Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agriculture Development has redesigned the village experience at Himalayan hamlet an inclusive travel and tourism mode in keeping the grandeur of mountain village life flowing with ceaseless connectivity with nature. Our travellers are invited to stay in the mountain villages with the generous families of organic farmer`s community. Your journey to the land of Himalayas will surely be a photographer`s indulge, a birdwatcher’s delight, a lover’s whispering nothing, a musicians refuge, a trekkers tuning in, an explorers paradise and so much more…
Our long lost nostalgic dream of grow your own food is in offer by the farmers community of Himalayas. Here travellers are welcome to spend a couple of days knowing the indigenous argicultural practices. The process around cultivation is in seasonal rotation. If you are the one to put your effort in learning the age old methods Terraced agriculture please chose the moment with us.
Tilting of soil & Sowing – October – November / May -June
Using organic manure – Before Tilting of soil / after sowing
Organic composting – Through the year
Yielding- mid September – mid November / April – May
Cleaning of the farmland – Post yielding
Indigenous seed reserve – Post yielding
Collection & Grading – Post yielding
Sun- drying and Storage – Through the year
Maintenance of Agricultural equipment – Through the year
If you are the one to put your effort in learning the age old methods Terraced agriculture please chose the moment with us.
Voyage With Herdsman & Animal Husbandry
Alpine meadows, in higher elevation range beyond 1800 – 2800 metres of the Himalayas are distinguished by the thick layer of velvety grass spread over a vast terrain either flat or sloped. These pastoral lands in accompany with the herdsman can be a traveller’s lonely paradise. The route to make the domesticated animals move to the grazing field, rolls upward to an unending upland plateau of Himalayas through the dense forest, mountain springs, scattered makeshift shelters for animals…
The many varieties of grass and wild plantations of naturally healing quality are the best resource for the animals during & post-monsoon. The well grazed animals become healthy and full of vigour to the herdsman`s achievement.
The animals such as cow, buffalo, horse, mule, goat & sheep along with their master stay at the uplands of Himalayas for 2 to 3 months in the secondary cottage with rudimentary arrangements. While grazing their domestic animals the farmers get engaged often with their flute, singing local folk tunes, making household utilities with bamboo, woollen spreads from their herd of sheep, ropes from different weeds etc…
A few days with the herdsman can bring in multitude of attributes to the self. Awakening the senses, rejuvenation of tired soul, connect with the innocent animals, soak in unbound nature, live with basic amenities, discover the lonesome valleys in winter etc…
Garhwali Kitchen Crasher
The local food which is perhaps best characterised by its local ingredients, simplicity and freshness. To deal with the extreme climate and topography every Pahadi meal has black soybeans (Bhatt) dal with very high protein content, barnyard millets (Jangoora) is gastronomical splendour worldwide for its starch free attribute, grains of high fibre content such as Ragi, Amaranth, red rice… here to mention another unusual ingredient in Garhwali cuisine is cannabis. Many vegetable preparations in Garhwal are transformed with the addition of the ground cannabis seeds. Ground cannabis powder is also used to to make delicious bhang chutney.
Pahari cuisine is one of the simplest and rapidly cooked food preparations. The ingredients of most of the dishes can be counted on both hands. Here naturally cooked fresh food is anecessity for the hard laboured men & women of the community.
The staples of every household in Garhwal region to savour are:
Handmade chapatti of Mandua (Ragi Flour)
Red Rice locally called Ukhar Dhan
Mix dal with kidney beans, Toor dal, Kulath dal
kaddu ki Subzi, pumpkin tempered and cooked down to a mush with tempering of whole red chillies, Coriander, turmeric and a few ounces of milk or ghee.
Cucumber and Uraad dal dumpling (Bori) made out of ripe cucumber mashe and Urad dal paste and then sundried. The recipe is to fry the dumplings then make a gravy of curd added with water tempered with turmeric, salt, redchilli. This delicacy is mostly eaten with rice.
The all nutritious Black Soyabean is famous in 2 recipes, Bhatt ki Chans/ Dubuka
Kapuli bhat is another common staple of the region, is made out of freshly plucked and chopped green leaves of radish, mustard, onion, garlic. These blend of mix leaves are sautéed and then boiled in a curd made gravy. This is eaten mostly with rice and millets.
