» HIMALAYAN JEEP SAFARI
largest and highest chain of mountains in the world, the Himalayas is one of the
natural wonders of the earth. Cradled within lush sub-tropical forests of the
foothills to the bitterly cold high altitude forests, is the bountiful flora and
fauna that is a tribute to the nature lover and photographer of the wild.
home to endangered mammals with the snow leopard epitomizing the character and
concerns of the mountain environment. Mountain sheep, goats, the Himalayan black
bear, the antelopes, wolves, foxes and cats constitute the wild life study to
be made in the region while these ranges are also important for bird migration.
Hundreds of species of birds that comprise the sub-continent's avifauna are winter
visitors from the north of the Himalayan barrier.
The region of Kumaon
is situated in the north-eastern hills of Uttaranchal comprising the districts
of Nainital, Bageshwar, Almora Champawat and Pithoragarh. Known for their grandeur
and peace, the Kumaon Himalayas are rich in geographical diversity - from the
foothills to the snow-laden mountain peaks of the lofty young and active Himalayan
ranges. Tree topped ridges, snow-laden peaks, rippling streams, towering forests,
famous mountains. Lakes and gentle valleys have all along offered joy and inspiration
to every type of visitor to the region.
Our Jeep Safari aims to provide
an insight into the diversity and grandeur of Kumaon. The jeep safari takes you
through mysterious thick forests, deep valleys, snow-clad peaks and the rugged,
barren trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker. This is enhanced
by the cultural enigma of the land.
From the lower altitude wilderness,
where every flower truly enjoys the air that it breathes to the rough rocky terrain
where the land formations set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. From
the first ray of the rising sun to evening's deepest glow, the landscape unravels
the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The springtide blossoms, the whistling
airborne species, the mysterious wild and the picturesque valleys come together
to offer a romance hitherto unseen, unheard or untold.
FACILITIES THAT CAN BE UNDERTAKEN
||5 / 2½ hr.
||Wayfarer Mountain Resort
||2½ / 7 hr.
" Jeep & elephant safaris at
Corbett National Park
" Birding and nature walks at all places
Angling in Munsyari and Corbett National Park
" Boating in Nainital,
" Horse riding in Nainital, near Pangot
car ride in Nainital, near Pangot
" Trekking with local guides at all
" Adventure treks from Munsyari to Milam and Pindari glaciers,
Nanda Devi; shorter treks to Khaliya Peak
" Bar-be-que, Library
FAQs What kind of weather can we expect in lodges/retreats?
The retreats are operational throughout the year.
July to September: rainy
weather in the entire region
October to February: cold weather and one can
expect intermittent snow in all destinations except Corbett National Park
March to June: Corbett National Park is warm but the other destinations are cool
and extremely pleasant. What kind of warm clothing is required?
The days from April to October are warm and one can get by in a T-shirt/shirt.
Early mornings and evenings being colder, light woolens in May, June and July
and heavy woolens for rest of the season are recommended. What is the
condition of the road?
The roads are fairly good except for very small
stretches where the work may be going on. What kind of vehicle is recommended?
All kinds of vehicles. What is the medical help available in the lodges/retreats?
The camps/retreats are equipped with First-Aid kits and a doctor is just a call
away in case required. What is the source of drinking water?
Water at most places is from a natural springs which is also boiled and filtered.
Bottled mineral water is also available. DESTINATIONS Nainital:
Developed by the British, set amidst high ridges thickly clothed in forests of
pine and deciduous trees with an enchanting lake, Nainital offers a variety of
attraction for all tourists. Corbett National Park:
One of the
finest tiger reserves of India offering a wide range of bio-diversity. Ranikhet
A cantonment town of immense charm, it was once the pet excursion
ground of Padmini, queen of the Katyuri king, Sudhardev (1180AD). There is much
to see in and around Ranikhet starting with Kalika temple known for its forest
nursery and the shrine to goddess kali. The plateau of Upat has a 9-hole golf
course ringed by tall pines. Tourists visit Chillianaula for its Shiva temple.
