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15+ One-Of-A-Kind Villages In India That Will Make For A Compelling Travel Itinerary

Polka Café logo Polka Café 04-08-2017 Vandana Das

Tired of the usual lavish holiday destinations? How about walking on mud roads with small houses here and there, minus the vehicular pollution; breathing the most purest air; spending the night under the star lit sky and eating the most scrumptious yet simple meal prepared with organically grown veggies; if this excites you then you should head towards these villages. Also, the work that a few of these villages are doing for themselves is something that we all should know. So, stop fretting about proper roads, electricity, poor sanitation or the hygiene there, as most of the Indian villages are way better than the metros and we are not kidding. Read on to find out.

First Village To Receive Sunlight In The Country - Dong

Imagine waking up to the first sunrise in the country! This easternmost human settlement in India, somewhere near the point where India, Myanmar and China meet, is a must-visit village for a unique experience. Get ready to see the sun rise from behind the mountains at the earliest (around 5:55 am) and also set away soon (around 4:30 pm) in the evening. Apart from this the place has got a lot many things to do in and around, like rafting, mountaineering, visiting monasteries, taking bath in medicinal hot springs or just lazing around enjoying the village culture and hospitality of the Meyor tribe there.How To Reach: 200 kms from Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. Buses are available (Timely).Where To Stay: There are very limited home stays and guest houses available.When To Visit: Ideal during the winters.Approximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 1,000: First Village To Receive Sunlight In The Country - Dong © Paradise Unexplored - Northeast India First Village To Receive Sunlight In The Country - Dong

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Imagine waking up to the first sunrise in the country! This easternmost human settlement in India, somewhere near the point where India, Myanmar and China meet, is a must-visit village for a unique experience. Get ready to see the sun rise from behind the mountains at the earliest (around 5:55 am) and also set away soon (around 4:30 pm) in the evening. Apart from this the place has got a lot many things to do in and around, like rafting, mountaineering, visiting monasteries, taking bath in medicinal hot springs or just lazing around enjoying the village culture and hospitality of the Meyor tribe there.

How To Reach: 200 kms from Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. Buses are available (Timely).

Where To Stay: There are very limited home stays and guest houses available.

When To Visit: Ideal during the winters.

Approximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 1,000 

Cleanest Village In Asia - Mawlynnong

This place is in news for all the right reasons; for being the cleanest village not only in India but throughout Asia. This magical paradise is also called 'God’s own Garden'. This well organised village has greenery all around and is free of debris or any kind of clutter.How To Reach: Around 80 kms from Shillong. You can take a bus or hire a taxi.Where To Stay: Home stays are available with basic facilities and amazing food.When To Visit: Anytime during the year. But avoid peak monsoon.Approximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 2,000: Cleanest Village In Asia - Mawlynnong © pinterest Cleanest Village In Asia - Mawlynnong

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This place is in news for all the right reasons; for being the cleanest village not only in India but throughout Asia. This magical paradise is also called 'God’s own Garden'. This well organised village has greenery all around and is free of debris or any kind of clutter.

How To Reach:  Around 80 kms from Shillong. You can take a bus or hire a taxi.

Where To Stay: Home stays are available with basic facilities and amazing food.

When To Visit: Anytime during the year. But avoid peak monsoon.

Approximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 2,000

Probably One Of The Safest Villages - Shani Shingnapur

Safest in the sense that the houses here have no doors attached to them. The houses and shops here are always left unlocked as the locals believe that Lord Shani, the God of Saturn, is always with them, as their guardian.How To Reach: Easily accessible from Shirdi by road.Where To Stay: This place has got very few accommodation options so it’s best to visit the place during the day and stay at Shirdi instead. When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 2,000: Probably One Of The Safest Villages - Shani Shingnapur © shanidev Probably One Of The Safest Villages - Shani Shingnapur

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Safest in the sense that the houses here have no doors attached to them. The houses and shops here are always left unlocked as the locals believe that Lord Shani, the God of Saturn, is always with them, as their guardian.

