First book village in the country to come up in Maharashtra

Saturday 29th of April 2017

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April 29, 2017

From May 4, Bhilar, a smallish hamlet in Satara district of Maharashtra is set to start to be India's first book village. The technique of book village is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, which is a Welsh town perfectly found on the United Kingdom, famous because bookstores and literature festivals.

Under this initiative, tourists and locals may be found and browse books, magazines, newspapers stacked at 25 artistically decorated locations about the village. The books on wide-ranging subjects and 15,000 books in Marathi could be made available on these premises. Much of the books which is around for readers are rare and outside publication, including novels, reference books about Maharashtra and Marathi culture written by prominent authors. �To guarantee that the books are returned via the tourists, tourists might be meant to pay a nominal deposit.

Bhilar has been chosen as already it attracts numerous tourists who throng the village to taste the locally produced strawberries. The state has chosen Bhilar to increase promote tourism and then the Marathi language.


Bhilar can be described as small village located near picturesque hill station Panchagani in Satara district of Maharashtra. The village is popular because strawberries. Nearby the village exists the British-era hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Bhilar produces nearly 100 tonnes of strawberry every year. Around 90% of your village's population close to 10,000 is involved with strawberry farming.


Hay-on-Wye can be described as village discovered in Wales of your UK. It is the world's largest second-hand book centre. In 1972, someone named Richard Booth established a second-hand bookstore in a abandoned fire station and subsequently many followed, making Hay-on-Wye a novel paradise. Today there exists around 30 bookstores catering to the requirements of the village's population of 1,500 people. Yearly, the village hosts the Hay Festival, among the list of world's top literary festivals. Recently, the village also made news whenever a note written by author Enid Blyton was discovered within the village's bookstore.

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