Mussoorie – Nainital – Corbett (9 nights and 10 days)
Leisure, adventure and religious tourism play a prominent role in Uttarakhand's economy, with the Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve and the nearby hill-stations of Nainital – set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, Mussoorie - the Queen of the Hills, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal and Ranikhet being amongst the most frequented destinations of India. The state also contains numerous peaks of interest to mountaineers.
Day 01 :
Arrive Delhi – The Capital city and the political hub of India. The city's importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Later proceed for a full day combined tour of The Old & The New Delhi. The Old Delhi tour includes visits to The Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the massive Red Fort, Chandni Chowk (moonlight square ) and The Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Thereafter proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi, visit the Qutub Minar - a 72 meter high monument, and Humayun's Tomb built in mid 16th century. Also visit the Lotus Temple, drive past India Gate, the Raj Bhavan, Safdarjung's Tomb and the Parliament. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02 :
This morning, after breakfast, drive to Mussoorie (290kms/6hrs). Mussoorie with its green hills & varied flora & fauna, is a fascinating hill resort and a fabulous honeymoon spot. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalyan snow ranges to the northeast and glittering views of the Valley, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere to the tourists. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Mussoorie.
Day 03 :
Today, after breakfast, proceed for a half-day tour of the city, visiting Kempty Falls located about 15 km from Mussoorie, is a popular tourist destination. Thereafter visit Dhanaulti approx 28 kms away, this spot is a quiet forest area converted into two Eco parks by the government. Also visit Gun Hill, which has splendid views of the city and ice capped Himalaya. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Mussoorie.
Day 04 :
This morning, after breakfast, drive to Nainital (225kms / 5hrs) set amidst the towering peaks of Kumaon Hills, is one of the most popular hill stations of India and also known as Lake District of Uttarakhand. It is famous for its pear-shaped lake, Naini after which it is named. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Nainital
Day 05 :
Today, after breakfast proceed for half-day city tour of Nainital which includes visit to Nanda Devi Temple - this 1000 year old temple dedicated to Nanda Devi, the patron goddess of the Chand Dynasty, is actually situated within the antechamber of a Shiva Temple. Built in the typical Kumaoni architectural style of stone temples, the Nanda Devi temple is a magnificent monument that has a stone amalaka or crown which is encircled by a wooden roof. Thereafter proceed to China Peak, the highest point in the region offering scenic views of the entire region and the Nainital Zoo where you will find some high-altitude species that are native to the region. Evening enjoy boating in the Naini Lake. Overnight stay in Nainital.
Day 06 :
This morning after breakfast, drive to Ranikhet (106kms / 3.5hrs), picturesque location surrounded by hills in northern India. History has it that the name means queen’s meadow. Ranikhet is all about famous lush beauty and reserve forest with wide varieties of Flora in the likes of Pine, Oak and Deodar trees. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Later proceed to Kausani (75kms / 2hrs), also known as ‘Switzerland of India’ a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendor and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas. Drive back to Nainital (115kms / 3.5hrs). Overnight stay in Nainital.
Day 07 :
Today after breakfast, leave for Corbett National Park (250kms / 6hrs), named after the famous hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett, is the oldest national park in India. Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. The Jim Corbett National Park is a haven for the adventure seekers and wildlife adventure lovers alike. Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km² area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Corbett.
Day 08 :
Early morning proceed for a game drive to the national park to enjoy animal sighting. Over 585 species of resident and migratory birds have been sighted. The Royal Bengal tiger is the highlight of this park, although plentiful, is not easily spotted due to the abundance of camouflage in the reserve. Thick jungle, the Ramganga river, and plentiful prey make this reserve an ideal habitat for tigers who are opportunistic feeders and prey upon a range of animals. Leopards are found in hilly areas but may also venture into the low land jungles. Smaller felines in the park include the jungle cat, fishing cat and leopard cat. Other mammals include four kinds of deer (barking, sambar, hog, Black buck and chital), Sloth and Himalayan Black bears, Indian Grey Mongoose, otters, yellow-throated martens, ghoral (goat-antelopes), Indian pangolins, and langur and rhesus monkeys. Overnight stay in Corbett.
Day 09 :
This day after breakfast, drive to Delhi (254kms / 5hrs). Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi
Day 10 :
This day, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination. And with this ends a wonderful and “Classic Kumaon”.