Mawphlang in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya is located 25 kilometres from Shillong. The word ‘maw‘ means ‘stone’, and ‘maw phlang‘ means ‘grassy stone’. It is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths.
Mawplhang is an ideal getaway for nature lovers. The place is home to the famous Sacred Groves which is spread across 80 acres of land and is protected by a local deity. The local residents strongly stick to the rules of the forest which mainly means respecting nature and avoiding taking things out of the groves.
Near the Sacred Groves, is the Khasi Heritage Village which is a setup showcasing the traditional lifestyle of Khasi tribes. The houses built at the village are replicas and every room resembles the actual setup.
One of the most popular trekking route – The David Scott Trail – also originates in Mawphlang. The route passes through the picturesque terrains of East Khasi Hills. The trek is around 15kms from Mawphlang and ends in Lad Mawphlang. It takes around 4-5 hours to complete this trek.
The Mawphlang dam is the main source of water supply to Shillong. The hills overlooking the dam are a sight to behold.
Where to Stay
One of the most popular places to stay is the Maple Pine Farm in Mawmyrsiang. The Khasi Heritage Village also has few rooms where you can stay. Rather than staying only one night, we suggest you stay a few days to truly experience what the place has to offer.
Mawphlang is around 150kms from Guwahati by road. The drive takes around 4-5 hrs with breaks. The temperature in winter touches sub-zero hence heavy warm clothing is recommended.
By Mahesh Venk
Photos: Mahesh Venk