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Mawlynnong - Asia's cleanest village tag - a boon or a bane?



21st March 2016, New Delhi

So when some place is dubbed as Asia's cleanest village then there must be something in it, right?
Truly this village in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya is one of the cleanest place I've been in India. What surprises me most is that the places is not that accessible and yet locals have managed to keep it filled with amnesties and at the same time maintained the cleanness and hygiene of the place. That's truly remarkable in all sense.

Apart from local government initiative , the key reason (which i strongly feel and its my personal opinion) is that Mawlynnong follows the matrilineal society and women are more inclined towards cleanness. If you go to any other place in Meghalaya itself, you won't find the same standard of cleanness. So, my feelings are strong enough to have such opinion. Whatever it may be, but its a place worth visiting.

But the Asia's cleanest village is infact a boon or a bane only time can tell. When i went there i was totally suprised by the influx of tourist over there. Most of them came there to tick their itinerary, have some food, litter some wastes and move on!! They hardly interact with the locals or even roam around the village. This way can this village still carry the tag for long? Not sure at all. 

But the tourist influx is definitely helping the locals in uplifting their living standards so they won;t mind till the time there is no dire consequences. So all we can do is wait and watch.

Before i close this blog my suggestion to all of you would be to plan your trip is such a way that you can stay overnight at this place. There are many home stay options available which may not give you the city comfort but will definitely give you a total different experience. In the morning you can walk along the village, interact with them and if you don;t mind walking for a mile of two you can have a quite morning at the living root bridge. In the afternoon have a local lunch in one of the small local restaurants which is fulfilling. I was suggested to carry my food while visiting this place but if are a foodie then don't. The local food (Mostly rice) is delicious.

This would be the best experience for you in Meghalaya for sure.
Next post i'll let you know few more place around Mawlynnong (hopefully).

MAWLYNNONG, MEGHALAYA | DEC 2015