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The Himalayan Village Experience
Discovering the real rural India
The Himalayan Village Experience
A wonderful, eye-opening and thoroughly enjoyable experience deep in the foothills of the Himalayas where you can see some of the highest peaks as you enjoy lunch on your terrace. The Saryu Valley boasts wide meadows and lush forests with a stunning backdrop of the the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks. With wonderful walking, warm hospitality and breathtaking views, this is rural north India at its best. A weekend trip here leaves you feeling rejuvinated and longing for more.
Off beat trip to a mountain village
You are in the Saryu Valley, and stay in the heart of Supi village at over 2,000 metres. Our guesthouse is converted from a traditional ‘berklay’ longhouse with a proudly local design and style. With three en-suite twin bedrooms, it is simple and comfortable, with a cosy dining and sitting area, and enjoys wonderful views from the terrace. As the guesthouse is community owned, and all team members are local villagers, then your stay is contributing to villagers’ financial welfare.
Supi is a thriving farming, largely self-sufficient community where over 50 children go to the local school, and there is reasonable broadband, yet there are no electricity pylons, no cafe, no shop, no traffic jams, and where you can only walk around the village on narrow paths between tiny fields. In fact, there are not even wheeled carts in the village – everything is carried on the backs of mules or humans.
Your welcoming hosts are proud of their village, and keen to share it, and their largely traditional lifestyle, with you as you will discover on the guided village tour organised on the first day to introduce you to your home for the next three nights. Then the choice is yours to be as active or relaxed as suits you – fitted in between your delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, freshly prepared from local ingredients.
Exhilerating walks and scenic views
You have the freedom of the guesthouse – to sit, watch, read, dream, recover – as well as the freedom of the village, and its surrounding fields, woods, panoramic viewpoints and footpaths to explore at your own speed. On a clear day, there are magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Gunti, Trishul, Maktoli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot. A highlight is watching the sun rise over Supi village at Darbella Top (a 40 minute walk from the village).
If you decide you want some additional guided activities, then you can prebook or arrange there and then, subject to availability. You might want to add a day hike, through terraced fields, stone pathways, open countryside and mixed forests to the Chiltha Temple, or experience a night in the high altitude tented camp, waking up to the sun rising over the high peaks. Or how about trying ploughing with oxen, or cooking Himalayan style.
The Saryu Valley lies about 90km north of Almora in the Begeshwar region of Uttarakhand.
Transfers from Haldwani, Kathgodam or elsewhere are available on request, and we can also arrange for train journeys. Book in advance for our negotiated rates.
The Himalayan Village Experience3 Night Stay
Private room with en-suite facilities
3 meals a day featuring locally grown, seasonal produce
Guide and Porter services
Guided tour of the village taking between one and three hours depending on you
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