The Himalayan Wonderland

14 days | 40 students | Spiti Valley | 10 villages | Workshops | Lectures
Kathkuni Architecture | Culture | Farming | Mud Architecture

3rd May - 16th May 2019


Complete documentation of Spiti Valley & its Architecture for Journal

Cultural Activities

Explore unique Cultural and Traditional values of Spiti Valley 


Learn about the culture, history from the masters themselves


Journey will be jam packed with hour long discussions and debates 


Ehsaas is a journey crafted to understand and connect with the character of a place, its identity, and its people. The idea is to absorb everything we can and make ourselves a part of it. The voyage is set with an aim to understand the versatility of the material we work with, through documentation, and realising how it is making our country a better, sustainable place to live in. At the end of every trip, we wish to leave with its 'Ehsaas' rooted in our minds and souls. Come, feel it!


Workshops & Lectures


Kath Kuni Architecture

- Intense 3 day Workshop
- Study of Materials & building techniques  
- Craftsmanship and Innovation  


Don't tear it down

- Lecture by Rahul Bhushan
- Preserving the Earthquake resistant, Vernacular Architecture of Himalayas


Mud Architecture

- Study & analyse use as building material.
- Lecture & documentation on building techniques for Residences & Monasteries  

You guessed it right! Just kidding! Spiti is the best!

Testimonies from participants. Words that keep us going.

“As Norman Foster said, "Architecture is the expression of values", this journey brought me closer to them, and I thank my friends and organizers- Ashutosh, Gourav, Kishley and Mayank, for organising this journey to bring us closer to our soul.”

“This is one of those experiences, after which your life will be defined as... "Before Purvai & after Purvai"

Go get inspired, and I promise you, your life will change.

Mine did.”

“As the sun came up in a brilliant blaze of orange, I reflected on just how large the world was, and perhaps how I had finally seen a part of the world that felt like it was right on the edge, where past the horizon you could almost fall right off.”

“Purvai'17 has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. As an 18year old to be able to travel and be exposed to so many new experiences and gain a new learning from every experience has made my mind open up to new possibilities. I'd never trade that experience for anything.”

“When you are pulled out of your comfort zone, and placed in the middle of a forest, under skies that have been pouring for three days, with a body kissed by the entire insect family, and you look around to see 22 other strangers fighting the same battle. Despite arduous hours of bamboo working and tiring treks up and down the valley, a reassuring tel maalish by one, beside cosy fires lit by the other is all you need to wrap a day. That's when strangers became family. What started with five round tables ended with one long dining spread. In all of my travels, I've never felt this and I can happily say, it's the people and not the place!”

“The trip to North east with Kaarwan was one epic journey. Picture breath taking landscapes in the background with amazing people in the foreground and that pretty much sums up the experience. I highly recommend this to everyone who loves to learn and explore”

“22-09 2k18, Lahaul n Spiti 22 people, 10 days, we went alone but returned as family. Thankyou Kaarwan for this wholesome experience, being a part of the place and the company we were in! ❤”

“Kaarwan'17 was a journey with self...yet being a part of a larger group, whom I met for the first time...shy smiles on first day turned into hugging and dancing together in a matter of no time! 15 days spent in search of something within that conclude with you realising that your craving only increases for the quest and that it will always be an continuous process that is never meant to end.”

“This year's North-East trip was amazing. Have learned a lot and taken a lot of memories back with me. Thank you Kaarwan. Hoping to join you guys soon!!!”