Go back in time- Daan – Kudi, the mythical village house come alive near Ranikhet.
Our base is a traditional stone house called the Daan-kudi – a local term for the highest dwelling in the valley. A small stream cuts through this wide valley as it makes its way to the Kosi river.
In the centre of the valley is the only sun temple in the Indian Himalayas. Here you can learn to Paraglide or try fun tandem flights, ride mountain bikes, go on short and long hikes to explore hidden architectural wonders or simply soak in the sun in the mango courtyard of the 100 year old house which grows on you.
Dates: 9th-13th may, 2016
9th May, Monday: Delhi- Kathgodham
Take a train to Kathgodam at 10:30pm
10th May, Tuesday: Exploring the house, the sun temple and the village
Reach Kathodham early morning.
Arrive at the ‘Daankudi’ for breakfast.
Chill out, freshen up, explore the house and the area around.
Have freshly cooked meal for lunch.
After lunch take a short hike through the ‘valley of the sun’.
Great walk with binoculars / landscape photography, terraced farmlands /old stone houses.
The route takes you through the hills to visit fascinating structures and the abandoned stone made “pool of the gods” in the forest, an old ‘jagran’ house in the village and across the valley floor to the only sun temple in the Indian Himalayas – a small stone structure – old architecture with ancient images.
Return to the house in the evening for evening tea in the courtyard.
Dinner around campfire.
11th May, Wednesday: Experience the culture or trek in the jungle
Post breakfast we Hike / ride mountain bikes to the twin heritage villages of Laalar and Bhtaarkot. Both villages have almost exclusively old stone houses, with rich wood carvings.
We pass traditional structures like water-mills, manual grain crushers ‘okhal’ and “chakki, chat up villagers, share a lunch and try local Kumaoni cuisine in village homes. Visit village ironsmith. Try your hand at making / repair household tools like sickle, spade, cooking pot etc over the furnace.
Overnight in the village.
Drive /hike up to the Aerodeo ridge. This is the 3rd highest ridge in the central Himalayas and the Shiva temple at the top offers a stunning 270 degrees views of the snow peaks.
Overnight camping at an old British era guest house in the forest.
12th May, Thursday: The day to paraglide
Drive from the town to the Paragliding site and take a long flight (25 – 30 min). This is atleast a half day exercise as we may have to wait on the meadows for the right wind conditions.
Enjoy a day picnic on the paradling meadows and fly kites (indian fighter kites and dual string stunt kites).
Return to the house in the evening.
Drive to Kathgodam station (3 ½ hrs) to board the overnight train at 10:40pm.
13th May, Friday: Farewell
Reach Delhi at 4:00am. Exchange numbers. Remember the rivers, the winds and the mountains. Bid farewell.
Cost: Rs. 17,500/- per person (Delhi – Delhi)
Booking amount – Rs. 13,000/-
Balance payment- Rs. 4,500/- (to be paid before 30th April)
– Delhi- Kathgodham- Delhi (AC train)
– Kathgodham- Dankudi- Kathgodham (Jeep)
– All internal jeep transfers
– Accommodation at an ancient house refurbished (with interesting old books, letters and papers) for 2 Nights, 3 days
– Guided tour as per the itinerary
– All meals from Kathgodham to Kathgodham
– 1 Mapping Journeys volunteer and a local guide
– Paragliding (Rs. 3000 for first flight. Discount of Rs. 500 for second flight)
– Meals during train travel
– Expenses incurred by travelers in Delhi
– Personal Expenses
– Insurance of any kind
– Tips / Mineral Water / Beverages
– Medical and evacuation charges, if any
– Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, roadblocks etc. (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot)
– Anything not mentioned under “inclusions”
For Cancellation, if you inform us,
Before 5th April, 2016: 20% of the total will be deducted
5th April – 20th April, 2016: 30% of the total will be deducted
20th April – 30th April, 2016: 50% of the total will be deducted
After 30th April, 2016: 75% of the total will be deducted
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Excerpts from the journal of a German traveller staying at Daan – Kudi, Ranikhet.
This is the fourth day in such a beautiful old stone house, a cube of myth, old wooden carvings and refreshed paintings inside. So much open space around! It has a courtyard, standing above all so we can see fields, forest and some of the villages. Right now I listen the sound of the cattle, some voices of the people and so many birds! It is not paradise (it is more), it is the real life, old rural structures, that seem to have preserved until today. The locals cook for us, what seems to be pure organic fresh food from their own kitchen. We surrender! So tasty!Yesterday on our trek we ran into some sadhus, went to temple and sang together with the priests. What an experience.On the way back it became night. You won’t believe me, we even saw the tail of a leopard vanishing into the dark!