The Dhaba is where we serve meals in Camp Hornbill.
Being a community initiative we give priority to local and wholesome cuisine. The food served is a representation of Kumaoni culture and sourced locally. We include kumaoni delicacies and other Indian dishes. The food is served in buffet style on this very platform and guest can sit together in the chaupal and enjoy their meals.
Buffet meals help us avoid food waste as one can take only what they can eat and it is also a good opportunity for guests to interact with other guests and the Camp Hornbill team.
We also make sure to segregate our waste and food waste is either fed to cattle or composted.
the Majestic darma valley of kumaon, Uttarakhand is now open for both travellers and the villagers who are undertaking their yearly summer migration. This year's snowfall was so massive that the motorable road has been cut of by the glaciers from multiple places so one has to walk around 17km or so to reach the villages close to the Panchachuli peaks(Dugtu and Dantu villages)
This is my second attempt at time lapse photography and I couldn't have find a better subject than the icon of Indian Himalayas, the Panchachuli peaks and that too at the golden hour.
255 frames at 10 sec intervals
Frame rate: 18fps
At the end of last year I read Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Ranulph Fiennes. In his book Fiennes talks about his preparations for climbing the north face of the Eiger, stating he was told to read The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer before any attempt. Heinrich Harrer was in the group of four which made the first successful attempt climbing the north face of the Eiger.
Following some research I discovered the foreword of newer copies of The White Spider is written by Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void. This lead me to purchase and read Touching the Void prior to reading The White Spider. Both of which are great books and worth a read.
Needing new reading material shortly I had planned on getting Seven Years in Tibet, also by Heinrich Harrer. However, on my day off today a book in the window of a charity shop caught my eye. On further inspection I decided to purchase it, later discovering it is number 48 in National Geographic’s 100 greatest adventure books.
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Zero Point | Pindari Glacier |
The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. The glacier is about three kilometers long and 365 meters wide and gives rise to the Pindar River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.
Today is #WorldBiodiversityDay and we are so #grateful to be blessed by nature's magic!
A week ago we noticed 6 #chrysalis of the #RedPierrot#butterfly formed on a #kalanchoe plant. Today we noticed that 2 of these butterflies emerged! We feel blessed 😊
We don't use chemical fertilizers in our gardens and nature has a beautiful way of telling us we are doing good!
Huge thanks to one of our favourite #naturalist@bhaskarsati0492 (Bhaskar Sati)
Of @camphornbillcorbett for helping us identify the butterfly. (A plug of support to Camp Hornbill, #Corbett - a local ecotourism venture started by local youth of the #Kumaon Region including Shekhar (@_cshekhar_) , Bhaskar and team . Their story is inspirational- when they were facing harm and loss due to wild elephants coming to their fields, they bowed down to nature and set up an ecotourism small venture instead. They showed how humans don't need to be in conflict with nature and let the elephants visit and wander wherever they wanted in peace! Do show them your support and consider visiting Camp Hornbill in #Kyari , you'll truly come back with a changed perspective on life 😊
Interesting facts about the Red Pierrot: source- Wikipedia
The red Pierrot is a weak flier, and flutters about close to the ground. It flies in short bursts and settles often but not for very long. It basks with its wings half open, but prefers shade to sun, and jungle or undergrowth to open areas. It keeps on the wing almost till dark when it settles on the undersides of leaves and twigs often in company. It is sluggish early in the morning and late in the evening.
It always sits with its wings closed to display the bright markings of its undersides. It fearlessness, weak flight and distinctive markings all indicate that it is a protected butterfly, which is peculiar considering that its host plants are not known to contain any sequestrable toxins.
A trek to #khuliyatop
Locally known as #manhattan of #munsyari ! (because if you visit the hilly hamlet and miss this popular trek, then your Munsyari experience remains incomplete). Situated at an elevation of 3500 meters, the trail to Khuliya Top is even higher than Leh Airport in altitude! #fitnesslevel is moderate to easy and distance is 5.5 km one way uphill. You can also camp at the top and spend your night around a campfire surrounded by a 360 degree view of the glaciers.
Wake up with an incredible peak view of Panchachuli, Hasling, Raj Rambha and Nanda Devi East!
You can easily complete it in one day even if you don't camp for the night. Its a huge meadow and the trail takes 2 hours to complete from one end to another.
Savour the #alpine meadows and Alpine #birds as you rest your feet and soak your soul in the sights around you!
ख़ुशी है,सर्दियाँ हो और हाथ में गुड़ घी और मडुआ रोटी हो। . #madurot#gudghee#ragichapati#jaggery#ghee#fullofcalcium#jaggerygheeflushesoutrespiratorytoxcins#keepbodywarminwinters#uttrakhandfood#pahaditips#godesi#traditiontofollowforlifetime#fingerlickinggoodnessfrommumma 😍 #uttarakhand#kumaon#kumauni .
Madua/Nachni is common name of Finger Millet in Uttrakhand hills and known as Ragi in Southern part of India.Madua/ragi doesn’t require more water and can easily be grown on hilly terrain.Along with oats this is one of the most nutritious food and one of the easy one to to digest. It is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. It is low in fat most of which are unsaturated fats.In Uttrakhand we make rotis/chapatis of madua,madua porridge /halwa which is very nutritious for kids as well as adults.Madua ki taseer garam hone ke karan ise sardiyon mein khaya jana chahiye.
Ragi or Nachni is often ground to a fine power and sold and popularly known as Ragi Flour.Now in Uttrakhand hills people are making bakery items also to promote locally obtained cereals and to increase employment.It is sad that due to lack of facilities people are migrating towards metros for better life and we can see its worst effect on agricultural products and traditions/rituals of Uttrakhand.It is our duty to promote our culture,tradition,customs,rituals and local food,agricultural products etc.
gud/jaggery and ghee is also considered good fir flushing out toxcins during smog.