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The Guide to Planning a Trip to Mawlynnong

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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.

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A stream passing through the village

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.

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The tree house as seen from below

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.

What to see

Living Root Bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge, Mawlynnong, Surok Mawlynnong, Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Kanj Saurav

Root bridges are unique bridges made of naturally growing tree roots which are similar to banyan tree. These roots are flexible and can be modified and entwined with roots from other trees to make bridges. The floor of these bridges are then filled up with planks and mud. These bridges stand strong against the forces of nature and serve as extremely useful and no-cost infrastructure. There is a root bridge in Mawlynnong that you can visit. It is just a five minute walk from the centre of the village and you won't break a sweat getting here.

The village itself is a tourist destination, and fills you with awe. You can just stroll along the neat roads and take a 360 degree view of the village from the famous tree house here.

Mawlynnong Village

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Kanj Saurav
Day 1

Begin your journey from Shillong from where taxis are readily available for Mawlynnong. The journey is a little over two hours one way and you can easily complete the return journey in about eight hours.

How to get there

By Air

The nearest airport is Shillong (104 km). Shillong has direct flight connectivity from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. You may easily find taxis to Mawlynnong from the airport and the taxi stand at Police Bazaar.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Guwahati (210 km). From Guwahati you can find shared cabs and taxis to Shillong from where you can take another cab to Mawlynnong. The journey takes about 6 hours.

By Road

Taxis to Mawlynnong are available from Police Bazaar, Shillong.

Best time to visit

July to February is the best time to visit Mawlynnong. The rainy season brings out the lush greenery of this village, and you can enjoy the drizzle along the way. Winters are sunny and bright with the perfect temperature to enjoy a trip.

Expenditure

A return trip to Mawlynnong from Shillong costs about Rs 3,000.

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The village itself is a tourist destination, and fills you with awe. You can just stroll along the neat roads and take a 360 degree view of the village from the famous tree house here.

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