INDIA, SHIKHAR TRAVELS (INDIA) PVT LTD
Capt. Swadesh KUMAR
Biking - Cycling
Experience cycling in India
Himalayas of the Kumaon region must be one of the most picturesque in the country, with giant terrace fields straddling the green mountains. The bicycling track is through flat valleys in the Almora district of the Kumaon Himalayas. The open valleys are scattered with little rivers, villages and small town. The Journey begins at Bageshwar an important religious centre famous for the temple of Lord Baijnath; this is a part of Binsar wild life sanctuary. A dense cover of Oak forests, which abounds in wild life, commonly seen is leopards, barking deer and wild boar.
Day 01: Delhi - Sat Tal (282 Kms ) - Drive ex Delhi to Nainital and than to Saattal. Arrive late afternoon and hot lunch is served after the welcome drinks. Post lunch at Leisure. Evening, introduction by the professionals in the field of mountain bicycling. Overnight at deluxe camp.
Day 02: Bageshwar - Baijnath (23 Kms) - Bageshwar 1965 M. - 30 Km from Almora has a dense cover of Deodar trees (a vanishing species of Himalayas Flora). This is one of the oldest Jungles with some trees as old as 300 Yr. old. The forests are interspersed with ancient Shiva temples, unrivalled for its location. Overnight camp at the riverside.
Day 03: Baijnath - Kausani (17 Kms) - A fairly uphill track to Kausani, with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, seen from the wide green valley of Katyiar. Kausani is 40 Kms from Almora with a 350 Kms stretch view of the High Himalayas. Overnight in the Camp.
Day 04: Kausani - Someshwar (12 Kms / Binta 15 Kms) - Kausani to Someshwar is all down hill to the tiny hamlet of Binta in the middle of the Valley. Over night in the Guesthouse.
Day 05: Binta - Ranikhet (23 Kms) - The last bit of the day is a steep track, leading to Ranikhet (the Queens Garden). In yesteryears her highness was so impressed with the sight that she declared this little town as her own. A small cantonment area garrisoned with the Kumaon Regimental centre with their history of Valour Triumphs, Ranikhet is also famous for the Botanical gardens of Chaubatia and the fruit orchards, the Hariakhan and the Kalika Temple. Overnight in the Holms Heritage Farm.
Day 06: Ranikhet – Bhatrajkhan - A down hill track takes you through various villages to Bhatrajkhan, enroute to Corbett national park. Overnight in the camps.
Day 07: Bhatrajkhan – Garija 63 Kms - Freewheel down the wilderness of the Corbett National Park along the Kosi River. Overnight in the Jungle resort Corbett park.
Day 08: Corbett - Kotabag 23 kms. - In Corbett an early morning elephant safari into the forest, post breakfast cycle to Kotabagh through the dense jungles, Kotabagh is the small village on the foothills of Nainital. Overnight in the jungle resort.
Day 09: Kotabag - Kaladungi 15 Kms. - A small village which has the Corbett museum and the house, once residence of Lt Col. Jim Corbett. Over night in the farm house.
Day 10: Kaladungi - Chorgalia 30 Kms. - Through the gujjar villages situated amidst the thick Jungles, once the reign of the Famous Dacoit Sultana, giving the place its name. Leave for Delhi after late lunch by coach.