If you are Traveler and not a tourist, if you are looking to experience India beyond the guidebooks and the backpacking stories, if you want amazing stories of India about when you met the most hospitable people….then you need to head to Kyari – an Indian village homestaystay where you will experience the true Kumaoni way of life immersed in nature.
Kyari is a quiet, unassuming village on the fringes of the world’s largest tiger reserve – The Jim Corbett National Park. In Kyari you will live with the village folks, cycle past decades old mango orchards, swim in the river and eat like a local – in short, Kyari is as off-beat as it can get. Kyari will show you the true essence of India in a way that popular destinations like Jaipur, Goa etc just cannot.
Travel with a cause: Homestays at Kyari are part of Jugaad Hostels Responsible tourism project to help the locals and promote sustainable tourism. Money spent here goes directly to the local families, which goes a long way to improve their way of life.
You can also consider your time at Kyari as your good Karma J
The village of Kyari is like a little painting at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. There is no wi-fi, but you get to connect with the locals. You learn to speak their language and help with harvesting organic produce from their farms.
Hundreds of birds make a beautiful symphony in the daytime, and at night, the silence is broken by the call of a deer or the low grunt of a wild boar. Kyari is not on the regular tourist circuit, so what you will find here is an experience not many can boast of – far away from the crowds of tourists and very close to the authentic way of village life in India.
You will be hosted by a very warm and welcoming family into their rustic home among wheat and sugarcane fields and you will get to see how the majority of India lives in villages. Your host will introduce you to their beautiful village and you are welcome to lend a hand in daily activities.
Only the freshest organic food from the farm will be served to you at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything will be prepared to your taste, the Indian way. Local knowledge is very important on a trip, and your hosts will guide you to the best spots for birdwatching, swimming and even to the best mud tracks for cycling.
At Kyari you are welcome to take a swim or dive into the Baur river and enjoy your meals in the shade of huge mango trees that have stood there for over a hundred years. You take a bicycle and go past gently rolling landscapes to old temples where mystics can tell your future. Little mud tracks go deep into the rustling Sal forests nearby where you can go birdwatching or even chase butterflies.
You can go bodysurfing in canals from the colonial era, through the forest known for its leopards, wild boars and tigers. The forests here are deep and dark, and at every turn, adventure awaits you when you go on a hike there. You will see deer and other small animals like, civets, monkeys, langurs, squirrels etc.
Come back before the evening settles with its nippy air to some hot chai and local snacks with your hosts and their livestock. Watch the sun set over the Himalayas in the distance, and see the sky go from red to orange to pink and pitch black – it’ll be a different colour every minute. At night you will see a sky full of stars….like you have never seen before.
Everything in Kyari is off-beat. It is a part of India that doesn’t exist in brochures and guidebooks, and we will make sure that you love every moment of your stay in this little Kumaoni village of India. If you want to be a traveller more than a tourist, Kyari is the place.
Cost of stay Rs 1290/person/night
Any transportation cost is extra.
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Kyari is easily reachable from Delhi, Rishikesh/Haridwar, Varanasi etc by train