Famous For: Mawlynnong is a beautiful village, which is famous for its cleanliness. It was awarded the title “Cleanest Village in Asia” by Discover India in 2003. Cleanliness must be its most important aspect, but it has achieved so much more than that.
Major Attractions: Mawlynnong Village, Balancing Rock, Jingmaham Living Root Bridge, Mawlynnong Waterfall, Dawki/Umngot River, Brun Khongmen View Point.Ideal Visit Time: The summers that is from March to June, is a very pleasant time. It is neither too hot nor too cold and the temperature is around 15°C to 24°C. June to September is the monsoon time and is probably the best time to visit this village.
Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India. It is notable for its cleanliness. It comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha constituency. (According to wiki)
It’s referred as ‘God’s Own Garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The adage ‘Neighbours 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 are envy of.
You’ll be enthralled with lovely views of orderly arranged thatched Khasi huts, little flower and vegetable gardens outside each house. You’ll also surprised to see the beautiful bamboo baskets that are actually garbage bins and located every few metres in the village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.
Let’s talk about some attractive places of Mawlynnong below-
The main attraction of Mawlynnong is the village area. I can say out loud, you have never seen such a clean village before. Each house in this village is arranged following a procedure. Beautiful gardens and green courtyards all around. The overall atmosphere of an authentic and ancient city will fascinate you. Upon entering this village, it will feel as if you have entered a different planet. Conversations with locals are a great experience for Mawlynnong, who are always welcomed with details of their lives and insights into how they maintain the cleanliness and peace of their village.
This is a popular tourist attraction, which is surrounded by a wired fence at the bottom. It is the subject of numerous pictures taken by visitors every day. The Balancing Rock is an ancient structure that consists of a large boulder precariously balanced over a much smaller rock. This strange natural phenomenon has persisted for years after generations and has endured the test of time and weather.
According to local tribes, the structure was a shrine to the Khasi community before the conversion to Christianity in the village. Regardless of its religious significance, the Balancing Rock creates an impressive visual spectacle.
Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
Looking at the Jingmaham Living Root Bridge in the picture, it may seem like it was done in Photoshop. But it is a combination of nature’s own efforts and human effort. The result was a creation that is rarely seen anywhere else. Tourists use the bridge to climb over the calm and clear water of the river flowing below. When viewed from a distance, the whole structure creates an enchanting sparkle.
Travellers are required to hike up a distance across uneven steps to reach the bridge, and while it may not be well-suited for everyone, getting the opportunity to walk across this creation of the local Khasi tribe is truly an experience worth trying.
On the way from Dawki to the village of Mawlynnong, you will encounter the Mawlynnong Falls in the wooded forest. It is a beautiful tourist destination, completely away from human interference and invites tourists to enjoy the beautiful sights around it. Travelers will see the birds chirping and the wind blowing through the dense fountains and all in all it will create an enchanting environment.
The water of the waterfall flows into the nearby river, which divides India and Bangladesh. There are two bridges here; One is for vehicles and the other is very old, which acts as a footbridge. That is, you can enjoy the beauty of nature by walking over the old bridge if you want.
Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major centre of trade between India and Bangladesh. Beside this, it’s also a famous tourist place, where visitors gather every session. Many people flocking to the town in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds. This small border town in the Jaintia Hills, famed river Umngot or the Dwaki River is a must-visit if you’re in Meghalaya.
The town became a hub for tourism, especially in the spring months, as boating competitions were held on the banks of the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cool waters of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge over the Umngot River make the dock a sight to behold. Dawki is also host to adventures like kayaking, camping, zip lining, and snorkeling. It is a fairytale world and amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Cherrapunji.
Brun Khongmen View Point
Brun Khongmen View Point is a notable attraction, located about 85 meters above a tree in the village of Riwai. The scenic beauty of the Bisanakandi region of Bangladesh can be enjoyed on the way up this bamboo path, which is so breathtaking that it catches the eye. There are several other bamboo guards in Mawlynnong that provide amazing views of the various surroundings of the region and the opportunity to explore for free.
Brun Khongmen View Point requires a nominal fee, which is used to maintain the structure. That is, the fees charged from tourists are spent on this tourist spot.
How To Reach
By Road: If you are interested to reach Mawlynnong by road, your best option is to first reach Shillong or Cherrapunji, which is located roughly 90 km and 92 km away respectively. Buses do not usually run directly to Mawlynnong from either city. Most buses go till the village of Dawki, which is about 17 km away from Mawlynnong. There are also private taxis available that will take you to your destination directly and in the most convenient manner.
By Train: Mawlynnong has no any railway station of its own. The nearest railway station from Mawlynnong is in Guwahati. Guwahati Railway Station to Shillong is around 104 km and then Mawlynnong is another 78 km away. You can hire a taxi or cab from Guwahati to take you to Mawlynnong via Shillong.
By Air: Mawlynnong has no any airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, which is located in the capital city of Shillong. The distance from the airport to Mawlynnong is just around 90 km. Domestic flights from all across the country fly to Shillong directly. There are also connecting flights available to the city. Taxi or cabs are available from the airport to reach the preferred destinations.