||[Jun. 14th, 2007|12:22 pm]
Curious: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya.
Mawlynnong's claim to be the cleanest village around seemed to be true, with neat cement pathways and garbage bins all around; it seemed to have been developed as a model village, and that is where we were on the 20th of March.
We reached Mawlynnong on the 19th, in the night, following directions given by the guy at Shillong and asking people at every town(which were very sparse) we crossed. The house we were going to spend the night was built on stilts, looking down at the small valley. Two machans had been built with the support of the trees and were connected to the main house; with everything made of bamboo, they creaked, shook, moved at every step anyone took. The bath built separately was unique too: the water supply was through a hollow bamboo pipe and with the floor of the bathroom being made of bamboo too, the water just fell through.
The next morning our two guides took us on a half-day trip of interesting places near Mawlynnong. First on the list was a walk to a view-point of the Bangladesh border. The use of natural boundaries to form national boundaries is clearly visible here: the plains start a couple of hills from the view-point, and that marks the boundary between India and Bangladesh.
Walking past two more villages in the other direction and taking a path down got us to the second place, a living-roots bridge: a bridge formed over a stream by directing the roots of trees across it, the tree continues to grow and people continue to use it as a bridge. This was a unique sight indeed. Follow the previous link for more information.
Last was a water fall, isolated by the surrounding forest and a walk down a path from the road. It was too hot with the noon sun and we were satisfied sitting in the shade by the flowing water with our legs in the water.
On the way back:
The way back was pretty simple since we knew the route. We did stop at a couple of places: once to just enjoy the white and pink flowers glowing in the evening light by the road and much later at a road-side town called Nongpoh, to have some tea and eat some food, where there were also a row of shops selling a variety of pickles, in the candle light.
North-East, Mar 17-Apr 1, 2007