12 Indian Villages with Less Than 500 Residents Attracting Nature Lovers
India has a lot of villages as most of the Indian states depend truly on agriculture. There are many villages where the population might not even exceed 500. The people in the villages migrate towards town for better job and standard of living.
Below are 12 villages with less than 500 people which attract a lot of nature lovers. If you visit at the right season, these are hidden paradises in India.
1. Ha, Arunachal Pradesh
Ha is a small village in Arunachal Pradesh. It is a tribal village that has only 289 villagers. It is located in Longding Koling of Kurung Kumey. The top attractions in this village are the natural beauty, misty mountains, Menga caves dedicated to lord Shiva and lush plateaus. This village is about 4000 feet above the sea level. Thus, climate will be pleasant. Visit during early winter to enjoy the lush greenery of the village.
Nearest Destination : Old Ziro
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2. Shansha, Himachal Pradesh
Shansha is a village in Himachal Pradesh. It has just 72 houses with 320 people. This village is located 27 km away from Keylong. This village is usually a hub for adventure lovers who trek towards Tandi through dangerous routes. This village has a greenhouse at a height of 10,000 feet from ground. This village is visited for serenity, adventure activities and used as a hub for travellers.
Nearest Destination : Manali (123 km away)
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3. Skuru, Nubra Valley
Skuru is a small village with 52 houses and 230 people. You need to trek for 4 days to reach this place in Nubra Valley from Saposte. Saposte can be reached by jeep. This place is very famous for adventure activities like trekking and Rakuruk River. This place is usually visited by all people who ride the motorable mountain passes. This village is located in Jammu and Kashmir at a height of 10,000 feet from sea level. It is better to visit during summer so that all adventure activities will be allowed.
Nearest Destination : Khardung La
Suggested Tour : 6 Nights - Leh Ladakh Pangong Lake Tour
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4. Kanji, Leh
Kanji is located in Leh of Jammu and Kashmir. It has 325 people. The place is located 12,600 feet above sea level. This village is very famous among adventure tourists, gorge trekkers and others who trek from Rangdum Gompa. The Kanji River attracts a lot of tourists too. The place has mountain backdrop and is picturesque.
Nearest Destination : Kargil
Suggested Tour : 16 Days - Taj Mahal with Leh & Kashmir
5. Nitoi, Kiphire, Nagaland
Nitoi is a small but well-accessible village in Nagaland. About 402 people live in this village and it is a very beautiful and scenic place. It is a paradise for nature lovers and photo enthusiasts. People visit this village for a few hours stay on their way from or to Kiphire. This place has amazing backdrop of ice capped mountains, lush terrace vegetation and wonderful climate.
Nearest Destination : Kiphire (248 km from Kohima)
6. Warisfistan, Jammu and Kashmir
Warisfistan is located in Leh. This village is usually visited for Nubra River. 258 people live in this village and it is a gem in the Nubra Valley. It is very common among mountain pass riders. Ensa Gompa is an important attraction in Leh Ladakh near this village. The best time to visit this village is beginning of summer season.
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Nearest Destination : Leh (147 km via Khardung La)
7. Kibber, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Kibber is a small village with 366 people in Himachal Pradesh. This village is located at 14,000 feet above the sea level making it the highest village in the world. There are only 80 houses in this village and they are made with a unique rock that is found locally. You can find a lot of interesting festivals in this village. This village is very close to Key Gompa. People, who visit this Gompa, pay a visit to this village to enjoy the nature and click some pictures.
Nearest Destination : Manali (188 km Away)
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8. Losar, Himachal Pradesh
Losar is located in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a small farming village with 328 villagers. There is one small dhaba in this village that would serve you homemade meal and black tea. The most interesting part of the village is the Chandra River that runs very close to it. The sound of the river echoes throughout the village. The mountains in the backdrop in this village serve as a good picture background.
Nearest Destination : Manali (145 km Away)
Suggested Tour : Manali To Leh Jeep Safari
9. Sankri, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Sankri is a small village in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand. There are 270 people in this village. This village is quite famous because this village has the last market that you would find on your way towards Kedarkanth trek, Har-ki-Dun Trek. This village is constantly visited by trekkers during the tourist season. There are a few guest houses in this village and even families welcome trekkers to stay in their houses. It is a friendly village and the right time to visit here is during early summer or late winter.
Nearest Destination : Mussoorie (153 km)
10. Xelpem, South Goa
Xelpem is a small village in South Goa. The population is 255 and this village is located on the banks of Salaulim River. This village unfortunately has no beach. But, people visit this place frequently for the ruins of Kurdi Mahadev Temple and for nature around it. The river bank is a picturesque place in this village.
Nearest Destination : Panaji (62 km Away)
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11. Gandaulim, North Goa
Goa has a lot of isolated islands and villages that are far away from the hustle of tourist activities. Just like Xelpem, Gandaulim is another small village in Goa. It is located in North Goa. This village has 301 inmates and is located on the banks of Cumburjua canal. This canal is known for crocodiles. Another attraction in this village is the St. Braz Church which is one of the top visited churches in North Goa. Another special element of this village is their literacy rate which is 95%. It is located a little away from Panaji.
Nearest Destination : Panaji (15 km Away)
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12. East Island, Andaman
Can you guess the population in this island? It has only 16 people living there. This island is ironically located in the west of Andaman Islands. Though it is a very small village, there is a shack for visitors. You can visit the island on catamaran. There are a few cruises that take you to this island for a small getaway.
Nearest Destination : Port Blair (Take the ferry to reach Island from Subhashgram)
These 12 villages are scarcely populated because of their isolation from modern world. This isolation has made nature beautiful in these areas. Many nature tourists visit these villages every year for relaxation, photos and for enjoying nature.