Have you ever wished to live in the mountains? I know I have. Once in a while, our heart desires peace, and to just soak in the beauty of nature around. Do you know where you can find all of this? Amidst the enticing mountains of the Himalayas. There is nothing better than waking up in a small home surrounded by the majestic hills and the slightly chilly breeze that rejuvenates your soul. For this sole reason, I bring to you some of the most breathtaking villages of Indian Himalayas.
Cities like Shimla, Manali or Mussoorie got ruined due to urbanisation and thousands of tourists every year. But India’s soul lives in its small towns and villages that boasts an authentic way of life, with old-world charm, serenity and culture that has an unmatched beauty to it. Let’s take a walk, shall we?
1. Little Tibet of India – Kaza
Located in the Spiti Valley of Himachal, Kaza is also the capital of Lahaul and Spiti District. The wanderlust inside you will feel at peace. The snow-clad mountains, picturesque barren landscape and the flowing majestic rivers steal the hearts of every traveller ever setting a foot in this undiscovered town of Kaza. Monasteries, Gompas and other historic wonders add mystical beauty to this undiscovered town.
Today, this undiscovered town of Kaza is a wonderful blend of scenic beauty and unique ancient culture that will leave you in awe with its mystery. The best time to visit Kaza is in Summers, from June to September.
1. Tabo Monastery and Caves
2. Chandratal Lake
3. Key Monastery
2. Mini Israel of India – Kasol
Becoming popular among backpackers and trekkers lies the simple town of Himachal, Kasol. Commonly known as ‘Amsterdam of India’, the establishment of Kasol is along the banks of River Parvati. Many inhabitants of this town come from Israel. A lot of street signposts uses the Hebrew dialect.
Kasol has a significant number of cafes serving delicious food, especially Israeli. Among the snow-clad mountains and dense green forests, this quaint town will surely take your breath away.
1. Kheerganga Trek
2. Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
3. Malana Village
3. Hidden Paradise of Arunachal – Ziro
In the largest north-eastern state of India, Arunachal Pradesh, there is a hidden paradise known as the Ziro Valley. Apa Tani tribe lives and thrives here. Ziro remains to be the perfect place to relive in and reconnect with nature. Among the pine trees, layered paddy fields and the gorgeous backdrop of Eastern Himalayas sits this exotic valley. The tribe here worships nature god and earn their livelihood by making handicrafts and handloom products besides wetland cultivation.
While the tranquillity of this charming town makes it a soul seekers paradise, its the epitome of scenic beauty. It also entices innumerable nature lovers and photographers. The place is also great for adventure seekers too. Whether you want a soul-captivating trekking experience, a jungle camping fun or wildlife exploration, Ziro covers you in all aspects. Hence, why it goes up as one of the most breathtaking villages of Himalayas.
1. Kile Pakho
2. Dolo Mando
3. Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
4. God’s Own Garden – Mawlynnog
The road towards Mawlynnong passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Meghalaya. You’ll see forests, valleys, gorges and waterfalls. As you come closer to the village, the road will become narrow and the onset of bamboo forests will leave you in awe. And suddenly you’ll be in the village, which is even more beautiful than I can ever explain.
Mawlynnong offers some of the most picturesque natural beauty with lush green forests, crystal clear flow of rivers, an abundance of flowering orchids and extremely clean roads which makes this small village a worth visiting destination for tourists visiting Meghalaya. The most unique feature of this village is, however, the living roots bridge. The locals have directed a bridge of the living roots of the surrounding trees by shaping its growth. The other unique feature includes the delicious dishes made of bamboo shoots and cave exploration.
Voted as the cleanest village in 2003, this village promotes eco-tourism, an initiative by the state government and the town itself.
Best Places To Visit:
1. Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
2. Mawlynnong Waterfall
3. Church of Epiphany
5. Disappearing river island of Majuli
Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, a natural and pollution-free freshwater island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city and located 347 km from Guwahati. With a total area of 1250 sq. km, Majuli is the world’s largest river island and it attracts tourists from all over the world. The island can be reached only by ferries. It is believed that the people have adapted to the water habitat and some fishermen can hold their breath longer than the average human.
Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people consider it as one of the most breathtaking villages of Himalayas. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. It is also the epitome of neo-Vaishavinism in Assam.
The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and it is an exciting and interesting spectacle. Other than this, Majuli also offers activities like boat rides during the sunrise and exploring museums.
Best Places To Visit:
1. Kamlabari Satra
3. Dakhinpat Satra