My farm is located in the Himalayas at Kotabagh in Uttaranchal in India. There is always some work to do on the farm throughout the year. My farm surroundings are very calm and serene and are ideal for a relaxed soul.
I receive over 150 helpers at my farm in a year and all have enjoyed their relaxed stay. If youwish to experience the stillness of the Himalayas, you are welcome to my farm.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Travellers can enjoy the calmness of kotabagh. away from the rush and noise of cities.
There is always some work to do on the farm through out the year.
work could include weeding, watering,sowing,planting new seeds and harvesting. no heavy duty manual work. we appreciate volunteers to help on the farm 2 hours a day.. Work is only assisgned if the volunteer feels good to do it. If a volunteer does not feel he/she wants to work some days, it is ok with me.
I have a cottage with two rooms with attached bath. one room is for the volunteers which is big enough to accommodate 8 persons. we provide beds, matteresses, pillows and blankets.
I would like to give to you some more information while on my farm.
ACCOMMODATION: I have a cottage with two rooms. The cottage rooms have an attached toilet. The volunteer room is big enough to accommodate up to 8 guests. I do not charge guests any money for accommodation at the cottage, however, each guest is required to contribute 500.00 rupees per day for expenses for food during their stay at the farm.
Food: we provide basic Indian vegetarian food, morning Tea/Coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen keeper does the cooking but guests are welcome to join the kitchen and learn from him the Indian way of cooking meals. Guests can always shop at kotabagh for fruits, biscuits or whatever they need and can store them in the refrigerator in the cottage.
WORK: Helping on the farm is most appreciated. We expect workawayers to volunteer 2 hours a day. Farm work does not involve any heavy duty work. Farm work could include watering trees, removing weeds, sowing new seeds, picking fruits etc. We respect the rights of helpers.
INTERNET: At the cottage there is wi-fi. wi-fi can be used for 40.00 ruees /hour. But please keep in mind, that since the farm is 360 degrees sourounded by hills, there are times that the internet does not work in the cottage. However you can walk down to kotabagh and you will find many internet cafes.
ATM: state bank of India, Punjab national bank and Bank of Baroda have their branches and ATM s in Kotabagh.
TREKKING: Guests, who want to go trekking on the many hills around Kotabagh and stay overnight at the peak, would need to carry with them a sleeping bag for overnight stay.
BONFIRE: In the evenings a Bonfire is lit. Everyone can join to collect the wood from the jungle.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Since I do not have a photocopy at my farm, pls carry with you two photocopies of your passport and Indian visa as I need to submit these documents to the local intelligence unit in kotabagh upon your arrival.
The nearest airport from Kotabagh is New Delhi. Trains and buses are the most convienent mode of transportation in india.
Many buses from Agra, Chandigarh, haridwar, Delhi come directly to Haldwani AND Ramnagar. Pls find out about the timings of the buses a day before you plan to board the bus to Haldwani
It is strongly suggested that while on railway stations and bus stations and the trains in India, you should never lose sight of your belongings.
Apart from the Indian railways there are almost 50-60 buses that leave for Haldwani from Delhi Daily. Journey time is 6-7 hours. The bus terminal for buses going to Haldwani is ANAND VIHAR and KASHMIRI GATE in Delhi. Buses leave for Haldwani throughout the day. There are state run and private buses running between delhi-Haldwani. State run buses have cheaper fare, and private buses are more expensive. Journey time for state and private buses is the same. PLAN YOUR TRIP THAT YOU ARRIVE AT KOTABAGH IN THE DAYTIME SAY TILL 5.00PM
Many trains are available from North India to MORADABAD RAILWAY JUNCTION. From Moradabad, taxi service is available to My farm at Kotabagh. Cost 2500.00 rupees.
