Gaddi whistlers of Himachal Pradesh
The Gaddi tribesmen of Himachal Pradesh, whistle with a leaf called basuti leaf.Dharamkot (2,195m) ,home of Gaddi tribal people lies between Dharmsala and the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh.Gaddi shepherds worship Goddess Durga.They think that Goddess Durga protects them from every danger and evil spirit.Gaddi tribal people who live a semi-nomadic lifestyle play beautiful tune by using basuti leaf.Basuti(Adhtoda basica) grows abundantly in upper altitude of Himalayas. Gaddi tribal people keep large numbers of sheep and goats.
They wear typical dress -topa, chola and dora. one can easily spot Smoking pipe( hukah) in their hand and khalru.
Khalru which contains essential items like cereals on their back.They are simple and honest people.They have their own culture and heritage.khalru contains essential items like cereals and other items on their back.They lead simple life style.They are known for their honesty.Gaddi tribesmen are famous for their musicial whistling skill.
Best time to visit March to May and from October to December.