Explore These Places To Experience Rural Tourism In India
Did you know almost seventy per cent of the Indian population lives in rural areas? These areas are mainly untouched by urbanization, so they have thankfully retained their pristine & serene beauty. The tourism industry introduced rural tourism as a concept to boost opportunities in the rural parts of the country and has been gaining traction over the years. Not just opportunities, but this would help highlight the natural, raw beauty that represents such a large part of the country. We as a country are so diverse, and no two villages are alike – which genuinely showcases the multicultural side of India. While the city culture speaks a global language, rural culture has roots in traditional languages, practices, economy, food, and, most inspiring, an unpolluted surrounding.
With the help of village tourism and rural tourism in India, travellers are getting the opportunity to explore and discover remote areas of India and gain an insight into the rural way of life. At the same time, villagers can generate additional sources of income for their livelihood and wellbeing.
Check out these four unique places, which are brilliant if you want to explore rural tourism in India – all with different landscapes and experiences.
List of places to explore rural tourism in India:
1. Pipli, Odisha
Pipili, located in the Puri district of Odisha, is a small village that has come to be known for its distinct applique work. This craft involves cutting cloth of a variety of colours in the shape of birds, trees, decorative motifs, mythological characters and more, after which they are sewn onto a plain cloth. These applique-work cloth pieces then get converted into home décor pieces as well as clothing.
While you have access to these handcrafted pieces in the city of Bhubaneswar, to learn more about this craft that dates back to the 10th century, we recommend giving the village a visit – it is barely 20kms from the capital city. You can spend some time picking out pieces for your home or gifts for friends & family, go sightseeing and even visit the craftsmen to try your hand in learning the craft yourself!
Best time to visit: October to March
2. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Touted as ‘God’s own garden’, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya is an emerging name in the village tourism industry in India. It was even awarded the cleanest village in India in 2003 by Discover India for the impeccable cleanliness that you get to witness here, which makes you question the notion of ‘villages’ you have seen so far in the country. The Mawlynnong village is located about 80kms from the Shillong airport.
There is a reason why it is known for its cleanliness – every household has a fully functional toilet, and the entire locality is provided with bamboo dustbins. All kinds of waste, even dried leaves go into the garbage bins; they’re big on recycling as well. Apart from the cleanliness, you must check out in Mawlynnong the living roots bridges, which are a phenomenon; these bridges connect the aerial roots of one giant rubber tree and make a bridge hanging above the river. These bridges take years to self-construct and can accommodate fifty to seventy people at a time. Mawlynnong should be definitely on the top of your list of rural Indian vacations to take
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
3. Bishnoi, Rajasthan
Bishnoi is a village located about 40 minutes south of Jodphur and can be the perfect location if you want to experience the rural life of Rajasthan. The people of Bishnoi are said to be respectful of nature that when someone in their community dies, they bury them (instead of burning them, as is done in the Hindu culture) to preserve the woods used for cremation!
This place is known for wild animals as well as its scenic landscapes. The natives are said to be very straightforward and warm people who take pride in living a simple life in harmony with nature. Head on over to get an insight about the massacre at Kaherjarli, spot exotic wildlife at Guda village, explore Singhasni and buy carpets from Salawas.
Best time to visit: October to March
4. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
Tucked away amidst the hills of Kumaon in Uttarakhand , Munsiyari is a village surrounded by dense forests and mountains that are snow-capped during winters and lush green during the summers! River Goriganga is a must-visit for anyone & everyone, water babies or not. You can even trek to Milam Glaciers and Ralam Glaciers if you’re someone with an adventurous spirit.
Wildlife lovers can go on a snow leopard trek in the area. Check out Madkot, explore Birthi Falls, take part in skiing or just laze around in the sun reading a book or doing absolutely nothing – the beauty of the valleys will keep you enamored for days until you can come back refreshed and rejuvenated.
Best time to visit: March to June and September-October
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