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Outdoers India

Binsar, India
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About Outdoers India
A boutique eco tourism venture based in Uttarkhand, India. We curate and organize walking holidays in offbeat locations in the Indian subcontinent. We also run a few home-stays, guesthouses and a campsite in lesser-known but amazingly beautiful parts of Uttarakhand, India.
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TheWiseGuy wrote a review Jun 2022
Hyderabad88 contributions22 helpful votes
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I heard a lot about this trek from my friends and we were not disappointed at all. I went with my wife (we are both nearly sixty) and we managed to trek most of the days without too much difficulty. First couple of nights were in a quaint little village Gaunap which had only 13 families. No pollution, no noise, no garbage - just enjoy the serene beauty of the forest and the distant mountains. I am an amateur bird photographer and the tour operator arranged for a guide who had excellent knowledge of the birds. I managed to photograph over 25 different species of birds. Thanks Sundar and Khim Singh! Astronomy is also one of my hobbies and I stepped out late in the night to do some star gazing. I was initially disappointed to see the bands of clouds across the night sky. However the clouds were stationery and it took me some time to realise that that I am actually looking at the milky way! There is no dust or light pollution and sky felt like right out of the Star Wars movie with millions of stars visible to the naked eye! Sundar is an excellent cook and managed to satisfy even a finicky eater like me. We stayed in 3 different home-stays and all of them were very clean and comfortable. This is my third trek with the Outdoers and they truly outdid themselves again! Thank you!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Outdoers I, Owner at Outdoers India
Responded 18 Jun 2022
Hi TheWiseGuy, thanks for taking time to review the trek. You both did great - glad you were able complete a good part of the trek. You should make another relaxed trip to Binsar solely for birdwatching and astronomy!
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AjayGhanekar wrote a review May 2022
Pune, India32 contributions46 helpful votes
The Outdoers team of Shyam and Sunder did a fantastic job of organizing a walk through the woods and stays at some amazing locations! Having reached Kathgodam railway station, Sunder and his team took care of all the logistics until the return to Kathgodam five days later. We stayed for four nights at three places / homestays - namely Kot Naikana (1), Buransh Kot (1) and Gaunap village (2). Over the course of this period, we trekked over 20 kms approximately in Sunder's company. Amazing vistas, heart-warming hospitality and delicious culinary preparations (a special shout-out to Pawan here) made for an amazing vacation. Sunder was a welcoming host and his knowledge of the local flora and fauna was very impressive. Above all, what impressed us the most was his passion, vision and corresponding efforts to make these tourism activities sustainable for all stakeholders who are involved in it and impacted by it. A highly recommended trip indeed!May the Outdoers team thrive and prosper for years to come! Looking forward to partnering with them in exploring more places in the future!
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Response from Outdoers I, Owner at Outdoers India
Responded 1 Jun 2022
Dear Ajay, thanks you so much for the flattering review! We are so glad you and your family enjoyed the treks and the stays. You deserved a good vacation after 2+ years of staying indoors. Look forward to taking you on other trips in the future
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Chait1 wrote a review May 2022
Hyderabad, India8 contributions3 helpful votes
It was an invigorating trip in the Oak and Pine forests of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The home-stays and resorts in Gaunap, Dhaulchinna and Shaukyathal were very comfortable, clean and well-provisioned. The guide (Sundar & Co) was not only a fount of knowledge on local flora and fauna but was a trained expert birder too. Even better, he turned out to be an excellent cook and a charming host as well. Hearty portions of local (home-cooked and primarily North Indian) cuisine for every yummy wholesome meal! The walks themselves were relatively easy and paced to accommodate varying needs (pre-teen boys to adults in their 40s and 50s). In one outing, they even arranged a vehicle to the next rendezvous point for folks that couldn't manage the steeper final stretch - with little advance notice. We were truly in good hands! The Outdoers folks care; its not just a commercial venture. The village stays are rustic and offer a liberating 'digital detox' with intermittent internet connectivity ;^) Just the recipe for city-bound families and friends who wish to cut down their screen time. Also, at our request before the trip, Outdoers readily extended and customized our holiday by a few days to cover other parts of the Kumaon region. All this at a very reasonable price for the experience!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Outdoers I, Owner at Outdoers India
Responded 31 May 2022
Hi Chait, thanks for taking the time to review the trek. Glad that you enjoyed all the hikes and the stays. Wish you many more 'forest baths' in the years to come!
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Suchitra wrote a review May 2022
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After two years of being at home because of the pandemic, walking the trails in the Binsar Sanctuary was exhilarating. The teak and deodar forest, the crisp, cool air, the incredible variety of birds -- all so soul-nourishing. And who better to help nourish our souls, stomachs and weary feet than Outdoers? Sundar was a kind and gentle host and guide. Encouraging as we scrambled up slopes, whipping out the local bal mithai to keep our energy up when we slowed down, and sharing his knowledge of birds with joy. The food was local and delicious, the homestays cosy. This Outdoers walking holiday is a good way for a family or a group of friends to start exploring the outdoors.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Outdoers I, Owner at Outdoers India
Responded 27 May 2022
Dear Suchitra, thanks for taking the time to post a review. So glad to know you loved the walking holiday. I am sure it must have been great to be outdoors after being two years of not being able to get out from home. Take care
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Bapoorau wrote a review May 2022
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We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Binsar with Outdoers. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in very capable hands. The places we stayed in were charming and comfortable, our guide Sundar was a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge on local flora and fauna, bursting into birdsong himself on occasion. The combination of the beauty of the place, the warmth of the people and the sheer exhilaration of being outdoors was incredible. The itinerary was flexible and completely at our pace. It was not too physically challenging and was perfect for first-time walkers like us. So many parts of this experience felt like a labour of love rather than a commercial venture. After being confined to our apartment for the past two years, walking in the forest, with spotty mobile connectivity was just what we needed and Outdoers were absolutely the right people to do this with. No hesitation at all in recommending this to anyone.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Outdoers I, Owner at Outdoers India
Responded 27 May 2022
Dear Bapoorau, great to know you enjoyed the walking holiday in Binsar. Glad that you were able to visit Gaunap too.
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