Vanghmun is a small lesser-known village located in North Tripura’s Jampui Hills 55 km from Mizoram and 220 km from the state capital of Agartala. The village is situated at an altitude of 800 m and has a population of 1,512 in about 253 families. Vanghmun has made headlines in recent times for being one of the cleanest and most well-maintained villages in the state of Tripura. The village is a strong contender for the title of India’s cleanest, much like its well-known counterpart Mawlynnong in Meghalaya.
The village was established in February 1919, under the leadership and command of a Mizo Philanthropist, Raja Bahadur Dokhuma Sailo. Sailo was conferred the title, Raja Bhadur by the then Maharaja of Tripura Birendra Kishore Manikya on October 24, 1922, due to his efficient rule over his subjects and for having good relations with the Maharaja himself. In the same year, a church was established in the village. A Baptist missionary from New Zealand then arrived and lived in the village for seven years.
As the government campaigns for a clean India with its “Swachh Bharat” initiative, the residents of Vanghmun, a 100-year-old village in the Jampui Hills of Tripura’s North Tripura district, are leading by example by taking it upon themselves to keep their village clean. It’s noteworthy that individuals ranging from as young as 8 years to as old as 80 years come together voluntarily every weekend to clean the entire village.