Ever since Mawlynnong was declared to be the Cleanest Village in Asia by a travel magazine in the year 2013, this far northeastern village has drawn the attention of traveller community across the globe. However, its location in the deepest corner of India has still kept the village offbeat and away from commercialisation.
The title of the cleanest village does not come to Mawlynnong without a reason. The residents of the village ensure to maintain cleanliness by themselves. Plastic is banned here and biodegradable waste is converted into manure. There is an intricate network of bamboo pipes which are used for rainwater harvesting. The villagers have adopted sustainable living without any external training or seeking the help of government.
The village has a literacy rate of more than 90 percent. The education and awareness has helped the people to understand the importance of cleanliness and community development, and derive its benefit through tourism. It is an ideal place to learn how a community can come together to bring out the best of the physical space around them.