Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mawlynnong - The Cleanest Village of Asia

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India

Mawlynnong - about 90 kilometres from the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong, the village has earned a unique distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia. Nestled in the pristine hills of Meghalaya, Mawlynnong is home to about 90 houses. Discover India magazine declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003.

Mawlynnong is over hundred years old. Keeping the surrounding environment clean is an age old tradition. Local residents here grow different flowers around their houses to complement the beauty of their tiny cottages. A dustbin made out of bamboo is found all along the village. Every one makes it a point that dirt and waste are not thrown everywhere. All the waste from the dustbin is collected and kept in a pit, which the villagers use as manure.

Mawlynnong is 90 kilometres from Shillong and barely 4km from the Bangladesh border. It is one of the wettest parts of the country. The society is matrilineal making women economically powerful. The Khasi tribal inhabitants are known to be worshippers of nature. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. They mostly grow betel nut.

Apart from being Asia's cleanest village, Mawlynnong offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another small rock.

(Photos taken from: 1.http://kanak7.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dsc01245.jpg?w=640&h=360, 2. http://ayushveda.com/blogs/travel/magical-moments-at-mawlynnong-village-of-meghalaya/, 3.http://greencamp.in/2010/06/mawlynnong/)

11 comments:

Living to visit the place!

The cleanest village in Asia - it looks so beautiful.

I feel so proud that we have such a great village in India! :)

nature at its best in these otherwise devastated landscape. please protect it.

Just awesome. I've been to there...Our Northeast Rockz

That's amazing. I wish I could visit this village sometime. Thanks for sharing the interesting facts. Here's my popular video. http://dharbarkha.blogspot.com/2010/08/say-no-to-dowry.html

Great blog guys. Just returned from Meghalaya. Very beautiful place. It was monsoons and so the rain just fell and fell, as if isolating you in a dream world.

Wow what I gonna say to this Beautiful village!! It has the most fresh air, nice condition, respectful and a cristal clear surronding I wanna go again to this place I had missed this village a lot!!

I've been there last year.And I think it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and offers the freshest air one can breathe.Can't wait to go back

I have been once during winter season, its really beautiful and so amazing place.

Post a Comment

Do not Spam. Stay on topic. Do not include links to websites and videos not associated with the topic. Do not post the same comment multiple times. Do not post anything defamatory, harmful, abusive, racially objectionable, or otherwise illegal. If you violate these rules, your post will be deleted.