Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village

Tripoto
20th Jun 2017
Photo of by Soma Majumdar

...Experiencing the himalayan villages.....

The himalayas are beautiful....but they are also harsh.....life for the villagers are hard. Villagers are leaving their homes in search of sustenance and coming downhill.

But what if.....instead of the village coming to the cities, the cities go up to meet the villages....?? We were grateful to be asked to be part of such a venture....a no frills experience....in the lap of the less trodden mountain paths....to help sustain our villages.

Do share ....if you like the idea.....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village 1/3 by Soma Majumdar

...the journey starts....a sudden impromptu decision to take a break from the noise and predictability of city life...bought tatkal tickets from IRCTC.....boarded the shatabdi from New Delhi NDLS toDehradun.....we would be picked up from Dehradun for an uphill destination....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village 2/3 by Soma Majumdar

....the sky being overcast , our first sight o the Himalayas was a balm for our weather beaten souls.....phew....are we really here...?

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village 3/3 by Soma Majumdar

.....picturesque backdrop....soft, ethereal, unreal....

Photo of THE KEMPTY RESORT, Siya Kempti, Uttarakhand, India by Soma Majumdar

....we stop at new upcoming resort at Kempty to have tea...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....and change vehicle...as the uphill rocky terrain would be an adventure....we were warned....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....up the b e a u t i f u l l mountain roads, twisting our souls upwards ...amidst random selfies and shots taken....as we bumped along, our hearts in our mouths literally sometimes...till...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....a squeal of breaks....just 2 km away from Gandiyala...the village we were supposed to go to @Rs700 per head to experience village life, food and living with the locals... A Roadblock. The previous days rain had caused a small landslide...PWD was working on it...we were given the option of walking the adventurous trail...we opted out.....back to kempty resort to figure out things...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....woke up to a beautiful day....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....looking out to the mountain ranges from our beds...through the sheers....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....decided to do some local Kempty sites....the water falls and the Mall....

Photo of Kempty Falls, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Soma Majumdar

....serpentine queue of traffic ....in the mountain roads!!!...the traffic we had run away from in Delhi....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....the crowded Kempty fall....not a place to go to if you want to experience the quiet pristine grandeur of the Himalayas....

Photo of Mall Road, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India by Soma Majumdar

....a selfie land....and merely that...too crowded otherwise....@ the Mall...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....but the journey up and down made everything worth it....the undulating slopes...the loops....the small little cottages peeping through and the sky kissing the mountains....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....next day we set out again....this time to another village...Bediyana...lower than Gandiyala...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....yes...something different....away from the local tourist spots....we reached the village, Bediyana.....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

........up the steep stairs...loft like.....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....and into their homes...wooden floors.....wooden cupboards, tea and a lot of warmth....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....the parental house of the three sisters....

Photo of Lakhwar, Uttarakhand, India by Soma Majumdar

....the land that they belong to.....this has been their backyard in their childhood...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

......the city and the village meet at the edge of the world....one with an IPhone and the other with cycle tubes...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....the villagers take to clicking selfies too....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....top of the world...looking down on creation....and the only explanation I can find....is the love of nature unspoilt..

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....its luncheon time....makke ke roti, sarson ki saag, dahi, chutney, salad....we are hungry and eat well....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....post lunch we set out to their local temple uphill...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....meet some more villagers....who are all delighted...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....their temple...

Photo of Lakhwar, Uttarakhand, India by Soma Majumdar

....what a lovely, unspoilt place this is...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.......a newborn kid.....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....gorgeous sunsets....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....as dusk falls suddenly and we wrap ourselves in comforters...the children can't help entertaining us with their dance moves to the local Pahari music...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....and there in a remote village...in a remote family there smiles a Divya Rawat, State level Kabaddi player with all her awards and metals....made of stern stuff....the state should help pull out these champs, who have the yearning in them to do their country proud...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....after a good night rest in fairly comfortable, highly spacious rooms, shared bathrooms clean and with hot water,....and a hearty breakfast, the women folk get us to move with their dance steps and present us with a head gear...the ghantu...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....the families line up to bid us farewell....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

....on our way back, we detour and visit the gurgling waters of Yamunotri....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.......down the slopes....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar
Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....its time to say goodbye to the mountains.....

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....time to kill before we board the Mussoorie Express, a night train to New Delhi....we linger in Dehradun, near the station....have coffee and eats at...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

...the Jail Cafe...

Photo of Up and Close....in a Mussoorie Village by Soma Majumdar

.....a fun outing...before we head for the plains and back to our routine lives.

You can explore another beautiful village called Gorcha in Uttarakhand. ..... You can read about it..in the link.

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So I want to promote this beautiful destination as a famous tourism destination, by promoting the tourism in this area, will generate the employment for local people so that they will stay over there. Therefore I invite all travel lovers/bloggers like you to visit this area so that we can promote this beautiful place online through social media.
Wed 08 02 17, 07:09 · Reply · Report
Hi Mrs. Majumdar my name is Tikam Singh Chauhan and by profession I am a tour operator, I belong to a Himalayan village, Gorchha which is in Uttarakhand, district Dehradun. This area is so beautiful, full of natural beauty and has a unique culture which you can not find anywhere else but due to the lake of employment this area is facing the biggest problem of migration of people from the region, every year many people are coming to cities in search of employment and due to the migration, our culture is also migrating and disappearing day by day which is the big concern of my region today.
Wed 08 02 17, 07:07 · Reply · Report
Below is a message I got from Mr CHauhan..
Wed 08 02 17, 07:07 · Reply · Report