From Haridwar to haldwani: train # 14120
From haridwar to ramnagar: train #15033
From Jaipur to Haldwani Train # 15013
From delhi to haldwani Train # 12040, 15035, 15013
After arriving at HALDWANI BUS STATION, take a cyclerikshaw or auto rickshaw to KOTABAGH BUS STOP-MUKHANI PETROL PUMP in Haldwani. The cycle rickshaw will charge rs. 30.00 And autorikshaw will charge 50.00 rupees to reach MUKHANI PETROL PUMP which is approx. 3 kms from Haldwani bus station to take the bus for KOTABAGH. The first bus leaves Haldwani at 8.00 am the fare is 30-40 rupees and journey time is a little over an hour. Buses leave from here for Kotabagh hourly till 3.00 pm
After reaching KOTABAGH BUS STOP, get a taxi to my farm Baluti. If any problem, there is a sweet shop opposite the kotabagh bus stand “Aggarwal sweet shop”, you can ask him to arrange for a taxi to baluti. The taxi will charge rupees 200.00.
TAXI: Taxi can pick you up from the bus stop or railway station in Haldwani and Ramnagar drop you at the farm. The cost is 1200.00 rupees. You need to inform me a day before you arrive at Haldwani, the time of your arrival for me to inform the taxi to pick you up from Haldwani. The Taxi driver will have an sms from me on his mobile, so you will know which is the right taxi driver.
I can also arrange a taxi from Delhi to my farm. Taxi cost 8000.00 rupees.
If you need more clarifications on how to get to my farm, pls do revert
1. Walk down to river dabka. distance approx 2kms
2. Walk down to kotabagh and check out some of the Himalayan sweet shops, fruits and vegetable vendors, train or air bookings, internet, Himalayan non vegetarian dhabas(small restaurants),shop selling all organic medicines for different treatments,cheese,fruit juice, and general knick-knacks.
3. Trek upwards from the cottage to the beautiful village of talia, a semi scattered village, with fields, growing wheat, tomatoes etc. on the east and north side large mountains. A very picturesque spot. Trekking from the cottage to Talia takes about 45 minutes. Trekking is not very difficult.
4. Take a bus from kotabagh for kaladungi. traveltime 30minutes. here you can view the corbett musuem and the corbett water falls.
5. You can visit the many different villages on the hills near the farm.
6. Jeep safari to Sitabani forest and Corbett national park: jeep will pick you up from the cottage 20 to 30 minute before sunrise, will show you the park (which is actually a jungle), you could be blessed to see much wild life. The jeep will drop you back in the afternoon at the cottage. Jeep safari 5 hours.
7. Nainital: take a direct bus from kotabagh to Nainital. There is only one bus plying kotabagh-Nainital. It leaves kotabagh bus station at 7.00am travel time from kotabagh to Nainital is approx. 1.20 minutes. Nainital is called the "lake city". its very beautiful but also very touristic. In Nanital you can do boating on the lake, paddling in the lake, walking around the lake, cable car ride, horse riding on the hills around the lake,nainital zoo, tibetian refugee market where they sell stuff like tibetian shawals, tibetian food etc.
ONE NIGHT STAY TREK:
Trek to the teeth Devi temple via Talia village. Trekking time to the temple roughly 4 hours. At the temple there are 2 rooms where you can sleep for the night. The caretaker of the temple will offer you morning tea, lunch and dinner. Very simple vegetarian food. In the rooms there are no beds, so if you are not carrying your sleeping bag, you could use the blankets available there. Coming down takes approx 3 hours from the temple. Since the temple is run purely on donation, I suggest pls give 100.00 per night for your stay as donation. I once again remind you that the caretaker will not demand it-because donation is your will.
From the bus stop where you got down there are buses leaving for very beautiful places in the Himalayas. These are just my suggestion, you can modify as it suits you.Almora (1 night,(binsar two nights), kasauni(2 nights),bageshwar(1 night),chaukori (1 night),thal(1 night),munsiyari (1 night):please note that munsiyari is the base town for trekking to the pindari glacier,milam glacier etc. you need prior booking to do these treks. From munsiyari to udaiyari bend(1 night),udaiyari bend to berinag(1 night),berinag to sherghat (1 night),sherghat to barachinna(1 night), barachina to jageshwaar(leave early in the morning and be back at night to barachina, barachina to almora(1 night),almora to Haldwani and same day arriving at kotabagh. Please note that you can break your journey in-between and return to Haldwani and kotabagh.
For fourty years of my life I had been travelling 6 to 8 months every year. so I know there could be many other questions you would like to ask. Pls feel free to ask.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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