Undeniably, a village is the most significant part of growth and prosperity for any country. Each and every nation on this earth was once a village or a small part of it was. Consequently, it can be said that villages are the pillars which provide stability and durability for the long-term survival of any nation.
India is the land of wonders, and undoubtedly, the Indian villages have proved it. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The soul of India lives in its villages"; this certainly proves his prospective thought and his schema set for the Indian villages. Even though today villages are underestimated as a setting with no futuristic model, there exist numerous exemplary villages which definitely raise standards and are a lesson to many modern cities.
How about leaving metro cities and commercial places behind this time and getting ready to explore the soul of India? Well, if you are determined to take this lead, here are few amazing villages which can be on your bucket list this year.
They say rural life and literacy never go hand in hand. Well, Pothanikkad is seen here debunking this stereotype. It is the first village in India to gain 100% literacy rate. Over a period of time, Pothanikkad has developed into a highly literate village with government as well as private intermediate schools, which are providing quality education. The village also boasts of its age-old culture and tradition that is still prevalent.
If you are also keen to enjoy nature in the midst of your rural journey, then Thommankuthu Waterfalls is situated at a distance of just 16 km from the village. You can also visit churches like Pothanicad St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church and Pothanicad Ummanikkunnu St. Mary's Orthodox syrian.
It is no wonder to find natural beauty in this state full of scenic landscapes and spectacular views. However, Mawlynnong is definitely a miraculous art made by its residents. In 2003, this village was given the title of Asia's Cleanest Village and since then, it has become a popular destination for offbeat travellers.
Situated at an approximate distance of 80 km from Shillong, Mawlynnong has certainly set an example for the whole country on account of its determination towards cleanliness and hygiene. From clean roads to bamboo dustbins everywhere, this village is abiding by every rule to be unstained and dirt-free.
You can also enjoy the marvellous scenes of living root bridges and waterfalls and taste the lip-smacking local food of Mawlynnong.
Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
Ever heard of houses without doors? Well, Shani Shingnapur is the place where you will find houses without locks and doors. Hence, sometimes it is also considered as the safest town in India despite not having any police station. Famous for numerous Lord Shani temples, you can also enjoy the spiritual atmosphere all around in this beautiful town of Maharashtra. Isn't it amazing?
How about adding this wonderful place to your bucket list?
Without adding Punsari to the list of exemplary villages, the list will definitely be incomplete. It is a village which has all the modern amenities, from CCTV cameras to Wi-Fi facilities; Punsari is deprived of nothing. Putting shame to many modern cities of India, this ideal village is no less than a wonder.
At just 2 hr drive from Ahmedabad, Punsari is easily accessible and one can savour the rural setting amid facilities of the modern world.
A small village in Bihar, Dharnai is definitely a trailblazer that produced its own power after being in darkness for 30 years. It is the first solar-powered village of India which has certainly become independent after its collaboration with Greenpeace.
Today, Dharnai is entirely running on its solar power and hence, has brought light into the life of every resident of this small village. How about visiting this determined village this year to get inspired?