JOURNEY THROUGH THE LAND OF CELESTIAL BEAUTY

Destinations: Uttarankhand
Trip Duration: 12 days
Best Time: october to may

Trip Cost

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 The Garwhal Himalaya is one of the most unspoilt regions in the state of Uttaranchal. Here we find some of the holiest sites as the Ganges emanates from this area which attracts religious pilgrims all year round. Forested foothills majestically rise upward to beautiful bugyals (high altitude meadows) carpeted with wild flowers. Beyond, the views extended to the Himalayan peaks from which glaciers descend, carving deep valleys as they make their way down to the lowlands.

  • Day 01: Arrive DelhiYou are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
  • Day 02: Delhi - Corbett National ParkAfter an early breakfast you will drive to Corbett National Park. On arrival check in to your accommodation. If time permits game drive in the Park. Corbett National park is India’s first and finest National Park. It is one of the finest habitats of the tiger in India and nestles in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over 520 sq. km along the banks of the Ramganga River which winds through its entire length in a south-south west direction. The Park offers different kinds of vegetation all along its varied topography which comprises hilly and riparian areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines.
    With elevation in the Park ranging from 400 m to 1210 m, both animals of the Himalayas and those of peninsular India can be sighted. Over 50 mammals and 25 reptile species have been recorded at Jim Corbett Park. The park is home to predators like Tiger, Leopard, diverse species of Cats, Wild Dog, Antelopes like Nilgai and Ghoral, varieties of Deer – Hog Deer, Sambhar, Chital, Barking Deer, the primates – Rhesus & Langur and other animals like Jackals, Foxes, Civets, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Black Bear and a range of reptiles including Cobra, Python and two species of Crocodile. The river noted for its sporting Fish is popular with anglers. Corbett is a marvelous location for bird watchers also. Overnight in your accommodation.
  • Day 03: Corbett National ParkMorning and evening game drives in the park. Early in the morning you will proceed on a safari through the open Chaurs or grasslands and dense forests of Jim Corbett Park. Return back to the resort for breakfast and then again go for a jeep ride in to the park. Return to your accommodation for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Early evening return for game viewing inside the park. Return for dinner and overnight stay in your accommodation.
  • Day 04: Corbett National Park - AlmoraToday you will drive to Almora which is a picturesque district in the Kumaun region, with breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas; this place summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, Almora promises its visitors a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments.
    One can have a panoramic view of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas on any clear day and in addition a glimpse of the township with it’s tiled roofed houses and paved streets would take you to the sixteenth century in some thoughtful moment.
    On arrival check in to your accommodation which is virtually blessed with the most captivating views of the Himalayas. Being close to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary it also offers untouched Himalayan oak and rhododendron forests.
    In the afternoon visit KASAR DEVI, believed to be the place of enlightenment of Swami Vivekananda in a small cave. Later drive to the CHITAI TEMPLE which is revered by the Kumaonis. The presiding deity of the temple is virtually laden with bells. Also visit the museum which contains pieces of significance dating back to 11th century Chand & Katyuri era. Return back to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • Day 05: AlmoraAfter a leisurely breakfast you will drive to the JAGESHWAR TEMPLE which is approximately 36 kilometers from Almora, in a serene narrow valley surrounded by magnificent Deodar trees. Jageshwar is famous for the 124 ornamented temples & hundreds of statues built by the Chand Rajas. The complex is famous not merely for its exquisite craftsmanship but has one of the Swayambhu (Jyotirlinga) named Nagesh. Of the total shrines the three outstanding ones, in terms of sculpture, are dedicated to Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya and Pushtidevi. Although the presiding deity at Jageshwar is Shiva, a strong Buddhist influence is visible in the carvings.
    After the visit we continue for another two kilometers to visit the temples of BRIDHA JAGESHWAR. This is the source of Jata Ganga, which starts amidst ancient trees. This is regarded as the abode of Shiva prior to his manifesting himself at Jageshwar. This site commands a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The lofty tower type isolated shrine of Dandeshwar is one kilometer short of the actual temple complex. Retrace your journey back to your accommodation for Lunch. In the afternoon walk along cobbled paths and in BINSAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. Explore the hoary, old oak and rhododendron forests. On a clear day the attraction is a majestic view of the Himalayas – a 300 km stretch of famous peaks which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchuli. BINSAR HILL, locally known as JHANDI DHAR, rises to a height of 2412 m and offers an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon Hills and the greater Himalayas. The region abounds in alpine flora, fern, hanging moss and species of wild flowers.
