In The Lap of Northern Hills

In The Lap of Northern Hills

Tour Overview

This custom tour of the Himalayan foothills takes you around the Kumaon region often called the fruit bowl of the Himalayas for its orchards of peach, plum, apricot, apple and wild berries that are local to this region. While you travel to offbeat locations, we ensure that you are safe, have a comfortable stay and get memorable experiences whether you are solo, couple, family, a small group or seniors.

"At the first house we reach, stable houses a couple of placid cows, and a girl waves at us as huge dragonflies fill the twilight air, lending the scene a fairy tale quality. Further along, we are invited for tea by the women of the house and meet a spry 85-year-old named Parvati.
A village walk in Kumaon is a lovely thing. The villages I walked through were clean, welcoming and, though rustic, had an air of prosperity and contentment. The people were very friendly and seemed to have enough."
- says Canadian travel writer Mariellen Ward

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Delhi – Kathgodam by train
    Experience the joy of travelling on a train. Your train departs early morning and breakfast is served on board. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you zip past beautiful farms and small towns that already begin to get you a flavour of India outside of its big cities.
    Your private car at Kathgodam will receive and take you to your onward destination - Bhimtal. Arrive at the heritage bungalow surrounded by farms, oak trees and a river down the valley.
    Activities – Guided walk in a Himalayan village with storytelling on local cultural beliefs.
  • Day 2: Bhimtal
      Activities –
    • Learn about the organic farming practices in this region
    • Depending upon the season, get involved in sowing or harvesting with the locals.
    • See how dairy farming is done with the production of cheese.
    • Bring back your own collection of vegetables from the farm, and learn a few recipes of Kumaon.
    • An evening with the local musicians as they sing Himalayan tunes.
  • Day 3: Bhimtal – Chaukori
    Drive to Chaukori for overnight stay. You will already begin to see the lofty snowcapped peaks, to the north of which lies Tibet.
  • Day 4: Chaukori – Munsiyari
    Drive through the roads less travelled and see beautiful confluence of glacier fed rivers as you approach Munsiyari situated at the base of Panchchuli hills. Arrive by afternoon followed by lunch and the rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation options here are comfortable homestays.
  • Day 5: Munsiyari
      Activities –
    • Learn about the organic farming practices in this region
    • Natural history tour with local flora and fauna.
    • Visit women co-operative.
    • Tour of the houses with local architecture.
    • An evening with the local musicians as they sing Himalayan tunes.
  • Day 6 & 7: Munsiyari
      Activities –
    • Basket making.
    • Weaving
    • Juice making.
    • Cattle rearing.
    • Helping a family with cooking or weeding in a farm.
    • Fodder and firewood collection.
    • Wood carving demonstration.
    • Community gathering with music and storytelling.
    • Local festivals or community celebrations.
  • Day 8: Munsiyari – Binsar
    Drive down to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary which is home to only five villages with few houses each. Arrive by evening. Accommodation options include colonial heritage bungalows.
  • Day 9: Binsar
    Binsar was once the capital of Chand kings who ruled over this region between the 11th and 18th centuries. It was later established as a conservation project for broadleaf oak. The sanctuary is home to mammals such as leopard, musk deer, Himalayan goral, jungle cat, wild boar, grey langur, macaque and flying squirrel. You also see many bird species such as parakeets, kalij pheasant, monal, woodpeckers, eagles, Eurasian jays, forktail and blackbirds.
    • Activities –
    • Walking safari with a naturalist.
  • Day 10: Binsar – Jageshwar – Binsar
    Jageshwar is a historic site of a group of 7th century Shaivite temples made of stone. Many smaller stone temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shakti and Surya traditions of Hinduism. It is surrounded by stunning and massive deodar trees.
    • Activities –
    • Guided tour of the Jageshwar temples and surrounding smaller temples.
    • Visit the festivals during monsoon and Mahashivratri for traditional celebrations.
  • Day 11: Binsar – Kathgodam
    Drive to Kathgodam for onward journey.

Covid-19 Preparedness

  • Guests will be asked to declare their city of travel and basic health status via a form before the booking. This is for the safety of guests and the hosts.
  • All the accommodations will run on the reduced capacity to maintain social distancing.
  • Ginger tea will be served daily for immunity.
  • Daily morning and evening temperature checks of all guests and staff by thermal meters.
  • All guests are requested to wear masks at all times when they are out of the room.
  • Guests are requested to carry their own hand sanitizers.
  • All rooms will be sanitized before the guests' check-in and after they check-out.
  • Hot water will be available for bathing as soon as the guests arrive at the accommodation.
  • Meals will be served separately to a different set of guests, not in common rooms.
  • All interaction between guests and hosts will be contactless.
  • The taxis provided will be sanitized before receiving the guests.

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