2 Weeks Itinerary for Uttaranchal in March

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Good Morning
I am a new Member to this Forum and appreciate the advise so far, from Jituyadav. I would be grateful for feedback on our proposed itinerary for March, as follows:


4 March – arr Haridwar 15.50 from Delhi
1 Night Haridwar
5 March Haridwar – Jim Corbett Nat. Park 3hrs Drive
3 Nights Jim Corbett Nat. Park?
8 March Jim Corbett – Kausani (via Ranikhet) 3hrs Drive
2 Nights Kausani
10 March Kausani – Chaukari – 2 Hr drive
Chaukari – Munsyari – 3.5 Hr drive
3 Nights Munsyari
Munsyari – Binsar – 5 Hrs
1 Night Binsar KMVN!
Binsar - Nainital – 3 Hrs
2 Nights Nainital
16 March Nainital – Pantnager- 1.5hrs
16 March - Pantnager – Delhi 1Hr flight 16.30 – 17.40
1 Night Delhi
17 March Delhi – Larnaca 05.40 – 11.50 Gulfair

We want to see nature, trek and experience this region of India. While the distances sound do-able, we don't know enough about the quality of the roads


Look forward to hearing from you.
Paula
#2 Feb 5th, 2019, 22:20
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You have plenty of time, so plan is fine. Few suggestions, cut one night at Jim corbett, add one more night at Haridwar and visit Rishikesh. Add one night at Ranikhet, can cut one night at Kausani. The travel time is not exactly what you mentioned and may differ somewhat, but it hardly matters.
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Agree with Jituyadav. I further think that Nainital, after having been to places like Munsiyari, Binsar, Chaukori will be a real let down. Nainital used to be wonderful, but those days are far behind us. I would just go to Pantnagar from Binsar and skip Nainital - and use those days elsewhere (including possibly in Delhi).

Also, Munsiyari to Binsar is like 8 hours, and the entrance to the sanctuary closes at 5 (you may be able to slide it to 5:30 PM or thereabouts. So, that day seems a bit stressful...
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I am very grateful to you Both for these suggestions - I am going to juggle around with them and feel we will have a fantastic trip. I have a feeling that Munsyari will be hard to beat.

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You might consider some hiking around Munsiyari. Definitely go up to the Khalia top. It was our best experience there.

A couple of pointers:
- In the mountains, it’s best to expect the average speed of 20-25 km/hour. So, plan trave time on the higher side than your original estimates.
- If going to Binsar from Munsiyari, there is a short cut through a forest road (a couple of kms are dirt road) that cuts some distance. If your driver is not familiar, he might want tin inquire ahead. We went from Binsar to Munsiyari and were advised to take it from KMVN Binsar manager.
- Like I noted previously, the entrance to the Binsar sanctuary (where the KMVN is located) is officially closed at 5 PM. We have arrived at 5:30 PM and made it in by calling the KMVN earlier around 4:30 PM. So, keep their number handy. But note that there is a hard stop - and you might find yourself locked out if you arrive late.
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Thank You kmalik - yes, we will have a car/driver - not adventurous enough to self-drive. My Partner has visited India on previous occasions and sadly, if we were involved in a road accident, maybe not our fault - Foreigners are blamed every time

Utteranchal is 2 weeks of our itinerary - total 58 nights. (based on a 60-day e-visa). I am so pleased to be able to tick this particular 'box' and start looking at accommodation & places to explore within this region of India, now an agenda has been laid down on my 'Visit India Chart'.

We have chosen Mid-Jan to Mid March a) to escape a cold Cyprus Winter and b) to avoid the wet/hot extreme climates of India.

Thanks Again for your input
Paula
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KMVN usually has properties at the best locations.
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Hi - Yes, I'm going to take a look at KMVN options - do you need to pre-pay for this accommodation, or would a credit card booking guarantee arrival?

Thanks
Paula
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First, KMVN in Binsar and Chakouri are definitely best located properties in those towns. Not necessarily the case with Munsiyari. The KMVN there is not poorly located but is nothing special. So, alternatives there can be entertained.

This is late and you likely have made the reservations in Corbett. Otherwise, a more exciting trip plan could be something like the following -
  • Haridwar
  • Rudrapryag (or substitute) - FYI, prayag is a confluence of rivers
  • Gwaldham - My next favorite in Uttarakhand after Munsiyari
  • Chaouri
  • Munsiyari
  • Binsar
  • Corbett
  • Pantnagar

Just thought I’d mentioned it as it is very pretty route, even though it’s likely too late for you to consider it.

In any case, it is important to get a driver who is accoustomed to driving in the hills.
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Good Morning kmalik

Once again, thanks to you for giving your time and experience - no, it's not too late to consider - the March that I'm referring to it 2020 - don't laugh, but I enjoy forward planning and really enjoy the research and anticipation. I have not made any reservations yet- so can be very flexible, and will now look at the route you mentioned. Back to the internet


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Just a quick question please kmalik - do you know of any freshwater fishing places along your proposed route?

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Paula
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Sorry, no idea. Of course, in the route I suggested - you are close to Ganges and its tributaries for quite some time. There is whitewater rafting but not sure about fishing. Ganges being a holy river, I have never seen anyone fishing in it. So, there might be religious considerations. Perhaps someone else might be able to advise with more knowledge and precision.

As you research, you will find that this is route through the mountains. Typically, the quality of the roads in Uttarakhand is not great. So, it might be better to take a slightly higher clearance vehicle, though we have done it a while with a small car without trouble.

Apart from superb views of Trishul from Gwaldham - there are interesting towns along the way. One is Baijnath with very old temples, obviously of religious importance to Hindus but also of archeological interest. In the first part - you are overlooking some tributary of Ganges (varies as the names change with confluences) there are several towns (Karnpryag and others I have forgotten about). It is worth stopping and checking out the views of the confluence and the towns.

There is a trip report I wrote a few years back on IM but cannot find it. Perhaps you will have more success.

PS: The state run hotels until Gwaldham will be called GMVNs (G is for Gharwal) and KMVNs (K for Kumaun) after that. They are typically located in the best spots and generally a decent choice.
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Thank you very much, Aarosh! This is indeed helpful to the OP as it discusses Munsiyari and Binsar. We did an earlier trip 5-6 years prior where we drove from Haridwar to Rudrapryag, Gwaldham, Baijnath, Bageshwar, Binsar, Patel Bhuvenshwar. Also did a hike in Binsar area. That’s what I was trying to find but could not locate.
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Thanks to you Both - I will take a look & again, most appreciative of your time.
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Paula

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