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Dine and Tour in a Forest Garden
We will start the tour by introducing you to the simple concept of Permaculture and our zero waste philosophy. We will then take you through a guided walk in our forest where we will showcase some of our working models of waste management and our integrated farming system. We will then take you for a walk towards our terraced gardens and past a bamboo bridge over a gushing mountain stream to introduce you to our Air Dwellings, our natural building that is handcrafted by mostly using just mud, bamboo, wood and stones. The guests are then free to enjoy the various spaces in our forest that appeal to their senses, from sitting by a waterfall to exploring our forest trails to discovering some more secrets of the forest. We will serve lunch at 13:30 hrs. It will be a treat of local cuisine and vegetables that are sourced from our forest farm or from other local organic farmers. If you would like to customize the whole experience as an evening one (15:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs.), pls let us know during the time of booking. We can also extend the experience to include a bonfire evening and stay in one of our accommodations (charges will be extra). Other things to note The tour in our forest garden involves a fair amount of walking (read: hiking) in forest trails. Pls ensure that you have the comfortable shoes and clothes for this experience.
Hiking through the mountain to the river valley
Hike! Take an adventure with your family and friends. See what is off the trail! Our visitors will get first hand experiences with wildlife, culture and history of DArjeeling River Valley. We’ll start at A Quiet Nest (Lebong) and make our way towards the tea gardEn. Passing through the tea garden To down hill to off roads, You will be able to spend some time reveling in the peaceful environment. We will pass by jungle and few local houses of hills. You’ll be treated to Walking in The tea gardens with darjeeling tea. after reaching there we’ll treat ourselves to some delicious Local food & drinks, made with locally sourced ingredients. when its time the car will come to river valley and pick us to our home. The whole walk will present you with some truly Instagramic views! Led by a local, this Hike will take you to some lesser known locations to help you experience the real Darjeeling. Your fees will cover one hike. Be prepared to go off-trail and get dirty!
Cycle the Wetlands of Kolkata
Your cycling trip will start with a 3 km city ride till the green eye candy of Kolkata, known as the East Kolkata Wetlands which has a unique bio diversity and practically no pollution and vehicles. This area though open to public is practically unexplored even by the local citizens. It has its unique natural beauty being next to the town but yet an atmosphere which of a Nature holiday. After travelling through hamlets you will love the winding roads with fish ponds and green trails. The views and atmosphere will be a nature lovers paradise. You will also be practically explained why Kolkata is one of the most economic cities due to the wetlands. The ride will last 3 hours depending on your speed and we will have a hot cup of local tea in the wetlands. If you want to do a walking tour please message me or type the following link The booking can be done for more people i.e. groups of 5 to 7 maximum. For which please message me. Start times are flexible by half an hour to your convenience(please message and get confirmation) i also do walking tours - for which you can message me or check Other things to note you should be knowing cycling even if you had done it a few years back it does not matter. In case you would like a hiking/walking tour of the wetlands please message me 3 hour options, continuous cycling or rests or reduction of overall time, depends on your skill and stamina
Himalayan village hike & Nepali lunch
Once you arrive at PaliGhar, we will welcome you with a fresh lime drink or a hot lemon drink (depending on the weather and time of day). After exchanging introductions, we will take you on a short village walk (approx. 1-1.5 hours duration). A few trails of different levels of difficulty, from easy to moderate, have been identified and can be tuned to your preference. Originating from PaliGhar, these walks will take you through the adjoining villages and introduce you to the rural, rustic and peaceful life beyond the hustle-bustle of cities. You get to interact with the local communities and gain tremendous traditional knowledge on their lifestyle, history, culture besides learning more about the flora and fauna of the surrounding landscape. On returning back to the property after the walk, you will be served with a sumptuous Nepali vegetarian lunch, thali style, prepared just for you using fresh local produce. It will be a full meal much like a four-five course meal. Kalimpong coffee or Darjeeling tea will follow before you make your journey back. *If you'd like a longer, more immersive experience, book a stay with us in our traditionally-built mud cottages. Search for "PaliGhar" on Airbnb.* Note: - You have to make your own arrangements to arrive and depart from PaliGhar - Wear comfortable walking shoes - Carry cash for anything you require, no ATMs in proximity
Summer Capital Walk
Summer Capital Walk : We meet you at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Area of Darjeeling Station. In this walk, we take you through the Colonial & Post Colonial Heritage of the town of Darjeeling. While we storytell you about the town's rich legacy of architecture, food, cultures, mountain railway & most importantly tea, we also visit old heritage structures, museums, cemetery, churches, people's homes et al. We stroll through the old English Quarters of the beautiful hill town, that once served as the Summer Capital to the Majesty & Government. Alongside we indulge in tea, local food tasting depending on the availability. Walking along the old British Markets, we take you to the bygones of the most cosmopolitan hill station in India. All entry fees are included in the tour cost. The erstwhile Summer Capital charmed the English. It added the feather of a Himalayan Hamlet to the crown and transformed the Summer Experience into a fully functional seat of Government and commerce. Join in this one of a kind heritage stroll to discover and explore Darjeeling by foot.
