‘The soul of India lives in its villages’. Beautiful landscapes, fresh air, green fields and clear blue skies- none capture the essence of India better than her villages. Whether it’s the green fields of Goa or the witchcraft village of Chhattisgarh, each village sings a different tale. As we researched further, we found some villages speaking a bizzare tone, while a few others telling a unique tale that seems straight out of a fiction novel. A couple of these villages are huge inspiration for the country as well.
Here are all the unique and unusual villages that we researched from across India that’ll amaze you.
Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra
Can you imagine leaving your house unlocked, or even sleeping without locking your door? That’s exactly what residents of Shani Shignapur village in Maharashtra do every day because their homes have no doors. Forget doors, residents even keep their valuables and money in the open and not in lockers. In fact, even their bank is lock-less. Wow!
If you think villages are only about no electricity and poor connectivity, Punsari village in Gujarat will dumbfound you. The village boasts off 24-hour Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV cameras, solar powered lamps, independent bus services and pure drinking water. Need we say more?
Visiting Shetphal village in Maharashtra takes a lot of guts. Because residents not only build houses for their family; but also for snakes. More precisely cobras! Every house has a resting place for cobras in the rafters of their ceilings. The snakes move freely throughout the village, even inside the houses and there hasn’t been a single instance of cobra bites.
It is said that every person has 6 other doppelgangers in the world. And you’re most likely to find at least two of them in Kodinhi. Out of 2500 people living in this village, more than 400 are born as twins or triplets. Sounds no less than magic!
India is a plethora of superstitious beliefs and the one from Rongdoi is something really unique. The locals marry off wild frogs to ensure that rain falls regularly every year. Well, we would love to attend a wedding of this kind!
Hiware Bazar, Maharashtra
Villagers and millionaires don’t usually go hand in hand. But when in Hiware Bazar, they’re inseparable. One of India’s richest villages, 60 families out of 235 are millionaires. No farmer is financially unstable in this village and it holds the highest GDP.
When most of us fear or do not even believe in magic and witchcraft, this village in Assam celebrates black magic. Known as India’s ‘Black Magic Capital’, a community of 100 odd magicians reside in Mayong who practice Tantricism till date.
Barwan Kala, Bihar
In a country known for its big fat wedding, Barwaan Kala in Bihar embraces singledom. How? This village of bachelors has not witnessed a single marriage in the past 50 years.
Water reservoirs tell stories, mark identities and set trends in this village in Punjab. Every household is identified with the type of water tank they have adorned their roofs with. From airplanes, army tanks, ships to birds, animals and even humans, creativity stands tall on almost all rooftops of Punjab.