Village tourism in India has been on the rise for quite some time now. Travellers now are bidding goodbye to plush escapes to blend into the calmness and serenity of picturesque villages, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Recently, three Indian villages have been nominated for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards.
Madhya Pradesh’s Ladhpura Khas village, Meghalaya’s Kongthong village and Telangana’s Pochampally are the nominees for the Best Tourism Village category.
Surprisingly, it’s not Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia, that made it to the list. Kongthong, the whistling village located in the Khat-ar Shnong area, three hours away from Mawlynnong, has managed to grab all the attention for its breathtakingly beautiful views.
It’s popular for its Jingrwai Lawbei culture where the locals communicate through songs and tunes. The ‘Ikat Capital of India’, located in the Nalgonda district of Pochampally in Telangana, has also made it to the UN list of nominees.