Golden Mahseer fly fishing on the Saryu / Mahakali rivers (India, Nepal Border)

12 Day Himalayan Fly Fishing Adventure

Experience the BEST of Golden Mahseer fly fishing with Misty Dhillon and Matt Harris on a 12-day fly fishing adventure to northern India’s border with Nepal. 

This adventure features: 

  • Guided Golden Mahseer fly fishing with Misty Dhillon and team, floating some 60 river miles on a self-contained river expedition accessing some of the best Golden Mahseer fly fishing on the borders of India and Nepal. 
  • Connecting to ancient cultures in these remote areas and roaming the land of the Man-eaters of Kumaon, Jim Corbett’s classic novel that depicts the iconic wildlife activity of this Himalayan frontier of India with Nepal. 
  • Extensive virtual Pre-Trip sessions to better prepare you for Golden Mahseer fly fishing with Misty Dhillon, a FFI casting instructor with more than 2 decades of experience guiding for these legendary fish. 

Anglers must understand that Golden Mahseer fishing can be notoriously finicky and elusive, which makes casting ability essential in connecting to these legendary river fish. It can sometimes be challenging finding the sweet spot of the swing, so Misty will begin working with you before you depart. The Golden Mahseer fishery is not for the faint of heart. Misty will also provide detailed information on gear, flies, conditions, cultural practices, behaviors, and beliefs. Those embarking on this journey will be well prepared and in the best hands.

  • Please Note: Mandatory Covid tests for the return journey are also included.

OverView

  • Capacity: Varies from 4-6 anglers per journey
  • Duration: 12 Days 
  • Country: India 
  • Region: Kumaon, Uttarakhand,  
  • International Airport: New Delhi International Airport (DEL).  
  • Activity Level: Moderately challenging walking on rocky un-even riverbeds, paddling where required, and fly fishing for Golden Mahseer guided by your host and local guides.
  • Activity Inclusions: While angling is the major focus of this adventure, the journey also includes rafting, bird watching, wildlife sightings, as well as visiting remote villages. Additionally, anglers can also enjoy fly tying and even a casting lesson if you feel up for it in the afternoons. 

Update: Health & Safety

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Arrivals into India will require the following. 
  1. Submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days travel details. 
  2. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report* (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey) or Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination**.

Package Inclusions

  • Hosted by Misty Dhillon (where applicable). 
  • 2 virtual, pre-trip interviews & presentations with Misty Dhillon to be better prepared for your trip for hosted trips and 4 virtual sessions for self-guided trips that include everything from Pre Trip Tackle rituals, techniques to practice before hand and important considerations to make your adventure more potent and successful. 
  • A dozen Golden Mahseer flies tied by Misty that includes articulated and tube flies for the Saryu/Mahakali Rivers. 
  • Use of fly fishing tackle if needed. 
  • Applicable fishing permits. 
  • Guided Fishing with 2 anglers to a guide and a raft, even self guided trips are guided by local guides with the same anglers to raft capacity. 
  • Use of river expedition such as helmets (where needed) lifejackets, splash jackets, wet suit if needed, dry bags both easy access and larger ones for your personal gear with no more than 2 anglers to a raft!
  • Accommodation, meals, and transfers as listed include. 
    • JB Marriott, Aerocity 1 night 
    • Te Aroha, Dhanachulli 1 night 
    • Float Trip 7 nights
    • The Oberoi 2 nights
  • Domestic air and train travel. 
  • Arrival and departure services from New Delhi International Airport (DEL) whether you are arriving individually or as a group. 
  • Locally available non-alcoholic beverages, tonic water, or soft drinks. 
  • Mineral Water. 
  • Covid Test for the return journey. 
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees. 
  • Post Trip Reflection (1hr.)

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 and our Process that includes:
    • Pre journey interview (1-hr). 
    • During journey practices & support. 
    • Post journey reflection (1-hr). 

PACKAGE PRICING

Payment Plan Options Available.  

SELF GUIDED

6 Anglers
$ 4,775
Per angler
  • Duration: 12 days.
  • Starts: Sat. Sept. 30, 2023
  • Ends: Wed. Oct. 11, 2023
  • Capacity: 6 anglers.
  • Availability: 6 spots

HOSTED

6 Anglers
$ 6,950
Per angler
  • Duration: 12 days.
  • Starts: Sat. April 8, 2023
  • Ends: Wed. April 19, 2023
  • Capacity: 6 anglers.
  • Availability: 4 spots

HOSTED

4 Anglers
$ 8,775
Per angler
  • Duration: 12 days.
  • Starts: Sat. April 22, 2023
  • Ends: Wed May 3, 2023
  • Capacity: 4 anglers.
  • Availability: 4 spots

Duration: 12 Days

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrival & Grounding: Arrive at New Delhi International Airport (DEL) and head off to immigrations and customs after getting your baggage. You will be met by our representative as you exit the airport before being chauffeured to the JB Marriott hotel which is also included in the price of the journey (B&B plan). 

Arrive and settle in. Be sure to have your passports accessible as they will require them for check-in at the JB Marriott.

