Gorchha IV: People of Gorchha, at work and leisure

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13th Apr 2018
Photo of Gorchha IV: People of Gorchha, at work and leisure by Rupa Abdi

The Jaunsari people of Gorchha village display an intriguing combination of facial features that are neither typical of the hills or the the plains. Their ancestral roots are lost in myths and legends.

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The village life, like numerous other villages in this largely agrarian country of ours, revolves around syncing their daily activities around the seasons :

Sowing

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Winnowing after harvest

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Grazing

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Gathering firewood

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Collecting Fodder

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Browsing in the forest for minor forest produce

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Repair work around the house

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Washing and cleaning

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Cooking

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The people here are skilled at some indigenous crafts such as weaving coats, mats and snow shoes from goat's hair:

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Coat prepared from goats's hair to be worn in winters
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Some men wear it throughout the year
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Local breed of goat
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Mat woven from goat's hair
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Snow shoes made from goat's hair

These hill people are also skilled at wood carving. The traditional houses in this region are built from wood, mainly Deodar and special structures such as the village temple is adorned with beautiful wood carvings and motifs.

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A typical Himalayan house design
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Interior of the house
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A locally designed cooking stove cum room heater
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Ornate wood carvings in the local temple
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Close up of the wooden motifs on the temple
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Beautifully designed jute bag

Most of the homes have space for bees to build hives. The honey produced is consumed locally:

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Place for bee hives

One of the major produce in Gorchha is apples and the locals make pickle from from shade-dried apples:

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Dried apple on the right and apple pickle on the left

Leisure, games and festivities:

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Kids at play in the village chaupal
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Indigenous toys
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Waiting for my turn to play cricket !
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The Bajgi's prepare for Bisu festival
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Archery festival begins
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Photo credits: Rupa and Razi Abdi

Travel Tips:

How to get there

Gorchha is 70 kms from Dehra Dun and 400 kms from New Delhi.

We took the Nanda Devi overnight train from Delhi to Dehardun.

Budget travelers can take a bus from Dehra Dun to Vikas Nagar which is about 38 km from Dehra Dun and then hire a cab from Vikas Nagar to Gorchha.

Alternately you could hire a cab from Dehradun to Gorchha which could cost you anywhere between 5000 to 6000 rupees.

You can see Kanasar and Tiger Falls on the way to Gorchha or on your return trip. We visited them on our return trip from Gorchha to Dehra Dun.

When to travel

Gorchcha is known for the freezing temperatures during winters and pleasant climate during summers.

Summers (March to June) are very pleasant with 10 °C (Min) and 30 °C (Max).

Monsoon (July to September) is associated with medium rainfall. This season is characterized by slippery roads and cold winds. Tourists mostly avoid the rainy days.

Winters (December to February) are chilly. During this season, the maximum temperature is below 15 °C and minimum touches -5 °C; it is freezing cold.

Autumn (October and November) is mildly cold.

March to May is the ideal season for outdoor activities. However If the snow fall is good, it is worth experiencing the winter in Gorchha! The month of April is a month of thunder storms, that was when we visited and it was quite beautiful !!

Where to stay

Shri Tikam Singh who runs a homestay at Gorchha village can be contacted through his facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Gorchha-Village-106305010036987/

His contact no. : 91 8447728560

Related posts :

Gorchha I- Overview: A little known Gem in the Himalayas (check this post for itinerary details)

Gorchha II: The landscapes around Gorchha

Gorchha III: The Bisu Festival

Gorchha V: Birds and Wild Flowers of Gorchha

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