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Timings : Best Time to visit is during day hours in favorable seasons.

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Mawlynnong, Shillong Overview

Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and is also known as God's own Garden. It was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by Discovery India which certainly which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Mawlynnong village is a community-based ecotourism initiative where the entire community made collective efforts in making and maintaining the cleanliness of the village.

Mawlynnong offers some of the most picturesque natural beauty with lush green valleys, crystal clear water in the river, an abundance of flowering orchids hanging from the trees and extremely clean roads which makes this small village a worth visiting destination for tourists visiting Meghalaya. Mawlynnong village also offers pleasant weather throughout the year and especially during monsoon, the village tends to extend its elegance which makes the visitors feels like heaven on earth. Apart from its cleanliness, Mawlynnong is also famous for its living root bridges, tribal locals having a 100% literacy rate with exceptional women empowerment and offering warm hospitality to the visitors.

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Matrineal Society

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.

Sanitation

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.

Places to Visit in Mawlynnong

Umngot river/Dawki river: While visiting Mawlynnong village from Shillong, you will come across the Umngot/Dawki river which is known as the cleanest river in India. The water is so clean and clear that the boats seem like floating on the river bed, which is a once in a lifetime experience. The boating charges in the river is around INR 600 for a 40-minute ride.  

Bophill Falls: While travelling to Mawlynnong from Dawki, you will be delighted to witness an amazing piece of natural beauty in the form of a waterfall known as Bophill falls. The water falls at a very incredible force to form a river in the Sylhet border area of Bangladesh, making the water appears milky white in colour. 

Umgrem Falls: Also known as Dawki falls, it is another waterfall situated near the border Road while travelling to Mawlynnong village which is considered as a hidden gem within the Meghalaya which is Highly popular among the tourists. 

Sky view: Also called Sky Walk, the place is a popular attraction at Mawlynnong village made up of cane and bamboo which offers complete view of Indo Bangladesh border along with the village. INR 10 will be charged per person to visit this 85 feet tower that offers a panoramic and picturesque view of the landscape, Indo Bangladesh border and local performing their daily activities. 

Mawlynnong Waterfall: There is another mid-size waterfall within the village itself which is considered as an amazing picnic spot for the tourists where they can enjoy a peaceful afternoon with the tingling sound of the waterfall in the background. 

Living root bridge and Riwai village: After you have visited all the popular places in the Mawlynnong village, visit Riwai village which is situated just 2 Km away. The village is well known for its beautiful trekking through the rainforests. However, the most popular tourist destination in the village is the living root bridge. It is a small Bridge designed in the form of trees and made up of aerial roots of rubber fig trees for the purpose of crossing the river. 

Best Time to Visit

Mawlynnong offers pleasant weather throughout the year and this is why tourists can visit the cleanest village in Asia at any time of the year. However, monsoon is considered the best time to visit the place as the village turns lavishly green and picturesque which provides an unearthly feeling. If you want to indulge in the happenings of the village, during September-November where a number of festivals are celebrated around the village.

How To Reach Mawlynnong

Tourists can visit Mawlynnong village by taking a taxi or bus from Shillong to Dawki, which will take around an hour. From there, shared taxis are available for the village. It is recommended to book a cab from Shillong to visit the village.

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