  • Day 06: Almora - KausaniAfter breakfast you will drive to KAUSANI I, nestling amongst thick, dense pine forests. Kausani is the place to head for a closer view of the grandeur of the Himalayan scenery. From here there are excellent 300 km wide views of the Nanda Devi group of mountains which look spectacular especially during sunrise. The view of the snow covered Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snow within touching distance. Mahatma Gandhi spent almost a fortnight here during which time he wrote his commentary on the Gita-Anashakti Yoga. On arrival check in to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • Day 07: KausaniBesides these heart-stopping views, Kausani offers blissfully undiluted silence and tranquility. The crisp air in Kausani is laden with the scent of pines. TEA GARDENS and PEAR ORCHARDS dot the landscape around Kausani while the summer months see a profusion of wild flowers in the valleys. Kausani itself is perched on a narrow ridge of Pingnath Peak, overlooking mountain vistas, while the rivers Gomti and Kosi flank the town. Kausani has had many moments in the sun - as the birthplace of Hindi poet Krishna Nandan Pant, and again as the hill station where Mahatma Gandhi spent some happy days in 1929. Gandhiji stayed at the ANASAKTI ASHRAM, where he explored the Anasakti Yoga. The Ashram at Kausani used to be a guesthouse in a tea estate, and is now a research centre and library. A Gandhi memorial has been erected here and evening prayers are said in the main hall. There is a regular flow of pilgrims trying to combine a glimpse of the sanctum with a view of the spectacular sunset.
  • Day 08: Kausani - Rudraprayag via BaijnathFrom Kausani, the road descends to Garur and Baijnath on the bank of Gomti River in a flat valley. Perched at an altitude of 1126 m below Kausani is the famous temple complex of BAIJNATH in the Garur valley of Katyur. A group of ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 13th century line the banks of the river, presenting a beautiful sight. The temples are remarked upon, for its carvings, stone work and heritage. Built by Katyuri Rulers, these have over the time become synonymous with India’s rich mythology. The main 10th century temple houses a beautiful idol of Goddess Parvati. Innumerable tales of Lord Shiva and Parvati make these temples a fascinating experience. The Katyur Dynasty is believed to take their name from Kartikeya the mythical son of Shiva and Parvati.
    Continue to drive to RUDRAPRAYAG named after the Lord Shiva (Rudra), the entire region of Rudraprayag is blessed with immense natural beauty, lakes and glaciers, as well as important Hindu temples. This small town, Rudraprayag, is situated at the holy confluence of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath. On arrival check in to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
  • Day 09: Rudraprayag - RishikeshAfter breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Enroute you will stop at DEVPRAYAG - situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi rivers. Near the town there are two suspension bridges, one each on the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda. The great temple of Raghunathji is claimed to have been erected some ten thousand years ago and is built of massive uncemented stones. It stands upon a terrace in the upper part of the town and consists of an irregular pyramid capped by a white cupola with a golden ball and spire. Religious ablutions take place at two basins excavated in the rock at the junction of the holy streams - one on the Bhagirathi known as the Brahm Kund and the other on the Alaknanda called the Vasisht Kund. The temple, along with the other buildings of the town, was shattered by an earthquake in 1803 but the damage was subsequently repaired through the munificence of Daulat Rao Sindhia. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims every year.
    On arrival in RISHIKESH check in to your accommodation. Later in the evening you will walk to witness the Arti at Parmath Ashram situated across the Ram Jhoola suspension bridge. Parmath Niketan lies right on the holy banks of mother Ganga, nestled in the lap of lush, towering Himalaya. Additionally the Ashram runs schools, hospitals, ecological programmes and disaster relief projects and played a major role during the TSUNAMI in the South of India. Later walk back your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • Day 10: Rishikesh - DelhiRishikesh surrounded by Shivalik hills of the Himalayas on three sides, is the place of sages and is considered a spiritual town on the banks of the River Ganga. It is said that when Rishi Raibhya did hard penances, God appeared by the name of Hrishikesh and henceforth the area came to be known as Rishikesh. Visit the LAXMAN JHOOLA, OMKARANAND ASHRAM AND SIVANAND ASHRAM. Continue your drive to Delhi arriving in the evening. On arrival check in to your accommodation for an overnight stay.
  • Day 11: DelhiAfter breakfast in the morning proceed for a city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old city visit RED FORT built by Emperor Shah Jahan; JAMA MASJID, one of the largest mosques in India; RAJ GHAT - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon visit QUTAB MINAR, the tallest stone tower in India; HUMAYUN'S TOMB built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; INDIA GATE - A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President's House, Parliament House, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught Place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.
  • Day 12: Leave DelhiIn time transfer to the international airport to board your flight for back home.

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