Q: We are a group of four families who wish to visit the Kumaon Himalaya in end September. Our travel plan (ex-Delhi) is 10 days and our budget is â‚¹50,000 per family. Please suggest an itinerary including details, transport and places to stay. We would prefer lesser known places with basic comfort.
I’ve said it before in these 17 years of being OT’s resident troubleshooting guide and I’ll say it again: my core competency is as a troubleshooting guide and not travel agent. Thus, I find it very difficult to come up with a travel itinerary, especially when not equipped with information on a traveller’s interests. Kumaon is a very rich region, and it’s possible to design trips around places of religious interest, bird-watching, trekking and hiking, and more. Since the only information I have of your travel focus is ‘lesser-known places’–which is obviously a subjective affair (what is less-known to one person may be very well-known to another), I suggest that you spend some time doing some research on the region. A good starting point for the budget traveller would be the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam website (kmvn.gov.in), and build an itinerary depending on where they have their generally well-run and affordable resthouses. Off-hand, places such as Mukteswar, Munsiyari and Champawat are considered off the beaten track and are certainly not over-run with visitors. The best way to travel from Delhi would be to take the New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi, and then hire a taxi for the hill journeys.