Walking Holiday Retreat in the Foothills of Himalayas

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  • Ongoing package (10 days)

Event Highlights

  • ● learn Indian culture and traditions
  • ●Experience this stunningly beautiful region on foot is truly inspiring and rewarding
  • ● Walking in the Himalayas with a Himalayan tour guide.
  • ● Walking through traditional villages and untouched forests in Garhwal Region North India
  • ● Camping on most beautiful meadows.
  • ● Breathtaking views of Soaring Himalayan Peaks on this wonderful trip.
  • ● Bhram kamal, Cobra Lilly & Blue Poppy, beautiful flowers found in the region.
  • ● Driving through the Ganga valley.
  • ● Explore Haridwar, the gateway to the God & Goddess and the holy city of Hindus.
  • ● Explore Rishikesh, Yoga Capital of the World’, and the land of Rishi’s & Sadhu’s.
  • ● Visit numbers of Ashrams, Temples, and Villages.
  • ● Explore Uttarkashi The Kashi of the north
  • ● Attend evening prayers at Haridwar & Rishikesh Ghat.
  • ● Fully supported camping based trek including three hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks.

Schedule

DAY 01: DRIVE FROM DELHI - HARIDWAR (210KMs / 6 -7 HR)
Morning around 9 AM drive will pick you by car from Delhi and 7 hrs drive to Haridwar, ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India's Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. We reach Haridwar, check-in at a hotel, after little rest, we will visit with a local tour guide in Haridwar sightseeing tour and attend sunset Ganges Aarti on the bank of Ganga River with thousand of mother Ganga devotees. Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. Haridwar represents the gateway to the Himalaya pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalaya shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the site of celebration of the Kumbh Mela, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Ganga dwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha, and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall.

Overnight stay at The Hotel in Haridwar (Meals: Dinner at Hotel Devnadi /similar)

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DAY 02: DRIVE FROM HARIDWAR - UTTARKASHI - RAITHAL (175 KMS / 6 - 7 HR)
Day 2nd we continue heading north into the hills following the Bhagirathi River all the way to Uttarkashi, an important pilgrimage centre on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, famous for its ashrams and temples and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The drive takes us through many small towns and terraced farmland. A short way after Uttarkashi we leave the main road to Gangotri and climb into the hills. Ahead we will start to see the mountains of Garhwal Srikanta, Gangotri Group of peaks. We spend tonight in Raithal Village one of the biggest villages in the area.

Overnight stay at the Guest house/ home stay in Raithal (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 03: RAITHAL VILLAGE WALK (5 Hrs)
Morning wake up with a cup of pure Himalayan herbal Tea, sunrise above Himalayan peaks and enjoy healthy breakfast in the lap of Himalayas, After breakfast, find your feet and enjoy continuous Himalayan views with an easy walk to the village of Raithal, and The walk route starts from the guest house and leads through few villages with wonderful views into the valley and Himalayan range. After walk back to Guest house through the forest. Enjoy hot Lunch in guest house and Day free at leisure to explore. Religious customs and ancient traditions are still very much alive here. This area has been a confluence where cultures have blended together leaving behind many architectural and archaeological wonders; ancient temples, prehistoric cave paintings and picturesque villages set amongst sweeping valleys and green terraced fields. Our itinerary covers both the cultural and natural aspects of the region

Overnight stay at the Guest house/ home stay in Raithal (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 04: TREK FROM RAITHALVILLAGE - DAYARA BUGYAL (7 KMS / 5 HR)
Today we start the first day of our trek in the Himalayas and trek offers wonderful views from spectacular campsites. On a clear day we are woken by a wonderful sunrise across the valley of Srikanta and Gangotri group of peaks 1, 2 and 3. We set off trekking after breakfast and the trail climbs all morning through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and pine. We stop for lunch at Goi campsite, a clearing in the forest, where there is a small temple and great mountain views. It is another couple of hours climbing to our camp at Dayara Bugyal. We are now above the tree line and meadows and ridges stretch out all around us. Our camp is a little below then meadows due to government restrictions near the shepherd huts in a quiet Bugyal (a high altitude meadow). From camp on a clear day we get views of Srikanta, Gangotri 1,2 and 3, Joanli, Draupadi Ka Danda and Bandarpunch 1, 2 and black peak.

