The village walks are hosted by local professionals and the residents of five of the hamlets in the Sanctuary: Gaunap, Katdhara, Pataniyanail, Dalar and Rishal .The walks take visitors through both the upper and lower reaches of Binsar, through oak and pine forests, up crests with stunning views of the Himalayas and surrounding areas and down valleys with streams and thick undergrowth. Starting from the North face of Binsar the walks go round the south and west faces of the mountain and return to the top .En route visitors will see hundreds of varieties of plants and probably ghoral ,barking deer, langur monkeys, wild boar even a leopard. For birdwatchers there are 400 species of resident and migratory birds in Binsar Sanctuary. Combined with the great outdoor and a forest adventure are the lovely villages with their terraced fields, stone houses , and their dignified and hardworking inhabitants. In spite of the hardships of life and relative backwardness of the area, the people are proud and exude an inner strength and resolve as well as gentleness and joy. Visitors are guaranteed to come away nourished and refreshed by the experience.
For the comfort visitors received in the village homes, the traditional interiors are clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms providing hot bucket baths. The foods is traditional too and cooked with fresh ingredients from the farmers, fields. Mineral water is provided with meals and in the rooms. From dawn to dusk, the women are busy attending to their children who walk for miles to school, tending their cattle and fields, cooking and cleaning, and visitors will be delighted to be welcomed as a guest in a home and participate in the daily routine. In the evenings, legends and stories come alive around a fire, and visitors can learn more about our culture and traditions. Evenings of folk songs and dances are also organized on request.
VILLAGE WALK ITENERARY
DAY 01 ; DELHI ARRIVAL
Arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest up after dinner this evening: Your first day in Village Walk in India.
DAY 02 ; DELHI – KATHGODAM(OVERNIGHT TRAIN)
Today will be spent at your leisure in Delhi, exploring the various temples and tombs of one of the world’s fastest growing cosmopolitan cities. Sightseeing of Old Delhi which served as the capital of Islamic India; visit the ancient monuments, museums ,and colorful bazaars. Your room will be held for day use until 6 pm this evening.
This evening, you will be transferred to Old Delhi Railway station in time to board your overnight train to Kathgodam
DAY 03 : KATHGODAM - BINSAR
Morning Arrive at the Kathgodam and transfer to Binsar Meet & Assist by Local Guide Binsar is approximately 9 hours drive from Delhi (387 kms) or overnight by train (Ranikhet Express from Delhi to Kathgodam) and a 4 hours drive up to Binsar.The Binsar is situated in the core area of the Santuary with stunning views of the Himalayas and the entire region of Kumaon.For those arriving late by car, an evening at leisure and for those arriving early by train / car jungle walks will be arranged that Day.
DAY 4 : VILLAGE WALK
After a leisurely breakfast at Binsar,walk up to Jhandi Peak, (8000 ft) so named because the British administrators who made Binsar Their summer headquarters used to fly the Union jack from there to be seen by villages miles around. Enjoy incredible 360 degree views from Jhandi peak and then walk past the old Forest Rest house down to the Binsar Mahadev Temple which was built by the Katyur kings of Kumoun in the fifteenth century. Visit the shrine of Dana Golu, the local diety who protects the forest and animals of Binsar, and then down into pine forests along an ancient route used by traders and nomads for centuries which passes over the south and west faces of Binsar and back to the Binsar after a wholesome picnic lunch in the forest. Dinner at the Hotel.
DAY 5 : VILLAGE WALK
After Breakfast , leave for the village stay at Gaunap which is a beautiful hamlet situated at about 7000 ft. in the oak forest on the North face with sweeping views of the himalaya. Lunch at Guanap followed by an afternoon of getting to know the village people and understanding their ways of life. Over night stay at Gaunap village.
DAY 6: VILLAGE WALK
After breakfast at Gaunap, walk through dense forest to the neighboring village of Katdhara, also located on the higher reaches of the north face of Binsar, tea at the house of one of the residents of katdhara followed by another walk to a ridge where a picnic lunch will be served. Descent into the pine forest on the South face of the Santuray and a walk along a level road to the tiny hamlet of Pataniya Nail. Overnight at a house in the Pathaniya Nail village.
DAY 7: VILLAGE WALK
After Breakfast, a walk to the revered temple of Golu at Gairar. This temple is centuries old and the diety is held in high esteem by the local people. From Gairar, a walk up the ridge to a small temple lost in the forest and then down to the village of Dalar. Overnight stay at Dalar Village.
DAY 8: VILLAGE WALK
From Dalar, after breakfast walk to Rishal, another small hamlet tucked away at the base of Binsar where a traditional lunch will be served. A climb up to the Binsar Hotel after lunch completes the village experience.
DAY 9: BINSAR – KATHGODAM - DELHI
Morning Transfer to Railway station to catch the train for Delhi.Arrive Delhi and transfer to the pre booked Hotel for Night stay in Delhi.
DAY 10: DELHI DEPARTURE.
Morning, Transfer to airport to board flight to back home.Village Walk Tour Concludes.
- All transfers
- Monument entrance fees
- Porters' fee at the airports only
- 1st Air conditioned Class train tickets for travel on sector Delhi / Kathgodam
- All currently applicable taxes
- International and Domestic Airfare
- Airport entrance and exit fees
- Visa (if required)
- Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Items of a Personal Nature
- Entry fees payable on site
- Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc