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Himalayan Village Ways

A trek from Binsar to Jageshwar

06 nights & 07 days
Best season: Mid-March to June and October to Mid-November


Tour Code: KT01

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi to Sat Tal

Day 02 : Sat Tal to Binsar

Day 03: Binsar to Dhaulchina

Day 04: Day Trek to the ancient Vimalkot Temple

Day 05: Dhaulchina to Jageshwar

Day 06: Jageshwar

Day 07: Jageshwar to Delhi / Rishikesh

Highlights

Snow clad Himalayan vistas The walks take you en route to ancient Kali, Vishnu and Shakti temples Ancient temples like Vriddh Jageshwar, Jageshwar and Dandeshwar Lovely sight of the Rhododendron flowers blooming through mid February and April Visit Binsar Sanctuary for Himalayan flora and fauna Explore ancient flour mills, where you can stop and see how they work. Glimpse into Kumaoni, architecture, lifestyle and cuisine Mahseer fishing, boat ride, rappelling and rock climbing at Sat Tal

Description

Kumaon lies at the feet of the mighty Himalayas. Situated between Garhwal and Nepal, Kumaon offers an unspoilt natural environment where forests and wildlife are yet to unfold their mysteries. Local religious customs and ancient traditions are still alive here. In this area, cultures have blended together leaving behind a variety of architectural wonders like ancient temples, prehistoric paintings and charming Kumaoni houses set amongst green terraces. Our itinerary covers both, the cultural and natural aspects of this region.

 

Each season brings its own magic. Spring brings in blue skies, fruit trees blossom, and the forests turn flaming red with rhododendron flowers. Autumn comes in with golden sunshine, hills dotted with cosmos flowers and the wild cherry trees in bloom. Winter is crisp and clear, the sweet scent of the mimosa filling the air.

 

The highlight of this trek is the concept of the Village Trek. Staying in a home in the village or in a camp in the village itself, it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villager. Overnight stays in their houses give you a chance to experience their warm hospitality and spend quality time to understand how they live their lives.

 

Accommodation may be rustic but is clean and has all the basic amenities. The village houses have been partially renovated and toilet facilities added without compromising on the ambience. The traditional food is hygienically cooked by the hosts, using farm fresh veggies and herbs from their fields. Bottled water is provided. Guests are most welcome to observe or get involved. You can relax, chat with the locals and hear tales of the past. On request, we can arrange a lovely bonfire evening with traditional Kumaoni folk dance and music.

 

Starting from Delhi we take you to explore the magnificent beauty and diversity Himalayas offer. We start with camping and birding at the foothills of Himalayas. Sat Tal, which literally means ‘Seven Lakes’ in Hindi, has lovely views, options for strolls or treks in the woods or butterfly watching. It is a perfect destination to unwind. You can also enjoy fishing or a boat ride on the serene lake. Thrill seekers can indulge in rappelling and rock climbing here too.

 

We then drive to Binsar and stay at a very charming Binsar Retreat. With great Himalayan views and excellent hospitality, it is a perfect base to explore Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an ideal destination for adventure lovers, bird watchers and nature lovers. Situated at elevation of 2141 meters above the sea level, the sanctuary is teeming with Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Serow, Sambhar and more than 250 species of birds. You get stunning views of Himalayan peaks such as Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Kedarnath from here.

 

Our trek begins the next day. The village treks lead through picturesque villages with wonderfully carved doors and windows, terraced fields, waterfalls, streams and pine, cedar, oak and Rhododendron forests.

 

Dhaulchina from Binsar is a 7 km moderate trek. With beautiful forests and Himalayan views, it is a pleasure connecting with nature. We will provide a comfortable guest house or a fully serviced camp in Dhaulchina for the overnight stays. The following day brings an 8km day trek to the ancient Vimalkot Temple bringing you back to Dhaulchina.

 

A 12 km trek downhill to spiritual hamlet of Jageshwar comes next where you can explore its ancient 8-12th century Shiva temples and stay overnight at Van Serai Lodge. Counted among the 12 Jyotirlings in the country, Jageshwar lies in a beautiful narrow valley hedged by monarch-sized, ancient deodars. Exquisite ancient temple ruins, beautiful Himalayan vistas, gurgling stream nearby, Jageshwar offers a spiritual retreat. With morning Yoga sessions and options for massage as well, you can choose to soak in the spiritual energy of this holy area or go for hikes in the surrounding woods. A picnic on the cool riverside is also a very enticing option. On the way we will also visit the old Jageshwar.

 

You have the option of either driving to Delhi from Jageshwar (9 hours) or you may opt for an overnight or day air-conditioned sleeper class train for a more comfortable journey. Once you reach Delhi, this tour ends.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Delhi to Sat Tal


Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Drive in the morning to Sat Tal (7 hours) Or take the morning train at 0600 hours, arriving at noon. Arrive in Sat Tal for lunch. You may opt for a boat ride on the delightful Sat Tal Lake or go for a short nature / bird trek with a guide. One can opt for Mahseer fishing or any adventure activity such as rock climbing or rappelling. Overnight stay at Sat Tal Birding Camp.

 

Day 2: Sat Tal to Binsar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive to Binsar in the morning (3 hours). Binsar wildlife sanctuary is famous for bird watching. Arrive at Binsar Retreat – a very charming retreat with great Himalayan views. Overnight stay at Binsar Retreat or similar. Binsar is situated at elevation of 2141 meters above the sea level. It is ideal destination for adventure lovers, bird watchers and nature lovers. The sanctuary is teeming with Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Serow, Sambhar etc. and more than 250 species of bird. Peaks such as Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Kedarnath are seen from here.

 

Day 03: Binsar to Dhaulchina


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
You will trek to Dhaulchina from Binsar in the morning (7 km). This trek gives you ample opportunities to capture breath-taking Himalayan views. Overnight in a guest house in Dhaulchina or a fully serviced camp.

 

Day 04: Day Trek


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
You will undertake a day trek to Vimalkot Temple (8 km). Overnight in a guest house in Dhaulchina or a fully serviced camp.

 

Day 05: Dhaulchina to Jageshwar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
You will trek to Jageshwar from Dhaulchina in the morning (12 km). On the way we will visit the old Jageshwar. Overnight stay at Jageshwar in Van Serai

 

Day 06: Jageshwar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day free to explore Jageshwar and its surroundings. Overnight stay at Jageshwar in Van Serai.

 

Day 07: Jageshwar-Delhi


Meals: Breakfast
Drive to Delhi from Jageshwar (9 hours) or you may drive to Kathgodam (5 hours) and opt for an air-conditioned afternoon train for a comfortable journey which leaves at 1600 hours, arrives Delhi at 2200 hours. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Tour ends.

 

Services included:

-Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the hotels / fully serviced camps

-Meals as per the itinerary

-Treks and sightseeing with a guide and porters / camp staff

-Camping gear, a guide and porters during the trek

-Guided temple visits, an introductory Yoga session

-Transport in a private vehicle for all long and short journeys

-Any permits / entry fee

Services not included:

-Optional tours, tips, laundry, alcohol, bottled water, elephant ride, video camera fee

-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.

-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

-Train tickets

 

 

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Write to us (please mention the tour code KT02): wildindiatours@vsnl.com / info@asianadventures.in


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