Tiger, Mountain & River

11 NIGHTS | 12 DAYS

Region, State: Delhi, Nainital, Binsar, Kasauni, Corbett

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day Activities
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Day 2 By Train Delhi to Kathgodam - Nanital
Day 3 Nanital - Binsar
Day 4 Binsar
Day 5 Binsar
Day 6 Binsar-Kasauni
Day 7 Kasauni
Day 8 Kasauni-Corbett
Day 9 Corbett
Day 10 Corbett
Day 11 Corbett to Pantnagar by drives and Fly to Delhi
Day 12 Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

After negotiating Immigration and Customs, step into the receiving area, where you will be met by Far Horizons staff and escorted to your hotel, located in the heart of New Delhi. Expect to reach the hotel approximately thirty minutes after landing.

Afternoon you explore “Old Delhi,” with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Driving past the Red Fort (you will visit the grander red fort in Agra), you trade your motor vehicle for a bicycle rickshaw, which will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square – so named because of the silver merchants). Negotiating alleyways, which seemingly get narrower and narrower you, end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.  After exploring the Mosque and getting an insight on ‘Islamic India,’ we head to a Sikh temple. Experience one the most visible and vibrant of India’s religion – the Sikhs. The Sikh men stand out in any crowd with their colorful turbans and beards. We visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a Sikh temple). At one time this was the bungalow of Raja Jai Amber from Jaipur. This is a very active temple and hundreds of pilgrims come every day to pray and meditate in the halls and rooms. Sunset will find us at the famous India Gate with its vast lawns, where tens of local families come to enjoy sunset and picnic.
Welcome dinner.

Overnight at hotel Shangri-La Hotel (D)

Day 2: Train to Kathgodam (Shatabdi Exp–0600/1140 hrs) / Nanital (1 hr. approx.)

Early morning check–out from the hotel and transfer to railway station for your Train to Kathgodam. You will be received on arrival in Kathgodam and transferred to your hotel in Nainital. 

Evening at leisure on own.

Overnight at The Naini Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 3: Nainital - Binsar (86 kms, 3 hrs approx.)

Check out from your hotel and drive to Binsar.

Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar was established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak forests of the Central Himalayan region, and it has over 200 bird species.

Arrive at your hotel and check-in. Evening at leisure on own.

Overnight at Binsar forest retreat (B, L, D)


Day 4: Binsar

Today we will go for a jungle walk with packed lunch. Starting from the Retreat, we first descend down to the Veeneshwar temple. After a short walk along the tarred road we branch off at the water tank that stores water from a Sroth (natural spring) It is a gentle climb of about a kilometer, with numerous short-cuts, fallen trees, and langur activity. Branch off, towards a patch of forest thick with Deodar and Cypress trees. Half a kilometer further, we join the Panchchuli Trail – a wide dirt path, the level for the most part, that leads us to Zero Point. To the right of the Panchchuli trail, one can see the Himalayas, with unobstructed views of the Panchchuli peaks. A gorgeous sight in the evening, as the sun begins its descent and the hills change colors from orange to pink before the sun dips below the horizon and the Himalayas turn dull white. It is a leisurely and very enjoyable walk. Time for long conversations before reaching Zero Point, where the sight of the majestic Himalayas brings on silent contemplation.

Overnight at Binsar forest retreat (B, L, D)

Day 5: Binsar

Today, drive to Jageshwar (approx. 51kms/ 2 hrs )  with a picnic lunch. Jageshwar is located at an altitude of 1870 mts, in the Jataganga river valley near a Deodar forest. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD, with many preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Nava-grah temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple. Also, visit a Small Museum (Closed on Mondays) just close to the Temple complex depicting the idols and culture of the historic era of the region.

Return to Retreat.

Overnight at Binsar forest retreat (B, L, D)

Day 6: Binsar – Kasauni (62 kms, 3 hrs)

Today, check out from the resort and drive to Kausani.

En-route you will visit the Bagnath temple. This old temple is located at joining of two rivers Gomati & Sarya. The approach road to temple passes through narrow roads with local shops in both sides.

After that, visit Baijnath Temple Complex - A famous temple town on the banks of the Gomti in the Garuda Valley. It is a 13th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. In this temple complex, the main attraction is the black stone idol of Goddess Parvati at the main entrance. The temple will enamor you with not just its architecture, but also its artful representations of Hindu mythology, such as idols, sculptures, and carvings. An idol of Nandi, the loyal chariot of Lord Shiva greets you at the entrance.

Arrive Kasauni and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel Buransh (B, L, D)

Day 7: Kasauni

Today we will take you for an excursion to Dhakuri, 3 hrs drive from Kasauni and 3 hrs trek to get the close view of the snow-covered mountains forming the southern wall of Nanda Devi Sanctuary.   

Evening free at leisure on own.

Overnight at hotel Buransh (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kasauni - Corbett (156 kms, 5 hrs approx.)

Corbett is India’s oldest national park, established in 1936 and named after hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett, who played a vital role in its protection. The beauty of Jim Corbett National Park is that it is not just one forest, but many rolled into one, changing with seasons, terrain, and time of day. It’s got stunning grasslands, where the grass grows taller than people. It’s got riverine vegetation growing alongside the Ramganga and Kosi rivers that meander through the park. And thick jungles of sal and deciduous trees that fill the air with their faint fragrance. Check in to the resort.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

In the evening you can do the various activities offered by the resort.

Overnight at Jim’s Jungle Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 9: Corbett

Today morning, we go for the Safari. Though Corbett’s star attraction is the royal Bengal tiger, one of its greatest delights is its large herds of elephants. Visitors can also spot four types of deer, the sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, and hog deer. There are wild boars a plenty and the animals are known to give tigers a tough fight during a hunt. The park has leopards and jackals, and gharial can sometimes be spotted basking in the sun by the water. If you spot a large hole by the trail, there’s probably a monitor lizard hiding inside. The Ramganga River is full of otters, and there are mongooses that often get into fights with snakes like cobras, vipers, pythons, and kraits. The park has a rich avian population and one of the chief pleasures of an early morning safari is the variety of birdsong that fills the air. Return to the resort. In the afternoon, explore the sights, sounds and smells of the surrounding forests as you trek into the jungle escorted by a trained naturalist. The naturalists introduce you to the jungle ecology.

Overnight at Jim’s jungle Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 10: Corbett

Today you check out from your resort and drive to Dhikala. This is the largest and the most varied zone in Corbett, offering the best opportunities for overnight stays in century-old forest rest houses. Dhikala contains a diverse range of habitats from the moist deciduous forests to the vast open grasslands, which is widely considered to be a prime habitat for the Tiger and the Elephant. With many unique habitats, including the Ramganga river and reservoir, this zone is a haven for a wide range of species in Corbett. Dhikala’s higher altitude suits the Ghoral, a goat antelope, while the Gharial and Maggars, as well as the great Mahaseer, inhabit the rivers below. The Hog Deer, the fourth Deer species found in Corbett, is also exclusive to Dhikala. You will do your Safaris from this place.
Special Note: Accommodation at Dhikala will be in government lodge and it is very basic.

Overnight at Dhikala (B, L, D)

Day 11: Corbett – Pantnagar (drive 94 kms, 2 hrs) & Fly to Delhi (AI 9816 - 1120 / 1215 hrs) Flight operates on Wed/Fri/Sat & Sunday only.

Check out from the resort and drive to Pantnagar to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel near the airport.

Overnight at Hotel Pullman (B)

Day 12: Departure

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Delhi International airport to connect with flight to onward destination (room reserved till 12 noon)

(B)

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