Our rural walks take you through these unspoilt remote villages and lush fields, enabling you to experience rural India from close quarters. Walk freely around and interact with the community – exchanging stories with the elderly people over a cup of ‘chai’ or help the men and women working in the fields.
At The Explorations Company we love luxury and style but we also love to engage with our destination. If that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us. Take in the breathtaking landscapes with expert guides, staying in tastefully decorated, comfortable, spectacularly located atmospheric homes set in valleys or a luxury lodge set high on a ridge commanding uninterrupted views of the mountains.
This little known region that lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand offers some of the most stunning mountain scenery that we know of anywhere, from the perennially snow capped peaks of the Great Himalaya range in the north to the pretty hill stations at the foothills. Surprisingly the region escaped the influx of backpackers that was common in other hill areas.
The beautiful Kumaon region is a land of rich cultural heritage, age-old temples, majestic Himalayan peaks, picture postcard terraced fields and tempting fruit orchards. To experience this stunningly beautiful region on foot is truly inspiring and more rewarding than words can describe.
Village walks are at the heart of any Kumaoni experience, enabling you to enjoy the villages and rural life in remote mountain regions. Accompanied by local porters and guides, you step out of the modern world, walking between villages that are remote, and staying in traditional village houses, which have been spruced up to provide proper comfort without compromising their authenticity.
Walk from village to village, observing the peaceful, rural culture – watching farmers harrow their fields with oxen, whilst the women plant chilies, beautifully attired in colourful saris – and not another tourist in sight. We will arrange visits to local schools, temples and markets to enable you to get a full understanding of the culture of each region, its people, religion and customs. Providing authentic experiences of local life, our walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in.
For the more active guests trekking and camping are also possibilities. In remote but beautiful locations we offer our guests the chance to spend the night in a tented camp set up exclusively for them. Enjoy outstanding mountain views and some of the clearest night skies to be found in the world.
We like to share the rejuvenating effects of remote surroundings – to provide privileged access to places far removed from the noise and clutter of the modern world, where space, peace and epic landscapes provoke the imagination and nourish the soul.
Speak to us for a wide range of customised luxury walking holiday options throughout India.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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