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Local Village House, Almora, India

Our rating: Simple

The village houses you will stay in are lovely colorful little properties you see in this region but have been adapted to suit western needs. You will enjoy comfortable beds with pillows and duvets. The rooms are well kept and decorated in the local style but also retain the charm found in the remote Kumaon hills region. There is a separate toilet/shower block where you will be provided with hot water in a bucket and soap. Although simple it is the perfect way to end your day.

Food is prepared on a wood stove in the house usually by the men of the house and the guide that will also accompany you. It is superb food, spice is toned down and there is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. For the majority of the time you will eat outside and if it is a bit cold they will provide rugs and hot water bottles but you really get the chance to enjoy the stunning stars and the peace.

You are encouraged to interact with the village families as you go along; they are happy for you to help particularly at the village of Jawalabanj or just watch in the kitchen, they are just as intrigued by you as you are of them and welcome the interaction. You will have a host with you throughout to provide any assistance.

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