Kumaon valley in the Himalayas is also known as the fruit basket of Uttarakhand. You can find farms, valleys and even house gardens filled with trees of apple, peach, lemon and plum during the season.


Visit traditional Kumaoni homes with doors and windows carved in the ancient Likhai craft.


Participate in farm life activities, local rituals, dances and songs, cooking, bird watching and adventure activities like cycling in mountains.


Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

8 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Bhimtal, India
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.

March to May is one of the best times to travel with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for travelling.


June to August is wet but the land and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.


September to November are the busiest months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The landscape and mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.


The winter months of December to February are good to travel due to the clear skies and the reduced number of travellers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

We support you right from your first mail to us, to the planning stage till the time you arrive at the airport in India. Although it’s a custom-designed tour the planning usually does not take more than 2-3 exchange of emails.


Be assured that we will take care of you completely so that you can spend time doing what you are really here for – To enjoy your holiday in India.


Once you arrive at the airport, we will receive you and be with you at various stages of this tour. It will be not just a guide but a person from the local village who has good knowledge, passionate about his work and is friendly.

We will provide comfortable accommodations which will include hotels or homestays. All the accommodations will have sufficient clean bedding, warm water, and either family or staff to take care of you.


The food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, hygienic and safe.


You will have clean western washrooms. WiFi or TV may or may not be available at most of these places are away from city life. However, you can always depend on the 3G connection.

5% of the money is directly given back to the community.


Our guides and custodians of knowledge are from the local community, thus we support their families.


We are discouraging use of plastic bottles on our trips.


We urge you to refrain from giving gifts or money to children or young adults in the village.


All the raw material for meals is sourced from local markets and villages thus reducing the carbon emission by transporting it from a distant city.


The taxis you use will be BS-IV carbon emission standard.


The performing artists and singers are handpicked from the local community rather than being invited from another city.


Your trip has been designed as per the international standards of responsible tourism – Cape Town Agreement 2002. Therefore it ensures that the money you pay has a direct social, economic and environmental benefit locally.

The beautiful Kumaon valley in Uttarakhand lies north of New Delhi. Most of the community of Uttarakhand is agrarian. In recent years, many locals have started migrating to cities for better jobs.


Responsible tourism in Uttarakhand is an initiative to invite the youth back to their villages by creating jobs.


The valley has pleasant weather for the most part of the year with blossoming flowers and fruits post-summer season.


This tour is an opportunity to experience the rural life in Kumaon valley and do some adventure activities based on your fitness level

Travelling in Arunachal Pradesh can be an adventure in itself. However, this experience is designed to be executed at a leisurely pace so that you can experience the local culture.


This is suitable for all age groups including senior citizens. In winters, we will provide you with the necessary heating as it gets quite cold. Most of the tour will involve regular walking or travel by comfortable SUV vehicle.


Day 1 - 2: Bhimtal

Arrive by train and drive up to Bhimtal to stay with your hosts surrounded by orchards of fruits, cattle sheds and beautiful step farms. You can go for cycling in the mountains and explore the quaint villages with us where you may see locals involved in making baskets, farming or tending to their cattle. You may also see small children walking long distances to go to their school. Discover hidden waterfalls, rivulets, traditional houses with windows carved in Likhai craft and temples as you travel through villages. Participate in the village ritual to invite their gods and goddesses from their resting stage to take blessings. It is performed at village temple during festival or village families organize at their house to keep evils and bad souls away. Visit Jageshwar (collective of ancient stone temples). It was a major place of rituals for the Chand Kings who ruled in Kumaon valley after 11th century AD. Experience the local cuisine. Begin by plucking your own vegetables from the farm and preparing the earthen stove. Learn how the mix of spices is created which involves wet turmeric, green chillies and a big portion of mustard seeds. Most of the Kumaoni veg. and non-veg. dishes are slow cooked over a wood fire in iron vessels for that unique taste and eaten with rice or chapati.



Day 3 - 6: Munsiyari

Drive up to Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district at the base of Panchchuli Mountains which share the border with Tibet and Nepal. Travel through the interiors of Kumaon valley along the Gori Ganga River which is fed by Himalayan glaciers. Take this journey slowly for the best experience with locals. Women play a major role in decision making and crafts businesses like juice making and carpet making in villages of Pithoragarh, which gives them alternate income. The western Himalayas and basin of Gori Ganga river are also the home of about 356 species of birds like forktail, blackbirds, parakeets, magpie, pheasant, eagle, woodpecker, jay, nuthatches and more. See their habitats and nesting patterns. Go for high altitude treks of up to 3750 m with women guides. You can also participate in agrarian activities like farming, preparing fodder for the cows, bringing dry wood and hay from the mountains for cattle and for cooking. Traditional dances in villages are done in the community to promote the sense of belonging during festivals and harvesting season. They are accompanied by community cooking, singing and merrymaking where everyone from the village is welcome including the animals. Participate in such a community celebration.



Day 7 - 8: Binsar

Drive down to Binsar wildlife sanctuary and arrive by late evening. Go for a full day safari into the Binsar wildlife sanctuary which was the summer capital of Chand kings and was established for the preservation of broad leaf oak. The sanctuary has over 200 species of birds and mammals like Leopard, Musk Deer, Jungle cat, Wild boar, Black bear, Red fox, macaque, flying squirrel and grey baboon along with many species of butterflies.



Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, drop to Kathgodam railway station for onward journey.

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The Folk Tales

The Folk Tales India's travel experiences in rural India are handcrafted with special emphasis on making a positive social, environmental and economic impact.


When you take one of our travel experiences, you contribute to local communities in preserving their cultural and environmental heritage, and in living a better life.


Through our storytelling, you experience a deep connection with the place and its people. We do not provide a sightseeing tour, but a culturally immersive experience through the hands-on activities and meaningful conversations.

Their Social Focus

We design all of their tours with the local community in mind. They ensure that they are directly benefiting, economically, socially and environmentally. All of our tours adhere to the guidelines of United Nation's Cape Town Agreement 2002 for Responsible Tourism.


Finalist in the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards for 2016 and affiliated with the WTM Responsible Tourism network.