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The Great Off-beat Kumaon Himalayas


Pangot (Nainital), Mukteshwar, Abbott Mount, Munsyari, Jageshwar & Ranikhet
09 nights & 10 days
Best season: October-June

 

ITINERARY
Day 01: Pangot (Nainital)
Day 02: Pangot (Nainital)
Day 03: Pangot to Mukteshwar
Day 04: Mukteshwar
Day 05: Mukteshwar to Abbott Mount
Day 06: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Day 07: Munsyari
Day 08: Munsyari to Jageshwar
Day 09: Jageshwar to Ranikhet
Day 10: Ranikhet to the next destination

 

Highlights

  • Splendour of the Himalayas
  • Great birding, fishing option
  • Short Treks and overnight camping
  • Campfires
  • Traditional cuisine and glimpse of the culture of Uttarakhand
  • Pristine forests
  • Amazing landscape
  • Excellent food
  • Comfortable lodging
  • Cooking classes
  • Ancient temple architecture

 DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi-Kathgodam-Pangot
The train reaches Kathgodam at 1155 hours from Delhi, Anand Vihar Terminal. You will be met by our driver. Drive to Pangot via Nainital (50 km). The entire drive is through the delightful lake city of Nainital and through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent flora and fauna. Overnight at the quaint and idyllic Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Day 02: Pangot
Today you may opt an exciting half-day trek to Cheena Peak with a picnic lunch. We take you to a local house to see a magnificent view of Corbett National Park area and villages (where Jim Corbett killed 10ft long tiger called ‘Bachelor of Pawalgarh’). Admiring unique local architecture on the way, we stop at ‘Dhamdhamiya’ for excellent views and Akhorwadi’, home to a lot of walnut trees for spotting various woodpecker species and other birds.
Along the trek we also find a lot of diverse landscapes, flora and fauna. There are deep ravines and small spring water streams created in the monsoon seasons like the one at Ghorgatti. Salimdhar (named after Salim, a type of grass) is especially spectacular when the fog covers the whole area making you feel like you are walking in the clouds.
Reaching Naina Peak (2311m) you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas and get a chance to see close up of the peaks. On the downward journey, we get lovely views of the lake city ‘Nainital’. We then head back to Pangot via Kilbury forest which is full of oak and rhododendron trees, it’s a great area to spot many birds like Koklas, Kalij Pheasants, Common Kestrel, Grey Winged Blackbird, Black Red Start, Bar-Tailed Tree Creeper etc. You may also spot some animals like Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Palm Civet, Deer and Wild Boar etc.
Trekking through the forests, you can see lovely sights of traditionally dressed villagers collecting fodder and firewood.
A campfire is the perfect end to the evening, around which the experiences of the trek can be shared.
Overnight in Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Day 03: Pangot to Mukteshwar
Drive to Mukteshwar visiting Nainital and Sat Tal en route. Overnight stay in Mountain Trail.

Day 04: Mukteshwar
Wake up early morning to experience the awe-inspiring sunrise from behind the mountain ranges.  Mukteshwar is a sleepy little hill hamlet perched atop a 5 Km long ridge at a height of approx. 8000Ft ASL. from here you would get to experience panoramic views of the deep valleys, sunrise / sunset and the great Himalayan Range. After a satiating breakfast today you may head off for a local site seeing tour of the Mukteshwar Town, established by the British about 120 years ago, where you get to visit the Jim Corbett’s Bungalow, a famous cliff with straight drop of approx. 2000 Ft. called “Chauli Ki Jaali” and the Century old Shiva Temple which is at the peak of Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar also has one of the dense most conserved forests in the hills, lush green with a mix of Silver Oak, Deodar and Pine, rich in fauna and home to the Leopard, Stag, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Himalayan Black Bear and a long list of Birds. The adventurous few can also opt. for a Rock Climbing / Rappelling session at the Cliff which offers tethers of 35’ to 85’. Return for Lunch to the Resort (optional). Relax at the Resort & feel free to use the recreation area where you may try your hands on the T.T. Table, Carom or Foozeball and some other board games. In the evening you could choose to relax by the Bon-Fire and share your respective memoirs for the day. Overnight at Mukteshwar.

Day 05: Mukteshwar to Abbott Mount via Devidhura
Drive from Mukteshwar to Abbott Mount (5 hr.). Overnight stay in Abbott Mount Cottage.

This historic hamlet of Abbott Mount is situated at an altitude of about 7,000 ft above sea level in the eastern part of the Kumaon Hills near the small town of Lohaghat in Champavat District. Abbott Mount was founded by and named after Mr. John Harold Abbott of Jhansi. An English businessman who wanted to start a hill station for the European community at the turn of the 20th century. Unlike many Indian hill stations Abbott Mount has changed little since its inception. There are only thirteen secluded cottages spread over this private hill. There is a picturesque church set amidst the forest and an ancient cricket pitch with an unsurpassed view of the mountains.
Visit Mayawati Ashram, the headquarters of Adwait Ashram, it was sanctified by Swami Vivekanand and is also known for its charming surroundings.

