Rural Tourism: 5 Places to Visit in India for a Rich Village Life Experience | Travel

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Rural tourism is an important part of the tourism industry worldwide. From walking through verdant jungles to climbing mountains, many destinations rely on their rural tourism offerings to generate much-needed revenue for the local economy. Rural tourism can be defined as tourism which takes place in non-urbanized areas. Rural tourism is closely linked to the concept of sustainable tourism, given that it is intrinsically linked to green spaces and generally ecological forms of tourism, such as hiking or camping. To take a break from your chaotic life and the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities, rejuvenate your soul and glamorize your eyes by traveling to this peak Indian destination rich in greenery and sheltered from urbanization. (Also read: Top 5 of the most beautiful winter treks in India for snow lovers )



1. Mawlynnong: the cleanest village in Asia


Mawlynnong has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the village thanks to these 1,000 year old ones. (HT gallery)

In Meghalayan villages, living root bridges also known as sacred groves have aesthetic value. Mawlynnong has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the village thanks to these 1,000 year old ones. Their devotion to Mother Nature is evident in their pristine surroundings and famous bridges. There is a spiritual paradise here, which is why it is called “God’s own garden”. You can participate in local cleanup projects, hike, see Cherrapunji, and climb bamboo watchtowers.



2. Kutch: A wealthy village life


The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a beautiful destination to experience rich rural life. (Twitter/Gujarat News Department)

The Grand Rann of Kutch is located in Gujarat. You have the chance to explore the artisanal communities of this region, as well as the nearby famous salt desert. At Hodka’s Village Resort, they offer specially designed tents or mud houses to give visitors the feeling of living in a village and have western bathrooms attached. The charpai, a traditional woven bed, is another option for sleeping under the village sky.



3. Pipili: The arts and crafts village


The origin of the remarkable arts has often been in the villages. One of these art forms that has helped Pipili gain fame, recognition and tourism is applied art. (gettyimages)

The origin of the remarkable arts has often been in the villages. One of these art forms that has helped Pipili gain fame, recognition and tourism is applied art. The master craftsmen who annually create the canopy art for the Rath yatra at the Jagannath Temple have called Pipili home since the 10th century. Spend your free time browsing the many works of art, taking a tour, or even trying your hand at sconce art.



4. Spiti: An ecosphere paradise


A lesser known alternative to Leh and Ladakh is the Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. (photo HT)

A lesser known alternative to Leh and Ladakh is the Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. You can visit Buddhist monasteries, trek to villages, stay in homestays, go on yak safaris or even go to see the cultural performances that are periodically held there.



5. Chitrakote: Tribal life in Chhattisgarh


Visit Chitrakote, a small town in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, if you want to learn more about the vibrant and colorful tribal culture. (istockphoto)

Visit Chitrakote, a small town in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, if you want to learn more about the vibrant and colorful tribal culture. It is mainly known for the Chitrakoot waterfalls. The village offers a lot, including fun events, folk arts, crafts, and more. One of the most well-known sports that you would like to experience is Gocha, which involves bamboo weapons and fruits as ammunition. Also visit Danteshwari Shrine and Jagdalpur Palace.



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