14 Days - The Lure of the Eastern Himalayas
Season : November to June
Best time : February to April
Explore the rural alpine paradises 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.
Day 1 - Fly to Delhi.
Day 2 - Delhi - Tour of Old & New Delhi. Stay at Imperial or Maidens Hotel.
Day 3 - Delhi / Rishikesh - Morning train to Haridwar, drive 1hr to Himalayan Hideaway on the river.
Day 4 - Rishikesh - Optional trek or Rafting in Ganges. Later visit Rishikesh to see prayer ceremony.
Day 5 - Rishikesh / Corbett - Drive 4.5 hrs & stay at Camp Fork Tail. Game viewing in the evening.
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).
Day 7 - Corbett - Morning Game viewing. Camp to Kanda (a forest rest houses inside the National Park) Kanda
is where Corbett shot the man-eater of Kanda.
Day 8 - Corbett - Full day Game viewing & return to Camp Fork Tail.
Day 9 - Corbett/Nanital - Morning drive 1.5 hrs to Kaladhungi, where they can visit Corbett's winter home,
now a museum. Then drive 4 hrs to Kalmatia via Nanital.
Day 10 ,11,12 - Kalmatia - at leisure or soft treks or take excursion to Binsar Sanctuary or lakes.
Day 13 -Kalmatia / Kathgodam / Delhi - Drive 2.5 hrs to Kathgodam for overnight train to Delhi.
Day 14 - Delhi / Departure.
SUGGESTED ADAPTATIONS TO THIS TOUR:
Do the itinerary in reserve and spend a few day at the spa Ananda in the Himalayas at Rishikesh; 4 to 5 days trek can be organised with village homes stays from Kalmatia. 3 days elephant safari can be organised in Corbett. Half of full day, white water rafting or kayaking on the Ganges. Ashram stay in Rishikesh.
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