Enroot to the Cleanest village Mawlynnong


On a sunny day, we thought of taking a trip to Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong which is in Meghalaya

We came from Shillong to Riwai which was around 82km

We hired a taxi from Shillong coz there is a limited number of public transport to Mawlynnong.

His first destination was Riwai and later, he planned to go to Mawlynnong

The living root bridge is in Riwai village which is around 6 to 8 kilometers away from Mawlynnong

To see the root bridge, We must pay for the entry

We pass through the houses in the village and then there is a path you have to trek down to see the miraculous engineering of humankind “The Living Root Bridge “

The Living Root bridge is surrounded by rain forest and a river full of lush greenery 

it’s a suspension bridge formed from living plant roots

these root bridges are not seen anywhere else in the world

We asked the people about the history behind the Living Root bridges

Most of the locals do not know when it was started but it is more than 150 years old

the bridge is extremely strong and can bear heavy load

After seeing the root bridge, we felt hungry and thought of having food so, We went to the village in search of a restaurant

We did not find any but he had the option of home-cooked food stalls from the locals

We had rice, daal, and chicken curry after finishing lunch and rested for sometime

Mawlynnong Village

We headed to Mawlynnong village

Mawlynnong is the cleanest village in Asia

one of the cleanest villages We have ever seen

it is their way of living everywhere there is a bamboo container to collect the garbage

the kids have been taught from childhood to keep the surroundings clean

the village was chosen by Discover magazine as “Asia’s cleanest village”

the community here in Mawlynnong takes the initiative where all the residents should participate in cleaning the village

There is an entry fee for entering the village which goes towards the maintenance of the village

By the time We finished roaming around in the scenic beauty, it was evening so We planned to go back to Shillong

We bucket lists ended up in an enjoyable and adventurous way

We visited this place during the dry months in mid-April coz there is no rain and a clear atmosphere to travel

How to reach Mawlynnong

Traveling by Air

The nearest airport to Mawlynnong is Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, located approximately 78 kilometers away.

From the airport, travelers can hire taxis or opt for prearranged transportation services to reach Mawlynnong. Although Shillong Airport offers limited flights, it serves as a convenient entry point for those traveling from major cities like Kolkata and Guwahati.

Exploring by Road

Mawlynnong is well-connected by roadways, making it accessible by both private and public transportation.

Travelers can embark on a scenic road trip from nearby cities like Shillong, Guwahati, or Cherrapunji. Shared taxis and buses operate regularly on these routes, offering budget-friendly options for travelers.

The journey to Mawlynnong promises breathtaking views of Meghalaya’s lush landscapes and cascading waterfalls, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Coordinating with Local Guides

Upon reaching Mawlynnong, visitors are greeted with warm hospitality and assistance from local guides.

These guides play a vital role in enhancing the travel experience by providing insights into the village’s culture, traditions, and sustainable practices.

Travelers can enlist the help of these guides to navigate Mawlynnong’s attractions, including the Living Root Bridge, Sky Walk, and Balancing Rock.

Accommodation and Stay Options

Mawlynnong offers a range of accommodation options catering to different preferences and budgets.

Travelers can choose from homestays, guesthouses, or eco-resorts that blend seamlessly with the village’s serene surroundings.

Staying in Mawlynnong provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the local way of life and appreciate the community’s efforts towards cleanliness and conservation.

Respecting Local Customs and Environment

As visitors explore Mawlynnong, it’s essential to respect local customs, traditions, and the pristine environment.

Travelers are encouraged to practice responsible tourism by minimizing waste, conserving water, and supporting sustainable initiatives within the village.

By embracing the ethos of eco-tourism, visitors can contribute to preserving Mawlynnong’s natural beauty for generations to come.

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