PEOPLE

These are the people who have made SHIVANANDI RIVER LODGE into what it is today and into what it will be tomorrow...  

We owe them all the gratitude we have.

(By order of the alphabet)

Anchu
Anchu

is from a village near Shivanandi. Anchu is a master mason and there isn't a wall in the resort which hasn't got Anchu's finger prints on it... Sometimes we wait weeks until Anchu's free... No one is as good a mason as him!

Dada and Dadi
Dada and Dadi

have made everything possible. Dada has spent years in an airplane's cockpit, so that we can sit on the banks of the river and kayak. Dadi has supported us all the way, managing finances and giving moral support.

Granny and Saba
Granny and Saba

have come to be with us in the Himalaya every year since we started and have given endless advice and love.

Intihab, Ajmal & Amir
Intihab, Ajmal & Amir

our three carpenters who lived with us for three years turning trunks of trees into works of art. Most of their work was done without electricity. From load baring sleepers to delicate door decorations.

Gyatso
Gyatso

is from Ladakh. He arrived at Shivanandi during the construction, carried endless amounts of rock and mud and became a great kayaker. He is also magic with children and can spend hours playing with them.

Labour
Labour

The construction material has been gifted by god but bringing it up from the river has been done by these strong wonderful people of Nepal. Every rock and every sack of mud had to be brought from the banks of the river or from the road. Many heavily loaded footsteps have managed to create the lodge. We are very grateful to all those who participated in creating our dream.

Laxman
Laxman

arrived at the lodge before any room was constructed. His home is in a village on the border of Himachal and Uttarakhand and he has become an independent river guide based in Rishikesh.

Mrs Balakram, known as Mausi
Mrs Balakram, known as Mausi

is from Shivanandi village. She sold us the land. She has three daughters, married and gone away and works the land on her own from dawn to dusk. She says god has sent her a sun in the body of Shalabh.

Maya
Maya

spent her childhood in the mountains and rivers around the lodge and was home-schooled by the birds, the butterflies the wild Himalayan flowers and the trees.

Neri
Neri

lives in Shivanandi village and is a father to four children. Most of the plumbing in the lodge was done by Neri.

Pawan
Pawan

is from Shivanandi village. He started off as a mason helper, but could not resist the kayaks. He has now become a qualified river guide. Pawan lives in the Lodge.

Rakesh
Rakesh

is from Shivanandi village. He has three children. He is the best helper you can find. Although he is by profession a mason, he has the heart of a farmer and has joined us as a gardener.

Samdup
Samdup

is from Ladakh. He too has learnt how to kayak and is finding his way as a river guide. Samdup is also a talented video editor and has great fun playing with the kids.

Sangram sign
Sangram sign

is from Shivanandi and has his signature on many of the walls of the lodge... Despite his age, he is a strong and patient stone mason.

The kids in Shivanandi
The kids in Shivanandi

have given us so much fun in the three years it took to construct the place, they have become a real part of it. Their laughter and delicateness radiates and touches all children guests who enter the lodge.

Shanti
Shanti

was born in a room in the lodge in May 2011. She was born in peace and is peace.

Suraj
Suraj

is from a prosperous village in Himachal Pradesh. He has spent years with us and has become a talented raft guide. Here in the picture he's playing school school with maya and puppy.

Tola
Tola

is from a village above Shivanandi. Tola is either smiling or smoking a bidi, but always with a hammer in his hand.

Tsering
Tsering

is also from Ladakh. Tsering is talented with nearly... everything and has become a very good kayaker. He too spent years carrying rocks and learning how to kayak.

Vishnu
Vishnu

is from Nepal. He has four children back home (25 years between the youngest child and the oldest). Maya says he is the strongest man in the world, and he is! We have calculated that he has carried more than 50 tons up from the river and down from the road, over the past three years with us. He has become part of our family.

Arjun
Arjun

Arjun is from Karnprayag. "Who's taking the guests kayaking?" Arjun ... "who's taking the guests trekking?" Arjun... Who's fetching gass?" Arjun... "Who'll stay with Maya?" Arjun of course! Arjun fell in love with kayaking, and we've falling in love with Arjun!

Anoop
Anoop

Anoop lives in a village close to the Mandakini River. Anoop is our cook. His kitchen, is the cleanest kitchen you will find between Delhi and the Chinese border, guaranteed!

Lakshmi
Lakshmi

Lakshmi lives in Nola, one hour up the mountain from Shivanandi. Lakshmi keeps the place clean and keeps us smiling. Her cheerful smile keeps our hearts open.

ANCHU

ANOOP

DADA & DADI

GRANNY & SABA

LAXMAN

MAUSI (MRS. BALAKRAM)

GYATSO

RAKESH

PAWAN

SHANTI

SANGRAM SING

NERI

SAMDUP

TOLA

SURAJ

LAXMI

SHIVANANDI KIDS

INTIHAB, AJMAL & AMIR

MAYA

LABOR

ARJUN

VISHNU

TSERING