Experiential Kumaon with Corbett
Experiential Kumaon with Corbett is a walking itinerary that takes you through walking trails that lead to remote Himalayan Villages having panoramic views alongwith exploration of Corbett National Park for the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Here you be a part of simple living in the Himalayas, interact with ever smiling locals, take a peek into customs and traditions of the Kumaon hills, enjoy homely Kumaoni cuisine and experience the best wildlife park in India.
Experiential Kumaon with Corbett Highlights
- Walk inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Walk through picturesque villages and pine forests
- Stay in Village Guest houses for a complete Kumaon village stay experience
- Interact with Villages, observe their daily routine and learn about their customs
- Experience Stunning Panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges
- Visit the amazing Jageshwar Temple Complex (Dated 8-12th Century)
- Game drives inside Dhikala Range of Corbett National Park for a stunning park experience
- Accommodation in Hotels and Village Guest House in a double / twin room
- 2-night Stay in Forest Rest House
- 4 Guided Safaris in Corbett
- All transfers, sightseeing and visits as per programme by Toyota Innova
- Guides, Porters, Village accommodation, meals as per Village Walk programme
- All currently applicable taxes
- Delhi – Pantnagar flight
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
Himalayan walks are about leisurely walks as you steadily gain or lose height as you enjoy views of the Himalayas, river streams and villages. The walks take you past pristine forests (Cedar / Pine / Rhododendron forests), Terraced fields and enroute, you will be greeted by ever smiling locals. During days when you do a village walk, you arrive by late afternoon or early evening to a village base where you spend an evening with locals. The evenings are all about a bit of rest, talking to locals understanding their tough life in the hills, enjoying simple Kumaoni style dinner and a little bonfire after dinner under a thousand stars. The walking for many hours for a few days is therapeutic for nature travellers as one returns from the Himalayas feeling fresher, fitter and calmer. The smile of the locals is infectious and their hard life puts our daily comforts in a much better perspective. Experiential Kumaon is a kind of experience that will offer an experience for you come back yearning more.
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi, capital of India and a popular arrival point for international travellers. Here you are met by our representative and transferred to hotel near Airport for a transit stay.
Day 02 - Almora
Take morning flight to Pantnagar and Reach Almora by late afternoon
Take the morning flight to Pantnagar. Our guide will be at the station to meet you at the Airport. You will be transferred to Almora (120 kms - 3.5 hours), an idyllic Himalayan Hamlet (7000 ft asl) in Kumaon and a base point for Kumaon village walks. You have lunch enroute and reach the Resort by late afternoon. Rest of the day for you to spend at leisure to relax, acclimatize and enjoy first glimpse of the Himalayas.
Expert Tip: You may walk to the nearby Kasar Devi temple for spectacular views and enjoy a Himalayan sunset. (30 min walking time, from the resort gates)
Day 03 - Almora
Chital Bell Temple Walk
Today you leave for a walk that is designed to get you acclimatized with high altitude walking. After breakfast, you undertake an easy walk to the village of Chitai, home to Chitai bell temple. The temple is covered with hundreds of bells of all shapes and sizes brought by devotees over many generations. This is where local village weddings are conducted and if you are lucky you will witness a local style Indian wedding ceremony. The walking route leads through pristine Pine and cedar forests with wonderful views of the valley and Himalayan ranges. After temple visit, walk back through the forest stopping for a picnic lunch on the way. Return to resort by late afternoon. Rest of the day for you to spend at leisure.
Attitude range – 1700 to 1950 meters asl
Walking time – 4 to 5 hrs
Day 04 - Almora
Village Walk Day 1 - Walk to to Deora Village
Today you embark upon a multi-day village walk with overnight stopovers at Villages enroute. Start the village walk from the resort itself leading through picturesque villages along terraced fields, waterfalls, winding streams and pine forests. The walk takes you up to the 1000+ year old temple of Kali and Vishnu before you reach Deora, your first overnight stopover. Deora is a lovely village with wonderfully carved doors and windows overlooking the valley and ancient temples. You arrive to a warm welcome, a welcome drink and later in the evening you will be treated to a traditional Kumaoni dinner. You are welcome to observe life of a Kumaoni Village, relax in your room, just sit and laze around and interact with the locals.
Attitude – 1500 to 1950 meters asl
Walking Time – 5 to 6 hrs, approx. 12 kms
Day 05 - Almora
Village Walk Day 2 - Deora to Paliu
Today you will walk along the old village trails, passing several villages enroute and getting glimpse of the Kumaoni local traditions, culture and lifestyle. The walk takes you past ancient river stream run flour mills where you can stop to see its working. You pass villages, through terraced fields then along traditional irrigation channels and finally climb up to Paliu village. You will be greeted by smiling villagers all along and you may stop over and take photographs with villagers. You have your packed Lunch enroute. By late afternoon you arrive at Paliu village house. Rest of the day for you to relax, walk around the village and enjoy superb Himalayan views. In the evening you are served simple Kumaoni style meal for dinner.
Attitude – 1500 to 1650 meters asl
Walking Time – 5 to 6 hrs, approx. 12 to 13 kms
Day 06 - Almora
Village Walk Day 3 - Paliu to Sokaithal
Today you will walk through pine forest along the terraced fields and small villages amidst forests of oak and rhododendron to eventually reach Sokaithal. Here you are set atop a ridge offering spectacular views of the valleys and Himalayas beyond. The Golden Sun rays falling on the Himalayas offer spectacular photography opportunities. You stretch out in the stone courtyard looking down into the Jageshwar valley. In the evening you are served simple Kumaoni style meal for dinner.
Expert Tip: Between Feb and Apr, you will see the lovely sight of the rhododendron flowers in full bloom
Attitude – 1650 to 2250 meters asl
Walking Time : 6 to 7 hrs, approx. 13 to 14 kms
Day 07 - Almora
Village Walk Day 4 - Sokaithal back to Resort
Today you walk from Sokiathal down to Jageshwar through terraced fields, villages and magnificent cedar forests. At Jageshwar you visit the ancient temple complex built by the Chand and Katyuri rulers between 8th and 12th Century AD. The temple is a cluster of 124 Shivalingas and considered by many as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples. Walk 2 kms further down the road along a narrow hill stream through dense cedar forest to visit Dandeshwar temple. Thereafter drive back to the resort after visiting prehistoric rock painting at Lakhudiar enroute. Rest of the day for you to explore Almora on your own.
Day 08 - Corbett
Travel to Dhikala Range of Corbett
Today you depart early at 8 AM for Dhikala Range of Corbett National Park (75 kms - 3 hours), home of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, wide range of exotic birdlife (350+ species) and one of the best park experiences in India. The Park Gate (Dhangri gate) opens at 10 AM and you are required to travel another 2 hours through pristine forest to reach your Forest Rest House. Enroute you may stopover for birds / wildlife that you may sight. Dhikala Range Forest Rest House (FRH) overlooks a large reservoir and offers a perfect base for wildlife travellers to explore. After Lunch depart for a game drive in Dhikala range for sighting Tigers and wide-ranging wildlife and birdlife.
Day 09 - Corbett
Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Today you undertake morning (6 AM - 3 to 4 hours) and afternoon (2:30 PM - 3 hours) Game drives in Dhikala and Bijrani Ranges of Corbett National Park.
Day 10 - Delhi
Morning Game Drive and depart for Delhi
Today after morning game drive you exit from the park and depart for Delhi (250 kms - 6 hours) to reach Delhi Airport by evening for your International departure.
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