Village Tourism in Uttarakhand

When the time comes to visit lesser-known village tourism in  Uttarakhand, is the best & a kaleidoscope of remoteness lesser-known postcards village Tourism in Uttarakhand that is filled with some amazing & culturally rich places. And  It does not matter how many new places you have been to so far, there are always lesser-explored options in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand offers you from lesser-known postcards villages to the valleys with unspoiled cultures & traditions, here are some of the finest offbeat villages that are as remote as possible from travelers’ crowds and assurance of total escapes.

Top five lesser-known Village Tourism in Uttarakhand to visit in Uttarakhand picks:

Kalsi Village
Kalsi Village Uttarakhand

1-Kalsi Village

Kalsi village lies at the juncture of the Tons and Yamuna rivers. The  Kalsi is a lesser-known village near Ponta Sahib Gurudwara.  Kalsi was once a popular small town in Uttarakhand. Though the time turned back to make it is a peaceful little village.

Today, Kalsi is not as famous as other villages, it is the best place for solitary travel.  From riverside picnics to angling and river rafting to hiking, there’s something for everyone.

  • Rock Edicts of  King Ashoka The Ashokan Rock Edicts are on the riverbank. A structure of the bricks boasts a 2,200 years-old rock edict of Emperor Ashok.
  • Nature Walks Kalsi ensures you giving many options for easy to stiff hiking trails. The best trail is the ashram road where the river Yamuna is seen gushing out of the mountains.
  • Adventure Activities  – Camping, Hiking, Canoeing, river rafting, angling, and trekking are available

 Stay and Eat Options
The colonial-style lodge lies across the river village, there is Snow Lion Estate Lodge is the best option to stay in, the resort offers breathtaking vistas, very rich birdlife, and trees.

Reaching There

  • Air: Jolly Grant, Dehradun is the nearest airport at 77km/2 hrs
  • Rail: Dehradun railhead is the best option and from there, you get a taxi to Kalsi
  • Road: Kalsi is easy to access by road from Delhi via Dehradun. Buses are also available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate
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Kukuchhina Village Dwarahat
Kukuchhina Village, Dwarahat Uttarakhand

2- Kukucchina Village

This tiny village sits at an elevation of 1800 meters at the Dunagiri hills in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand Himalayas.  This village has much mythological & historical significance.

  • Mahavatar Babaji cave -It is the very place where Mahavatar Babaji appeared & gave teaching on Kriya Yoga. Now, the village is frequently visited by the Kriya Yoga followers. Kukuchhina has scenic waterfalls, stone cottages, and the Dunagiri goddess temple.
  • Pnadavakholi – The legend is that Pandavas ( The mythological characters of Mahabharata)  spent some time here while they were in exile.
  • Goddess Dunagiri Temple – The temple is considered Shakti Peetha out of 51 Shakti Peetha across India,  is devoted to the goddess Dunagari Mata.
  • Adventures – Hiking,  Trekking, Mountian climbing, Yoga & Meditation.

 Stay and Eat Options

In the budget, there is Joshi Guesthouse in the village, If you look for a luxury stay then you have  Dunagri Retreat resort which offers breathtaking vistas, very rich birdlife, and tree.

Reaching There

  • Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport at 200 km/6  hrs
  • Rail: Kathgodam  railhead is the best option and from there, you get a taxi
  • Road: Kukuchhina is easy to access by road from Delhi via Nainital. Buses are also available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate
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Khati Village Bageshwar Uttarakhand

Khati Village Bageshwar Uttarakhand

3- Khati Village

Khati village sits by the Pindari Glacier in the Kumaon division, Khati is a breathtaking small village enveloped in rhododendrons and oak trees. The village is located in the district of Bageshwar and is yet to be charted by tourists. It is an ideal place for those who love to spend a peaceful time.  This village offers you a majestic vista and a traditional Himalayan lifestyle. The small houses made of stones will win your heart.

  • Mythology – Legends describe that the Khati people are the straight descendants of those people who gave shelter to the Pandavas ( Mythological Characters of Mahabharata) during their exile.
  • Activities -Khati village witnesses the footsteps of trekkers on their approach to Pindari, Kafni, or Sunderdunga Glaciers. It offers breathtaking vistas, very rich birdlife, and tree.
  • Amenities – In spite of its unparalleled natural beauty, mythology tradition, and culture— the village still rolls into hardships,  the lack of essential basic amenities i.e. roads, healthcare, education, and electricity.

Stay and Eat Options
There are people who welcome the tourist and make arrangements in their house or provides the ground to pitch tent in the village.

Reaching There

  • Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport at 200 km/6  hrs
  • Rail: Kathgodam  railhead is the best option and from there, you get a taxi
  • Road: Easy to access by road from Delhi via Nainital. Buses are also available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate
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Kalap Village in Garhwal Uttarakhand

Kalap Village in Garhwal Uttarakhand4-Kalap Village

Kalap village pearches in the Garhwal division of Uttarakhand, at an elevation of 7,500 ft, the village is settled in the midst of pine and deodar trees by gushing the Supin River.  Kalap village is approx  210 km far from Dehradun and approx  450 km far from New Delhi.

  • What You Do – Camping, Hiking, Trekking, Fishing, Potato Farming, Highland walking, river crossing, etc.
  • What You See- Govind Pashu Vihar National Park (GPNP),  snow-capped Bandarpunch range, rearing sheep and goats & wildlife

Reaching There

  • By Road, Uttarakhand is well-connected by railroad, air & road from New Delhi. From Dehradun, the road journey of 6 hours by car or 10 hours by public transport to touch Netwar town, and Netwar is the last town connected by road.
  • By Trek, There are two routes to reach  Kalap village that totally depends on the season. The summer trek is 8 km/ 6 h, and the winter trek is 5 km/ 4 h.
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Munsiyari Village Uttarakhand
Munsiyari Village Uttarakhand
5-Munsiyari Village

This peaceful Munsiyari village sits at an altitude of 2200 m from sea level in the district of Pithoragarh.  The village is wrapped with five snow-covered peaks that are the reason these five snow-capped peaks are called ” Panchachuli” peaks.

The Munsiyari is the base point for the most popular three glaciers expedition namely Ralam, Milam, and Namik glacier.  Munsiyari is a perfect place for both vacation-like-minded and adventure-like-minded people.

Accommodation –There are many accommodation options from luxury to budget.

Things To Do

  • Trekking– Munsiyari offers both long-distance and short-distance trekking for enthusiastic trekkers. It offers mesmerizing beauty of Glacier with trekking.
  • Village Tour– This enchanted village tour is not only for sightseeing but also you can learn about their culture and tradition which offers a new experience.
  • Birdwatching – If you’re a bird lover, this place offers a pleasant and wonderful view of birds. Munsiyari village is located in the midst of a forest of pine and deodar tree.

Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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