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Journey Into India's Crown Jewel
Begin your journey from the historical capital, New Delhi – you will be spending a night at the Oberoi, New Delhi (Luxury Rooms). After a day’s sightseeing, journey northeastward, traversing
though Kumaon’s majestic landscape along with your host & guide, Ritish Suri, first by train and then by road to The Mary Budden Estate. Enjoy 2 nights at the ideally located and comfortable Mary
Budden Estate, hiking & bird watching in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary before embarking on the next league of your journey. Visit the ancient temples of Jegeshwar and arrive at the starting point
of your river journey on the Saryu River.Float-down to Saryu to your private river camp; relax and unwind with friends and family. Enjoy the magical setting of carefully positioned camps in the
intimate setting of un-spoilt sandy beaches of the Saryu. These mobile river camps compliment a host of activities that this vibrant valley offers; village walks, hiking, mild rafting and angling.
Each tent is outfitted with the very best of British campaign furniture; furnished with very best of linen & serviced with flawless attention to detail.
Journey into India's Crown Jewel
Prices from:£3,075 per person
Price includes: International return flights, meet & greet at New Delhi international Airport, 2 nights in the Oberoi, New Delhi
(Luxury rooms) (double occupancy) (B&B plan), 4 nights in ideally located Himalayan Lodges (double occupancy) & 5 nights in private river camps on the Saryu River (double occupancy), meals
from breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 11, beverages including mineral water, transport throughout the trip by train (1stclass) & by vehicles, guided rafting, walks, hiking, permits, and
Not included: Meals in the Oberoi Hotel except breakfast, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, flies or lures, meals and/or accommodation in Delhi upon
arrival or departure, additional accommodation / transfers / sightseeing that is not part of the itinerary and other expenses incurred due to flight delays / natural hazards / other hazards beyond
Dates:November, March & April
Welcome to India !After a warm welcome by your attentive Himalayan Outback guide, you will be chauffeured to The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi. Settle into your luxury room. Optional sightseeing this
Journey into the Kumaon Himalayas …You will be chauffeured to the railway station to board your train to Kathgoam along with your guide. Arrive in Kathgodam by 1200hrs, followed by a hour’s
transfer to Cottage at Jeolikot. Located in a quite corner of the little hill-town of Jeolikott at 4, 000ft, “The Cottage” offers a perfect blend of Kumaoni tradition, style and comfort., After
a sumptuous & traditional Indian home-prepared meal with your host, Bhuvan Kumari, settle into your room for an afternoon’s rest, or partake in a guided walk down to a hamlet
following a quiet trail for some birding.
The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.Begin your drive to Binsar after breakfast (4 hours). The sanctuary encloses an area of 47 sq kms.Home for leopards, ghorals, wild boar, kakars, monkeys,
Indian red fox, jackals, pine martens, Himalayan black bears, and porcupines. In addition to this, it also host to more than 200 species of birds that are of both resident and migratory.
The Mary Budden estate sits on five serene acres of land, perched at almost 6, 500 feet above sea level. It is one of only five privately owned estates in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Lovingly restored for comfortable and elegant living, it still retains its original charm., After a warm welcome by the staff at Mary Budden Estate, you will be settled into you private cottage
overlooking the rich forests of the sanctuary. Enjoy a delicious lunch in this exclusive location. Latter enjoy a guided walk to the Dalar village along with your seasoned guide.
Leopard Trail & The Nanda Devi Point.Awaken to the calls of rare birds as you are brought tea & coffee to your cottage. Begin your guided hike early, starting from the Mary Budden Estate.
Follow an old hunting trail through a rich, mixed forest of Himalayan Oak & Rhododendron trees that is host to a some of the sanctuary’s most diverse bird life.Enjoy a delicious breakfast at
zero-point that is renowned for awe-inspiring panoramic views of some of the world highest mountain ranges., Follow leopard trail crossing a series of deep ravines that are punctuated with
cascading waterfalls, luring flocks of resident and migratory birds. Finish the trek at an ancient temple before driving a short distance to The Mary Budden Estate in time for lunch.Toast to a
Himalayan sunset from your private veranda as you are served appetizers and soup by an attentive staff before a traditional Indian dinner.
