Alchauna – 1N2D
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Leisurely
- Group Size Small Group
Rural Odyssey brings to you an amazing story wrapped in time, a story whose roots dates back to 400 years ago when a family migrated from their village in search of water and livelihood.
This journey is about the Upreti family who escaped from village Kheti to village Alchauna as a result of the invasion by the Nepal Kingdom and in search of livelihood. Earlier, Alchauna belonged to the Alchaunis (Rajputs), and Upretis settled in the village as priests to Alchaunis to carry out the holy rituals. Over generations, family evolved as nomadic farmers and later on built a colonial house to settle in. Listen to the nomadic adventures of the family over snacks and bonfire. You will be thrilled to see how they survived some harsh conditions while they were migrating from their original village.
The homestay is a 100-year-old Bungalow, which is a part of an exquisite 100-acre estate, set amidst the lush green mountains. With Kalsa river flowing down along with estate makes it a perfect place to enjoy both the mountains tops and the valley. It’s one of those perfect places to unwind yourself where you can rejuvenate yourself near natural clear water pools, gaze at majestic mountains, visit a rose farm, or play with village kids, while getting a taste of timeless village life in lower Kumaon hills.
Colonial Stay – The homestays are a part of a 100-acre old colonial bungalow. The face of the bungalow is completely plastered with stone as are all the exterior walls, which creates a magnificent set of nature around. All the rooms are well-crafted and designed to make your stay a memorable one.
Bee Keeping – Observe the sophisticated structure of bee civilization. From the guards at the hive entry to the nurses tending the little, to the “energetic females” and “lazy males,” to the glaring elusive queen, each bee has a place inside this complex community. Not to mention that you will be tasting the freshest honey from the hive.
Organic Farming – Experience the fine art of organic farming, know why the world should move to organic farming, and it’s other benefits. We encourage you to get your hands dirty and learn a skill or two for your terrace garden.
Nature Walk – Walk the prosperous pine and oak forests, experience the rich varieties of wildflowers & plants along with eye-catching landscape. If we are lucky and quiet, we may even happen to see some rare birds and lots of nests. We will also visit some hidden crystal clear water pools.
Village Walk – Walk through the village, interact with the locals, learn and understand the “pahaadi” lifestyle. Look for the local inventions. Sometimes it’s our farmers in the villages who design something interesting to make their day to day life little easy.
- Day 1 Day 1:
Reach Silent Valley, Alchauna in the morning. You will be welcomed by the hospitable hosts, Upretis, and owners of this fantastic colonial estate at an altitude of 1500m, surrounded by beautiful landscape. To revitalize you, we have arranged for twin sharing rooms with clean, fresh linen and duvets. All the rooms are comfortable and quiet with beautiful views. After freshening up, start the day with introductions over breakfast. Later, you can walk around the nearby farms to understand and observe the traditional farming techniques of the local communities, and how people have hooked on to them to grow in abundance without the use of any chemicals. From there, you can continue our walk in the lap of nature along the river while exploring some secret pristine swimming spots. After the lunch, it's time to go for a hands-on experience with the bee-keeping art. Get your hands at the beehive, understand their life cycle, and learn how to care for bees, benefits of honey and making of some excellent products from wax and honey. Get a memorable experience to “suit up” in a beekeeping suit, and to get as up close and intimate with the bees. In the evening, go for a walk in the village and experience a glimpse of old Kumaoni lifestyle. Afterward, you can settle around a bonfire with some games, conversations, music and good food. Don’t forget to listen to an interesting story of how your hosts settled in that place.
- Day 2 Day 2:
Today is a free day. You can plan your day with the help of host family or Rural Odyssey. We recommend you to visit Pine Jungles or hangout in local farms. You can also drive to Bhimtal and have a boating experience.
Hill View Room:
Single Occupancy: 2500 INR
Double Occupancy: 4400 INR
Non Hill View Room:
Single Occupancy: 2200 INR
Double Occupancy: 3700 INR
Extra bed (only possible in Hill View Rooms) costs 1200 INR
The cost of lunch/ dinner is 300 INR per person per meal.
How to Reach:
Delhi to Haldwani –
Uttarakhand roadways (Ordinary/Volvo) bus service from Anand Vihar ISBT to Haldwani Bus Station. OR,
Train from Delhi railway station to Kathgodam/Haldwani railway station.
Haldwani to Alchauna:
You can book a personal taxi from Haldwani to Silent Valley, Alchauna. A 6-7 seater car typically charges 1500-2000 INR one way.
If you have your own vehicle, then you can also drive from Delhi to Alchauna. The distance is approximately 300 kms.
Please note, we do not provide any taxi services. If needed, we can assist you in booking a cab for you.
- Accommodation in simple and comfortable homestays on twin-sharing basis. Unless you’ve opted for single occupancy.
- AM/PM Tea at stay.
- Guided walk to the farm, a bee-keeping session and village walk.
- Bonfire in the Evening. Not applicable if it’s raining.
- Transportation costs to/ from the destination village.
- Lunch and Dinner.
- Any items/services which are personal in nature like toiletries, sun protection creams, chips, soft drinks, laundry, STD calls, etc.
- Any extra expenses due to delays arising from bad weather and unforeseen circumstances.
- Any medical expenses.
- Any other expenses of any nature not included in the INCLUSIONS section.