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Kingdom of Kumoan.

11 Nights, 5 Days Walking

Journey into the foothills of the Indian Himalayas for a wonderful first encounter of rural India.

Holiday Highlights

Journey into the foothills of the Indian Himalayas for a wonderful first encounter of rural India. With warm hospitality and a true insight into life in the hills, enjoy the gentle of pace of life in these beautiful, hidden villages and discover a wealth of wildlife. With gentle walking accessible to all, your private guide takes you through the terraced fields and wooded hillsides of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, alive with birdsong and the call of barking deer.

From Binsar, spend a day in the delightful lakeside town of Nainital before moving on to the Corbett Tiger Reserve for a chance to discover the rich wildlife.

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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 guesthouse for overnight stay.

DAY 2

An early morning transfer from your guesthouse takes you to the station to catch the day train into the foothills, to Kathgodam station. A road journey takes you from Kathgodam to Khali Estate, for a warm welcome and a relaxing stay in a double room garden bungalow.

Day 3 - Day 6 | In the Binsar Sanctuary

After breakfast meet your guide to discuss the journey ahead. You visit and stay in two of the Binsar villages, in community-owned guesthouses with simple twin bedroom accommodation. All meals are included throughout your stay, with picnic lunches taken when walking. Get to know the local traditions and enjoy life in the hillside villages, explore the terraced fields and woods, discover an array of wildlife and relax and enjoy the beautiful sc

Day 7

Return to Khali Estate for another night’s stay.

Day 8 | Onwards to Corbett, via Nainital

A road transfer takes you to the pretty town of Nainital, where you have a day to explore the bustling markets and enjoy the lake. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9- Day 10

From Nainital, you journey by road to the Corbett Tiger reserve, where your hotel sits on the edge of the park. With two nights here, enjoy jeep safaris into the park, where your guide helps you to spot the abundant wildlife -including, if you are lucky, the elusive tiger.

Day 11 | Homeward Journey

Return by road to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. Overnight Delhi guesthouse.

Day 12

Transfer from guesthouse to Delhi airport for homeward flight.

Kingdom of Kumoan

11 Nights
£ 1000 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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HOLIDAY PRICES per person
SEASONS
PARTY 2-3
 PARTY 4-6

15/09/2022-30/11/2022 

£1,190

£1,000

"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."
5/5

Moderate walking

Mixed Terrain

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Where In India?

ABOUT THE BINSAR SANCTUARY AND THE VILLAGES

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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.