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Kumoan in Slow Steps

Small group holiday (maximum 6 people), 12 nights

Holiday Highlights

Experience the fascination of rural India, and enjoy the natural hospitality of its people. With your own guide, you spend your days walking the magnificent footpaths through terraced fields and wooded hillsides and also have time to absorb this local life for a thrilling discovery of this amazing place. Enjoy views of the high peaks and encounter a wealth of 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

Meet and welcome at 12pm at Delhi guesthouse. The afternoon is yours to meet the group or explore the city at your leisure. Night in Delhi hotel.

DAY 2

An early morning train takes you to Kathgodam, from where you have a road transfer (4 hrs) to Khali Estate for dinner and overnight stay in twin room garden bungalow.

Day 3 - Day 6 | In the Binsar Sanctuary

Meet your guide who accompanies you for the rest of your stay. From Khali head through the pine-forest to experience the individual character and warm hospitality of the Binsar villages. You stay in four of the five villages and in one of them for two nights, and enjoy some wonderful walking with splendid views. You stay in simple twin rooms in the village guesthouses with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner. You walk between villages in the company of your local guide with your luggage carried by village porters. Get to know the communities and experience the

Day 7 - Day 8

Walk back to Khali Estate for 2 nights stay. From Khali enjoy a trip to the nearby town of Almora to explore the markets Spend a second night at Khali.

Day 9

A road transfer takes you to the pretty town of Rankhet, where you have two days to explore. Bhalu Dam Lake at  Chaubatia , and many more places of interest.

Day 11

From Ranikhet, you journey by road to the beautiful town of Lakes where your hotel sits on the edge of the Bhimtal lake. With a night here, enjoy boating in the lakes around.

Day 12 | Homeward Journey

A road transfer (4 hrs) takes you to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. Overnight Delhi guesthouse.

Day 13

Transfer to Delhi airport for flight home.

Kumoan in Slow Steps

12 nights
£ 1075 12Nights
  • 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."
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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.