India is a country where even today half the population lives in villages. The calm and peaceful environment of the village gives a very pleasant feeling compared to the hectic life of the city. There are some of the most beautiful villages in our country where greenery, beauty and clean environment will give peace to anyone.
In this article, we are going to tell you about those beautiful villages of India, which are located in different states and the beautiful valleys here will mesmerize you. If you want to take a break from your busy life for a few days and go somewhere, and are looking for a good place whose beauty will please your eyes and mind, then definitely visit these 10 villages sometime or the other.
1). Kalpa Village, Himachal Pradesh
Kalpa, Himachal PradeshHimachal Pradesh is quite famous and people from far away places usually visit Shimla and Manali. But here is Kalpa village whose beauty is worth seeing. Kalpa village is a settlement located in Kinnaur district and is situated in the valley of Sutlej river and is a Hindu and Buddhist religious place. The height of Kalpa is about 2960 meters above sea level. The city is known for its apple orchards, peaceful environment and natural beauty spread all around the area.
- How to reach – To reach Kalpa village, a toy train runs from Shimla which passes through Kalka on a narrow track and this is the nearest railway station to reach Kalpa, which is a distance of seven to eight hours. Along with this, government buses of Himachal Pradesh are also an option which will take you to Kalpa.
2). Beed Village, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Bir village (Bir billing) is situated in the west of Joginder Nagar valley in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. And this village is also called “Paragliding Capital of India”. A big stupa is also built in Bir billing. This place is a very beautiful place in terms of tourism, spirituality and natural beauty, which attracts people’s attention. You will get to see natural beauty in Beed village and tourists from all over the world come here for paragliding, because this place is internationally famous for paragliding.
- How to reach – Bir village (Bir billing) can be reached by rail, road and air. You can take a state transport bus to reach Bir village (Bir billing). And there is facility to go by train also, for this you will have to travel for 6 to 7 hours by Troy train from Pathankot Railway Station to Ahju, in which you will reach Beed village while enjoying the natural views.
3). Lamayuru Village, Leh Ladakh
Lamayuru village is a village located in Leh district of Ladakh. This village is famous throughout Ladakh for being the oldest monastery of Ladakh as well as for its beautiful architecture. And this is where the famous Lamayuru Gompa (Monastery) is situated and this place is also known as Moon Land i.e. the land of the moon. This is because the rocky area around this monastery looks like the moon, due to which it is known as Moon Land. Lamayuru village is one of the oldest and largest gompas (monasteries) in Ladakh with a population of about 150 permanent monks. In the past, it housed 400 monks, many of whom are now based in gompas in the surrounding villages.
- How to reach – The distance of Lamayuru Monastery from Leh is approximately 115 km. Where you can reach from Leh in about two and a half hours (2:30 hours). Also, the distance from Lamayuru Monastery to Kargil is about 103 km. And you can cover this distance in 2-3 hours by bike or car. Along with this, its nearest cities are Leh (115 km) and Kargil (103 km). According to this, Lamayuru Monastery is situated in the middle of both the districts of Ladakh (Leh and Kargil).
4). Mana village, Uttarakhand
Mana Village is the last Indian village in the Himalayas along the border between India and Tibet/China, located in Chamoli district. It has been designated as a “Tourist Village” by the Government of Uttarakhand. Mana village is the best tourist attraction near Badrinath, it is just 3 km from Badrinath town. This village is on the banks of river Saraswati and is situated at an altitude of about 3219 meters. This village is surrounded by Himalayan hills. By coming here you will feel as if you have come to heaven. The high mountains and clean environment will fascinate you.
- How to reach – Mana (Mana Village) is connected to Haridwar and Rishikesh via NH-58 via Badrinath and Joshimath. The distance from Dehradun to Mana is 319 kilometers. And the nearest rail network to Mana is from Haridwar which is 275 kilometers away from Mana. You can also take bus and taxi to reach Mana.
5). Khimsar village, Rajasthan
Khimsar village is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan and there is a water lake in the middle of this village which turns this desert into an oasis. There is only sand all around this village which makes it very beautiful and peaceful and attracts a lot. Khimsar is also called Sand Dunes Village. Nagaur Mahotsav is organized here every year in the month of January to February. And domestic and foreign tourists come from far and wide to see this festival. This festival is a typical animal fair in which camel race, bull race, folk music and local dance of the region are the main attractions. Along with this, you can also see the Nagaur Fort built in the 10th century which is bigger than the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur.
