The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has nominated three Indian villages in the ‘UN’s best tourism village‘ category. The villages are the Kongthong village in Meghalaya, Ladhpur Khas in Madhya Pradesh, and Pochampally village in Telangana. Tourists like these villages very much, in terms of tourism destination.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “It is a moment of pride for all of us to nominate in the ‘Best Tourism Village’ of Ladhpura Khas village in Madhya Pradesh. My best wishes to the team of Madhya Pradesh Tourism and Administration for this great achievement. Keep the good work like this.”
Ladhpura Khas village is located in Orchha tehsil of Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. The Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture Shekhar Shukla said that 100 villages will be developed in the further five years under the ‘Rural Tourism Project’ of the state.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has also expressed his happiness by tweeting on the selection of Kongthong village in the Best Tourism Village. Sangma wrote, ‘Kongthong village of Meghalaya has been included in UNWTO’s list of Best Tourism Village along with two other villages of India.’
Kongthong village is located nearly 60km from Shillong. It is very popular for its distinct culture and natural beauty. Also, the village is known by the name of ‘Whistling Village’. It is one among the 12 villages where a special kind of ‘sound’ is associated with the child right from his birth. This sound stays with him for the rest of his life. This tradition continues even today.
The Pochampally village is located in Nalgonda district in Telangana. It is located 67km towards the west of District head quarters Nalgonda.