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A Village Experience in Kumaon Himalayas

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5 Days
Availability : All Year Round except July-August
Tour Details

The Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand, with their colourful traditions and customs, have been a largely unexplored jewel of India. Its lush green terraced fields, temple clusters, a singsong local dialect and delectable cuisine render it a place worth cherishing. Nyoli promises to be the corridor with glimpses of everything that Kumaon is all about – the temple of Kainchi visited by the likes of Steve Jobs, Jageshwar Dham famous for Nagesh Jyotirling, the temple of Chitai with its thousand bells, lush green forests for miles, a small trek to a river downhill and a Himalayan view right from the comfort of cozy rooms in a traditional house. Nyoli is much more than just a home-stay, it is a lovely memory that would last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

Kathgodam/Haldwani

Price Includes

  • Transport during itinerary
  • Accommodation in a village homestay/lodge
  • Tour Guide
  • Food served during the itinerary
  • Activities like star gazing, heritage walks, nature walks etc

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses not mentioned above
Highlights

Homestay​ ​and​ ​more

Campfire 
Barbeque 
Local​ ​Pahari​ ​cuisine​ ​-​ ​a​ ​rarity​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​available​ ​in​ ​restaurants​ ​(wonder​ ​why?) 
Story​ ​telling​ ​session​ ​on​ ​mountain​ ​folktales​ ​&​ ​narratives​ ​by​ ​a​ ​local 
Star​ ​Gazing​ ​from​ ​a​ ​quality​ ​telescope​ ​with​ ​celestial​ ​trivias​ ​thrown​ ​in 

Nature​ ​Trails

Short​ ​Hikes 
Village​ ​walk​ ​&​ ​local​ ​interaction 
Visit​ ​to​ ​Naula​ ​-​ ​local​ ​method​ ​of​ ​conservation​ ​and​ ​delivery​ ​of​ ​water​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been  used​ ​for​ ​centuries​ ​in​ ​this​ ​region

Creative​ ​Retreat

Local​ ​Music​ ​&​ ​Dance​ ​-​ ​​Choliya​ ​Dance​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​popular​ ​art​ ​form​ ​in​ ​Uttarakhand  dating​ ​back​ ​to​ ​a​ ​thousand​ ​years​ ​and​ ​harking​ ​to​ ​a​ ​martial​ ​history​ ​of​ ​the​ ​region
Visit to folk and culture museum at Bhimtal curated by ​Padma Shri Dr Yashodhar Mathpal​. He is a renowned archaeologist, painter and has done extensive research on Stone Age cave paintings of famous Bhimbetka (Madhya Pradesh)​ ​and​ ​other​ ​sites.​

History​ ​&​ ​Religion

An introduction to the classical stone temple architectureofUttarakhand with a visit​ ​to​ ​the​ ​cluster​ ​of​ ​Temples​ ​at​ ​​Jageshwar​​ ​dating​ ​from​ ​8​ ​th​ ​-14​ ​century​ ​CE 
Visit​ ​to​ ​underground​ ​Cave​ ​Temple​ ​of​ ​​Patal​ ​Bhuwaneshwar 
Visit​ ​to​ ​stone​ ​age​ ​cave​ ​paintings​ ​of​ ​Lakhudiyar​ ​(ASI​ ​protected​ ​site) 

What To Expect
  • Village​ ​setting,​ ​interaction​ ​with​ ​local​ ​villagers​ ​and​ ​know​ ​their​ ​lifestyle 
  • Stay together in big rooms to promote interaction
  • ​Chance​ ​to​ ​relish​ ​local​ ​dishes
  • Interesting​ ​stories​ ​about​ ​local​ ​culture/mythology. 
  • Beautiful​ ​views,​ ​peaceful​ ​environment.​ ​Perfect​ ​for​ ​yoga​ ​and​ ​meditation.
  • ​First​ ​aid​ ​kit​ ​with​ ​basic​ ​medicines
Itinerary

Day 1Kathgodam​ ​(Train)/Pantnagar​ ​(Flight)​ ​-​ ​Almora​ ​|​ ​Drive​ ​~3hrs

Around noon we drive from Pantnagar to Almora via Kathgodam. On the way we stop at Kainchi Dham which has been visited by Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and Kasar Devi temple.

Day 2Almora - Jageshwar - Patal Bhuwaneshwar - Berinag | Drive ~6hrs

The culture of Himalayas is a unique blend of ancient tribal traditions and many subsequent waves of Hinduism from Shankaracharya to Swami Vivekananda and Uttarakhand is also known as Dev Bhoomi. Today is the day to visit famous temples of Manaskhand (name of Kumaon region in Purans) while travelling to Nyoli. First we would visit the cluster of Temples at Jageshwar dating from 8 th -14 century CE. Thereafter we visit a huge limestone cave of Patal Bhuwaneshwar known for rock formations that have created beautiful stalactite and stalagmite figures of various hues and forms. The mythology and folklore associated with the cave adds to its natural splendour. One needs to descend 90ft underground before the cave opens up. Afterwards we head for Nyoli which is a village homestay and is short 1km downhill walk through pine jungle from nearest road head.

Day 3Village Walk

Today we go for leisure walks around the village and visit the traditional water harvesting systems in the hills to understand the local method of conservation and delivery of water that has been used for centuries in this region. During the visit one would be educated about how Naulas were constructed and importance of this dying traditional practice which is very important for self-sustained lifestyle of Pahadi villages cut off from outside world. We will visit the village and interact with villagers. As the wintery night falls, guests will be treated with heartwarming cultural programme involving famous Choliya Dance, session of village folk tales in the evening around a campfire. Night would end with interesting stargazing session.

Day 4Short Hike around the home-stay

An easy day hike in the Himalayas to feel the pulse of hills and connect to the glorious history of these mountains and thousands of adventurers who have roamed the highest mountain range in the world. Day hike in the Himalayas complemented by sessions on basics of trekking/mountaineering in the Himalayas spiced with interesting stories from the mountains. In the evening enjoy Nov winter besides a campfire and relish barbeque.

Day 5Berinag – Bhimtal – Kathgodam | Drive ~8hrs

Leave Berinag in the morning after breakfast and drive back to Kathgodam. En route visit the Folk and Culture Museum in Bhimtal. If lucky, team can meet archaeologist, painter and curator of the museum Padma Shri Dr Yashodhar Mathpal.

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