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11 Nights, 4 Villages
With a balance of walking and village stays in this picturesque wildlife sanctuary.
With a balance of walking and village stays in this picturesque wildlife sanctuary, we are re-introducing our first holiday, the Ramsay’s Ramble. Walk in the footsteps of Sir Henry Ramsay, immerse yourself in village life and discover what makes Binsar so special.
Itinerary | Day by Day
DAY 1 | Outward Journey
Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.
An early morning transfer from your guesthouse takes you to New Delhi station to catch the day train into the foothills, to Kathgodam station. A road journey takes you from Kathgodam into the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary to Khali Estate, a delightful hotel where you stay in a double room garden bungalow.
A second night at Khali Estate gives you time to relax and enjoy the views, taking a day trip to Almora to explore the bazaar if you wish.
Day 4 -Day 9 | In the Binsar Sanctuary
After breakfast meet your guide to discuss the journey ahead. You visit and stay in four of the Binsar villages, with two nights in two villages. Enjoy gentle walks between the villages, spot abundant wildlife, get to know the local communities and enjoy the tranquil pace of life in the foothill villages.
Return to Khali Estate to relax and enjoy another night’s stay.
Day 11 | Homeward journey
Return by road to Kathgodam to catch the overnight train to Delhi.
A firm favourite among our guests
The Village Ways story began in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, in the villages of Dalar, Risal, Kathdhara, Gonap and Satri. The villages of Binsar remain a firm favourite among our guests, with beautiful forest walks, mountain vistas and abundant wildlife, all brought together through fine hospitality and a warm welcome in the village guesthouses.
Hills, valleys and mountain tops
Of our five partner villages in the Wildlife Sanctuary, you stay in four of them. Each has great individual charm, whether tucked in the valley or on a ridge top with extensive views of the Himalayan peaks. Discover the local farming methods and help with the harvest if you wish. Enjoy delicious locally-sourced food and pick up some local cooking tips, join in with a game of cricket or relax on the terrace and watch as village life unfolds.
Accessible walking, warm hospitality
The guides in Binsar take great pride in showing you their villages and delighting you with local tales. You are warmly greeted everywhere you go, often being invited into people’s homes for a cup of chai and you come away feeling part of the community. Walking is along well-used paths through pine and oak forests and across terraced fields, with glimpses of the Himalayan peaks beyond.
Wonderful wildlife and abundant birds
This is a wonderful place to discover wildlife. The valleys are alive with birdsong and as you walk you hear the tinkle of goat bells or the cry of the barking deer, alerting to a leopard. Your guide helps you to spot deer, langur monkeys and a variety of birdlife, as well as looking for signs of wild boar, porcupine, pine martens and the elusive leopard.
Ramsay's Ramble11 Nights
All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
B&B in Delhi Guest house
Guide and Porter services
HOLIDAY PRICES per person