Lush green fields, clean air, charpaai, mud houses, chulha, bright star-lit sky and charming yet simple people – this is what you get to see and experience in Indian villages. With time, even you must have noticed that this unique feel of villages is slowly waning. With villages trying to adapt to urban-culture, they have started to lose what makes them special. However, there a few villages that set examples to the entire nation and are way better than any metro in their own way.
If you have ever wondered why our nation is called ‘Incredible India’, here is a list of 9 villages that exemplify this term.
This sleepy town in the Mallappuram district of Kerala has been a mystery for scientists from across the globe. In a population of about 2000, this village has over 350 pairs of identical twins.
This means that every family in Kodinhi has at least one pair of twins! Mohammedpur Umri village near Allahabad also has a pretty similar tale to tell. Strange, isn’t it?
Nestled in the pristine East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, this heaven on earth is about 90 km from Shillong (close to Bangladesh border). Bamboo dustbins are installed across this cleanest Asian village. This village is so clean that you won’t spot even a single cigarette bud or plastic bag thrown on the roads.
Also, the breath-taking living roots in the area, which are often used as a passage over the streams will leave you mesmerized.
Nowadays, newspapers and news channels are flooded with stories of crime from every part of the nation, except Shani Shingnapur. Interestingly, this amazing village has never witnessed any incidence of crime. The village is known for its Shani temple and people have such strong faith in their God that they do not have any doors in their houses.
‘Stay away from cobras, they are highly poisonous and deadly’, isn’t this what we have been hearing all our lives. But a visit to the small village of Shetaphal would surely change your point of view.
Toddlers and young kids playing with poisonous snakes and every house with a rest-area for these potentially dangerous beings are a common sight here.
This small village in the state of Kerala was the first across the nation to achieve a 100% literacy rate. According to the 2011 census, all the 17,563 residents of this place were educated. This village has surely set an example and lead our country towards ‘education to all’.
From about 170 families living below poverty line in the year 1995 to almost nil by now, this village is an ideal model of incredible development for the entire nation. There are about 60 millionaires in this small village near Ahmednagar. Popat Rao Pawar (Sarpanch) is the man behind this dramatic transformation. He banned all the addictive substances in the village and encouraged villagers to invest in milch cattle as well as rain-water harvesting.
This role model village can easily troll the biggest Indian metros with the kind of facilities it offers. A round-the-clock Wi-Fi connectivity, solar-powered lamps, CCTV cameras in school, drinking water (20 litre) at a price of merely Rs. 4 along with an independent bus service are some of the facilities offered in this small village of Gujarat.
While the birth of a son is still favoured in our country, Piplantri, a small village in Rajasthan celebrates the birth of a girl child in its own unique way. By planting 111 trees every time a girl is born, this village not just offers an exceptionally inspiring story but also helps keep our planet green.
By developing its own solar-powered system to generate electricity, this small village in Bihar was able to beat 30 years of darkness. This development changed the lives of its 2400 residents; students can now study at night and women can fearlessly step-out of their homes.
I am sure this article will completely change your perception about Indian villages. There’s more to the villages than just mud houses and fields. They have a lot in store, just waiting to be explored!