Day 06: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Drive Munsyari (6-7 hours) via Jauljibi & Madkot. Munsyari is hidden away amongst the mountains in India's border district of Pithoragarh at a height of 7000 feet this Himalayan settlement is probably the closest you can get to experience the Greater Himalayas from hand shaking distance. At Munsyari you have the majestic Panch Chulli peak looming all of 22600 feet right in front of you. This last outpost in Kumaon is the gateway to the famous Milam and Ralam glaciers. It is also your only access to one of India's highest mountain - Nanda Devi East (7434 mt). The valley is dotted by several beautifully laid out hamlets with a cultural lifestyle steeped in traditional Hinduism. Almost every village, populated by a cross section of Indo-Tibetan tribals called Bhotias, is rich with handicrafts: hand woven woollen carpets, pashmina shawls and sheep wool blankets. Traditional folk dances like the Jhora, Cholia and Chhapeili are great to watch. Overnight stay in ‘The Last Frontier – Wayfarer Resort’ which is set along a terraced ridge which is around sixty feet above the motorable road.

Day 07: Munsyari
Day visits to Darkot village, Jimi Ghat waterfall, Goriganga river, Maheshwari Kund are worth trying.

Activities that one can undertake:

  • Nature Walks and Short Treks

Half day treks to nearby destinations. Maheshwari Kund: A natural lake at a mountain top and 1.5 km. from the Wayfarer Resort.
Munsyari Bugyal: Just 4 km. from the resort Munsyari Bugyal is a picturesque meadow covered with alpine grass. From this place one gets to see the entire Munsyari valley and much beyond.
Local Tea Nursery: Located on the top of the hill and 3.5 km. from the Wayfarer Resort this is a nice place to relax and indulge in photography. Also ideal to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Daylong treks to select destinations.
Balati Farm: Located approximately 6 km from the resort at a height of 9000 ft. this farm grows high yielding potatoes. Surrounded by lush green forests the farm presents a magnificent view of Panch Chulli Peaks. An ideal one-day trek for all nature lovers.
Thambri Kund: Located approximately 8 km from the resort at a height of 8000 ft. this is a natural lake in the forest Occasional wildlife can be sighted.

II) Village Visits
The valley is dotted by several tiny hamlets with a cultural life style steeped in Hinduism. Guided treks through nearby villages like Darkot (4 km), Daranti (7 km) and many other let you capture a canvas of several forms of human life. Alpana designs executed in rice paste on the floor, the Jyoti Patta (a picture of life giving female spirits) and Ganesh (the remover of all obstacles) painted on house walls or on cloth are a familiar sight. Almost every village is rich in handicrafts: hand woven woolen carpets, pashmina shawls and thulmas can turn out to be lovable purchases!

Don't forget to visit Prof. S S Pangti's 'Bhutia museum'.

Day 08: Munsyari to Jageshwar
Drive to Jageshwar in the morning (6-7 hours). Afternoon free to explore Jageshwar and its surroundings.

The spiritual hamlet of Jageshwar is where you can explore its ancient 8-12th century Shiva temples. Counted among the 12 Jyotirlings in the country, Jageshwar lies in a beautiful narrow valley hedged by monarch-sized, ancient deodars. Exquisite ancient temple ruins, beautiful Himalayan vistas, gurgling stream nearby, Jageshwar offers a spiritual retreat. With Yoga sessions and options for massage as well, you can choose to soak in the spiritual energy of this holy area or go for hikes in the surrounding woods. A picnic on the cool riverside is also a very enticing option.
Overnight stay in Van Serai, a very charming lodge with local architectural sensibilities.

Day 09: Jageshwar to Ranikhet
Drive to Ranikhet via Kausani (5 hours). On a clear day the place offers one of the most breathtaking views of the entire range from Chaukhamba, Neel Kanth, Hathi Parvat, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, to Panchchuli and Appi (Annapurna) peaks. Tea gardens carpet the slopes of Chaukhori while the surrounding ridge is completely covered by rows and rows of pine. Overnight sty at Wayfarer Solitaire.

Day 10: Ranikhet to the next destination
Visit Ranikhet in the morning. You have the option of visiting Naukuchiyatal in the afternoon. Connect overnight train to Delhi at 2100 hours, arriving Delhi the next morning at 0400 hours. Tour Ends.

 

Tour Price on per person basis in Indian Rupees

Year

 

2013

2014

2015

Per person price

1 paying person

81500

89500

98500

 

2 paying persons

43500

47900

52500

 

3 paying persons

33500

37000

40500

 

4 paying persons

32250

35500

39000

Single Room Supplement

12250

13500

15000

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Services Included:
-Accommodation on twin / triple sharing basis
-Meals: half board i.e. breakfast and dinner included
-All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance
-Rail fare

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