How To Reach: Easily accessible from Shirdi by road.

Where To Stay: This place has got very few accommodation options so it’s best to visit the place during the day and stay at Shirdi instead. 

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost Per Night: Rs. 2,000

Most Literate Village In Asia - Dhorra Mafi

The Dhorra Mafi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district has successfully broken the stereotypical image that we have of Indian villages. With all the basic amenities, this place has got a good number of English medium schools and colleges and with a 75 per cent literacy rate. How To Reach: Easily accessible from AligarhWhere To Stay: It’s better to stay at Aligarh. This place is ideal for a one day trip.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person: Most Literate Village In Asia - Dhorra Mafi © Pure Heart Missions Most Literate Village In Asia - Dhorra Mafi

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The Dhorra Mafi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district has successfully broken the stereotypical image that we have of Indian villages. With all the basic amenities, this place has got a good number of English medium schools and colleges and with a 75 per cent literacy rate. 

How To Reach: Easily accessible from Aligarh

Where To Stay: It’s better to stay at Aligarh. This place is ideal for a one day trip.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person

Fully Solar Powered Village - Dharnai, Bihar

This place was in darkness for more than 30 years and then the residents did something that made this place an energy-independent village. Dharnai is a completely solar powered driven village, serving both household and commercial institutions with a solar powered micro grid that provides 24/7 electricity. Impressive, isn’t it?How To Reach: Located at Jehanabad district, Bihar. Jehanabad and Gaya (26 kms) junction are the nearest stations.When To Visit: AnytimeWhere To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Fully Solar Powered Village - Dharnai, Bihar © green peace Fully Solar Powered Village - Dharnai, Bihar

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This place was in darkness for more than 30 years and then the residents did something that made this place an energy-independent village. Dharnai is a completely solar powered driven village, serving both household and commercial institutions with a solar powered micro grid that provides 24/7 electricity. Impressive, isn’t it?

How To Reach: Located at Jehanabad district, Bihar. Jehanabad and Gaya (26 kms) junction are the nearest stations.

When To Visit: Anytime

Where To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Most Hi-Tech Village - Punsari

If you are worried about no network signal or no Internet connection in your devices then you better visit this place. CCTV cameras, AC classrooms, WiFi optic fiber broadband, mini bus transport, this village in Gujarat has got everything that will put it under the most hi-tech village category in the country.Where: Located in Sabarkantha district, Gujarat.How To Reach: Can be accessed from Ahmedabad, 74 kms from Punsari by road. Also Dhansura is the nearest railway station.When To Visit: Anytime Where To Stay: Located in Sabarkantha district in the State of Gujarat, around 80 km from the state capital, Gandhinagar.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Most Hi-Tech Village - Punsari © the creativity mission Most Hi-Tech Village - Punsari

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If you are worried about no network signal or no Internet connection in your devices then you better visit this place. CCTV cameras, AC classrooms, WiFi optic fiber broadband, mini bus transport, this village in Gujarat has got everything that will put it under the most hi-tech village category in the country.

Where: Located in Sabarkantha district, Gujarat.

How To Reach: Can be accessed from Ahmedabad, 74 kms from Punsari by road. Also Dhansura is the nearest railway station.

When To Visit: Anytime 

Where To Stay: Located in Sabarkantha district in the State of Gujarat, around 80 km from the state capital, Gandhinagar.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Richest Village - Hiware Bazar

So you thought there aren’t any millionaires in a village? Well, then update yourself because this place in Maharashtra has got around sixty millionaires. In fact, you will rarely find any family here who are living below the poverty line.How To Reach: 20 kms from Ahmednagar by road.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Richest Village - Hiware Bazar © hiware-bazar Richest Village - Hiware Bazar

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So you thought there aren’t any millionaires in a village? Well, then update yourself because this place in Maharashtra has got around sixty millionaires. In fact, you will rarely find any family here who are living below the poverty line.

