Exclusive Kumaon enables us explore some exclusive hidden hideaways set amidst the pristine landscape of the Kumaon region. We touch upon and stay at some exclusive properties in secluded isolation far from the madding crowd. Get thoroughly mystified as these exotic hideaways await your discovery. Soak in all the possible solitude – a healing touch to rejuvenate you back.
Kathgodam - RanikhatArrive at Kathgodam at 6 am (by boarding the overnight train from Old Delhi Railway Station that departs at 10.40 pm). Our representative would receive you and you would be transferred to our waiting vehicle. We reach Majkhali, Ranikhet (90 kms, 3 hrs) via Bhimtal and Bhowali to be pampered at our secluded exclusive bungalow offering a mesmerizing 180 degree view of the Himalayan ranges. We spend the remaining day at leisure or we may take a short hike nearby.
RanikhetAfter breakfast we would go exploring in an around Ranikhet. Our first halt is the nearby 2nd highest Golf Course of the world where you would be bowled over by the lush rolling meadows of the natural course. We also visit the revered Kalika temple situated nearby. Thereafter, driving through the serene Mall Road of Ranikhet we visit the Chaubhatia garden famous for its exotic fauna. Post our rendezvous we pay our obsessions at the wish-fulfilling thousand bells temple - Jhula Devi Mandir, associated with the legend of how the Holy Mother appeared as a savior to the villagers. It is believed that once you make a wish here and on fulfillment of your wish, you should come back to this temple and tie a bell thanking the Mother. After that holy visit we may explore the cute Ranikhet Market to finally return back. As dusk set in a camp fire is lighted as we gather around and hear and share our feelings.
Ranikhet - KausaniPost a hearty continental breakfast we move out of our resort in Ranikhet. The serpentine mountain road scales uphill. We can feel the aroma of the pine wood as the fresh mountain breeze sweep past the rolled down window pane of our vehicle. Soon we enter a lush tea country as we slowly drive into Kausani. The lush tea bushes of the estate set amidst the rolling hills is a sight to behold. Overlooking the valley below is the panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks. See up close the towering peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Maiktoli, and countless other standing tall as we check into our exquisite resort set within this heavenly settings. Sipping a cup of herbal tea we simply let own minds unwind watching a heavenly sunset.
Kausani - VijaypurPost a hearty continental breakfast we move out of Kausani. Soon we pass by holy township of Baijnath. Baijnath was the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings who ruled Uttaranchal during 12th and 13th centuries. Mythological it is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati got married at the confluence of the Gomti and the Garur Ganga rivers. The ancient Baijnath temple is situated just adjacent to the Gomti River that flow by silently. After taking our blessings we continue ahead. We stop for our lunch at Bageshwar and also visit the revered Baghnath temple. Thereafter driving through the serene forested road we reach Vijaypur. We make ourselves comfortable at our eco-resort set within a lush Pine groove amidst chirping birds all around. If you are lucky, get your maiden view of the famous Panchachuli peaks as you soak yourself into the serene environment of our resort. As dusk set in, a campfire ignites your spirits as you contemplate your trip ahead.
Vijaypur - Patal Bhubaneshwar - JhaltolaAfter breakfast we start off towards Patal Bhubaneshwar. We drive through the forested road and soon pass by Chaukori from where you get to see the shining Panchachuli peaks in crystal clear visibility. After a quick photo session we continue ahead to pass by the township of Berinag and finally we reach mythical Patal Bhubaneshwar. This ancient underground limestone holy cave system of Patal Bhubaneshwar is set to fascinate you as you discover a never-seen-before world. Legend says that the cave enshrines Lord Shiva and thirty-three crore Gods mentioned in Hindu mythology. Stalactite and stalagmite formation depicting various shapes and dimension can be viewed inside. We would enter this cave through a narrow tunnel-like opening which leads to a number of caves which is electrically illuminated. It is believed that this cave is internally connected to the four holy abodes of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri (Char Dham). After getting thoroughly mystified, we drive ahead to finally reach our mountain resort at Jaltola.
Jhaltola - AlmoraToday we move out of Jhaltola and make our way towards the cantonment township of Almora, rich for its cultural heritage and history. Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The scenic vistas of this place with lush pine and fir trees would keep you mesmerized as we check into the mountain resort with enchanting views of the majestic Himalayas. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore this scenic town.
Almora - Binsar - AlmoraPost breakfast we take a day excursion to nearby Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon, from 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988, for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region, and for the bird lover this place boast of over it 200 bird species. While returning we visit the ancient Jageshwar group of temple and as we enter back Almora, we pay a visit to nearby the Kasar Devi temple.
Almora - Nainital - KathgodamToday is the last day of our Exotic Kumaon trip as we drive to Nainital, the glittering jewel of Kumaon Himalayas. We take a walk around the Naini Lake and seek the blessing at the Naini Devi temple. Thereafter, we take a detour to the Naini peak the highest point of Nainital and late afternoon we drive back to Kathgodam to arrive in time for our return train back to New Delhi at night.
## Based on your desire the duration of this trip can be extended.