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It is said that India resides in its villages; however, what most travellers get to see is just a glimpse of these villages. Indeed, to offer travellers a touch and feel of rural India we have devised a rural walk programme through some of the most unspoilt remote villages, enabling you to experience rural India from close quarters and allowing you to mingle with local communities. Charmingly, you also get to stay in some of these traditional village houses which are stunningly located and have been touched up (and added on with attached bathrooms) to provide very comfortable lodging without compromising on the authenticity.

Our walks are accompanied by a walk guide, who will share the local knowledge with you and will assist in mingling with the communities - you may share a cup of chai with the local
elders, pay obeisance at a temple or just soak in the stunning scenery while traversing the hills and valleys.

As interests and capabilities vary, the walks are customised according to your needs. The luggage is carried by porters and the food is prepared using fresh local ingredients on site.

Detailed Itinerary

Meeting assistance on arrival and you will be transferred to your hotel
Overnight at hotel.

Meal: No Meals

Start your day with visit of Old Delhi or Shahjahanabad -the city built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who shifted the Mughal capital here from Agra in the 17th century. Drive along the river Yamuna
past the magnificent Red Fort to one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, the Jama Masjid. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi, past jewellers spice merchants, food vendors, shopping arcades, workshops.

Continue to New Delhi and visit Qutab Minar Complex, visiting a myriad of monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs, commemorating the onset of Islamic rule in India. Then
proceed to “Lutyens'” New Delhi, drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan, (President’s Palace), Secretariat Buildings, Parliament House and the India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honour of soldiers who died in the Afghan Wars and World War–I. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, the first great example of Mughal architecture in India & regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.

Overnight at hotel.

Early morning transfer to railway station to board early morning train to Agra (0600-0802 Hours).

You will be met upon arrival at Agra Railway station and proceed for sightseeing of Agra visiting Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. The tour of world famous Taj Mahal - Perhaps no other symbol epitomizes India as Taj Mahal. Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is an epitome of love, a poem in marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is entirely
made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. It is said that different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is set around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, which is split by watercourses-a reflection of the Persian style. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS).

Agra Fort - Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jahangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. Diwan-i-Aam (hall of
public audience) and Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience) were built by Shahjahanabad for receiving audiences. Other places to see within the fort include the Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal.

In the evening you will be transferred to Railway station to board train to Delhi (1855/2205 Hours). Transfer from railway station to your hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

You will be transferred early in the morning to board your train to Kathgodam (0600/1140 Hours). You will be met at Kathgodam Railway Station and driven (3.5 hours) to Itmenaan Estate.

Set in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas, the 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi. The 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house on the estate has been painstakingly restored and offers 3 tastefully designed en suite bedrooms. There is also the newly built Deodar Cottage. In and around the house are abundant places for you to unwind and relax - the courtyard overlooking the mountains and verdant valleys, the semi open-air dining area, numerous nooks and corners perfect for reading or for fulfilling your spiritual quest. At Itmenaan Estate you may choose to just 'do nothing' - laze around or read a book, admire mesmerising valleys and snow clad peaks, enjoy the warmth of bonfire, gaze at the countless stars in night time. Those who are looking for
some more walking within and around the estate you may trek to the highest point for enchanting views or roam the beautiful oak and rhododendron forests.

Accommodation: Itmenaan Estate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will walk to the road head (20 minutes). On the road you will be met by our car and driven 1.5 hour to Almora town.

En route to Almora, stop over briefly at the charming Chitai Temple, which is located just outside Almora town. The Chitai Temple is dedicated to Golu Devta, who is considered to be the God of Justice. As one approaches the temple, the first thing that strikes you is hundreds of bells hanging at the entrance. People come to the temple to make a wish to Golu Devta; those who are not able to personally visit the temple, write letters to Him seeking justice. Once a wish is fulfilled people come and hang a brass bell on any of the temple walls, and hence the sea of bells all over the temple.

After visiting Chitai temple continue to Almora town. This picturesque hill station is situated in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal state. Situated at an altitude of 1650 metres, it is among the few hill
stations of India, not created by the British. In fact, it is an ancient town, and some 400 years ago, it was the capital of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon.

Walk Duration: 1-2 Hour
Accommodation: Thikalna Village House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, walk along the ridge towards Bridh Jageshwar temple complex (2229mts) with beautiful views of the Nanda Devi range on your left. Spend some time at the temple, lesser
known than the Jageshwar temples, but equally stunning. The next stretch of walk will take an hour where you walk through a mix of rhododendron and pine forests, occasional uphill and downhill
stretches before you finally climb down to the ridge of Naini.

