The Himalayas are all about experiencing the Joy of Nature. When man adapts and moulds himself to nature the Joy is enhanced manifold.
A perfectly organized trail by the nature loving staff of the JW MARRIOTT Walnut Grove Spa Resort ,Mussoorie to a CORN VILLAGE located in the Himalayas was just that, a memorable experience.
The trip beautifully integrated an experience of the local Gharwali way of life with the thrill of a joyful ride on a motorcycle .
The extremely skilled driver on a Royal Enfield bike enabled me to have an uninterrupted and breathtaking 360 degree view of the enchanting landscape.
Royal Enfields are a great mode of transport in the Hills
It was indeed wonderful to go on a motorcycle as the fresh and cool mountain air rustles up your hair and massages the face as well.
Corn ( or Maize) is the third most important crop after rice and wheat in the hills and forms the staple diet of the village folk as well.
The Gharwalis ( as the locals are called) over the ages have perfected the art of drying the corn within their homes.
September to October is the time for harvesting Corn ( Scientific name: Zea mays) in the Hills of Mussoorie, Uttrakhand and thus the perfect time to visit Bhatoli the CORN Village.
An enchanting view of the stepped farms of the Hills.Can you spot the Corn on the roof?
Homes in the hills have been traditionally made of Wood. The sturdy though now endangered Himalayan White Oak ( Quercus leucotrichophora) covers most of these Hills and has been a source of timber for generations.
This traditional carved wooden door welcomes us to the quaint village of CORN.
A 100-year-old wooden door old beckons
The first stunning view of corn bunched up and hung upside down leaves me gazing in awe.It stunned my camera too which simply stopped working thereafter.
The heritage wooden home in the centre is now gradually being replaced by brick and concrete homes.
As I walk through this Organic and incredibly clean village I realize why it is called the CORN VILLAGE.
Colourful sunbathing Quilts give the Corn company in this house adorned by two dish antennas.
While wooden homes have been replaced by brick and mortar ( pucca homes as they are called in Hindi) , some traditions like drying the corn, thankfully remain.
Do notice the spotless alleys.
Another breathtaking view of a house with corn hung from the roof and the hills in the background.
A far distance from its Mexican Origins , Corn has overrun this house in the scenic village of Bhatoli.
Signing off as I sit down for a typical Gharwali lunch and Chapatis ( Indian Bread) made of Corn flour.
A marvelous trail planned to perfection by Prateek and Vaidehi of JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Mussoorie. The bike ride was a steal.
A wonderful outreach by the luxurious Hotel to the friendly and hospitable villagers who spread out a welcome feast.
Hope you have read the earlier posts ( THE SECRET TRAP and THE MUSHROOM TRAIL) , all part of the WALNUT TRAIL.
Be not impatient friends, the Walnuts will follow as well. Keep following.