We were introduced to Bhaloli Village by a couple of local youngsters on a scouting trip to Himachal. Nestled on a height of 2100 meters and a 2 km walk through Deodar trees and panoramic views of Khajjiar, the village left us mesmerized with its beauty and the potential.
Despite a thriving folk tradition, the major livelihood for the village was agriculture that was limited by the climatic conditions. During the peak tourist season, men from the village worked as waiters or cooks in nearby hotels and tried to earn a bit by acting as a cameraman for tourists along with rabbits & traditional dresses. These unconventional ways of earning a livelihood were unstructured and uncertain in terms of employment & amount of revenue they could generate for their families. While the village was fairly rich with natural resources such as agriculture and water, the main issues it faced were improper infrastructure, sanitary facilities, water management and waste disposal techniques.
Our team identified and worked on these problems from the grassroots level, from restructuring and reshaping the water management techniques and the sanitary systems to building the community-style staying options. We also invested in power supply systems, built proper roads and seating places and decorated and styled the guest rooms to suit tourist needs.
We created new work opportunities to stop the migration of the skilled youth to other places. We helped them become self-sustainable by building a structured revenue system which now helps the village to earn a living while maintaining their traditions, culture and heritage. The revenue earned by the youngsters in the first few weeks was equal to the revenue they earned after three months of working at a hotel!
It took 3 months to work on the development of the village and since its establishment, we have accomplished:
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What our travellers have to say?
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Mystic Village: A community village, which is completely taken care by villagers themselves.
Among all of them, Mr.Shankar, Mr.Anoop and Mr.Suresh bring out the best. Shankar Sharma, a graduate who lives with his three kids, his wife and his mother, knows how it feels to live away from family. He joined his hands with NotOnMap and doesn't find the need to go away from his family now to earn bread and butter for them.