You continue walking to the Temple of Jageshwar (1780 mts) for another one hour. Nearing Jageshwar in a valley you will notice the pine forest now change to thick Deodar (Cedar). The temples at Jageshwar are believed to have been constructed between the 8th century and the 18th century. The architecture belongs to the Nagara style of North India, characterized by a tall curved spire surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown.

After visiting the temple complex, you will be served a picnic lunch nearby. Then your uphill walk to the village of Gurdabaj will begin. This walk will take around an hour and take you through some of
the oldest Deodar forests in the entire region. The end of the walk will bring you to the village of Ganghet where you will spend your night. The evening may be spent at leisure by a bonfire.

Walk duration: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Ganghet Village House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, walk to the nearest road head (15 minutes) and drive to Bhimtal by noon (4 hrs drive). An uphill drive, along two-kilometers of Kuccha road from Bhimtal Lake, leads you to Fredy’s Bungalow.

The imposing colonial-style homestead nestles among cypress and deodar trees, on a peaceful wooded hillside, overlooking the Bhimtal valley and the mountain slopes beyond. Located in the
midst of acres of dense oak forest, this is a peaceful haven where only the sounds of nature break the silence: the wake-up song of the resident Whistling Thrush, the sharp call of a Barking Deer in
the distance; the hoot of a Spotted Owl signaling dusk. This part of the Kumaon Lake Region, home to a large variety of flora, fauna and aquatic life, has always attracted bird-watchers, butterfly collectors and nature lovers as well as writers in search of solitude and city-dwellers seeking to renew their spirits. A steep 10-minute mountain trail, adjacent to the bungalow, leads to ‘the Ridge’ with its breath-taking view of the Sattal Lakes below and Nainital in the distance. A level walking track from the bungalow offers an easy 30-minute walk to these lakes, which are otherwise more than 10 km, and 45 minutes, by motor road.

Accommodation: Fredy’s Bungalow
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

After a leisurely breakfast, go for a short beautiful hike to Sattal lake and enjoy boating and picnic lunch there. Rest for a while there and explore Sattal. Evening relax at the property or take a customised walking tour to the nearby village to understand local life.

Accommodation: Fredy’s Bungalow
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After a leisurely breakfast you will be taken to Kathgodam Rail Station for train to Delhi (1535/2105 Hours). You will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

In-time transfer to airport to board your flight to onward destination.


09 Night’s accommodation (Including 02 Nights) on Twin/Double occupancy on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
05 Lunch , 05 Dinner ( on Fix Menu Basis )
All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours to be by air-conditioned Innova Car / Tempo Traveler.
Monument entrance fees as per itinerary (1 visit per monument).
AC II Tier Train Ticket for Delhi – Kathgodam – Delhi Train Sector.
All presently applicable Governments taxes.

With Best compliments
Two bottles of mineral water daily in the vehicle.
Traditional Indian welcome by flower garlands on arrival.


Any item of personal nature such as table drinks, Laundry, Telephone calls.
Camera fees (Still/video) at any monuments
Any tipping, gratuities or Porterage anywhere
Lunches, Dinner unless specified
Any International airfare/Visa Fees
Any Domestic air fare


Hotels Envisaged: Based on Base (Standard Category) Rooms
Delhi - Vivanta by Taj Dwarka
Overnight Train - Overnight Train
Naugaon - Itmenaan Estate
Almora - Thikalna Village
Ganghet - Ganghet Village House
Bhimtal - Fredy’s Bungalow
Overnight Train - Overnight Train

Intensity Level of Walks: High levels of fitness are not required to do this program. You can set your own pace making the walk ‘easy’ or ‘moderate’. However, you need to be in general good health and used to walking.
Shoes: The path will be rough at some stretches and hence we advise sturdy shoes/boots with excellent soles.
Essentials in your bag: Strong sunscreen, sunglasses, lip-balm, insect repellent, personal medication and a hat to ward off the high daytime UV. If you suffer from mountain driving sickness, please carry appropriate medication.
Best Time of Travel: Barring peak rainy seasons of June, July, August you can undertake this walking tour anytime of the year. Each month of travel has its own charm:
o Oct/Nov: Cool weather and the mountains views are good
o Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar: Cold but the mountain views at their best
o Apr/May: Cool weather, mountains views to get hazy but rhododendrons in bloom
o June/July/Aug/Sept: Pleasant weather but mountains views are hazy.

Important Note: Rates Not Valid From 20 December' 2023 – 05 January' 2024.


Program Touring / Guide

Private touring

Trip Highlights


Periodic Departure
01 Oct, 2023 to 31 Mar, 2024

2 pax
AUD 6,543 P P twin share
AUD 9,817 P P single

3 pax
AUD 5,989 P P twin share
AUD 9,262 P P single

4-6 pax
AUD 5,598 P P twin share
AUD 8,872 P P single

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