In dessert the most celebrated preparation is Jangoora ki kheer. It is a kind of Indian rice pudding made with barnyard millet boiled in condensed milk and molasses, it is flavoured with cardamom.
In the mountains of Uttarakhand, Almost everything food preparation is cooked in Mustard oil and ghee.
Clay oven is holding its place in traditional kitchen choices till date for simple Garhwali people.
Milk tea is a must in beverage offered at any time of the day.
Trekiking passionately created a kitchen sharing culture at the himalaya villages to let the world know the amazing food of the mountain people.
Call it your own village
Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agriculture Development tirelessly working toward making the mighty Himalaya a heavenly abode for the travellers as well as locals. A simple gesture of love for these pristine villages can do miracle to the destiny of people of these communities. We welcome each traveller to come with an initiative to make these destinations waste free, restore natural resources, reduce carbon foot-print, empower locals to innovation etc…
Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agriculture Development beckons all the travellers increating awareness on environment and biodiversity, cleaning drive initiative at the village, Information & knowledge sharing between the guest and the community, beautification of the village, recreational activities and gaming idea sharing with children, donation to the community for betterment and continuation of good work.
Community Culture Exchange
At a time of fast food, fast fashion cupped with use & throw of 21st century surely needs an immediate turn around to the communities who believe in sustainability and natural ways of living. The ever experimenting team of Trekiking calls it`s travellers to submerge in the traditional lifestyle of mountain folk by participating in Garhwali Ceremonies, Local Fashion, maintenance & making of mud houses…
…initiation to local languages, community festival, family rituals, social organization of the community, process of decision making in the community, protection of nature and environment by the community, distribution of labour & resource, maintaining community health and wellbeing. We welcome the children from all corners of this world to enjoy with the local children in flower festival (Phool Dei) especially observed by local children by offering flowers to every household of the village at the beginning of Spring.
Ritual with local deities
Small but soulfully revered shrines of pagan believes such as Naldevi, Bhairavnath, Latu Devta, Bhumiyal Devta, Danu Devta, Nag Devta, Bagwal Puja are present almost at every corner of the region as primeval protector of the mountain communities. These god and goddesses will let travellers understand the connection of nature and deities in the centuries old communities of villages of Himalaya.
Nandadevi Raj Jat Yatra
Since the beginning of Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra around 9th century, a religious expedition on foot covering approximately 280 kms, marking the auspicious passage of the Eternal Mother, daughter of King Dakhsh and the consort of Shiva to her maternal abode at the Himalayas . The Yatra is accompanied by a mythical four-horned (Chaushinga) loaded with offerings for the goddess who finally disappears in the gl;aciers beyond Homkund. The Raj Jat Jatra involves a long and arduous journey over treacherous terrains rising to an altitude of 5335 metres via amazingly picturesque Bedini Bugyal, Roopkund and the tough Jyura Galli pass.
The Pagan God is famous for his playful dancing to entertain God & goddesses.
He is the protector of animals, birds & forest. The temples of Danu Devta is found and venerated inside jungles.
Bhekal Nag, Sangal Nag, Chiriya Nag, Boudha Nag are a few of the snake gods prayed by local communities at the onset of drought to welcome rain. These are the believes around agriculture.
The importance of this very god is related to protection of soil and cultivation hence the temples of Bhumiyal Devta is always around agricultural field.
This is a religious celebration in the mountain community of farmer`s during Diwali to honour their domesticated animals. The horns of Cows, Bulls, Horses, Sheep & Goats, Mules are decorated with vermillion and mustard oil, the animal are fed with their preferred food by the Family.
Interaction with children @ school
The team of Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agriculture Development wants to uphold the consciousness of the mind of youth and children. The effort is to put the travellers as well as the locals on the platform to create awareness about immediate environmental disaster. We believe in interactive sharing…
…between adults & children, the trekkers & travellers of mountain villages have been an element of surprise to all those tender little hearts of the mountain land. We at Trekiking wish to feel the gap by bringing the travellers at the local schools to share and interact with the mountain children who are very curiously waiting to know about lives of yours at the cities of their world..
