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Desert And Mountain.

18 Nights, 6 Days Walking

From the undulating dunes of the Thar desert to the wooded valleys of the Himalayan foothills.

Holiday Highlights

From the undulating dunes of the Thar desert to the wooded valleys of the Himalayan foothills, discover a hidden India in this wonderfully contrasting holiday. Stay in thatched ‘jhumpas’ in the charming desert village of Hacra and enjoy a camel trek into the dunes. Head further north via the dazzling city of Jaipur to the verdant hillside villages of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary for the journey of a lifetime.

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Itinerary | Day by Day

We look after you from the moment of your arrival at Delhi airport. Your holiday includes transfers and rail journeys to the hills, accommodation in the village guesthouses and at Khali Estate with all meals provided and your own guide through the hills. We have devised each of our holidays to provide a good balance between activity and relaxation; please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements.

DAY 1 | Outward Journey

Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi centre and onwards to Old Delhi station for the overnight Mandore Express to Jodhpur.


Spend a full day in the dazzling ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Explore old palaces, the magnificent hill fort and the bustling bazaars. Spend a night in a comfortable, small hotel converted from an ancient Haveli. 

Day 3 | With the Community of Hacra

After breakfast, a 2 hour road transfer will transport you from the busy city to the great Thar desert and the hamlet of Hacra.

Day 4 - Day 7

During your stay in Hacra you will get to know the community, have guided village walks, see the traditional crafts of shoe-making and rug-making and enjoy local folk music. Take a day trip to the nearby town of Osiyan to see the remarkable cluster of Jain temples.

Enjoy a camel safari and walk (10-12 km) to the sand dunes, taking a picnic lunch, and spend a night in the tented camp among the dunes. 

Day 8 | North via Jaipur

Returning by car to Jodhpur, you will catch a day train to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Overnight Jaipur.

Day 9

You will have time to explore dazzling Jaipur, perhaps visiting the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’, the intriguing observatory and the famous Amber Fort before spending a second night in the city.

Day 10

An overnight train journey will take you from Rajasthan up into the Himalayan foothills to Kathgodam.

Day 11 | In the Binsar Sanctuary

You will be met at Kathgodam station and a road transfer (4 hrs) takes you to Khali Estate for lunch. Relax and spend a night in a double room garden bungalow.

Day 12 - Day 16

Over the next 5 days you will walk between and stay in 4 of the Binsar villages, visiting the fifth for lunch. We include a day for relaxation, spending a second night in the same village. With your own private guide you will explore the ancient footpaths and wooded valleys, spot the varied wildlife and marvel as you catch glimpses of the magnificent Himalayan peaks as you journey between the charming villages. Get to know the communities, discover the farming traditions and perhaps play a game of cricket.

Day 17 | Homeward Journey

Return to Khali Estate for another night’s stay.

Day 18

A road transfer takes you to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. You will be met at New Delhi station and transferred to the city centre. Overnight in Delhi guesthouse.

Day 19

Transfer to Delhi airport for homeward flight.

Desert And Mountain.

18 Nights
£ 1,480 per person
  • All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
  • B&B in Delhi Guest house
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Picnic lunches
  • GST
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"One of our personal highlights was meeting all the local people in the Binsar Sanctuary. Everyone at Khali estate, our guides and all the local villagers were extremely welcoming, generous, kind and informative. We felt extremely well looked after, with no shortage of amazing food and tea. Meeting all these people really made the trip an amazing experience for us."

Moderate walking

Mixed Terrain


Where In India?


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Binsar lies in the Himalayan foothills at the centre of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand State. It lies about 20 km from the district capital of Almora. Binsar is named after the Bineshwar temple. Binsar comprises sequence of steep, pine-clad and terraced hills with picturesque villages clinging to their sides. Elevations range from around 1,200 m in the main valleys, rising up to 2,500 m at the ‘Zero Point’ summit. Binsar is overlooked by the great snow-capped, majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Trisul and Panchachuli. Binsar occupies a special place in Village Ways history. It is where, from 2002, we developed the concept of establishing community- based holidays in partnership with villagers in the neighbourhood of Khali Estate. In 2003-04 five villages joined Village Ways in this pilot project: Risal, Gonap, Satri, Dalar and Kathdhara. A sixth village, Matkanya, joined later in 2012.