Walk in the Himalayas
06-15 May 2022 Alumni

India

Walk in the Himalayas
06-15 May 2022 Alumni

Walking and Exploring

This holiday in the foothills of the Himalayas will allow you to enjoy the superlative scenery of these magnificent mountains – without having to be super-fit. We have chosen flexible routes among the hills that are suitable for people of all abilities. This way you can admire the scale and grandeur of the mountains without having to climb them. In the Binsar Sanctuary (alt 1650 – 2500m), you walk along forest trails, through rhododendron, oak, pine and cedar woodland, to reach broad cultivated terraces as you reach close to the village. Look out for pine marten, monkeys, barking deer and mountain goat.

Binsar Wild Life Sanctuary:

Immerse yourself in the unspoilt countryside of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful mountain nature reserve clad in forests of oak, pine and rhododendron. Enjoy some of the most unspoilt landscapes of India, overlooking great Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli. Binsar lies at the heart of the Kumaon hills at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,500 m, about 20 km from the district capital of Almora.
This is a wonderful place to discover wildlife. The Binsar Sanctuary is home to deer, wild boar, porcupine, pine martens, langur monkeys and several breeding pairs of leopard, while birds include various species of woodpecker, eagles and vultures.

With your own walk leader, spend your days walking the magnificent footpaths through terraced fields and wooded hillsides, enjoy picnics with views of the high mountain peaks and encounter a wealth of wildlife. Relax and spend time absorbing the local life and natural beauty in this amazing place and meet welcoming people, keen to share their way of life.

10 days from £2,620.00 per person
London - Delhi - Binsar Khali Estate- Villages of Kumaon - Delhi - London

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Day 1: To Delhi

Friday 6 May

Departure London or a regional UK airport for Delhi by direct British Airways flight BA 257 at 18:45.

Day 2: Delhi

Saturday 7 May

Arrive in Delhi at 08:50. Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Shangrila Eros. Rest of the day at leisure. B

Day 3: To Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday 8 May

Transfer to New Delhi railway station to board Shatabadi Express Train at 06:20 for Kathgodam ( We will carry packed breakfast from the hotel / breakfast will also be served on train).
Arrive Kathgodam station at 11:40. Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to Khali Estate Binsar. This is about 4 hours drive, we will stop at Bhimtal for lunch. Khali Estate was the home of General Sir Henry Ramsay, A British General in the in the Indian Army who also served as commissioner of the Kumaon and Gharwal Areas.
The Resort is situated on the top of a hill surrounded by pine and oak forest facing the vast panorama of the majestic snow-clad mountains of the central Himalayas. The peaks visible from the Resort are Nanda Devi (25645 ft.), Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Badrinath (Chaukhambha), Kedarnath, Gangotri, Shivling, Bandar punch, Kamet, Nanda Kote etc.
Rest of the day at leisure. Evening lecture on Kumaon region.
B, L, D

Day 4: Day trip to Almora

Monday 9 May

After breakfast drive to Almora town ( 22 kms) and explore the local Lala bazaar, Temples and also witness the old Architectural heritage of this culturally rich region of Kumaon Himalayas. Lunch at Almora. Return to Khali Estate in the afternoon. Evening briefing by walk leaders for the interesting days and nights ahead in the villages. B, L, D

Day 5-7: Walking to the villages of Dalar, Risal, Kathdhara, Gonap & Satri

Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 May

After breakfast, the group will split into two parties of 8 members each , they will commence walk in the company of their walk leaders. Each day walk will be between 4 to 6 hours. Packed lunch will be served enroute.
Stay for each group will be arranged in the villages of Dalar, Risal, Kathdhara, Gonap and Satri.
B, L, D

Day 8: To Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Friday 13 May

Both groups will meet up today and then drive to visit Jageshwar Temple.
Visit the Chitai Temple on your way back to Khali Estate.
Overnight stay ta Khali Estate. Farewell dinner B, L, D

Day 9: To Delhi

Saturday 14 May

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Kathgodam, we will stop at Udupi restaurant – a south Indian speciality for lunch before boarding Shatabdi Express train for Delhi at 15:35, arrive Delhi at 20:05 (dinner will be served on train). Transfer to Hotel Pullman Aero City near International airport. B, L, D

Day 10: To London

Sunday 15 May

Transfer to International airport for your flight home with direct British airways flight BA256 at 10:50 to arrive London Heathrow at 15:20. Optional extentions to visit the Golden Triangle or beach stays - ask for details. B

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Dates & Prices

Dates Price per person (Double/Twin share) Single room supplement
06-15 May 2022 £2,620.00 £90.00
Cost includes:
  • International air fare in economy class on British Airways with all taxes.
  • Air-conditioned accommodation in Delhi with private facilities. Twin room accommodation in village guest houses with shared bath and toilet facilities.
  • Daily breakfast in Delhi and all meals from arrival in Khali Estate until departure.
  • All transport services by a coach in Delhi and private cars from Kathgodam to Almora.
  • Rail reservations in first airconditioned class train from Delhi to Kathgodam and return to Delhi.
  • Services of our local representative in Delhi and services of walk leaders from arrival in Kathgodam until departure.
  • Tips & Gratuities
Cost does not include:
  • Visa fee for India. Electronic tourist visa for India is now available. On confirmation of the booking, we will send you a step-by-step guide how to apply for the visa.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance*

We plan to follow this detailed itinerary, but events beyond our control – unpredictable weather, unruly rivers, blocked roads, mechanical breakdown – may require changes and workarounds at the last moment. This tour will be led by local Walk Leaders in Kumaon.

Meals during tour from arrival in Khali Estate until departure will be vegetarian local specialities.

Places are limited and on first-come-first-served basis.

Accommodation:
Hotel Shangri la Eros Delhi. This is a 5* property in the heart of New Delhi. Close to Connaught place the city centre and has a swimming pool.
Khali Estate – Double/single bedded rooms with attached bath cum toilet facilities. Rooms are without Air conditioning, as this is not required in the area. Fans will be available on request if needed.
Village Guest houses – The village guesthouses are comfortable but simple in keeping with life in the host villages. Rooms are twin bedded, each fitted with a mosquito net. Rooms clean with basic facilities and comfortable mattresses. Bath and toilet facilities are separate. WCs and shower facilities available. Hot water bottles are provided during winters.
Most of the guest houses are run on solar power.

Single room accommodation is only available at Khali Estate at a cost of £90.00 stay at village guest houses will be in sharing twin rooms.

We aim to be as flexible as possible for new bookings and have reduced holiday deposits to £250 per person until further notice, and made it possible to request a refund or postpone travel plans at no extra cost, in the event that a trip can’t go ahead due to Foreign Office advice or overseas government restrictions. All tour payments to Indus Experiences are 100% protected by our ATOL and ABTA Licences.

*Travel Insurance

It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.

• Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
• Make sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
• Make sure it covers you for all activities.
• Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
• Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.

If you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer. Please note Covid-19 cover is now available.
For a competitive quotation please visit https://www.indusexperiences.co.uk/insurance/

020 8901 7320

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