The people of mountain community is famous for their capacity as craftsman who is apt in handmade crafts made of local variety of bamboo “Rengal” such as, solta (Farmer`s back-pack storage), floor mats, buskets, vegetable storage, weather proofing roof for animals, bamboo made walking stick, ropes to tie…
…on the animals, broom, wood carpenters of plough & indigenous agricultural equipment, utensils to ferment curd, batter stick for butter milk, , and many other household items.Carpet weaving from wool of sheep, woolen winter accessories, quilts etc are in regular practice. With a natural abundance of hemp and weed in the region ropes made of hemp fibre is random in the area. The people of Easter year use to even make shoes made of Hemp.
Indigenous technique of mud & stone slabs are till date the best suitable architectural practices in the villages. Our travellers will be excited to know one or two aspects of making & restoration technique of these architectural splendor.
At the further bend after the village, we enter into the deep forest of Deodar, Khorsu, Burans where the Deodars trees of 70, 80 feet standing tall in winter days wearing the eternal poncho made of snow, rhododendron loses it`s red under the snow-white, Highland Khorshu which is a potent food and an ideal floor- spread for animals…
…remains meditative spreading long arms. Keeping the village in extremity the team of bird watcher moves upward to track the river at the foot-hill of high Himalayan summits. Slowly the terraced farmland fades out; Fresh water keeps on flowing from more than one source throughout the year to make a perfect set up for birds nestling in. The upland plateau is surrounded by dense forest of Oak, Deodar, Rhododendron.Monal, the effervescent Bird of Uttarakhand with feathers in rainbow palette welcomes you to the mountain land around. From this point we move forward hip hopping keeping the river by our side. These routes are a visual treat to every traveller in search of rare species of birds & insects. The pathway leading to the higher valleys connects the team of explorers through the lush green nature. A forest full of Pine, Oak, Rhododendron, chirping of Black Drongo (Gaunched), Blue Whistling Thrush (Kalthu), Wild fowls (Kukas), Sattal, Harials, Parrots, Chatak, Papiha, Haldu, Nilkanth, Pigeons, Partridges are found in varied colours and in abundance…
The wandering soul of a traveller is the most precious connect to natural habitat of birds & insects as it requires a lot of sincere commitment from the human entity. We at Trekiking encourage all lovers of nature to capture that eternal glimpse of joy for those who are yet to venture to this land of flying marvels.
Wild- life Exploration
A forest full of Pine, Oak, Rhododendron, chirping of Black Drongo (Gaunched), Blue Whistling Thrush (Kalthu), Wild fowls (Kukas), Sattal, Harials, Parrots, Chatak, Papiha, Haldu, Nilkanth, Pigeons, Partridges are found in varied colours and in abundance…
Here the land belongs to the alpine animals; Ibax (Thar), Musk deer (Veena & Kasturi), Himalayan Leopard ( Bagh), Himalayan Black Bear (Rikh) may catch in your sight from a distance. Monals spread their ranbow colours with a note of happiness… At this gigantesque pastureland where Himalayan sheep (Debra), Ibax (Thar ) and Monals, Eagles (Baaz) & Vultures (Gid) are the ones found wandering at an altitude above 4000 metres yearlong.
A very active wild life can be witnessed throughout the muntain routes, Barasingha, Himalayan fox, White beer, Himalayan wild goat (Black & White), here to mention that Ibex/Thar; interestingly, mostly survives by licking the mountain slopes discharging medicinal juice of Shilajeet, katukki… The valleys here are surrounded by dense forest of Deodar, Rododendron, Thuner (Taxus Baccata), Khorsu etc… Which in turn acts as a reservoir of oxygen. Himalayas. A diverse variety of savage animals such as mountain deer, leopard, wild boar and many more can be found in the jungle of the Reserve Forest. Domestic animals like cows, buffalos, horses, goats will be seen around grazing at the meadows.
Wilderness of these simple trek routes will enthral the soul of a traveller over and over again. Mountain terrain leading the traveller under efficient supervision of our team leaders, to the water source where savage animals like Barashingha (mountain deer), Sungar (Wild boar), Guldar (Leopard), Sehi (Porcupine), Saro (Himalayan Serow), Rikh (Black Bear), Kakad (Barking Dear) etc… come to drink water from the small ponds (Tal) in monsoon.
