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Most Beautiful Villages In India

On the far side of the buzzing metropolitans and symbolic landmarks lies a different India in it’s villages, a slower one with twice the heart and soul, untouched and unexplored. Amidst these quaint offbeat hamlets, you will come across the most humble people with enchanting tales that will blow your mind. 

These serene villages are not just repositories of ancient customs and traditions but also a lively palette of natural magnificence, offering you an opportunity to encounter a completely different side of the Indian countryside. 

With travel trends around the world shifting from checklists to more authentic and off-the-beaten-path travels, here is a complete guide to some of the most beautiful villages in India that you must visit to get up, close, and personal with the country’s untouched beauty beyond the regurla tourist trail.


1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya


Mawlynong Village

Tucked amidst the picturesque hills of Meghalaya in the North-east, Mawlynnong is an experience not to be missed. Also known as ‘God’s Own Garden’, this picture-perfect village was conferred the title of  “cleanest village in Asia” in 2003. Boasting of stunning sceneries as far as the eyes can see, the tiny village is home to the world’s longest-living root bridge. Arguably, the most stunning rural paradise in India, Mawlynnong’s unique matrilineal society adds to the village’s cultural exceptionality, giving you an insight into its contemporary yet traditional way of life.

Recommended Experiences

  • Trek from Mawlynnong to the Living Root Bridge
  • Visit the Church of Epiphany
  • Take a dip in Mawlynnong Waterfall
  • See the uniqueness of Mawlynnong village

Best time to visit: October to March for pleasant weather.

How to reach: Fly to Shillong which is the nearest airport (is 90 km). A 3 hour drive from Shillong airport.

Where to stay: Plenty of cosy homestays in the area.

  • Odyssey Stays, Mawlynnong. 
  • Abode Of Clouds Resort 
  • Betelnut Resort 


2. Hampi, Karnataka


Hampi Karnataka

Hampi is home to the most magnificent Temples & Ruins from the 14th century – A recognized  UNESCO World Heritage Site, every corner of the city says a tale from the bygone era, Hampi, that is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the state. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Witness the marvelous architectural marvels of Virupaksa Temple, the Vittala Temple, Hampi market, and Elephant Stables.
  • Experience a Coracle ride, an important source of transportation since the 15th century
  • Go rock climbing

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: Hampi is well-connected by rail and road. The nearest airport, Hubli which is  a 3 hour drive from Hampi.

Where to stay: Several options in all price ranges.

  • Hampi Boulders
  • Evolve back, Hampi
  • Banana Tree Homestay
  • Wanderlust Hampiand Hotel 


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3. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh


Ziro Arunachal Pradesh

Immerse yourself in the undisturbed beauty of Ziro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to the legendary Apatani tribe noted for their facial tattoos and sustainable rice cultivation practices, this quaint little town offers a unique glimpse into one of the least explored cultures of India. Wander through the Plush fields, experience artistic magic at the Ziro Music Festival, and immerse yourself in nature.

Please note that an inner line permit for Indians and a Protected Area Permit for foreigners is required to visit Ziro.

Recommended Experiences

  • Book a local guide to explore Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ziro Festival of Music (dates vary but mostly in September or October)
  • Visit the Apatani Tribe with a local tour operator

Best time to visit: March to October

How to reach: Lila Bari is the nearest airport to Ziro  which is about 3 Hours drive.

Where to stay:

  • Ziro Valley Resort
  • Siiro Resort
  • Diagru Eco Resort 


4. Diskit, Ladakh


Diskit Ladakh

The land of high passes LADHAK is one of the the most stunning landscapes in the world, Nestled at 10000 feet in the lap of the Himalayas it features some of the most picturesque locations like the Nubra Valley.

In Ladhak Diskit is easily one of the most charming villages in India. Depicting north India’s serene beauty and cultural diversity, this little village is known for its breathtaking landscapes, from the stark deserts to the greenery to the glistening Shyok River. But, the main attraction is the Diskit Monastery perched atop a towering hill with the imposing Maitreya Buddha statue as its key feature.

