Hill station

#1 Dec 27th, 2011, 11:06
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HELLO friend i am a probir cousin brother.I am share my trip with all of u ithink my report is very helpfull for you.
Lets Start

I have just returned from my 1st visit from the lovely Kumaon Hills. Kumaon has become like a 2nd home for me now. If you want my help to get your itinery fixed for the visiting the afore-mentioned enchanting part of north India I will be more than happy to help for I want more and more people to get drenched in the entralling beauty of the hills over there.

This post is only for those who wants to visit the Kumaon hills with their family or may be on a honeymoon.

First and foremost, if you plan to make a visit to the Kumaon hills u need a car which needs to be booked for the entire period of the tour. I have visited Kumaon once and by God's grace have been really lucky because Mr. ZZZZZZ is guiden me to book a car.

Day1: Board Bagh Express

Day2 : Get bored in the train itself

Day3 : Reach Kathgodam

After reaching Kathgodam we found that our travel agent was already waiting for us outside the railway station and we were introduced to XXXXX by him. At first sight I thought that he would be just like any other driver but Mr. ZZZZZ is suggest. Our itinery was to head on directly to a quiet and beautiful place called MUKTEHSWAR which is about a two and a half hours drive from Kathgodam. XXXX got all our luggage fixed in the rear part of the WAGONR that was waiting for us outside the station. We boarded the car and set off. The car was in excellent condition and at that time we had booked it Rs.1700 per day. We were feeling hungry and told XXXX that we would like to have our lunch. On our way we stopped at SATTAL (wonderful serene place) and had lunch. It was a completely veg restaurant but the food quality was very good. I would advice to try the Aloo Jeera over there. After lunch we clicked a few snaps on the edge of the TAL (lake) and set off for Mukteswar.

As we moved uphill the weather started becoming chilly and the outside scenery started becoming more and more enthralling. XXXX picked up some fresh vegetables and chicken on the way from a local market. The resort where were going to stay at Mukteswar is in a very remote place and all food items needs to be taken from the plains. He has great local knowledge and was trying to convey us as much as he could. I can assure you one thing that you will never get bored when you are travelling in his car. He will keep on saying something or the other in his wondethrough the dense jungles is one of the best that I have ever had in my life.We drove uphill through some dense jungles on either side. There were some wondeful oak and rhododendron plants. Ultimately we reached Chauli ki Jali- the highest point in Musteswar.We trekked (not exactly trekking but simple walking on a hilly terrain) for about 2 minutes and when we reached the point it was like heaven. Here it is worth mentioing that from now on in our entire tour took it upon himself to become our tour photographer as if it was included in his duty as well. Whenever he would find any suitable scene he would ask us to stand in different poses and would capture it for us.

Okkkk. After the photo session at Chauli ki Jali, we visited the adjacent temple over there. Then, XXXX took us to a few other local points like the PWD guest house and so on.

The journey back was more enthralling. Driving through the dense forests in the dark was a totally different feeling all together. In Bengali, its called [I]'gachomchome'[I]. We came back to our room. Rested for a while. My wife asked me to take her for a stroll outside. Although it was not my honeymoon trip, I was getting drowned in the oblivion of romance. I guess everything around played its part. We came down and strolled in the complex of our resort. He asked ' Kaisa laga Sir . Old and evergreen hindi songs were being played in the hotel lobby and I felt that couple of pegs of Blender's Pride will not cause much harm. Unfortunately, I was not carrying any and it was not available in the resort.

Day 4: We woke up around 6 in d morning only to find ourselves lying in the lap of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas. Yes, Lady Luck for once had been kind enough. It was an awesome feeling. After getting mesmerised by the beauty of the Trishul and the Nanda Devi, we got ready for our next destination BINSAR.As told already our breakfast was complimentary. I had aloo paratha with curd and my wife had butter toast n omlete. We were served two glasses of complimentary rhododendron juice as well.
The road to Binsar was no different. It had forests, rivers, waterfalls and everything else that one could wish for on a hilly terrain. I had by now made him the manager of my Photography Department.We reached Binsar in about 3 hours time. I had already booked the KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam) guest house from Kolkata. If you want I can give the exact address and phone number of the Kolkata office. The room cost us 2500 bucks incuding dinner and breakfast. Now Binsar is basically a wildlife sanctuary and KMVN is located at the highest and the remotest part of Binsar. The entry fee for each person is 150 bucks and 250 bucks for the vehicle. Once you cross the checkpost of the Binsar wildlife sanctuary and start driving uphill, it seems that you have got detached from human civilization. Ultimately after about 10-12 kms of uphill drive we reached KMVN. Obviously there are 2-3 resorts on the way but KMVN is located at the best location. We already had our rooms booked and we checked-in. Here its worthwhile mentioning that Binsar doesn't have any electricity. It has power only from 6 to 9 in the evening that too wid the aid of solar cells. After checking-in I felt like resting for some time but my better half was keen in exploring Binsar. We went to the KMVN terrace and were absolutely dumbstruck to see the Himalayas. It seemed as if it had come nearer to us by some 1000 paces as compared to Musteshwar. The Himalayas looked so serene and calm. I wanted him to have a look at the cystal clear view of the Himalayas. He said" Sir, Yeh to kuch bhi nahin, aap Chaukori to chaliye waha se isse behtar dikhne ko milega". Yes, our next destination was Chaukori. But I felt that this time XXXXX must be exaggaggerating place and condition of turmoil in Darjeeling which doesnt exist anymore.Didi was about to come to power at that time. We waited for the sunset but unfortunately fog turned out to be our foe and we had to return a bit sad !! It had really become cold in d evening even in the month of April. I advise you carry as much woolens as possible. It was vey dark and around 6:30pm lights in the KMVN were switched on. Dinner needs to be taken within 8. We had a sumptuous buffet dinner and retired for d night when lights went off again around 8:30 pm.

Day 5 :

Next morning we woke up early and again yearned to see the Himalayas. This time it was not as clear as yesterday. The breakfast was again complimentary. It was a buffet breakfast and had American, Indian and continental cuisines in it.We are injoyed the tour.At the evening XXXX was droped him the kathgodam by bhowali.
Thanks for the indiamike and Mr. ZZZZZZZZZ for the copprate.
Last edited by JuliaF; Jan 2nd, 2012 at 01:24..
#2 Dec 31st, 2011, 10:58
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Nice trip report and informative one!!

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