It was very surprising to know that the cleanest village in Asia is in India. You too surprised…right? Yes, you read it correct. The name of the village is ‘Mawlynnong’, located in the north-eastern part of India. Nested amidst of lush green forest of East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state. Don’t miss a single opportunity to chance upon this place. There is no other place quite like Mawlynnong and we are so thrilled to just see the photographs of the village that not only matched up but are just beyond our expectations. You can actually feel the quite and clean surroundings of ‘Mawlynnong’ village.
The captivating view of the forests, bamboo houses and lush green surrounding will keep you hypnotize for days and months. It has so much of warmth in itself that one can easily adapt to the surroundings here and might even think of settling down here.
Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border. As of 2011, there are about 82 households in Mawlynnong. The literacy rate is 100%. Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop. Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.
All the credit for this cleanliness goes too the fellow villagers and their community. They are not dependent on anyone for aid. They feel responsible and do their duties with full dedication and determination. And you can see the results. All walkways are decorated with flower vines. Beautiful orchid are everywhere on trees adding colors. You literally have to re-think if its a village or a botanical garden you are in.
How to Reach Mawlynnong?
Mawlynnong, located about 90 km from Shillong and 92 kms from Cherrapunjee, can be reached by road The nearest airport is the Shillong Airport in Meghalaya. The best way to reach Mawlynnong is by road
Accommodation at Mawlynnong
Mawlynnong has limited accommodation to offer its visitors. All they have is a cozy tree house in the village. People visiting Mawlynnong need to book well in advance and inform the village headman.
Mawlynnong is a destination for nature lovers. However adventure lovers won’t be disappointed either. Mawlynnong offers an array of trekking options. The nature walk through the living bridges is simple but too adventurous. A place that lures every visitor.
An 80 feet high ‘machan’ or observatory. Once at the top , you get to see a spellbinding view of the forest and plains of Bangladesh.
Explore the Village :
A walk around the village will help you understand how a small initiative from a small community can help in keeping our environment clean and green. Magical waterfalls paving the way to small streams and abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges beautifies the overall ambiance. The roads and pathways are squeaky clean. There are bins everywhere to make sure you don’t litter this abode.