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Situated in a valley near Mussoorie, Sainji is a village in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.

Popularly known to people as the Corn Village, this spot has recently gained attraction from the people who look for experiential travel.

How To Reach Sainji Village?

It is about a two hours drive from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Take the road to Mussoorie & then follow the route to Kempty Falls. It is about 5kms from there. 

What to expect?

While entering the village you will find a school on the left side and the fields on the right, depending on the time of visit you can find different crops being harvested.

A small path leads you into the village with a water stream running along the path. Following the trail, you’ll reach the centre of the village, an open courtyard where all the main celebrations of the community take place. 

The main centre of attention here is a vernacular wooden home decorated with paintings on the wood and the corn being tied in bunches to dry and stock for the rest of the year. 

You can also experience the authentic village life and help them in their day to day life while having the local food with the families.

Life here is peaceful and close to nature, you can spend quality time admiring the natural beauty of the place as well.

Dos & Don’ts

  • Respect the community & their beliefs.
  • Don’t be too loud and hinder their daily life.
  • Try to interact with the villagers to have a better understanding.
  • Ask before you take any personal pictures or videos.
  • While leaving thank them for their hospitality.
  • Leave No Trace.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek, popularly known to the world as Himalayan Gypsy is an award-winning travel & street photographer based in India. He is an adventure freak and a digital nomad who likes to document India, its culture, heritage & architecture through his pictures and writes about his experiences on his blog. A banker by profession and a traveler by heart, he has been exploring India since his childhood during family vacations and school picnics which gradually turned into solo trips and guided tours. Today his work is known to the world through his numerous pictures published, featured, and exhibited in various popular magazines like DiscoverIndia, Natgeo Traveller India, Asian Photography Magazine, Chiiz Magazine, Nikon India, Wildlife India, etc.