Trekking in Garhwal: New Delhi, Haridwar, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Bhujbasa, Gaumukh, Tapovan, Gangotri, Lata, Belak, Budhakedar, Bhaironchatti, Ghuttu, Panwali, Triuginarain, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Rishikesh, New Delhi

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Trekking in Garhwal Tour
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20 Days / 19 Nights)
(New Delhi-Haridwar-Uttarkashi-Gangotri-Bhujbasa-Gaumukh-Tapovan-Gangotri-Lata-Belak-Budhakedar-Bhaironchatti-Ghuttu-Panwali-Triuginarain-Kedarnath-Rudraprayag-Rishikesh-New Delhi)

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The Garhwal is one of the frequently visited areas in the Himalayas. This is one area in the Himalayas, which has something to offer to the mountaineers, the trekkers, the naturalists and the photographers from all over the world. Trekking in Garhwal combined with visits to the holy temples of Gangotri, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh, and trek to Gangotri Glacier or Gaumukh will add spiritual experience of the Himalayas.

Day 01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi
In the morning we will have sightseeing of Old Delhi. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and "
Jama Masjid", the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. We will also visit "Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower, which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. Before we proceed to the hotel we will drive through New Delhi where we will visit the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.

Day 03: New Delhi - Haridwar
In the morning, we will drive to Haridwar. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region and is located on the foothills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganges. The River Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats become breathtakingly beautiful with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of Ganges. We visit various places like Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi temple, Sapt Rishi, Daksha Mahadev temple etc. In the evening we will visit Har Ki Pauri again. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this Ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.

Day 04: Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Gangotri

In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to Gangotri. The road quickly leaves the plains and winds its way through the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas to reach the ancient capital of Garhwal called "Tehri". From here on we follow the Bhagirathi River through amazing countryside dotted with typical Garhwali villages all along the route. We will have lunch in Uttarkashi, an important town of this area mostly serving to Indian pilgrims. From Uttarkashi the roads climb rather quickly and steeply over several hairpin bends and the roaring Bhagirathi river always giving you company. Gangotri (3140 m), with its famous Goddess Ganga Temple is inhabited during the summer months. Deodar and fir trees surround this place. A boulder marks the spot where King Bhagirath beseeched the Goddess Ganga to descent to earth. An ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess rises just above the river. Arriving late in the evening in Gangotri.

Day 05: Gangotri - Bhujbasa
In the morning after having our breakfast we begin our trek to the Gangotri Glacier. All along the trail the roaring river stays to our right and mighty snow covered peaks will shadow us. Enroute we stop for Lunch at Chirbassa. Chirbassa, was once a heavily forested area of Chir Tree (Local tree) and with the passage of time only a few remain. From here we cross a section of loose boulders till we descent to Bhujbasa, which by its name was a forest of Bhuj trees, on the bark of which all Hindu manuscripts used to be written in the earlier time. We will have an overnight stay in Bhujbasa.

Day 06: Bhujbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan
In the morning after having our breakfast we trek towards Gaumukh or "Cow's Mouth", where we see the origin of the Mother Ganga gushing out of the huge Gangotri glacier. Gaumukh, is a unique sight in itself as one can see pilgrims praying and taking a holy dip in the ice-cold Glacial waters of the Ganges right at the snout of the Glacier, here the Holy Ganges is in its purest form. Over an hour spend here to experience the faith of the Hindu devotees towards the Holy Ganges is yet another incredible sight to see during this trip. From here on the path climbs from the right on to the Gangotri Glacier which is full of loose rocks & boulders to Tapovan (4500 m). This trek is very steep and quite demanding with the beautiful mountains hovering over you all the time. Tapovan is a high mountain meadow set at the foot of the mighty Shivling peak. We will have an overnight stay in Tapovan.

Day 07: Tapovan
Day free to explore and to discover this beautiful meadow, where numerous Saints meditate in the Hidden caves.

Day 08: Tapovan - Gangotri
In the morning after having our breakfast we will return back to Gangotri. Arriving in Gangotri by late afternoon, rest of the day is spent by visiting some ashrams and the famous Photo Baba.

Day 09: Gangotri - Lata - Belak
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to a small village Called Lata, from where we begin our second part of the Trek to Kedarnath. The Hindu devotees used this pilgrimage trail very regularly during the times when roads didn't exist and people used to visit all the four holy temples on foot. The Trek from here to Belak is over a well laid out path passing through thick forests. The path climbs gradually into a side valley with trees of Oak, Pine, Fir and Rhododendrons lining the entire path. Belak is a high Mountain meadow with summer settlements of villagers from the valley who move up with their cattle for grazing. Arriving at Belak by late afternoon. In the evening we explore this beautiful meadow.

