Thursday, 8 October 2015

Experiencing Kumaoni Village Life

It is not often that a city dweller gets a chance to experience village life and culture amongst the breathtaking scenery of majestic Himalayas. Take the opportunity to walk through the unspoiled Kumaon villages with their terraced fields, pine and rhododendron forests and meet the gentle hospitality of the Kumaon people.

Kalmatia Sangam with Himalayan village resort offers you an opportunity to enjoy the Kumaon rural life during your stay. Take a walk through the forest to the valley and you will be able to see the prominent peaks of Nanda Devi and Trishul ranges.
View of the Nanda Devi from the resort

Staying in a village house provided by the resort is an experience in itself. To retain the authenticity, the cottages are not renovated to any kind of modern architecture. They have mud and lime walls with slated roof as is common in Indian villages. The hut is kept spotlessly clean with comfortable sleeping arrangement. You are provided with fresh sheets and mattresses. What one lacks in an original village house is a modern bathroom. This has been taken care of by the resort and the washrooms are renovated to meet our basic needs. The bathrooms have western toilet, fresh towels and organic soap. The only thing lacking is a hot shower which is more than made up by the provision of bucket of hot water after a tiring

day’s walk.

Chai Shop by the Naini Temple
As the sun sets you can sit in the stone courtyard with a hot drink and watch the sun go down over the mountains turning the peaks to a glowing orange. The view is truly awe-inspiring. In the evening the dinner is cooked in your presence in a healthy and hygienic manner. It is traditional Kumaoni food that you get to taste and enjoy. During the meal you can sit and chat with the locals, listening to their tales from past and anecdotes from their lives. Sometime an entertainment program is put up for your benefit.

The people in the villages are very friendly. They are ready to talk to the guests, show them their lifestyle, and offer them easy hospitality. Here you can shop for some organic food products and hand- made organic jewelries. The overnight Himalayan village resort of Kalmatia Sangam is mainly set up for the guests who take up the trekking program and need to stay overnight after walking. The stay in these resorts is a unique experience which you may want to repeat next time!

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