Overnight stay at the camp in Dayara (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 05: DAY HIKE TO SURYA TOP {SYARI BUGYAL} 4000M (6HRS WALK)
Early morning wake up with a cup of pure Himalayan herbal Tea, and enjoy healthy breakfast and later carry packed lunch for the day hike to Surya top situated at a height of 4000m and this is the highest point of this beautiful meadow and lies at the edge of the meadow. We spend some time here and later commence another interesting stretch of trekking and surely one will not forget for a very long time. You walk is on absolutely green carpeted meadows towards Syari Bugyal with big mountains seemingly at a touching distance after lunch and hot tea in the top we will walk back to the camp, by an evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at the camp in Dayara (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 06: DAY HIKE TO SYARI BUGYAL 3800M (5HR WALK)
For the energetic, there is an optional walk to a fantastic viewpoint called Bakaria Top at 3,800m (for those who do not want to do the peak they can stay in camp and learn cooking from our expert cook). Please note if you do the optional walk the distance covered will be 6.8 miles or 11km and it will take 6-7 hours. We will carry a packed lunch and set off up a series of bugyals (meadows) and ridges. We are almost above the treeline now and open meadows and distant mountain views surround us. It will take around three hours to Bakaria Top and the climb is well worth the effort. On a clear day, we have magnificent panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalaya - Srikanta, Gangotri 1,2 and 3, Joanli, Draupadi Ka Danda and Bandarpunch are some of the named mountains but there are many more without names. In the far distance, we can even spot Uttarkashi. We descend a short way for lunch and then trek down easy ridges to join the main trail. Lunch and hot tea in the top we will walk back to the camp, by an evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at the camp in Dayara (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 07: TREK TO BASRU VILLAGE (7 Kms 5 HR}
Early morning wake up with a cup of pure Himalayan herbal Tea, and breakfast after we will start our trek back through the forest. As we descend we can still see the mountains ahead and in spring the rhododendrons, gentians, and primulas add an extra dimension of colour. We finally emerge from the forest at the village of Barsu. Arrive, check in guest house at Barsu Village.

Overnight stay at the guest house/home stay in Barsu village (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 08: DRIVE FROM BARSU VILLAGE - UTTARKASHI VIA GANGNANI HOT SPRINGS (70 KMS 4 HRS)
Early morning wake up with a cup of pure Himalayan herbal Tea, and breakfast after driving to Uttarkashi via Gangnani hot springs Famous for its thermal water springs, Gangnani is a perfect place for rejuvenation. The thermal water spring at Gangnani is called Rishikund. After bath and tea, we continue to drive to Uttarkashi, arrive check-in guest house after visiting Sightseeing of Uttarkashi meaning Kashi of the north was revered as a sacred place earlier and was also the meditational grounds of several sages and hermits who found solace here. It has been cited in the epic Mahabharata, that a great sage by the name of Jada Bharatha performed a prolonged penance here and in the ancient time's Vedic language was highly used herein spoken and written forms. By evening at leisure, Dinner & Overnight stay.

Overnight stay at the guest house in Uttarkashi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Himalayan Inn Guest house /similar))

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DAY 09: DRIVE UTTARKASHI - RISHIKESH (170 KMS. / 6 -7 HR)
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Tehri and Chamba, on arrival check-in at the hotel. In the evening visit temple and ashrams in Laxman Jhula & Ram Jhula & Ghat, Ghat's s to encounter evening Ghat life as well as special Arti "The Prayer dedicated to Goddess Ganges" " the town of ashrams and temples, Ghats and pilgrims, mountains and the holy Ganges. When global orange sun suspended, waits low amid the red/yellow streaked horizon, then all these combine to give this town a very special evening. The temple bells roar, priests enchant mantras. Immersed in sublimation stand the pilgrims. Cupped leaves, with saffron marigold petals and a small candle flame, flickering ride the current of water of wisdom. Suddenly the sky darkens, spreading a blanket of stillness. Everything stops, except the sound of current, which has just sunk the tiny flames of cupped leaves, a few minutes back. After experiencing above we trace our steps back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Rishikesh (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Green Hill cottage/similar)

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DAY 10: RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR - DELHI (250 KMS. / 6 -7 HRS. DRIVE)
Morning after breakfast drive back to Delhi, arrive and transfer to Hotel or Airport tour & service end at Delhi.

