Exploring Supi Village in Saryu Valley | Offbeat Uttarakhand | Village Ways

Exploring Supi Village in Saryu Valley | Offbeat Uttarakhand | Village Ways


The most interesting thing? From there we took a 3 hour roadtrip to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary where we stayed at this amazing property for the night. and now we are leaving for Saryu Valley Remember Saryu river from the Ramayana? The one that flows through Ayodhya? We are headed to that river’s valley which originates from the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand The road ends a little ahead of here 2 hours from Binsar we had a quick stop at Bageshwar We saw the confluence of Saryu & Gomti rivers there We explored the market, had lunch, and drove for another 2 hours to this spot- Tarai- from where it’s a 30-minute uphill climb to reach Supi village, where we shall be staying tonight That white building is our guest house We are not going to stay at a homestay We will be staying at the Village Ways Guest House which is owned and run by the entire village community In a homestay, you are the guests of a single family but here, you are hosted by the entire village. It’s a very old building This is our room Yes there is solar power as well the washroom would be attached, and that it would be western style You can also sit outside if you want The view is awesome, but the thing I feel is the best is this guest house which I’m going to show you in a moment What a beautiful building it is with the blue and white paint the pastel colors- it looks so amazing, so colourful and beautiful. The sun has already set so we are just going to explore around a bit The most interesting thing? There are marijuana plantations everywhere around here. All these tall ones! It suddenly started raining, so we are running to the guest house now No worries of getting wet There were heavy rains last eveing and there was a power cut as well Once the power was restored around 8.30pm, we had dinner and went to bed early. When we woke up this morning, the plan was to head to Darbala Top- the topmost point of Supi one can see the entire valley from up there But now, the problem is that clouds have engulfed the entire area so there is no point in hiking up because there would be nothing visible So we are going to have breakfast now and then let’s see what’s the plan for the day. Because this is the only chance you have to meet the entire Supi team of Village Ways, say hello to everyone -Hello A little louder? HELLO!! The sky has opened up, so now we are going to trek up to Darbala Top -How high? -We will see how high we can reach Joining us are Tara bhaiya (local guide), Nanda and Deepu bhaiya. Our life is in your hands We are headed somewhere up there Since we are walking through the village, we spotted the primary school here An interesting fact about the school here is that it was started here after Village Ways was set up It’s an English medium school This is so because the parents saw how important it was for their kids to learn English in the present day and time and how it is required to interact with all the foreign tourists visiting the area. Water falls from an elevation here and pushes the turbine that results in the grinding of the millets. Finally we can see our destination- just need to make it up there where Deepu bhaiya has already reached I can see Pride Rock and I’m going to climb up like Simba After spending some time at Darbala Top, we retraced our paths to Supi where we spotted Tara bhaiya’s grandmother working in the fields Are these always red? Shouldn’t they be green? They are green at the beginning These are kidney beans? This is how kidney beans grow? I had no clue this is how kidney beans grow Have you ever seen a cucumber this big? (This was a good 2 feet long) You can have it raw or it can be dried to make raita Ending today’s ‘Get to know your food’ class, we headed back to the guest house for lunch and were greeted with a I had never seen a rainbow below the ground level It has started raining and we are now heading to- Bhadratunga It should take a total of 3-3.5 hours to go and come back from there We are probably going to take 5-6 hours 😛 Led by Captain Nanda Devi the batallion is on its way to war The uniforms are of no use now since the rain has stopped -Our mission is Bhadratunga -I’m sure we will complete the mission, but then we have to check how we make it back -How will it be complete if we don’t make it back? One and half hours later, we have made it to Bhadratunga Hi there, whatsup? Here is Bhadratunga you can see this temple behind me there once was a popular saint who took his ‘samadhi’ here Since then this place has been considered very holy and pious There is a Devi Maa temple here and whenever someone dies in the nearby areas, it is considered holy to burn them and cremate them next to the Saryu river here Look at the colour of the water In 1.5 hours we covered 3.5-4 kms downhill now let’s see how long it takes to get back My prediction? 4 hours! Check out the view behind you Looks good on you On our way back to Supi, we met Chana Ramji who has been weaving woollens here since many years For the first time, I saw the entire process These are sheep hair which are turned into ropes like this and then they are turned into threads of wool Although these are very generic things, we don’t get to see them usually in the midst of our citylife After spening just one day here in Supi village, I have learnt so many new things I mena, come on, did you know that kidney beans grow on such a huge plant? Although we predicted 4 hours, we made it back in less than 2 even with exploring the areas

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    Tara Nair

    Buddy! The first two 180 degrees shot were speedier for the eyes to catch the view. Uskey baad toh macha diya tuney. I knew about the Rajma though, but the woolens made of sheepskin were amazing. I loved the building. In fact, I would love to have a part of my home where the two chairs are kept beside the windows. I heart it. And really the water was so clean. Such a rare sight. Am so glad the villagers are taking so much care of the entire area. It's a beautiful video.

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    Wander to Capture

    Wooooof! That must have been such a different experience! The views are breathtaking!! Waiting for the next one bro!!!

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