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Journey Into India's Crown Jewel

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Destinations: New Delhi, Kathgodam
Guide language: English
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Back to India Journey Into India's Crown Jewel 11 Nights 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. // Holiday idea: 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 taxes. 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 our control.   Dates:November, March & April Day 1     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 afternoon. Day 2     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. Day 3     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. Day 4     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. Day 5     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 Himalayan village.  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. Day 10     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. Day 11     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 Day 12     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. // Day 11     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 remote setting. Day 12     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.  Day 13     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. Day 14     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 Day 15   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. Day 16     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. Day 17     You will be driven back to the airport in the course of the day. Check-out from the hotel is at 1100hrs. Recommended Stays: 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. //
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