Garhwal Village & Cultural Retreat

“Experience the blissful tranquillity of Trekking, Meditation & Camping under the stars in the Lap of the Divine Himalayas.”

This retreat is especially designed to experience the village life of Himalayan people. This retreat bring you back to basics. We have chosen village Khola which is approx. 6 – 7 hrs from Rishikesh and is in a very remote and unexplored part of the Garhwal Himalayas. Most of the inhabitants of the village depends on the resources of the village for their survival. The water resources in the valley are natural.

It’s a perfect place for meditation, yoga, nature walks, bird-watching and to experience outside silence and inside peace. The lush green forests of this region are home to an astounding multiplicity of flora and fauna. A description of the charismatic beauty of this village would be incomplete without a mention of the people who inhabit this blessed village – simple, willing to help and hardworking.

Overall this trip is a great combination of culture, local traditions, lifestyle and offers some great views of Himalayas with unmatched beauty of Mother Nature.

Retreat Facts :

Area : Khola & Dangiya Village,Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Trip Duration : 07 days/06 nights
Trip Type : Yoga, meditation, culture, local traditions, homestay & trekking
Trip Grade : Easy
Highest Point : 2000m
Accommodations : o2 night homestay inKholaVillage, 02nights inDaunda Village, 01 night in Maithyana Village, 01 night hotel in Rishikesh.
Trip Highlights : Homestay experience with local villagers, local organic & vegetarian Garhwal Indian Food, local Garhwal Himalayan Tradition and Culture, breath-taking Himalayan Views, and most importantly, a pure and complete unmatched trip.

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01: - Drive Rishikesh to Village Khola (1400mts)approx 5-6 hrs (1300mts)

We start our trip from Rishikesh. In morning hours, we start approx. 5-6 hrs drive upstream to Musmola Village. Enroute we stop at Deoprayag to watch the confuence of rivers Alaknanda& Bhagirathi. From here the Ganges start and travel all the way to the Bay of Bengal. We continue our road journey and approx. after 1. 5 hrs from Kirtinagar we leave the main high way and continue our ride to village Khola for approx. 2.5 hrs. The drive is very scenic and shows a different view of the foothills of the Himalayas.

Upon arrival in village check in to the Village Homestay. Evening to be spend in leisure. Explore the village. Later enjoy the home cook food by the locals. Overnight stay in Musmola Village.

Day 02 : -Explore village and cooking class

Morning Yoga session. After breakfast, we explore the little village of Khola. We visit the local school and meet the locals. We also visit a little temple dedicated to the local God Kshetrapal. The villagers have a strong believe that the god save the village and the villagers from any disasters. Later we walk back to our homestay. In the evening a little traditional cooking session with the locals. Dinner & overnight stay at village homestay.

Day 03: - Trek to village Manguli approx. (2 – 2.5 hrs) Evening Local folk music.

After a morning yoga session & breakfast, we start walking for approx. 2.5 hrs to Manguli village. This trail to the village is a well-built terrain. We see different kind of vegetation and at some part we walk under the Cheer pine trees. Upon arrival in village you will be allotted your homestay. Later in the evening we explore the village. Feel free to exchange the ideas and talks with the villagers.

In the evening, we will have local folk music followed by dinner. Overnight stay in homestay at Manjuli village.

Day 04: - Trek to village Dangiya (1950 mts)apprx2 hrs

Enjoy the early morning of the country side and lifestyle of the village. Hear the magical voices of the birds. After the breakfast,which is also made in a local kitchen made with local ingredients we pack our bags and start walking to our next destination village Dangiya. We cross a little pass. On a very clear day you can see a great belt of the Himalayas from pass.

From the pass, we start walking on a gradual path for next 25 min to reach our nature. campsite. Dinner and overnight stay at nature camps in village Dangiya.

Day 05 : Layover Day

This day is for complete relaxation. Feel free to walk around the village and explore yourself with a meditative and mindful walk. Overnight stay in nature camp.

Day 04: - Trek to Maithyana Temple (2000mts)apprx. 4-5 hrs

After yoga session &breakfast, we start trekking down to the village Daundaforapprox 45 min to 1 hour and from here we start walking to our next destination Temple Maithyana Devi. The trail passes through the different kind of vegetation and different villages. We reach to a point from where Himalayas are visible again. At this point we enjoy our lunch. We continue our walk-through pine forest which leads us to Temple Maithyana Devi.

The temple is dedicated to GoddessDurga and has lot of importance in the nearby villages. Every year there is a big festival for the goddess. Check in to your tents. Dinner & overnight stay in camps at temple.

Day 06 : Drive to Rishikesh

Today it is a time to say goodbye to the Himalayas. After packing our stuff we drive for next 6-7 hours to reach Rishikesh. Upon arrival in Rishikesh check in to your hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Rishikesh.

Day07 : Goodbye ! Depart to your further destinations

Today is a time to say goodbye to the team and staff who worked hard to give you an amazing retreat. Depart to your further destination with the high spirits of the retreat.

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