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Coming home to beautiful villages in the world

Asanna Gonmei | New Delhi | Updated :


There’s nothing nicer than coming back to a village… I prefer that to the craziness of Hollywood,” ~ Jeremy Irvine

Do you travel to explore, to relax and rejuvenate or in search of an escapade or a gold mine? If abandoned joy and unsullied calm are what you are looking for, you must travel to some of the most beautiful villages in the world and spend a good long happy vacation in one, where there lies true beauty of a rustic life. Here’s a glimpse of a few of them that will beckon the soul of a traveller to come home to.

Hallstatt in Austria


Hallstatt village in Austria
Hallstatt village in Alps on a cloudy day, Austria (Getty Images)


Neatly designed and maintained, this is a truly pretty and stunningly beautiful lakeside village. Situated in the heart of Austria and surrounded by green hills all around, dotted with beautiful cottages and gardens, this magical place is steep in history and culture.

Shirakawago in Japan


Historical Japanese village Shirakawago in spring
Traditional and historical Japanese village Shirakawago in spring (Getty Images)


Situated in lowlands and surrounded by lush green hills, this Japanese village has similar looking houses with steep roof spread over. The region is said to receive the heaviest snowfall in the world, hence the houses are built to protect against the heavy snowfall.

Reine in Norway


Reine – fishing village on Lofoten (Norway) (Getty Images)


The weather here is so fine and the beautiful village with brightly painted houses looks like a small paradise on earth. Its stunning landscape all around is a feast for the eyes.

Bibury in western England


Picturesque garden in the Cotswold village of Bibury, England (Getty Images)


This pretty and charming lush green village is famous for Cotswold stone cottages and its breathtaking unique landscape with the Coln River flowing through the village.  Pretty wild blooms and evergreen shrubs and trees all over add to the beauty of the village.

Mawlynnong in India


Shillong, Meghalaya
A living roots bridge over a river in Shillong, Meghalaya, India near the village (Getty Images)


This is a small, yet exquisitely beautiful village in India’s Meghalaya state. About a 100 km from the capital Shillong, it was listed by Discover India in 2003 as the cleanest village in Asia. Small thatched roofs and bamboo huts dot the village.