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Trip the Himalaya invites you to JNR, India's 1st private nature reserve. You'll never look at a nature park the same way again! Join us every morning 8:00 am for a nature walk in the park, in Mussoorie's neighbourhood forests. 

 

THE NATURE WALK

 

On this walk, you'll enjoy a leisurely easy to moderate walking trails that take you to different parts and paths while learning about the Reserve. 

 

Trails are well-marked on the ground and on the map. The map also describes the unique features of each trail in the different seasons and, used along with the field guides for flowers, trees, shrubs, mushrooms, you can spend several hours seeking out and identifying different facets of nature. The spectacular views of the many ranges of Himalayas and the layers of the Sivaliks and Doon valley will captivate the walker. 

 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip 

 

- Spending the mornings/sunsets amid salubrious and a tranquil environment

- Hiking through private nature reserve 

- Butterflying & Birding in Jabarkhet

- Lush green meadows and sitting areas in the nature park

- Barking Deers, Squirrels, Sloth Bear, Yellow-throated martin

- Oak trees, rhododendron and the whispering Deodar forest

 

  • Our walk to Kalvan village was great. Other than walk and experience was amazing. Hospitality of villagers and satvik food was worth the effort. Learning about their hardships was touching yet they were happy. -Tanvi Chandra‎

Jabarkhet Nature Walk :Mussoorie Sunrise & Sunsets in the forest

JABARKHET NATURE RESERVE: 

 

The primary experience that Jabarkhet Nature Reserve (aka. JNR) provides is to allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural world and make new discoveries that await at every corner. 

 

JNR is open to all visitors with an interest in nature, walking, hiking, photography, birdwatching and those who would are looking for a place of scenic beauty away from the traffic, hustle and bustle of Mussoorie. 

 

NATURE & WILDLIFE:  

 

JNR provides a home for an incredible variety of wildlife - birds, mammals and insects. Over 100 species of birds are found here and it is one of the best places to spot large coveys of the handsome Kaleej pheasant. These birds are usually encountered on the trails within the oak and rhododendron forests. Walking on the ridge trail, you will find Himalayan Griffon and Lammergier vultures soaring above you. On the meadows, the numerous berry bushes and fruit trees attract magpies, thrushes and jays. Walking on the spring trail, you will find many mixed flocks of forest and songbirds. Take your binoculars and bird guide along for a rich birding experience.

 

While you might only occasionally encounter wild mammals on the trails, you can be sure that they are all around you. Our camera traps that have been placed in strategic locations around the Reserve have captured leopard, barking deer, goral, yellow throated marten, leopard cat, langur, black bear, porcupine, wild boar and even sambar. If you walk quietly, you could be lucky enough to spot goral on the hill slopes and hear a barking deer running away from you. Martens can be seen on early morning walks, especially in winter. If you walk along the trails with our guides, they will show you signs of the wildlife all around you.

Jabarkhet Nature Reserve Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Jabarkhet Nature Walk :Mussoorie Sunrise & Sunsets in the forest

Welcome to JNR

Jabarkhet Nature Walk

 

WHEN:  Everyday at 8:30 AM

The monsoon brings its own charm and along with it a myriad of wild flowers, ferns and mushrooms. It is the best time to explore the forest if you don’t mind getting a little wet. Avoid the meadows at this time and make sure you ask for leech socks to protect your feet.

 

WHEREMeet your nature guide at the JNR (Jabarkhet Nature Reserve) gate. From there, you'll follow him through trails in the nature reserve. If you arrive after 8:30, please contact the instructor directly for a location update.

 

WHY:  It is a great place for families on holiday to spend quality time with their children, learning about and exploring nature with the help of the maps and field guides that are provided. 

 

There is something for everyone – hiking enthusiasts, birdwatchers, nature and landscape photographers, wildlifers, people seeking solitude, peace and quiet, artists, botanists, as well as those interested in learning more about Himalayan flora, fauna, and culture.

 

YOUR NATURE GUIDE:  Our local guides who are from the area can inform you about the geography, ecology, history and culture of the area. They are also trained birdwatchers and naturalists and will take you on guided nature walks where you can learn about the diversity of flora and fauna, understand wildlife signs and behavior and get information of the many local and medicinal uses of trees, shrubs and herbs found here.

 

WALK LEADER:  Virendra Panwar

 

Please drop us a line at hello@tripthehimalaya.in if you would like to be on our mailing list and learn more about the special walks.

