Have you ever heard about a village that is entirely decorated with the garlands of golden corn? It’s none other but a quaint Himalayan village known as Sainji or popularly referred as Corn Village in the Mussoorie district of state Uttarakhand.
Have you ever explored the English heritage, century old bakeries and tea shops of Landour or thinking of paying a visit to the house of the man who measured the Mount Everest?
Along with the delights of exploring Sainji aka Corn Village and the love of Landour, we have also crafted a wonderful and an offbeat trekking experience for you in Garhwali Himalayas of Uttarakhand where after crossing some forests, breathtaking view-points and meadows, you will be able to witness the source of a spellbinding waterfall, Kempty Falls.
Let’s escape from our never ending work life to enjoy this peaceful but fun-filled weekend in Corn Village and Landour along with some hiking in the lap of mountains while tasting the history, culture and food with a group of some strangers who’d turn great companions during the trip.
1. Corn Village: As the name says, corn village is one of the most unique villages located in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Every single house in the village is covered with the garlands and bunches of golden corn making it an unbelievably pretty sight. The traditional architecture of the houses adds to the beauty and makes it a more authentic. Corn is the symbol of wealth in the village. Originally known as Sainji, the village is located at a distance of 10 km from Mussoorie.
2. Traditional Lunch: Imagine yourself sitting in a small village house, offering breathtaking views and getting pampered by traditional food and hospitality. In the corn village, we will be hosted by a local family who will be serving us a variety of traditional Jaunpuri dishes, especially cooked for us. This experience is going to overload our tummies with good food and our heart with warmth and love.
3. George Everest House: George Everest was Surveyor General of India when it was under British control. He is best known to have measured the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest, which was then known as Peak XV but renamed to the present name to honor Sir George Everest. George Everest House, overlooking the breathtaking Doon valley, used to be an observatory to examine the mountains demarcating the boundaries.
4. Kempty Falls: The breathtaking Kempty Falls are located at an altitude of 4500 feet splitting further into five cascades. From the origin of the falls to the final plunge, they cover a mesmerizing journey crossing terrace fields, forming crystal clear water pools and passing through lush green forests.
5. Trekking: On this trip, we are going to do one of the most unexplored and unique treks of the region. We will hike up to Benong Tibba Top while crossing George Everest House on the way, followed by a breathtaking hike to the source of Kempty Falls. Did we tell you that it’s one of the spellbinding experiences to witness the origin of a waterfall? The trekking trail also takes us through beautiful meadows, jungles and the water pools.
6. Chaar Dukaan: Chaar Dukaan is a place in Landour in Sister Bazaar where four (translates to Chaar in Hindi) quaint cafes are located next to each other serving some scrumptious paranathas, Maggie, pakode, special bun omelettes, tea and shakes. The beauty of Chaar Dukaan is that it’s more than a century old and makes one of the coolest hangout places in Landour.
7. Ruskin Bond House: Ruskin Bond, the famous author, was born in India but moved to England after finishing his school in 1951 only to return to India again in 1963. He eventually found his home in the lap of the mountains in Landour in Ivy Cottage. Contrary to the expectations of general belief of being a British Bungalow, Ivy League is a quaint Tibetan home.
8. Lal Tibba: The word ‘Tibba’ translates to ‘hill’ or a ‘peak’ in English. Lal Tibba is one of the hills in Landour town that offers a breathtaking view of surrounding peaks, distant villages and temples. For the convenience of tourists, a café is constructed on Lal Tibba that has placed binoculars on its roof making it easier for visitors to identify and enjoy the relevant points of interest.
9. Landour Bakehouse: Landour Bakehouse is a 19th century coffee shop and a bakery offering some of the best menu items in the town to satiate our taste buds. The menu features some of the delectable dishes from ‘The Landour Cookbook’ keeping the authentic Landour culinary tradition alive.
10. Kellog Memorial Church: Kellog Memorial Church, built in 1903, has a beautiful English architecture built with grey stones and green windows from outside. It was also the home of the Landour Language School where British people were taught Hindi.
We will start from Delhi in a private vehicle booked exclusively for our group at 11 PM. With some fun group games, we will continue our journey towards our destination.
Reach Mussoorie, freshen up and have breakfast
Drive to Kempty Falls
Corn Village Guided Tour and Photography
Lunch in the village
After lunch in the village, we’ll drive to Landour and visit the following landmarks:
Ruskin Bond House (from outside)
Kellog Memorial Church (from outside)
Back to Mussoorie
Start trekking from Wishing Well Hathipaon
We will be visiting following major landmarks during the trek:
-George Everest House
-Kempty Falls (optional)
Please note that the difficulty level for this trek is moderate and it takes approximately 4 hours to finish the same. It’s an offbeat trek specially curated by us for our groups. 🙂
Did we tell you that hiking to the source of Kempty Falls is captivating?
Trekking is optional though. If you want to miss it, you can hangout in the streets of Mussoorie before we meet the trekking group, spend some Leisure time and start our drive to Delhi. Though we strongly encourage everyone not to miss it!
After trekking, we will hangout in some quaint cafe of Mussoorie to relax and sip some nice tea/coffee. Post that, we will start driving back to Delhi.
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