India is a land of beauty. Mystic, serene, from mountains to the sea, desert to the backwaters; India is a country with diverse landscapes.
For holidays, most Indians head to the glamorous locales. But what we are missing out is the charm of the villages. The rustic, calm and un-wired arena that the villages of India present are another ball game.
So, how about planning a trip to the heart of India. Where the real India lies? We bring to you, the 5 most beautiful and scenic villages in India.
Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a beautiful landscape with vast whites as far as your eyes can see. Hodka is a quaint village famous for its leather production and colourful gujarati embroidery. Visit when the summers have bid good bye and get fascinated by the hues of this village.
Malana, Himachal Pradesh
This is an ancient village in the north eastern part of the Kullu valley. The landscape is mesmerising. This place is for the true adventurer at heart. One can reach this location only by trekking. Enjoy the fresh air, mystery and history of this location.
Buses and taxis are available till Nerang. Malana is a 2-hour trek from here.
Guesthouses and backpacker lodges are available. There are regular flights to Kulu from Delhi, so that is also an option.
North-east is like a heaven on earth with its virgin landscapes and unexplored mountain ranges. Lachen, in particular is amazing because of its location! Perched at an altitude of 8500 ft, it captures your mind and soul instantly.
The tribal location is nothing short of pristine! Nestled in Meghalaya, 90 km south of Shillong, this village was awarded the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. After visiting this place, one would not miss the beauty of Europe. So unspoiled it is! The Living Roots bridge is another artistic marvel. Engineered out of the roots of the trees, it is atleast a 1000 years old.
Fly into Shillong and then hire a taxi. The locals provide plenty of homestay options.
Nako, Himachal Pradesh
Nako is almost extra-terrestrial in its beauty! Skirting the Tibetan border, it is a charming hamlet set amidst barren magnificence. There is an ancient monastery and the Nako lake offers boating and ice skating options depending upon the time of the year.
You can trek to nearby places for the perfect experience. The Tashigang village and the Sutlej river provide brilliant views. Befriend the villagers and understand the ladakhi way of living. Visit Tabo, 70 km away, a UNESCO heritage site with a monastery built in 9th century AD.
The best way to reach Nako is by road. Taxis can be booked from Delhi, Shimla or Rampur till Recong Peo. Nako is 4 hours away from there. local taxis go up till there too.
Basic guesthouses are available with 1 or 2 hotels too.