Mawlynnong: Every journey is a story

By Kallol S Kashyap

Shillong, January 18: In the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya lies a wonderful place – Mawlynnong. Crowned as the cleanest village of Asia in the year 2003, the place still retains its uniqueness. Located at a distance of 78 Kms from Shillong towards Dawki via NH206, the road to this place is well maintained and loaded with absolute scenic beauty. It is just 30 Kms from Dawki via Border Road (Riwai) which entertains many large roadside waterfalls, dry in winters but abundantly filled during monsoon.

Internal alleys of the village

With a population of approximately 500 and around 99 houses, this place presents a calm, tranquil and worthwhile stay. The place entertains a school, one church, five eateries, three to four local shops and a good number of homestays.

Homestay signs in the alley

Peace of the night

The village is well lit with solar street lamps and a healthy grid electricity supply. The weather here is not extreme; one will find it rather subtle even in winters. With dustbins in every few meters, one would not find a single litter anywhere!

There are homestays available with single and double beds which ranges from around Rs 500 to Rs 2000, with some providing meals while in other cases, one has to order at the local eateries. It is important to take note that the locality closes down by 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm and hence, it is better to pre order meals if required.

The Presbyterian Church

The people of the locaity are friendly and polite, and that does warm a visitor up. One can include a visit to Mawlynnong in a daylong circuit or choose to stay overnight, the later option being a better choice.

An eatery at the locality

Rise and shine amidst Nature

If you really want to feel the beauty of nature, waking up early in the morning is a must. Trust me when I say “You can breathe in the sunshine”

Mornings as such!

A private home

A kid from the village looks with curiosity in his eyes

Every point in the village represents cleanliness and calmness

Down the road not taken

One should undoubtedly take the route that goes down the village and roam around to experience the peace and eerie calmness. And when you meet people on the route, have a talk, make new friends, add to your untold stories.

So, when do you plan to visit?

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