Golden Mahseer fishing in India's Saryu River in Kumaon.

For many anglers, Golden Mahseer fishing in India’s Himalayan frontier with Nepal. More specifically, the Saryu and Mahakali rivers is a dream come true. 

Though some of India’s best Golden Mahseer waters are a 2-day initiation; journeying deep into India’s Himalayan foothills. Before rafting down the Mahakali river that separates the borders of India and Nepal. Accessing trophy Golden Mahseer waters as well as some of India’s best fly fishing for Mahseer. 

  • Airport: Arrive at the Indira Gandhi International  Airport in Delhi (DEL).  
  • Visa: Required (India eVisa). 
  • Currently not open for tourist  international travel. 

***Due to a recent surge in Covid cases, India is currently closed for travel.

Suggest Duration: 10-12 Itineraries

Day by Day

Arrive in India’s capital New Delhi (DEL) by 2pm. You will be met upon arrival and chauffeured the JB Marriott, a short drive. 

  • Overnight: JB Marriott 

Be chauffeured to Delhi’s domestic terminal before boarding a 2-hr flight to Pantnagar (PGH), Kumaon. Arrive by midday and rendezvous with your host. Continuing your onward journey by road (3 hrs) toward India’s Himalayan frontier, Saryu and Mahakali rivers that border Nepal.  

  • Overnight: Te Aroha, Dhanachulli.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch dinner. 

Opt to rise early, as some clear mornings offer Himalayan vistas from Te Aroha, Dhanachulli due to it’s location (7,000 ft. ), while a well appointed team of locally employed lodge staff serve a delightful breakfast outdoors (weather dependent), leaving you marveling at the extensive terrace farming practices, Himalayan vistas (weather dependent), rich bird-life and Kumaoni way of life during a 6-hr drive following switchback Himalayan backroads finally leading to the India, Nepal border. Due to frequent picture and refreshment spots along this route journey time taken can vary up-to 8 hrs. 

Make it to your fishing camp in daylight hours  followed by some time on the water fishing for Golden Mahseer before ending your day around a small fire, appetizers and dinner. 

  • Overnight: Tented fishing camp. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Enjoy guided Golden Mahseer fishing with expert local guides. As the Pancheshwar area is a migratory hot-spot for Golden Mahseer. 

During this short window of opportunity, anglers can find themselves connected to a fish of dreams, be it on fly or conventionally.

 Though this angling adventure certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. As anglers will find themselves being guided during India’s hot summer. Often walking on steep trails, boulder strewn river beds and wet-wading with the assistance of local guides. Hence, a good wading staff is important kit for this adventure. Very early starts and late evening fishing is often the norm. Leaving the mid day hours for relaxation at camp, fly tying, discussing strategies with your guide while preparing for your next session on these Mahseer rich waters. 

You may also find the details of our 12-day journey that includes a float trip here. 

  • Overnight: Tented fishing camp. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Explore the waters of the Saryu/Mahakali rivers during the early hours of the mornings. Thank your guides and supporting camp team over breakfast before heading out for a final night in the Himalayas at 7,000 ft. Enjoy modern amenities after your camping adventure and a 5-hr drive. 

  • Overnight: Te Aroha, Dhanachulli, Himalayan Lodge.  
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner.

Enjoy the morning at leisure and travel back to New Delhi (3 hr drive & 2 hr domestic flight). 

  • Overnight:JB Marriott (is located close to the international terminal for onward connections) 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch. 

Be chauffeured to the international terminal by 11 am. 

  • Meal included: Breakfast

Package Inclusions

  • Arrival meet & greet in New Delhi International airport (DEL). 
  • Escorted transfers, meals & accommodation as listed. 
  • No hassles with all logistics planned, special activities, reservations, and excursions as listed in your itinerary. 
  • Connections to the best local travel tribe guides of the area. 
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers to a guide).
  • Applicable taxes & credit card processing fee are included. 
  • Departure services. 

More Inclusions

  • Detailed packing checklist. 
  • Maps of destination. 
  • Quick access Google shared folder for your convenience, anywhere. 
  • Guidance on travel policies, do’s and don’ts. 
  • A consciously designed itinerary using transformational travel best industry practices.
  • Our Process that includes:
    • Pre journey interview (1-hr). 
    • During journey practices & support. 
    • Post journey reflection (1-hr). 
  • Complimentary Travel with H.E.A.R.T. gift packages before departure (includes over $50 worth of travel goodies and printed essentials for your journey!)

The place

India

Home to a great diversity of rivers and habitat. India has long been the stronghold of the Golden Mahseer. India’s watersheds also host a few different species of Mahseer. Of which Golden Mahseer are the flagship species of the Himalayan foothills. 

Although Golden Mahseer are widely distributed, they are also a threatened species that swim alongside some of India’s most impressive wildlife. 

Why this journey?

  • Pursue your personal passion of fishing or fly fishing for Golden Mahseer in India’s Himalayan foothills bordering Nepal with Golden Mahseer fishing expert Misty Dhillon. 
  • Fish will a team of seasoned guides who know this river system intimately. 
  • Try your luck during the best dates for a fish of a lifetime while accessing some of the best waters for trophy Golden Mahseer fishing in India. 
  • Stay in private camps that are shifted to compliment the Mahseer fishing. 
  • Immerses you into the Kumaoni culture, philosophies, stories while connecting to the people of this region. Witness modern day realities while learning about ancient truths to get fresh perspective and inspiration from a confluence of cultures found in these Himalayan foothills. 

PACKAGE PRICING

Please note that all booking are subject to availably during the time of deposit. 

Float Trip

October 2023
$ 3,975
Per angler
  • Duration: 12 days.
  • Starts: Sat. Oct. 7, 2023.
  • Ends: Wed. Oct. 18 2023.
  • Capacity: 6 anglers.

Season 1

May 2022
$ 3,450
Per angler
  • Duration: 10 days.
  • Starts: Sun. May 1, 2022.
  • Ends: Tue. May 10, 2022.
  • Capacity: 4 anglers.

Season 2

Set. Oct. 2022
$ 3,300
Per angler
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Starts: Sat. Sept. 24, 2022
  • Ends: Tue. Oct. 4, 2022
  • Capacity: 6 anglers

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