India 2018 (part II): Meghalaya


living root bridge near Mawlynnong

living root bridge near Mawlynnong

After my stopover in Mumbai, I traveled to India’s northeast to meet a colleague in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.

In addition to a few days of work in the office, my colleague took me on a day trip through the countryside. We started our exploration at the so-called “cleanest village of Asia”, Mawlynnong. This small settlement got its title somewhat inofficially by the travel magazine Discover India in 2003 and since then used the image to boost local tourism. Nevertheless, the real attraction of the area is a living root bridge in a narrow valley close to Mawlynnong. Such bridges are typical of Meghalaya and were built by using the aerial roots of fig trees. Some of them are more than one hundred years old and certainly a fantastic sight to see! From Mawlynnong, we continued our trip to Cherrapunji, which is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world. It regularly receives more than 10,000 mm of rain fall each year, but since January is the peak of the dry season, the landscape did not look as green as I had imagined it.

After my work in Shillong was complete, I took a taxi to the airport of Guwahati from where I would again return to Mumbai.

3 responses to “India 2018 (part II): Meghalaya

  1. Really enjoyed this visit to Mawlynnong, Matthias. Thanks for the description, map, and the photos are great. The living bridges are fascinating, I’ve never seen anything like it in all the viney rainforests I have ever visited. The scenes at Cherrapunji look spectacular.

    • thank you so much for your comment! I think northeastern India is a very unique place – I only had a very limited glimpse, but it certainly deserves a stay of several weeks! 🙂

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