ant to feel real India? Come to an Indian village where soul of India resides. Far from the hustle-bustle and pollution of metropolitan cities you are invited to a different world full of nature, simple lifestyles, colourful dresses, rich culture & traditions, high family values and over all refreshing air- a complete rejuvenation package!

Over 70% of India's population lives in villages. Every villager in India manifest a deep loyalty to their village, identifying themselves to strangers as residents of a particular village or harking back to
Lady cooking the food family residence in the village that typically extends into the distant past. A family rooted in a particular village does not easily move to another, and even people who have lived in a city for a generation or two refer to their ancestral village as "our village."

The economy of an Indian village depends mainly on agriculture, as occupation of most of the villagers is farming. Some of them have their own fields while some of them work in the fields on the daily wages. Life in villages starts very early in the morning. After daily chores almost all the male members of a family move to the fields to work hard till dusk. Evening brings them wonderful moments of relaxation and enjoyment when they sit
together in Chaupals (common place) for gossiping, card playing, singing folksongs, and even sharing knowledge of their common origin, often going back generations.

Indian Villagers share use of common village facilities, such as the village pond (known in India as Talao), grazing grounds, temples and shrines, cremation grounds, schools, chaupals, wells, and
wastelands. Interdependence in rural life provides a sense of unity among residents of a village.

A great many observances emphasize village unity. Typically, each village recognizes a deity deemed the village protector or protectress, and villagers unite in regular worship of this deity, which is considered essential to village prosperity. They may

Villagers passing the time by playing Cards

cooperate in constructing temples and shrines important to the village as a whole.

Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Durga Puja bring villagers together. During Holi (festival of colours) celebrations, even Muslims may join in the friendly splashing of coloured water on fellow villagers, village-wide singing, dancing, and joking. People of all castes within a village address each other by kinship terms, reflecting the fictive kinship relationships recognized within each settlement.

Traditionally, in every Indian village five important men from the village's major castes are elected to form Village Panchayat. One of these five members is elected as Sarpanch (headman). The role of the Panchayat is to solve the legal matters or disputes among the villagers and give decisions. It is the duty of every villager to respect to the decisions of the Panchayat.  Panchayat has the power

In a village, Well is a common property, water of which is used for drinking, bathing & washing of the clothes. In Hindi, it is called 'Panghat' to levy fines and exclude transgressors from village social life. Mostly disputes are decided within the village precincts as much as possible, with infrequent recourse to the police or court system.

In present-day India, most of the villages are well connected by road with the major towns. Electricity has also reached to even remote villages, which has opened the doors for media, in form of
televisions and radios. The advent of media has enabled the innocent villagers to know the world beyond their small territory. They have started learning new farming techniques, family planning, and importance of education for their children, etc. This in turn has improved the lifestyles of villagers manifold.

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