How To Reach: 20 kms from Ahmednagar by road.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

First Green Village - Khonoma, Nagaland

Khonoma, located in Dzukou valley, is truly a heaven with greenery all around. This place has become India’s first green village, where hunting and cutting trees are prohibited. This place is also famous for its unique form of agriculture - the oldest terraced cultivation. Khonomaians from all over visit this place on September 1, which is celebrated as the village’s birthday.How To Reach: Reach Dimapur by road or by air, then head towards Kohima by road. Khonoma is 20kms from Kohima. Where To Stay: Very limited Homestays available. It’s better to stay in Kohima. Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: First Green Village - Khonoma, Nagaland © northeast tourism First Green Village - Khonoma, Nagaland

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Khonoma, located in Dzukou valley, is truly a heaven with greenery all around. This place has become India’s first green village, where hunting and cutting trees are prohibited. This place is also famous for its unique form of agriculture - the oldest terraced cultivation. Khonomaians from all over visit this place on September 1, which is celebrated as the village’s birthday.

How To Reach: Reach Dimapur by road or by air, then head towards Kohima by road. Khonoma is 20kms from Kohima. 

Where To Stay: Very limited Homestays available. It’s better to stay in Kohima. 

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

The Athletic Village - Kila Raipur

This being one of the rarest villages in Ludhiana district, Punjab, where the annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival, also called as India’s Rural Olympics, is held. Generally held in the month of February, this three-day festival witnesses some of the quirkiest events, which are sure to leave you mesmerised. From bullock cart race/ tractor race, tug of war to dragging a car/tractor by teeth, this Rural Olympic in Kila Raipur is certainly not for the faint hearted.How To Reach: Kila Raipur, is 15 kms from Ludhiana by road.Where To Stay: Stay in Ludhiana.When To Visit: Visit in February when the Rural Olympics is held.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: The Athletic Village - Kila Raipur © 4 to 40 The Athletic Village - Kila Raipur

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This being one of the rarest villages in Ludhiana district, Punjab, where the annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival, also called as India’s Rural Olympics, is held. Generally held in the month of February, this three-day festival witnesses some of the quirkiest events, which are sure to leave you mesmerised. From bullock cart race/ tractor race, tug of war to dragging a car/tractor by teeth, this Rural Olympic in Kila Raipur is certainly not for the faint hearted.

How To Reach: Kila Raipur, is 15 kms from Ludhiana by road.

Where To Stay: Stay in Ludhiana.

When To Visit: Visit in February when the Rural Olympics is held.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

111 Trees For Every Girl Child Born - Piplantri

At a time when in the cities the birth of a gild child sometimes is still not celebrated, this village in Rajasthan celebrates by planting 111 trees for each of them born. The idea is to nurture the trees so as to secure the girl’s future. Also, for the girls financial security the ex-sarpanch of the village has made it mandatory for the villagers to contribute Rs. 21,000 collectively and Rs. 10,000 from the parents, and put the same in a fixed deposit, which can only be taken when the girl attains the age of 20. A noble thought, right?How To Reach: Udaipur, 64 kms from Piplantri is the nearest major railway station.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: 111 Trees For Every Girl Child Born - Piplantri © shabd-ke- pare.blogspot.in 111 Trees For Every Girl Child Born - Piplantri

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At a time when in the cities the birth of a gild child sometimes is still not celebrated, this village in Rajasthan celebrates by planting 111 trees for each of them born. The idea is to nurture the trees so as to secure the girl’s future. Also, for the girls financial security the ex-sarpanch of the village has made it mandatory for the villagers to contribute Rs. 21,000 collectively and Rs. 10,000 from the parents, and put the same in a fixed deposit, which can only be taken when the girl attains the age of 20. A noble thought, right?