(Breakfast at the hotel & Transfer to Delhi)

About This Event

Highlights of Walking Holiday Retreat in the Foothills of Himalayas

● Experience this stunningly beautiful region on foot is truly inspiring and rewarding

● Walking in the Himalayas with a Himalayan tour guide.

● Walking through traditional villages and untouched forests in Garhwal Region North India

● Camping on most beautiful meadows.

● Breathtaking views of Soaring Himalayan Peaks on this wonderful trip.

● Bhram kamal, Cobra Lilly & Blue Poppy, beautiful flowers found in the region.

● Driving through the Ganga valley.

● Explore Haridwar, the gateway to the God & Goddess and the holy city of Hindus.

● Explore Rishikesh, Yoga Capital of the World’, and the land of Rishi’s & Sadhu’s.

● Visit numbers of Ashrams, Temples, and Villages.

● Explore Uttarkashi The Kashi of the north

● Attend evening prayers at Haridwar & Rishikesh Ghat.

● Fully supported camping based trek including three hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks.

Go where you feel most alive.

What's Included

  • ● Accommodation: in the hotel at Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Guesthouse in Uttarkashi, Raithal Village, and other places is camp.
  • ● Meals: 09 breakfasts, 09 dinners, and 08 Lunches
  • ● Private transportation as per tour itinerary from day 1 to day 10 day (During the trek there’re will no transportation)
  • ● All tourist taxes during the travel
  • ● Visit all important temples and places during the entire trip
  • ● all camping gears as; Tents, Mattress, camping chairs, and table, etc.
  • ● Pony/ Horse for carrying food, camping & kitchen equipment on the trek
  • ● Pony/ Horse for carrying personal baggage on trek less than 15 Kg Per person
  • ● Trekking permits and camping fees on the treks
  • ● All Sightseeing tours
  • ● All Taxes
  • ● Hindi/English speaking local trekking guide, cook and camp staff.

What's Not Included

• International /Visa fees.
• Domestic / International Flights.
● Travel insurance (necessary to buy including baggage and Medical or any Emergency evacuation
● Service of Extensive Medical Kit
• No transport during the trek.
● Hotel in Delhi for arrival and departure
● Any major meals (Lunch/Dinner)
● Camera fees during the trekking
● Sleeping bags
● Excision day tours Agra, Rajasthan, Kerala or any other part of India

● The Company reserves the right to change the order of tours/Itinerary. We are not responsible for possible changes in the tour program due to bad weather conditions, as well as strikes, force majeure and other unexpected situations.

• Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, portage and airport departure tax etc.

● Tips: Tipping is a common custom and we always suggest our travelers to comply. No tip is compulsory, however in case of good services rendered; it is advisable to pay by a few rupees (driver / guide). For example, 300 rupees can be left in restaurants (depending on the bill amount), between 300 and 500 rupees per day per person for a good driver or any other camp staff and between 500 and 600 rupees per day per person for a Guide.

Venue Highlights

Delhi - Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Raithal Village - Dayara Bugyal - Barsu - Gangnani - Rishikesh - Delhi

Accommodations

3 start HOtel in Haridwar and Rishikesh, Himalayan Guest house in Raithal VIllage, Barsu and Uttarkashi, tent accommodation in Dayara

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

we will provide complete north Indian food (Veg) cooked by himalayan Chef from day 2 to day 9 till Rishikesh.

Directions

We will pick you up by private taxi at hotel / Airport / Railway station, or any other location in Delhi

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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