“The true India resides in its villages.” – Charan Singh
Daily busy life and hustle bustle of the city has caused a large amount of mental instability in our life. An escape from the crowded city will be the best idea to have some mental peace. Small towns and villages in India are the perfect places to experience the beauty of nature. The great culture and heritage of incredible India can be experienced in villages. India has many mesmerizing villages which provide the immense peace of mind and beautiful environment.
Presenting the list of must-visit beautiful Villages in India…
1. Mana, Uttarakhand
- Mana is a beautiful village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is the last village before Mana Pass and it is just 3 km away from the very famous Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath.
- During Chinese occupation, Mana villagers are the people who escaped Tibet.
- The traces of Mahabharat can be seen in this Mana and it is believed that Pandavas had passed through Mana when they heading towards heaven. Bheem Pul is a famous stone bridge near river Saraswati created by Bheem who was one of five brothers among Pandavas.
- The villagers here are culturally involved with the activities of Badrinath temple and an annual fair of Matha Murthi. There are also two famous caves here which are known as the Vyas Gufa where Maharishi Vyas composed Mahabharatha and Ganesh Gufa where Ganesh wrote Mahabharatha as dictated by Maharishi Vyas.
- One can feel the purity, adventure, and beauty in this place, as a result, Mana attracts people from all around the globe. Some of the main attractions of Mana are Vasundhara falls, Tapt Kund, Neelkanth and Mata Murthi Temple.
- Mana is also famous for its attractive treks. Some of the routes are Mana to Vasudhara, Mana to Satopanth and Mana to Mana Pass.
2. Malana, Himachal Pradesh
- Malana is an ancient village by the side of the Malana river in Himachal Pradesh. This village is near Parvati Valley and it has been the subject of various documentaries like Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village, and Malana, A Lost Identity.
- Malana is isolated from the other part of the country and this place has many best-kept secrets. People in Malana believe that they are the descendants of Alexender and they also have their own religious beliefs and faith in Shiva.
- The justice making system in Malana is different from rest of the country. When it is difficult to come to a conclusion they follow a godly approach. They make a cut in the foreleg of the parties and poison it. One whose lamb dies first is said to lose the case.
- Jamdagni Temple is very famous among Malanese and it is made of wood and stone. Tourists are not allowed to touch the temple and if they do so, they will be fined.
- The Shrine of Renuka Devi is famous for its elaborate woodwork and architecture which attracts many archaeologists.
- One can enjoy trekking in the beautiful hills of Malana and nearby Valley.
3. Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh
- Gandikota is a beautiful village on the right bank of the river Pennar in Andhra Pradesh and it is famous for its ancient, magnificent fort and the ‘Grand Canyon’ like the gorge. As a result, this place is also known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India.
- Gandikota is the best destination for camping at Pennar river and in the fort at night by observing the stars and the moon. The fort is made of red sandstone and comprises of many palaces with intricate carvings.
- Belum Cave in Gandikota is the largest cave in India and it is famous for its resemblance with Antelope Canyons in Arizona, as a result, it is also known as the Indian version of the Antelope Canyons.
- Magnificent Rayalacheruvu Lake adjacent to Gandikota fort with calm and clear water surrounded by Erramala hills presents a peaceful place to see the sunset with loved ones. This lake was established by emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya using water from the Pennar river.
- Gandikota is also famous for its two spectacular temples which are the Madhavaraya temple and Raghunathaswamy temple. This place also has Jamia Masjid of Gandikota fort.
- Adventure lovers can be the part of adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rappelling, trekking at the Gorge.
4. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
- Mawlynnong is the cleanest village in Asia and it is located in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya. This village is also known as “God’s Own Garden”. Along with its cleanliness and natural attraction, this place is also famous for 100% literacy rate.
- Mawlynnong waterfall is a perfect place to have a lovely picnic with your loved ones. Epiphany church is a 100-year-old structure which is a major landmark of Mawlynnong Village.
- Visitors can also find good options for food here like rice, dal, plain potato, spicy tomato chutney in some famous restaurants like Nalgre restaurants, Orange roots, Handi Restaurant, blue mango, Pizza Hut and Olive Tree Restaurant and Shisha Lounge etc.
- The skywalk in Mawlynnong Village is 85 feet high bamboo and cane structure that offers a bird’s view of the village and Indo-Bangladesh Border. The Skywalk will also help you overcome your fear of height.
- On the outskirts of the village, there are balancing rocks in such a way that huge rock resting on the smaller one. The balancing rocks are famous because they have remained like that for ages and no cyclone or storm has been able to disturb the formation ever.
- The living root bridge in Meghalaya is unique in the world. The villagers grow these bridges across the river to form a solid bridge from roots by twisting them together.
5. Chaukori, Uttarakhand
- Chaukori is a mesmerizing hill station in the Pithoragarh district of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. The villages here are surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks and dense forests.
- One can enjoy an unbounded view of the famous Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks. It is also one of the few places in Kumaon where one can find tea gardens.
- Nakuleshwar Temple is famous its resemblance with Khajuraho carvings. Which focuses on the physical form and aesthetics, and of recording the body in action, immortalizing them in stone.
- There are also many religious temples here like Patal Bhubaneshwari, Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple, Sheshnag Temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev etc which attracts many devotees throughout the year.
- Chineshwar waterfall is the beautiful waterfall. And according to local’s myth, there is a hidden temple of Lord Shiva behind the waterfall and crossing the flow of water to reach that temple is very hard.
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