So we were in the scenic village of Mawlyngbna. Nestled above the plains of Bangladesh, the village is one of the initiatives of the Meghalaya Govt and the village cooperative societies.
I felt that the development of Mawlyngbna has a very natural and organic feel to it. It was the perfect example of a sustainable eco tourism destination where the locals have an ownership not just financially but also emotionally.
Talking about taking ownership, just at an hours drive from Shillong lies an example of how a family is promoting sustainable lifestyle and responsible tourism. Run by Meghalaya born Canadian James Perry and his Khasi wife Valerina , Maple Pine is somewhere between a campsite, a bnb, and an english style rustic lodge.
Meghalaya has gradually started opening up to me with its people, culture and sense of adventure. However there are still some layers which are yet to be unpeeled.
Join me as I explore a side of Meghalaya that you haven't seen before.