You’ll spend most of your days with scientists collecting data in the forests and orchards. Before undertaking each task, you’ll receive a demonstration and training. Field activities may include walking through apple orchards to observe and count bees and butterflies; recording when trees, shrubs, and herbs bear leaves, flowers, and fruit and when insects visit these plants, which will help create a schedule of peak pollinating times for the region; collecting individual plant samples while walking along a set path, and counting and recording the number of different plant species in a specified plot of land; and collecting soil samples at different field sites for laboratory analysis.
In the evenings you’ll visit local places of interest, such as Naggar Castle, Kais Monastery, temples, Kullu market, and the Roerich Museum, or visit with local farmers. On one day, you’ll visit the historic town of Manali, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) away. On the way, you’ll visit a fruit growers’ association to learn about how the region’s farmer federation works and the difficulties that local farmers face. On the final day, the scientists will give a presentation on how the data you’ve collected will be used, and you’ll visit a handicraft workshop.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.