India is rich in its culture and tradition. It has beautiful landscapes and mesmerizing scenic views.
And more than that abundant in creativity. There are vast number of villages in the country than cities and towns. Some of the villages stand as an ideal to rest of them apart from poverty and lack of facilities.
Below are the Ideal Indian Villages setting up an inspiration to entire country.
1. Hiware Bazar- The Village Of Millionaires
You won’t find even one beggar in this village. The village has 60 millionaires and no poor family. The people of Hiware Baza village, Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra lives in one of the drought prone areas. But they converted this into an opportunity and in turn became millionaires.
The face of the village changed when Popatrao Pawar was elected as the sarpanch of the village in 1990.
He managed to ban all addictive substances to minimize expenses and encouraged the villagers to invest in rain-water harvesting and cattle farming. In comparison to monthly per capita income of Rs. 830 in 1995, it grew up to Rs. 30,000 till 2012, resulting in 60 millionaires in the village.
They have even started working on a Ten-year plan to save water. Forget about smart cities let’s emulate this smart village.
2. Mawlynnong- Asia’s Cleanest Village
Discover India Magazine declared Mawlynnong village which is just 90 km away from Shillong as Asia’s cleanest village in 2003.
You will find dustbins almost in every corner of the village. Even a single piece of plastic bag or cigarette is not found.
The villagers themselves clean the whole village
More than that I feel they maintain high discipline in keeping the village clean. If this is followed by each individual throughout the country…woow it will be fabulous.
3. Punsari- The Village With All The Urban Facilities
No city or town has this much facilities that Punsari village have which is located in Gujarat.
This village provides 24-hour Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV cameras in the primary school, solar powered lamps, an independent bus service, clean drinking water at a nominal cost of Rs 4 for a 20-litre drinking water can and much more.
The villagers even have accidental cover of Rs 1 lakh and a medi-claim cover of Rs 25,000. Well, their success story is simple – optimal utilization of government schemes.
Whenever we hear of high literacy rate, it’s obviously Kerala. But this Pothanikkad village is the first in the Indian village to achieve 100% literacy rate.
5. Dharnai – The Solar Powered Village Of India
The people of Dharnai village in Bihar uniquely fought with their 30 years of darkness by developing their own solar-powered system for electricity with the help of Greenpeace India solar-powered micro-grid.
The solar micro-grid supplies the electricity for homes, street lighting for roads and lanes, and water pumps. Dharnai is the first Indian village where all aspects of life are powered by solar energy.
6. Chappar-An Indian Village That Distributes Sweets When A Girl Is Born
The woman sarpanch Neelam of Chappar village, Haryana has made it her life’s mission to change the attitude of the villagers towards women and she succeeded. It is because of her successful mission; whole village celebrates the birth of a girl child and distributes sweets. Not only this, the women of the village do not wear the ‘ghunghat’ any more.
7. Korkrebellur – A Village That Believes In The Conservation Of Nature
Generally in villages, farmers won’t entertain birds as they damage crops but here in Korkrebellur village, Karnataka has some of the rare species of birds visiting the village. Neither the birds and nor the people have ever disturbed each other. In fact, villagers have created a separate area for wounded birds to rest and heal.
8. Ballia – The Village That Beat Arsenic Poisoning Of Water
The villagers of Ballia, Uttar Pradesh faced skin problems and other terrible diseases. When government introduced many hand-pumps in the area for easy water access, the villagers were drinking water that contained arsenic leading to the cause of serious skin problems and even many physical deformations. Arsenic is harmless but if it combines with oxygen or water, it turns toxic. Villagers acted on this problem without waiting for the government and fixed all the old wells.
9. Kathewadi – The Village That Has Transformed Itself Into A Model Village
70% alcoholism to 0% alcoholism, a shop with no shopkeeper, Zero toilets to 110 toilets, a paved road and that too without any external funding!!
How it all happened?
After Kathewadi village in Maharashtra was adopted by the Art of Living Foundation in Dec 2008, alcoholism plunged down to zero percentage. The money saved from alcoholism, SHGs and the daan peti scheme gave them sufficient economic independence to build toilets for each of the 110 households.
All the families in the village started a daan peti (donation box) scheme which in turn let them to setup and maintain a shop without a shopkeeper.
Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra is entirely unique from all the villages in the country. The interesting record and uniqueness is houses in this village have no doors and obviously no police station. It is considered as the safest village in India. The village has the country’s first lock-less bank branch of UCO bank.
If you know any other villages which are unique, then please leave a comment and share with us