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Kanda Exprience

I spent about two weeks in Kanda and loved every minute of it. Mr Verma and his family are very friendly, I felt immediately at home after arrival. The food was locally grown and organic, cooked to perfect Kumaon taste by the lovely daughter in law and Mrs Verma. People in Kanda live a very self sufficient life style which I think will be the trend for the future. Mr Verma seemd to be very eco minded and also a very keen gardener, which I found very impressive.

During my stay in Kanda, I was involved in teaching in the local school, painting the walls of a classroom for a nursery, helping out with cooking, breaking stones for brick making, playing with the dog and cat and making short trips to the nearby town Bageshwar. Everyday I experienced something new. Locally people are very friendly and welcoming that made me feel even more at home.

On Indepence day we watched the ceremony held by the nursary, kids performed singing, dancing and poetry reading and their talents were very  very impressive.

I also had the opportunity to visit a family shrine and learn from the owner different religous and cultural facts.

Overall, the experience I had in Kanda can only be discrided as fantastic and unforgettable. Never before had I been so involved in a cutural so deeply and almost in every aspect of their life. Kanda is definitley the place to be if you want real experience of North India.

By Guimin Ma from England
Email: guiminma@gmail.com

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Away from the hustles and bustles of the nearby tourist destinations Nainital and

Almora, Kanda is a hidden paradise in India, where the age-old Kumaoni culture,

traditions and hospitality reign supreme. It is a perfect destination for those who

are looking for an exotic voluntary tourism vacations in lush green landscape with

mighty Himalayan peaks in backdrop. In simple words, bowl-shaped Kanda valley is a

serene hideaway to explore pristine beauty of nature whilst helping the villagers in

living below poverty line and lacking in even the basic necessities of life.

Voluntary Tourism in Kanda is a life-changing activity. When you arrive at this

quaint region, you’ll be impressed by its richness in real-life treasures. Whilst

its pure air and panoramic mountain scenery are visual delights, age-old Indian

hospitality, vivid traditions and soldiering qualities are cultural delights. Kanda

people are mainly occupied in agricultural farming, tea gardening, horticulture,

forestry, handicrafts, jewelry. Their artistic skills in carpet weaving, painting,

bamboo craft, carving on gold and silver are notable. But as you go on exploring

the place you’ll find that more than 50% of people residing here live below poverty

line and lack in basic necessities such as adequate sanitation and shelter.

Just like any other family vacations, a few days in this remote county, living with

the locals as a family, knowing their culture and traditions will provide you with

immense of pleasurable moments. But what’s makes voluntary tourism vacations in

Kanda different and unique is that these pleasurable moments of your life will help

in the growth and development of the poor villagers. Your pleasure will give them

happiness of lifetime, isn’t it great?

Thanks to R.O.S.E. (Rural Organization for Social Elevation), it has come up with a

number of volunteer opportunities to develop this region. Founded by Mr. Jeevan Lal

Verma in the year 1980, it has contributed a lot in the development of Kanda

community. Without regular finances but with firm believe in himself and volunteer

support, Mr. Jeevan and his organization have successful to provide solar powered

home lights, construct toilets, bio gas system and cattle house, build community

centre and fair price shop, and provide shelter and clothing for poor families.

The goal of Mr. Verma and his organization is to improve quality of life of the

rural poor in this region whilst maintaining cultural integrity and ecological

balance. A number of domestic and international tourist volunteers come to Kanda

with a noble cause to help the poor while exploring the Himalayan beauty. Verma

family welcomes them open heartedly to live with them, experience Kumaoni culture

and assist manually and financially.

To know more about Kanda Voluntary Tourism, visit http://www.rosekanda.info.,

http//:bageshwar.nic.in/excursions/kanda, https://rosekanda.wordpress.com/,

Author: Rachna writes for CheapOair. They offer last minute travel deals to India and other countries at discounted fares. This way you can save money on your air travel for voluntary tourism.

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Away from the hustles and bustles of the nearby tourist destinations Nainital and

Almora, Kanda is a hidden paradise in India, where the age-old Kumaoni culture,

traditions and hospitality reign supreme. It is a perfect destination for those who

are looking for an exotic voluntary tourism vacations in lush green landscape with

mighty Himalayan peaks in backdrop. In simple words, bowl-shaped Kanda valley is a

serene hideaway to explore pristine beauty of nature whilst helping the villagers in

living below poverty line and lacking in even the basic necessities of life.

Voluntary Tourism in Kanda is a life-changing activity. When you arrive at this

quaint region, you’ll be impressed by its richness in real-life treasures. Whilst

its pure air and panoramic mountain scenery are visual delights, age-old Indian

hospitality, vivid traditions and soldiering qualities are cultural delights. Kanda

people are mainly occupied in agricultural farming, tea gardening, horticulture,

forestry, handicrafts, jewelry. Their artistic skills in carpet weaving, painting,

bamboo craft, carving on gold and silver are notable. But as you go on exploring

the place you’ll find that more than 50% of people residing here live below poverty

line and lack in basic necessities such as adequate sanitation and shelter.

Just like any other family vacations, a few days in this remote county, living with

the locals as a family, knowing their culture and traditions will provide you with

immense of pleasurable moments. But what’s makes voluntary tourism vacations in

Kanda different and unique is that these pleasurable moments of your life will help

in the growth and development of the poor villagers. Your pleasure will give them

happiness of lifetime, isn’t it great?

Thanks to R.O.S.E. (Rural Organization for Social Elevation), it has come up with a

number of volunteer opportunities to develop this region. Founded by Mr. Jeevan Lal

Verma in the year 1980, it has contributed a lot in the development of Kanda

community. Without regular finances but with firm believe in himself and volunteer

support, Mr. Jeevan and his organization have successful to provide solar powered

home lights, construct toilets, bio gas system and cattle house, build community

centre and fair price shop, and provide shelter and clothing for poor families.

The goal of Mr. Verma and his organization is to improve quality of life of the

rural poor in this region whilst maintaining cultural integrity and ecological

balance. A number of domestic and international tourist volunteers come to Kanda

with a noble cause to help the poor while exploring the Himalayan beauty. Verma

family welcomes them open heartedly to live with them, experience Kumaoni culture

and assist manually and financially.

To know more about Kanda Voluntary Tourism, visit http://www.rosekanda.info.,

http//:bageshwar.nic.in/excursions/kanda, https://rosekanda.wordpress.com/,

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