*India’s regulations prohibit you from carrying or using a satellite phone, personal radio communication devices (even low-frequency ones), night vision and drones. 

Day 2: Welcome to the Himalayas! We will board our flight to Pantnagar (PGH), Kumaon (3hrs) at 1245 hrs. Your domestic flight check-in will begin an hour before. 

Upon arrival, we will be met by our team on the ground and driven (3 hrs) to a lodge en-route to the river called, Te Aroha Dhanachuli (7,000ft roughly). 

Enjoy a late but authentic Indian lunch/early dinner that includes garlic Naan, chicken tikka masala, chicken tikka fresh off the tandoori oven, palak paneer, freshly prepared authentic delicacies, served with a backdrop of the Himalayas (weather dependant). 

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

Day 3 – Drive to the river: Journey to Pancheshwar after breakfast. Follow Kumaon’s hilly back-roads after breakfast and arrive at camp by late afternoon. 

There is a chance is seeing Himalayan vistas all along this drive, weather dependant. Bird watching can also be especially good, early in the mornings, with a chance of spotting a leopard around every corner, even though it is rare during the daytime, as leopards of the region are highly nocturnal. Being around roadkill and stalking monkeys isn’t uncommon leopard behavior. 

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

Day 4: Enjoy a day’s fishing in the Pancheshwar area before floating down into quieter, less pressured waters. 

Pancheshwar is located on the borders of India and Nepal. It is also marked by the confluence of the Saryu and Mahakali rivers that is home to some of northern India’s best Golden Mahseer waters.

However, as Pancehshwar is one of the few road access points, these waters can get a bit pressured. Therefore, we keep our Golden Mahseer fishing program flexible, but also mobile to cover less pressured waters with the help of mobile camps that are carried by rafts and catarafts, rowed by a team of some of India’s most seasoned river rafting guides. 

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

Day 5-9: Enjoy Golden Mahseer fishing with your expert guides. 

Expect it to be hot in April and even May. Though temperatures drop, making it much cooler in the evenings and at night. 

  • Biting bugs in the spring are a 3 on a scale of 1-10. 

End each day with a refreshing hot bucket bath and a fire (weather permitting). 

There are chances of seeing barking deer, langur, leopard, mountain goat, rhesus macaque, yellow-throated martens, reptiles, and diverse birdlife. 

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

Day 10: Your day will start early paddling through the final stretches of the Mahakali as it leaves the Himalayan foothills. 

Say goodbye to your river team and embark on a four(4) hour drive to the train station to board your train back to New Delhi. 

This train will be arriving at New Delhi train station at 10 pm from where you will be chauffeured to the Oberoi, New Delhi. 

  • Overnight: The Oberoi, New Delhi
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (served on the train). 

Day 11: After a Covid test first thing this morning, visit south Delhi’s significant historic sights from the Mughal as well as Colonial era. 

Starting about 9 am, we’ll head over to the Humayun’s Tomb that is closest to the Oberoi New Delhi and located in a relatively quieter part of south Delhi. 

After an authentic Indian lunch, we also visit the India Gate and the presidential palace and end our day at Delhi Haat, or the other way around to purchase local artisans from the craftsmen themselves. 

  • Overnight: The Oberoi, New Delhi
  • Meal included: Breakfast

Day 12: The journey home. Check-out time at the Oberoi is 11 am. 

The drive to the New Delhi airport can take as much as an hour, and sometimes even more depending on traffic conditions. 

 

Hosted Journeys

Misty Dhillon is a passionate angler who has spent over 20 years pursuing Golden Mahseer, training local youth with little or no education background to become fly fishing guides to be stewards of their own Golden Mahseer waters. In addition, Misty became India’s first certified FFI casting instructor back in 2011 and has spent many years fishing and guiding on the Saryu and Mahakali rivers in northern India. 

Set up your complimentary consultation with our in-house expert, Misty Dhillon

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Golden Mahseer

Golden Mahseer is the iconic carp/barbell that is native to the Himalayas. Furthermore, they are a bioindicator species, and just like the Bengal Tiger, they are also facing extinction due to habitat loss as a result of dams, river diversions, canals, and few fish ladders. Anglers around the globe are worried about the future of Golden Mahseer, but local participation and community initiatives, such as catch and release angling are bringing awareness among locals thanks to the internet and social media. We are hopeful that initiatives of organizations such as the Mahseer Trust, local forest departments, dedicated but overworked fisheries officers, local guides, and local, owner-run small business lodges, camps will continue to do the amazing work they were before the pandemic to ensure a further for these iconic fish. 

Blog

Someone recently asked, what my top 3 Himalayan Mahseer fly fishing rivers are, and why? 

A great question that inspired me to write and share some of my personal experiences while fly fishing for Mahseer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Things to consider before planning your fishing trip. 

Package Exclusions

  • Single supplement. 
  • International airfare, meals, transfers, sightseeing or extensions that are not listed in the itinerary. 
  • Medical (field rescue), security and/or cancellation insurance. 
  • Any items of personal nature such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tips (ask for guidelines), laundry, telephone calls etc. 
  • Expenses incurred due to flight delays, road-blocks and any circumstances beyond our control. 
  • Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

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