What is Mawlynnong village famous for? (An Essay or story)



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Mawlynnong Village
Mawlynnong is a very small village (a hamlet), located in the Indian state of Meghalaya, in the East Khasi Hills district. As of June 2015 it had 500 residents only, but its growing. This village is not only known for its cleanliness but also for its scenic beauty. The handful of people here are united together to keep the village remain clean, and as a result of their efforts, Mawlynnong was declared the cleanest village in Asia in the year 2003, and later cleanest in India in 2005, by a well known and widely circulated travel and culture magazine called Discovery India (source : Wikipedia). Click here for the official page of Discover India Magazine on Facebook. Since then the village has attracted many travelers from all over the world, because of its community based ecotourism initiative.

The villagers are as concerned about cleanliness as they are about their health, and you cannot find debris just spreading all around in the village. They have placed dustbins in every nook and corner of the village, and even the falling leaves from trees are being collected and put into the dustbin. Even the dustbins are handmade from bamboo which is environment friendly. The village is spotless clean, and this is achieved through collective efforts by the villagers, as well as by the arriving visitors. This village is located 90 km away in the southern direction from the capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong and is also referred to as God's own garden. To imagine how clean the village looks, watch some of the pictures of different places in the village on official website of Meghalaya tourism. The link will go to a PDF file, so make sure to wait patiently till it loads completely. The loading will only take time if your internet connection is slow.

The people in the village are dependent on agriculture and plantations for their livelihood. Its delight to watch here the way broom (jharu) plantation is carried out along with the cultivation of bay leaves, betel leaves (called paan in Hindi language), betel nuts (called supari in Hindi language), and the plantation of different varieties of fruits like black pepper, sweet fruits like oranges, banana, pineapple and many more. Chewing the mixture of areca nut (betel nut) and betel leaf was a tradition, which being still followed, from ancient times, in different Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Srilanka, China, Indonesia etc. Here is a nice video showing the preparation of Paan (betel leaf) after adding small pieces of betel nut (supari) to it along with other things and served to the customer at a shop.

The villagers also have a great passion for gardening, and you can find a garden near every home. The village is actually situated on the border of another country called Bangladesh, and all the food items like eggs, vegetables, and rice come to this village from Bangladesh. The village offers a breathtaking view of the plains of Bangladesh from a place called SKY VIEW. As a tourist, you must visit SKY VIEW if you are in Mawlynnong village.

Another famous spot in Mawlynnong village is, where you see a huge boulder balancing on a small rock without tumbling (see picture below). Its a very strange phenomenon, and you will feel amazed, how the center portion of the boulder is held firm, at such a small area on the surface of another very small rock. Even if, someone sits on either side of this boulder, still it will not tumble. If you sit on one side of a see-saw the other side will go up, but this doesn't happen with this boulder in Mawlynnong village. This place also should not be missed as a tourist. Such a boulder (balancing rock) also exists in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu but in a different form. There the boulder stands on a slope, in a park, but it never slides downward. You can know about it in another article on this website.

Mawlynnong village is also famous for its living root bridge (see picture below). The bridge was made over the flowing water in a small waterway, without using the modern-day cement and tiles. The bridge is, however, very short and its made by the complicated roots of trees located on both sides of the waterway. Its something very unusual and worth watching once you reach the village. You can know more about living root bridge on livingrootbridge.com . Here is a nice documentary video on the village of Mawlynnong. The state of Meghalaya, where lies the Mawlynnong village, is well known for its tourist attractions and Mawlynnong is just one of them. To know about the various other tourist spots in Meghalaya you can visit megtourism.gov.in/

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