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Kunwarji's Eco Farm Stay

Shared room in farm stay hosted by Geetanjali
4 guests1 bedroom4 beds1.5 shared bathrooms
Kunwarji's Eco Farm is good for couples and solo adventurers. It is an excellent place for bird watchers. You can go for trails around the house or little farther way to enjoy the scenic waterfalls. Good place to do nothing , enjoy a book or paint or just relax and enjoy the calls of birds and animals

The space
This little Garhwali village house is located close to Maandlu, 60 km away from Kotdwar.

The way to reach Kunwarji's Farm from Mandlu, the last motorable point, itself is adventurous in away. Heavy rainfall and cloud burst took away the kuchcha road leading up to the village of four houses and brought in big boulders to the stream down below. It is one and a half km trail of walking and crossing through this stream to the accompanying calls of the birds and sometimes roar of the mammals. The last half kilometre is a steep climb and it does test one's stamina if you are a person with tender bones and soft muscles.

The little water-mill and then the huge fish tank welcomes you after a short ascent, crossing over the stream once again, this time over a small rickety bridge. Few more uphill steps and you are at Kunwarji's home. Usha Bhabhi, his wife will greet you with a glassful of Malta or lemon juice.

As growing crops is becoming non-remunerative to this small community, this once otherwise a very abundant place of many villages, has only a few left in the neighbouring hillocks surrounding Shila Tonk where Kunwarji's house is located. Most of the farmers have migrated to the cities for getting employment. Due to migration, the land under cultivation is getting smaller. The crops are increasingly getting destroyed by wild boars, deer and even birds. So the crop area has been decreasing over the years as they grow only to feed themselves for the year. The other big challenge is taking the small produce from the village to the markets. If they grow ginger or turmeric and somehow manage to take a quintal to the Kotdwar market - the prices are bashed down by the wholesalers, knowing well that the farmer has to sell for sure before he heads back to his village. They do grow some fruits like Amla and Malta ( tastes like orange to an extent).. but have to trek for 2 hours to a place called Chelusain to get that processed at a Government supported unit wherein again they have to purchase the sugar themselves for the processing.which is not a feasible and viable option. So villagers keep taking up different initiatives many of which in fact leaves them with precious little. be it keeping cows ( it is uneconomical to trek 2 miles to sell 3 litres).. or keeping goats, sheep which are again at the risk of being attacked by the big cats which are commonly sighted here! Kunwarji himself lost his horse to a tiger which was getting him decent income. But then when adversity strikes, people do find ways.. and villagers are opening up to the idea of homestays.. for they have the beauty of nature all around.. the rivers, mountains, waterfalls, birds, tigers, leopards, bears and much other wild fauna!

Kunwarji is the first among the four houses ready to take in guests in his simple house. He knows the forest around well and can take you around for trails surrounding his hillock and the villages. His house itself is a great place to watch birds. All that are grown are organic as none of the villagers uses any kind of pesticide, so one can enjoy farm grown fresh vegetables prepared lovingly by Usha Bhabi. Once the rain starts and stream are full, they grind all the pulses and wheat using the watermill. The night sky is beautiful from here. And if your bones permit you can trek for around 5 km to Silogi to get a great view of the mountains. For the lazy ones, he can organize ponies to take you up there.

If you love watching birds, if you love the forests, if you are non-fussy about spending a day or two in a simple village house and understanding the pitfalls and difficulties of loving your roots and hanging onto it in spite of all the difficulties with an innocent villager's smile, then do make a visit to Kunwarji's Farm. Every guest visit will help this family with their little big dream of a better future. Stay is with all meals and a wonderful company of the hosts. Your stay is inclusive of simple homely meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This project is part of IT Nature Trust's livelihood initiatives.

Guest access
Travellers can access all the rooms except the bedroom of the host family.

Other things to note
This place is not a hotel or resort or a guest house. It is a simple Indian village house with very very basic facilities.
Kindly note that Kunwarji and his family can converse in Hindi and can understand little bit of English
Alcohol serving and consuming is strictly prohibited .
It takes around six hours of time to arrange a pick and drop from the place to the nearest bus stand and railway station Kotdwar, in case you are coming by bus or train amd will cost Rs.900 one way
Kunwarji's Eco Farm is good for couples and solo adventurers. It is an excellent place for bird watchers. You can go for trails around the house or little farther way to enjoy the scenic waterfalls. Good place to do nothing , enjoy a book or paint or just relax and enjoy the calls of birds and animals

The space
This little Garhwali village house is located close to Maandlu, 60 km away from Kot…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Common spaces
2 single beds

Amenities

Kitchen
Breakfast
Free on-street parking
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Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Location

Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

This is the only house on the hillock . However there are houses on the other hillocks

Hosted by Geetanjali

Joined in October 2014
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A wanderer by heart,mind,feet and soul. Watching birds, listening to classical music are hobbies close to my heart. Trying to see myself by travelling to the nooks and corner of our country. Happy to be featured and written (Email hidden by Airbnb)
A wanderer by heart,mind,feet and soul. Watching birds, listening to classical music are hobbies close to my heart. Trying to see myself by travelling to the nooks and corner of ou…
During your stay
Kunwarji is always around for any help and assistance.
  • Languages: বাংলা, English, हिन्दी
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Check out: 1:00 pm
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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