Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong

Meghalaya, India

Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India–Bangladesh border. Kalain "The Gateway Of Barak Valley" is 187 km from Mawlynnong. 

The weather in Mawlynnong is pleasant all through the year. Still the best time to visit Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is monsoon. During the rainy season, village and its surroundings become lush green and thus turn absolutely picturesque.

You 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 main festivals celebrated in and near Mawlynnong Village.

Mawlynnong Travel Tips

Arguably the most famous icon of Meghalaya is found here – the Nohwet Living Root Bridge. The bridge was created by weaving the roots of the Ficus Elastica tree around a framework and continuing this process for generations. These living root bridges are a staple of Khasi traditional architecture and were important for the villages in the steep valleys and mountains, helping the people connect with each other and travel to the plains to trade. These fascinating bridges are built in harmony with nature and get stronger as they grow older. After admiring the bridge, you can also take a dip in the gushing, cool waters of the river.

Mawlynnong Facts

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure. A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village. Smoking and use of polythene is banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.

The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as Asia's cleanest village in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005. This reputation has boosted local tourism; in 2017 NPR reported that, according to the village headsman, incomes had increased by 60 percent due to increased tourism.

How to Reach

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Flight By Air

The nearest airport is the Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, located in the capital city of Shillong. Domestic flights from all across the country fly to Shillong directly; there are also connecting flights available to the city. The distance from the airport to Mawlynnong is just around 90 km; travellers can choose to book a private car or take buses from the airport to reach Mawlynnong.

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Train By Train

Mawlynnong does not have its own railhead. The closest railhead is at Guwahati located at a distance of 162km from Shillong.

Car
Car By Road

If you choose to hit the road to reach Mawlynnong, your best option is to first reach Shillong or Cherrapunji, which is located roughly 90 km and 92 km away respectively. Buses do not usually run directly to Mawlynnong from either city. Most buses go till the village of Dawki, which is about 17 km away from Mawlynnong. Travellers often end up spending some time sightseeing at Dawki before catching another direct bus to Mawlynnong. There are also private taxis available that will take you to your destination directly and in the most convenient manner. From Shillong, one can take a cab till the Khasi Hills Sumo stand at the Bara Bazaar market and then take a shared sumo directly to Mawlynnong.

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Mawlynnong Falls

Mawlynnong has little beautiful secrets hidden deep within. One of them is Niriang Falls, located around five kilometres away from the living root bridge. It is created by the crystal clear water of Wah Rymben River that falls 400 m into a deep green pool loca...

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Mawlynnong Village

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India. It is notable for its cleanliness and also was chosen by Discover India magazine as Asia's cleanest village. The village comes under the Pynursla community deve...

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