Places Visited: New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Jim Corbett National Park, Almora
Enfolded by the borders of Tibet and Nepal, the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand State is the area of Himalayan foothills most easily accessible from Delhi. During British times, a scattering of small hill stations grew up at cooler altitudes here, to which heat-weary Brits could travel to escape the summer heat. The real fascination for foreign visitors today, however, lies in the villages and valleys around them, where glimpses of gleaming ice summits appear through the cedar trees, and farming life continues much as it did in centuries past.
The approach to the hill stations on this tour takes you through the holy towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, on the River Ganges, and includes a three-night stay in one of India’s most famous national parks, where you’ll experience the region’s indigenous flora and fauna at close quarters.