- How to reach – To reach Khimsar, you will first have to go to Jodhpur and from here you can reach Khimsar by taxi. It falls on the Jodhpur-Nagaur-Bikaner National Highway and you can easily reach Khimsar by bus.
6). Moulynnong Village, Meghalaya
Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya, North-East of India, has the title of “Asia’s Cleanest Village”. This village has its own identity on the map of cleanliness. Plastic is not used in this village and only dustbins made of bamboo are used here. Here, bags made of cloth are used to carry goods. The literacy rate of this village is 100 percent and women are given priority in every work here. This village is famous for waterfall, trek, living root bridge, Doki river. The natural beauty here is worth seeing. There are many colorful flower gardens in this village which add to the beauty of this place.
- How to reach – This village is located 90 kilometers from the capital Shillong and India-Bangladesh border. You can easily reach Mawlynnong village by road from Shillong Airport.
7). Kuttanad Village, Alappuzha Kerala
Kerala is the most beautiful state of the country which is famous all over the world for its greenery and backwaters. And Kuttanad village is situated amidst the backwaters of Alappuzha district of this state. Kuttanad is historically important and is the major rice producer in the state. Due to the large crop of paddy, this place is also named ‘Rice Bowl’. The area is drained by major rivers: Pampa, Meenachil, Atchankovil and Manimala. And it is believed that this is the only place in the world where farming is done at a depth of 2 meters below sea level.
The greenery and peaceful atmosphere of this place will hypnotize you. Here you will get delicious dishes to eat in the cottages and also toddy (Neera or Todi) to drink. It is the most famous drink. Along with this, you can also roam here by boat and houseboat.
- How to reach – To reach Kuttanad village, you have to come to Alappuzha district and from here you can easily reach by traveling about 85 kilometers.
8). Kollengode Village, Palakkad Kerala
Kollengode is a small village in the Palakkad district of Kerala known for its vast expanses of paddy fields, mango farms and lush green palm groves. It is one of the very few places in Kerala that has such a large expanse of paddy fields.
Kollengode Palace, built in the traditional style of Kerala architecture, is the main attraction here. The place is also famous for the Kachamkurissi temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Hindu deity) and the memorial of the famous poet P. Kunhiraman Nair.
If you like adventure then Seetharkundu, Govindamalai and Nelliampathy hills near Kollengod are good places for trekking. This village is completely surrounded by greenery and mountains.
- How to reach – Kollengode is also connected to major bus routes. State Highway SH-58 is passing through Kolengode. Kollengode-Palakkad route is one of the major roads in the state. Buses are available to Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Calicut, Coimbatore, Pollachi etc.
- The nearest airport is Coimbatore which is about 70 kilometers from Kollengode. Cochin International Airport is about 110 km away from Kollengode and Calicut Airport is about 125 km away.
9). Kartik Swami Village, Rudraprayag Uttarakhand
Kartik Swami Temple is situated on a hill top at an altitude of 3050 meters near Kanak Chauri village on the Rudraprayag-Pokhari road in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Located on the Rudraprayag – Pokhri road, this temple can be reached by trekking 3 km from Kanak Chauri village. To reach Kartik Swami you have to trek 3 kilometers from Kanakachauri village. The trekking passes through dense forests and sharp mountains and offers majestic sunset and sunrise views. This trek goes through peaks which makes trekking even more thrilling. The lifestyle and customs of the people here are very different from the modern people which is interesting to know about.
- How to reach – To reach Kartik Swami, you can take a taxi from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri, which is the cheapest and best option. Taxi takes around Rs 50 from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri. However, there are some bus services from Rudraprayag to Pokhri via Kanakchauri. Apart from this, one can also reach Kanakchauri village from Rishikesh by road which is 175 km away. After this, one will have to trek 3 kilometers from Kanakachauri village to reach Kartik Swami.
10) Darchik Village, Ladakh
Darchik is a village in the Aryan Valley region, located in Kargil tehsil of Kargil district of Ladakh. Darchik village consists of villages named Gund (Berjay), Hordas and Sanachay. It is inhabited by Buddhist Brokpa people. Darchik is one of the 66 official villages of Kargil tehsil.
Aryan Valley is home to the villages of Dha, Hanu, Garkone and Darchik on both banks of the Indus River, a beautiful mountain retreat with fresh air and beautiful landscapes. Provides a pleasant experience.It is also home to the unique Buddhist Dard tribes, whose members are known as Brokpas throughout the region.
- How to reach – To reach Darchik, one can drive towards the Leh-Srinagar Highway west of Leh city and reach the villages of Aryan Valley.