Sonali Gurung
Khaneara is located in a peaceful location in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh in India. This small village of Gaddis is Nestled at the foothills of the magnificent Dhauladhar mountain range, with eco-friendly construction and natural and pristine surroundings - A perfect getaway destination in the Himalayas. The Gaddis are a tribe living mainly in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. They are Hindus and belong to several castes. These are nomadic herders who keep on moving with their sheep herds (called 'Revad') through the year in Himalayas in search of grazing land. Climate change, construction of roads, hotels, conservation of forest areas etc. have led to shortage of grazing land and made herding difficult for Gaddi people. Also the new generations of Gaddis are showing reluctance to continue their generations old occupation and they are more inclined towards living a settled life.