Monday, 28 July 2014

Enchanting Walk through Himalayan Villages

Uttarakhand, the northern state of India, is a home to the hilly region of Kumaon, situated in the foothills of Himalaya. This region offers stunning view of the snowcapped peaks of Greater Himalayas standing majestically against the blue sky, surrounded by abundance of lush green vegetation, to the visitors.

The Himalayan village resort like ours at Kalmatia Sangam have come up with an unusual concept of Kumaon village walk. We advise you to allocate at least 4 days to this activity if you are visiting for a week. The village walk enables the guests to experience the simple lifestyle led by the people of this mountainous region.

The walk gives you an opportunity to pass through the green terraced fields, rhododendron forest, waterfalls, pine forests and view the authentic lifestyle of the simple villagers in this part of the country. To make the trek more comfortable we provide an English speaking guide and porters to carry your luggage.

We assure you a comfortable stay in an authentic Himalayan village resort where the houses are constructed out of stone, wood and slate in the traditional pattern. The interiors are painted with mud to keep it cool in summers and warm in winters.  Our village houses are clean and comfortable with beds and other amenities like mineral water and western toilet. After a long walk through the villages during the day, this is where you can relax and spend the night. You can freshen up with a hot bath from a bucket of water with aromatic organic soap and clean fluffy towels.

The walk itself is an unforgettable experience where you get to see the tradition followed by the people of this region. Each day we strive to show you a different village, mingle with the people there, accept their hospitality and eat sumptuous Kumaoni meals cooked right in front of you.

Part of this walks leads to a greater height where some of the villages are located. The height allows the guests to experience the magnificent view of the green valley below and the mountain tops at a distance. You can sit in the stone courtyard of your village house and watch the sun set over the grand peaks of Nandadevi. With a warm drink and refreshment this is a blissful experience.

The best time to visit Kumaon region for village trek is from mid-September to mid-April. This period is blessed with absolute clear sky, crisp weather and variety of fauna unique to this region.

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