When you are a traveller at heart, you don’t get easily satisfied with the conventional destinations. India offers a variety of experiences when it comes to tourism. While hill stations, pilgrimage and beaches hold onto the maximum number of tourists, there are some offbeat locations too that have the ability to capture your heart and mind. This is where rural tourism comes into picture. Being home to several villages, India forms a great spot for showcasing the numerous facets of rural culture. The term rural tourism deals with visiting, experiencing and involving oneself in the activities of rural areas.
A traveller can expect the following while exploring rural India:
- Local lifestyle, culture and traditions
- Sparse population with strong bonding
- Natural surroundings
- Usage of colloquial language
- An insight into Indian agriculture
Let’s take a look at the common rural destinations in India:
This state is well-known for its deep-rooted culture and traditions. The lip-smacking Rajasthani cuisine is famous all over the country. People from India and abroad come over to witness the hospitality of this colourful and vibrant state.
After you’re done with the princely tour at Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, do come down to Mandawa village. It gives you an enthralling view of a typical Rajasthani livelihood. Dance around with the locals – the folk dances and the costumes are definitely a delight to one’s eyes.
Some other destinations to look out for in and around Udaipur include:
Read our Rajasthan Travel Guide to know more.
2. Himachal Pradesh
A traditional hill life is what you can find best in a village. The hills have a number of tribes living in small little parts. Their embroidery work and handicrafts have charmed people since ages. A lot of travellers visit Himachal to experience some spectacular views and candid moments. A visit to one of their villages will add on a twist to your regular holiday in the hills. Interact with the locals, stay in their huts known as bhungas, watch flamingoes and other wildlife and savour the sumptuous traditional food. Habitats around Sangla Valley and Hangrang Valley are going to be your best bet in this state. A walk through the Spiti, the cold mountain desert of Himachal Pradesh will leave you speechless.
This state is home to several tribes and a view of the tribal rural tourism in this state is an experience you never thought you’d have. Popular folk dances and woodcraft by these tribes have everyone in awe. Chitrakote is the best destination for rural tourism in Chattisgarh. Witness the Chitrakoot waterfalls, Jagdalpur Palace and Danteshwari Temple located in its vicinity. Goncha – an activity that uses bamboo guns and fruits as weapons is as interesting to watch as it is to do.
4. North-East India
The seven sisters of India have a lot to offer when it comes to rural tourism. Most dwellings are of the Buddhists or few other local tribes. These states have the potential to provide you an experience like never before. Shyam Gaon situated in the district of Jorhat in Assam is an interesting spot to visit wherein you’ll find Khamyang tribals, the followers if Theravada Buddhishm. Few more locations to consider inorder to explre rural India include:
- Adi Village, Pasighat
- Hillmiri Village
- Tagin Village in Daporijo
- Lachen, SIkkim
India is melting point of cultures and traditions and offers diversity in rural tourism too. Explore rural India in the form of some amazing destinations like Gadaba and Malli village in Orissa, Hodka in Kutch, Theerthmalai Tamil Nadu and Ballabhpur Danga, West Bengal. Plan for your holidays now!