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To join our trail talks and village walks Signup Here

 

Talk to our outdoor trip advisor about mountain-life experiences customised for your student/corporate group - Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In | +91-7300-686-293 | TripTheHimalaya.In

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Rs. 900/- Per Person for a Half-Day Experience

Jabarkhet Nature Walk

Fee: The cost of the expert-guided hike/walk is Rs 900/- Per Person

Duration: The walks usually take 3-4 hours (Full-Day Hike/Walk)

Kids: No Entry Fee for Children under 5 years of age. 

 

This cost does Not Include any local transport (cabs/coaches/etc), any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned in the programme.

 

Note: Groups range from min 3 to 15 pax per batch. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the walk experience more effective. 

ACTIVITY: Hiking & Instructions on trail walking, Knowledge on wildlife, local flora-fauna and Basic Principles of LNT© Ethics 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Not Included 

 

MEALS: After your walk a light breakfast at our favourite local Garhwali cafe on the way back. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and refreshments/breakfast of local/natural/organic dishes is prepared accordingly. Non-Veg menu can be provided on request (non-veg meals are not included in the fee). 

 

EXPERT Nature-Guide with maps, binoculars and bird guide at the nature reserve. 

 

SAFE-SECURE Environment during the walk/hike.

 

FOREST permits for hikes/walks, destination/park fees and Gratuities 

 

OUTDOOR/ CAMPING/TREKKING GEAR: Not Included 

 

INFORMATION: Nature/Outdoor based knowledge and trail talks

 

BACKCOUNTRY EMERGENCY: Our instructors are certified by Aerie Backcountry in Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid. We also have Medical Support from Landour Community Hospital (LCH). 

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

a) Personal Hiking Gear can also be provided on hire from our partner outfitting store in Mussoorie.

b) You are welcome to bring and use Your Own Gear as well.

c) In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the individual/group-leader shall be liable to pay for the cost.

 

Jabarkhet Nature Walk | Day Hike :

 

Ideal Pack List to Trip the Himalaya:  Mentioned below is a broad list of basic items we recommend all students/ explorers should carry. You can always create your own pack-list based on your personal needs and medical requirements. 

 

IDEALLY BRING: 

Sun hat: Cotton/Nylon

Sunglasses: Preferably with an Anchor

Sun protection Lotion 

Water bottle: 2 Bottles of 1 litre capacity. Please insure that they do not leak. Hydration pack (optional)

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

Rain wear: Rain Poncho, Rain Pants & Rain Jackets (During Monsoon)

Personal medications: If any, please also carry your doctor’s prescription and fill out our Medical History form. 

Lip balm/ chapstick or Moisturiser             

Camera/ Phone: Optional

Any other personal gear: Please note you will be carrying all your gear by yourself

Stationary: Notebook and pen/pencils 

 

IDEALLY WEAR: 

Comfortable and Athletic clothing (rain proof/ wind-proof)

Carry Warm Jacket: 1 Jacket (woollen/ fleece)

Hiking pants

Hiking shirt preferably with a Long sleeve

Hiking shoes: 1 Pair (High-ankle waterproof trekking shoes with good grip)

Slippers/ Sandals: Footwear should be closed toed. (No flip-flops)

 

Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of people visiting, we do not generally accept walk-in visitors at the gate. Please call/email in advance to book the walks and reach at the JNR gate at the time agreed with your nature guide.

 

Groups/Individuals: Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-15 individuals for most walks.

 

Facilities: There is a restroom available on the site, but you will need to get the keys from the local guide or caretaker. 

 

Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothing (preferably non fluorescent colours) in which you can move easily: sneakers, t-shirt and athletic pants. 

 

Meals: If you intend to spend more than 3-4 hours in the reserve, please feel free to carry your own food and make sure to carry at least 1 ltr of water (each person) as the nearest shops are 200-500 metres from the gate.

 

Trash Policy: If you are carrying plastic bottled water, pleasure make sure you also carry the bottles, any other leftovers and your trash back out with you or use one of the bins provided. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatisation. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music, alcohol, adventure sports and picnics in large groups, then JNR is not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!

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Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

JNR organises expert guided walks from time to time, usually on weekends for individuals and groups. These walks will be posted on our website in advance for signing up and are also announced through a mailer that we send out to people on our mailing list. Please drop us a line at Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In if you would like to be on our mailing list and learn more about the special walks. The walks usually take 3-4 hours and are priced at Rs. 750-1500 per person. At these walks, expert naturalists, photographers, botanists, birders, writers, artists, and more will enhance your experience and knowledge about the flora, fauna, history, geography and culture of the Himalayas.