Birding trail / The Ancient Temples of Jageshwar / Saryu River Private Camp. Prepare for another exhilarating day’s adventures and discovery in this vibrant part of India. After breakfast say
good-bye to your hosts at Mary Budden estate and follow your guide on a birding trail covering approximately 6 miles, through the richly canopied forests and spreading views overlooking the majestic
Himalayan ranges making it one of India’s most scenic wildlife sanctuaries.,End your hike and drive to witness the ancient temples of Jageshwar. Dedicated to lord Shiva, 124 temples dating back to
the 9th to the 13th century commemorate one of the region’s religious & archaeological hot-spots. Maintained by the Archeological survey of India, over 25 inscriptions of different periods are
inscribed on the walls and pillars of the Jageshwar temples. Begin your driving to a Naogaon homestay (2 hours).Spend a relaxed evening in a comfortable home stay on the outskirts of a beautiful
Day 6 - 9
The Saryu Valley Experience & Himalayan Village WalksBegin the next leg of your Himalayan adventure and descend into the Saryu valley to begin your river journey to your private river camp.
Explore the crystal-clear pools, pristine sandy river-beaches and a serene river-journey by raft. Enjoy birding on one of the many forest trails in the area. Spend 4 nights at our private river camps
with a complement of camp staff to cater for your needs. Awaken each morning to a chorus of birds or the chattering of monkeys and linger in the comfort of your comfortable Safari-style bed as you
listen to the sounds of your hot bucket shower bring filled with steaming hot water.Experience a natural & sustainable lifestyle in Himalayan villages! Eco-friendly mud & stone houses,
natural farming practices, 100% organic and healthy food, community life with ancient traditional, culture & spiritual practices! Combine today’s village walk with birding and as you enjoy
spectacular views of the valley from up-above. Spend another beautiful night in an exclusive location, under the star-lit Himalayan skies and the semi-permanent, Hemingway-style,
private Saryu river camp.
After a leisurely breakfast, begin your drive to the ideally located Himalayan lodge, Te Aroha.Spend a relaxing evening enjoying the company of your hosts around a delicious meal.
Depart from Te Aroha after an early lunch.Your train that departs from Kathgodam at 1545hrs will get you to Delhi at 2130hrs.You will be transferred to The Oberoi, New Delhi
You will be driven back to the airport in the course of the day. Check-out from the hotel is at 1100hrs.
Optional Extension to the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
Journey through India’s crown jewel; the majestic Himalayas! Explore Kumaon’s enriching hiking territory, views of some of the world’s highest snow capped peaks, village walks and game-viewing in
Corbett Tiger Reserve while being pampered during your exciting adventure by our top-notch service and attention-to-detail.
Begin your journey to the Corbett National Park early this morning - make your way to New Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station to board your train (6-hours) to the outskirts of the tiger reserve.
You will be met here and driven to the lodge (3-hours). Receive a warm welcome by the Western Ramganga River Lodge staff upon your arrival as they accompany you down a short trail through a village
to the Lodge. (The lodge is approximately 1 km from the road head.)After the hustle and bustle of New Delhi, enjoy the evening connecting with yourself and your travel companions. Take a short walk
with your experienced naturalist around this ideally located lodge, and familiarize yourself with the abundant eco-system. Our naturalist will help identify plants, wildlife calls, and animal tracks
in the area.After a refreshing hot bath, enjoy a quiet evening around a campfire with appetizers and soup. Finish off with an early dinner under the canopy of brilliant stars in our tranquil and
Village Walk: A Himalayan Village Experience…This morning enjoy a guided hike to the beautiful village of Nagtale with your host and local guide. Learn about various aspects of rural life in this
Himalayan region. Your guides will point out various birds and signs of wildlife on the trail.On the way back stop and make a wish at the local temple and visit the village school before returning to
the lodge. Enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch during your hike and return back to the lodge by the evening.
