Tired of exploring touristy spots and wanting to visit some rural places in India? Here are some best villages in India you must visit once in lifetime. The listed places in India are filled with diverse cultures and each region has some story to tell.
Tulail, Jammu and Kashmir– Heaven On Earth
Tulail valley is located in the deep Himalayas 30 km away from Gurez valley in Jammu & Kashmir. The valley is a piece of paradise in Jammu and Kashmir with abundant pine trees. What makes this place is the unique architecture of houses built here and lovely meadows and mountains of green and brown tinge. The place is the perfect mix of Gulamarg and Pahalgam at one place.
By Air – Nearest Airport is Srinagar which is 53km away.
By Rail – Hamre is the nearest rail head which is 28km away and Jammu Tawi which is the main rail head that is 215km away.
Yana, Karnataka – Postcard Picture Village
Yana, is a fantasy village with lush green surroundings located in Karnataka. One must definitely explore this small village which is full of dense forest, beautiful hillocks and backdrops. The place is perfect for nature lovers. The place is also famous for its unique laterite rocks formation which attracts adventure travelers. Land of Yana holds significance from Hindu mythology too.
By Air – Goa international Airport is the nearest to Yana which is 210kms way.
By Rail – Madgaon railway station which is 112km away from Yana.
By Road – Hire cab from nearby towns like Ankola and Kumta.
Tamenglong, Manipur – Unexplored land of Forests.
Tamenglong is a hilly district in Manipur with beautiful ranges and valleys. District full of cultural diversity and is also home to rare orchids, virgin forests, rare species of birds and animals, and also known as the Land of the Hornbill. Small hamlets in between the valleys and ranges increase the mystic beauty of the place.
By Air -Imphal Airport is the nearest to Tamenglong which is 158 kmaway.
By Rail – Dimapur is the nearest railhead which will lead you to Imphal. From Imphal add 158km to reach Tamenglong by rented car.
By Road – National Highway 53 and National Highway 39 connect Manipur to the rest of the country. Tamenglong from Imphal are served by the state transport buses.
Shekhawati, Rajasthan – Village with painted Havelis
Less visited region than other parts of Rajasthan. Shekhawati region is renowned for its extraordinary decorated residences. Spend your time of stay in Shekhawati in royalty and explore places like Sikar which is known for its clock tower, painted Biyani Havelis and colorful markets.
By Air -Jaipur Airport is the nearest to Shekhawati which is 182 kmaway.
By Rail – One can get down at Udaipur Railway station and rent a car from there to Shekhawati.
By Road – Rajasthan is well connected with national highway. One can hire a cab from Udaipur to Shekhawati which is745km which is approx 12hours.
Madhavpur, Gujarat – A Beach Paradise
Close to Porbandar lies this culturally significant village in Gujarat called Madhavpur. The village is close to seashore which makes a beautiful place for vacation. Madhavpur beach is endowed with coconut trees and fertile agricultural land. Sniff the salty beach air as you go dolphin spotting at the beach in winter (yep! Madhavpur beach is home to dolphins during winter)
By Air – Porbandar Airport is the nearest to Madhavpur which is 58 km away.
By Rail – One can get down at Ahmedabad railway station and rent cab to Madhavpur which is approx 7 hours drive.
By Road – There regular buses to Madhavpur from other major cities like Gujarat, Veraval, and Rajkot.
Dawki, Meghalaya – Magic Land
While traveling to the picturesque Meghalaya, don’t forget to visit this beautiful village called Dawki which is famous for its crystal clear river. Dawki is the hidden gem of Northeast, India. Experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds. A must visit place to explore the green surroundings, cold water of the river and beautiful bridge on the river.
By Air – Guwahati Airport is the nearest to Dawki which is 200 km away.
By Rail – One can get down at Guwahati railway station from where one can either hire a cab or catch public or private buses.
By Road – One take route from Shillong to Dawki which is 90km away spotting beautiful rivulets and gorges on the way.
Ponmudi, Kerala – Beautiful Hill station
Located in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is this amazing village called Ponmudi. One can walk along the roads with the streets covered in a canopy of trees. Large amount of flora and fauna can be seen here. Also spot wild orchids, mountains filled with flowers and butterflies. For those adventure lovers, trekking and camping options are available.
By Air -Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest to Ponmudi which is 67 km away.
By Rail -Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest railway station which is 61km away.
Mana, Uttarakhand- The Last Indian Village
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is the last Indian village called Mana surrounded by Himalayan hills. Mana village is the last Indian village situated 24 km from the India and Tibet border. The river Saraswati flows ferociously and the vividness of nature will grab one’s attention.
By Air -Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest to Mana which is 319 km away.
By Rail – One can get down at Rishikesh railway station which is 150 km away from Mana.
Fakim, Nagaland – Spot Rare Wildlife Species
Fakim is the village with least population in Nagaland with rich vegetation. It consists of rich flora and fauna and the region comprises of valleys, deep gorges, high ridges and fascinating hills. Fakim wildlife sanctuary is the attraction for the nature and adventure lovers. Place with splendid natural beauty and wildlife in abundance. One can spot Hoolock Gibbons, Panther, Jungle cat, Himalayan bear and many more rare species in here.
By Air -Dimapur Airport is the nearest to Fakim which is 118 km away.
By Rail – Nearest railway station is Dimapur which is 120km away.
Mayong, Assam – Black Magic Village
Few hours’ drive from Guwahati is this mystical and magical land of Mayong. The village is renowned for its black magic and magicians. It is believed that people used to come from far to learn the dark secrets of black magic. A must visit place in India to experience a different culture in here.
By Air -Guwahati Airport is the nearest to Mayong which is 75 km away.
By Rail -Nearest rail head is Guwahati railway station which is 53km away.
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