Kumaon- Journey Into Himalayas


The Trail: Corbett – Bhimtal – Mukteshwar – Almora – Chaukori – Munsiyari – Ranikhet – Nainital

Home to unique culture and celebrated history, mysterious forests with diverse flora and fauna, hidden waterfalls and surreal lakes, Kumaon undoubtedly has some magical charm to it. Kumaon Himalayas extend around 320 km from the Sutlej River to the Kali River. The range consists partly of the Shivalik Range in the south and the Great Himalayas in the north. Inhabiting rustic villages dotted with medieval stone temples, the Kumaoni people have rich culture and heritage untouched by modernity.

This trip is a journey into the heart of Himalayas to experience untainted nature and vibrant life in Himalayan Villages. Travel with expert local drivers who would double up as your guide. Witness the picturesque countryside hamlets, magnificent snow-capped peaks and enjoy the hospitality of lesser-traveled Kumaon Himalayas while staying in family run homestays. Be a part of the local culture and treat your taste buds to traditional delicacies. Food in Kumaoni kitchen is made with seasonal organic vegetables coming mostly from in-house farms. Indigenous Himalayan herbs are incorporated for healthy living. Since everyone has their own livestock, milk products like curd, white butter, ghee etc. are made at home only.

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi – Corbett (230km)
Start your journey early in the morning; passing the tributaries of the Yamuna and the Kosi and skirting the towns of Moradabad and Rampur reach Corbett National Park. Go on the evening safari to the Corbett National Park. Drive through the forest where you have the chance to encounter many beautiful species of animals and birds. Stay at Corbett.

Day 2: Corbett – Bhimtal (79km)
Drive through the beautiful Sal forest and small towns and reach Bhimtal. Go on nature trails in beautiful cheer forest, enjoy boating at the lake, relax in the lap of nature and spend the night stargazing. Stay at Bhimtal.

Day 3: Bhimtal – Naukuchiatal – Sattal – Mukteshwar (67km)
Transverse through the serene lakes of Kumaon region. Naukuchiatal, just 4km away from Bhimtal is an azure blue lake, set amidst gorgeous oak and pine forests. There are plenty of activities such as paragliding, rowing, paddling or yachting that you can do or you can spend time bird watching or simply admiring the almost poetic beauty of this lake. On the way to Mukteshwar visit serene Sattal as well. Stay at Mukteshwar.

Day 4: Explore Mukteshwar
Spend the morning at leisure enjoying stunningly beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. Nestled in deep pine forest, Mukteshwar is paradise for nature lovers, bird watchers and trekkers. Later explore this lovely town, the major attractions are Mukteshwar Dham , Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls, Satbunga, Chauli ki Jali, Jim Corbett Bungalow and the IVRI. You may also go on some unexplored nature trails. Stay at Mukteshwar.

Day 5: Mukteshwar – Chaukori (159km)
Drive to Chaukori, a dream destination in Kumaon hills. Known for its beautiful dawn and dusk, Chaukori provides awe-inspiring view of  Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, Nanda Kot, Trishul, Chaukhamba. It also is among very few places of Kumaon to have lush green tea gardens. The Mahakali River runs along its eastern boundary. Stay at Chaukori.

Day 6: Chaukori – Munsiyari (96km)
Start this beautiful awe-inspiring journey and travel at leisure enjoying the beautiful vistas. Munsiyari is one of the most gorgeous places in the uppermost Kumaon region situated on the banks of Gori Ganga river with the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli Peaks. Explore the village, become acquainted with the history, culture and cuisine of the place by experiencing it alongside the locals as they go about their day. Stay at Munsiyari. 

Day 7: Explore Munsiyari
Munsiyari is the base of many treks and hiking trails. Explore one of those trails during the day. Sit with your host in the evening and listen to local stores pahadi chai. Stay at Munsiyari. 

Day 8: Munsiyari to Ranikhet (204km)
Continue your journey to Ranikhet, a picturesque hill town with old colonial charm. It is surrounded by dense pine, oak, rhododendron and deodar forest and is blessed with unique flora and fauna. Stay at Ranikhet. 

Day 9: Explore Ranikhet. Ranikhet – Nainital (57km)
Take long morning walk to soak in the beauty of dense forests and lush green pastures of Ranikhet. In the afternoon leave for Nainital. Spend a happening evening at Nainital. Stay at Nainital.

Day 10: Nainital to Delhi (308km)
Start your journey back to Delhi

Note: The itinerary can be customized to suit your interests, preferences and numbers of days. 

Trip Cost

Per Person: Starting /- (Min. 4 people)

INCLUDES
• 9N/10D accommodation on twin sharing basis
• Breakfast & Dinner
Private Car (Innova or Similar) with a trained local driver
• Required Permits and Permissions
• Applicable Taxes

EXCLUDES
Any extra meal, soft drink or beverage ordered.
Expenses incurred due to anything beyond our control like political insurgencies, natural calamities and landslides etc.
Monuments Entrances Fee
Anything not mentioned in inclusions

GENERAL RULES
1. Due care is taken for the safety of the client but HOI will not be responsible for any mishap/ accident/ injury/ illness etc.
2. If the client does not attend/complete the trip or to consume benefits included in the price, he/she will have no right to claim a refund.
3. Trip will be confirmed on an advance of 50% payment. The balance to be paid before the trip starts.

When you book this trip you’re supporting sustainable travel and directly contributing to uplift the local communities and boosting their economy. 

 

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