Have been wanting to visit this city for almost 5 years and finally made up my plan to just backpack and leave. Planned on a budget trip as I was travelling with my mother & my 2 year old notorious baby. Trip plan was as below.
Del – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Jim Corbett – Nainital – Delhi – (for a total of 9 days)
Below is the trip Itinerary. The cost was unbelievably reasonable and our stay’s were very cozy and compact.
Hotels chosen for the trip
Rishikesh (2 nights)- Bhandari Swiss Cottage – This is a very budget hotel with standard rooms but they have a restaurant within their compound with excellent food. It has a very good rating on Trip advisor for being a good budget friendly hotel. If you would like something plush I would suggest Aloha the Ganges.
Jim Corbett Park (2 nights inc Breakfast) – The Roar Resort. One of the best resorts at Jim Corbett. Extremely friendly staff and excellent service. Be aware there is no Ala cart menu here and they serve only buffet’s however most of the resorts at Corbett do the same as it is amidst the jungle. The hotel itself will arrange the safari tour as long as they are told about it and paid for in advance.
Nainital , 3 Nights Inc Breakfast (We stayed at Bhimtal as Nainital is extremely crowded and busy)- The Fern Hill Resort. This is a fairly new resort and has managed to bag up to the top level among hotels at Nainital. This is a luxury resort with a beautiful garden for kids to play at, super friendly staff, cozy ambiance and very tasty buffet. Though our trip was budget, we choose this resort only because of its proximity to the rest of the tourist locations and also we wanted to spend New Years in style.
Note: They do not accept as of now foreign cards so please carry cash or do a bank transfer.
Delhi, (2 Nights with Breakfast ) – The Visaya at South Delhi. Since we wanted to go to places around south Delhi we chose this boutique business hotel which was absolutely flawless and very cost effective. The hotel is in the center of town which is around 10 minutes away from popular shopping malls and markets. Also the hotel has gym facilities, superb breakfast and Ala cart menu.
We hired a car before hand and was recommended by a friend to hire a car from Glacier Travelz . Mr Pradeep who is the owner is one of the best in the business and he gave us a very trustworthy driver (Ravinder) for the full journey. Its quite cost effective and convenient.
Rishikesh / Haridwar ( 2 Days)
- We visited Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula (we were very disappointed as this beautiful attraction is filled with bikers which makes it difficult for leg commuters to stand and enjoy the beauty of the Ganges)
- Did a temple tour at Haridwar comprising of Chandi Devi Temple, Maata Devi Temple and Maansa Devi temple. At night we sat by the Ganges and enjoyed the beautiful weather
NOTE: Be sure to visit Chotiwala hotel at Rishikesh (one of the oldest restaurants here) and also have street Pani Poori and Aloo Chat
Jim Corbett (2 Days)
- We went for the jungle safari to Jim Corbett national park. This park is divided to 5 zones namely Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Dhela and Durgadevi. Safari takes place in the morning and afternoon and lasts up-to 2.5 hours. Tiger spotting is by luck. We chose Jhirna and didn’t spot any tigers however we spotted Wild Elephants, Peacocks, Deers, Monkeys etc.
- Visited Corbett museum (house of Jim Corbett) and Corbett Waterfalls both of which is a must see.
Nainital / Bhimtal ( 3 days)
- Visited Bhimtal Lake, went for boating
- Mukhteshwar (we can see the snow covered Himalayas from here)
- Sattal (a union of 7 freshwater lakes into one making it one of most Unpolluted freshwater lakes in india)
- Nainital ( due to traffic and snowfall we managed only to go to tibitian market) but you can visit Nainin Devi temple, High Altitude Zoo, Eco Cave garden ( not advisable for families with small kids) and Naini lake tour.
Note : Must try restaurant in Bhimtal – Machan Punjabi Dhaba and if you are an adventure junkie then please try the high fly Paragliding from 10 km from Bhimtal.
Delhi (2 nights) – Since most of you have been to Delhi already its not much but we just wanted to shop hence thats all i am writing about below
- Lotus Temple – A beautiful meditation hall which believes in the faith called Baha’i. According to the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection, and being of service to humanity. The Bahá’í Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia. It was worth the visit.
- Sarojni Market
- Select City Walk
Delhi’s must try are their Dodha Barfi (sweet) and their Gol Gappe (pani poori) and other street food.
The total trip (excluding flights and shopping and food costed the two of us only INR 67000 or AED 3700)
Hope the above helped. If you want me to plan an itinerary for you for Kerala, Uthrakand, Banglore, Dubai or Bangkok / Pattaya please let me know.