India is a land of wonders. Whenever we think that we have seen enough, know it all, there pops up something new which blows our mind away.
A village is where the real India lives. Simple living, crop-rich fields, and natural beauty are the essence of Indian villages. If you are one of those who thinks that a typical Indian village means mud houses, narrow potholed streets, with no drainage system and no running water, then you are in for a shock.
There are some villages in India, which are one-of-its-kind in the whole world. Here are some of the unique villages in India:
- SHANI SHIGNAPUR, Maharashtra.
Home to spectacular and unique Shani Shignapur Temple, the trust of people in the lord here is so strong that none of the houses in the wondrous village has locks or even doors. And guess what, there are reportedly no thieves and robberies.
- SHETPHAL, Maharashtra.
Every house in this village has something in common and that is, snakes. Villagers see SNAKES as their members and have a separate section for the reptiles in their homes. Reportedly, there have been no cases of snake bites in the village.
- HIWARE BAZAR, Maharashtra.
Believe it or not, but this village is home to 54 millionaires. No one is poor and highest GDP. And more unbelievable is the fact that the village has changed its face in less than a decade.
- PUNSARI, Gujrat.
Deemed as a model village, the entire village is wifi enabled, has CCTV cameras installed at strategic points and a public address system which covers the entire population with the help of about 140 loudspeakers installed all over the village.
- JAMBUR, Gujarat.
Located in Gujarat, this village houses people of African descent. Imagine, a community that is African in origin but Gujarati in speech and demeanor. Put in your travel bucket list.
- KULDHARA, Rajasthan.
About 200 years ago, one night, the villagers abandoned this village and never came back . The houses are almost in the same condition as they were left behind by their inhabitants but its just that no one lives here. The village is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site.
- KODINHI, Kerela.
This village is a complete mystery to the medical world. This remote and sleepy village has the largest number of twins in the country. Irrespective of where they came from, or what religion they belong to, the strong thread that binds the people of Kodinhi is the bizarrely high number of twins, in the last three generations.
- MATTUR, Karnataka.
In this village, Sanskrit is a way of life. Over the years, many students from abroad have also stayed and undergone crash courses at the local pathshalas to learn the language.
- MAWLYNNONG, Meghalaya.
Here is the cleanest village in Asia. Even the dry leaves fallen from the trees go straight into the dustbin and of course, plastic bags are banned here. People in Mawlynnong not only clean their houses, but step out to sweep the roads too.
- KORLAI, Maharashtra.
This is the the last place in India where Portuguese is still spoken by everyone. Definitely one of the unique villages in India!