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Itinerary:  A Himalayan Journey

 

Overview

Explore the rural alpine paradise of Garhwal and Kumaon and retrace the steps of legendary hunter Jim Corbett.

'Mountain and valley, forest and alp, birds and animals, butterflies and flowers, all combine to make a sum of delight unsurpassed elsewhere Garhwal and Kumaon present the gentler face of the Himalayas' and these words of Longstaff's, arguably the greatest of all Himalayan explorers, perfectly capture the enchanting beauty of this region. It is here that the holiest of Indian rivers, the Ganges, has its source, and this place that is steeped in the myths of Hinduism. From Delhi you head north across the plains, then up through the Himalayan foothills to explore the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site of Rishikesh, where you stay outside the town in a delightful hotel on the banks of the River Ganges. Continuing east to Corbett for three spectacular days of game viewing in India's most famous national park and a day's nature walk on the trail of the Man eater of Mohan, you then head north through the densely forested river valleys via Kaladhungi, where you can visit Corbett's winter home, now a museum, to the secluded resort hotel of Kalmatia Sangam with its superb views of the mountains and excellent nature trails. From here you can take a day excursion to the lakeside town of Nainital, another favoured colonial retreat and still quintessentially British.


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Day 1 - Fly

to Delhi.


Day 2 - Delhi

Meet and assistance on arrival at Delhi’s International airport arrival lounge and transfer to the hotel. Morning tour of Old & New Delhi.The Old Delhi or Shah Jahanabad, was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the first half of the 17th Century. This old city is a dense network of narrow alleys and tightly packed markets and houses. We visit from outside the largest of the Delhi’s monuments Red Fort, or Lal Qila. Stay at Maidens Hotel or Imperial


Day 3 - Delhi / Rishikesh

Morning train to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (25 Kms,1 hour). Day at leisure. Stay at Himalayan Hideaway or Ananda


Day 4 - Rishikesh

Optional trek or Rafting in Ganges. Afternoon at leisure. Later in the evening visit Rishikesh to see prayer ceremony by the banks of Ganges which is entirely a different experience in comparison to the prayer ceremony at Haridwar. Overnight at hotel


Day 5 - Rishikesh / Corbett

Drive to Corbett National Park (250 Kms, 5-6 hours). Game viewing in the evening(time permitting). Overnight at Camp Forktail Creek


Day 6 - Corbett

Walk the Corbett trail of 'man-eater of Mohan' to Kartkinaula,where Corbett stayed in a log hut (forester's hut- still standing today). Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at Camp Forktail Creek


Day 7 - Corbett

Morning Game viewing. Later drive to Kanda (a forest rest houses inside the National Park) Kanda is where Corbett shot the man-eater of Kanda. Overnight in the basic Forest Rest House.


Day 8 - Corbett

Morning Game viewing and return to Camp Fork Tail with the rest of the day at leisure.


Day 9 - Corbett / Nainital / Kalmatia

Morning drive to Kaladhungi, where one can visit Corbett's winter home,now a museum. Then drive 4-5 hours to Kalmatia Sangam via Nanital.


Day 10 - Kalmatia

Day at leisure. Overnight at Kalmatia Sangam


Day 11 - Kalmatia

Options of soft treks or excursion to Binsar Sanctuary.Overnight at Kalmatia Sangam


Day 12 - Kalmatia

Day at leisure. Overnight at Kalmatia Sangam


Day 13 - Kalmatia / Kathgodam / Delhi

Drive to Kathgodam Railway Station to board overnight train to Delhi.


Day 14 - Delhi / Departure

Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to an airport hotel. Later transfer to International airport for onward journey.(Check In is three hours prior to departure)


Note

Upgrade to the hotel marked with ** will be additional.

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

*Do the itinerary in reserve and spend few days at Ananda spa in the Himalaya in Rishikesh.

*4 to 5 days trek can be organised with Village homes stays from Kalmatia.

*3 days elephant safari can be organized in Corbett Half day or full day white water rafting or kayaking on the Ganges.

*Ashram stay in Rishikesh.

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November to June

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Oberoi Maidens / The Imperial
Himalayan Hideaway / Ananda
Camp Forktail Creek
Dhikala Rest House
Kalmatia Sangam

Oberoi Maidens

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees and tennis courts, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big " Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance of the main Interstate bus terminal. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.


The Imperial

From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.

The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.


Himalayan Hideaway

Nestled among the foothills of the Shivalik ranges, the picturesque Himalayan Hideaway is the ultimate setting for a tranquil getaway, far from the stress and strains of city life.

Sprawled over an acre of magnificent mountainside, approx 150mtrs above the sacred river Ganga, the lodge melds into the lush countryside.

Its nine comfortably furnished rooms are large, spacious and airy and offer breathtaking views of the splendid surroundings.


Ananda

Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences to bring about the union of mind, body and soul.


Camp Forktail Creek

Camp Forktail Creek is situated in the midst of a dense Sal forest on the north-eastern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Corbett National Park is India's first and one of her finest National Park. Owing to it's geographic location, Corbett supports a rich variety of habitats and is extremely rich in bio-diversity.

Camp Forktail Creek offers one a great "jungle" experience in the land Jim Corbett once roamed. Situated in the village of Bhakrakot, camp is surrounded by mixed deciduous forests that are extremely rich in wildlife and bird-life. Hikes in these forests are very rewarding for bird-watching, apart from the pleasure of sighting animals on foot.

Camp is named after the Forktails that visit these forests in the winter months, which along with other species make the area a favorite birding ground in northern India.


Dhikala Rest House

The Dhikala rest house has 22 rooms in two wings. The complex has a basic restaurant serving Vegetarian buffet meals only and an excellent library. In the evenings, for the knowledge enhancement of the visitors, a half hour film on wildlife is shown at the open-air theatre. The rooms are basic with en suite bathrooms (western flush toilets, hot water geysers and buckets for bathing)


Kalmatia Sangam

Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort is located at Almora (Uttaranchal, India), in the heart of the Kumaon hills. In 1867, a British Capt ES Jackson discovered this place of beauty and erected a house in the British colonial style. At the end of the century the estate was bought by Edward Thomas Chowdhry, the District Commisioner of Kumaon.

Today the estate and resort are presided over by his granddaughter Geeta Reeb and her German husband Dieter Reeb. Built and maintained by them, this resort is more than a sangam of the east and the west. The resort offers one of the most exclusive and unusual accomodations in Uttaranchal. From the architecture to the cuisine, from the decor to the service. We are open through the year.In it's 2 years, this resort has seen commendations in some of the most well known international travel magazines and catalogues for its unique presence.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi / Rishikesh
Day 4 - Rishikesh
Day 5 - Rishikesh / Corbett
Day 6 - Corbett
Day 7 - Corbett
Day 8 - Corbett
Day 9 - Corbett / Nainital / Kalmatia
Day 10 - Kalmatia
Day 11 - Kalmatia
Day 12 - Kalmatia
Day 13 - Kalmatia / Kathgodam / Delhi
Day 14 - Delhi / Departure

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