By a strange twist of fate I found myself in Meghalaya. Okay, that happening was not totally unexpected, as I had planned going there for a while. This trip was almost cancelled a few weeks ago. Now I am Meghalaya’s capital of Shillong.
I embarked on my next adventure with my friend Sangeeta and her wonderful family. And today we went to the cleanest village in Asia – Mawlynnong.
Honestly, I thought that it was impossible. Impossible in India at least. But this country has surprised me yet again. Again, today I saw a miracle.
I just wanted to mention that Meghalaya is a relatively clean state in general. The cleanest one of all I visited up to date. But this village….
The streets are very clean.
Maybe because there are rubbish bins are everywhere.
They are made from bamboo and attached to the trees or fences. The only rubbish I found was in the car park and near restaurants – the places occupied by tourists. And this is very sad.
These old ladies were removing weeds from private property and the streets.
The villagers are very proud of their houses, front and back yards. I don’t think that the people here are rich financially, but they look neatly dressed and stylish.
Surprisingly, despite hundreds of visitors a day, people keep their doors open. This kind of trust is hard to find these days.
While walking past one house, I noticed the open door and a sleeping baby just in front of it. In the Western world this is totally unheard of.
Kids wander around by themselves.
Lots and lots of flowers are everywhere. My beloved orchids just grow on the trees.
Chickens, roosters, even cats.
People do their daily activities and don’t pay much attention to the visitors. After all we are their livelihood. But I think it should be very annoying to see tourists poking their noses into the private houses and yards. Their whole life is on display as some sort of a human zoo. Maybe because of this the villagers tried to stay to themselves. The souvenirs shops are, of course, different.
This village is very close to the Bangladesh border and from some high points it’s possible to see Bangladesh.
I probably completely lost my mind to think I should climb that structure, but I just had to see it.
It was scary.
Just have a look at the joints tied by bamboo leaves.
But the view was magnificent. And a beautiful Christian church was down below.
After that we visited the India-Bangladesh border. But that’s another story.