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10 surreal villages in India that you must visit before you die!


Who said beauty only lies in the well-explored and well-spoken parts of the world? If you look out for the most beautiful places on this earth, you would definitely find yourself at the places that are closest to nature and far away from luxuries. And, if you love exploring the untouched parts of this planet, then there is something that would definitely become your getaway. The quaint hamlets which lie close to nature and away from the hustle-bustle of the cities. The list of these beautiful villages in India, will break the conventional image of the villages you have been carrying all this while. They may fail to offer you luxury but the beauty and peace that they have is nothing in compared to thousands of comforts

1. The highest motorable village - Kibber, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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How would you like a night under the naked sky and the atmosphere only lit by the glittering stars? The scenery at Kibber is even better than it can be explained through words.Trek to Kibber from the Tso Moriri lake is one heavenly journey for the trekkers. Kibber in the Spiti Valley is one of the most astonishing villages of India, the best of what nature can be put into. Located at an elevation of 4270 m, it is also the highest motorable village in India.

2. Living root bridges at Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

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This beautiful hamlet of Meghalaya is famous for something that is truly nature’s wonder. Mawlynnong is known for the living root bridges. To simplify it, the roots of the trees form the spectacular bridges that are strong enough to carry several people at a time. Isn’t that something you would like to witness with your own eyes? The village is also the cleanest village in Asia. The tranquil rivers flowing in the tribal village, the mesmerizing vistas of the mountains and trekking amidst the majestic forests of Meghalaya, Mawlynnog is definitely one of the most beautiful villages of India.

3. Thrilling music festival at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

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Could you ever imagine a scintillating music festival in a village? If not, Ziro is where you should be enjoying the soothing music with the incredible beauty of nature. Located in the Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro village hosts the hot and happening music festival in the month of September. That is when this village wears its best look draped in the pine trees and green valleys. The village also offers the rich tribal culture of North-east India, in such a way that you would give your heart to this beautiful place.

4. Little Greece of India - Malana, Himachal Pradesh

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Welcoming you with its intoxication of the cannabis, Malana is one of the most scenic and culturally rich villages of India. What’s most interesting about this place is the fact, that it has its own independent government which is completely independent of the laws of India. They have their own system of living and governing which also prohibits the outside people to be a part of the this village. Malana, also carries a huge part of Greek culture and laws and is also referred to as ‘The Greece of India’.

5. The beach village - Punnapra, Kerala

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A village with the beaches, which thankfully hasn’t been destroyed by the rush of tourists. Located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, close to the backwaters of Alleppey, Punnapra is famous for its paddy fields. Hence, it also called the rice bowl of India. With several options of home stays in the village, there is no better way to be close to nature and away from the metropolitan buzz with the enchanting beauty of the Arabian sea.

6. Unique rock formations at Yana, Karnataka

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Placed amid the green woods of the Western Ghats, trek to the Yana village takes you into the lap of nature. The village lies 48 km from Gokarna and 40 km from Sirsi and it is counted amongst the must-visit offbeat locations in Karnataka. Apart from the scenic beauty, what makes this quaint hamlet a paradise for the travelers are the unique rock formations that also hold a great importance in the Hindu mythology. It is believed that Lord Vishnu killed a demon at this place. A cave temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva.

7. The moon and village - Lamayuru, Ladakh

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Housing some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries, Lamayuru village is also known as the moonland village due to its unique properties of soil which are very similar to that of moon’s surface. What place better in the whole universe that could bring your traveling to moon fantasies to life? Located 120 km away from Leh, it is an important halt between the Leh-Kargil route.

8. 7th heaven in Tamil Nadu - Valparai

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The topsy-turvy ride of around 40 hairpin bends takes you to the newly explored hill town of Tamil Nadu. Located at a height of 1,193 m on the Anamalai hills of the Western Ghats, Valparai is commonly referred to as 7th heaven due to its refreshing ambiance and serene beauty of the green hills. Apart from the breathtaking beauty of the green hills, Valparai also offers the scenic landscapes of dams, streams, and lakes.

9. Holiday resort village - Bhandardhara, Maharashtra

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Bhandardhara is a holiday resort village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The home to numerous water bodies it is located just 117 km away from Mumbai. Bandardhara is a peaceful retreat to rejuvenate yourself from the hectic Mumbai life. Apart from the blissful beauty of nature, this village also allows you to take various treks, out of all, Harishchandragad offers the enthralling experience of trekking amidst the Western Ghats along with the reviving beauty of the several waterfalls on the way.

10. Unspoken Garwhali village Kalap, Uttarakhand

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Set amidst the untouched parts of the Garhwal Himalayas, Kalap village will take you back in time with its amusing beauty of hills and rivers that haven't been touched by the modern amenities of the world. On the banks of river Supin and among the hills covered in the Pine and Deodar, Kalap is the perfect place to find solace in nature. The warm welcome by the Garhwalis in the village will oblige you to make this place your second home. The homestay in this village is a different experience altogether, where you not only get to be part of the culture but living the life of a villager is something that you can never find in the duplexes and luxury apartments back in your city.


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