How To Reach: Udaipur, 64 kms from Piplantri is the nearest major railway station.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Almost Every Villager Is An Artist - Raghurajpur

This village in Odisha was declared as the state's first heritage village in the year 2000. This place is famed for the Pattachitra art, the traditional cloth-based painting apart from palm leaf engravings, tribal painting, paper mache toys, masks, wooden toys, sculptures, etc. The entire village dedicatedly is working towards conserving this rare piece of art. Even today a certain ritual of the annual held Rath Yatra at The Puri Jagannath temple is incomplete without the Pattachitra. How To Reach: This place is located 14 kms from Puri. One can take Bhubaneshwar road from Puri and reach Chandanpur. This village is around 1.5 kms from Chandanpur.When To Visit: AnytimeWhere To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip. Puri is the best option to stay.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Almost Every Villager Is An Artist - Raghurajpur © gaatha Almost Every Villager Is An Artist - Raghurajpur

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This village in Odisha was declared as the state's first heritage village in the year 2000. This place is famed for the Pattachitra art, the traditional cloth-based painting apart from palm leaf engravings, tribal painting, paper mache toys, masks, wooden toys, sculptures, etc. The entire village dedicatedly is working towards conserving this rare piece of art. Even today a certain ritual of the annual held Rath Yatra at The Puri Jagannath temple is incomplete without the Pattachitra

How To Reach: This place is located 14 kms from Puri. One can take Bhubaneshwar road from Puri and reach Chandanpur. This village is around 1.5 kms from Chandanpur.

When To Visit: Anytime

Where To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip. Puri is the best option to stay.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Village That Houses Some Of The Country’s Semi-Literate Solar Engineers - Tilonia

Barefoot college, started by activist and educationist Sanjit Bunker Roy, is working towards imparting training to hundreds of semi-literate villagers. It’s unbelievable that the foundation has managed to convert ghunghat-clad housewives, blacksmiths, masons, and farmers into solar engineers, who are well aware of how to install and repair a light installation. Healthcare, education, handicraft, water conservation are a few of the other areas where the villagers are trained. This institution now has spread its wings to other counties and has also set up a centre in Tanzania and educating women’s under the name “Solar Mamas”.How To Reach: It is located in Ajmer district, Rajasthan. Tilonia railway station is in between Jaipur-Ajmer railway line. Jaipur, which is around 115 kms from Tilonia is the nearest airport.When To Visit: AnytimeWhere To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip. However, Ajmer which is 35kms from Tilonia can be an ideal place to stay.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Village That Houses Some Of The Country’s Semi-Literate Solar Engineers - Tilonia © the third pole Village That Houses Some Of The Country’s Semi-Literate Solar Engineers - Tilonia

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Barefoot college, started by activist and educationist Sanjit Bunker Roy, is working towards imparting training to hundreds of semi-literate villagers. It’s unbelievable that the foundation has managed to convert ghunghat-clad housewives, blacksmiths, masons, and farmers into solar engineers, who are well aware of how to install and repair a light installation. Healthcare, education, handicraft, water conservation are a few of the other areas where the villagers are trained. This institution now has spread its wings to other counties and has also set up a centre in Tanzania and educating women’s under the name “Solar Mamas”.

How To Reach: It is located in Ajmer district, Rajasthan. Tilonia railway station is in between Jaipur-Ajmer railway line. Jaipur, which is around 115 kms from Tilonia is the nearest airport.

When To Visit: Anytime

Where To Stay: This place is ideal for a one day trip. However, Ajmer which is 35kms from Tilonia can be an ideal place to stay.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

The Sanskrit Speaking Village - Mattur

This village is doing its best in conserving one of the oldest languages of the past - Sanskrit. The villagers here lead a Vedic lifestyle, chanting and conversing in Sanskrit. This village is also called as the Sanskrit village. It has got a Pathshala, where students are taught about the language in a five-year course. The villagers are very much in contact with the increasing technology and lifestyle while they also converse in this ancient language. This village is also believed to have atleast one IT engineer in every house.Now this is impressive!How To Reach: Around 300kms from Bangalore, Mattur can be easily accessed via Shimoga, which is one of the main towns of Karnataka.Where To Stay: Guests houses are available in Shimoga. This place is ideal for a one day visit.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: The Sanskrit Speaking Village - Mattur © The Land Out There The Sanskrit Speaking Village - Mattur

