Exploring the Charming Corn Village: Sainji

India is a land of vast cultures. Every nook and corner of this country has its own unique sense of culture. Such is the Sainji village, a small offbeat village in Uttarakhand. The very first sight of this village will leave a deep imprint on your mind.

When you think about the name of this place, rows and rows of cornfields crop up in your imagination. But that is not how this place gets its name. This village is not just about cornfields, it is so much more. There is an unusual thing about this village that will leave you thinking. The village entrance is marked by a huge gate-like structure, all covered with corns, showing the importance of corns in the village. The village houses and all buildings are covered with corns and it is being used as a piece of art in every house.

A house decorated with corn cobs at Sainji Village

How to Reach

Sainji Village is just 5 km away from Kempty falls, Mussoorie, in the Tehri Garhwal District. Once you reach the falls you can take a cab, hire a taxi, or avail public transport like a bus to the Sainji Village. You can reach Mussoorie by road, rail or air.

By Road: Mussoorie is well linked by a network of state and private buses to its nearby cities. Several buses, ply frequently from Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Tehri, and Haridwar. Buses are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in Delhi.

By Rail: Dehradun Railway Station, situated at a distance of about 28 km, is the nearest railway station to Mussoorie. From outside the railway station, one can hire private taxis or take buses to reach Mussoorie. These taxis are available on sharing as well as on an individual basis.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (50 km away) in Dehradun is the domestic airport closest to Mussoorie, which is well connected with major Indian cities. All the major carriers offer regular flights to this destination from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. After reaching the airport, travelers can hire taxis to reach Mussoorie

Grazing fields in Sainji Village

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this beautiful village is during September and October as it is the harvest season. You will see more corn and even the inhabitants at work. Every house has one or a bunch of corns hanging upside down in each corner. It looks quirky but innovative.

A view of Sainji Village

Things to Look Out For

Taste the Delicious Food

While visiting this village, make it a priority to sample their local dishes. Corn is the major part of their diet with Makke ki roti (corn flour bread) and chutney being their daily meals. It is a simple meal, but it touches your heart. You will find corn in their other side dishes as well, but it is impossible to get over them.

A women filtering corn

Interact with the friendly locals

The locals of the Sainji Village are very simple and humble. They are very friendly. You will experience humanity and hospitality in its truest form in today’s world. The shy smiles of the women, mustering up the courage to start a conversation is very amicable. Talking with them and sharing the laughter. They bond with you so well, that you will no longer feel like a stranger in their land.