Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a village in Uttarakhand is waiting for tourists who want to spend quality time, away from the noise in our daily lives. Kalap, a small village has the most idyllic setting in the Garhwal region. Set at an altitude of 7800 ft, Kalap stays away from most modern notions. What makes this place more interesting and exciting at the same time is that community tourism is a thing here. The local community members of the village offer sustainable tourism here, including treks, homestays and more.
The village is by the side of Rupin River and deep deodar and pine woods make this place more attractive.
What to do here?
You can go on short trails or roll down the meadows that have thrushes of lavender growing. The local food here is tasty and unique so you should try everything out there. Some of the must-try food items here are papra gausahu (poppy seeds and jaggery), Himalayan nettle and more.
If you love shopping, then you buy ethnic (mostly woolen) clothing. The villagers make it themselves and you wouldn’t find such clothes in cities.
It is believed that the people of Kalap are descendants of Karava and Pandavas brothers of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The main temple here is dedicated to Karna, who was one of the Pandava brothers. Pandava Nritya festival at Kalap is quite interesting, which is usually held in January every year, you can plan your trip accordingly.
How to reach Kalap?
Kalap is at a distance of around 450 km from Delhi and only 210 km from Dehradun. Dehradun has an airport so if you are going from there, then you can reach Sankhri, the nearest rail-head from the village. From Sankhri, people can trek till Kalap and can reach there in four hours. Porters can be hired for trekking.