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About the Area

Most of the Internships will be organized in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) (GHNP) and Seraj Valley. On the mouth of both places, the town of Banjar is chosen as central point where the Grassroots Institute is located. Banjar is about 21 km inside the highway from Delhi to Kullu/Manali. Before 24 km of Kullu city, there is eastward diversion from national highway. This town is located in the heart of Seraj Valley, one of the most beautiful mountains in Western Himalayas. The area is in 20 km radius of Banjar expanded into 4-5 sub-valleys. Tirthan is the main river that is famous for trout fish. World famous Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is in the vicinity. On one side of Banjar are alpine meadows with 2-3 freshwater lakes (high altitude lakes). Traditional communities have intricate linkages with the nature, and nurture the ecosystems especially agro-ecosystems. People practice natural religion; they have extremely rich culture. Violence is just zero in the area, rather it is most peaceful in the country. People are caring, friendly, humble and hospitable. One can see further details of nearby locations by searching on,,

Accommodation & Food

The interns will stay in Banjar or nearby as paying guest of identified families. Grassroots Institute has already identified such families who will host the interns. The accommodation to be provided to the intern will be separate room in family house. Toilet bath will be separate. Traditional and delicious food will be served by the host family in breakfast and dinner, if ordered. A restaurant of repute in Banjar will provide lunch of the choice of interns. During the field visits the interns can carry their lunch in parcel or can just carry light food stuff.

Interns can wash their wearing clothes themselves or can get help of a laundry in town of Banjar.


On arrival of Delhiā€™s Indira Gandhi International Airport, Palam Domestic Airport or any of 3 main railway stations of Delhi, a pre-paid taxi/auto will take the intern to any hotel of his/her choice. The booking of the hotel in Delhi may be done by the intern through online booking system. After 1-2 days break/rest in Delhi, the intern may travel to Kullu from Delhi by AC Delux or Volvo Luxury Bus. The booking of the bus may be done by Grassroots Institute on request. This bus journey would be overnight journey to Aut (locate en route to Kullu). From Aut to Banjar (24 km) the intern would travel to Banjar by local bus or taxi.

On completion of the Internship the interns will be free to go back home or to travel India as per their own plans.