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Flight to Delhi
Take a pre-paid taxi to OLD Delhi Station. Have your dinner and board Ranikhet Express at 10.30 p.m. It will reach next day early morning at 6 a.m. at Kathgodam station.
(Handy Notes: 2 Stations prior to Kathgodam is Lalkuan & Haldwani which are 25mins & 10mins away from Kathgodam)
At Kathgodam, our representative will greet and receive you from the railway station. Drive to Jim Corbett.
As the proverb goes, better die eaten by a tiger than die caged in work and home.
Morning and afternoon set out to trace your path hearing the call of the wild to Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, India’s oldest national park.
Return back to the resort. Ramble around the resort, relax and laze.
Third morning, you could either take your last safari or straight head to Simkholi.
Jim Corbett – Simkholi
Simkholi is situated a distance of 30 km from Almora and 18 km from Kausani. With its towering ancient trees, enchanting chorus of forest birds, mystical flowing river and dense forest this is an experience unlike any other.
By late afternoon, you would reach the resort. Relax. what you’ll find here, are mountains, trees, lakes, stars, birds, fish, conifer-scented air, the friendly villager, the odd leopard & perhaps the occasional ghost.And, if you’re not content to simply sit around surrounded by all of the above, there’s trekking, Burma bridge crossing, bouldering, rock climbing and rappelling and day dreaming.
Simkholi – Almora – Simkholi
Almora is located at an altitude of 1638 meters (5,500 feet), on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalaya range. In the shape of a horse saddle shaped hillock it is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fir trees, flowing alongside the city are rivers of Koshi (Kaushiki) and Suyal (salmale) and to top it all are the snowcapped Himalayas in the background.
Jageshwar temple.(35 kms from Almora)
Jageshwar Temple is believed to be the adobe of twelve Jyotirling’s. It is situated in a verdant narrow valley surrounded by magnificent Deodar trees. These temples range in the period from 8th century and are estimated to be about 2500 yrs old. There is a small museum where statues of artistic value, removed from the various shrines, have been preserved by the archaeological department.
Binsar Jungle Forest which is located 30 kms from Almora, is an epitome of serenity and tranquillity with perched on top of a hill with a spectacular view of the snowcapped peaks and the Almora valley. The chief attraction of Binsar is the majestic view of the Himalayas – a 300 km, stretch on famous peaks which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is perfect place for bird watchers as you trek through the forest. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, and over 200 species of birds including Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.
Drive back to Simkholi. Retire. Relax to set for a fresh beginning next day.
Simkholi – Ranikhet – Simkholi
A quaint little hill station conceived by the British tucked away in the Kumaon Himalayas. An old army cantonment from British time. Charmingly unspoilt natural beauty…Serene and quiet. This is Ranikhet for you on your 1st day of your voyage.
Hairakhan Temple- 4 Kms from Ranikhet Town at Chiliyanaula is the Hairakhan Temple which was established by Shri Hairakhan Maharaj who is said to be incarnation of lord Shiva. Tranquility, Peace, Serenity with a spellbound Himalayan backdrop makes this temple a place worth visiting even if you are not very religious! There is a feel to the place, an ambience … wonderful vibes.
Return back to Simkholi. Retire for the day.
Simkholi – Kausani – Mukhteshwar
Your journey from here heads to Kausani, set at an altitude of over 6075 ft (1890 mt) above sea level. Kausani is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and imagination-stirring scenic beauty, which has earned it the moniker the ‘Switzerland of India’.
After enjoying the serene Kausani, head to Mukhteshwar.
Mukteshwar literally means ‘Abode of Shiva‘and at 7290 ft. is one of the highest ridges in central Himalayas. Mukteshwar is an ideal hill station if you want to admire the panoramic beauty of the Himalayas and leisurely walks through the winding paths of the the hills.
Mukteshwar temple is at an altitude of 2,315 m and can be approached by stone stairs. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and has a lingam made of white marbles.Next to the temple is Chauli ki Jali. It is a natural latticework on the rock. It is belief that barren women are blessed with a child if they touch this jali.
Morning set to Nainital which has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District’ of India. It is said that the left eye (Nain) of Sati fell here and formed the emerald eye-shaped lake. In Indian mythology, Nainital is regarded as one of the 64 ‘Shakti Peeths’. Legend has it that a grief stricken Lord Shiva was carrying Sati’s body and one of her eyes fell here. The Nainital Lake is shaped like an eye and the town derived its name from the combination of Nain (eye) and Tal (lake). The Naina Devi temple is located at one end of the lake. Play hide and seek and be awed with wonderment when the whole lake disappears in a huge sheet of mist within seconds and then re-appears.
There are quite a few offbeat places around Nainital like Saat tal. There are three lakes (of the original seven Sat), named after the epic personages Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Naukuchiatal – A lake with 9 corners. It is bigger and more beautiful lake then Nainital & Bhimtal, boating are main attraction.
Nanital – Kathgodam
Sightseeing at Nainital. And nearby places.
It’s time to wish adios to the royal forest of Deodhar trees, the blissfully undiluted silence, the crisp air laden with the scent of pines, and finally the enthralling ambiance of the Himalayan range and retrace your path back home.