Seeking a rural respite? Here’s our list of the 5 incredibly beautiful villages in India that would captivate your senses.
Unexplored and unspoilt, these villages would take you back in time, and refresh you physically and mentally with some much deserved peace and quiet.
Munsiyari in Kumaon
Munsyari is a quiet, pristine hamlet in Uttarakhand, ensconced in the Kumaon hills. Surrounded on all sides by snowcapped mountains and thick dense forests, Munsyari is a huge draw for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Malana in Himachal
A favourite of trekkers and backpackers, Malana is one of India’s most beautiful and isolated villages. Visit this pristine hamlet for fresh air and fantastic views and make friends with an ancient tribal clan, who are said to be descendants of Alexander.
Maylynnong in Meghalaya
Pristine, misty and impeccably clean, the village of Maylynnong in Meghalaya was awarded the title of Asia’s Cleanest Village in 2003. It’s here that you can explore the famous living roots bridge, which is said to be over a thousand years old.
Nako Village in Lahaul Spiti
While we cannot possibly hope to explore the moon during our lifetime, exploring the barren splendour of Nako with its red soil and mysterious craters, is as close to as you can come to exploring the moon. There is also ancient monastery, which is visited by devout Buddhists and the famous Nako lake, where you can do boating during summers and ice skating during the winter months.
Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh
Surrounded by thick green hills, this verdant valley boasts of some India’s rarest plant and animal life. The region has a lot to explore and you’ll be spoilt for choice! All visitors need an Inner Line Permit which can be procured here.
Gunehar Village in Kangra, Himachal
A hamlet so tiny that it can’t even be located on the map despite its proximity to Bir-Billing, Himachal’s popular paragliding destination, suddenly became a hot favorite with artists and art enthusiasts. Thanks to the efforts of German-born cultural impresario Frank Schlichtmann, the village now boasts of a unique conceptual art exhibition, which draws tourists from all parts of the world. Every three years, the whole villages turns into a giant art gallery, and both tourists and residents eagerly participate in artistic and cultural pursuits.
So there you go. Six incredible villages most people have never even heard of. If you’re planning to unleash your inner wanderlust, perhaps these offbeat destinations will get you revved up.