Family Village Walk in the Kumaon Region

Delhi – Itmenaan Estate – Thikalna – Ganghet – Itmenaan Estate – Delhi

It’s said that the heart of India lies in its villages so what better way to experience this magical country than by spending time in its rural communities.

Family Village Walk in the Kumaon Hills

Delhi – Itmenaan Estate – Thikalna – Ganghet – Itmenaan Estate – Delhi

DESCRIPTION

It’s said that the heart of India lies in its villages so what better way to experience this magical country than by spending time in its rural communities. This five-night Family Village Walk in the Kumaon Hills winds its way through remote hillside villages allowing you to get up close and personal with the locals, enjoy a cup of tea, help out on the farm or play a game of cricket. This holiday is both a wonderful way to experience traditional India and to introduce your family to another way of life in one of India’s prettiest states. The itinerary can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements and may include:

  • Soak up the fresh air and the stunning scenery from the terrace at Itmenaan Estate, a hillside hideaway set within 10 acres of virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees with panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas.
  • Visit the charming Chitai Temple dedicated to Golu Devta, the God of Justice. The temple walls are covered with brass bells, hung by devotees whose wishes have come true. Ring the temple bells or hang your own.
  • Look for birdlife and wildlife as you walk along the country trails through rhododendron forests – keep an eye out for jackals and foxes too!
  • Sit around the bonfire after dinner and swap trekking stories. Later, go stargazing; the night skies in this corner of India are beautifully clear.
  • Stay in traditional villages houses that have been renovated to provide simple but comfortable accommodation for use exclusively by Itmenaan for this Family Village Walk.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea with the locals or take a puff on a hookah pipe; your guide will help introduce you to the locals and their customs.
  • Play a game of cricket or football with the local kids; the village children love having new teammates.
  • Learn about life in rural India and gain an understanding of how other cultures live.

 

KIDS

There is no age limit for children to enjoy this holiday and porters are on hand to carry little children if they get weary. A guide walks with you and can assist with anything you might need. The village houses are simple but comfortable; each home has a sitting room and two bedrooms each with an attached bathroom. There are no showers, as per the local customs, but hot water is provided for your bucket bath. One extra bed can be accommodated in each of the bedrooms but families travelling with infants will need to bring their own baby/travel cot with them. If travelling with infants then you must bring all necessary equipment with you including nappies (diapers), wet wipes and all necessary medication.

ITINERARY

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Delhi, however it can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

Day 1: Delhi – Itmenaan Estate

Train: approx. 6 hrs. Car: 3.5 hrs.

Overnight: Itmenaan Estate

Day 2-3: Thikalna Village

Trek time: 1 – 2 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay in Thikalna Village House

Day 4: Ganghet

Trek time: 4 – 5 hrs.

Overnight: Ganghet Village house

Day 5: Itmenaan Estate

Trek time: 2 hrs.

Overnight: Itmenaan Estate

Day 6: Itmenaan Estate – Delhi

WHEN TO GO

This holiday is best enjoyed from September to March when the mountain views are at their best. December to March can be cold but the views are superb. Between April and June the mountain views become hazy but the April sees the rhododendrons in full bloom.

Tips!

There is an overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam, which is another travel option for families. Good walking shoes and socks for the whole family are a must and it’s worth bringing a blister kit just in case. Strong sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, insect repellent and wide brimmed hats should also be packed. If you or the kids suffer from car or motion sickness then it’s worth bringing medication as the mountain roads from the train station in Kathgodam to Itmenaan Estate can be windy. Bottled water, adjustable walking sticks, first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, tissues, fruits and snacks are provided on walking days.

Kids aged six and older will enjoy In The Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree by Barbara Bash. Filled with beautiful illustrations, the book tells the tale of the sacred banyan tree that is protected and worshipped by people in a small village in India. Anuradha Roy’s novel, The Folded Earth: A Novel, is set in a remote town in the Himalaya and describes in stunning detail the beauty of the region.  

 

Trekking, Altitude & Fitness

This is a gentle trekking itinerary and follows a leisurely pace. The terrain is a mix of walking trails, goat trails, terraced farmland and dirt trails. There are some uphill sections but these are not steep. However, you must be in reasonable health as medical facilities are not immediately available (see Facilities for more details). The highest point along the trail is at 2100m/6890ft so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, anyone with breathing difficulties should consult a physician to determine their fitness for travel.

RATES

This tour starts from US $XXX per adult and US $XXX per child under 12 yrs. Our partner agent will be happy to give you an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.

This holiday is organised by our Delhi-based partner agent who has prepared this holiday specifically for families.

Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be given to you upon completing an enquiry.

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