Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 km from Shillong and is a community-based eco-tourism initiative.
The community has made a collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. The adage “Neighbours envy, owners pride’ is apt for Mawlynnong as it has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other villagers are the envy of. The village has won the accolade for being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 as well as the Cleanest Village in India in 2005. The village also offers a breathtaking view of Bangladesh plains as it is located on the Indo-Bangla border.
Time To Visit Mawlynnong
The weather in Mawlynnong is pleasant all through the year. Still, the best time to visit Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is monsoon. During the rainy season, the village and its surroundings become lush green and thus turn absolutely picturesque.
Living Root Bridges
The Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of one massive rubber tree with another.
the village has a hundred percent literacy and most of the villagers are conversant with the English language
How to reach Mawlynnong
By road– there are busses connecting nearby areas like Shillong and Cherrapunji.
By air– The nearest airport is located in Shillong, which is 78 km from the Mawlynnong village.
By train– Guwahati is the nearest railway station to Mawlynnong, 172 km away from the main village.
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