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Gear for the Garhwal 2010

Gear for the Garhwal 2010

Missoula gear drive to begin for mountain guides in India’s Garhwal It’s time to pony up for Gear for the Garhwal. The program benefits indigenous mountain guides in the Garhwal region of northern India. The gear drive is run by Eric Legvold and a University of Montana affiliate program called the Nature-Link Institute, which offers […]

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2009 Nature Link Trip

2009 Nature Link Trip

Nature Link headed to Garhwal once again this year for its now well established India Study Abroad programme. Photo Gallery

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Clouds over the Goddess Mountain

Clouds over the Goddess Mountain

RANIKHET – From this Himalayan town about 380 kilometers from Delhi, my first view of mystical Nandi Devi was one of those velvet-cloaked, sledge-hammer moments in life that softly stuns the senses and leaves one wordless. Golden early morning sunlight lit the snow-capped 7,800-meter peak, India’s highest, as Nanda Devi glowed with strength, stillness, purity, […]

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Nanda Devi Documentary

Nanda Devi Documentary

Watch this well made documentary from Indian Public Television by Aparna Katara Sharma: View this movie at cultureunplugged.com The documentary visits some familiar friends although leaves out the big questions about the complicated role of governments, contractors, and regional economic, ecological, and even foreign policies at play.

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Mountain Shepherds Case Study

Mountain Shepherds Case Study

In 2008, EQUATIONS published a dossier entitled, “Redefining Tourism – Experiences and Insights from Rural Tourism Projects in India”, that brought together the experiences of policymakers, implementers and community members working on ecotourism projects throughout the country. Mountain Shepherds was one of its case studies (pp. 90-99), and our experiences have been included in this […]

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Time Covers MS: "Fresh Heights"

Time Covers MS: "Fresh Heights"

In a recent Time Magazine article covering Uttarakhand as an alternative trekking and tourism spot to troubled Tibet and Nepal, Mountain Shepherds was cited as one of the key travel companies. Check it out: Diversions: Fresh Heights By MELISSA BELL TIME Magazine, May 29, 2008 Tibet and Nepal, the long-standing darlings of the Himalayan tourist […]

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Historical-Cultural Map of Uttarakhand

Historical-Cultural Map of Uttarakhand

First released in 2007 at a special function hosted by PAHAR and Mountain Shepherds, this one-of-a-kind 36″ by 23″ historical-cultural map of Uttarakhand by Rajiv Rawat is provided here in PDF format at full print quality. Mountain Shepherds also maintains a stock of prints at its office. Five years in the making, this unique endeavour attempted […]

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New map to mark decade of Uttarakhand online

New map to mark decade of Uttarakhand online

Even before the creation of Uttarakhand, the state was born in cyberspace with uttarakhand.org in 1997. Now ten years later, the first historical-cultural map of Uttarakhand is being released to celebrate this milestone with friends from PAHAR and Mountain Shepherds. Produced by uttarakhand.org creator Rajiv Rawat, the map is the first of its kind and […]

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Business Today: Backpacking with hill shepherds

Business Today: Backpacking with hill shepherds

Anusha Subramaniam, reporter for India’s leading business magazine, Business Today, recently trekked with Mountain Shepherds and returned with this report: Business Today NOVEMBER 5, 2007 Lata Village, Niti Valley It started off as my much awaited trek in the Garhwal Himalayas and turned into an impressive first-hand account of a small, yet smart, initiative. The […]

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2007 Nature Link Trip

2007 Nature Link Trip

On June 2, a group of students from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA and Nature-Link Institute, Boone, NC traveled to the Garhwal regions of the Himalaya. Dr. Keith Bosak from Georgia Southern University and Laura Caplins from Nature-Link Institute accompanied a diverse group of students into the Himalaya. From June 1 to June 23, 2007 […]