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Rural Tourism in India

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 9 months ago

As the popular tourist spots and hill stations are growing more crowded every year, thanks to a large influx of tourists, villages across the country are finding new takers, due to their virgin locations and cultural diversity…

Rural tourism spots in India serve as a haven of serenity and recreation. Tourism in the rural sector is slowly gaining popularity in recent times and villages across the country can serve as unique holiday spots if you’re looking to enjoy the culture and customs that the villages have to offer and experience the magic of community lifestyle.

An ideal time to visit these alluring spots would be between November and Mid-February, during which the climate in most parts will be pleasant and you’ll be able to travel comfortably.

The Villages of Northern India - A Cultural Oasis

Rajasthan Village Circuit

Rajasthan is a rising rural tourism centre, especially with villages like Barmer, Bundi, and Nathdawara that are must visit places you shouldn’t miss. Every village has it unique traditions, rituals and crafts and a visit to these villages is a must when planning a holiday in Rajasthan.

The exotic villages in this area are also famous for the architectural value of their buildings. The villagers are very friendly and have a warm smile across their faces at all times.

A few of the activities that you can enjoy in these villages have been given below.

  •  On most nights, the local tribes including Bhils, Banjaras and Meenas dance gracefully to the tune of the Kavelias and Mirasis, enchanting the onlookers.
  • You can opt for farming tours, where you can take a peek at some traditional farming practices and visit the bustling village market where craftsmen showcase their talents.
  •  Visits to the Vaidhya, the village doctor who is an expert in the science of Ayurveda, are also arranged in such rural centers. You’ll gain a natural health tip or two through such visits.
  • In most Rajasthani villages, including the enchanting village of Samode, camel rides are organized through the vibrant alleys and you should try these out.


 Villages in Gujarat

Hodka in Gujarat is a popular heritage spot in North-Western India. You can enjoy the overnight camel safari tour and this will surely be an amazing experience. You can also whip up your creative skills and make artistic leather articles and mud crafts with the help of the rural folks.   

Villages in Himachal Pradesh

Naggar and Raisaon are two picturesque rural tourist spots included in most of Himachal Pradesh tours. Take a trip and enjoy the freshness and tranquility of the mountain scenery and absorb the rich heritage that the villages have to offer.

A number of fairs and festivals such as Shoolini Mela, Shivratri Trade Fair and Minjar Fair are celebrated here where you’ll be lost in a sea of merriment and color.

The Eastern Village Circuit – A Tryst With the East

Enchanting villages are nestled away in the Eastern part of India. Some of the notable rural tourist destinations include Saulkuchi and Durgapur in Assam, Neepura in Bihar, Lachen in Sikkim, and Mukutmanipur and Ballavpur Danga in West Bengal.

·         Bamboo crafts are extremely famous in Bengal. Visit the Mukutmanipur Mela, a colorful fair which takes place during the first week of January. During this event, rural people dance to traditional folk songs, adorned in attractive and vibrant attire and the craftsmen display their magnificent work.

·         In Lachen, you can witness or take part in the popular Mask Dances and Yak Races, which form an intricate part of the rural culture.


South Indian Villages - A Unique Experience

In South India, Banavasi and Anegundi in Karnataka; Kumbalanghi, Annakara and Aranmula in Kerala; Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh and Thadiyankudissai, Karaikudi, Kazhugumalai and Kurangini in Tamil Nadu are some of the rural hamlets that are gaining popularity as tourist spots during a trip to South India.

You’ll be able to witness great diversity when it comes to religion, culture, customs, cuisine, traditions and the way of life in general between the villages from the north and those down south.

Most villages in this region lie along the coast and depend upon fishing (rather than farming) as a source of income. Various fishing expeditions can be arranged during your trip to these coastal villages.

In Kerala, an overnight stay on a houseboat is something that you shouldn’t miss. The villagers celebrate unique festivals such as Pongal and Onam, and various boat races are held in Kerala that can hold you in awe for long!

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, just embark on a rural tour across India’s enchanting villages where you can rejuvenate and find peace.

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