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Himalayan Baithak

Overview

  Next Tour Date: 24-26 May  

The baithak, or ‘sitting’, is the traditional way in which music was and still is listened to in India. Musicians play for a small and exclusive audience, interacting with the performers. Only a very few people experience this in their lives however, and decreasingly so in our times, when musicians play to large audiences and are regularly on tour.

Here is a chance for one to experience an extended baithak over two days. The music comes from Rehmat e Nusrat, one of India’s finest qawwal troupes, led by the outstanding talent Sarjeet Tamta and their alter ego Himali Mou, a Kumaoni folk band (also led by Tamta). The location is Soulitude by the riverside, a place of stunning beauty nestled in a narrow valley and adjoining a river. Soulitude is one of India’s top rated boutique hotels and just the right size for the intimacy between musicians and audience.


Sessions include two performances by Rehmat e Nusrat and one by its sister band Himali Mou, which performs traditional pahadi music, set around workingman lyrics about everyday life in the mountains. Rehmat e Nusrat’s repertoire is the traditional northern Indian qawwali music which is said to originate in the Delhi of the 13th century under the musician-poet Amir Khusro (1256-1325).

This is the place, and perhaps the only one, in which this music can be enjoyed with this proximity and this purity. The result is sublime. The analog nature of the instruments, the harmonium and tabla for Rehmat e Nusrat and the flute and dafli for Himali Mou, shines through in the peaceful setting. Amarrass has put together a schedule that is both rich in experience and yet easy. The senses come alive at Soulitude, a few hours’ drive on the highway going east from New Delhi and away from the dusty plains.


Mr Tamta will also treat guests to a culinary session and a class where he will conjure up some of the quite unique food of the mountains. This baithak will reward those who are touched by it in ways that cannot be replicated in concerts, and it does so in one of the most beautiful places one will ever get the chance to visit.

Tour Operator: Sadhana Travel Services, New Delhi
Tour Dates:

  24-26 May 2024  
  14-16 Jun 2024  
  19-21 Jul 2024  

or call us on +91 9899529277 for queries

Highlights:
 
  • 2 nights /3 days stay at the beautiful Soulitude by the Riverside [Day passes also available]
  • Kumaoni food
  • Intimate music baithaks (Qawwali & Kumaoni folk music)
  • Organically farmed Kumaoni food
  • Bamboo Flute workshop - Music workshop
  • Kumaoni cuisine workshop
  • Farm fresh Organic food 
Tariff

  2 Nights/3 Days Tour (per person)
  • Deluxe Room - Rs 29,500 + GST*
  • Junior Suite - Rs 35,000 + GST*
  • Suite - Rs 39,500 + GST*

​Day Passes (per person - without accommodation)
  • First Day Pass - Rs 6,500 + GST
  • Second Day Pass - Rs 10,500 + GST
  • Two Days Pass - Rs 14,500 + GST
    (Tour starts from The Bridge on the River Chanfi)

Check in by 1200hrs on day 1 and checkout by 1100hrs on day 3
* Rates are per person on twin sharing basis.

Transport via Innova Crysta from New Delhi to Chanfi and back is available at an additional cost of Rs 22,000 + GST
Note: Additionally we can provide you with transport services from nearest airport/railway station as well.
What's included:

  2 nights/3 days stay at Soulitude by the Riverside 
  All meals included
  3 Music baithaks
  1 Bansuri workshop
  Porter service from pickup point to the hotel and back
  Optional trek to the beautiful Parital
What's not included:

  Tips
  Alcoholic beverage
  Air /Train tickets
  Insurance
  Anything not mentioned in the 'What's included' section
Important Note:
 
  • There is a light trek from 'the pickup point'* to Soulitude (15-20 minutes).
  • Porter service to carry bags to Soulitude is provided.
  • Travel light - Carry light clothes/bags
  • Walking/hiking shoes are a must
  • Suggested to carry: Hats/shades
Refunds rules:
 

100% Refundable : Upto 60 days before the tour date

50% Refundable : Upto 30 days before the tour date

Non-refundable : Within 30 days before the tour date

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