 

If you would like to organise a tailored walk focusing on a special aspect of nature including birdwatching, flower or mushroom identification, butterfly trails, photography or any related topic. Or would like to bring a group for other compatible activities such as meditation, art or nature writing, etc. please contact us and we can help to organise this. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-18 individuals for most activities.

At JNR, TTH can also organise specialised activity packages for school children ranging from 8-14 years. These can be day activities or 2-day programmes where camping or stays in a dormitory can be arranged in collaboration with the Trip The Himalaya, which is located within walking distance of JNR.

 

The learning-cum-activity experience for school children can be tailor-made to the requirements of each school. It would include a combination of classroom talks as well as hands-on activities in the Reserve including learning how to set up wildlife cameras, monitoring and documenting flora and fauna, trekking, community interactions, and more. Please contact us to learn about what is on offer. Note that we do not offer adventure sports related activities apart from hiking and trekking.

 

We can also organise teacher training workshops for nature and environmental studies in collaboration with our partner organisations.

JNR offers an exceptional field laboratory for institutions interested in ecological or wildlife research, including on topics such as ecological restoration, animal behaviour, watershed management and others. Please contact us to explore opportunities in this field.

JNR has eight well-demarcated walking trails that you can explore. The trails are marked on the ground and we also provide a map that provides a description of each trail including the best seasons to visit and what to look for on each trail. The trails are linked to the field guides through colour coding and, depending on the season, you can look for specific trees, flowers or mushrooms on the different trails.

 

We recommend taking a guided walk with one of our local guides who are trained in birdwatching, wildlife identification, natural history and know a great deal about the uses of the various plants and herbs in the Reserve. This will greatly enrich your experience. Walking with the guides also enables you to experience the thrill of checking one or more of the hidden cameras which document wildlife presence and movement on the different trails and at the waterhole.

 

If you are an experienced walker and prefer to be on your own, we invite you to use the map and field guides to discover your own favorite parts of the Reserve. Please use care when walking on the trails and ensure that you have good walking shoes. While the trails are generally safe, if you are walking without one of our guides, please read the trail instructions carefully and keep to the clearer routes.

 

Most circuits will take about 3-4 hours to cover, accounting for time to rest, indulge in photography and explore the many facets of nature in the Reserve. Please carry your own drinking water as there is only one spot in the Reserve with a natural spring, which will require additional walking to get to.

 

Depending on the weather and time available, our guide can arrange tea on the meadows at the end of the walk but there are not other food or catering facilities at the Reserve. However, within a few hundred metres of the gate, there are restaurants at Bataghat and a restaurant at Jaberkhet on either side of the Reserve if you need refreshments.

JNR is conveniently located on the Mussoorie - Dhanaulti road, just a few kilometres from the centre of Mussoorie. If you are staying in Mussoorie, you can take a taxi or drive to the entrance of the Reserve. Parking space is available outside the entrance. It takes about 30 minutes to get here from the Library end of Mussoorie and 15 minutes from Picture Palace or Landour by car. You need to drive past Woodstock School, and a couple of kilometres later you will reach the small settlement of Jabarkhet. The entrance of JNR is just 500m from here and you will see the sign, fence and entrance to your left.

 

If you are coming from Dehradun, you need to take the Dhanaulti road a few kilometres before reaching Mussoorie. This road bypasses Mussoorie town and after about 5km, will bring you to a junction called Bataghat. From Bataghat, take a U turn and drive back towards Mussoorie (not towards Dhanaulti). Just about 200 metres from this junction, you will see the sign and entrance of JNR to your right.

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife, particularly at night, JNR does not offer accommodation at the Reserve. However, there are a number of options for stay within a 5 km radius of the Reserve, mostly in the Landour area.

Hiking Boots:  A mid or high boot will protect you ankle from unnatural twists and sprain on uneven terrain. Tough, chiseled Vibram soles made for trail hiking will grab onto rock and slippery surfaces and will hold up against lots of abuse over time much better than regular running shoes or sneakers

 

Quick-dry or soft-shell outdoor pants: Jeans, which are made out of cotton, absorb humidity and water and stay very wet which, if the water or air is cold,  can lead to hypothermia. They also do not insulate as well as synthetic fiber pants do.