Recommended Experiences

  • Visit the Diskit Monastery for spiritual solace and panoramic views of the Nubra Valley
  • Witness the grand Maitreya Buddha statue
  • Explore the Hunder Sand Dunes on a Bactrian camel safari

Best Time to Visit: June to September

How to Reach: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh is the nearest airport, it is 3.5 HRS drive from Diskit village.

Where to Stay: 

  • Nubra Ecolodge
  • Diskit Villa
  • Hotel Sten Del 


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5. Malana, Himachal Pradesh


Malana Himachal Pradesh

Hiding amidst the snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh, Malana is best known globally for its production of ‘Malana cream’, a type of hashish that is only found here. The little village is also often termed the ‘oldest democracy in the world’ because of its democratic practices and self-contained society that have been preserved for centuries. The spiritual essence of the place, combined with its traditional wooden houses showcasing the simplicity of rural life, makes Malana extremely appealing to tourists from around the world. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Explore the ancient village culture and unique democratic system
  • Trek through the scenic routes offering views of the Himalayas
  • Experience the Malana Cream, but be cautious of local laws

Best Time to Visit: May to August.

How to Reach: Bhuntar Airport is 50 km away from Malana. Buses and taxis are available from Kullu or Manali. 

Where to Stay: Suggested accommodation options in this area include

  • Dragon Guesthouse
  • Malana Gates
  • AYOYA Malana Resort.
  • You can also stay in a homestay in Jari for the real local experience.


6. Khimsar, Rajasthan


Khimsar Rajasthan

Lesser known than its busier and bigger counterparts such as Jaipur and Jodhpur, Khimsar is an actual hidden gem offering you an outstanding combination of history, traditions, and natural landscapes. Located on the brim of the vast Thar Desert, the village is an authentic journey into the heart of rural India. Aside from its obvious charm and undulating dunes, the main highlight here is the 16th-century Khimsar Fort, an ancient palace turned into a luxury hotel.

Recommended Experiences

  • Explore the Khimsar Fort and Sand Dunes
  • Enjoy a desert safari
  • Experience the rural lifestyle of Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

How to Reach: Jodhpur Airport is the closest to Khimsar. And, the closest major railhead is also Jodhpur. Buses and taxis are frequently available too.

Where to Stay: 

  • Khimsar Sand Dunes Village
  • WelcomHeritage Khimsar Sand Dunes Resort
  • Khimsar Fort


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7. Majuli, Assam


Majuli Assam

Nestled in the heart of River Brahmaputra, Majuli has been awarded the title of the largest river island in the world. A canvas of Assam’s rich culture and unparalleled beauty. Majuli is best known for its satras – monastic centers that conserve the area’s customary dance, music, and other such art forms. Despite the many sustainable practices, the village’s landscape is a testament to resilience and harmony against its annual floods. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Visit the Satras to experience the unique Neo-Vaishnavite culture
  • Enjoy traditional Mising tribe dances and cuisine
  • Explore the island’s biodiversity on a bicycle

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

How to Reach: Jorhat Airport, at 37.3 km, is the closest. From here, take a ferry ride from Nimati Ghat to get to Majuli

Where to Stay: 

  • Dekasang Majuli
  • River Wind Cottage
  • Okegiga Homes, Majuli 


8. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand


Munsiyari Uttarakhand

A gateway to the Himalayas, Munsiyari is one of the most beautiful villages in India for its remarkable views of the Panchachuli Peaks. Located in the upper Uttarakhand area, this splendid community is a haven for nature lovers, trekkers, birdwatchers, and just about anyone who seeks peace in solitude. Imagine a postcard-perfect village surrounded by dense forests, alpine lakes, and gushing rivers coupled with speckled flora and fauna. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Trek to Khaliya Top for breathtaking Himalayan views
  • Visit the Nanda Devi Temple
  • Explore the Thamri Kund

Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to November.

