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Mawlynnong- The seldom known cleanest village of India

Mawlynnong, UNESCO heritage and cleanest village of Asia

Mawlynnong , Meghalaya, July 02 (UITV): The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnong Village is also known as God’s Own Garden for its virtuous and spick and span people. In 2003, Mawlynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India. Alongside cleanliness, the village have achieved it big- be it 100 percent literacy rate, or a women empowerment compared to that of villages in rest of the world one can just think of.

Here are the top reasons why this small village deserves a lot more travelers.

The weather in Mawlynnong is pleasant throughout the year. Yet the best time to visit Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is monsoon. During the rainy season, village and its surroundings become lush green and thus transforms into perfectly charming spot.

One can also visit during the festive times – Behdienkhlam in July, Wangala – between September to December, and Nongkrem Dance Festival in October or November are some of the key festivals celebrated in and near Mawlynnong Village.

Neatness

Cleanliness is a part of life in Mawlynnong Village! All houses here have utilitarian toilets since 2007, there are bamboo dustbins all over the village, even the dry leaves fallen from the trees go straight into the dustbin, plastic bags are banned, and smoking is forbidden. The rules are strictly followed and the defaulters are fined heavily.
Not only this, Mawlynnong gets its own manure which is converted from the garbage dug into a pit. People not only clean their houses, they take the initiative to sweep the roads by themselves and plant trees which constitues that as a part of their lifestyle too.



Tribal Locals

The cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is significantly occupied by Khasi tribe, the popular tribe that has denounced the patriarchal rule of the society. Here, the children of the family get their mother’s surname, and the wealth is inherited from the mother to the youngest daughter of the family.
Mawlynnong represents that women empowerment and 100 percent literacy rate, both are obtainable. Increasing warm hospitality to their guests also happens to be one of the reknowned qualities of the natives of Mawlynnong.



Living Root Bridges

The Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong have been announced as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drapped on a river, the bridges are built by fixing the aerial roots of one enormous rubber tree with another.



Places To See In Mawlynnong

Sky View is a vantage point and a popular attraction of Mawlynnong Village. This viewing tower is 85 feet high and is made of bamboo. Once you reach the top, you’ll be overwhelmed with the breath-taking views. And since the village lies on the Indo-Bangladesh border, you’ll be able to see the landscape of Bangladesh as well. Entry to place will cost you around INR 10 per person.
The silence of a jungle is broken by the gushing sound of Mawlynnong waterfall. This is a perfect place to unwind and have a lovely picnic with your loved ones. A major landmark of Mawlynnong Village, the Church of Epiphany is a 100-year-old structure that still holds an old-world charm. The premises look soothing with a lot of greenery and patches of red and orange flowers blossoming around it.



Local Dishes

The best part about the food you eat in Mawlynnong is that all of it is prepared using organic, home grown vegetables. Even the meat comes from house bred birds and animal.
There is a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to enjoy; From mouth watering pork tossed in bell peppers and greens, to freshly-cut and smoked banana-flower, Jadoh – a meat and rice based delight), and Tungrymbai – a sumptuous mesh of fermented soybeans, bamboo leaves with local spices.