It is 26 km from Ranikhet and overlooks the incomparable
Himalayas. Scouting camps are often held here and Syahi Devi peak and temple is
just 3 km away. Kausani (1890 mt.):
Nestling amongst thick forests
of pine atop a narrow ridge, Kausani is known for its wide angle view of several
lofty Himalayan Peaks as well as a pleasant view of the Kosi river and the Katyur
Valley. From here, one can see the settlements of the Katyur valley, the river
Gomti and the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. The remains of the tea estate
developed during the British rule can still be seen here. Kausani also has the
famous Anashakti Ashram named after the book Anashakti Yoga written by Mahatma
Gandhi when he lived here in 1929. Chaukhori:
Even if Chaukhori
were stripped of the majestic vista of the Kumaon Himalayas, in which it outrivals
Binsar and Kausani (being the closest of the three to the range), it would still
score over other resorts in Kumaon by the sheer unspoiled charm it excludes. After
the breathtaking sweep from Chaukhamba to Panchchuli (better by dusk than dawn,
as it is west of Himalayas), the scene close to the Wayfarer Retreat appears homely.
There are fields of ripening corn, fruit orchards and pine, oak and rhododendron
36 km. from Kausani and 26 km from Chaukhori,
at the confluence of the rivers Gomti and Saryu lies the religious town of Bageshwar.
An important pilgrimage centre of Kumaon Himalayas, Bageshwar is adorned by temples
and places of worship and is often equated by pilgrims by Varanasi in its divinity
and religion. Bageshwar is also a base for the popular trekking routes of Sunderdhunga,
Pindari, Kafni and Namik glaciers. Patal Bhubaneshwar:
more than one thousand years ago, the caves of Patal Bhubaneshwar are known for
their remarkable stalactite forms and shapes representing different Gods and Goddesses
of the Hindu Pantheon. Day excursion from Chaukhori. Mukteshwar (2286
It is famous for the over 100-year-old Indian Veterinary Research Institute
campus, thickly wooded forest land and a majestic view of the Himalayas. There
is a stone with a hole of ' Chauli Ki Jali ' dedicated to Lord Shiva where childless
people come to pray for children. On moonlit nights, seeing the sparkling town
of Almora, flanked by snow clad peaks, is an exhilarating experience. One must
trek from Mukteshwar to Almora. Binsar:
Kumaon has many summer
retreats that were patronised by the region's royalty. Binsar, once the summer
capital of the Chained rajas (7th. to 18th. centuries), is an idyllic hamlet whose
chief attraction is a majestic view of the Himalayas - a 300Km stretch of famous
peaks which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and
Panchchuli. In olden days, the devout came to pray at the temple of Bineshwar
(an aspect of Shiva) built by Raja Kalyan Chand. A motorable road connects Kapharkhan,
13 km. from Binsar, to Almora (also accessible from Bageshwar, via Takula). Binsar
Hill, locally known as Jhandi Dhar, rises to a height of 2412 metres and offers
a panoramic view of Almora town, the Kumaon Hills and the Greater Himalayas. The
region around abounds in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and innumerable species
of wild flowers. From the complex, a walk through dense oak and rhododendron forests
leads to a vantage point at the summit which offers an uncluttered view of the
Himalayan range and the surrounding valley. Munsyari:
by the mighty Panch-Chulli range, this Kumaon outpost is the closest you can get
to the real Himalayas. Munsyari is the gateway to the well-known Milan and Realm
glaciers and the Nanda Devi range. Jageshwar:
Counted among the
12 Jyotirlingas in the country, Jageshwar lies in a beautiful narrow valley hedged
by monarch-sized, ancient deodars. Of the over 100 small and large shrines of
this complex, the three outstanding ones in terms of sculpture are dedicated to
Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya and Pushtidevi. There is a small museum where statues of
artistic value, removed from the various shrines, have been preserved by the archaeological
department. A 3Km trek from Jageshwar leads to Vriddha Jageshwar. This is regarded
as the abode of Lord Shiva prior to his manifesting himself as Jageshwar. This
site commands a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The lofty-tower type isolated
shrine of Dandeshwar is 1Km short of the actual temple complex.