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Walking in Style – Kumaon Himalaya Walk

$1576
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Delhi - Almora - Binsar valley - Corbett - Fort Unchagaon - Agra - Delhi.

A fabulously rewarding luxury walking holiday, in the shadow of the great Himalayan ranges, makes this one of the most invigorating and appealing Himalayan walks in India. The trek, besides providing vistas to dazzle the eyes also provides an insight into the resident Kumaoni village life, as we circumambulate terraced fields and hamlets; hop and skip across gurgling brooks; cool off under sizzling waterfalls; tiptoe through thick forests of Deodar (cedar); stop and listen to multi-hued birds; calling melodiously from within the dense vegetation around and breathe in sparkling mountain air, clear as champagne fresh from a vineyard; all this makes for an experience to be cherished forever.
“Walking in Style” A tailor-made itinerary to make you immerse in the sparkling culture and heritage of Kumaon region for a lifetime experience.
This Himalayan Odyssey is set against the backdrop of the second highest peak in India, Nanda Devi (7816m). The bird life on the trek is simply amazing. The accommodation on the trail is rustic but clean and offers all the basic amenities. The village houses, to be used for night sojourns, have been comfortably renovated, and have toilets and bathrooms added, without spoiling the traditional ambience.
11 days
14+ Age
  • Destination
  • Arrival
    Delhi
  • Arrival Time
    Early morning
  • Final Departure
    Delhi
  • Dress Code
    Casual, Warm and Sports Wear

Tour Itinerary : - Walking in Style – Kumaon Himalaya Walk

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Day 1, Arrive Delhi:

Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Morning free, afternoon guided sightseeing to Red Fort and cycle rickshaw ride through the silver market.
Overnight in Delhi
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Day 2, Delhi to Kathgodam: Overnight train

Morning Free. Afternoon transfer to the railway station for
Overnight in train.
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Day 3, Arrive Kathgodam:

Morning transfer 2 hours to Kalmatia Sangam, a delightful resort offering fine views of the surrounding mountains including Nanda Devi. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy Kalmatia’s hospitality.
Overnight in Almora, Uttarakhand.
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Day 4, 5, 6: Village walks with overnight stays

The mountain perambulations lead you through picturesque hill villages; terraced fields; sparkling waterfalls, seasonal streams and deep forests of rhododendron, oak, pine, and cedar. Rhododendron flowers are in bloom from mid-February to April. The day’s hikes vary from moderate ascents to moderate-strenuous taking us to altitudes ranging between 1450m and 2250m. Walking on beaten trails, we pass through several villages, where wonderfully carved doors and windows adorn quaint little houses. This itinerary provides us with a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Kumaoni folk, still practicing their age-old rituals with great reverence. As we walk through terraced fields, we will be able to see their traditional channel irrigation systems, still in use. Kumaoni folk are a friendly lot, ever smiling and extremely polite to visitors; through villages retain their old native charm; British influence is clearly visible in the larger towns and cantonment areas. On the walks, we shall visit some of the local ancient temples dedicated to Goddess Kali, Lord Vishnu and Shakti (many forms of Goddess Durga), some dating back to almost a 100 years. Another interesting highlight is the ancient flour mills used valleys give us company providing scintillating views, making us forget our fatigue in spite of walking for nearly 5 hours at a stretch. We will stay overnight in charming village houses, which have only 2 rooms and one western-style bathroom. The rooms have been restored and have comfortable beds and clean linen. On the conclusion of a day’s hike when we reach our destination, we can freshen up and unwind. While traditional Kumaoni food is prepared for us, we can stretch our laboured limbs and enjoy a welcome drink relaxing outside the huts of hiss fields to fetch fresh vegetables for the evening meal. It would perhaps be polite to offer a helping hand. If too tired to do so, swap stories with the locals and listen to their local tales (no doubt heavily embellished at most time). On the penultimate evening, after dinner, traditional Kumaoni folk dances and music are organized around the bonfire. The music and the lilting Kumaoni folk songs and the light-footed languorous dancing under the stars is a mesmerizing experience. What a charming conclusion to our hike in the Himalayas!
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Day 7, Jageshwar Temples and Return to Kalmatia Sangam:

On this last stretch, we walk down to Jageshwar, past terraced fields, villages and imposing cedar forests. At Jageshwar, we can visit the ancient temple complex built by Chand and Katyuri rulers between the 8th and 12th Century AD. From here about two hours' drive takes us back to Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort. En route a short halt to see the prehistoric rock art at Lakhu Udiyar.
Overnight in Almora
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Day 8, To Corbett:

After breakfast, we take a wonderful drive of about 4hrs through villages, with distant mountain views and later through the mixed deciduous forests of Corbett National Park for our two nights stay in delightful Infinity Resort situated on the Kosi River. Afternoon bird-watching walks along the river with resident naturalist.
Overnight in Corbett.
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Day 9, Corbett:

Morning and evening Jeep and elephant safari through the park with the naturalist. Day free to relax, swim or walk.
Overnight in Corbett.
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Day 10, Corbett to Unchagaon: 160Km about 4:30hrs

After breakfast drive about 5 hrs to stunning 19th-century Unchagaon Fort Hotel.
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Day 11, Unchagaon to Agra: 175Km about 4:30hrs

Drive to Agra. Evening visit to stunning Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Agra.
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Day 12, Agra-Delhi:

After breakfast, visit Red Fort and then drive about 5hrs back to Delhi
Overnight in Delhi
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Day 13, Departure:

After breakfast, departure transfer to the airport.

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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions

 
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
USD 2985/-
02 paying persons in a Double Room
USD 1576/-
 

Validity - March till May 2021 & October till December 2021.

 

Price Inclusions

• Accommodations in one room for 13 days/12 nights
• Meal plan
  ✓ Buffet Breakfast at – Delhi, Unchagaon, and Agra
  ✓ Full board basis – Almora, Corbett
     (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  ✓ Full board basis – Local Village House
      (Simple Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
  ✓ Arrival transfer in Delhi on Day 01 – from the airport to the hotel
  ✓ Sightseeing of Delhi on Day 02 – half day
  ✓ Departure transfer in Delhi on Day 02 – from the hotel to the railway station
  ✓ Beginning with the pickup at Kathgodam railway station till drop at Almora on Day 03
  ✓ Beginning with the pickup at Almora on day 08 till drop at Delhi airport on Day 14 for departure
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Kathgodam, and Agra only
• One time entrance fees to the monuments as per the program.
• Cycle rickshaw ride in Delhi on Day 02 (02 persons in a rickshaw)
• One porter during walking tour to carry the luggage
• Shared jeep safari with local naturalist guide in Corbett National Park.
• Services of English speaking local cultural guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
  > Day 02          Half day in Delhi
  > Day 03 to Day 07            Full day guide services during walk
  > Day 11          Half day in Agra
  > Day 12          Half day in Agra
Train travel
  ✓ Delhi to Kathgodam – Overnight train in 2 Tier Air Conditioned sleeper class
• All currently applicable taxes
 

Price Exclusions

• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Meals on Overnight train
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”

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