For an adventure enthusiast - India adventure tour is full of choices. From Jeep safari in Corbett to Birding at Pangot National park. Explore Binsar town, witness mysterious caves at Patal Bhubhneshwar. Have photographs of the Himalayan peaks, Visit Gaumukh - the origin point of river Ganges.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Early morning, we drive from Delhi to Corbett National Park. The park is named after the famous British hunter Jim Corbett and established in 1935 along the banks of the Ramganga River. It has dense Sal forests spread throughout and also has sub Himalayan ranges at its background. Corbett National Park is famous for Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Spotted Dear, Porcupine, Monitor Lizard, etc.
Day 02 : Full Day at Corbett National Park
Arrive by lunch time and check into the hotel. After lunch, we leave for Jungle Jeep safari right inside the Heart of Reserve Forest Core Zones and have a view of flora and fauna and if You are Lucky, then the great Tiger. Return back to the hotel with great experience of the national park.
In the evening, enjoy bonfire with music & dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Before breakfast early morning proceed for second Jungle Jeep safari right inside the Heart of Reserve Forest Core Zones for game viewing. Another great experience of viewing wildlife in its natural habitat. Return to the Hotel for breakfast.
Day 03 : Corbett - Pangot Birding National Park
Post breakfast, experience elephant bathing activity. Visit Corbett museum & Crocodile breeding farm called Crocodile High Bank. Return back to the hotel and enjoy some river activities. Enjoy Bonfire / Music / cultural folk dances with Dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
After early breakfast leave for Pangot famous for its forest cover & Bird Sanctuary. Check into a Himalayan lodge. Half Day walk for photography & bird watching. Return back to the lodge by evening Dinner, Overnight at camp.
Day 04 : Birding in Pangot
Pangot is located about 15 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are excellent birding spots. The main attractions of Pangot are its birds - around 580 bird species have been recorded in this area. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeyer, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed fork tail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to a variety of flora and fauna including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan martens, Himalayan palm civets, ghorals, barking deer and sambhar.
2 sessions for photography & bird watching post breakfast & post lunch. Return back to the lodge by evening. Dinner, Overnight at camp.
Day 05 : Pangot - Binsar
After early breakfast leave for Binsar famous for its great views. On reaching Binsar, Check into a deluxe camp in a dense forest area. Spend some time with community based projects in Binsar.
Day 06 : Binsar (Day Trek To Jageshwar Temple)
We hike to the highest point of the forest area for some great sunset views of the Himalayan peaks. The trek is through an amazing dense forest rich in the bird life. Return back to the camp by evening. Overnight at camp.
Binsar - was the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas (7th-18th centuries). In olden Days, the devout came to pray at the temple of Bineshwar (an aspect of Shiva) built by Raja Kalyan Chand. Binsar is an idyllic hamlet whose chief attraction is a majestic view of the Himalayas - a 300 Km stretch of famous peaks which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli. Binsar is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. Binsar Hill, locally known as JhandiDhar, rises to a height of 2412 meters and offers a panoramic view of Almora town, the Kumaon Hills and the Greater Himalayas. The region around abounds in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and innumerable species of wild flowers.
Available flora & fauna is as per below:
The main forests types found in this sanctuary are listed below:
1. Oak and moist mixed deciduous forests.
2. Temperate moist coniferous forests including deodar and blue pine.
3. Sub-alpine birch, fir and spruce forests.
4. Sub-alpine pasture and scrub.
1. This sanctuary is the home of many high altitude species of animals and birds.
2. Includes the leopard, civet cat, serow, gharial, musk deer, brown bear and khaliji pheasant.
After Breakfast, we leave for a Day trek to Jageshwar Temples (13 Kms). This Days trek is a relatively easy grade trek which traverses through the thick forest of Binsar National Park. The first 6 kms give you an amazing view on the left of the entire Nanda Devi National Park peaks. After 6 kms we come out for a bit on a road and then again we enter the pine forest which is different from the last 6 kms walk. The 7 kms trek from here slowly descends down to the Jageshwar temples. This walk is on a non-metaled footpath.
Day 07 : Binsar - Patal Bhubneshwar
Jageshwar, a cluster of large and small temples and of the Swayambhu (JyotirLinga) Lingas to be found in India, is at a distance of 34 kms. Along the Almora - Pithoragarh road. Leaving the main road behind, one moves into the beautiful valley of Jataganga at Aartola and passes by the Daneshwar temple along the way, Innumerable Deodar trees tower above the grand temple complex. Two large fairs are held at Jageshwar, one at the occasion of Shivratri and the other in the month of Shravan (July-Aug). During the fair people take holy dips in the Brahma Kund (pool) and worship Lord Shiva. On this Day, fairs are also held in many other places.
Return back by Jeeps in the evening. Overnight at the camp.
