Reading in case of development, rural studies, arts impact on communities
Uttarakhand is a state in the north of India, often referred to as the ‘Land of the Gods’ due to the many temples and pilgrimages that are found throughout the region. Visitors from around India and all over the world come and enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayas, nature, and all kinds of options ranging from rafting and bungee jumping to yoga and meditation. My visits to Kausani and Rishikesh reveals that amongst this there are also some individual leaders responsible for designing arts and development programmes to support local communities in a sustainable way, celebrating indigenous history and culture.
I am invited to spend a week at The Buransh Retreat, a new resort in Kausani, a hill town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Operating within the premises is The Himalaya Study Centre, a new project to develop the awareness and practice of art, culture, education…
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