Kalap - Untouched Garhwal, Experience Himalayas

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Published on February 22, 2014

Author: AnandSankar1

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Kalap is a responsible travel destination nestled in the Himalayas. It is a small village located in upper Garhwal, ~200 kms from the city of Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

KALAP UNTOUCHED GARHWAL Website: www.kalap.in | Facebook: www.facebook.com/visitkalap | Tumblr: http://visitkalap.tumblr.com Email: visitkalap@gmail.com | Phone: +91 98867 81587 & +91 75791 90749

WHAT IS KALAP? Kalap is a village lying forgotten in time in the upper Garhwal region of the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Situated at an altitude of 7,500 ft, the village is nestled among virgin pine and deodar forests, and overlooks the gorge cut open by the roaring River Supin. The Supin is the major contributor to the River Tons, which in turn is the major tributary of the River Yamuna. Not being connected to a road head and far from the major trekking trails in Uttarakhand, Kalap has remained untouched by mainstream tourism.

ARCHITECTURE Kalap is home to traditional Garhwali architecture. Houses are still made from locally available wood. The woodwork features some exquisite carvings etched by hand! Stay in these homes to experience Kalap!

AGRICULTURE Life is harsh at Kalap. Agriculture is the primary occupation at Kalap, with its terraced fields home to amaranth, wheat, millets, potatoes and beans. The growing season is short between May and October.

PASTORAL LIVING The next biggest occupation is rearing sheep and goats. Families often have flocks that number in the hundreds.

CULTURE Kalap is a land of legends. The entire Tons river valley is considered to be the birthplace of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit mythological epic. The two protagonists in the epic, the Pandava and Kaurava brothers, are said to have descended from this very valley, and the people living here still claim to trace their lineage to one of the two clans. Festivals in the village involve singing and dancing all night long!

LANDSCAPE Kalap's surroundings offer stunning natural beauty, including views of the snow-capped Bandarpunch range. Pitch your tent to camp in an alpine meadow!

FOOD Try everything from fresh goat cheese to local dishes unique to the region!

VISIT KALAP! THANK YOU! Website: www.kalap.in | Facebook: www.facebook.com/visitkalap Tumblr: http://visitkalap.tumblr.com | Email: visitkalap@gmail.com Phone: +91 98867 81587 & +91 75791 90749 Photo Credits: Yatish VT & Anand Sankar

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