Temples & Tigers of Kumaon Himalayas – 1 week
Duration: 6 nights and 7 days
Destinations: Corbett National Park, Ranikhet & Jageshwar
Best Time: October to June
Tour Code: CPS-TT67
This multifaceted tour gives you a taste of some iconic experiences India has to offer. It aims to provide a glimpse of the natural, architectural, historical and cultural sights of Himalayan India. You get to explore a range of areas and habitats like mountains, lakes, forests, Kumaoni villages and
wildlife reserves nestled in the rich and diverse Himalayan region too.
Day 01: Delhi – Corbett National Park
Catch the air-conditioned train from old Delhi railway station at 2245 hours and arrive at Ramnagar at 0500 hours. You will be met at the station and transferred to Tiger Camp where you can freshen up. Breakfast at Tiger Camp (optional). Alternatively, you can drive from Delhi to Dehradun and
arrive at Tiger Camp by noon for lunch. Afternoon safari through the open “chaurs” (grasslands) and mixed forests in Bijrani Range Forest. OR after lunch, you may opt for an elephant ride at Tiger Camp and you will have ample time to study the behaviour of this magnificent and intelligent mammal. Or you may go bird watching with a guide. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages/rooms. NOTE: If you arrive early morning by train, one of the above jungle experiences can be added to your
Day 02: Corbett National Park
Morning safari through the open “chaurs” (grasslands) and mixed forests in Bijrani Range Forest. Return for breakfast. Drive onward to Balluli Bridge for a walk to Riverine Woods (2 km). Cross the river at Balluli Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater.
Arrive at the Riverine Woods. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the jungle and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Rest of the day go for long walks, for wildlife tracking and birding with a guide. Barbecue dinner and overnight stay in a cottage.
Day 03: Corbett National Park – Ranikhet
The morning is spent experiencing the real wilderness of Corbett National Park. You will be transferred to Ranikhet (3 hours) in the afternoon, arriving in the evening. Overnight stay in a hotel. Ranikhet is a picturesque location surrounded by hills in northern India. It is a cantonment town situated in the Almora district of the Indian state Uttarakhand. It was the place of interest for British who frequented this place to escape from the sweltering heat of the Indian subcontinent during their rule. More is known regarding Ranikhet, it is 1869 meter above the sea level and the entire
cantonment town is divided into two ridges, namely Ranikhet ridge and Chaubattia ridge. There are many local myths that make up the history of the hill town.
Day 04: Ranikhet – Katarmal Sun Temple – Jageshwar
We drive to the highly sought-after destination, Jageshwar, calling Almora on the way to visit Katarmal Temple. The Katarmal Sun Temple is a monument of historical importance and also is an example of intricate
sculpturing. The first rays of the sun fall straight on this Sun Temple. The main deity of the Sun temple in Katarmal is called Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana are also found in this temple. Katarmal Sun Temple complex has one main temple, surrounded by 45 smaller shrines exquisitely carved temples surrounding it. The Katarmal Sun temple, noted for its magnificent architecture, artistically made stone and metallic sculptures and beautifully carved pillars and wooden doors, the image of Surya in the temple dates
back to 12th century. The Katarmal Sun temple has some unique architectural style and the images carved on the walls are very intricately done. Though amidst ruins, it still stands as a major point of attraction in the region and many devotees visit here to offer prayer to the Sun God.
Overnight stay in Van Serai, a very charming lodge with local architectural sensibilities.
Day 05: Jageshwar
Today we will visit Dandeshwar, Vridh Jageshwar, and Jageshwar Temples.
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. With exquisite ancient temple ruins, beautiful Himalayan vistas, and a 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. Visit Vridha Jageshwar in the morning, it is a 3 km trek and is the source of the river Jata Ganga. The view of the surrounding country side is very imposing and 1.5 km beyond from Hiriya Shikhar (2200
m), the view of the Himalayan peaks is awe inspiring. Overnight stay in Van Serai.
Day 06: Jageshwar – Pangot
Our drive to Pangot is interesting as we visit Neem Kirori and Naina Devi Temples en route. Stop enroute at Nainital for lunch, boating, cable car ride and shopping. 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 07: Pangot – Delhi
Our last leg of the journey to Kathgodam commences at noon as we will board the train to Delhi in the mid-afternoon, arriving in Delhi at 2200 hours. To know more about this tour, please fill up the form and we will get back to you.