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“So peaceful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Mawphlang Sacred Forest
Ranked #7 of 49 things to do in Shillong
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Shillong, India
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60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“So peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

It may be out of the way but surely you will enjoy this place. It is perched on a hillock overlooking the road to Mawsynram (the wettest place) and other tourist attractions. Basically, it is for those who love the outdoors - Nature lovers.

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New Delhi
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72 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Really a scared place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012

It is very quiet and a very good walk inside the forest. There are some really magnificant shrubs and trees some as old as 500 years.

Visited November 2012
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Guwahati, India
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Virgin forest near home - Nature is best left untouched!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

A great place to lose yourself. Try trekking to it from the Lyngkien village using the ancient trails - its an exhilirating experience which will have you exercise all your lower limb muscles and the cerebellum. On the top is an amazing view of the hills and skies next to the forest. The forest itself is a treasure hove of various kinds of flora and fauna left untouched for ages (you are not supposed to touch or pluck anything inside the forest as an ancient belief!!). Makes you realise how beautiful nature is when you leave it untouched. You can try exploring it yourself but best to get a guide as you may get lost. The only sounds that you hear inside are of the insects, birds and wind - transports you to a different place away from our usual experiences on mother earth. A must see for all who love nature and we must all learn from these ancient traditions how to preserve our world.

Visited September 2012
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Kolkata, India
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63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Get a guide or u may get lost”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

We visited this sacred forest in May'11. Lawkyntang/Law Lygdoh as it is called by the localites, place is said to have a Rudraksh Tree right in the middle of the forest. We could not go in far enough to find out the tree coz it was only upon entering that we realised it was not possible to find it out all by our self without the aid of a guide.

Outside the sacred groove are old monoliths erected in the memory of the departed souls of the community members. The edge of the cliff offers a breath-taking view of the village below.

Visited October 2011
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Ghaziabad, India
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“Still preserved. Highly commercial, even amongst localites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

The sacred forest is a monsoon tropical forest at roughly 6000 ft. It is the near end of what remains of the David Scott Trail. The forest is a preserved forest, under custody of the Lyngdoh's of Mawphlong. Roughly 700 acres of dense forest. A lovely walk through. No dangerous fauna! Nice plants for the botanically inclined. Take a guide who would spin a yarn or two regarding the sacrifices that were conducted there. No littering is permitted. Dont carry eatables.

Visited October 2011
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