Uttarakhand Village paves way for Voluntary Tourism

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Jeevan Lal is the hero of the story. His hamlet in remoteKanda, (now Uttaranchal),86 km from Almora, is an ideal  tourist spot. Kanda has about 30 villages and a population of over 15,000 people. But unlike other Hill station, Kanda has shown the way for a new concept of voluntary tourism.

Tourists not only stay in the 5 rooms Jeevan’s Paying Guest, but also use their skills to bring about a difference. For example Rajan Singh who has an architecture back ground , has helped design Earth Quake proof house for those living in the high seismic zone of Kanda.

The project also helps generate employment in an area where there are very few employment schemes.Different from the other forms of tourism ,this pro-poor voluntary tourism helps in offsetting the “Domino Effect” that has destroyed many hill stations.

       Foreigners who flock Kanda in large numbers , make their stay meaningful . They begin their day with a shramdaan ,leading to a cleaner environment . They involve themselves in different chores. They go trekking , chase butterflies but also give lesson in working English to the poor Dalit and backward people. And in the evening ,they enjoy a sumptuous Kumauni meal with Jeevan’s family. Many houses here are even repaired by the volunteers. Jeevan’s story would have remained  unknown beyond these picturesque valleys, but for Prof.Dr.Tajvir Singh – head of the Centre for Tourism Research and Development in Lucknow  and an authority on Himalayas.

    In his research journal, Dr . Singh and his assistant Shalini Singh took up this pilot project and spent a week in Kanda. The research paper they prepared , after there stay in Kanda, war presented at a conference in Makau at the institute for Tourism Studies.” The world received the news with joy”. saidShalini ,back from the conference.

    Prof Singh said this experiment would introduce ‘social  tourism’ on the hills “ inundated by holders of visitors from the plains unmindful of the damage they have done to the place”. ROSE ( Rural organisation for Social Elevation ), Jeevan’s organisation with headquarters in Sunargaon , has a bio- gas plant, a cattle shed, green house and a bee- keeping unit.

      During their stay ,volunteers engage themselves in organic farming, paper making, preparing greeting cards from recycled papers and dried flowers, and even cooking Indian food using biogas or solar cooker.

14 thoughts on “Uttarakhand Village paves way for Voluntary Tourism”

  1. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

    1. Dear friends it’s my pleasure. please visit our links.
      Responsible Tourism Uttarakhand, India
      ROSE Home Stay Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
      A Global tourist’s destination —Jeevan Paying Guest House
      Travel to Rural India and stay with a home stay host.
      It is regulated under the newly launched scheme the Guest Uttarakhand Home Stay Scheme (2015) Registration No-02 / Home Stay, Dated -16-12-2015 by the District Tourism Development Officer Bageshwar (Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board) in the village of Sunargaon of Kanda, District- Bageshwar, State- Uttarakhand, India.
      We host tourists all year round who want to experience Rural India in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of the Himalayas (elevation 1700 meters approx).
      We have good connectivity with the rest of India by the railway station at Haldwani (Kathgodam) and regular AC modern buses from Delhi.
      Visas cost have been reduced with the introduction of an E.visa (30 DAYS)
      To access the hills and the HOME STAY you can either avail yourself to the Host’s own transport or travel by using the unique shared taxis and of course the local buses.
      Whilst staying at the HOME STAY you can be involved in the day to day life of the HOST’S family learning about the local Kumauni culture. As the home stay is based in a predominantly farming community, depending on the season the activities can range from planting / harvesting rice and wheat, grass collection for the micro dairy and any other day to day work that a farm does.
      The HOST provides meals / Indian cuisine with the farm produce from within the area and is mainly vegetarian by nature.
      During your stay here there are other opportunities to increase your knowledge about rural Education by teaching English or learning some Hindi in the local school ROSE Public School Sunargaon, Kanda.
      You can absorb the local culture by visiting various sites of local interest in the local village KANDA and the local town Bageshwar.
      The HOST MR JEEVAN VERMA can inform you where to see the Culture, Heritage ,History, Environment ,Ecology, Geography, Anthropology, , Biodiversity, of this Unique area .There are also many opportunities to see Minerals extraction (soapstone ) ,Organic farming ,Construction / Carpentry , Jewelry goldsmith craft, Woolen craft, Bamboo craft, Blacksmith craft, Copper craft. Tea plantation
      There great opportunities for Film Shooting, Photography, bird watching, walk /trekking in the surrounding area.
      Home Stay tourism creates employment for local service providers such as transporters, Home stay family, local shops, restaurants, Agricultural producers, vegetable growers, poultry units, Micro dairy units, craft workers and others.
      By staying in the home stay you can make a big difference to people living in hill area .
      Home stay charges for room and 3 meal +tea Rs.1500/-per day/night .
      Guide and local travel sight seeing transport charges according the need .
      http://www.bageshwar.nic.in/pages/display/55-excursion
      https://youtu.be/acE0_3Qzxpc
      http://www.vidbee.org/positive-impacts/ , —Indian Non-Profit in the Himalayas
      https://www.google.com/maps/dir//ROSE+Paying+Guest+House,+Kanda-Mithunkot+Road,+Sunar+Gaon,+Uttarakhand+263631,+India/@29.8288474,79.8271293,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x39a73268076c702b:0x852a6c0598cfd25b!2m2!1d79.8973417!2d29.828866?rapsrc=apiv3
      Follow our facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering/

    1. Dear friend thanks , please visit these links.
      The major activities involve teaching at ROSE Public School, Organic farming and construction, Film Shooting, Photography, Film making, Nature walk, Biodiversity watching, Ecotourism , Educational tourism, Home stay.
      Tourists/Volunteers can live with the family and learn about our culture while enjoying the nature.
      We run projects all year round, for people who want to experience life in rural India and the foothills of the Himalayas.
      Your small change can make a big difference to people living in hill area
      -Mr. Jeevan Verma
      https://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering/
      https://www.facebook.com/ROSE-KANDA-School-Uttarakhand-216147205242613/
      ROSE on Google maps: http://goo.gl/fUc8wC , http://goo.gl/eMmyug, Rose Public School is here : http://goo.gl/HaV3ir
      http://www.volunteeringindiahimalayarosekanda.org
      http://www.vidbee.org/positive-impacts/ , —Indian Non-Profit in the Himalayas
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt0h2TPG9Q http://www.vidbee.org
      http://rosekanda.wordpress.com.
      https://in.linkedin.com/in/volunteering-oversea-rural-india-26011932
      Mobile-+918954868561 or +919412167186
      Email- jeevanverma@rosekanda.org, jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com
      https://youtu.be/acE0_3Qzxpc
      https://vimeo.com/ 16297812
      https://youtu.be/ag0oSPUB0zA,
      https://youtu.be/I6b80l70xUY
      https://youtu.be/OwOEWo0dBMo
      https://rosekanda.wordpress.com/author/rosekanda/
      https://www.facebook.com/martin.burrows3/videos/1017247724998768/
      http://www.euttarakhand.com/rose-kanda-a-success-story-on-eco-tourism

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