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The Lakes and Valleys Tour - 13 Nts / 14 Days

This enchanting tour takes you to the Lake District of Uttaranchal - Kumaon. Numerous lakes dot the countryside and fabulous views of the upper Himalayan peaks can be seen from all over.


Day 1: On arrival at Delhi airport we meet you and transfer you to your pre-reserved hotel. The morning is free to relax. In the afternoon we take on a half day old Delhi city tour. See the Red Fort, the mosque known as Jama Masjid both built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan many centuries ago. (Optional as you may want spend the day relaxing in your hotel). Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: We drive north to the small town of Haldwani gateway to the Kumaon region and also the last railhead . Continue on to the picturesque hill resort of Nainital with its beautiful jade green lake and check into your pre-reserved hotel. In the evening free to take a boat ride on the lake, visit the Naina Devi Temple and stroll around the main promenade of this laidback hill resort with its excellent hotels, resorts and restaurants.

Day 3: After breakfast we head to the small but breathtakingly beautiful lakes of Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal and Sattal. You can boat on the lake and view the stunning panoramic views all around before returning to Nainital and your hotel for the night.

Day 4: Today our destination is the fascinating town of Almora. On the way we stop briefly at the Khurpatal Lake and visit the reserve forest of Kilbury. We arrive at Almora by evening and check into your pre-booked hotel.

Day 5: In Almora we visit the Deer Park and the sun temple at Katarmal that stands across the Koshi River. In the afternoon we drive 32 Kms to the sleepy hamlet and wildlife sanctuary of Binsar known for its grand views of the Nanda Devi mountain peak. On a clear day you get spectacular views of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Shivaling, Trishul peaks. Return to Almora and your hotel for the night.

Day 6: Today we drive north to the picturesque cantonment town of Ranikhet. The drive itself passes through glistening streams, and thickly forested hillsides of Pine and Deodar. Check into your hotel on arrival. Stroll around the Mall road a peaceful place. Visit the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum with its military memorabilia and then go over to the Jhula Devi and Mankameswar temples. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 7: Drive 10 Kms to the government fruit orchards at Chaubatia where you can have pleasant walks through pine forests. After lunch head on to the Bhalu Dam on the Kosi River which supplies Ranikhet with its water needs. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 8: Drive down to the Corbett National Park once known as Hailey National Park. The park is named after the legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett who lived in Nainital and the small hamlet of Kaladhungi in the winters. Check into a forest resort for the night.

Day 9: Take a jeep or elephant safari through this tiger reserve which also has a sizeable population of other mammals including leopards, elephants, jackals, foxes and a profusion of avian species. Return to your forest resort for the night.

Day 10: Today it's a long drive to the popular hill resort of Mussoorie. On arrival we check into our hotel. Mussoorie stretches across a 16 Km long horse shoe shaped hill with fabulous views of the Doon Valley far below. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 11 : Mussoorie at 6578b ft was once known as the Queen of the Hills and can still lay claim to this title with its invigorating air, bracing breezes and magnificent views of snow clad mountains. The Mall road is on a ridge beginning at the Library Bazaar or Gandhi Chowk and ending at the Clock Tower. Here you can see posh shops, fine restaurants and a few hotels. Landour a suburb within walking distance is full of quaint colonial style cottages. Visit the Sister's Bazaar with its interesting shops; take a cable car ride to Gun Hill with its extensive views of snow clad mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. Return to your hotel by late evening.

Day 12: Drive down to the beautiful Kempty falls and then from there head on to Delhi where we reach by late evening. Check into your pre-reserved hotel for the night.

Day 13: Drive to Agra city - a 5 hour drive after an early breakfast. In Agra visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri 37 Kms away. In the evening drive back to Delhi and your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 14: The day is free to explore New Delhi with its massive colonial buildings in sandstone and granite today housing Government offices, the India Gate, the Delhi Zoo and the impressive tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun before returning to your hotel for the night. I nternational flights normally leave late at night or very early in the mornings. We transfer you to the airport for your onward flight according to the flight timings.

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