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Mawlynnong, Shillong Overview

Mawlynnong is a small village in the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, the abode of changing clouds. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been declared Asia's cleanest village which comes under the Pynursla community development block and legislative assembly constituency.

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is famous for its women-centric society as well as having been declared Asia's cleanest village. As per the survey of 2014, there were about 95 homes in Mawlynnong. The literacy rate was 100%. The localites are chiefly occupied with agriculture, with betel nut being the main harvest. The people residing here belong to the Khasi Tribe while other tribes is Garo.

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As per tradition the females here are quite privileged as the Mawlynnong property and wealth are passed from the mother to the youngest of her daughters, who also keeps the mother's surname.

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness. The waste collected in the dustbins made of bamboo is directed to a pit and then used as manure. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in the year 2005. Moasunep Kichu's documentary on the village, became popular and it is known as Asia's Cleanest Village.

Carry camera, torch, light and fully covered clothes, proper footwears, munchies, beverages and water along

Taxis and shared taxis can be taken from Shillong to reach Mawlynnong. The village can be traversed mainly by foot.

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