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Himalayas and Wildlife

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Kumaon region lies in east of Uttarakhand in India, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas., Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility.   Sojourning in the beautiful Kumaon region of Uttaranchal with its majestic, snow clad mountains, lakes and rich plethora of flora and fauna, not only enables one to constantly think about the Himalayas but to behold their pristine magnificence time and again.

Day 01 –  Arrive Delhi by international flight.
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon visit Old Delhi.
Delhi,  the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days,  many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru are on the banks of river Yamuna, behind Red Fort. Chandni Chowk, the main congested shopping hub of Old Delhi is still a major attraction for a joy ride on Cycle Rickshaw.

Day 03 : Delhi-Kathgodam train : Dep. at 22:40 hours
Morning visit New Delhi.
New Delhi was planned by British architect Edwin Lutyens in 1911 and was inaugurated on 13th Feb. 1931 by Viceroy Lord Irwin.  The southern Delhi which saw several rulers had seven ancient cities.  The most  notably had been the Mughals who ruled Delhi from 1799 to 1849.
The prominent  places are  Qutab Minar,  one of  the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb,  the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal . India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat, Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the shopping hub of New Delhi were constructed during the British rule in India.

Check-out 12.00 Noon.
Afternoon car for local use.
Evening transfer to railway station for train to Kathgodam (1st AC Sleeper)
Night on Train.

Day 04 : Arrive Kathgodam at 05:20 hours
Transfer to Kalmatia Sangam, 2-1/2 hours drive
Check-in at the resort.

Rest of the day free.

Day 05 : Kalmatia Sangam
After breakfast start an easy walk to Chittai. The Chittai bell temple is dedicated to Golu Devta (god of justice and peculiar to Kumaon). The temple is hung with petitions and bells of all shapes and sizes brought by grateful devotees. The walking path starts from the resort through Chir (pine) forests via Sintola with good views into the valley and Himalya range. After temple visit,  walk back to the resort.

Overnight: Kalmatia Sangam                                       
Walking time to Chittai and back: 4/5hrs., 10 km                    
Altitude:1950m  -  1700m

Day 06  - Kalmatia Sangam
Binsar Sanctuary Walk
After breakfast drive to Binsar. Walk up to Zero Point through dense oak and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the view and hike downhill to Shiva temple. Follow the western Binsar ridge towards Kangarchina.  A very scenic walk with good views of the Himalaya on one side and the terraced valley on the other side.

On route enjoy a packed lunch.
Drive back to resort.
Overnight: Kalmatia Sangam                                                                          
Altitude: Bet. 2400m to 1700m
Walking time: 5 to 6hrs. Driving time 2hrs.                     

Day 07 – Kalmatia Sangam
The village walks lead through picturesque villages along terraced fields, waterfalls, along a winding stream and pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests. (If you can make it between mid Feb. and Apr. you will be rewarded with the lovely sight of the rhododendron flowers in bloom – a blaze of colour).  The walks vary from gentle to slightly steep and take you between 1450m to 2250m.

Walking on the old village trails you pass through several villages where the houses have wonderfully carved doors and windows,  a realistic impression of Kumaoni local life, where the old traditions and culture are still part of their daily routine lives. You pass villages where the castes are strictly segregated, walk through terraced fields then along traditional irrigation channels.

Return to Kalmatia Sangam.                          
Day 08 : Kalmatia Sangam-Kathgodam-Delhi
After breakfast, short drive to Jageshwar.  Walk uphill to Jageshwar through terraced fields, villages and magnificent cedar forests. At Jageshwar you can visit the ancient temple complex built by the Chand and Katyuri rulers between 8th. and 12th century A.D. 

Short drive to Almora (35 km).  Visit Almora – one of the principal town of Kumaun region.
Lunch and transfer to Kathgodam for train to Delhi – dep. At 20:40 hours
Night on train.
Day 09 : Arrive  Delhi at 04:00 hours
Assistance and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day free.  Evening transfer to airport for onward flight.


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