Set amidst emerald-green trees and a rich vegetation, Mawlynnong village is a peaceful village situated in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. Often referred to as ‘God’s own garden’, this village, located 90kms from Shillong, has won recognition for being the cleanest village in Asia. This charming village known for its cleanliness is a community-based eco-tourism initiative. The commitment of the villagers in keeping up with the reputation of a clean village is inspiring. With its serene natural beauty, a day spent in this village would be a change from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Tourists can enjoy a trek to the living roots bridge at a neighbouring village called Riwai. With roots entangled to form a bridge on top of a stream, the living roots bridge provides an amazing sight. Another attraction is the bamboo sky-walk (an 85 feet bamboo structure), which presents a general view of this picturesque village and a panoramic view of the Bangladesh plains.
The primary occupation of the villagers is agriculture. Most of them engage in growing betel nut. A waste paper bin made of bamboo can be seen all along the village. With hundred percent literacy, the villagers are working towards conservation and protection of the forest. They are also on a mission to ban plastic. Most of them are familiar with the English language. A small village with around 82 households, Mawlynnong is considered as one of the cleanest villages in Asia. Though accommodation facilities are limited, they are in the process of being developed.
With variety of colourful orchids blossoming amidst lush green trees, Mawlynnong village provides a mesmerizing sight of nature.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Shillong. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station, which is 176kms from Shillong. By road, the distance between Guwahati to Shillong is 120kms via NH-40 and Shillong to Mawlynnong is 72kms via NH-40.
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