How to Reach: There are no major airports nearby. Kathgodam and Tanakpur Railway Station are the nearest railheads. You can also get buses and taxis from Almora and Pithoragarh.

Where to Stay: KMVN Tourist Rest House, Jayanti Mother Nature Homestay, and Himalayan Glamping are highly suggested.


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9. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh


Kalpa Himachal Pradesh

The little village of Kalpa is much more than just pretty; it’s the epitome of everything that Kinnaur district has to offer, from its striking apple orchards and views of the sun rising over the Kailash Mountain range to traditional Kinnauri wooden carvings to its century-old legends. Once a completely offbeat location, the town has been emerging as a popular tourist destination over the past few years. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Witness the Kinnaur Kailash range at sunrise
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples
  • Visit the Roghi Village for its traditional Kinnauri lifestyle

Best Time to Visit: June to September.

How to Reach: Shimla Airport is well-connected to major cities in the country. It is also accessible by buses and trains from Delhi. Once here, take a bus or taxi to Kalpa.

Where to Stay: Echor – The Alpine Crest, HPTDC Hotel The Kinner Kailash, and Hotel Rollingrang, Kalpa are popular in the area


10. Khonoma, Nagaland


Khonoma Nagaland

Famed as India’s first “green village”, Khonoma is a testimony to Nagaland’s rich heritage and sustainable living practices. Respect for wildlife and Mother Nature runs deep into the Naga tribes, making this beautiful village a one-of-a-kind eco-tourism spot. The beautiful terraced fields and plush greenery of Khonoma are home to boundless flora and fauna. The conventional morungs (youth dormitories) and the tribe’s efforts in preservation make Khonoma an inspiration for enthusiasts of cultural preservation and environmental stewardship.

Recommended Experiences

  • Explore the terraced fields following sustainable agricultural practices
  • Visit the Khonoma Fort
  • Experience the rich Angami tribal culture

Best Time to Visit: October to May.

How to Reach: Arrive at Dimapur Airport and drive from Kohima

Where to Stay:  Native Stories, Niraamaya Retreats Aradura, Kohima, and Dovipie Inn are some well-known properties in and around the area


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11. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh


Bir Billing Himachal Pradesh

If adventure sports are your thing, you absolutely can’t miss paying a visit to the ‘paragliding capital of India’ – Bir Billing. Home to a vibrant Tibetan community, this little Himachali town is a paradisiacal retreat for adrenaline junkies as well as those looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle-bustle of their fast city life. For best experience, consider booking a stay that offers spectacular view of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar ranges, 

Recommended Experiences

  • Enjoy paragliding from Billing to Bir
  • Visit the Tibetan Colony and monasteries
  • Go trekking in the surrounding mountains

Best Time to Visit: March to May for paragliding, although September to November is also good.

How to Reach: The nearest major international airport is New Delhi. Numerous buses operate between Delhi and Bir. You can also hire a private taxi. 

Where to Stay: Some of the popular places of stay include The Autumn Home – Café and Homestay, The Himaal, Zostel Plus, and the Hosteller


12. Nako, Lahaul Spiti


Nako Lahaul Spiti

One of the most underrated and untouched little villages in India, Nako gives you a chance to embrace the rugged beauty of the Indian Himalayas in all its might. A tranquil retreat for those looking to disconnect from the usual humdrum of life and recharge, Nako is most popular for its namesake lake, Nako Lake which is characterized by its reflecting waters and surrounding poplar and willow trees. Another popular attraction in this serene Buddhist village is the Nako Monastery, bejeweled with elaborate sculptures and murals. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Visit the Nako Lake and Nako Monastery
  • Enjoy the serene walks through the village
  • Explore the nearby Reo Purgyil, the highest mountain in Himachal Pradesh

Best Time to Visit: May to September.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Bhuntar, Kullu. However, the most recommended is to fly into Delhi Airport. Once in Delhi, you can either take a train to Kalka or a bus to Reckong Peo so you can take a bus or taxi for Nako.

