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A Himalayan Journey

India, Asia

Contact provider for price 14 Days November-June
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Royal Expeditions 12 people max
  • Delhi airport, igi airport t3 road, new delhi, delhi, india
  • Culture & Nature trips
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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India, Asia

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Itinerary

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)

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