3 days
Starting Price 5250 Per Person
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Places: Uttarakhand
Activities: Trekking
Dates: Customizable
Difficulty: Moderate

Trip Overview

This traditional stone house in a village located about 12 kms beyond the Ranikhet town, is more than a 100 years old and is built on three levels overlooking a wide valley floor. We call it Daankhuri, a local term for the highest house in the valley.

When we restored this beautiful house to its original state, we were not looking at further misusing the much abused terms like village home stays, rural tourism or heritage hotel. Our aim was simply to extend our already existing principle of eco-tourism from campsites to lodges.

The idea here is not to recreate history or try to live like people used to live back then. But to ensure a peaceful stay for visitors who might enjoy living in beautiful village house as people in the villages do, today.

There is much to do here. Lazy afternoons in the Ranikhet lodge, Mountain biking trails, Rock climbing & Rappelling, long hikes to the Kosi river for a swim, flying kites, day picnics to the only sun temple in the Indian Himalayas. And then there is the thrill of Paragliding, which is the primary reason that brings people here from September to March.

1 Ranikhet

Drive from Kathgodam station to Ranikhet. Arrive at Daankhuri for late breakfast. Choose one of the following Adventure activities: Rock climbing, Rappelling, River crossing. Early Lunch at the house. Short preparatory hike to Siddheshwar temple (2 hours). Return to the house for the evening. Campfire and dinner at the house. Prepare for the next day trek.

2 Aerodeo Temple

Breakfast followed by trek to Aerodeo Temple (5 hours). Participants to carry trekking tents, loo tents, rations etc. Mildly challenging hike through the forest to reach the ridge top temple. Set up camp, pitch tents, collect firewood, prepare meals. Note: A forest Bungalow with 2 rooms (near the temple) can be booked with prior notice.

3 Kathgodam

Post Breakfast camp cleaning and pack up. Hike back to the Ranikhet base camp downhill. Reach by lunch. Post lunch mountain biking trail. Choose a day route from 5 kms to 17 kms. Depart for Kathgodam as per schedule.