Hike & Bike Tour The Kumaon Himalayas
Private Tours: Minimum 2, maximum 6 from October to early April
Tour Name: India: Hike & Bike the Kumaon Himalayas
Duration: 13 days
Touring Style: Custom
Grade: Accommodated - Comfort
Local Payment? None
Includes: Bike Hire, English Speaking Cycle Guide, Support Crew, Air-conditioned Vehicle/Coach, All accommodation, transfers, excursions, sights and most meals. Contact us for a detailed itinerary using the form below
Located in the Himalayas, is Dev Bhumi ‘The Land of Gods’ – Uttarakhand. The state is dominated by views of the Himalayan peaks, fertile green valleys and beautiful small villages nestled into terraced hillsides.
On this tour, you will enjoy well-paced day hikes and cycle on quiet local backroads, gain insights into the local culture and explore the incredible mountain landscapes. All your accommodation in the Kumaon Himalayas will be in delightful boutique lodges and heritage hotels. Experience the Hike & Bike Tour Kumaon Himalayas
The tour starts in Delhi and there is time to explore the old and the new of India’s capital city before boarding a train that will take you to the end of the line at Kathgodam. After a short drive, you will arrive at Bhimtal, the gateway to the Kumaon Himalayas and the launching point for our cycling and walking adventure.
No visit to Uttarakhand would be complete without a visit to Corbett National Park and we spend two nights in the park spotting India’s famed wildlife on safari.
From Corbett we leave Uttarakhand behind to visit Agra Fort and the world wonder that is the Taj Mahal before returning to Delhi where the tour ends.
Brief Itinerary – Hike & Bike Tour The Kumaon Himalayas
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Enjoy a half day city tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi – Kathgodam – Bhimtal
Kathgodam and then a train journey and short drive to Bhimtal, the gateway to the Kumaon Himalayas. Meet your guiding team, fit and try out your bikes.
Day 3: Bhimtal – Mukteshwar (Cycling approx. 40 – 45 Kms)
It is a gradual uphill ride through pine trees, apricot, apple and peach orchards that open up to very picturesque vistas. Once a British Cantonment, Mukteshwar takes its name from the 350 year old Shiva temple that sits at the towns highest point – a great spot for photography at sunset and sunrise.
Day 4: Mukteshwar – Chalnichhina (Cycling approx. 50 – 55 Kms)
Mainly downhill riding with a bit of uphill at the end. We will peddle through forested areas that open up to great views of terraced paddy fields, green countryside and the Himalayas.
Day 5: Chalnichhina (Hiking 4-5 hrs.)
A day hike walking through multiple villages. Wander past old Kumaoni Houses and village temples. We have a chance to meet the locals and even share a cup of tea or two.
Day 6: Chalnichhina – Binsar (Drive 50 Kms / Cycling approx. 20 Kms)
Enjoy a beautiful morning ride through Oak & Deodar forests to the Jageshwar temple. The Hindu pilgrimage town of Jageshwar believed to be the abode of one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’; it is one of the most important religious places for Hindus. Tonight we stay at a mountain resort located inside the Binsar Bird Sanctuary.
Day 7: Binsar (Walking 4-5 hrs.)
Our walk today offers some of the most majestic and panoramic views of the Himalayas as well as the Bhasoli Valley. Part of the path winds through dense oak and rhododendron forests with hoary old trees hung with lichen and covered with sweet smelling mosses.
Day 8: Binsar – Ranikhet (Drive 70 Kms / Cycling approx. 30 Kms)
Bike to Almora, the oldest town in the district and visit the Panchachuli Women Weavers Co-operative. We overnight in Ranikhet, a hill station during the Raj where the British escaped the summer heat of the plains.
Day 9: Ranikhet – Dhikuli (Corbett) (Drive 76 Kms / Cycling approx. 25 Kms)
Drive and cycle to Corbett National Park, India’s first and largest Tiger Reserve. Enjoy a welcome drink while you listen to your safari briefing.
Day 10: : Dhikuli – Dhikala – (Open in November to April) (Game Drive)
Early morning game drive to track the wildlife that calls Corbett home including tiger, elephant, sambar, gharial and many bird species. From November to April we overnight in the Forest Jungle Lodge at Dhikala. In September & October Dhikala is closed therefore we provide a Jeep Safari (Game Drive) in the morning and afternoon at Bijrani and Jirna National Park. Accommodation will remain in the same resort in Dhikuli as Day 9.
Day 11: Dhikala – Uchagaon (Drive 197 Kms)
Morning safari and then we drive to Uchagaon where we stop over for the night on our way to Agra. This evening you can either opt for a customary ride on a Bullock cart or bike into the village, here we will explore the colourful local bazaar and visit local potters.
Day 12: Uchagaon – Agra (Drive 160 Kms / Cycling approx. 20Kms)
Our last cycling excursion is into the surrounding countryside. We cycle alongside sprawling acres of crops and see India farming families at work. Drive to Agra and check into our hotel.
Day 13: Agra – Delhi (Drive 210 Kms)
An early morning start to visit the incomparable Taj Mahal and then Agra Fort. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then drive back to Delhi. You will have a chance to freshen up and enjoy a farewell dinner. Option to extend your stay in Delhi (or elsewhere in India) or we will transfer you directly to the airport to check in for your international flight home.
Private Tours are available with a minimum of 2 travellers and maximum of 6.
Twin Share from: NZ$4,909 per person
Single Supplement from: NZ$1,182
*Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to change until confirmed and paid in full. A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to secure your booking. Final payment is required 8 weeks prior to departure.