We know Japan as the cleanest country of Asia, but a cleanest village in Asia is far from our thought! Well, our very own India, though lesser known for its cleanliness, proudly offers Mawlynnong in Meghalaya as the only cleanest village of Asia.
Having lived in the city from my birth, I always longed to practically experience the mysticism of a village. My yearning was rewarded when I went for a trip with my family during the Durga puja vacations in 2014. Let me unfold my story to you.
Reaching Shilong from Kolkata, We heard of a small village which won the status of the cleanest village (2003), not just in India but in the whole of Asia. I was so very excited and thrilled to see the village and without wasting any time, headed for Mawlynnong.
The village here is very clean and beautiful like a canvas. The villagers are also nice.
We travelled about 85 kms from Shilong by road and reached the destination. I was spellbound and could not believe my eyes- I came to see what a village looks like and landed up in paradise!
The picturesque village is not so small either and consists of 80-90 families, basically tribal.
The village is undoubtedly and unarguably clean & beautiful, so as the souls of the inhabitants and their simplicity. There are some guest houses to stay and you can be one with the nature-far from the mundane & hustle bustle of daily life.
The villagers will greet you with a warm smile. And nature orchids, roses, lilies, orchards, local flowers and rare birds are ready to welcome you…..
“Khasis” are one of Meghalaya’s major tribes, who trace their lineage from their mother. Their livelihood is primarily sustained by agriculture. They grow betel nuts and leaves, pineapple, jackfruit, bay leaves and collect honey from the adjoining forest.
Tourism is a source of extra income and almost all of them run restaurants for tourists. Chili salad, is a special cuisine of this region a must have for those who swear by fiery and spicy taste buds.
Kids are set to task of keeping the area clean. Some tourists litter the place, especially by throwing plastic bags, which is a saddest part. The kids pick those up and points out at several dustbins placed at every nook and corner.
They seemed very happy with their lifestyle.
The famous attraction of this village is the Living Root Bridge.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls..”
– Anais Nin
Kolkata to Shillong 5 nights and 6 days tour plan :
Date – 01/10/2014-07/10/2014
Tour Members : 10
Shillong Tour Plan :
Day 1 : Kolkata to Guwahati.
Day 2 : Guwahati to Shilong.
Day 3 : Shilong sight scene, Mawlynnong.
Day 4 : Shilong local sight scene.
Day 5 : Shilong to Guwahati..Guwahati sightscene.
Day 6 : Guwahati to kolkata.
Some more info :
Hotels information : Those who want to stay. Mawlynnong Nongrai Homestay. Address: Nongrai House, Mawlynnong Village., Email: email@example.com, Mawlynnong, East Khasi Hill District, Meghalaya 793109
Phone: 086522 25785
Notes :- Please carry umbrella and water bottle.
Shopping – Nothing to buy.
Best time for Shillong tour : March to June: March and April see the advent of summers but the weather is still quite pleasant. June to September: Monsoon months see average to heavy rainfalls in Shillong. October to February: October is when the rainfall stops and the weather begins to cool down.
Do and Don’ts :- Try green Salad with food in lunch. Try to maintain greenery of the place. This is Asia’s cleanest village.
How To Reach:-
Mawlynnong is around 90 km from Shilong and the best way to reach here is by hiring a cab. You’ll need to take the AH1-AH2- NH40 route to reach here.
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