Kumaon Hills : what’s a ideal holiday
The Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand with amazing views, terraced hills and small villages dotted on these hillsides and friendly locals– provide the perfect combination for a memorable village stay and hiking trip.
Hiking and Village Stay in Kumaon is an ideal way to spend a holiday for all who love to explore something new and exciting.
Easy Hikes:Gentle and easy hikes at the Kumaon hills offer splendid views of magnificent snow-capped Himalayan peaks and walks through terraced, wooded foothills. The hikes takes you to ancient temples, prehistoric sites, pine forests, and spectacular valleys.
Village Stay : Stay in local village houses provides an insight to the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villagers and gives a chance experience their warm and genuine hospitality.Most houses that are chosen for night stay are stunningly located and have been touched up ( with attached bathrooms) to provide a comfortable stay.
Local Cuisine: Taste, learn and know about the lip smacking local cuisine while the stay.
The hiking and village stay tours mostly starts from Nainital, Almora and in Binsar.
Mid March to May : Bright red rhododendron blossoms in the backdrop of blue skies and verdant hills with occasional cloudburst make mid March to May a wonderful time for hiking.
October to February: November on-wards enjoy the crisp and clear winter air.Himalayan views are best after October to April. Its gets a little hazy from May.
Reach Kathgodam by Train. Most of the treks start from Almora or Binsar (5-6 hours drive by hired cab from Kathgodam). This is the base camp for the hike. Trudging through gentle Kumaon hills covered with pine, oak and cedar trees, with the melodious chirping of the birds takes you to the villages like Dalar, Katdhara, Gaunap, Jeolikot and Jageshwar to name a few.
Distance by road from Delhi: Binsar – 380 Kms, Almora- 360 kms. There are daily direct bus service from Delhi to Almora.
Most of the operators who arrange these tours offer a private guide and porters to carry your bags. You choose your pace, see and enjoy along the way and get lost in the nature. Nature has bestowed upon Uttarakhand the most picturesque hills, valleys, flora and fauna. There cannot be a better way than hiking to explore the region.