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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Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Maidens Hotel for 1 night. (N)
Take the train to Kathgodam and stay overnight at Itmenaan Estate, set in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre resort includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables and a small private natural spring. (L, D)
Trek from your accommodation through charming picturesque villages including Almora, Thikalna and Ganghet, staying each night in a local village house. Treks are gentle and you are likely to pass many rhododendron and pine forests and see people going about their daily routines (B, L, D)
Today's hike is moderate and around 4-5 in duration, passing by the temple of Jhankarsem, many local villages, terraced fields and old Kumaoni houses. You will be served a picnic lunch before heading back to the Itmenaan Estate for an overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Drive to Corbett National Park for 2 nights at the Riverview Retreat. Corbett is one of India's last expanses of Himalayan wilderness and the country's first wildlife reserve. It is spread across the foothills of Kumaon provides a haven for many species of wildlife. (B, L, D)
Today take morning and late afternoon game drives in Corbett National Park.
Although famous for tigers, Corbett is also home to large elephant herds, marsh crocodiles, 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 Haridwar to join the throngs on the riverbanks for the evening Aarti ceremony. According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is the holiest of all places and the ceremony is led by priests at sunset whilst flaming torches light the sky. Overnight at the Haveli Hari Ganga. (B)
Take the morning train to Delhi and stay overnight at the Maidens Hotel. (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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Located in the heart of the bazaars, Haveli Hari Ganga in Haridwar is a characterful heritage hotel with private access to the Ganges. Getting here is an experience in itself as the haveli's own rickshaws transport you the last few hundred metres through the colourful, bustling streets. The 20 rooms are simply furnished and some have direct access to the communal terraces and seating areas. The pillared, central courtyard houses a small shrine and the haveli's atmosphere is enhanced by the traditional Indian music that is played here in the evenings. As Haridwar is a holy town, the multi cuisine buffet restaurant is strictly vegetarian with no meat or eggs, and no alcohol is...
Itmenaan Estate is a resort in a peaceful and rural setting near Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees, terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a small private natural spring. From the resort guests can take in panoramic views of the Himalaya including the majestic Nanda Devi peak. The main house is a 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni-style stone house that has been restored and offers three rooms. There is also an independent two-storey cottage offering slightly more secluded accommodation. Dishes served are local, North Indian and continental, prepared using fresh produce from the resort's gardens or sourced locally. Activities include helping out with farming, gardening and bee keeping processes of the estate or leisurely walks and slightly more challenging trekking trails in the scenic...
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 24km 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...
On the edge of the Corbett National Park, the simple yet elegant Riverview Retreat is set among lush green vegetation and offers superb views of the Kosi river and mountains. Accommodation comprises 54 bedrooms spread between lodges, villas and independent duplex rooms, which are scattered around the 3-hectare estate.
The lodges are more suitable for independent travellers and the villas, which feature either two or three bedrooms, are suitable for small groups or for those travelling with their families. All the rooms have private en suite facilities and are elegantly furnished with essential conveniences. Facilities at this resort include a multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar and an outdoor swimming...
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