Watch Calcutta wake up Magic hour tour
Join me on Calcutta's first Anthropological walking tour that helps you experience Calcutta Like a Local. Every morning, before the sun is up; just as the street lamps of go off we meet in the oldest residential neighborhood of Calcutta and start the Magic Hour Tour. Watch Calcutta wake up as we hop on to the first bus of the day and explore the city in the Magic Hours. Meandering through the sleepy 300 year locality of Calcutta in full throttle ,the next few hours are spent visiting some local hidden spots around the oldest part of the city. Before the bustling giant city wakes up we’d have used all the iconic transport modes of Calcutta, enjoyed sights that are just ignored in plain sight, had breakfast in a century old hidden spot, gossiped about Bengalis and Calcutta in general, learnt the meaning to “Adda”, become a local of the city and fallen in Love with Calcutta. The “unguided tour” as we call it starts with Chai (tea) in a bhaad (earthen cups) and finishes with traditional Bengali breakfast, the best sweets of Calcutta. This tour is not the regular Heritage walk but more a deep dive experience into the local life of the city that involves the past ,present and the future of this mystical city. P.S: Trams are not included on the tour as they are suspended in old Calcutta due to metro construction.
Kolkata- A sea of faces and a thousand places
This tour is about tracing Kolkata's localization in the form of a real time movie. In the sense that this tour is designed exactly how a movie is made. It is based out of a script which is a monologue about the city. In other words Kolkata narrating her own story as an individual. Begin your journey with the script reading session, where you hear about her journey from past to present. After which we head out for the field trip. The areas that we cover in the field trip have been selected as sets of this movie to enact the script storyboard. The people present in all these areas becomes the cast and the guide functions as the director of this real time movie. This journey is about understanding Kolkata's story in the following ways : 1)History: Transformation from past to present. 2)Geography: Framework in terms of infrastructure and connectivity 3)Economy: Market frameworks and standard of living of different sections of people. 4)Culture: Showcasing various cultural patterns. 5)Food: Tasting the flavours that have emerged out of cultural patterns. It's a 7 hour experience in which we cover a distance of 80 km using various modes of transportation. Other things to note The price does not include transportation and food charges. Hence, carry an additional minimum of INR 500.
Alleyway Food Tour:Street maze & Food
Calcutta famous for its narrow alleyways known as the By-Lanes exist like a labyrinth in the oldest part of the city. Each alleyway holds a particular treasure at the end; A famous eatery. This food tour not just lets you indulge in mouthwatering dishes that are part of Calcutta's culture for centuries but also delves into the history and story behind the eateries. Local legends and alleyway stories are uncovered in a 3 hour non-stop eating fest. By the end you would've tasted Calcutta's best food and known more about the Bengali's and why they call Calcutta a food lover's paradise. You may See Calcutta Capsule for more reviews or also stay with my family in the only Airbnb Listing of the oldest residential area of Calcutta- Owl's Nest(Super Hosts) Other things to note Requirements: Appetite
Hike to a Local Farm
We'll leave around mid-morning from Mirik for a day's forest trail walk and hike down to a village farm about 5kms away. It won't be a long difficult walk, but the forest is rough at certain parts. So please wear comfortable shoes/sandals. We used to walk on this route in the earlier days when public transport was few or expensive. However, that also means that it is a quiet and peaceful walk in today's times, literally in the arms of Nature. We will aim to reach the farm for lunch where we will relax for some time till we come back to Mirik. At the farm, you may engage in some of the farm activities or simply wander around. This hike is also perfect for small families with children who would like to witness farm animals and farming activities. Other things to note Please be aware of sunburns and exposure to outdoor temperatures, pollen, allergies and pack your lotions, etc. accordingly. Do let us know in advance if you prefer vegetarian food or non-vegetarian food, and have any other dietary restrictions.
Silai-Bunai sessions over tea
When you arrive at our place, we will welcome you and talk a little about your passion or interest in woolwork. Once you let us know which type of yarn or thread work you would like to learn or explore, we will sit with you and help you through the design and craft, discussing the ways to do it. You can try different forms, designs, depending on your interest and skill level. This is not a class, rather a fun activity and so we would love it if we can exchange tips and ideas, learn some from you too. We will serve tea around half-time to get the enjoyment going. This activity is great if you are just starting out as a DIY craft enthusiast, or looking for a new hobby, or willing to learn something new, or just looking to have some fun. If you'd like to suggest another schedule, please let us know and we will try to work it out. Other things to note We want to make handicrafts fun and would like the experience to be an enjoyable activity. You are free to share your tips and tricks too whilst engaging with us. However, please let us know in advance which form of knitting you are looking forward to explore.
