• This morning you will be driven to Delhi Airport for your flight to Pantnagar.
• You will be met on arrival with a delicious packed lunch and driven 4½hrs to Binsar (140km/87mi.). The property is located inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, set in the scenic Jhandi Dhar range of the Himalaya.
• Binsar became a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988 after a prolonged movement by the local community. This picturesque sleepy area with nine traditional Kumaoni villages has a total population of just 600.
• The wildlife sanctuary is also a treat for those keen on watching its winged visitors. Birding and butterfly walks are two of the main attractions in this sanctuary.
• A trip to Zero Point, the highest viewing point in the sanctuary, for a breath-taking view of the chain of snow-capped peaks.
• Enjoy numerous treks of varying length and nature walks led by local guides familiar with the mountain’s flora and fauna:
– Suniyapani Walk: Walking past oaks, rhododendron and kafal trees you arrive at a panoramic view of the valley overlooking the town of Almora, the Kasar Devi peak, and at a distance the hills of Sitlakhet. You keep walking further down for another 20 minutes to arrive at the historic trail made during the 1800s. Here you get 180 degrees view of the valley as far as Basauli and Takula, a good stop for a picnic. Then walk back to the estate.
– Kangarchhina Trek: From the Estate, another walk on the Bageshwar trail to reach Myolikhan. It is a perfect spot on the ridge looking north to the Himalaya, and south toward Sonaoli village. After lunch at Myolikhan, one can either walk back to the estate past the ridge of Choopad or continue till a pickup point.
– Dhaulchhina Walk: You will walk 90 minutes through the forest till we reach a beautiful area overlooking the Kathdhara village where we stop for tea or coffee. From here the trail offers majestic views of the higher snow peaks of the Himalaya. You will walk for another 60 minutes till you reach the Dhaulchhina hamlet, and halt for a picnic lunch.
– Waterfall and Lakhudiyar: From the estate you will drive for 40 minutes towards the Kasar Devi ridge, from where the walk takes you through ravines, along the banks of the Balta River, gushing towards Bintola village. On the way you pass lovely gorges to reach the waterfalls of Matt village. Enjoy a packed lunch at the banks of the river. From there, one can follow the irrigation channels and farming terraces and then walk upwards through old kafal tree forests towards Lakhudiyar (Prehistoric rock paintings).
– The Kumaon Way of Life: From the Estate, follows the old British Trail through the forests of rhododendron, oak, cedar to reach a small Golu Devta temple in the middle of nowhere. After a cup of tea or coffee, one sets off again, passing an old deserted house on a hilltop and crossing a small meadow, to reach Mr. Govind Ram’s house. You can see a narrow stream threading its way through the fields and the small habitation of the village of Khalachhina and Nakshila. Govind Ram’s wife, children and parents welcome you to their house and over a sumptuous Kumaoni meal.