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Corbett National park- Teeming with Wildlife

 

The Great Indian Himalayan Safari
Destinations: Pangot (Nainital), Mukteshwar, Abbott Mount, Munsyari, Jageshwar, Binsar & Corbett National Park
Duration: 13 nights & 14 days
Best season: October-June
Tour Code: CPS-HIMSFR1314

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
Day 07: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Day 08: Munsyari
Day 09: Munsyari
Day 10: Munsyari to Jageshwar
Day 11: Jageshwar
Day 12: Jageshwar to Binsar
Day 13: Binsar to Corbett National Park via Ranikhet
Day 14: Corbett National Park to the next destination

Highlights
The splendor of the Himalayas
Wildlife experience of a sighting of Asian Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Muntjac and other fauna
Great birding, fishing option
River Rafting
Short Treks and overnight camping
Campfires
Traditional cuisine and a 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 Borgatti. Salim Dhar (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 a 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. Stop en route at Nainital for lunch, boating, cable car ride, and shopping. 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 a 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 a 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. Overnight stay in Abbott Mount Cottage.

Day 06: Abbott Mount
Visit Mayawati Ashram, the headquarters of Adwait Ashram, it was sanctified by Swami Vivekanand and is also known for its charming surroundings. OR go fishing for Mahseer at Pancheshwar (a confluence of Saryu and Mahakali rivers) with a picnic lunch.
We can also arrange a rafting trip from Rameshwar to Pancheshwar on prior notice.
Overnight stay in Abbott Mount Cottage.

Day 07: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Drive Munsyari (6-7 hours) via Takula & Thal. 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 handshaking 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 weaved woolen 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 08 & 09: 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 mountaintop 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.
Thambi 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.

Exciting daylong trek with an overnight stay
Khaliya Top: Situated approximately 11 km from the resort at a height of 11500 ft. this hilltop offers an incredible view of the Panch Chulli Peaks. The highly popular trek of Khaliya is through dense forest and overnight stay in alpine tents is a must. The supplementary package can be provided to include tent, additional food, local guide and porter hire charges.

Liam Village: Situated approximately 13 km. from the resort. This trek is part of the Milam Glacier route along the bank of the Gori Ganga through the villages of Darkot, Dumar, and Jimighat. The trek offers an initial experience of the flora and fauna of the Johar valley. The supplementary package can be provided to include tent hire, additional food, local guide and porter charges.
Village Visits
The valley is dotted by several tiny hamlets with a cultural lifestyle steeped in Hinduism. Guided treks through nearby villages like Darkot (4 km), Durant (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 Thomas can turn out to be lovable purchases!

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

Day 10: Munsyari to Jageshwar
In the morning drive to Jageshwar (6-7 hours). Overnight stay in Van Serai, a very charming lodge with local architectural sensibilities.

Day 11: Jageshwar
Day free to explore Jageshwar and its surroundings. Overnight stay at Jageshwar in Van Serai.
The spiritual hamlet of Jageshwar is where you can explore its ancient 8-12th century Shiva temples. Counted among the 12 Jyotirlingas 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 morning 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. You may also visit Vridh Jageshwar.

Day 12: Jageshwar to Binsar Sanctuary
Drive from Jageshwar to Binsar Sanctuary (2œ hr.).
Binsar is situated at an elevation of 2141 meters above the sea level. It is an ideal destination for adventure lovers, bird watchers, and nature lovers. The sanctuary is teeming with Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Serow, Sambhar etc. and more than 250 species of bird. 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. Opt for long walks, short treks.
Enjoy the relaxed day with evening campfire. Overnight stay in Binsar Retreat.

Day 13: Binsar to Corbett National Park via Ranikhet
Drive to Ranikhet (2 hours). Visit Ranikhet Cantonment in the morning, the famous war museum and the weavers’ guild. Thereafter drive downhill to Corbett National Park (3 hours). Overnight stay in a delightful resort with lovely cottages, Tiger Camp.

Day 14: Corbett National Park to the next destination
Go for a tiger safari to Bijrani Range Forest in the morning in a 4WD. The morning safari is through the open chairs (grasslands) and mixed forest that would last about 4 hours. Return for breakfast. You may opt for an elephant ride at Tiger Camp on direct payment and you will have ample time to study the behavior of this magnificent and intelligent mammal or choose to go for another safari to Bijrani Range Forest on direct payment.
Connect overnight train to Delhi at 2100 hours, arriving Delhi the next morning at 0400 hours. Or you may opt for the train leaving at 1600 hours from Kathgodam, arriving in Delhi at 2200 hours. Tour Ends.

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