The M.S Kunwar, my parents, lived in Sunil (Nanda Devi Sanctuary) located in Joshimath town for over years. They grew Apples trees, wheat, potatoes, oats, and a vast range of vegetables from ordinary cauliflower to exotic artichokes and asparagus. They had cows, poultry and dogs and lived a life of simplicity and sophistication, receiving friends and visitors from all over the world and from all walks of and stations in life, who loved Joshimath and the company of my extraordinary parents.
I grew up on a fully working farm and learnt to milk cows and harvest apples before I could read and write, and was educated by my parents at home in my early years. Growing up with village children of the staff for company made me fluent in the language and culture of the region and after completing my formal education at Rishikesh. I returned to my beloved Joshimath and proceeded to single-handedly fight to have the area notified a Sanctuary.
After prolonged battles with local politicians and people with vested interests. I subsequently founded an NGO, the Himalayan Adventure Social Development Community , which today runs social work, eco treks and a state of the art secondary health care hospital for the people of Garhwal, Joshimath Women Weavers.
I am opening my family home as Nanda INN Peasent Cottage to invite people with a love of the Himalayas, nature, and a willingness to experience life as my parents and those before them lived in Joshimath Auli, and to open up my home and estate for discerning people to enjoy and to return to time and again. With my social commitments for the next 25 years, it will not be possible for me to take care of it yet i have own overseas Company : Adventure Trekking Pvt. Ltd India and Partner with Amara Adventures bases in USA and meanwhile if sharing my home can pay for its upkeep and maintenance as well as take care of the staff and their families, what better way would there be to carry forward the legacy of my parents? Besides, a percentage of the revenues will be given to social causes like healthcare and women's empowerment and also to the maintenance and conservation of Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
We have a range of activities like hikes and birdwatching in the huge Dense Forest, camping, horse riding, mountain biking, and day treks inside the outter Nanda Devi Sanctuary as well as visits to nearby places of interest like Tapovan, Kalpeshwar, Bhavisha Badri, Badrinath, Mana, Lata, Niti Pass, Auli. Visits to village homes can also be arranged. However, the breathtaking surroundings and the luxuries of old world comforts and home grown, home cooked food will make it hard for guests to move out.