In the lap of the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by reserve forests on the bank of Khichdi River, Kyari is a charming village perched in the periphery of Jim Corbett national park. Being a great habitat for wildlife and with the abundance of natural resources around, Kyari has come up as a hot destination to experience the Corbett region like never before with full of life adventures and engagements with local communities. Also, its close proximity to Delhi tags it as a perfect weekend getaway. Locals who are skilled guides and naturalists have initiated an eco-camp, which is a perfect narrative of the beautiful village Kyari. The locals’ dedication towards their place will ensure that you don’t just Visit a place, but you Live it like a Local.
Local Dost - Naveen Joshi & TeamThe camp is owned and run by local young men from the village, who are professionally qualified from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. The camp has skilled field guides and naturalists making your wildlife experience a memory to live with.
These Mud-Houses blend in with the village settings perfectly. They are hand crafted and worked on by our very own team. They are very spacious and come with an attached bathroom. The ‘verandah’ outside is a perfect place to relax, read, write and watch birds.
COMFORTABLE RUSTIC TENTS
These spacious African safari tents placed carefully within dense foliage are each named after resident birds of kumaon. They are very comfortable and come with two beds and a table. A common bathroom area for all tent occupants is located a few metres away. Staying in these tents amongst the dense foliage gives a unique adventurous experience.
You can engage in the following activities to get the most out of the place and live it like a local.
Canal Surfing – Just go with the flow in this one-of-its-kind wild activity. Your local dost will prepare you to just jump into the canal and start flowing as long as you can. It’s as relaxing as it is adventurous.
Mountain biking – Relive your childhood days by riding around the paddy fields of the beautiful Kyari village with mighty mountains in the backdrop and a fresh breeze oozing towards you. It’s also the best way to explore around in the most eco-friendly manner.
River-crossing – Time to show some daring like Mowgli and hop from one side of the Ramganga river to another through the rope.
Bird-watching – The Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand has one of richest and diverse bird habitats in Asia. Of the 1,248 species of birds found across India, over 621 have been spotted in our state largely due to the altitude varying from 400m to over 7800m in the Himalayas, leading to rich and varied forest types in a relatively small region. Go for a guided tour with experts and explore the rich variety of birds.
Organic Farming: For sometime, keep your phone aside and touch the soil and know where your food comes from. Get your hands dirty in the soil and give a helping hand to and learn from the producers of food – Farmer.
The Mowgli Way: Cling on to the hanging roots of the huge trees and sway from one tree to another, or climb one of the big trees, or just explore the jungle on foot and experience living in the wild in one of the dense forests of India.
Walking Safari – There is no better way to truly experience the forest than by walking through it; one will often see and learn more on 100m of a trail than on a 2 hour game drive. The walking safari also prevents vehicular pollution from affecting the biodiversity. So, Go out, Go raw, Go on foot and dare to follow the pugmarks.
The following are the measures that the local dost has adopted to ensure tourism does not impact the place and boost Responsible Tourism.
100% local staff – The campsite is run by the professionally qualified local youths of the village. This helps in providing benefits to the local community, directly through employment and there are many indirect beneficiaries.
Supporting local NGOs – The camp actively promotes environment and forest conservation. This works in two ways one is through its nature based activities like bird watching, forest treks, cycling and adventure activities. The second is by educating the locals in collaboration with the forest department on the importance of protecting our forest heritage.
Green Building – The camp accommodations blend in with the forest setting due to the careful use of building materials such as mud and thatch, we have also ensured that our color schemes are earthy and merge with our surroundings. This makes the cottages energy efficient and at the same time gives travellers “a close to nature experience”.
Energy Efficient Lights – Accommodation is equipped with energy efficient lights to ensure minimum load on the power grid.
Organic and local food – Relish the authentic cuisine which is made from fresh farm-picked ingredients to ensure Healthy and Earthy living.
Waste Management – One needs to dispose plastic in the dustbins available in the premises and need to take back the waste in case of bulk plastic waste. Bio-waste is taken care by the local dost for the purpose of farming.