Explore Himalayas with Kedarnath and Gangotri Tour
On arrival, pickup from the Delhi International airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight @ Hotel
Morning transfer to the railway station to board Shatabdi train to Haridwar.
Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages places (Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath) in the Garhwal region and is located on the foothills of Shivaliks. On arrival 25 km drive to Rishikesh. Evening free. Overnight: Hotel.
Today, you will drive to Gangotri via Tehri & Uttarkashi. 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". We will have lunch in Uttarkashi, an important town of this area mostly serving to Indian pilgrims.
An easy walk (13 Km trek). We progress along a picturesque trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into the wide unforested valley. It then carries on to a small isolated forest of pine at Chirbases, literally the abode of pines.
From Gaumukh, source of the Ganges, the scenery is fascinating, with praying pilgrims and half-naked saddhus meditating along the banks of the tumultuous stream that pours out of the glacier. The trail crosses Gangotri moraines before reaching Tapovan and its gorgeous meadows, furrowed with streams and scattered with flowers.
From here the panoramic view over Shivling (6540m), Meru (6660m) and the Bhaghirati massifs (above 6500m) is stunning. It is not surprising that saddhus chose this area to meditate in summer time.
Explore the surrounding areas.
In the morning, trek down to Chirbasa. Chirbasa is a nice place for camping, covered by thick forest trees. Enjoy the evening in the shadow of many peaks.
Trek down to Gangotri.
Overnight: Tourist Bunglow
Morning drive down about 72 kms to a small village Called Lata, from where we begin our second part of the Trek, 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.
In the morning after having our breakfast we will trek to the village of Budhakedar, an important place in Garhwal which houses the old temple of Kedar (Shiva). The people of this village are mostly farmers. Enroute we will passes the tiny villages like Pangrana, Jhala & Agund.
Trek to Baghi Chatti. On 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.
We continue our way through forest and rice-fields to a ridge trail. From the top, the view towards Mount Garhwal is quite impressive. 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 Temple.
Trek to Panwali Khanta, 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. We climb up to Khinko La (3500m), then descend through a magnificent tropical forest and rice-fields. Overnight: Tent
Morning trek towards 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.
Trek to Road head of Sonprayag then 15 Minutes drive to Gaurikund. The next part of the walk begins through the narrow lanes of Gaurikund and the entire walk of 14 km is dotted with shops and tea stalls which offer respite to the pilgrims who brave out the five hour steep climb to Kedarnath.
Day at leisure to explore this holy place
Overnight: Tourist Rest Hosue
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.
Overnight: Tourist Rest House
Drive to Rishikesh. On arrival Rishikesh transfer to the Hotel. Evening free for personal activities.
Morning free in Rishikesh to visit the Ashram, temples and meditation centers. Afternoon transfer to Haridwar railway station to board Shatabdi train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to the Hotel.
Transfer to airport and fly back home.
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