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TOUR: TO THE ABODE OF GODS – UTTARAKHAND
DURATION: 12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS
TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 :- ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive Delhi. Met upon arrival and transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 2 :- IN DELHI

The highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings, a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutab Minar etc. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 3 :- DELHI-HARIDWAR-RISHIKESH

Early morning departure transfer to the Railway Station to board train Shatabdi Express 0700/1130 hrs to Haridwar. Assistance on arrival at Haridwar Railway Station and visit the Har Ki Pauri – bathing Ghat at holy river Ganges. Later drive to Rishikesh and upon arrival check into the hotel, evening free to visit Har ki paur, Ashram, temples. Hardwar or Haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of Uttrakhand is dotted with temples of Lord 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 Badrinath and 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. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 4 :- RISHIKESH/UTTARKASHI

Drive 5 hours. The drive panoramic views of the high mountain peaks of Garhwal. Then down to Tehri to join the Bhagirathi river valley, which we follow upto Gangotri. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 5 :- UTTARKASHI/GANGOTRI

Drive 5 hours (100 kms). Following the torrential river up stream, the road winds up the valley past the hot sulphur springs at Gangnani, to climb steeply up a series of hairpin bends to the village of Sukki. Temple Gangotri- As legend goes King Bhagirath used to worship lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that goddess, Ganga first descended to earth from heaven at this stone. Amar Singh Thapa, the Gokha commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century A.D. constructed this temple. It is also believed that the Pandavas come here to perform the great Deva Yagna to atone the death of their kinsmen in the battle of Mahabharata. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 6 :- GANGOTRI

The day is spent exploring this place of pilgrimage. Thousands of Pilgrims arrive here in summer to wash away their sins in the holy Ganga, it is said that Lord Shiva sat at the base of this fall to take the Ganga into his locks, for otherwise her descent from the heavens would have split the earth. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 7 :- GANGOTRI/CHIRBASA or BHOJBASA

An easy walk (13 KMS TREK). The wide trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into the wide un-forested valley. It then carries on to a small isolated forest of pine at Chirbasa, literally the abode of pines. Camp on a grassy meadow beside the Bhagirathi. Trek time : 5 hours, 13 KMS. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 8 :- BHOJBASA/GAUMUKH

Continuing along the pilgrim grassy hillsides. Trail then curves, to unfold a breathtaking view of wild flowers studded meadows crowned by the Bhagirathi group of peaks Camp on a wide sandy beach at Gaumukh, where the holy Ganga gushes out of the snout of the Gangotri glacier, is set in a wide moraine-stream valley Shivling 6540 m, sits looking down like an old learned man, while the Bhagirathi I, II and III tower above. Trek time: 5 hours, 4 KMS. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 9 :- GAUMUKH/GANGOTRI/UTTARKASHI

Retrace steps to Gangotri. Drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 10 :- UTTARKASHI / HARIDWAR / DELHI

Drive to Haridwar (5 hours approx) railway station to board your train Shatbadi Express 1810/2240 hrs to Delhi. Assistance on arrival at the Railway Station and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 11 :- DELHI-AGRA

Morning depart by surface to Agra en route visiting Mathura & Vrindavan. Lord Krishna – Every square foot of Mathura-Vrindavan is wrapped in timeless devotion to Lord Krishna, the evergreen hero of Hinduism, the lover of Radha, the cowherd-prince and the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Mathura without Lord Krishna is like Bethlehem without Christ. Visit the Birthplace of Lord Kirshna. Vrindavan – The City Of Temples – Vrindavan, around 15 km from Mathura, is a major place of pilgrimage, on the banks of Yamuna. Attracting about 5 lakhs pilgrims every year, it is noted for its numerous temples- both old and modern. Vrindavan is synonymous with the innocent mirth and child like playfulness of Shri Krishna. Vrindavan, the dusty little town known for the temples, big and small, famous and remote strewn all over the place. Upon arrival check-in at the Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 12 :- AGRA-DELHI

Morning sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the world-famous Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Pearl Mosque, The Halls of Public and Private Audience at the Red Fort. Late afternoon drives back to Delhi and departure transfer to the international airport to board flight back home.

DAY 12 :- DEPART DELHI

END OF THE TOUR

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