Mawphlang, East Khasi Hills

Mawphlang is known for the sacred forests that have been preserved for ages. The Khasis believe that forests are sacred and thus need to be protected. Mawphlang and many similar forests found in the Khasi Hills have thus been preserved by customary religious sanctions. Today they serve as an ideal destination for all those who love to admire the beauty of nature.

The Mawphlang village is located 25 kilometres from Shillong. The term ‘maw phlang’ which means ‘grassy stones’, derives its name from the monoliths found in the region. Mawphlang has the history of being the centre of Presbyterian Church of Wales Missionary and medical activity in the Khasi Hills during the 1890s.

Since the Khasis believe these forests to be sacred, people are prohibited from cutting trees or even picking up leaves or flowers from the forest. The Khasis believe that if anything is taken from the forest, evil spirit will haunt the person.

Various stunning life forms of trees, orchids, flowers and insects can be found in the sacred grove. Moving beyond, this amazing forest is surrounded by a sharp contrast of vast stretch of grasslands. And the striking sunset from this grassland is a feast to the eye in itself.

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