Villages make around 70% of India and are the best places to experience the raw beauty of the country. Rustic landscapes, local cuisine and culture, modest people draw the quintessential traveler to these villages with a promise to satiate their quest for travel. Below is the list of few most scenic and unique villages in India that are must visit for any traveler.
Housing one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, the village can be easily reached from Leh. The odd geological landscape of the place is branded as “moonscape”, for it is believed the soil here is quite similar to that on the moon. Located among the beautiful Ladakh Mountains, the Lamayuru monastery is the main attraction of the village, especially the annual festival or Yuku Kabgyat, where the Lamas perform a masked dance.
Panamik is a scenic village in the Nubra valley famous for its hot springs and is the last destination for tourists travelling across Ladakh. A dip in these Sulphur hot springs is believed to cure various health ailments. The beauty of the village is unparalleled; with the snow clad peaks and lush green trees giving it a scenic look. As the region lies on the Indo-Tibetan border, it serves as a base for the trek to Ensa Monastery, which is famous for Buddhist murals. The village of Panamik is also famous for its Kashmiri and Tibetan artifacts. Kashmiri carpet, Pashmina shawls and Woolen socks are one of the most shopped items in the markets of Panamik.
Kibber, Himachal Pradesh
Located high in the Spiti Valley of the Himalayas, Kibber is the second highest village in the world that is connected by roads. The village has merely 80 houses, but they are unique in that all of them are made of stone and not of brick, as is the usual norm in those areas. The vegetation is scarce, but has high medicinal values. There is a monastery there founded in 1992. It is one of the most beautiful villages in India with its scenic mountains and barren splendor.
Malana, Himachal Pradesh
Located in the Parvati Valley, Malana is considered to be the first democracy of the world. It is cut off from the rest of the world, with the people speaking a dialect only they can understand and following strict customs. Travelers go there for seeking the quietude associated with this place, along with the charm of the Parvati valley.
Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the village of Kalap is as picturesque as it gets when one looks at the village pictures in India. Formed by the soothing blend of thick shrubs along stony pathways under clear, blue skies and sparkling brooks, the village is one of the most beautiful and best villages in India. One can trek around the village and find numerous awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan mountains, witnessing the beauty that could not exist in reality.
Located along the scenic Old Silk route, Zuluk is the only place that used to provide accommodation for those travelling on the Old Silk Route. Although the place does not boast of many tourist attractions other than a Nag temple situated in a cave, it offers a glimpse into paradise in the form of a majestic sunrise view which makes one feel truly at peace and one with nature.
Located 90 km from Shillong along the India-Bangladesh border, Mawlynnong is famous for being the cleanest village of Asia. The phrase “Incredible India” leaps to one’s mind when visiting this village, for its beauty supersedes this distinction by a great margin. It could be easily labelled as an ideal village in India because of the sustainable practices the villagers follow. The main occupation of dwellers here is agriculture and the literacy rate is 100%,. There are about 100 houses, and the natural beauty of Mawlynnong is spellbinding. A bamboo Sky tower provides a mesmerizing view of the village and Bangladesh across the border as well.
Muttom, Tamil Nadu
Muttom is a fishing village, with over 99 percent of the population of Christian ethnicity. The village is famous for the Muttom beach, which is quite pristine. The beach is covered by sand on one side and rocks on the other. It is a less crowded beach, making it a spectacular find for tourists. The view of the sunset from the lighthouse is something to look out for as well.
The small village located in the Trivandrum district in the southernmost part of Kerala is a place with an old historical value as well as simple and captivating beauty. Even though being just 30 kms from Trivandrum, it is not usually found in peoples’ itineraries of places to visit in South India, hence making it an untouched and unexplored marvel. During the high tides, Neyyar River passes into the Arabian Sea, and the beauty of the view gives it a serene beauty. The legendary Arumanoor Koyikkavilakom Sree Bhadrakali Devi Temple is located close to the village as well.
All these villages depict beauty, simplicity, serenity, and hold the promise of captivating all senses of the visitors for the entire duration of their stay. The heritage of India is plainly but magnificently portrayed by villages like these. All it takes is the will to explore!