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VILLAGE STAYS AND HOME STAY

Real India lives in village. Mud houses, dusty bridal paths, lush green fields, chirping birds, mud-plastered walls -- an Indian village is the true reflection of India’s rich culture and tradition. Far away from the hustle bustle of the city a trip to an Indian village always leaves you full of energy.

This is the reason over a period of time rural tourism has become extremely popular and more and more tourists are opting for village stays. Thus village tourism has slowly but steadily become an integral and vital part parcel of Indian tourism industry.

India has around six lac big or small villages with a population of around 70 crore. Each village has its own unique terrain, culture and tradition. These villages are away from the intricacies of urban lifestyle and life in a typical Indian village is easy going and village folks remain bonded to their deep rooted customs. Over the period of time Indian government and state governments have tried to encourage rural tourism by developing several sites. Some of them are Mandwa village of Rajasthan which is also known as the “open air gallery of Rajasthan. Mandwa is a desert village and dotted with some beautifully designed havellis or mansions. The best time to visit Mandwa is from September to February.

Kinnaur Village in Himachal Pradesh is another prominent destination in India that serves as popular site for village tourism. This hilly village of Himachal Pradesh is nestled among the great heights of Himalayas. Kinnaur has ample of soft and hard trekking routes and orchards of apples, peaches. The best time to visit Kinnaur is from May to October.
Durgapur Village in Assam is located in the North-eastern state of Assam and very close to Kaziranga National park. It is a unique village. In this village, almost 70 families are trained by the State Tourism Board to look after the needs of tourist who comes here to enjoy a memorable village vacation in India. Durgapur village is also famed to reflect the local Assamese culture.
Besides several rural fairs such as Pushkar mela of Ajmer, the Desert Festival at Jaisalmer, the Kumbh Mela, Navchandi mela in Meerut, Shantinekatan Mela in Bolpur are becoming extremely popular destinations in the rural tourism sector.
A trip to an Indian village can be extremely rewarding experience. There are several village stays which organize various types of tasks for the guest. These may include tree plantation, composting, cow mulching or nature workshop.
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