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This village is doing its best in conserving one of the oldest languages of the past - Sanskrit. The villagers here lead a Vedic lifestyle, chanting and conversing in Sanskrit. This village is also called as the Sanskrit village. It has got a Pathshala, where students are taught about the language in a five-year course. The villagers are very much in contact with the increasing technology and lifestyle while they also converse in this ancient language. This village is also believed to have atleast one IT engineer in every house.

Now this is impressive!

How To Reach: Around 300kms from Bangalore, Mattur can be easily accessed via Shimoga, which is one of the main towns of Karnataka.

Where To Stay: Guests houses are available in Shimoga. This place is ideal for a one day visit.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

A Model Village - Kathewadi

Adopted by the Art of Living foundation, this village in the Nanded district of Maharashtra has been drastically transformed into a model village. From 70 per cent of the population who were alcoholic now the percentage is almost zero and the villagers are progressing towards development.How To Reach: This place is around 90 kms from Nanded railway station.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: A Model Village - Kathewadi © suvethagopal.blogspot.in A Model Village - Kathewadi

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Adopted by the Art of Living foundation, this village in the Nanded district of Maharashtra has been drastically transformed into a model village. From 70 per cent of the population who were alcoholic now the percentage is almost zero and the villagers are progressing towards development.

How To Reach: This place is around 90 kms from Nanded railway station.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

A Dream Village - Ralegan Siddhi

This once drought stricken village is now in news for all the right reasons. While the rest of Maharashtra was facing acute water shortage, this village has successfully remained water sufficient since four decades from now. All thanks to Anna Hazare and his way to tackle different obstacled ranging from poverty, drought, poor education, alcoholism, etc. The village has risen above all odds and has become an example for many. How To Reach: This place is located at a distance of around 100 kms from Mumbai and 87 kms from Pune. Nearest airport and railway station is Pune.When To Visit: AnytimeApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person: A Dream Village - Ralegan Siddhi © The Itch To Travel A Dream Village - Ralegan Siddhi

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This once drought stricken village is now in news for all the right reasons. While the rest of Maharashtra was facing acute water shortage, this village has successfully remained water sufficient since four decades from now. All thanks to Anna Hazare and his way to tackle different obstacled ranging from poverty, drought, poor education, alcoholism, etc. The village has risen above all odds and has become an example for many. 

How To Reach: This place is located at a distance of around 100 kms from Mumbai and 87 kms from Pune. Nearest airport and railway station is Pune.

When To Visit: Anytime

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person

Village With One Of The Easily Accessible Hot Water Springs - Panamik

This village located near Siachen glacier, is probably the only easily accessible sulphur hot water spring, which can cure rheumatism and other types of ailments. People from all over the country travel to this village for a dip in the hot water spring, which is situated at an altitude of about 10,442 feet above sea level.Where: 150 kms from Leh in Nubra Valley.How To Reach: This place is around 150 kms from Leh in Nubra Valley.Where To Stay: A good number of hotels and guest houses are available in Nubra Valley.When To Visit: Best time to visit this place is from June to September.Approximate Cost: Rs. 2,000 per person: Village With One Of The Easily Accessible Hot Water Springs - Panamik © Yogesh Sarkar Village With One Of The Easily Accessible Hot Water Springs - Panamik

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This village located near Siachen glacier, is probably the only easily accessible sulphur hot water spring, which can cure rheumatism and other types of ailments. People from all over the country travel to this village for a dip in the hot water spring, which is situated at an altitude of about 10,442 feet above sea level.

Where: 150 kms from Leh in Nubra Valley.

How To Reach: This place is around 150 kms from Leh in Nubra Valley.