Where to Stay: Lake View Hotel & Restaurant, Rikpa Home Stay, and Hotel Reo Purguil are quite famous in the area. If you want to experience staying in a traditional mud house, you can also try Amar Homestay. 


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13. Poovar, Kerala


Poovar Kerala

Situated in the southern tip of Kerala, Poovar is a coastal village where the land converges with the sea and river, engulfed by an unmatched tropical charisma. Known for its famous backwaters, an uncountable grove of swaying coconut trees, and golden sand beaches, a boat ride through the waters of Poovar blesses you with an unusual glimpse of southern India’s rustic life, exotic habitation, and plush greenery. For a unique stay, consider one of the many floating resorts and cottages.

Recommended Experiences

  • Enjoy a backwater cruise
  • Visit the Poovar Beach
  • Explore the nearby fishing village

Best Time to Visit: September to March.

How to Reach: Thiruvananthapuram Airport, Kerala, at 30 km, is the closest airport to Poovar. Alternatively, you can also take a train to Thiruvananthapuram. From here, there are buses and taxis easily available. 

Where to Stay: Poovar Island Resort, Leela Backwaters Inn, and Over the Hill are a few well-known accommodation options


14. Zuluk, Sikkim


Zuluk Sikkim

Another truly offbeat location, Zuluk is a tiny hamlet in the center of the Eastern Himalayas that attracts visitors seeking unique experiences. Once an important transit on the historically significant Silk Route, the cute little town is now visited for its winding roads, spell-binding views of snow-capped peaks, and mind-numbing beauty. Make sure you stay at a hotel that offers rooms from where you can catch a glimpse of the sun rising over the majestic Kanchenjunga Mountain. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Witness the zigzag roads and enjoy breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Explore the historic Thambi View Point
  • Experience the local wildlife and flora at the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit: August to September for the wildflowers, December to February for snow.

How to Reach: At a distance of 140 km, Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest properly connected airport. Alternatively, you can arrive at Jew Jalpaiguri Railway Station. From either place, you can either rent a private taxi or get on a shared jeep to Zuluk.

Where to Stay: A few popular stay options in this quaint village include Eco Log Hut Resort, Ashraya Boutique Homestay, and Snow Lion Resort


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15. Yana, Karnataka


Yana Karnataka

Set against the backdrop of the Sahyadri Mountains, Yana is known for its unusually ginormous geological black limestone rock formations and dense foliage of the Western Ghats that covers this village in a thousand shades of green. Home to an ancient Shiva Temple tucked within the Yana Caves, the village is also an important pilgrimage site. A popular location for trekkers and nature lovers, Yana is an outstanding mix of spirituality and nature’s allure.

Recommended Experiences

  • Explore the unique rock formations of Yana
  • Trek through the lush forests surrounding the village
  • Visit the Vibhuti Falls nearby

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

How to Reach: Hubli is the closest airport, but Dabolim is a better choice. The nearest railhead is Kumta from where you can take a bus or a taxi.

Where to stay: The Seventh Heaven Resort & Ocean Stays, Nirvana Nature Bamboo Cottages, and Blue Ocean Sands are some great choices to consider.


Frequently Asked Questions


Which is the most beautiful village in India?


It is not just difficult but impossible to pinpoint a single village as the most beautiful village in India. However, Malana and Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, Gokarna in Karnataka, and Khonoma in Nagaland can be regarded as some of the prettiest ones. 


Which state has the best villages in India?


Himachal Pradesh in North India is often revered as the state with some of the best villages in India. The state is home to many serene mountain villages. some of which are becoming quite popular tourist destinations. Malana, Kalpa, Bir Billing, Chitkul, Kasol, and Dharamsala are a few examples.


Which village is very clean in India?


Most Indian villages are comparatively cleaner than the big cities. However, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya has to be the cleanest one. This tiny village has been awarded the title of the ‘cleanest village in Asia’. Its eco-conscious community and effective waste management system make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.

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