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India

Himalayan Outback

Accommodations
Private Tents
Season
March-May & September-November
Species
Golden Mahseer, Goonch & Indian Snow Trout
Ideal For
Families, Friends & Adventurous Anglers
Golden Mahseer in an Ancient and Exotic Land
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A trip to India is not your average fishing trip, just as the Golden Mahseer is not your everyday fish. To pursue this selective, heavily-armored and incredibly strong freshwater fish means a journey to the Himalayan frontier region of northern India, where the experienced local guides that Yellow Dog works with have established a totally unique, safari-style fishing program. This is an offering that utilizes a number a comfortable tent camp as a main base of operations. From there, clients can fish up and downstream each day, with close proximity to the highly productive confluence of the Saryu and Mahakali Rivers. Golden Mahseer fishing in India usually involves wade fishing from the bank, and fishing for Mahseer is in many ways similar to fishing for steelhead or Atlantic salmon. The renowned author Rudyard Kipling described the Mahseer as “the Angler’s Right of Passage” … “beside whom the Tarpon is a Herring, and he who catches him can say he is a fisherman”. The Mahseer has always been highly regarded for its fighting abilities. With a monstrous tail and the wisdom to use the fast-flowing waters of the Himalayan rivers to its benefit, even a 10 or 15-pound Mahseer can put up a fight that is not for the faint-hearted. An Indian Golden Mahseer is considered one of rarest fish to catch, and during the British occupation of India, fishing for Mahseer became very popular with the Brits and with Indian royalty as well. For some, it became a rite of passage that to true sportsmen was akin to hunting and killing a tiger.
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Lodging Details
The camp is located on the banks of the Saryu River approximately 1.5 miles upstream from the Saryu’s confluence with the Mahakali River. The camp itself can accommodate up to four anglers per week (six maximum for intact groups that know each other) in heavy-duty, four-layer safari-style tents. Each angler will be accommodated in an individual and spacious tent that is furnished with the very best British campaign-style furniture and a comfortable double bed (or two single beds on request) kitted out with full linens and blankets. Each room also features side tables, dressing tables, chairs, clothes racks, and luggage racks. All furniture is made from hardwoods and sourced from J & R Guram's "Campaign Furniture Collection." The camp also has full bathroom facilities with proper toilets (one for each tent), showers, and hot and cold running water. 

The main dining area for camp is a large, outdoor covered structure with a dining table that can seat up to eight people. This is the main social and gathering area for camp. There is also an outdoor bonfire area with comfortable chairs – perfect for relaxing in the evenings, enjoying drinks and cigars, and sharing stories from your day on the river. The Himalayan Outback takes the comfort and enjoyment of their guests very seriously, and you can expect extraordinary service from an attentive and well-trained staff.

Food and Beverages
Breakfast is served each morning in the outdoor dining area of camp before heading off for your day of fishing on the river. It is possible to pack a lunch and take this with you for your day of fishing, or you can easily return to camp for a mid-day lunch break and an afternoon nap. After each day of fishing, a full buffet-style dinner will be served in the outdoor dining area, with a unique and gourmet menu prepared by the in-house chef. The menu is a mix of regional and Himalayan cuisine, traditional Indian food, and continental fare. 

Typical Length of Stay
Trip packages run anywhere from six (6) to ten (10) days. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and specific rates.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
While in camp, non-anglers or anglers looking to take a break from fishing can hike the area, explore nearby towns and villages, visit the temple at the nearby confluence, or recreate on the river. Pancheshwar (the village closest to camp) is located on the border with Nepal. This remote village is a well-known destination for those with an interest in bird watching. A walk to the nearby villages offers a glimpse into the simple and unspoiled life of an area that has been almost forgotten by the rest of the world. An ancient temple, located at the confluence of the mighty Mahakali and the Saryu River, is a delight for photographers. The Himalayan Outback can customize itineraries to include visits to the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, guided visits to Kumaon villages, mountain hikes, birding walks, or a drive to view some of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges. Trip arrangements can also be made on either the front or back end of trip to visit the region of Rajasthan, which is known for its incredible palaces, including the Taj Mahal.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available in all New Delhi hotels, and cell coverage throughout the country is very reliable. Wi-Fi and cell service are usually available in camp, however due to the remote location, coverage may be slow or spotty. 

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