About the project - This is a very interesting project, in collaboration with local scientists from organisations like GB Panth Institute of Environment and the Agriculture dept. The initiative aims to set up a model farm that will act as a demo site for growing high value crops. The farm will serve 4 key purposes -
1. Income generation through cultivation of non-native herbs
2. Model for locals to educate them about methods and benefits of organic farming, and to encourage them to cultivate non-native, higher return crops
3. Experiment to test marketing and demand for organic non-native herbs, in potential markets
4. Seed bank
Volunteers will be important in the entire planning, budgeting and analysis activity as well as mapping business potential in local and external markets. They will also be involved in physical farming activities like landscaping etc.
Typical work day - Once our volunteers are with us, we will conduct an orientation session post which we will mutually discuss and chalk out specifics of the project agenda. A typical workday will start early in the morning at around 8 Am as the Himalayan villages follow the adage of Early to Bed & early to Rise ". Project work will take approximately 5-7 hours everyday. Travel to nearby areas may also be involved sometimes, and this will mean going to the town at Banjar ( located at 7 km ) or to the capital at Kullu located at around 60 km from the volunteering site. Evenings and weekends will be free for going around and leisure.
Kullu Project was registered in 2009 as an NGO and has been working in life skill areas especially of disadvantaged children & youth of the Kullu Valley. Our prime goal is to provide income generation alternatives to children who graduate from the orphanages as well as to unemployed youth in the remote Kullu Valleys especially in the fields of ecotourism, adventure tourism, food processing and other alternative income genration activities to supplement the poorest of the poor.
Tirthan Valley lies in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. Along with Sainj Valley, this is the gateway to the UNESCO world heritage site of Great Himalayan National Park. This beautiful untouched valley lies next to the Tirthan river and offers breath-taking views all around. The hills, meadows, tiny hamlets and very warm and hospitable locals make this remote destination an ideal getaway from the city life.
How to get there -
Get to Kullu by air/ rail/ road and head to Tirthan Valley thereafter.
Getting to Kullu -
Nearest airport - Bhuntar (10 km), Chandigarh (275 km)
Nearest rail station - Chandigarh (275 km)
By road - Chandigarh (275 km), Delhi (515 km)
The most common route is by road, one can either drive or take one of the many buses that ply between Chandigarh/ Delhi and Kullu.
Tirthan Valley is another 58 km from Kullu (2-3 hrs by road).
Tirthan valley is a place if you enjoy silence, greenery and nature. The place helps you to rejuvenate your soul. The place is also great for adventure sports like trekking, angling, paragliding, rafting and even skiing higher up in the Himalayas. You can spend your time reading, writing, painting, practising yoga and meditation, fishing, walking, and last but not the least simply relaxing on a river side boulder, listening to nature…. and doing nothing!
Leisure inclusions - As part of the project, there will be some time allotted for local experiences. These will be great for volunteers to get a feel of the place, meet and interact with the community and become truly 'little local'. These activities will vary basis season, but will include things like participation in local fairs and festivals, community interaction, sampling and cooking local meals, day trips to waterfalls, birding points etc.