Cultural Journey in the Himalayas
  • Arrival at Indira Gandhi Int’l Airport (New Delhi)
  • Sightseeing tour to cover Delhi
  • Delhi to Haridwar & Rishikesh
  • Anand Lok, Across The Ganges
  • Devprayag and Pauri school project
  • Second Himalayan Village, Dhamond
  • Pauri to Chopta
  • Trek to Tungnath and same day back to Chopta
  • To relax and drive back to Anand Lok
  • Back to Delhi and do some shopping
  • Fly back to Europe
Day 1:
Arrive at Indira Gandhi Int’l Airport (New Delhi) and transfer to your hotel, take rest to cover jet lag.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour to cover Delhi
Next day after morning breakfast, sightseeing Delhi - Old Delhi, the former center of Mughal power which offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling markets. Visit the Red Fort built in 1648 and the biggest mosque of India the Jama Masjid, both constructed by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. Post lunch you will see Jantar Mantar: An Astronomical observatory with Masonry instruments built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh-II. After that we will visit Birla Mandir, it’s a one of the biggest Hindu Temple of New Delhi built in Orissab style on 1938, by the renowned Birla family. People of all faiths can worship at this temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3 and 4: Delhi to Haridwar & Rishikesh
Early morning train to Haridwar, after reaching Haridwar we will take little rest followed by lunch and sightseeing Haridwar. Haridwar is said t be entry door to Land of god and goddesses. Sightseeing will include Hari ki Pauri (Holy bank of River Ganga), Mansa Devi temple and evening Aarti. Overnight stay in hotel at Haridwar

Day 4: Morning breakfast followed by 45 mins drive to Rishikesh, Sightseeing Rishikesh including famous ancient Bharat temple, Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhawan, Swargh Ashram and Lakhsham Jhula, sightseeing will be followed by Lunch and drive to Anand Lok, Across The Ganges.

Day 5 and 6: Anand Lok, Across The Ganges
Morning breakfast will be followed by two hours of village tour. Good travel is about authentic experience and our village tour will be very special part of your journey; during this tour you will experience lifestyle of local people – being a part of a culture in its nature setting but you will also experience entry of modern world into this small village. After Lunch at our restaurant overlooking Ganges, you will have guided tour to Vashist gupha - Located on the other side of the banks of River Ganga is a very old cave called as Vashistha Gupha (cave), where famous Hindu saint Vasistha, meditated. This is a perfect place for transcendental meditation. It will be a special evening as you will experience typical Garhwali dinner on the rooftop restaurant. Organic food and pure and fresh milk products from our own kitchen gardens and dairy farms. Special Meditation Hall for people practicing yoga. Website : www.anandlokresort.com. Next day will be to relax and you may walk along the Ganges.

Day 7: Devprayag and Pauri school project
Morning breakfast followed by 2 hrs 30 mins hill drive to Devprayag (confluence of River Bhagirathi and Alaknanda) after visiting 1000 years old temple - Raghunath temple and taking holy dip in the Ganges we will drive further for one more hour uphill to reach Pauri school project. Lunch and Dinner will be simple but fresh. Overnight stay at Pauri school project, Special cultural program will be arranged which will involve local musicians singing local songs in the evening.

Day 8 : Second Himalayan Village, Dhamond
Early Breakfast followed by downhill trek of 1.5 kms (45 mins) to reach our second village in the interiors of Himalayas, after little relaxation we will meet local villagers and tour the village followed by Lunch prepared by villagers (Typical Garhwali meal). Early evening easy trek of 3 kms to reach local market from there 30 mins drive back to Pauri school project. Overnight stay at Pauri school project.

Day 9 : Pauri to Chopta
Breakfast followed by one hour drive to Pauri, 1814m (District centre and famous local town of Uttarakhand). Lunch on our way to Chopta via Srinagar, Reach Kalimath (famous temple of Goddess Kali) situated on the banks of River Kali. Visit temple and later temple priest will have small discussion with you about Hinduiam and its basics. Overnight stay at rest house at Duggalbitta near Chopta (2640 m).

Day 10: Trek to Tungnath and same day back to Chopta
Early morning 3 kms uphill trek to thousands years old Tungnath Shiva Temple (3680 m) and if time and weather permits also to Chandrashila temple situated approx. 4090 mtrs above sea level, from Chandrashila one may see 360 degre view of many famous mountain summit of Indian Himalayas including Nanda Devi peak (second highest peak of India) In the evening back to Chopta, Overnight stay at rest house in Duggalbitta.

Day 11: To relax and drive back to Anand Lok
Morning will be to relax and enjoy the flora, fauna and scenic beauty of this area; we will start our journey back to Anand Lok after late morning breakfast. Overnight stay at Anand Lok.

Day 12: Back to Delhi and do some shopping
Drive back to Delhi, do some shopping in the evening and late night flight to Europe.

Day 13: Fly back to Europe

PS: Please note if anyone would like to visit Agra after this trip is over, you may update so that we may make necessary arrangements.
For any further enquires kindly contact us at:

Phone: 0091 98116 54212, 0091 98914 32035
Email: exploreruralhimalayas@gmail.com
 
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