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    Did You Know There's A Corn Village In Mussoorie?

    Shally posted on 26 January

    What Did I Like?

    During my extended stay in my hometown, I wanted to explore something new and just 50 km from Dehradun, up in the hills is a beautiful hamlet popularly known as the Corn Village. With only 15 houses made of deodar wood in the village, the women are the sole breadwinners here. To my surprise, not only do the people there grow corn, they even decorate their houses with ripe corn {pictured}. They hang it outside to dry them so that they have enough seeds to harvest for the next season. It also adds quirkiness to the decor of the already colourful homes. Outside a typical Garhwali home in Bhatoli and Sainji village, you will see freshly harvested corn hanging in bunches. While it is a way of life for the villages, it generates curiosity among new tourists. Hanging ripe corn outside a house is also a sign of wealth in these villages. The more the corn, the wealthier the family. Naturally, their favourite food happens to be Makki ki roti {corn chapati} and walnut chutney.

    What's My Pro Tip?

    While you are there, go for Jaunsar -Jaunpur heritage trail, experience cultural exchange, dance to traditional music, and you can even take cooking workshops for Garhwali traditional food.

    Anything Else?

    The nearest railhead and airport is at Dehradun. Hire a taxi from there to reach Mussoorie and take the road towards Yamnotri. Take a right turn after crossing the Garhwal English Medium School to reach the corn village of Sainji. Start planning your weekend getaway with Roots now and check our adventures here: {www.facebook.com/travelwithroots}

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      Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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