10 Villages Of India That Might Be Far More Developed Than The City You Live In!

India is progressing towards becoming a developed nation. However, we cannot touch the pinnacle of development if the rural India is ignored. A massive part of India’s population resides in its villages and rural areas are becoming an important markup when deciding India’s progress. While cities and metropolitans try to create a fast-paced lifestyle, rural India is going through its own massive transformation. You will be surprised to know that these 10 villages are known for things that not even our cities could achieve.

Here are 10 villages of India that might give developed cities, a run for their money!

1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya- Cleanest Village of Asia

While we have the education, government collection centers for garbage, the small quaint village of Mawlynnong in Meghalaya has got its cleanliness as the top priority. The literacy rate here is 90% and the village is known for its matrilineal society (where the property is passed from mothers to daughters)due to its Khasi people!

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2. Kila Raipur, Punjab-  Village of Rural Olympics

Every year, the village of Kila Raipur near Ludhiana, Punjab receives hundreds of visitors for what is known as Rural Olympics, one of the biggest sports festival. The village is developed in every way to make the environment conducive for sports enthusiasts.


3. Khonoma, Nagaland- The Green Village

The little village placed ahead of the capital Kohima is India’s first green village. The village is known for its photographic terrain and a forestland that covers the entire village with its dense foliage.  The state bird, Blyth’s tragopan, a pheasant now nationally endangered, is found here. The village is also proud to have higher literacy rate than entire Nagaland.


4. Malana, Himachal Pradesh- Ancient Indian Village

The Malana village is isolated from the rest of the world and is known to be one of the most ancient democracies in the world. Also, known as the little Greece of India, the village has its own distinct culture and dialect.


The village is known for its ‘Malana Cream’, a product made from cannabis plants which grow in the Parvati valley. Malana cream is regarded as high purity hash.

5. Punsari Village, Gujarat- Most Advanced Technology

Punsari Village is one of the most developed villages of India, which also received the award for ‘best village in India’. The village is known to house all technological advancements, from electricity, wifi, education system to water supply.


The village has undergone a phenomenal transformation under the Panchayat system. There is local mineral water supply, sewer & drainage project, a healthcare center, banking facilities and toll-free complaint reception service.

6. Chappar, Haryana- Only Gender Neutral Village In State

This village is known to have changed the traditional taboos and gender inequality. Women in this village don’t wear a Ghoonghat anymore, rejoice at the birth of a girl and also distribute sweets. All girls attend school in the village and the village is headed by a lady Sarpanch, Neelam.


7. Pothanikkad Village, Kerala- 100% Literacy Rate

It is the first village in India to achieve 100% literacy rate in India. Though the village maintains its traditional lifestyle, it is by far the most advanced and educated village.


8. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra – The Safest Village In India

In the present world of crime, this village goes against all the wrong that the world has to offer. Known as the safest village in India, there are no doors to the houses of this village. Also, there is no police station as well. Interestingly, the village has the country’s first lockless bank branch (UCO bank) now.


9. Hiware Bazar, Maharashtra – The village of 60 millionaires

The village has gone through a massive transformation from its issues to becoming the richest village in India. The credit goes to Popatrao Pawar, who banned all addictive substances to minimize expense and encouraged the villagers to invest in rain-water harvesting, milch cattle, etc.


The village is known to have around 60 millionaires and barely anyone is poor in this space. In total, the village has only three people who are below poverty line.

10. Dharnai, Bihar- Solar Powered Village

The village found a solution to its 30 years of darkness by building its own solar-powered electricity system. With the aid of Greenpeace, Dharnai declared itself an energy-independent village in July. The village has around 2400 residents and is now no more limited due to the absence of electricity, that too a through a renewable energy source.


With meager sources, education, technological connect, these villages have made it to the top and might give a tough competition to many of the cities when it comes to development. You would want to ditch your mundane lifestyle and pack your bags to get settled here!

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