Located around 80 km from Shillong, close to the India-Bangladesh border, Mawlynnong is also referred to as ‘God’s own garden’. It won acclaim for being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The community has made a collective effort to maintain the ambiance of a clean village.
The phrase "Neighbour's envy, owners pride" is apt for Mawlynnong as it has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other villagers envy. Locals cleaning the roads, picking up leaves, and throwing garbage in the bin is a very common sight here.
Visitors will be enthralled with lovely views of orderly arranged thatched Khasi huts, little flower and vegetable gardens outside each house, and beautiful bamboo baskets that are actually garbage bins located every few meters in the village.
The Mawlynnong village is quite pretty, especially in the monsoons when there is lush greenery all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and an abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the village.
Surprisingly, the village has 100% literacy and most of the villagers are conversant in the English language. The village offers a number of small tea shops, where you can enjoy a hot cup of tea with some snacks.
Mawlynnong village has set an example and become an inspiration for other villages.
Explore & Experience in Mawlynnong, Meghalaya–
- Village tour
- The Balancing Rock
- Mawlynnong Waterfall
- Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
- Brun Khongmen's viewpoint