Sample Itinerary for the Shakti Kumaon Village Walks

The itinerary below is a brief example of what we offer as the Kumaon Village experience, however, each client’s itinerary is tailored specifically to suit his/her interests.

The Kumaon Village experiences can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete Himalayan experience.

Shakti Kumaon is available from: 1st Oct, 2015 – 20th April 2016*

*The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather

Day One     Delhi - Kathgodam - Shakti Deora

This morning you will board your train departing at 0615hrs and arriving into Kathgodam at 1150hrs.

On arrival in Kathgodam (the last station on the line), please wait in your compartment as our guide will come and collect you from there. You will then be driven to the Almora region (3.5 hours away) from where the Village Walks will begin. En route you will stop for lunch.

You will then begin walking from the village of Chitai – also famous for the Chitai temple (god of justice) for about two hours to reach your first village house in the small and sleepy town of Deora.

Enjoy drinks followed by dinner prepared by your chef this evening.

Overnight: Shakti Deora Village House- Fully Inclusive Altitude: 1495m

Day Two     Shakti Deora - Shakti Jwalabanj

Setting off from Deora, you will reach the village of Chirala after approximately thirty minutes of walking, where you can visit the local school.

Continue walking through a pine forest, descending into the Shivalaya valley as the forest peters out. The scenic valley has a stream running down one side and one can often see children playing in the stream and adults working the fields.

Walk along the valley before turning left and climbing up towards the village of Alai. Follow a water canal for twenty minutes before stopping for a drink and the opportunity to dip your feet in a natural rock pool.

Continuing along the path, passing a ‘ghatt’ (water powered flour mill) and terraced fields through the village of Palyu, before climbing for twenty minutes to the road head at Ka-Chula pool.

From Ka-Chula Pool you have the option of taking our car (which will be waiting for you) to Dhaulchina, around twenty minutes away, before walking gradually uphill for thirty minutes to the lunch spot. For those who are feeling more energetic, the walk from Ka-Chula Pool to the lunch spot (without taking the car) takes around an hour and a half with two fairly steep uphill stretches.

After lunch, continue walking gradually uphill through stunning rhododendron forest for around one and a half hours until you reach the village of Jwalabanj.

Overnight: Shakti Jwalabanj Village House– Fully Inclusive Altitude: 2147m

Day Three     Shakti Jwalabanj - Shakti Kana

This morning after breakfast, you will start with a downhill walk through green terraced fields which brings you to the Jageshwar Temple Complex built in the 8th century, very interesting to explore. Some distance ahead we have arranged lunch for you at a lovely spot by a stream. This is a wonderful place to simply relax. Another hour further you will reach the village house.

The rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy as you desire- you may like to simply sit outside and read a book or just admire the scenery.

For those who wish to walk more, there is a beautiful three hour walk from the house through rhododendron, pine and oak forests.

Overnight :Shakti Kana Village House–Fully Inclusive Altitude: 1892m

Day Four     Shakti Kana

You could take a walk in the surrounding area and also visit a local school if you like. We could arrange for a short meeting with the school headmaster. You could then enjoy a picnic lunch and later walk back to your village house.
Spend this evening at leisure. Drinks followed by dinner will be served later.

Overnight: Shakti Kana Village House– Fully Inclusive

Day Five     Shakti Kana - Kathgodham

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will be driven back to Kathgodam Railway Station for 4 hours for your journey back to Delhi. You will board your train departing at 1545 hrs and arrive into Delhi at 2115 hrs.
Alternatively, you will have the option to take a flight from Pantnagar airport (1 hr drive further away from Kathgodam railway station) departing at 1550 hrs and arriving into Delhi at 1650 hrs. If you do wish to fly, we would recommend securing train tickets as well because this flight cancels occasionally due to bad weather.

Wedding in village

Local Hindu Temple

Deora Village

Local girls on the way to school

Prices: USD 2601 per person for a 4 night package

Based on 2 sharing, and including private accommodation in three village houses on a fully inclusive basis including all meals and beverages, all activities, accompanying English speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes. Also includes return transfers between Kathgodam station/Pantnagar airport and village houses.

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