Photo Shoot cum Walk in The City of Joy
Hello beautiful people! Join me on one of the most beautiful Photo-Walks in This City of Joy, and create memories you cannot forget. I'm a Geographer turned Photographer & I Head a Leading Photography Company in Kolkata. My Passion for Photography & Love for This City, & its culture, made me Curate this Experience! We'll walk through the Heart of The City - Victoria Memorial, Princep Ghat - Overlooking the Vidyasagar Setu, The Historic Tram Ride, and more. The Best Part - It's not just another walk! You'll be Clicked at the Best Places by a Professional Photographer (Me!) - Creating Stunning Photographs & Memories! All this, and we will only walk for about an hour. All Places Combined. The in-between Movement will be done in Cabs. This is one Experience you don't wanna Miss if You Ever Visit Kolkata. When we return, we'll end our time together with local street food and chai (local tea)! This experience is great for one-on-one private sessions and also for groups! I’ve worked with individuals, businesses, and government organizations. My Photographs & Travel Trivias are Often Published in the Leading Newspapers - Looking forward to a Great Photo Session in The City of Joy!
Enchanting Circuit -India's First Mountain bike Park
Set amidst the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary hides India’s 1st cycling path, the enchanted forest trail has been captivating cycling audience with its pioneering solitude with never-ending landscape and panoramic views is extremely enticing. An experience that's free from the adulteration of city chaos a place where solitude dwells. After meeting up we will give you a short brief and guideline about the experience. We then will start heading towards Jorebunglow taking the backside of Darjeeling town avoiding the highway and busy traffic crossing a beautiful monastery Mak Dhog built-in 1914 for World Peace. Once we reach Jorebunglow and get us tickets for the forest pass we will enter Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. The enchanting circuit begins with empty road and absolute solitude we will be riding inside a dense pine forest which usually plays hide and seek to allow you to see stunning landscapes. When we start ascending towards Chatakpur the highest point 7887 ft the view on our right is open to drown into the mesmerizing landscapes of the neighboring hills. After reaching Chatakpur we slowly start descending towards Rambi a small village and finally all the way down to 3rd Mile a cozy town. From 3rd Mile we head back towards Jorebunglow making it a perfect circuit around Tiger Hill the highest point in Darjeeling 8482 ft. We head back to our starting point where we will conclude. Other things to note We will be mountain biking to explore Darjeeling so a proper set of acitive clothes and shoes will be very helpful.
The Last Villages of Kalimpong
The guests will visit the last villages of Kalimpong from Todey village which is situated in the Indo-Bhutan border through a carefully crafted trail which takes walks through the authentic village lifestyle of the area. The walk will include close includes close interactions with the locals maybe in their kitchen over a warm cup of tea or in their fields helping them in their daily work. So of the oldest architecture of the mountains can be seen during the trail and the interesting mix of Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali culture. The guests will also get to learn from local resource persons like Medicine men, Local artisans and forest men.
City tour on Royal Enfield
I v started working in tourism industry since 2012 since then i m making explore kolkata city to our guest in a very typically and authentic way and making their visit great we bring our guest to many famous and infamous places of kolkata to make them discover kolkata from very deep where they can see the real life style of kolkata some nice and historical monuments and also some nice and amazing nature place so we give mix experience of life style historical monuments and nature of kolkata
Mountain biking experience in Senchal wildlife Sanctuary
A mountain biking experience all the way from Ghoom to Chatakpur which has one of the best scenic routes to ride a cycle on as vehicles do not ply much and the route is full of greenery, you also cross the senchal lake on the process and the Senchal forest. The cycling trail is enjoyable to all, from beginners to proper mountain bikers. Me, myself will be leading the experience incase of any mechanical failure on the way. The designated area starts from the proper route towards Chatakpur, meaning you will not have to ride the bike on busy routes or main roads and can manage time properly to also have a nice tour of Chatakpur or else renting a bike from Darjeeling town tires you out just when you just reach Ghoom, I'll guide you through the Senchal forest till Chatakpur and we can explore the village which hashasa pond known as Kalpokhri and there is also a view point where you can see the other half of Darjeeling.We can have lunch at Chatakpur and leave the area and come back via 3rd mile. The trail is beautiful enough to make people fall in love with mountain Biking in Darjeeling. The experience will be tiring but will be worth the fatigue due to the beautiful trail Senchal forest provides for us. (The Senchal forest is closed due to mating period up till September 15th,we can arrange rides towards other destinations such as lamahatta, sukhia,simana border(indo nepal border)
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