‘maw’ means ‘stone’, ‘maw phlang’ means ‘grassy stone’, and is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after Monoliths. Mawphlang is the site of one of the Khasi Hills sacred groves. Khasi Heritage Village- located at the Mawphlang is considered to be the hub of Khasi culture and host to the Monolith Festival of Mawphlang every year in March.Visit the Sacred Groves at Mawphlang. Depart to Guwahati.

Night Stay: Hotel Bhargav Grand at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 ~ Umananda Island, Treasured Wheels Museum and Chandubi Lake

After an early Breakfast we will visit the Umananda River Island in Guwahati. Umananda is the smallest inhabited River Island in the World famous for its population of the highly endangered primate species of the Golden Langur to be found anywhere in the World. Later we will visit the Treasured Wheels Museum at Sonapur near Guwahati. This museum has on display many Vintage Cars, Motorcycles and other artifacts from the Era of the World War II. After lunch we will depart to the Chandubi Lake near Guwahati. This Lake is a prime tourist attraction near Guwahati and was formed during the earthquake of 1897 in Assam. On your way spot the exotic Tea Gardens of Assam and the rural life of the villages in Assam. At Chandubi spend an evening with the Rabha Tribes of Assam learning their way of life and savoring traditional tribal cuisine.

Night Stay:  Tents at the Chandubi Jungle Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 ~ Chandubi Lake and Depart from Guwahati Airport

Morning take an adventurous Boat ride on the Chandubi Lake. Enjoy a tour of Bedazzled Birdwatching near the Chandubi Lake. A prime water reservoir for Migratory Birds during winter, don’t forget to capture images of exotic bird species here. We will take you on a tour of Tea Gardens near Chandubi and you will experience the art of Tea Plucking here. Later we will drop you at the Guwahati Airport for your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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A Day at Mawlynnong ~ Asia’s Cleanest Village

We were executing a tour for our visitor from Czech Republic and touring the State of Meghalaya after our visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Cherrapunji. Our jungle safari into Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary was done on Day 2 of our tour and on Day 3 we completed the Double Decker Living Root Bridge trek from Cherrapunji to Nongriat village and back. Our day at Mawlynnong was scheduled on Day 4 and Day 5 of our trip. We started our day early from Cherrapunji where we settled our bill with the pleasant manager of the Saimika Resort Mr. Atanu and after a cup of black tea Mr. Michael and the two of us who were showing him around started our car and we headed on our journey to the first destination of the day – the Longest Living Root Bridge at Pynursla.

The roads across Meghalaya are good and very scenic and we along with our visitor were enjoying the view along our way. After about an hour we halted to grab some breakfast on a small roadside shop. It was in the month of November and we could feel the cool breeze blowing across our face once we stopped. The small shop served us warm tea and some fresh roti and potato sabzi. Although the rotis were cooked just a few minutes ago, the chilly weather plays its part quite well and the rotis were already cold giving us a feel that it might have been cooked days ago. We were all quite hungry keeping in mind the flight of 3500 stairs we had climbed the previous day so we didn’t complain and finished our breakfast. After this we continued on our drive to reach the market area of Pynursla. It was here that we were supposed to meet our local guide from Mawlynnong Mr. Ricky who would take us to the Longest Living Root Bridge at Pynursla and then to Mawlynnong. We took a right from the main road and a small road took us to village where we stopped our car to start on our trek to the Longest Living Root Bridge. We were greeted there by another local guy and the four of us started on our trek.

This trek is not as challenging as the double decker root bridge trek but the only challenge is that there is no proper laid out path like the trek to Nongriat and we had to find our way to reach the longest living root bridge. There are no proper boundaries along the pathway and a small mistake could lead us to fall along the edges of the path. We did not mind the challenge as this was an exciting experience to view one of the most interesting living root bridge of Meghalaya. We continued on our path guided by the extremely quick local guides and we had to remind them that we are not men from the jungle and asked them to tread slowly. After about 45 minutes we reached the site of the Longest Root Bridge and all of us were thrilled with the sight of this amazing man made wonder. The Living Root Bridge of Pynursla is the longest and one of its kind in the World and a sheer delight to the eyes of any visitor. Just adjacent to it is another living root bridge. While my friend and I took a chance to walk along the second root bridge, Ricky and the other guide quickly climbed on to the longest root bridge and crossed it and returned back. After our pictures here we decided to trek back to the village and head on to our journey at the Cleanest Village in Asia – Mawlynnong.

It was already afternoon and we got hungry after our trek so just before reaching the road that takes a right to head to Mawlynnong we decided to have our lunch at a small, cozy and a neat place. We were served with chicken fried rice and two plates of chicken fry. After our meal we headed to Mawlynnong. It took us another hours time to reach Mawlynnong. On arrival we first decided to put out luggage at the Homestay here. After checking in we went around the village at first to sight the Holy Cathedral at Mawlynnong. This cathedral has an amazing architecture and it was built around 100 years ago. We took a stroll around the garden of the cathedral and got company from the local kids who were playing football on the nearby ground. After a while we went ahead to visit the balancing rocks at Mawlynnong. An amazing structure, these balancing rocks have held grounds for many years at Mawlynnong and is a structure where there is a huge stone resting on top of another small stone boulder. Our visitor was enthralled with the site of this structure. After this we continued to the Nohwet Village where we would take a walk along the Nohwet Sky View which is basically a bamboo made watchtower from where we can view the plains of Bangladesh and the green mountains of Meghalaya. It was later we decided to trek on a different route that would take us deeper into the virgin forests of Mawlynnong and we would arrive back to the village after crossing the Single Decker Living Root Bridge of Riwai. While Ricky and Michael embarked on this trek, my friend and I decided to drive back to Mawlynnong. We all got back together at Mawlynnong village and it was already evening. We decided to take a walk around the village and see the various shops that sell locally made handicrafts items. It is so peaceful and calm here in the evening when the army of tourists disappear after having their lunch at the local restaurants of Mawlynnong. We got to see solace on the calm and cold winter evening here.

We asked Ricky to arrange for a local traditional dinner at his Uncle’s home which was also the homestay where our guest was halting. At around 8 in the evening we were taken into their local kitchen where Ricky’s Aunt had prepared an ethnic Khasi tribal cuisine. We sat down on the floor of the kitchen to have our dinner and we were served with an absolute local delight! The meal had rice, dal, chicken, pork, tomato salad, local herbs and the stem of the banana tree cooked into a delicious curry. Must tell this was one of the tastiest food we all had in our hundreds of visits to Meghalaya. Our guest simple loved the simple yet exquisite traditional meal. We thanked them and continued to bed to begin our journey to Dawki the next day bidding goodbye to Asia’s Cleanest Village of Mawlynnong.

Note: Ricky is no longer with us and he passed away on August 2017. He was one of the most enthusiastic and lively person we met on our journey to the magical land of Meghalaya. This note is our tribute and our way of saying thank you for guiding many tourists across Meghalaya. Although he is no longer with us we pray for his departed soul and thank him for all the memories. RIP Ricky!