Flight to Delhi
Take a pre-paid taxi to OLD Delhi Station. Post dinner board Ranikhet Express at 10.30pm and reach next day early morning at 6am at Kathgodam station.
At Kathgodham Walk to Himalaya’s representative will greet you at the station and bring you to the Kosi Valley Retreat which is approximately 4 hours drive.
Post breakfast proceed to Almora.
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 fur trees, flowing alongside the city are rivers of Koshi (Kaushiki) and Suyal (salmale) and to top it all are the snow capped Himalayas in the background.
With snow clad plumed peaks, majestic peaks, variegated flora and fauna, wildlife and lakes as well as nature’s benignity at the fullest at every step in Almora, you can romance the powdery snow here on the hills. Cleanse your soul on the enviable peaks of Almora. The world has been bewitched by its beauty so much so that Franco-Australian-India Bollywood star Almora Davie was named after this hill station (Almora) followed by another popular film star, Uma Thurman, also resided in the same hill station.
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 (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.Back to Kosi Valley Retreat.
Your journey from here heads to Kausani, set at an altitude of over 6075 ft (1890 mt) above sea level. Kausani is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and imagination-stirring scenic beauty, which has earned it the moniker the ‘Switzerland of India’. Kausani offers a quite a vantage view of Himalayas mountain range – Nanda Devi and Trishul. At 7817 meters, Nanda Devi is the second highest peak in India.
Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 kms away from Kausani and 26 kms from Bageshwar, is the small but ancient town of Baijnath. The water is crystal clear and there are lots of fish that abound. One can feed fishes here.
Back to Resort. Bon Appetite. Time for bed.
Post breakfast proceed to Ranikhet. 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.It is a haven for bird watchers. The sweep of Himalayan range visible from here is arguably the largest available from any place. Ranikhet’s golf course is a natural nine-hole course and is one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet.
Enroute visit Chaubatia gardens, this place has plantation of apricots, peaches, chestnuts, and almonds and is famous for apple orchards. With a wide variety of Himalayan flora, it also offers the picturesque views of snowcapped Himalayas.
Back to Kosi Valley Retreat.
Post breakfast depart from Kosi Valley Retreat. Drive off to Nainital. Nainital 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. You could simply pedal in the serene Nainital Lake and watch the cares of the modern world slip away.
Well, keeping the best for the last, you could shop till you drop. Options are plenty; smart sneakers, Tibetan artifacts, Tibetan junk jewelry, woolens, trek bags, shapely candles.
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. Take the evening train from Kathgodam to Delhi.
Reach Delhi at 5 a.m in the morning.