Visiting an Indian village is the best way to learn more about the culture and traditions of India at its most basic level. Many tourists prefer this because it gives them a more natural approach to the country. Most of these villages are situated in exotic locations and trust me, staying at a village is much better than staying in a luxury hotel. It’s refreshing and exhilarating.
If you’re planning on an unconventional visit to India, then come over to these Indian villages that are breathtakingly beautiful.
* Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Praised as the cleanest village in Asia, this one deserves to be on the top of this list.Blessed with abundant scenic beauty and a cool temperature, Meghalaya is a paradise. Add proper cleanliness to that, and there doesn’t exist a better village than this in the whole of Asia.It is common knowledge that the villagers of Meghalaya are very friendly and humble. You will have no problem in getting an accommodation here. You can stay at guest houses or if you’re lucky enough, in a local’s house. There are bamboo baskets everywhere for you to throw garbage in. Plus, the entire village is surrounded by forests, colourful flowers, streams and living root bridges!
* Malana, Himachal Pradesh
Malana is a beautiful village in Himachal Pradesh. Situated high up on the hills, surrounded by trees and mist, this village has all the old-world charm that a hippie craves for to get lost in his/her own world. It feels as if this village is quite isolated from the rest of the world.But the best thing about Malana is the cannabis that you get here. The locals might be a little rude because their lives are constantly disturbed by the local police but that doesn’t mean that they won’t help you. You need a permit to get all the way up to this village. In fact, it is the ideal hippie destination for anyone because once you do reach here, it’s all worth it. You might wonder what culture will you learn from the village folk but in all honesty, they teach you values. In Hinduism, even Lord Shiv is famed for consuming cannabis and alcohol. It is not what one eats or drinks but what one acts like that matters more. Your actions speak much more than your words, and that’s what you’ll learn in this small village.
* Mirik, West Bengal
West Bengal is known for many things: its vibrant culture, famous festivals, very literate population and its fantastic food (which usually always includes fish in some form). They also have a very cute dialect and are very smart, obviously.Apart from all of this, somewhere in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal lies a pristine village. With Darjeeling being a popular hill station in India, this village naturally becomes more charming. Situated on round hills, giving a direct view of the Sumendu Lake, Mirik is indeed an alluring village.
* Chaugan Village, Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh is famous for its number of wildlife sanctuaries, high population of tigers and the infamous Khajuraho Temples. But did you know that the state is also famous for this small, scarcely populated village called Chaugan? You might not have heard about it, but you would definitely be interested in it if you knew that this village was the inspiration for one of the most famous stories of all time, The Jungle Book. That’s right. Rudyard Kipling himself stated that this village was in his mind while writing the story.More interesting is the fact that it’s a tribal village. The government has not tried to evacuate them and does not intend to do so. These tribals have been living in this forest since ages, and they cannot survive without it. It is indeed fascinating to see how their lives are so much interdependent with the natural surroundings around them. The tribals who live here are not scary if that’s your idea in any manner. In fact, they work in close collaboration with the nation by making great furniture, and other products using forest produces and selling them. They’ll show you around the place too. You cannot miss this opportunity. Even Mowgli didn’t if you know what I mean.
* Lachen Village, Sikkim
With excellent views of the majestic Himalayas welcoming you, a trip to Lachen Village will be a memorable experience.This small village is situated at a whopping elevation of 2,750 m. Apart from its splendid scenery, you can check out its many monasteries and lakes. There are also trekking opportunities that you’ll love. Since it’s a Himalayan village, yak is in plenty here. Therefore, also make sure that you watch shearing and the following procedure.