Sankari Village Tour
Sankari is a 300 year old valley with a diverse lineage across the globe including Persians and Greek ancestors. This village is not merely a beautiful residence for the locals, but also a path to heaven for every trekker in the Himalayas. The village of 120 families has a larger fragment engaged in agriculture and tourism activities. Sankari is nestled at the foothills of western Himalaya’s Range. Making it suitable place for treks and skiing. Sankari Village in Uttarakhand is a route to The Paradise of Himalayas for every trekker. It is not just a scenic hamlet situated in Uttarkashi district but also a trekker’s delight. The Sankari Village is the last road head to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary. The village offers ecstatic views of the Himalayan skyline and a plethora of mountain peaks, gazing at you from a distance. Greenery and forests, mountains, snow clad peaks, wildlife, meandering rivers and wide valleys, alpine lake and waterfalls – the area has all in place. Be it in summer or during winters, you will get something special. For more adventures ones, you can hike, camp, climb, raft or may try the zip line. Rich in social and cultural tradition, the area and surrounding villages are interesting for a cultural tour making it a splendid offbeat tourist destination.
Village tour Highlights:
Local Culture and Cuisine: Here you can come across the lifestyle of people living in the mountains and a chance to explore their traditional values and their local culture. Women of the village can be seen wearing traditional clothes and jewellery. Well, being their guests, you will surely get the opportunity to explore delicious local cuisine. This is the herbal tea which is very different from ordinary milk tea. Women of the house collect these herbs from the jungle. This traditional beverage keeps you warm in a cold environment and does justice with your taste buds. Another preserved kitchen treasure is organic food which can satiate your heart and soul. People can enjoy various dance forms during the festival seasons in Month of July , Oct and Feb.
Market: Sankari has a famous mini market where you will get traditional and delicious food, it always remains busy because of trekkers. Besides, it is also a popular destination for activities like adventure hike, bird watching, village tourism, zip-line, jeep ride, cycling, home stays, yoga and meditation, along with long stay holiday homes which are the conventional occupations of locals.
Someshwar Temple: In Sankari people worship Someshwar Devta; manifestation of Lord Shiva and there is a famous temple of “Someshwar Devta” which is worshiped by the people of more than 60 villages. This place is related to mythology and it is believed that while the Pandvas ascent to heaven Bheem threw a rock and this huge rock is present here which is known as Dhankeshwar Devta.
Zip line: Also known as the Snow Village, Sankari is a popular holiday spot for hikers and keen adventurers. One of the best ways to appreciate the sheer beauty that makes up Sankari is to take a zip-wire ride that allows two people to fly side by side.
Apple Orchards : Apple orchards can be seen here and the trees mostly found here are of Deodar, bamboo, and Buras. This apple themed trail in western Himalayas loops around a small farming village, passing by thousands of apple trees. It’s best to visit either in spring for the apple blossoms (as we did) or in fall for the apples when you can taste the fruit at different farms.
Base camp: It serves as a base camp village for many beautiful treks like Har-ki-Dun, Swargarohini, Bali Pass, Ruinsara, Saru Lamba and Maldaru, Kedartal
Architecture : In the village, you will see alluring wooden houses of the villagers who stay warm in winters and cool in summers and the timber houses and the temples are the silent witness of the changing season for many centuries. The citizens here still follow a green lifestyle. They use electricity generated from the run-off water from the mountains.
Homestay: and Local farming : In recent years, the hike in tourism has given them exposure to the outer world. Locals serve the guests with warm hospitality. You can either halt in cosy hotels with open balconies where you can feel the magic of glistening night sky or you can stay at these ancestral wooden houses along with local families, where you get the insight of local culture and folklore.
GoClimbup offers various packages for village tours – including walk in Apple Orchids and medicinal herb plantation, Farms, Someshwar Temple. For more personalized experience we arrange home stays.
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