There is something about the north-eastern part of India that has allured travelers over the years. Its lush green, misty landscapes, vast farmlands, cloudy skies, monasteries, wildlife, people are all quite distinct in comparison with the rest of the country. Several places in northeast India have become quite popular and feature on the bucket list of many a traveler. Also Read - Searching For Euphoria? Seven Sisters Waterfalls in Meghalaya is The Spot You Must Explore
Shillong is known for its vibrant ambiance and culture, Cherrapunji for its heavy rainfall and gushing waterfalls. Nagaland is known for its Hornbill festival and Kaziranga for its marvelous National Park that is home to the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. However, one of the hidden gems of the northeast is a small place located in the green, hilly state of Meghalaya. Also Read - How to Reach Dawki in Meghalaya by Road, Train And Air
Named Mawlynnong, the village was relieved of its obscurity when it featured as Asias cleanest village in a magazine sometime in the first decade of this century. Today, it is one of the must-visit places in Meghalaya and draws in tourists on account of its cleanliness, and its proximity to the living root bridges. Here are all the details on how to reach Mawlynnong in Meghalaya by flight, train and road. Also Read - Here's How You Can Reach The Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya
How to reach Mawlynnong by road
Mawlynnong is well-connected to Shillong by road. The route from Guwahati to Mawlynnong via Shillong is extremely scenic with several winding roads flocked by lush green hillocks and misty landscapes. Here is the detailed road route to reach Mawlynnong:
If you stopover at Shillong for a day and then head to Mawlynnong, it is more convenient. Distance from Shillong to Mawlynnong is just around 78 km and takes 2 hours and 25 minutes by road. Several cabs ply between Guwahati and Shillong and Mawlynnong.
How to reach Mawlynnong by train
The nearest railhead from Mawlynnong is also at Guwahati. Guwahati railway station to Shillong is around 104 km and then Mawlynnong is another 78 km away. You can hire a cab from Guwahati to take you to Mawlynnong via Shillong.
People taking a stroll in Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village
How to reach Mawlynnong by flight
The best way to reach Mawlynnong by flight is to fly to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati which is the nearest airport. Guwahati to Mawlynnong is an extremely picturesque road trip that takes you through some beautiful Meghalayan destinations like Shillong’s Elephant Falls, the village of Laitlyngkot, and the Riwai village where you can find the single-decker living root bridge. The distance from Guwahati airport to Mawlynnong is 188 km and it takes around 5 hours and 15 minutes by road.
So, next time you plan a trip, consider Meghalaya in northeast India and when you do, visit the clean and lovely village of Mawlynnong. It is perfect for a quiet, serene and rejuvenating getaway.