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ALMORA: Tourists travelling to Kumaon are now giving hotels a miss and flocking to home stays for a more authentic experience of the hill culture and cuisine.
Dhiraj Garbyal, managing director of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), told TOI that over 300 trekkers to Adi Kailash chose to stay in homestays in remote villages of Kuti and Navi in June. The villages are in Vyas valley of Pithoragarh district.
Garbyal said that 20 families in Navi received hospitality training by KMVN staff. The families can earn up to Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in three months of the tourist season.
Tourist Arvind Joshi, who stayed in a homestay in Navi recently, said, “We had a great time learning about the local lifestyle, traditional dresses and rituals. Many travellers of our group tried the traditional dresses of the Rung tribe.”
KMVN is also planning to start a homestay programme in Dantu village near the base camp of Panchachuli mountains. “We are hopeful of starting a homestay in Dantu village before August 2017 when a large mela in Darma valley is to be held,” Garbyal said.
KMVN also started homestays last year in Binsar Wildlife sanctuary in Almora district.