Vanghmun: Tripura’s Cleanest Village

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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.

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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.

Praising their continuous efforts to maintain cleanliness, the state government recognized Vanghmun as “open defecation-free.” The main challenge currently facing the village is a scarcity of water due to the absence of any reservoir. Residents collect water from the rooftop of each household, which serves as the only source of water.

Vanghmun is famous for both its cleanliness and low crime rate, with nearly no incidents reported to the police station in the hills. The village has banned plastic use and women have taken the initiative to create paper bags as a replacement.

Nestled among the clouds and hills, this village at the base of Jampui Hills is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque. The Young Mizo Association is instrumental in maintaining its cleanliness and promoting its development, with a focus on cleanliness through awareness campaigns and surveys.
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In Vanghmun, it’s not uncommon for vendors to leave their shops unattended and for shoppers to leave money when the shopkeeper is absent. Busy market days, like Wednesdays or local market days, see sellers leaving their items at stalls or roadside stands, with no instances of cheating.

One can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the valleys and Mizoram’s village from several vantage points of the village. The village’s natural beauty has made it a popular tourist destination. The villagers, without government support, have taken steps to keep their community clean, and after years of hard work, their efforts have resulted in Mizoram being recognized as the cleanest village in Tripura.

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In Vanghmun village, the residents have embraced the idea of homestays. To accommodate tourists, the villagers have placed bamboo dustbins in every corner of the village. Each household contributes money for the proper disposal of garbage in a temporary location. The highest peak and watchtower, Betlingchip, stands at a height of 3200 feet, offering breathtaking views of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Kanchanpur-Dasda valley, and other hill ranges of Tripura and Mizoram.

(To know more about Tripura State Tourism check the link here.)

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