Experience 18 days and 17 nights trekking and cultural tour packages of India through India’s most beautiful, historical and heritage places such as Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Karanprayag, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Chopta, Tungnath, Augustmuni, Ghuttu, Budhakedar, Belak, Latta, Gangnani, Harsil, Gangotri, Bhojbasa, Gomukh Source of Ganga, Tapovan, Uttarkashi and many more., trekking along winding mountain trails that lead to remote villages and rarely-visited valleys and ascend high passes between the snowcapped faces of the world's highest peaks, explore the vibrant culture, majestic forts, historical monuments, temples, ashrams, hills stations and heritage sites.
Destination: Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Karanprayag, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Chopta, Tungnath, Augustmuni, Ghuttu, Budhakedar, Belak, Latta, Gangnani, Harsil, Gangotri, Bhojbasa, Gomukh Source of Ganga, Tapovan, Uttarkashi and many more.
DAY 01- arrivE to Delhi
Arrival in Delhi, the cosmopolitan metropolis and capital of India. Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh (about 230 km / 8 hours)
Today we leave the Indian capital and drive through the warm plain north to Haridwar (gateway to the land of the gods). Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrimage places for the Hindus .The holy river Ganges flows through Haridwar after leaving the mountains. For tourists and people from other parts of India, Haridwar is the gateway to the Garhwal region. On the two sides of theriver Ganges There are many temples. Also interesting are the over 100 Ghats (ritual bathing places). These ghats set the colorful picture of this place of pilgrimage. The place is visited by thousands of believers. These people come here to free themselves from their sins (it is believed that a bath in the Ganges frees them from all past sins). Many Hindus come from all over India from far away to scatter the ashes of their deceased relatives into the Ganges. Since Ganges water is considered sacred, many Hindus take home the precious holy water of the Ganges in vessels.
Our destination, Rishikesh , is 26 km from Haridwar. These two sacred places are connected by a forest area.
One notices that on the way to Rishikesh the temples become rarer, but more for ashrams. Since it's uphill from Haridwar to Rishikesh, we need about 8 hours of breaks, etc., to reach our destination, the pilgrimage site at the mouth of the Ganges gorge. Rishikesh is considered the center of Rishis (holy men) and a place of learning for Indian philosophy, yoga and meditation. After the arrival in Rishikesh we take a short break and then we make our way to the Ghats. Here we experience the devotion of the faithful, who put flowers in the evening hours with burning candles on the water - these impressions are unique!
Day 03 - Rishikesh - Gaurikund (about 245 km / 9 hours)
Today we drive along the Ganges via Deoprayag to Gaurikund. Gaurikund is located at 2000 m altitude.
Day 04 - Start of the trekking - Kedarnath (3,584 m - walking time approx. 7 hours)
Today we plan to negotiate a difference in altitude of about 1,500 m. We are escorted by the escort team of Indo Vacations. We follow the traditional pilgrim way and climb to the sanctuary of Kedarnath (3,584 m) . When trekking please pay attention to slow and steady walking. It is also interesting on this route that there are many pilgrims to be observed. These are on foot or on horseback. Some are carried on sedan chairs. From mid-May to mid-June, it is estimated that over 15,000 pilgrims visit Kedarnath in the time of the North Indian midsummer. We follow a comfortable wide path along the Mandakini River, which rises above Kedarnath in Gandhi Sarovar Lake. Our ascent to Kedarnath takes 6 to 7 hours. The pilgrimage site "Kedarnath" is beautifully located in a basin, surrounded by many mountains, which are dominated by the Kedarnath Peak (6,940 m). Besides Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath , Kedarnath is one of the four sacred Himalayan sites for the Hindus. These four places are the destinations of Hindu pilgrims and lead from west to east. These are also four stages of a complete pilgrimage that is said to have made a Hindu of salvation (moksha). Kedarnath is known for its famous Shiva temple. The sacred "Lingam" is the main attraction of this temple. Especially in the morning there is a nice atmosphere in this place and the next day we plan to experience it.
Day 05 - Trekking Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Chopta (about 17 km / walk about 5 hours)
Today we descend from Kedarnath in about 5 hours to Gaurikund . This trekking route is about 17 km long. Here a vehicle is waiting for us and we are brought from there via Kund and Ukhimath to Chopta .
Day 06 - Trekking Chopta - Tunganath Temple (3,680 m, approx. 4 hours) - Augustmuni
After breakfast, drive to Tunganath Temple (3,680 m). This 9th century temple is architecturally similar to the Kedarnath Temple, but a little smaller. We continue on foot up to the ChandrashilaTemple (4,000 m). From here we have a beautiful view of the high peaks of Garhwal. From here we see Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Neelkand, Trishul and even Nanda Devi . The way down leads back to Chopta from where we continue to Augustmuni (on the banks of the Alaknanda River ).