 

Waterproof outer layer of pants and jacket: A breathable but completely waterproof pants and jacket combo will ensure that your under layers stay dry from rain and release moisture from sweat.

 

Wool socks: Like jeans, cotton socks retain moisture and adjust to the temperature of the atmosphere while wool socks keep you warm and dry even in heavy rain or after stepping in a puddle.

 

You said that I have to wear hiking boots. What if I have sneakers that I love to hike in?

In the winter, we recommend wearing hiking boots because they will keep your feet warm and dry. In the summer, many of our trails can be hiked in sneakers if you’re confident in your ability. Be aware that sneakers do not have the same tread or ankle support as a hiking boot. Simply put, boots are safer.

 

I want to “bring a friend” but we want to sign up separately, how do we do this? 

You can each sign up for the trip via our website. Just select the trip while registering, and we'll get in touch with you to ask about the number of people coming with you. 

 

Can I pay a deposit to reserve my spot?

For our day trips you do need to pay in full to reserve your spot. For our multi-day trips you may be able to set up a custom payment plan. Please email us on hello@tripthehimalaya.com, Or call the us at 7300-686-293 for options according to trip.

 

The cabs got stuck in traffic! Something came up and I couldn’t make it! Can I get a trip credit? 

This one is going to sting. We would have loved to see you out on the trip with us, but if you can’t come we need at least 24 hours advance notice in order to be able to give you a trip credit. There are no exceptions.

 

4 Seater cab rental option including tolls, insurance and fuel: Rs. 3500/- per vehicle, per day Or Rs. 1500/- per vehicle, One way. 

 

Transfers cost between Dehra Dun railway station to Mussoorie, one-way ranges between Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 6000/- for a 4 seater,  8-9 seater & 13 seater vehicle respectively. 

 

The passenger vans/mini-coaches we use, hold between to 13-18 pax. Mini bus holds 27 pax, SUV/MUV hold up to 7 pax and all smaller cabs up to 4 pax. We do not over load vehicles with even one extra passenger.  

 

We use Maruti Dzire, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, or similar vehicles. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

 

No local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except for TTH staff where we require short transfers from between camps to the trek points. 

Where do I go to the bathroom? 

The majority of the trails we hike on do not have established bathrooms. In short, nature is your bathroom.

 

Facilities at the Reserve: 

There is a restroom available on the site, but you will need to get the keys from the local guide or caretaker. 

 

Should I tip my guide? 

Our guides are the best you’ll find anywhere. If you had a great day with us, a tip is always appreciated.

 

Are we going hiking even though it’s raining and windy? 

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

 

Will we still be going snowshoeing if there’s no snow in the forecast? 

If we schedule a snowshoeing trip, we make every effort to select a trail that has adequate snow for a great trip. If this is not possible we will change the trip to a winter hike.

 

I’m signing up by myself. Will there be other solo travellers on the trip?

One of the great reasons to go on our trips is you don’t have to depend on unreliable friends. Many people sign up solo and within minutes on the trip, find themselves making friends.

 

I have a child who loves the outdoors, can I bring him with? 

At this point, most of our public trips are for 5+ only. That being said, we can run private trips for any ages.

 

What type of person goes on a Trip the Himalaya programme?

Ages generally range from early teens through fifties, though there are definitely people of all ages on our trips. We find that there’s a pretty even split between male and female on our trips. The common thread we find is an adventurous spirit and love for the outdoors.

 

Please Read our:

Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of people visiting, we do not generally accept walk-in visitors at the gate. Please call/email in advance to book the walks and reach at the JNR gate at the time agreed with your nature guide.

 

Groups/Individuals: Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-15 individuals for most walks.

 

Facilities: There is a restroom available on the site, but you will need to get the keys from the local guide or caretaker. 

 

Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothing (preferably non fluorescent colours) in which you can move easily: sneakers, t-shirt and athletic pants. 

 

Meals: If you intend to spend more than 3-4 hours in the reserve, please feel free to carry your own food and make sure to carry at least 1 ltr of water (each person) as the nearest shops are 200-500 metres from the gate.

 

Trash Policy: If you are carrying plastic bottled water, pleasure make sure you also carry the bottles, any other leftovers and your trash back out with you or use one of the bins provided. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatisation. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music, alcohol, adventure sports and picnics in large groups, then JNR is not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!

The client receives a confirmation via email within 24 hours of successful booking. The customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed. 

 

If Cancellations are made - 

 

30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as Cancellation fees. 

 

15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

 

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.