We have a series of homestays in the Ramganga Valley, in Baluli, Jamaria, Sankar and Bagroti Villages, all close to the Ramganga River, and surrounded by forest. These home-stays offer you a chance to stay in local village homes situated in remote Himalayan wilderness and pristine areas close to protected nature reserves. Your hosts are the local inhabitants, with their unobtrusive gracious hospitality and first-hand experiences of how they peacefully co-exist with wildlife in the present environment.
All the villages are in the unique position of being bordered on one side by the Ramganga River, and the other side pristine jungle.This makes it a wildlife lover’s dream – you can go angling, bird watching, or on nature treks to find the elusive tiger (the villagers tell us that the tiger is sometimes seen around the fringes of the village!). Located on the periphery of the forests these homestays makes birdwatching for species like Common Green Magpie, Scaly thrush, Crimson Sunbird etc very easy. Anglers will find the knowledge of the community handy in finding good fishing spots.
You will stay with the families, and will be able to participate in daily village life activities– cutting grass, working in the vegetable garden, or going to the water source to collect water as there is no direct water supply to the house. Life will be simple for a while, but this is the beauty of staying at one of these homestays. Modern life can wear a person down after a while – taking a step back to more simple times refreshes and cleanses you, and allows you to rediscover yourself.
As with all small Indian villages, the people are shy at first, but once they get to know you, you really do make friends for life and become part of their family. The villages are all small, so community is a big part of the way of life. We’d recommend a stay in our Ramganga Valley Homestays to those looking to experience life in a traditional village in a very remote and rural place. You can stay for a few days, or make the village your home for a few months – it is up to you!