Himalayan Odyssey - after an early breakfast begin your beautiful drive to the starting point of the day’s hike. Your guide will point out aspects of the flora, fauna - birdlife, Himalayan
landscape and culture; while your driver will be more than happy to stop over for any good photo opportunities. Capture memorable snap shots of your Himalayan adventure.On a clear day, you’ll get
some stunning views of the greater Himalayan ranges, including the Nanda Devi, one of India’s highest mountains. (November is the best month for these views.)Begin hiking though this unique flora
kingdom that is home to an abundant bird life. If you are visiting after the monsoon (October & November) you will hike through a labyrinth of brilliant green horse chestnut, oak, and
rhododendron trees. As you zigzag your way to the next ridge you enjoy rewarding views of the great Himalayan ranges (the Nanda Devi, Naina Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nanda Khat, Nanda Bhanar, Nanda
Kot, Bandar Poonch) that stretch into the horizon beyond.Arrive to a warm welcome by our staff at an ideally placed, camp in this breathtaking location. Settle in with a refreshing hot bucket bath
and relax with your favorite beverage as you are pampered with scrumptious appetizers and a freshly prepared continental dinner.
Enjoy an early morning hike to view the higher Himalayas. After a full day’s hiking you are guided back to the road-head and driven to the lodge
Begin your exciting day early as your hosts prepare you for a full day’s excursion into one of the most game-rich parts of the Jim Corbett tiger reserve – the Bijrani Zone.Driving through the
Bijrani grasslands, observe the varied bird and wildlife species found in the area as you are enjoying your guide’s in-depth knowledge of this vibrant eco-system.After an exhilarating day of wildlife
encounters return to the
Western Ramganga River Lodge. Enjoy the company of your seasoned hosts as you are pampered and settled for the night in this exclusive location.
Enjoy a relaxed start to the day. You will be served breakfast and escorted to the road-head at 1030hrs. Drive to the Kathgodam train station to board your train to Delhi at 1500hrs.You will
arrive in Delhi at 2200hrs. Dinner will be served on board this train.
You will be driven back to the airport in the course of the day. Check-out from the hotel is at 1100hrs.
The Western Ramganga River Lodge
Prices from: £970 per person
Price includes: Train tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam & back to Delhi on day-6. Transfers from Kathodam train station, through-out
the trip, including 4WD for game drive and drop back to Kathgodam of day-6. Accommodation in the Western Ramganga River lodge & during the trek in dome-tents, meals from lunch on day-1 to lunch
on day-6. Beverages include bottled mineral water, permits & taxes.
Dates: November, March & April
Nestled on a small hill, overlooking a grand panorama that stretches far into the game-rich valley on either sides; this is one of the most ideally located lodges in India’s most diverse
eco-system. With open view sitting areas, thatched roofs, and elegant interiors, this charming lodge offers an intimate jungle experience with opportunities of Himalayan adventure & discovering
the surrounding forests.Each cottage offers a sweeping view of the river, with your own private veranda and sitting area. The cottages are outfitted with British campaign furniture that includes rose
wood beds, a dressing table, chairs, cupboard, and a luggage rack. Every cottage has its own attached toilet with running water.The Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve has been described by many as one of the
most abundant eco-systems of the Indian sub-continent.Enriching the home of the royal Bengal tiger is the emerald green, boulder-strewn western Ramganga River and its tributaries that cascade through
Corbett Tiger Reserves eastern periphery.
Headwaters of the mighty Ganges - the western Ramganga River plays host to a variety of fish and aquatic life.Corbett Tiger Reserve is blessed with a rich diversity of flora, fauna and habitats. Home
to about 50 different mammals, 600 birds, 26 reptiles, seven amphibians and many insect species, its jungles are
bursting with life! Further, as it spans three distinct topographic
zones -- the hilly Shivaliks, Bhabar in the Patlidun valley and the swampy Terai, the character of the mixed deciduous forest keeps changing too, making for diverse wildlife viewing experiences.About
110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs and 33 species of grasses and bamboo are listed in this region.The valleys thrive with grassland locally called ‘chaurs’ and riverine forests of mainly
Khair and Shisham. Main under growth in these forests consists of Clerodendrom, Panwar, Curry plant and Lantana.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild