This journey provides an insight into the culture and scenic beauty of this little-visited region, with leisurely walks in the Himalayan foothills. Witness the life of local villagers in one of the world's most scenic locations on a 3-day trek before a full day's game viewing in Corbett National Park.
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Fly from London to Delhi. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Maidens Hotel for 1 night. (N)
Tour of Old Delhi. Shah Jahan founded the city of Shahjahanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. Your tour will include visits to the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat. Overnight train to Kathgodam. (B)
Drive to Almora, gateway to the hills of the Kumaon region. Continue to Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort for 2 nights. (B,L, D)
Trek to Binsar, walking through dense oak and rhododendron forests with sweeping views of the Himalayan ranges. Zero point, the highest point in Binsar, lies surrounded by giant snow-clad mountains. The second leg of the trek is scenic with views of the Himalaya on one side and the terraced valley on the other. (B, L, D)
Trek to the village of Deora. As you pass through the rhododendron and pine forests you will see people going about their daily routines. The wonderful insight into the life of local villagers, the scenic views, and the serene surroundings make the walk all the more fascinating. En route pass exquisite, ancient Kali and Vishnu temples. Stay overnight in a local village house (B, L, D)
Trek to the village of Paliu. With plenty of opportunities to stop en route for photographs, explanations of the local plants and their medicinal uses, to visit the village school and meet with children and other villagers, this walk will take around 5 hours. Stay overnight in a local village house. (B, L, D)
Trek to the villages of Jwalabanj. During the first part of today's walk the terrain changes, as you pass through a canyon and Himalayan cedar forests, crossing streams and fields as you go. In the afternoon, a long but gradual ascent takes you to the highest point of the walks at 2,200 metres, providing magnificent views of some of the high Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi. Stay overnight in Jwalabanj Village House. (B, L, D)
Two-hour descent ending at the Jageshwar temple complex. Continue to Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort for a stay of 2 nights. The hotel offers spectacular views and is an ideal place to unwind after the previous day's trekking. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Corbett National Park for 2 nights at the Corbett Hideway. (B, L, D)
Full-day wildlife viewing. Corbett is famous for tiger, but it is also home to large elephant herds, which congregate around the picturesque Dhikala Camp near the reservoir. Here you may also find marsh crocodile, wild boar and deer, whilst the birdlife includes pied kingfishers, crested serpent eagles and the Himalayan grey-headed fish eagle. (B, L, D)
Drive to Delhi. Stay overnight at the Maidens Hotel. (B)
Fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour includes some quite basic accommodation, some long and rough road journeys and trekking.
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The simple village house of Deora, built in traditional style by local craftsmen using traditional materials, has two simply furnished rooms. The houses give a flavour of the way people live in the villages. Each house has an outdoor bathing hut for a traditional hot water bucket bath and a modern western-style toilet. A traditional Bokhari - wood-burning stove - keeps the living room cosy in...
The partially renovated village house is rustic, simple and traditional. The house is clean, comfortable and has all the basic amenities, but none of the rooms have an en-suite facilities. There is a separate bathing hut for a hot bucket bath and a modern western-style...
Twelve kilometres north of Almora, Kalmatia Sangam Himalayan Resort is a peaceful retreat surrounded by pine and oak trees and enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding hills and the snow-capped Himalayas. Accommodation is in nine tastefully decorated rooms and the restaurant serves a range of cuisine including Indian, Mexican and Mediterranean and homemade bread and cakes. With a more pleasant climate that other hill stations, Kalmatia Sangam is a year round destination, with the best Himalayan views between October and March. Guided walks through the forests and terraced fields to local villages and visits to the ancient temples at Jageshwar, Baijnath and Katarmal or the oak and rhododendron forests of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary can be arranged...
Built in 1903, The Maidens hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set amid three hectares of emerald-green lawns which has retained its old world charm down the years. Conveniently located, the hotel is 24 km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, the main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel.
Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace and swimming pool.
Room amenities: Flat-screen TV, safe, radio-alarm, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and en-suite...
Built by the villagers themselves, using local materials wherever possible, the Paliu village houses are simply furnished. The traditional woodcarvings around the door frames are a stunning contrast to the colourfully painted windows and doors. Each house has an outdoor bathing hut for a hot water bucket bath and a modern western-style...
Claridges Corbett Hideaway, located in a hill district between the Corbett National Park and the Kosi River, is ideal for nature lovers. The 52 cottages are set in 13 acres of lush mango grove, and the gardens are alive with flowers and birdlife. Each cottage is air-conditioned and features cool stone floors with throw rugs, block wood furniture and a private bathroom. Dining options include a grill house near the swimming pool and a main restaurant, called the Gurney House, serving Indian, Chinese and continental...
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