Journey with Ramawtar Singh and seasoned river-guide Anvesh Thappa tracing sustainable living practices in the Himalayan foothills of Kumaon, Northern India.
Arrive to a warm welcome at the New Delhi International Airport. Our representative will meet you upon clearing customs. Enjoy a short drive to your hotel before settling in for a good night’s rest. Optional: Sightseeing can be arranged should you be interested in visiting some of Delhi’s historical sights.
Start the day early with the first train out of the busy streets of New Delhi and head off to the beautiful Himalayas. Post train ride enjoy a panoramic drive to your new home for the next three-nights, Geeli Mitti Farms. Located about 14-miles from the India’s well know hill-station, the location offers Kumaon’s awe-inspiring views from the Himalayan foothills. Host to some of India’s most prolific bird-life, this is a gorgeous region that has maintained its beauty because of the self-sustained practices of the locals. With Himalayan panoramas, Geeli Mitti farms is roughly half a miles hike from the road, located on the banks of a stream.
The day is spent learning about permaculture farming, natural building, and eco-sustainability in wondrous landscape of handmade hobbit homes. Geeli Mitti Farms attracts tourism from all over the world, bringing economic prosperity to the people and abundance to the land while educating others on self-sustainable living. This idyllic location has a small stream flowing nearby, where guests go to dip their feet and cool off Make sure to also make friends with the gorgeous butterflies here, a whole lot of them will greet you all day!
Connect to the local community through Geeli Mitti’s outreach program in a local school. Learn about the natural farming practices from your guides. End the day creating “wardrobe art”, jewelry made from natural materials found during your walks around Geeli Mitti Farms and neighboring villages.
Say goodbye to your host Shagun Singh at The Geeli Mitti Farms and journey further north-eastward to the international borders of India and Nepal.
Spend the day hiking, visiting villages experiencing local connections with Ramawtar Singh, stoping by a local school, birdwatching and the day’s adventure at an ancient temple ideally set on the confluence of the Saryu and Mahakali rivers. There is also an option of trying your hand at some Mahseer fishing. Pancheshwar is world renowned spot for Mahseer fishing.
Spend two days rafting (class 2 & 3 rapids) the Mahakali river that separates the international borders of India and Nepal with expedition leader Anvesh Thapa. Start your days early, birdwatching on the forest trails along the edge of the river. End the day around a fire camping on a river-beach with your seasoned guides.
Step back in time following your guide Ramawtar Singh on a hike to the abandoned village of Thak. Made famous by Jim Corbett’s classic epic, The Man Eaters of Kumaon. Learn about local medical plants and their applications and folk-lore from Ramawtar Singh.
End your river adventure after an exhilarating bit of white water rafting.
Say goodbye to your river team and journey back to New Delhi via train.
Arrive in Delhi by later evening (9 pm) and be chauffeured The Holiday Inn that is just a few miles from the International Airport.
Be chauffeured to the New Delhi International Airport (IGI) after a heart breakfast. Check-out from your hotel is at 11 am.