Village Life Tours reflect the culture and lifestyle of little hamlets and villages in India. These tours are carried out under the guidance of our experienced professionals, who know the villages like the back of their hands.

The idea behind the tour is to give an understanding of life in the Indian villages. You see and experience their lives. The tour guide will explain to you their beliefs, their customs including the role of women, their superstitions, their religion and the problems that they face, and you will be able to ask questions through him.

DHARAMKOT

Dharamkot fulfills your trekking needs as well as helps you unwind in a gorgeous hill station. Dharamkot offers you an absolutely stunning view of the mountains, the pine trees and Deodar forests that surround Dharamsala. You can even see the steep valley leading to Kangra here. There are a couple of small (and interesting) eateries around. Dharamkot also has the Vipassana meditation centre, Dhamma Shikara, as well as the Tushita Meditation Centre which is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Also the Tibetan Children’s Village which takes care of Tibetan orphans and children whose parents have had to go back to Tibet but need to keep their children safe.

If trekking is your thing, you will find a rocky winding trail to Naddi village here. Naddi offers you a 360 degree view of the mountains and is a nice place to just wander around. It is said that Naddi is so quiet you can hear the heartbeat of a sparrow. Dal Lake is a small oval shaped lake between Naddi and McCleodganj. The waters are quite muddy, but the area is charming because of the trees that surround the lake. Also a Lord Shiva festival is celebrated here once a year. Dharamkot is must-do on your Himachal Pradesh itinerary if you have some breathing time and the trip is not rushed.

The experience will include:

  • A visit to the monastery of the Dalai Lama
  • Sight-seeing around beautiful, panoramic landscapes
  • Attending Yoga and Meditation Classes
  • Trek to Triund and Naddi
  • Attend traditional Tibetan music concert
  • Observe morning prayers at the Temple
  • Visit markets showcasing the handicrafts made by Nepal and Tibetan people
  • Enjoy traditional Tibetan and Nepali dishes at small eateries

 

SHANTINIKETAN

Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata. It was made famous by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town (Visva-Bharati University) that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Santiniketan was previously called Bhubandanga. Rabindranath’s father, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, found it very peaceful and renamed it Shantiniketan, which means abode (Niketan) of peace (Shanti). It was here that Rabindranath Tagore started Patha Bhavana, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. After he received the Nobel Prize (1913), the school was expanded into a university in 1921. By 1951, it had become one of India’s central universities. Some of its illustrious students are Gayatri Devi, Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray, Abdul Ghani Khan and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Kala Bhavana, the art college of Santiniketan, is still considered one of the best art colleges in the world.

Numerous social and cultural events taking place throughout the year have become part and parcel of Santiniketan. These include – Vasanta Utsav, Varsha Mangal, Sharodutsav, Nandan Mela, Poush Mela, Magh Mela, Rabindra Jayanti to name a few. Of these, the Poush Mela deserves special mention, this being a major tourist attraction. It is a 3-day fair (Bengali, mela means a fair), starting on the seventh day of the Bengali month Poush(usually, last week of December). It fetches not just tourists, but also artisans, folk singers, dancers, and the traditional Baul from the neighborhood.

The experience will include:

  • A visit to the home of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Visit to the at Prayer Hall, Santiniketan Griha, Black House, Shilpa Gram and other sites
  • Visit to the Deer Park
  • Watch Dance Performance at Sangeet Bhavana
  • Listen to Baul Performance
  • Attend the art classes at Kala Bhavana
  • Observe life of students at Patha Bhavana
  • Visit nearby villages, like Sriniketan or Santhia village
  • Work and cook with the local people
  • Shop at malls showcasing handicrafts made by villagers and local artisans
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