This is part of a 3 part series covering a 3 day trip to Meghalaya located in the North Eastern part of India. The Part 1 of the series can be found here.
This part deals with the day 2 of my trip to Meghalaya. On this day, I was able to cover Dawki and Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia. Read on to find the details of the trip.
SHILLONG – DAWKI
Dawki is a small village on the southern part of Shillong, about 82KM from Shillong and situated on India’s border with Bangladesh in the West Jaintia Hills district. The village of Dawki is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh.
The road gets worse as one nears Dawki and it takes quite long to reach the village from Shillong.
The Umngot river flows through Dawki. The Dawki suspension bridge on this river is one of the main attractions apart form the turquoise water of the river. The bridge was constructed by the British in 1932 and is still in use.
There is a boating facility available. Small boats can be hired to get closer to the turquoise waters of the river and to go under the bridge. One can see the small fishes swimming in the water with the naked eye and from the boat which is a high point of the whole boating experience.
The boats charge around INR 1000 for a tour of the river and each boat can handle around 5-6 people easily.
Transport – The only viable mode of transport to Dawki from Shillong is by road. There are government vehicles but if you are a tourist and don’t have too long to spare, hiring a small car is the best option. Cars are readily available for hire from Shillong taxi stand.
DAWKI – MAWLYNNONG
Mawlynnong is a village in the southern part of the state in the East Khasi hills. The village is famous for its cleanliness and natural beauty. Close to the vilage, there is a living root bridge which is unique to Meghalaya and one of the major tourist attractions in the state.
The Discover India magazine had described it as the cleanest village in Asia which is the reason it has become a must go place for any tourist visiting Meghalaya.
Apart from the living root bridge, there is not much else to do in the village. Based on personal preference, some tourists stay in the village instead of staying in Shillong as the village offers an environment like no other.
We had our lunch in the village which was a delicious meal of rice, chicken curry and a sabzi which was reasonably priced.
Following the meal, we headed over to the living root bridge. The car dropped us off at the upper part of the area from where we had to trek down to the bridge. Given the season, there was a small stream of water and the roots looked brown. Everything is greener in the monsoon season which is the best time to visit Meghalaya as a whole.
The trek down to the bridge is not very exhausting but there are quite a few stairs and elderly people might face a steep challenge trying to traverse the distance. The whole trek is about an hour and a half including the time spent seeing the bridge and appreciating its beauty.
Having visited Mawlynnong, we headed back to Shillong for the night. It was close to dark when we reached Shillong and were greeted by a massive traffic snarl given that it was towards the end of the working day.
I will now leave you with some photographs from this phase of the journey. Please read the Part 1 of the trip if you haven’t already.
Total Cost of Cab – INR 3500 for Shillong-Dawki-Mawlynnong-Shillong