Thikana at Bharatwala

Our boutique Homestay shares
its campus with the Ankuri program.



RURAL HOMESTAY

Set amongst the lush reserve forests of Anglia in the foothills of the Himalayas in the district of Dehradun, Thikana at Bharatwala is the classically restored home of Rachna and Dushyant Singh. When you come to us you will have the opportunity to take part in the rich culture of the people who have lived here in the foothills for centuries and who continue to follow traditional agricultural practices. You will have the opportunity to visit the surrounding family farms, homes and villages, and experience the peaceful beauty of the mountainous vistas.




ACTIVITIES

Whether you want to simply relax and soak in the beauty of nature or desire a more active schedule, there is a wide variety of choices to pass the time during your stay with us.

  • Local wildlife and nature walks in the Anglia hills
  • Bird watching tours
  • Trek to the historical temple of Santala Devi
  • Visit the local government-run school
  • Meet women who are part of a rural employment programme
  • Morning yoga, taught by a nearby yoga master
  • Reflexology classes
  • Hour long massages by trained professionals
Yoga in the mountains Traditional Dance


HISTORY

In the early nineteenth century the area stretching to the neighbouring district of Vikas Nagar was overseen by Rai Bahadur Rama Dutt Raturi. A conservationist, he felt a strong responsibiltiy to help the farmers who struggled to obtain sufficient sustenance on the extremely hilly farmland. Settlers from three different regions converged in this area to settle down on his lands - Nepalese, Jaunsaris and Garhwalis. He encouraged the local farmers to look after the sal jungles while staying engaged in basic agriculture. Similar to today, large numbers of the village men were migrating to work in the nearby towns or were engaged in military services. Meanwhile, the women typically stayed back to look after the fields and the family.




In the present day, Rai’s great great grand daughter and her family have re-created that spirit of caring for the land and its people by establishing Thikana at Bharatwala, and they have expanded it into a knitting program that facilities empowerment and financial freedom for the surrounding village women, as well as a literacy centre for the kids.

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PRICING

Room and Board

Per person per day

Double occupancy – Rs. 9,500
Single occupancy - Rs. 6,500
Triple occupancy – Rs. 11,500

Airport Transfer

Medium car — Rs. 1500
People carrier — Rs. 1800

Train Station Transfer

Medium car — Rs. 700
People carrier — Rs. 1000

Activities

Full body massage (one hour) – Rs. 1000
Reflexology (one hour) – Rs. 800
Yoga classes in the morning – Rs. 200



Additional Info

  • Children under ten are free if they will be sharing your room.
  • 3,000 Rs. for each child in a separate room.
  • A maximum of two children may share your room.
  • We are closed May 15th - September 15th.
  • We include all meals and all drinks: you are our guest!
  • Though our main house does not have air conditioner, we provide air conditioner for the guest rooms!
  • High ceilings, verandas and ceiling fans keep the public areas pleasant by day while allowing you to appreciate the nature we are surrounded with.