The Uttarakhand Explorer
Squeezed between Tibet, Nepal and the lowland plains of northern India the state of Uttarakhand sits in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Travelling by train to Haridwar, time is spent in this holy pilgrimage city and neighbouring Rishikesh before continuing to fabulous Corbett National Park, India's oldest wildlife sanctuary. Kumaon is home to snow covered peaks and stunning mountain scenery. Breathtaking views of the snowy summits of the Upper Himalaya are on offer throughout the Kumaon region.
- Walk the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi
- Attend the spiritual Aarti ceremony in Haridwar
- Search for Tigers in Corbett National Park
- Meet local villagers and experience life in Kumaon
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your Indus Bound Representative and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighborhood later.
Day 02 - In Delhi
Explore Delhi today starting with Old Delhi in the morning: enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk followed by the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. In the afternoon, drive past Lutyens's New Delhi and visit the tomb of Humayun and the Qutab Minar. Spend some time at the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple for blessings and see & participate in the community kitchen.
[Optional : Cooking Class experience with a local]
Day 03 - Train to Haridwar
This morning catch the train to Haridwar where you will stay in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Ganges. Along with Rishikesh, Haridwar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre and a site of the famous Kumbh Mela which is held here every twelve years. Spend your day at leisure to relax at the hotel or may be wander around the local streets.
Day 04 - In Haridwar
Explore the town to mingle with the sadhus and rishis in Haridwar and the neighbouring pilgrimage town of Rishikesh. Like Haridwar, bustling Rishikesh is set along the banks of the River Ganges. Best known for its ashrams and gurus, this holy town remains an important stopping point for pilgrims on their way to higher Himalayan shrines.
Day 05 - Drive to Corbett
Today travel by road to Corbett National Park and stay three nights. Established in 1935, this is India's oldest and best known wildlife sanctuary. Corbett is named after the hunter-turned-conservationist and author Jim Corbett who lived in the area for many years and who wrote the legendary book ‘Man Eaters of Kumaon’. Later there will be an opportunity for birding or to take a village, flora and fauna guided walk.
Day 06 - In Corbett
Head for Safaris in the Park. The park also supports a remarkable variety of wildlife including elephant and bear, leopard and tiger and is home to an astonishing 600 species of birds. Viewing at Corbett is undertaken by shared jeep and today visit the park at sunrise and sunset.
Day 07 - In Corbett
Another day of exploring the park in your jeeps at sunrise and sunset.
Day 08 - Drive to Almora
Drive to Almora (04-05 Hrs) visiting the tiger museum en route; stay at a tucked away mountain resort with stunning views, for next three nights at leisure.
Day 09 & 10 - In Almora
All these days are at leisure for some soft treks or exploring attractions like Chitai Temple, the Binsar Sanctuary, and the Jageshwar Temple.
Day 11 - Train to Delhi
Drive to Kathgodam station and board a train back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, spend time at leisure for any last minute visits.
Day 12 - Departure Transfer
At time transferred to Delhi Airport for your flight back home, or continue with your onward journey with us
Starting from USD 1190 Per Person
Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels & dates of travel. Price includes daily breakfast, sightseeing, monument entrance fees, private guides, Jeep Safaris in the Park, Train Tickets, transfers, chauffeur driven air-conditioned SUV car & All Taxes.
When to Travel?
Uttarakhand is best visited between October and November or February to April, when temperatures are comfortable throughout the day, dipping slightly at night when a light jumper should suffice if you're outdoors.
These are some of the recommended hotels for your private tour. Let us know for more options you may need, we work with a wide range of hotels in India & Beyond.
FIRST CLASS, HERITAGE
Haveli Hari Ganga
MID RANGE, HERITAGE
Jim's Jungle Retreat
Corbett National Park
MID RANGE, WILDLIFE RESORT
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