We form very old fashioned shabby image of a village whenever we think of village. But here are 13 villages which are absolutely different from the image formed by us. Have a look at these mesmerising villages.
Fancy places, tourist attractions, luxurious stays – that’s what travel has become for most of us. However, just looking at a couple of tourist attractions can never give you the whole experience that travel ought to. One can gain the best from travelling only when he/she interacts with locals, listens to their stories, eats the regional cuisine, and actually gets to know the history about a place, rather than ticking it off one’s bucket list.
India has some absolutely beautiful villages. So, the next time you feel like travelling, go a little unconventional and visit these hidden gems. You never know what you find beneath those wrinkled curious eyes and tiny alleys. For starters, here are some places that you can visit:
1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Titled as Asia’s cleanest village in 2003, the beautiful village of Mawlynnong is a smooth 100 odd kms drive further from Shillong. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the village is cleaner than most of our houses. The village also offers a beautiful sky view from an 85-feet high tower. While you are there, make sure you trek to Mawphlang, which is equally beautiful.
2. Khonoma, Nagaland
If you are looking for a quick Naga village experience, Khonoma, some 20 kms from Kohima, is the place to visit. While the road to reach the village might not be in the best of condition, the scenic beauty of the deep valleys surrounded by a thick forest cover definitely makes for it. With a population of as less as 3,000 people, many call it the greenest village of India.
3. Kila Raipur, Ludhiana
While any village will give you the authentic Punjabi feeling with sugarcane fields, makki di roti andsarso da saag, this village in Ludhiana offers a lot more than that. A must visit for all sports enthusiasts, this village organises an annual Rural Olympics event every February. Events like bull racing and martial arts are so good, they will make your jaw drop!
4. Malana, Himachal Pradesh
Malana ishome to the famous Malana cream, one of the finest quality of hash produced. Located near the Kullu Valley, this village only has a handful of people. For adventure freaks, the trek up to Malana is one experience that you just cannot miss!
5. Kasol, Himachal Pardesh
This green little getaway is a favourite among youngsters for reasons more than one. Settled between thick forests, this quaint little village is is one of the cheapest quick getaways.
6. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Kangra, this village is a favourite among adventure lovers and mostly known for it’s paragliding packages. Just pack your bags and get your adrenaline rushing!
7. Janjehli, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh sure has a lot of beautiful villages to offer. One of them is this quaint little village in Mandi district. Away from commercial life, just soak in the sun and look at the stars for hours at a stretch. If you are religious or just like visiting temples, you’ll find many of them sitting atop the valley here.