Brush With Reality: Indian Village Tour

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Indian villages offer an exciting time to all those who have grown up in luxury and comfort. A trip to the village offers insight into village life.

Plan a Trip

India is a diverse land. It is a complex mix of the old and modern, traditional and contemporary, urban and rural all at the same time. While there is a life full of excitement and luxury, on the other hand a life of hardships and destitute cohabits. In spite of a striking difference in urban and rural lifestyles, Indian villages continue to pull crowds and entice visitors from far ends of the globe. For the ones living in the developed West an Indian village is an experience of a lifetime. Let us run through this article to understand the life in a typical Indian village.

India is an expansive country and most states are divided into urban and rural sectors. As a tourist, you need to choose which part of the country you wish to explore.

Getting Started
After choosing a location like a village in the northern Rajasthan or southern Kerala, you need to pack your bags with all the essential commodities. Better idea would be to shun away the comfortable lifestyle and get into the village mood. Leave all the essentials behind for hands down experience. You can book your cheap tickets though an agent or jet set on your own impulse.

Arrival in the village
After zeroing in on your target, you need to head to your destination. To get the feel avoid traveling by luxury cars, planes or any other mode that guarantees comfort. Heading in a non-AC coach of a train to the nodal point and a bullock or horse ride onwards is simply fun.

Arrange for your accommodation
Remember one thing, villagers are very simple and hospitable people. Since villages do not house hotels you will have to seek shelter in one of the village houses. Break the ice with your future companions and bargain your way into their homes. Explain your intention and set expectations right in the beginning.

Respect their sensibilities
Villagers are far from accepting the urban way of living. Most villagers are conservative and may not come to terms with your modern lifestyle. Therefore, the best way is to respect their sensibilities and dress up accordingly.

Participate in daily chores
Village life is actually full of simplicity. Not many houses have the TV, leave alone satellite TV and other means of entertainment. Their day begins early and ends early. The best way to engage yourself is by participating in daily household chore no matter how menial. Ask for work and lend a helping hand in cleaning the house, dishes, cooking, milking cows, farming, washing clothes, fetching water from the wells, and all the jobs that you find odd.

Eat like never before
It is obvious that there is a remarkable difference in the food served at your place and the village. The food that may not appeal to you may actually turn out to be finger licking good. So do not resist and indulge in the delectable village offerings. If you like the preparation, you may even borrow the recipe and try your hand at it.

Explore every inch of the place
Ask a young boy or anyone whom you feel more comfortable with to take you through the village. Make sure you take your camera along to capture and freeze your memories forever. Be generous to request permission wherever necessary. Villagers respect their privacy and so should you. Villages are beautiful and offer a breathtaking milieu for your photographic adventures.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Feb 2014 (#)

it would be wonderful to travel through this exotic country..thank you Dawn..

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author avatar Dawn Richard
10th Feb 2014 (#)

You are Welcome Carolina..

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author avatar redrose2
10th Feb 2014 (#)

What an interesting article. I am not sure I could do this because of health reasons, But it has crossed My mind over the past years. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Dawn Richard
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Redrose,

Thanks for giving your time to read my post. I must say village air is so fresh that you will love to stay. Take a chance and spend some time there. If you are very much ill then you have to take some precautions but you will love it.

Let me know what you feel.

Thanks

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Feb 2014 (#)

India is a multi-layered country with the village at the bottom. Most of us Indians have our roots there. I was born in a small village, but my family migrated to a small town and later to a bigger town, then a city. Later I visited several countries, numerous places and now I am in the USA for more than a year. If given a chance, I'll go to my village for a day or two. I'm so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Dawn Richard
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Rama Rao,

You are absolutely right. You can not forgot your own village. I wish you for a happy journey to your village soon.

Thanks

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Feb 2014 (#)

Gandhi said the heart of India lies in its villages. Villagers are simple people and share what they have with their guests more readily than city folks. Uplifting share, Dawn - siva

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author avatar Dawn Richard
11th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you so much for stopping here and giving your valuable time to my writing. And of course you are right.

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