Mawlynnong village is located in Pynursla Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. besides the picturesque village, offers many interesting sights such as the Living Root Bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rather smaller rock. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. 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. The cleanliness and management of the village is still touted to be a model of development for other villages.
Mawlynnong has a total population of 414 peoples. There are about 77 houses in Mawlynnong village. Pynursla is nearest town to Mawlynnong. The road leading towards Mawlynnong was serene. It passed through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Meghalaya. There are forests, gorges, cliffs, valleys, waterfalls etc. Bamboo garbage bins adorn every nook and corner of the village highlight the consciousness of cleanliness among the villagers. Cleanliness is an age old tradition and a way of life for all villagers. The moment you enter Mawlynnong, a huge billboard welcomes you with the caption ‘Welcome to Mawlynnong – God’s Own Garden’ and at the same time you also get to read a list of do’s and don’ts on how to keep the village clean. These do’s and don’ts are for everyone: the locals as well as the visitors. Betel nut is the main crop grown in the region along with arecanut, black pepper, bay leaf, pine apple and pamalo. Pork is widely used in the cooking therefore some villagers are engaged in pig farming.
In this quaint village, plastic is banned in order to preserve the ecological cleanliness, the streets are swept regularly by passionate volunteers and bamboo dustbins are strategically placed to avoid littering. While littering is the norm in most metropolitan cities, it is strictly looked down upon in this village. It is perhaps this mentality that keeps the hamlet so delightfully pure and verdant. Moreover, the paths and roadways are lined with delightful flowers, that impart aesthetic qualities to the town. Each and every individual residing here, including the old and the children, all are responsible to keep the village clean. It is a joint effort by everyone and maybe that is the reason it has become a heritage site today.
How To Reach :
Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, 92 kms from Cherrapunjee along the India-Bangladesh border, can be reached by road The nearest airport is Shillong in Meghalaya. India Beacons Sojourn arranges transport for its guests from Guwahati, Shillong as well as Cherrapunjee.
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