Day 10: Belak - Budhakedar
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to the village of Budhakedar(1524 m), an important place in Garhwal which houses the old temple of Kedar (Shiva). The people of this village are mostly farmers. In the evening visit the temple for a special prayer ceremony. We will spend the overnight in Budhakedar.

Day 11: Budhakedar - Bhaironchatti
In the morning after having our breakfast we will trek to Bhaironchatti (2580 m). In the way we will come across the beautiful village of Benakhal, situated at the top of a hill, with another impressive temple. From here the walk is almost level through a number of villages, which give us an insight into the way of life of these mountain people. Afterwards we will have a steep climb through the forests of Rhododendrons and to the beautiful high meadow of Bhaironchatti. This meadow has a local village temple which is dedicated to the Hindu God Bhairon, where newly weds from the nearby villages come to take blessings of the Gods for a long and happy married life. The couples tie a bell at the door of the temple as their offering to the God. The views of the mountains from this high meadow are breathtaking and on a clear day one can see snowy peaks of the distant Himalayas. We will spend the overnight in Bhaironchatti.

Day 12: Bhaironchatti - Ghuttu
In the morning after having our breakfast we will start the day's trek through a pine forest, over a well laid out path to Ghuttu (1,590 m). Enroute visit a sheep and a rabbit farm run by the government. From here we will continue our trek over the road to reach Ghuttu, a small village very popular with trekkers and pilgrims. Some of whom still use this route to go to Kedarnath. In the evening we will visit the temple.

Day 13: Ghuttu - Panwali
In the morning after having our breakfast we will start our trek to Panwali (3,963 m), another high mountain meadow. From here we will be able to have magnificent panoramic views of the entire Garhwal Himalayas including Gangotri, Kedarnath, Kedardome, Chaukhamba, Trisul, Kamet, Nanda Devi and many other peaks. The walk is over a well laid out path through a very thick forest climbing gradually. Panwali is also the summer settlement of Gujjars, a Muslim tribe who wanders from place to place with its cattle. Enroute we stop for lunch near a small clearing. From here on the top of the Panwali pass is about one more hour. Once on the top of the pass is like entering a paradise. From the top of the pass the path descends to the small Panwali.

Day 14: Panwali - Triuginarain
In the morning after having our breakfast we start early for the temple village of Triuginarain (1,982 m), where as per Hindu mythology, the lord Shiva got married to goddess Parvati. The village houses an ancient temple where the marriage took place and is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus who visit this temple from all over the country. Even the marriage fire still burns in the temple and it has been so for the last so many centuries. The first half hour of the walk is through a forest of rhododendrons descending gradually. From here on the walk is over the long Panwali ridge with several ascents & descents, offers panoramic views on either side and is an experience in itself. At the end of the ridge the path descends steeply to Maggu Ki Chatti, an abandoned village, which was used by pilgrims in the earlier days. A steep descent through a very thick forest brings you to Triuginarain. In the late afternoon visit village and historical temple.

Day 15: Triuginarain - Gaurikund - Kedarnath
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to Gaurikund. From here we will start our trek to Kedarnath (3584 m) "Shiva's Abode". The first part of the trek begin through the narrow lanes of Gaurikund and the entire walk of 15 km to Kedarnath is dotted with shops and tea stalls which offer respite to the pilgrims who brave out the five hour steep climb to Kedarnath. The walk is over a well laid out path and quite steep at certain bends, the noisy river Mandakini flows to your right all along the trail. Kedarnath is a huge temple village and right in the center stands the ancient temple of Kedarnath, which was built by the Pandavas to atone for their sins after the great Mahabharat war. At the entrance of the temple is a huge statue of Nandi the Bull. The walls inside the temple are exquisitely carved with images. To the south is the temple of Bhairon, situated on the top of a hill. It is one of the holiest places of worship for the Hindus. In the evening we will witness the special prayer at the temple.

Day 16: Kedarnath
Day at leisure to explore this holy place and visit Vasuki Tal and Gandhi Saravor, an emerald lake where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were submerged. Evening free for leisure at Kedarnath.

Day 17: Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag
In the morning after having our breakfast we walk back to Gaurikund. From here we drive to Rudraprayag, which is situated at the confluence of the Mandakini and the Alakhnanda River. Arrival in Rudraprayag by late afternoon.

Day 18: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive to Rishikesh. Enroute we stop at the historical town of Devprayag, where the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda converge to form the mighty Ganges. Then we will drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. It abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the River Ganges rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the River Ganges at Rishikesh. We will arrive in Rishikesh by the evening. In the evening we will visit various temples and also visit the Triveni Ghat to witness yet another special prayer ceremony.

Day 19: Rishikesh - New Delhi
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi by the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. After having our dinner we depart to the airport with Indo Vacations representative.

Day 20: New Delhi
Around Midnight flight to home destination.

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