After breakfast check out from Binsar sanctuary and drive towards Patal Bhubhneshwar caves. Reach by noon and check into a Himalayan Lodge. P.M. - visit an NGO (12 kms drive) focuses on capacity building of rural communities, enabling them to make sustainable and capable contributions to society with a fair mix of appropriate technology and the use traditional craft for empowerment of rural communities. Their education section consists of balwadis (rural creches), night schools, bridge courses, and Day school. The NGO is a UNESCO Awardee for its excellence.
Evening at leisure. Overnight at Lodge.
Patal Bhubneshwar Caves - This mysterious place a highly revered among the devotees. This temple is like a narrow shaped tunnel and has several small caves. These small caves have stone carving of many deities on their walls which are really mysterious and fascinating. The cave temple of Patal Bhubaneswar is traditionally believed to be the abode of thirty three crore deities.
Day 08 : Day Trek to Lameshwar Temple with Bird Watching & Visit Caves
After breakfast, we go for a 3 kms easy hike to the Lameshwar temple. Lamkeshwar - an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva sits atop a mountain which is a 3 km uphill climb from the retreat. It also offers fabulous 360 degree views and on clear Days, one could spend an entire Day tirelessly taking pictures and still not be satiated. This is a four hour trek including return. Drive to the Cave temples. Visit the cave temples.
Drive back to the lodge Evening at leisure. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 09 : Drive to Kausani
After breakfast, we drive to Kausani.
Day 10 : Drive from Kausani - Auli Meadows
This Day's drive is a scenic drive and recommended for photography of the Himalayan peaks. We stop enroute at places to take pictures of the mountains. Chaukori is especially renowned for the best view of the Himalayan range.
Check into the Hotel / resort. View Sunset over the Largest 350 Km of Himalayan ranges if the weather is clear. Dinner, Overnight at Kausani hotel / resort.
After breakfast, it is a long drive to the scenic meadows of Auli which offer the closest views of the Garhwal Himalayan range. Truly a photographer's delight. Arrive Auli by late afternoon. Check into the hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalaya. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 : Trek to Gorson Top & Bugyals
After breakfast, half a Day walk to the Gorson top for some amazing views of the great Himalayan 7000 meters peaks such as Neelkanth, Dunagiri, Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changabang etc. The trek is of around 4 kms one way moderate grade basically walking uphill to the Gorson top. The trek is through the meadows and footpath created for walking only. Return back to the Hotel by late afternoon. Evening at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalaya. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Kirtinagar (175 Kms / 6 Hrs)
Early morning, time for last opportunity of sunrise photography of the Nanda Devi National park peaks. After a little late and relaxed breakfast, we drive to Kirtinagar, descending down to the plains around 10 a.m.
Day 13 : Drive to Haridwar Via Devprayag (Confluence of 2 Rivers & Formation of Holy River Ganges)/ Explore twin holy towns of Rishikesh & Haridwar
Post breakfast, we drive to Kirtinagar. Arrive by late afternoon and check into hotel. We relax a bit after a long drive over a cup of evening tea. Evening, option of visiting an ancient temple if we have the time. Overnight at hotel.
Post breakfast, we drive to Haridwar.
Day 14 : Haridwar - Delhi
Enroute visit -"Devaprayaga" means"Godly Confluence" in Sanskrit. As per Hindu scriptures, Devaprayaga is the sacred event of merging two heavenly rivers,"Alakananda" and"Bhagirathi", to form the holy Ganges. The Alaknanda rises at the confluence and feet of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand near the border with Tibet. The headwaters of the Bhagirathi are formed at Gaumukh, at the foot of the Gangotri glacier and Khatling glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya. These two sacred rivers join to form the Ganges (Ganga) in Devprayag. Devprayag is 70 km from Rishikesh. Devprayag has an average elevation of 830 metres (2,723 feet).
Arrive Rishikesh and visit Laxman Jhoola and Shop for old and antique handicrafts, artifacts and old very old coins. Visit Triveni Ghat. Drive to Haridwar & Check into hotel. Visit Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar at sunset for "Aarti". Overnight at hotel.
Haridwar is situated as the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages of Uttrakhand namely, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics, Haridwar has always remained a major pilgrimage for the Hindus in India.
According to the legends, Prince Bhagirath of Suryavanshi clan performed severe penance and Lord Shiva, in response, sent the Ganges cascading into the earth from his matted locks. It was at this place that Prince Bhagirath's ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila. Kapilsthan, a spot in Haridwar is pointed to as Kapila's hermitage. The ancient town is also mentioned in the books of Hieun Tsang the famous Chinese traveller who describes Haridwar as Mayura, on the eastern banks of the Ganges. It is also believed that Amrit which was one of fourteen ornaments that came out from the Samundra Manthan was sprinkled at 12 places in the universe out of which 8 places are in heaven.
In the morning a basic Yoga session for an hour at the river banks. Free time to shop around Haridwar. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Arrive by late evening. Farewell Indian theme dinner. Transfer to International airport for connecting flight to onward destination.
We will bid farewell after sharing amazing memories and adventures together for a life time.