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Through Himalayan Foothills

Traditional villages & forested hills
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • stay at the historic Khali Estate, a former colonial residence
  • privately guided walks in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • see eagles, vultures, deer – and maybe even a leopard
  • visit the astounding temples at Jageshwar
  • friendly hospitality in welcoming guesthouses
  • insights into local crafts, traditions and culture
  • luggage transported throughout your stay

In the foothills of the towering, snow-capped Himalayas, not far from the borders with Nepal and Tibet, lies a hidden India of small traditional villages, deep wooded valleys and high, wide ridges affording spectacular views of Nanda Devi and other majestic mountain peaks. This unique Village Ways’ holiday allows you to explore the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the remote Kumaon Hills while staying in authentic village houses. This is a region where local people work the land in harmony with nature, and where you will encounter a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Above all, you are able to relax into a simpler and slower-paced rhythm of life – a feeling you will find hard to relinquish at the end of your stay.
We felt so privileged to be embraced by these communities and it was such a delight to be greeted at each guesthouse with multiple cups of tea after our day’s walk.
     
Walking in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is some of the best we have enjoyed anywhere in the world. Enticing footpaths, many made of stone, link pretty villages and wind around the forests of pine and oak. Views change continually as you stroll – sweeping panoramas of the great peaks of the Indian Himalaya, dreamy vistas over misty valleys south towards Almora, glimpses of little farms that thrive on the steeply terraced land around the villages. Bird and animal life is rich and diverse. We have seen eagles and vultures coasting close by as we enjoyed a picnic, and watched woodpeckers flit about the huge pine trees. It is magical that leopards thrive here, so keep your eyes peeled at dusk for a rare glimpse.

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