The cleanest village in India, Mawlyynnong village is also known as God’s Own Garden and for all the right reasons. In 2003, Mawlyynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest village in Asia and the cleanest in India in 2005.
In Eastern India’s, Mawlyynnong village, tidying up is a ritual that everyone- from tiny toddlers to toothless grannies take very seriously. This 600 person town in Meghalaya region is known for its cleanliness. Apart from cleanliness, the village is also known for its 100% literacy rate with a strong women empowerment scenario. They have really set an example for the other villages as well as cities of India.
Cleanliness is life for the people of Mawlynnong Village! They use functional toilets, there are bamboo dustbins all over the village, even the bamboo leaves fallen go straight into the dustbins. Plastic bags are banned. And surprisingly, these rules are strictly followed by all the villagers otherwise they are charged. That’s not all; Mawlynnong gets its manure from the converted garbage. The cleanliness of the house is not only the goal, but people walk out to sweep the roads and streets.
This village is inhibited to Khasi tribe. This tribe follows a different culture. The children of this tribe get their mother’s surname, and the wealth is passed down from the mother to the youngest daughter of the family.
The Living Root Bridges of Mawlynnong across the river are now declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of massive tree with one another.
Some beautiful places to see in Mawlynnong:
• Sky View of Bangladesh
You can enjoy the sky view from the viewing tower which 85 feet high and is made of bamboo. You’ll be overwhelmed by the breath-taking views at the top. You can also the landscape of Bangladesh as this village lies on the Bangladesh border.
• Mawlynnong waterfall
Mawlynnong waterfall is perfect place to have a picnic with your loved ones. The sounds of the gushing water are perfect to break the silence of Mawlynnong.
• Visit the Church of Epiphany
This church is 100 year old but still holds that old structure charm. The patches of red and orange flowers blossoming around it make the place scenic.
The local dishes of Mawlynnong are lip-smacking:
The best part about the food of Mawlynnong is it is prepared from the organically grown vegetables. Some deliciously smacking dishes from Mawlynnong include Jadoh (a meat and rice delight) and Tungrymbai (meal of fermented soybeans, bamboo leaves, and local spices).
How to reach there?
Roads for Mawlynnong are rarely good in condition. Buses can be the perfect travel mode. You can buses from nearby areas like Cherrapunji and Shillong. The nearest airport from Mawlynnong is Shillong, 78 km from Mawlynnong. Guwahati is the nearest railway station, 172 km away in order to reach the village.
Best time to visit Mawlynnong:
Mawlynnong is blessed with pleasant weather all around the year. But, the best time to visit is monsoon. The lush green scenery and the picturesque locations make the place scenic.
Thus, Mawlynnong is a must visit place. One more added to the bucket list!