Travelling in India is like a roller-coaster ride, thrilling and unforgettable. With over 7 lakh villages, India has something to offer unique and unusual. The breathtaking scenic beauty, mountains, historical monuments, fauna, adventure sports, beaches, luxury hotels, a fulfillment for all the senses. The experience will leave you astonished because India’s every part, there’s so much to get surprised of. India is called Incredible India for a reason. This wonderful land is riddled with more mysteries and astonishing things that anyone could ever imagine.
India is full of surprises; something unique, something weird and something unusual. Every corner of India has something that will make your jaws open and you speechless.
- Kuldhara, a village with no inhabitants, Rajasthan:
Kuldhara nestled 20 kilometers to the west of the desert town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. It stands desolate and an uncanny silence prevails all around. This village was abandoned by its people 200 years ago. Kuldhara today is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site.
- Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of India, Meghalaya:
The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnong Village is also known as God’s Own Garden and for all the right reasons. In 2003, Mawlynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India. Apart from cleanliness, the village has achieved an all-round women empowerment and a 100 percent literacy rate. These achievements are unique as the rest of the Indian villages can only dream of such. In here, the children of the family get their mother’s surname, and the wealth is passed down from the mother to the youngest daughter of the family.
- Punsari, the village with all modern amenities, Gujarat:
When we talk about a typical Indian village, images of mud houses, narrow potholed streets, with no drainage system and no running water conjures up. Unless one is talking about Punsari – a village of 6,000 in Sabarkantha district, some 90km (56 miles) from the western city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state. Punsari has been transmuted into a “model village” by the state government and its young village headman, Himanshu Patel, who proudly states that his village offers “the amenities of a city but the spirit of a village”.
Every home in the village is equipped with toilets and running water, there are two primary schools, a primary health center, street lights and a drainage system. And that’s not all, the entire village is CCTV enabled and over 140 loudspeakers are installed all over the village.
- Kodinhi, the village of twins, Kerala:
Kodinhi, a sleepy village in Kerala’s Malappuram district, continues to be a mystery to researchers. This village has the largest number of twins in the country. According to a report, there are at least 400 pairs of twins in the village that has a population of 2000 families.
- Jambur, a village of African origin, Gujarat:
In the village of Jambur near Gir in the heart of Gujarat, it was indeed strange to stumble upon a community that was African in origin but Gujarati in speech and comportment. If it wasn’t for the squalor, one would have mistaken it for Soweto or Mombasa.
- Mattur, Sanskrit speaking village, Karnataka:
Mattur is a quaint village in Karnataka. It is located at a distance of about 8 km from Shimoga (Shivamogga) on the banks of River Tunga. Mattur is famous as the ‘Sanskrit village’ of India. It is the only village in India where a major population of residents uses Sanskrit as the primary medium of communication.
- Barwaan Kala, bachelor’s village, Bihar:
The Bachelor’s village of Barwaan Kala is located in the heart of the Kaimur Hills, west Bihar. It is the home of some 121 bachelors between the ages of 16 and 80.
Since the village is so remote and there are no decent roads to allow outsiders to travel to and from the village, it has become known locally as the “Village of Unmarried People”.
- Shetphal, houses with resting place for snakes, Maharashtra:
Shocking but true, that’s what happens in the remote village of Shetphal, which is located at the Mohol Taluka of Sholapur District, Maharashtra. This village with a very small population of 2650 plus, is about 200 km away from Pune. The origin of worshiping snakes in this village is not yet known, but still, people have a special place for these reptiles in their hearts and houses. Every house has a designated place for snakes to come and rest.
- Shani Shignapur, village without doors, Maharashtra:
In the ages long history of the village, there has not been a single incident of theft, riots, murder or rape. Nobody from the village has ever gone to a home for the aged. Nor has there been a single complaint lodged in a police station.
There is no liquor, gambling or non-vegetarian food here.
- Dhokda, Milk for free, Gujarat:
Renowned for its white revolution, nestled in Kutch district of Gujarat, Dhokda is a special village where dairy products are not sold. Instead of selling, the milk and its products are given free to those who do not rear cows and buffaloes.
Most villagers in Dhokda, which has a population of 5,000, rear cattle. Any extra milk is made into curd for buttermilk, which is distributed free to residents as well as people from neighbouring villages. Some 90 families get their fill of buttermilk, a must-have drink with lunch and dinner in the arid area, from Dhokda.