Where To Stay: A good number of hotels and guest houses are available in Nubra Valley.

When To Visit: Best time to visit this place is from June to September.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 2,000 per person

The Turtle Breeding Village - Velas

Velas is doing its bit of protecting the olive ridley turtle, which were once a prime target for poachers. This village along with the help of an NGO is trying to protect the turtles and their habitat along the coastal areas. Here the eggs are collected and kept safely and again during the hatching season (Feb-March) released in the sea. It’s a sight to see and this season is celebrated as the turtle festival in Velas.How To Reach: Velas, is 230 kms from Mumbai, in Ratnagiri district. Reach Chiplun by train and then opt for a private vehicle.When To Visit: February to AprilApproximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: The Turtle Breeding Village - Velas © o pico da montanha The Turtle Breeding Village - Velas

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Velas is doing its bit of protecting the olive ridley turtle, which were once a prime target for poachers. This village along with the help of an NGO is trying to protect the turtles and their habitat along the coastal areas. Here the eggs are collected and kept safely and again during the hatching season (Feb-March) released in the sea. It’s a sight to see and this season is celebrated as the turtle festival in Velas.

How To Reach: Velas, is 230 kms from Mumbai, in Ratnagiri district. Reach Chiplun by train and then opt for a private vehicle.

When To Visit: February to April

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Kashmir Of South India - Lambasingi

It did snow in Andhra a few years ago, and this village has been the talk of the town because of this. This picturesque village is a must-visit during the winters because of its awesome climate and sightseeing, and also you never know you might be lucky to witness the snowfall again.How To Reach: Nearest airport is Visakhapatnam and easily accessible from Vizag as well. Nearest railway station is Chintapalli, which is 19 kms away.When To Visit: December to February.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.: Kashmir Of South India - Lambasingi © roadcrow.blogspot.in Kashmir Of South India - Lambasingi

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It did snow in Andhra a few years ago, and this village has been the talk of the town because of this. This picturesque village is a must-visit during the winters because of its awesome climate and sightseeing, and also you never know you might be lucky to witness the snowfall again.

How To Reach: Nearest airport is Visakhapatnam and easily accessible from Vizag as well. Nearest railway station is Chintapalli, which is 19 kms away.

When To Visit: December to February.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,000 per person.

Village With Firefly Festival - Purushwadi

Millions of fireflies light up the sky in this village in Maharashtra and it is a sight to behold. Every year Grassroute organises this festival along with the help of the locals and the itinerary is quite interesting as well. Apart from watching the twinkling fireflies dancing all around, jam sessions, bonfires, organic vegetarian lunch, ploughing the field, plucking mangoes, swimming in the river, etc, this village is a must-visit during the festival for an overall rustic experience.Where: Purushwadi, in the Akole block of Ahmednagar. About 220 kms from Mumbai, en-route Nashik.How To Reach: Purushwadi, in the Akole block of Ahmednagar. About 220 kms from Mumbai, en-route Nashik. When To Visit: May to first week of July, every weekend, depending on the rains.Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,500 per person.: Village With Firefly Festival - Purushwadi © Gautam Eunnay/ FB Page -Grassroute Village With Firefly Festival - Purushwadi

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Millions of fireflies light up the sky in this village in Maharashtra and it is a sight to behold. Every year Grassroute organises this festival along with the help of the locals and the itinerary is quite interesting as well. Apart from watching the twinkling fireflies dancing all around, jam sessions, bonfires, organic vegetarian lunch, ploughing the field, plucking mangoes, swimming in the river, etc, this village is a must-visit during the festival for an overall rustic experience.

Where: Purushwadi, in the Akole block of Ahmednagar. About 220 kms from Mumbai, en-route Nashik.

How To Reach: Purushwadi, in the Akole block of Ahmednagar. About 220 kms from Mumbai, en-route Nashik. 

When To Visit: May to first week of July, every weekend, depending on the rains.

Approximate Cost: Rs. 1,500 per person.

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