Some places just aren’t content meeting Indian standards. This quaint village, around 90km from Shillong, holds the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia! Among its numerous titles is ‘God’s own garden’. The dustbins here are made of bamboo, and all the waste in it gets recycled as manure. A highlight of this gorgeous village is the Sky View, an 85-feet viewing tower made of…bamboo again! The village is apt for trekking, and the local Khasi people are warm and welcoming; so if you love homestays, put down Mawlynnong in your travel bucket list. Don’t miss the living roof bridges that actually grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees. Take that, modern engineering.