It took us approximately 3 hours from Shillong, the capital of the state of Meghalaya, to finally reach Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village. In the lap of nature stood the little impeccable village amidst the green rolling Khasi hills. Mawlynnong is also called, ‘God’s own garden’.
The walk around the rain washed village was extremely soothing. It rained often. The Khasi huts and the bamboo cottages with conical dustbins made of canes were unique. I saw kids moving with animals and ducks and poultry at their own happy pace. There were loads of orchids and plants with green and colourful leaves and flowers. The villagers were simple and always smiling. They appeared very fresh and full of energy.
This village is a perfect example of community driven eco-tourism. There were only two eateries and we ate a very simple yet tasty lunch.
After lunch we climbed an 80feet high platform made with bamboos on the tallest tree, overlooking a spectacular view across Bangladesh. We spent the night in a bamboo cottage with very basic provisions. It was simplicity at its best.
The next morning I
went to the most convenient living root bridge at Mawlynnong (15mins’ drive
from Mawlynnong). These root bridges are manmade natural wonders from the roots
of rubber trees by the Khasi Tribes. One cannot acknowledge the brilliance of
the art of making living root bridges if she doesn’t see it herself. The
adventurous walk was on the root bridge and around the area was a unique