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Explore the Cleanest Village in India

By Buvaneshwari Gopinath - June 23, 2020
Meghalaya in North East India

The state of Meghalaya certainly lives up to its name. On translating, the name refers to “abode of the clouds” which literally means between the clouds. Located in Northeast India, Meghalaya is one of the seven sisters of India. Through the mighty mountains, the uncut flow of streams, serene waterfalls lie the state of Meghalaya, a doorway to heaven. The widespread green land is spread and has enchanting landscapes throughout the state. Not just rich in greens, but the state is also proud of its culture and tradition. One of their important traditions is cleanliness. Though habited by tribes, the people of Meghalaya know the value and importance of cleanliness. In the state of Meghalaya is a small village known as Mawlynnong, also fondly known as “God’s own country” which is a beautiful village that is always kept clean. It is also said to be the cleanest village in India.

Mawlynnong in Meghalaya
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How to reach Mawlynnong?

Mawlynnong is situated approximately 100 kilometres south from the capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong. It is a picturesque village surrounded by lush green farms and charming hills is the village of Mawlynnong. One can either hire a private cab or choose the option of a guided tour to explore the village. To enter the village one has to pay an entry fee of Rs 50/- and must follow the rules of the village. 

Where to stay?

The accommodation in the village is run by the locals, many of which are homestays. These homestays are made out of bamboo and are beautifully decorated. They can either stay at one of these homestays or choose a day trip and go back to Shillong by evening. 

A bridge over water
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Things to do in Mawlynnong

  • Go to the highest point in Mawlynnong, Skyview. The Skyview is considered to be the most popular attraction in the village. The entire tower is made completely out of bamboo and is approximately 85 feet long. 
  • Visit the living root bridges in Mawlynnong. Located at Khasi hills, the roots from the trees in the hills have naturally joined together and have formed bridges. These roots are of different length and different shapes. 
  • Visit the famous waterfalls in the village by making your way through a silent jungle. 
  • Visit the iconic landmark of the village, the Church of Epiphany. It is a 100-year-old building surrounded by green gardens and flowers of red and orange making it a soothing place to relax your inner self.
Pathways near the hill
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Also read: Things to do in Meghalaya

Best time to visit Mawlynnong would be?

The weather here is not predictable. The days are usually pleasant and the nights here tend to get very chilly. The village enjoys three different seasons throughout the year – summer, monsoon and winter. The summers here are usually not ideal to visit since it hits 30°C. The most ideal time would be to visit anytime between June to February wherein the weather is not too sunny or too cold, just the right amount to enjoy exploring the village.

Also read: Best time to visit Meghalaya

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