Pilgrimage Treks in Uttarakhand

Pilgrimage Treks in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand has some of the holiest religious destinations for Hindus from all over the world. Some of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath and many others are situated in pristine Himalayan mountains away from the hustle and trouble of human civilisation. Most of these pilgrimage sites are fairly inaccessible even now and are open to travelers and pilgrims only for a few months in a year. Glaciers of two holiest rivers in India, Ganga and Yamuna are also in the same region and are called Gangotri and Yamunotri. Visit to some of these places is considered a must do for Hindus. A lot of pilgrims travel to the glaciers and bring back sacred water from these glaciers as a religious ritual.

A lot of people visit these places not just for spiritual satisfaction but also to explore nature. Some of the places are visited by tens of thousands of pligrims every month whie they are open while others get only a few due to difficulty of terrain and weather.

We arrange treks and journeys to various such sites in Uttarakhand for tourists from all over the world. Some tourists want to visit these places in company of pilgrims while others like to do it when the pilgrims are still away. We cater to both type of tourists and help them explore the nature as well as the spiritual side of Himalayas asthey wish. There are no set plans or tour packages and each tour itinerary is designed according to needs of guests, time period and local conditions like amount of rush, weather etc.

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Yoga Tour of Dharamsala and Mcelodganj

Dharamsala and  Mcleodganj area is a great destination to spend a few days in peaceful and green surroundings close to nature and connecting with oneself. It’s a place for meditation and introspection and a large number of travelers come here to learn about Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. The tourists can choose to learn different types of yoga techniques according to their own preferences, starting from simple and easier sehaj yoga to tougher hat yoga and a few other types depending upon availability of instructors.  Sightseeing part of the tour is kept limited to nearby places instead of driving further to keep the focus intact. But can be changed if desired. The duration and activities in each tour may vary according to types of yoga or meditation chosen. Below is a sample itinerary which can be modified according to needs of the guests.
DAY 1: Arrival at Mcleodganj
We’ll begin from Delhi, Chandigarh or Amritsar and arrive in Mcleodganj. After check in at hotel/guest house or yoga ashram, it’s time for shower, rest and a hot meal. Rest of day can be spent resting or exploring Mcleodganj.
DAY 2: Introduction to Yoga
This day will begin with an early morning Yoga class which will explain the basic principles, requirements and benefits of Yoga. There will be a small training session in which the guests will learn a few basics and beginner asanas (Yoga positions) from a trained instructor. After a bit of rest, it’ll be time for light lunch and rest of the day can be spend exploring Mcleodganj and Dharamsala. Most tourists prefer to visit Tsuglagkhang monastery. It contains three major idols of Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava which are made of gilded bronze. This [...]

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Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib Trek

Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib Trek
Valley of flowers is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters and stays under snow for most of the year except for a short duration from July To September when the whole place bursts in to an explosion of countless colourful flowers. The whole of valley floor is overrun by flowers of thousands of species and from a distance, it just seems like a big colourful carpet. This valley was declared a  national park in 1982 and is now a world heritage site. The locals believe that the this place is home of fairies and going by the looks of it, it might very well be.  Valley Of Flowers trek is an easy one and can be attempted by anyone in good physical condition.

Once you are in Valley of flowers, Hemkund which is famous for it’s famous Sikh shrine is not too far either and can be covered in  1-2 extra days.
DAY 1 Rishikesh to Govind Ghat 
We’ll leave early morning in car to Govind Ghat (altitude 1900 m). This is the place where actual trekking route to Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib starts. The trail divides in to two at Ghangria with one leading to Valley and other to Hemkund.   The drive takes around 9-10 hours and we can either stay in a hotel or guesthouse in Joshimath or in Govind Ghat.
DAY 2 Govind Ghat to Ghangria
Alaknanda river flows on the way and we’ll cross the bridge to begin the actual hike. It’s actually a pilgrimage route and there is a proper stone paved trail and a number of shops along the way serving snacks, meals, tea etc. We’ll walk for [...]

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Har Ki Dun Trek ( 7 Days)

Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun ( Valley of the Gods) Valley is situated below Fateh Parvat and is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalayas of Gharwal.  The most popular route for trekkers to visit this place is via Govind National Park. The trekkers can see a wide variety of birds, insects, flowers and animals including musk deer, wild goats and many more in addition to numerous glaciers, mountain streams, alpine forests and wide rolling meadows on the way. It’s an easy trek and although some experience of trekking will be helpful, it’s not really required and thus can be attempted by anyone in good health.
DAY 1: Arrival at Sankri
Depending upon starting location, Rishikesh, Dehradun etc. we’ll reach Sankri village (altitude 2000 m) by evening and rest for rest of the day after some local sightseeing. Sankri is around 5 hours drive from Rishikesh and 7 hours from Dehradun. From here we’ll be able to get a bit of close look on high snow covered peaks of Himalayan mountains. We’ll stay in our camp site or a small guesthouse for the night.
DAY 2 : Sankri to Seema via Taluka
The mornings in this region are almost always cold. So after a good breakfast and a  cup of hot chai, we’ll start our trek by walking to Taluka, another small hamlet 12 kms away. It should take around 4 hours and we’ll have our lunch there. After a bit of rest, we’ll resume walking again and reach Seema village (altitude 2700 m)about 14 km away. Trekking on this stretch is very scenic with a number of wild plant species including roses, deodar, chestnut making the surroundings colourful. If covering [...]

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Roop Kund Trek

Roop Kund Trek ( 6 Days)
Roop Kund,  a small remote lake deep in middle of Himalayas wilderness became suddenly famous when bones of a number of  people were discovered there. There are a number of theories about the identity of people who died there and how did it happen. Some people believe that those are the remains of pilgrims who lost their way and were caught up in a freak storm or avalanche. Others believe that the victims were part of General Zoravar Singh of Jammu who were returning after a raid on Tibet. Apart from this mystery, this lake is situated in a very picturesque setting at an altitude of more than 5000 meters in a mountainous feature called Trishul in Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. This trekking route passes through some lush green grasslands, dense forests and countless small mountain streams.  This trek is not too tough but some previous experience of trekking in mountains is required due to amount of walking and altitude. It’s common to encounter snow in some locations during trek. 
DAY 1: Rishikesh to Mundoli
We’ll drive towards Mundoli village while passing through Rudraprayag, Devprayag and a few small towns and villages along the way. The drive takes approximately 8-9 hours and we’ll stop at 2-3 places for rest, breakfast and lunch. We’ll stay in our campsite in Mundoli for the night.
DAY2 : Mundoli to Bedni Bugyal via Wan
In the morning, we’ll drive about 10 km to Wan which is the place from where actual trekking begins. After getting our gear off from car, we’ll take the trail leading to Bedni Bugyal (altitude 3350 m) which is a trek of 11 km and takes around 3-4 [...]

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