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Binsar Sanctuary Walking Holiday

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Day 1: Kathgodam - Gaunap Village, Binsar

Stop At: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar 263628 India
You will be picked up from Kathgodam railways station at around 9 am, after breakfast. The scenic drive from there to Binsar Tourist Rest House takes around 5 hours including a stop for lunch en route. From Binsar TRH, it is a 1.5 hour easy, downhill trek (3 km) to Gaunap village.
Binsar wildlife sanctuary, spread over 47 sq km, is one of the smaller sanctuaries in India. While it is popular for commanding, panoramic views of the Greater Himalayas and its bird diversity (200+ species of birds have been spotted here), mammals such as leopard, four species of deer, flying squirrel, pine martens are also found here.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Idyllic Haven homestay in Gaunap, a comfortable place with all basic amenities and clean western toilets.

Day 2: Hikes in and around Gaunap Village

Stop At: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar 263628 India
The morning begins with a sunrise walk to the village temple which also serves as a vantage point to view the mermerizing 270 km panorama of Uttarakhand Himalayas. Post breakfast, you will go on a guided walk of the village which is home to all of 8 families! Also included in the walk is a bird watching session during which you get to spot a few of the 200+ species of birds found in Binsar.
The activity for the afternoon is a nature walk led by a local nature guide. Get a broad idea of the flora and fauna of Binsar wildlife sanctuary.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Idyllic Haven homestay in Gaunap village, Binsar

Day 3: Gaunap - Dhaulchhina

Stop At: Dhaulchhina Market, Almora - Berinag Rd, Dhaulchhina, Uttarakhand 263628, India
The 8.5 km trail from Gaunap to Dhaulchhina at the edge of the sanctuary passes through stands of pine and mixed forests. It's an easy hike that offers great views of snow-clad peaks and terraced fields, and should take around 4 to 5 hours.
Towards evening, you can trek up to Anandamayee ashram, a serene spot from where you can catch great views of Nanda Devi if the weather is clear.
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: You will stay at Anandamayee guesthouse, a lovely, clean place with lovely view of the Sivalik mountain ranges.


Day 4: Dhaulchhina - Shaukyathal

Stop At: Jageshwar Dham, Near Nainital, Almora 263623 India
You will set off on a 9.5 km, flattish walk to Shaukyathal after breakfast. The trail passes through pretty villages and pine forests.
Shaukyathal is on a ridge leading to Vriddh Jageshwar, a temple of religious importance to Hindus. One side of the ridge offers a panoramic view of the high peaks of Uttarakhand Himalayas and the other side, great views of the Sivaliks (lesser Himalayas).
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a quaint home stay from which you can enjoy great views of the Sivaliks.

Day 5: Shaukyathal - Jageshwar - Kathgodam

Stop At: Jageshwar Temple, Almora India
After breakfast, set off on the route to Jageshwar - walk up to Vridhh Jageshwar (1.5 km on a metal road) and then take the downhill trail to Jageshwar that passes through lovely chir pine and cedar forests.
At Jageshwar stop to visit an interesting cluster of 200-odd temples (many of them dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva) built from 7th to 12th century AD by rulers belonging to Katyuri and Chand dynasties.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Reviewed June 3, 2019

Highlights of the trip: 1. Eco stays - No AC or fans or TVs. Homes were very cool and we had good sound sleep. 2. Hosts are farmers or locals. Hosts were very kind, helpful and excellent service. 3. Food was local or north indian...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Scenic13157677748, Owner at Outdoers India, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Thanks for taking time to write a detailed review. We are glad we were able to provide you and your family an amazing experience. Look forward to your join us on another trip in another part of India!

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