What do you think about the idea of unplugging for a weekend? Don’t you want to disconnect yourself from the continuous email, WhatsApp, and Facebook notifications, and escape to a peaceful world? These notifications come anytime, disturbing our mental balance day and night, right? Don’t you crave for a weekend where you don’t want to click and upload Instagram perfect shots, and just be at your ease?
Let’s escape to a quaint Himalayan village for a weekend over a Digital Detox Retreat, and soak ourselves in the magnificence of nature. Break up with the digital life and spend some meaningful time in connecting with the real world. Unplugging doesn’t only give some rest to the eyes and brain, but it’s also a much-needed way to reconnect with ourselves and think over the things which has been sitting in our subconscious mind for weeks or months. During Digital Detoxification, we go through an uninterrupted process where our mind gets time to relax, heal, and introspect. It also helps in restoring a balance between online and offline in long term.
The digital detox retreat is bound to recharge us to deal with whatever the life is going to throw at us and keep doing all the great work we do even with more force!
We’ll be staying in a 100-year-old homestay which is a perfect combination of a pahadi house and a colonial bungalow. An old, yet so fresh, smell of wooden floors gives you sweet comfort inside your room. This 100-acre estate has organic farms, livestock, pine and oak trees, a small dam, exotic flowers like gladiolus, a small automatic flour mill, and river Kalsa graciously flowing through it. Adding to this, the scrumptious pahadi meal, a huge mango tree in the compound and an adventurous Bhotiya dog which would not stop trekking with you, are the other delights of coming along for a vacation to this place.
Stay in Bungalow – We’ll be staying in more than a century old home stay which was designed by taking some of the best elements from Kumaoni and colonial architecture. The rooms are spacious, well-designed, extremely comfortable, and have wooden floors. Just staying in such a unique kind of homestay is an experience in itself.
Organic Farming – Does the idea of injected and shiny wax-coated vegetables horrify you? Is one of your biggest fears while grocery shopping not to end up buying pesticide-contaminated fruits because you don’t know how to distinguish? Have you been thinking about growing your food but don’t know how to start? Let’s have a lesson on organic farming to know how to choose ‘right’ groceries and the techniques of developing your own terrace garden.
Beekeeping – Did you know that bees are one of the most sophisticated and structured civilization? Even a swarm of bees won’t bite you unless they sense an abrupt body movement. The taste of the honey produced by a hive of bees highly depends on the taste of fruits and flowers they pollinate upon. We’ll be learning many more such stories about bees in this session. If season permits, we’ll also be savouring the freshest honey from the honeycomb.
Nature Walk – The visit to the Himalayas is incomplete without having a close interaction with nature. Get a chance to experience the rich pine and oak forests, rest under the trees, spot beautiful birds, dip your feet or swim in the crystal clear water pools, discover hidden waterfalls, and appreciate the huge diversity of local plants and their utilities.
Village Walk – Walk through the village to witness authentic Kumaoni homes and the simple life lived by the dwellers. The frisky little kids would chase you, inviting you to their homes. It would be worth of your time to teach them a few skills or share some stories. Interact with the friendly locals, understand their pahadi lifestyle and look at some local inventions.
Dairy Farming – Dairy farming is one of the primary livelihoods in the village community. It’s an optional activity where we will understand the various aspects, challenges involved, and the need for dairy farming.
Trekking Unexplored trails– Karkotak trek drives its name from a fascinating mythological character named Karkotak who is a snake. This trek is the most exciting part of the journey as we will be hiking on the trails used by locals in their daily lives. The journey is made more interesting by the occasional edgy trails, dense jungles, breathtaking viewpoints, and offering of pahaadi cucumber by the villagers. The peak offers a majestic view of Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiatal.