Who we are

Valley of Words celebrates creative expressions across all genres .. the written and the spoken word, and beyond .. the world of puppets, theatre, music, photography, art, craft , besides the quest to understand the temporal and spiritual realms… it gives space to new and hitherto lesser known forms of creative expression

Valley of Words believes that literature and art has the potential of engaging people of all age groups, especially students and youth to look beyond the immediate , to place ‘facts’ in perspective, to question the ‘why’ ,to engage in lateral thinking and explore options that have the potential of making the world a better place

Valley of Words encourages the young and the old alike to transcend their limitations ..to scale new heights , explore new passions and most importantly, discover the art of listening , engaging in critical discourse and appreciating excellence in others!


Valley of Words is a ‘not-for –profit’ initiative launched by The Shivalik Hills Foundation Trust established by The Chopras in 2015 in Dehradun.

The Shivalik Hills Foundation Trust, established and run by The Chopras, one of India’s largest career counselling and education companies, has been granted permission by the Higher Education Department in Uttarakhand, India, to open a university.

The trust is set to start building the campus for the University of NorthWest Himalayas in Dehradun, an education hub at the foothill of the Himalayas, with the aim of opening in August 2018.

UNwH will be research focused, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees initially in humanities fields with plans to eventually include science and technology subjects.

The Unversity location in the education hub will attract students from the Indian diaspora, while its international curriculum and partial degree partnerships with overseas university partners will help to directly recruit students from all over the world.

Valley of Words International Literature and Arts Festival is a positive first step by the trust to encourage creative expressions, debates, dialogues, discussions among authors, readers, creative thinkers, artists, thespians, young adults in a world in which interface of technology and society calls for lateral thinking and creative ways to make the world a better place.