Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangria - Valley Of Flower - Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangria - Pipal Koti - Devprayag - Delhi
Hardwar or Haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of uttrakhand is dotted with temples of vishnu & shiva. Vishnu is known as hari and Shiva as har dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as haridwar or hardwar, as it is the gateway to shri Badrinath and shri Kedarnath, the holy shrines of hari and har. The hindu pantheon allows freedom of worship of gods in any form. Uttarakhand abounds in shrines of gods & goddesses and haridwar from time immemorial has been the gateway to these shrines.
Rishikesh is situated on the trisection of three districts of garhwal division and most of the city lies on the right bank of the River Ganga, the place of sages is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of ganga and is surrounded by shivalik range of the himalayas on three sides. It is said that when raibhya rishi did hard penances, god appeared by the name of hrishikesh and this area henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh.
It is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage of the hindus in which pilgrims go to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath to seek spiritual salvation. On the way to the garhwal himalayas and the sikh shrine at hemkund sahib one passes Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is the ideal base for adventure visitors to start their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the himalayan peaks. Around 10 km upsteam at shivpuri lies the site for river rafting activities, on the roaring white water of ganga, from October to May. The international yoga week, which attracts participation from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb. on the bank of Ganga river.
Flowers of The Valley
This is a beautiful valley blossoming with flowers like creamy Anemones, large purple Asters, the rare while Androsace, the blue Borage, the rosy-petalled Cypripedium, blue forget-me-nots, green and chequered Fritillaries, pink Geraniums, purple and dwarf Irises, dwarf Larkspurs, the indigo-coloured Nomocharis, blue and yellow Panises, mauve Polemoniums, the blue Pppy (Mecanopsis)--petals as blue as the ocean, white and red Potentillas, dwarf Rhododendrons, Primulats in pink and blue and the deepest purple, Ranunculus and the heavily perfumed Brahma Kamal.
Known as the "Sanctum Santorum" of India, this is the area in which, since times immemorial, the great religious teachers and sages have retreated to seek communion with the Great Unknown in an effort to wrest the secrets of enternal life and uplift of the soul of man. Here, 976 metres above, the Valley of Flowers, at a height of (15,200 ft) on the shores of Hemkund Lokpal, sheltered by seven snow-clad peaks of gigantic mounts. Hemkund Parvat, came the last of the Sikh Gurus, Gobind Singh to meditate and seek peace for his tortured soul. This lake is a great pilgrimage place for the Sikhs. In the Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh made a reference--that in one of his previous births he had mediteated on the shores of a lake which was surrounded by seven snow-covered peaks. In 1930, Havildar Sohan Singh discovered this lake, and identified it with the one referred to the in the Guru Granth sahib.
Day 01 : Delhi - Rishikesh: After reaching Delhi railway station/airport, our representative will assist you. Go for straight drive to Rishikesh (230 kms / 6 hrs) visiting Haridwar en route. Check-in to hotel where you will be welcomed traditionally. In the evening take part or witness illuminated Aarti at river Ganges.
Have dinner of your own choice and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Rishikesh - Rudraprayag: Morning after breakfast step out from hotel to reach Rudraprayag. Distance from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag is approx. 140 km. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. In the evening explore Rudraprayag on your own.
Rudraprayag - a hemlet located on the confluence of river Mandakini & river Alaknanda. Rudraprayag lies at the altitude of 680 m. This place lies between the famous pilgrimage route of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Visit famous temples here including Rudranath and Chamunda devi temples.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 03 : Rudraprayag - Joshimath: Get up in the morning, take breakfast in hotel and head for Joshimath. After reaching Joshimath, visit Auli. Have a spectacular drive along river Alaknanda, dense forest & views of the snowcapped mountain during this route. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening free to relax and unwind.
Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 04 : Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath: After breakfast in the morning, get ready for full day excursion to Auli. Explore Auli bugyal (Meadow) here one can find lots of wild flower.
Auli - is nestled in the lap of snow capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. At the altitude of 2800 m from the sea level, this place is a perfect place for winter games specially for skiing. Skiing on this place streches from 10-20 km at snow covered mountain slopes. Auli is linked with Joshimath with approx 4 km long cable car. No doubt, this place is paradise for skiers.
Take rest and relax after dinner in your hotel.
Day 05 : Joshimath - Govindghat Morning after breakfast, drive to Govindghat. From here our 2 days trek commences to Valley of flowers. Today trek to Ghangria through pine forest, on the way rewarded with beautiful views of HATHI PARBHAT 6,200 m.
Garhwal Himalayan Expedition will arrange overnight stay for you in tourist rest house / Camp.
Day 06 : Ghangria - Valley Of Flower - Ghangaria: Get up early in the morning and after taking breakfast get ready to trek to Valley of Flower. This is a splendid valley with hundreds of flowers. Valley of flower stands at an altitude of 12,050 ft. Explore the valley & evening return back to Ghangaria.
(Please note that camping within the Valley of Flower is not permitted.)
Overnight stay and dinner in rest house/ camp in Ghangaria.
Day 07 : Ghangria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangria: Morning after breakfast, today you will trek to Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is reversed by both Hindus & Sikhs. In the evening return back to Ghangria.
Overnight stay and dinner at tourist rest house/ camp.
Day 08 : Ghangria - Pipalkoti: Drive to Pipal Koti after taking breakfast. Check-in at hotel/ camp. Overnight at hotel/ camp.
Day 09 : Pipal Koti - Devprayag: Morning after taking breakfast, today drive to Devprayag. Located on the confluence of river Bhagirati & river Alaknanda. This is the birth place of holy river Ganges.
After reaching Devprayag, check-in at hotel and relax your body.
Day 10 : Devprayag - Delhi: Today after taking morning breakfast, drive back to Delhi. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 : Delhi - Onward Destination: Today after morning breakfast in your hotel, our representative will transfer you to International airport to board flight for back home or onward journey.
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