Day 07 - Augustmuni - Ghuttu (1,650 m, travel time approx. 1,650 m)
Today we drive via Tilwara and Ghansali to Ghuttu. This place is located at an altitude of 1,650 m.
Day 08 - Trekking - direction Budhakedar (1,500 m, walking time approx. 5 hours)
Today we start our hikes for the first time on a driveway to a big bridge. We cross this bridge and then climb steeply up to the village. After a short walk we arrive at a pass (2,520 m). Here we begin our short descent to our promising campsite below the pass.
Day 09 - Trekking - Budhakedar
After arriving at a village in the mountain saddle, we descend steeply through a pine forest to Budhakedar (1,500 m). After a lunch break we walk through the village and then on the left bank of Dharm Ganga it goes slightly uphill (about 3 hours) to a bridge (1,800 m). After crossing the bridge, it takes about 2 hours through the forest, up to some pastures in the forest at 2,250 m. Here we pitch our tents.
Day 10 - Trekking - Belak - Latta (1.520 m - hike approx. 9 hours)
Today we walk through the forest again and reach the Alm Belak (2,950 m) after 3 hours. Here nomads live in modest huts. As a hiker you experience the direct beauty of the Garwal. You can see the elaborate terraced fields that cover the entire slopes. The fields have been tediously maintained for generations.Depending on the altitude, rice, millet, wheat, barley and vegetables are grown in the region of Garhwal . Afterwards we will walk down through the forest over a bridge to the village Saurikigad.Continue walking near the village of Latta (1,520m) and build our camp on the banks of the Bhagirathi River .
Day 11 - Trekking - Gangotri (3.046 m, approx. 4 hours)
Today we cross a river on a suspension bridge and walk up to the other shore up to the village of Latta. From here we continue on a narrow, breathtaking road that brings us to Gangotri (3,046 m) in about 4 hours. The holy place of pilgrimage lies at an altitude of 3,046 m. This place of pilgrimage was once very difficult to access. Gangotri is beautifully located near the Bhagirati Waterfall.The center of Gangotri is the temple dedicated to the river goddess Ganga. Approximately 19 km from Gangotri is the well-known " Gaumukh " (3,900 m). Here, the water gushes out of the Gangotri glacier. After moving into our relatively simple accommodation, you can take a walk, visit the temple, walk to the banks of the Bhagirati, or visit the waterfalls.
Day 12 - Trekking - Bhujbasa (3.790 m, approx. 5 hours)
Today in the early morning we start the second trekking. This second trekking tour takes us to Bhujbasa. The path is comfortable and only gently rising.
Conifers, deciduous trees and Himalayans grow abundantly in this region. On the way we meet pilgrims from time to time but also yogis and sadhus (yogis and sadhus are the usual name for ascetics in India). After about 5 hours we reach the meadow of Bhujbasa (3,790 m). Here are some ashrams, a lodge in the middle of the basin, in the background you can see the hugeBhagirati mountains . Here we set up our tents.
Day 13 - Trekking - Tapovan Meadow (4,250 m)
Today we start walking from Bhujbasa and within about 2 hours we reach the Ganges spring at Gaumukh ("cow's mouth") .With a clear view we see the peak of Shivling (6.543 m In front of the huge glacier gate we can observe the ritual ablutions of pilgrims and sadhus.
We continue uphill to reach the debris-covered glacier and then steeply up the magnificent Tapovan meadows. On a clear day we have a magnificent view of the holy Shivling. From here we have a view of other mountain giants. These mountains surround the Gangotri Glacier and close the valley. According to Hindu mythology, Mt. Meru is considered the center of the universe.
Day 14 - Tapovan (Free time)
Today we have a day off in the holy place of Tapovan, so we leave our camp today. There is enough time today to hike, admire the mighty mountains, relax in the meadow or ascend via a moraine about 300 meters to the Meru Glacier. During your stay in Tapovan, consider that the holy place is the retreat for meditating sadhus and rishis. The saints you see there are nowhere to be seen.
Day 15 - Trekking - Gangotri (about 20 km, walking time about 7 hours)
We take the same route and cross the glacier to Gangotri. We arrive in the afternoon. Today we will say goodbye to our accompanying team, because after we have climbed the Tapovan, we return to Gangotri.
Day 16 - Uttarkashi (about 100 km.)
Today we drive to Uttarkashi . The place is located at an altitude of 1,150m. The journey takes about 6 hours. In the afternoon we walk over the bazaar of Uttarkashi.
Day 17 - Haridwar - Delhi (about 6 hours)
After a late breakfast we drive to Haridwar . Arrival in Delhi in the late afternoon. The representative of "Bhagirathi Tour & Travel" brings us to the hotel.
Day 18- Flight to home
Departing from Delhi to home. (End of the trip)
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