East Khasi Hills
EAST KHASI HILLS
Marvel at a giant living root bridge, explore cool mountain streams and visit curious rock formations, climb a tree house and get panoramic views of Bangladesh, stroll through gardens and fruit orchards…..
Mawlynnong has earned a reputation for being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, but a sobriquet that does more justice is that of God’s Own Garden. The fruit orchards, the rushing streams, the evergreen surroundings, the swaying palms, and the well-preserved traditions of the Khasis provide a picture-perfect stage on the edge of Meghalaya’s southern ranges.
Arguably the most famous icon of Meghalaya is found here – the Nohwet Living Root Bridge. The bridge was created by weaving the roots of the Ficus Elastica tree around a framework and continuing this process for generations. These living root bridges are a staple of Khasi traditional architecture and were important for the villages in the steep valleys and mountains, helping the people connect with each other and travel to the plains to trade. These fascinating bridges are built in harmony with nature and get stronger as they grow older. After admiring the bridge, you can also take a dip in the gushing, cool waters of the river.
The living root bridge of Nohwet is not the only main attraction here. The Church of the Epiphany in Mawlynnong is more than a century old, a beautiful piece of European architecture tucked in the middle of this lush and verdant tropical paradise. Taste your fear of heights and climb up the tree houses close to the church. From these bamboo structures, you can gaze at the seemingly endless plains of Bangladesh that lay just beyond.
Best Route :
NH206, 72 kms from Shillong
Best Time :
All-year Destination, Post-monsoon and winter allow for more activities
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