Mountain River-stream Fishing
River valleys of Himalayas are the alpine trove to nature lovers and hikers. An endless view of the vividly colored Himalayan flowers catches your eyes at each step. The arrival of spring with red Rhododendron (Burans) making the forests blazing in an uprising of colours.
Rivers flows through the valley originating from the upland of Himalayas. Fresh water springs are flowing from more than one source throughout the year.
Rohu fish are found in abundance post monsoon. The fishes can be caught in winter days as well as rivers in the area are never frozen even when entire land is covered with heavy cushion of snow.
Our warm welcome to all lovers of nature to the river valleys of Himalaya at any time of the year. Your fishing gears and accessories will be on us.
Introduction with Himalayan Medicinal Plant & Herbs
Here we enter in the world of Himalayan Ayurvedic medicinal plants which are growing in abundance since time immemorial I the valleys of mountain land. A thousand varieties of various plants in natural display allure the travellers to smell and test but under a strict interdiction to even touch any natural plant growth…
…around is to be followed religiously as these herbs and roots are carrying the most original medicinal compositions of Ayurveda hence can put your life in danger in no time if ingested or contacted blindfolded.
Let us introduce our travellers to some of these priceless natural treasures of Ayurvedic plants & roots.
Caterpillar fungus, Yarsa-Gumba localy known as (keera-jari), Acorus calamus (Banj),Adina cordifolia (Haldu), Allium stracheyi (Jambu) Allium wallichii (Kunth), Atropa belladonna (Dhatur Jahar) Berberis aristata (Kilmori) Betula utilis (Bhuj Seed) Gentiana tenella (Kutuki & Katuwi Fruit), Linum usitatissinum (Alsi), Origanum vulgare (Jangali tulsi) and many more…
The various kinds of medicinal herbs and grasses such as Garal grass, an anti-dot to snake bite, Bangli grass, to stop bleeding caused by a cut, Chor root works wonder in indigestion and stomach ache are the common practices of healing in the community.
The Himalayan land and its people are till date maintaining the reservoir of knowledge to put in everyday use these medicinal plants are fading out slowly. Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agricultural Development is trying to impart the basic Ayurvedic know hows to the explorers of nature and mountain.
Himalayan Folk Music & Art
Pahadis are fond of music, folk dance, and songs accompanied by local musical instruments like murli, bina, and hurka. An unusual instrument here is the masak-been (bagpipes) echoing in the valleys and the high mountain ridges, lingering remnants of colonial powers in the region.
Chanchri, Chaufula, Jhoda are some of the regularly performed folk dance forms.
Through Chanchri, Chaufula, singer-dancers portray the happiness and pathos of local people in a group moving in rhythmic circular motion. While in Jhoda musicians depict stories from religious texts and epics on auspicious occasion. The music is accompanied by Dhol (Percussion), Bhonkre (wind), Da mau (Hurki). Wearing traditional costumes the women and men together perform at the spacious courtyard of the village.
Local folk theatre such as Ram Leela, Pandav Leela is a great folk entertainment to celebrate the epics such as Ramayan & Mahabharata in local dialects (Rang a Rang Karyakram).
Architecture of each house holds bears an example of folk art such as the wooden frame of windows and doors are handcrafted by the carpenter community, an wood crafted replica of Lord Ganesh is place right at the main door of the house, the replica of Narayana, protector of human being, is religiously placed on the window shield.
Each house shine in bright colour and handcrafted decorations. Mountain folk are the makers of a thousand varieties of hand craft out of natural resources. Trekiking welcomes all travellers and village experience enthusiast to share through learning the craftman`s skill with the Himalayan community of art & craft makers while being guest at their household.
Organic Farming Initiation
Himalayan Villages are home to indigenous farmer`s community. Traditional mountain houses made of mud and stone surrounded by organic farmlands where cultivation of local traditional grains, spices, pulses creates an ambiance of natural wellness. Excellency of these people lies in Terraced cultivation of organic grains and crops. Their principal livelihood runs on organic farmland produce.
Since generations the high land organic farming is famous for mountain potato, Rajma (Kidney beans), various millets and also of Hemp plant to get hemp seeds as pickle add-on, spice and hemp fibre ropes.
