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Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong, at an altitude of 5000 feet, in the remote East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, 90 kilometers away from Shillong, is the ‘cleanest village in Asia’. Mawlynnong deems itself as ‘God’s own Garden’ and won the status of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village is free from the evils that have plagued urban as well as rural India such as, littered pathways, burning garbage and open defecation, which is punishable by fine. Pathways with flowers, and garbage bins at every 50 feet, leave most visitors gobsmacked after looking at how a village populated by 500 people, in the country of India, is ‘picture perfect’. This is due to Mawlynnong’s recycling program, performed with meticulous care, non-existent in most of India. The village also consists viewing spots at higher altitudes where one can not only see the beautiful village, but also gets stunning views of Bangladesh on the other side. The people of Mawlynnong village have channelled behaviour that should be replicated all over India.