Village Walk

Village Walk (Kumaon)

Delhi (Arrival) - Almora - Deora - Paliu - Jwalabanj - Delhi - Agra - Delhi (Departure)

Starting Price : USD 1225 / Euro 885

 
The concept of the "Village Trek" is unique as it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villager. Overnight stays in the village houses gives you a chance to experience their warm and genuine hospitality. The accomodation is rustic but clean and has all the basic amenities.

The walks end at a different village each afternoon. The village houses have been partially renovated and toilets and bathrooms added without spoiling the ambience. After a day's walk you can freshen up with a hot bucket bath. Food is cooked hygienically and mineral water is provided.
 
   Bookmark and Share
 

Village WalkTour Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi (Arrival) - Almora - Deora - Paliu - Jwalabanj - Delhi - Agra - Delhi (Departure)

Package Inclusions:
. Accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast included at the listed hotels or equivalent except on Village Walk where accommodation will be on full board basis.
. All transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary in exclusive chauffeur driven Air Conditioned vehicle.
. Daily Breakfast
. Train fare between Delhi/Kathgodam by A/c I Sleeper Class.
. Train fare between Kathgodam/Delhi by AC Chair car Class.
. Services of an English speaking local guide fro sightseeing.
. All currently applicable govt. taxes.

Package Exclusions:
. Meals at hotels except those listed in above inclusions.
. Entrance fee of Monuments as per programme
. Domestic Air Fares
. Still Camera/Video Camera Charges
. Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry etc.


Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Our Representative will meet you upon arrival and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Delhi /Kathgodam (2235/0545 hrs)
Leave after breakfast for full day tour of Old & New Delhi visiting Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat: Cremation Garden of Mahatma Gandhi followed by Photo stop at Red Fort. Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi where you visit the mighty Qutub Minar (Victory Tower) , the unique Lotus shaped Bahai Temple, Photo stop at India Gate (War Memory arch) - President Palace & Parliament House. Later visit Sikh Temple at Bangla Sahib.
Late evening transfer to Old Delhi Railway Station to board your train Ranikhet Express at 2235 hrs for Kathgodam.
Overnight on board.

Day 03 Arrive Kathgodam/Kalmatia Sangam
Arrive Kathgodam at 0545 hrs. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by surface to Kathgodam, Almora a drive of 2 hrs to the resort. Arrive and check-in at resort.
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 Kms Altitude : 1950 m - 1700 m

OR

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. From there trek initiallly further downhill and then 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 04 to DAY 06 - Village walk (Deora/Paliu/Jwalbanj)
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. This itinerary gives you 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.
As everywhere in the Kumaon the people are friendly, curious in a childlike manner and more than happy to answer questions and be photographed. The walks take you en route to ancient Kali, Vishnu and Shakti temples (1000 years old), past ancient flour mills, where you can stop and see how they work. The Himalaya and panaromic valley views along the ridges are magnificent.
On arriving freshen up and enjoy a welcome drink while traditional Kumaoni food is cooked by the villagers. Stretch out with refreshments in a quaint, stone garden, overlooking small fields. The landlord while preparing the dinner hops in and out of his fields to get fresh veggies and herbs for your meal. Guests are welcome to watch and help! Relax, chat with the locals listening to tales of the past. On the last evening after a delicious dinner you can enjoy an evening of traditional Kumaoni folk dances and music with a bonfire (optional).

Day 07 Jwalbanj/Almora
Walk downhill 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.
1 hrs. drive back to Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort. On the way stop to see the prehistoric rock art at Lakhudiar.
Overnight: Kalmatia Sangam

Day 08 Almora/Delhi
Early morning transfer by surface to Kathgodam Railway Station to board Uttar Sampark Kranti Express at 0845 hrs for Delhi.
Arrive Delhi at 1350 hrs. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 Delhi/Agra
Leave after breakfast for a road journey of around 04 hrs to Agra. Arrive Agra & check-in at hotel. Later leave for half day tour of Agra city visiting the world famous - Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) at Sunrise, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1560 AD in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains after she died while giving birth to his 14th child. This architectural marvel, which took
17 years to complete, is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from raw white marble which stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy. Later visit Agra Fort- situated on the banks of river Yamuna. This crescent-like fort was designed and built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 Agra/Delhi Departure
Morning free at leisure. Afternoon drive back to Delhi International Airport to connect your flight for onward destination.

End Of Services


TOUR LODGING INFO: 09 Nights Hotels
Accommodation is provided on double sharing room with breakfast basis at listed hotels or equivalent, except for Village House Stays where accommodation is on full board basis. Hotel list is as follows:

Places Nights Deluxe Hotels Superior Hotels
Delhi 01 Nights The Metropolitan The Hans
Delhi/Kathgodam 01 Night Overnight Train Overnight Train
Almora 01 Night Kalmatia Sangam Kalmatia Sangam
Deora 01 Night Village House Village House
Paliu 01 Night Village House Village House
Jwalabanj 01 Night Village House Village House
Almora 01 Night Kalmatia Sangam Kalmatia Sangam
Delhi 01 Night The Metropolitan The Hans
Agra 01 Night Jaypee Palace Howard Park Plaza


Suggested Itinerary Map


View Larger Map

Bookmark and Share