With wrong farming methods, we turn fertile land into desert. Unless we go back to organic farming and save the soil, there is no future.
Let modest farmers of natural farming impart know how of the generation old Himalayan farming techniques of Uttarakhand to the curious travellers.
Night Life @ Himalayas
Fading golden sunlight travels the green mountain valley from one end to the other in celestial rhythm; The sky of god`s abode goes red to mark another end of the day keeping mountain springs from highland flowing by the valley. Now is the time to plunge in that spiritual feelings… setting sun disappearing behind the tall trees leaving streaks of golden rays… birds flying back to their nest…
With evening settling in, we start collecting wood to make the fire, sourcing water from the spring or tap around… settle down and sip on hot soups… villagers come one by one to chitchat…
Travellers bond while strolling around the curious stretch of the sloppy agricultural land in moonlight. The vast sky of Himalayan meadow transforms in creator`s canvas of zillion stars falling for your eyes.
The entire village becomes traveller`s home to chill, enjoy a white-night bon-fire, soak into the moment of silence. A much awaited fresh`n hot Dinner of local organic food is served.
Under the star-lit sky in the lap of majestic Himalayas in wide landscape, the visual of Garhwal Himalayas opens up in 360 degrees.
… a starry night freezes your memory forever
In the Himalayan valley fun begins in heavy winter days with 2 to 2&1/2 feet snow gathered everywhere around caressed by snowflakes is a usual order of nature around the Himalayan landscape in cold winter days of the year. An ambiance of sublime natural calm settles in when snows fall happens in the valley. Snow-crowned majestic Himalayan Summits open up to the valley.
Hallmark snow-capped peaks of Himalayas such as Nanda Ghunguti, Trishuli, Ali Bugiyal, Bagzi Bugiyal, Roopkund, Brahmtal summit, Khamil Peak show up in panoramic screen.
In winter daily life at mountain villages moves mostly in slow motion as agricultural activities are mostly put on halt during heavy snow fall. Indoor spaces are kept hot with wooden fire places. Villagers mostly are seen chatting around the fireplace while eating freshly roasted Black soya bean seeds, Amaranth seeds.
In winter the agricultural waste are stocked as animal fodder in the trees under snowfall. The farmer folks of this region keep on feeding and nurturing the soil with natural manure of cow-dung at minus 7 degrees throughout chilly days of winter. Local rituals and celebrations are also common happenings during lazy winter days. Come this season to submerge your winter fantasies with Himalayan Eco Tourism & Agriculture Development.
High on Photography / Moving Image
An endless visual arena of mountain ridge blended in a dense forest merging in distant villages, silent night in wilderness, welcoming morning with chirping birds, rustic farmer damsel with solta made of local bamboo on their back, organic farmland spread till infinite horizon… arrests the heart of a creative soul.
Mystical snowline of Himalaya reveals herself bit by bit in front of our eyes in pictorial ecstasy… At the other arena we witness the glamorous presence of snow white mountain villages here and there around the region in blazing sunlight reflected by white snow bed.
Night stay at the jungle camp perfectly nurtures the innocent fairy tale in each of us. Here time stands still in the sound of silence
Starry nights in full moon, surrounding sounds of rivers, night watcher birds and forest full of chirpy insects puts the traveller photographer in the jungle book experience at every moment. Tame lapses through the creator`s lens.
Each season decorates this valley differently, in winter the river stream continues flowing through the snow covered valley, spring is the time for thousands of blooming flowers and honey bees into the kingdom of lusty nature, in monsoon the dreamland goes freshly wet with heavy rain, a canvas full of chirpy birds playful with caterpillars enthrals the travellers.
The plateau is surrounded by dense forest of Oak, Deodar, Rhododendron. A diverse variety of savage animals such as mountain deer, leopard, wild boar and many more can be felt in the jungle. Domestic animals like cows, buffalos, horses, goats will be seen around grazing at the meadows.
Right from the campsite, infinite grassland puts the travellers on that green vertical of harmony with troops of grazing wild animals.
Here time stands still in sound of silence through the visual makers heart.
Come with your image making equipments to start rolling in elan.