Natural Attractions

The jungles across river and in the gorges are dense and harbour fantastic, rare wildlife including the Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Kakar, Goral Ant Eater, Ratel and Porcupines. Jim Corbett legendary Shikari famous chapter on the Man Eater of Rudraprayag is set not far from here as the crow flies. The well known Chilla Rajaji National Park which also has wild elephant is also similarly close by. You will hear the short yelping night bark of the kakkar at night - given when the predator (that self same leopard - panthera pardus) lurks in the shadows of the night. While you are safe on this side of the river, you will listen very closely indeed!

In the summer months Himalayan black bear can be sighted opposite river. The corn fields are also a favourite and villagers often have to stay up at night to chase them away. Bird life include amongst numerous others the Himalayan Golden-backed Woodpecker, Great Indian Tree Pie, Grey Wagtail, The Darter or Snake Bird, and the Black Cormorant.

As part of the local village of Singtali, there are benefits to you as well. These include, besides the organic food materiels, village visits and a peep into the lifestyles of the locals. Village visits are carefully calibrated for reasons of the villagers' own privacy as well as ensuring that these are non-offensive in nature. The camp follows a strict rule of packing out all non-degradable garbage to city dumps and orients staff to this practice. It also exposes select staff in techniques such as composting and sericulture, Mahaseer conservation and has turned "poachers" to wildlife and fishing guides. This site is also unique as a protected haven for the Great Indian Mahaseer, which is under threat of extinction in other stretches of the river. As members of the Wild Life Society of India, our efforts at working with such partners and stake holders reflects our commitment to the local, regional and national biodiversity.

For those bathing by the river, rather than allowing soap and detergent, we use native bark which lathers and which is the perfect environment friendly detergent. This is just one example of benefiting from deploying local staff and leveraging native traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs. Spashram RiverMountain primarily uses local staff, native to the region as guides and trackers. Using traditional knowledge and incorporating this in its activities and operations wherever possible, this policy has accrued benefits and goodwill, as there is a direct plough back of revenue into the region.

Fruiting trees that have been planted have been done so in a way that does not clear underbrush and "tame" the land, allow the Himalayan fox and the occasional wild boar or leopard to visit camp. We invite you to indulge in this space with the choice of possibilities suggested or the makings of your own fancies.

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