Uttarakhand formerly known as Uttaranchal is a state in the northern part of India. Uttarakhand has many tourist spots due to its location in the Himalayas. There are many ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks that draw large number of tourists. There are 44 nationally protected monuments in the state. Oak Grove School in the state is on the tentative list for World Heritage Sites. Two of the most holy rivers in Hinduism the Ganges and Yamuna, originate in Uttarakhand. Binsar Devta is a popular Hindu temple in the area. Uttarakhand has long been called "Land of the Gods" as the state has some of the holiest Hindu shrines, and for more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been visiting the region in the hopes of salvation and purification from sin. Gangotri and Yamunotri, the sources of the Ganges and Yamuna, dedicated to Ganga and Yamuna respectively, fall in the upper reaches of the state and together with Badrinath (dedicated to Vishnu) and Kedarnath (dedicated to Shiva) form the Chota Char Dham, one of Hinduism's most spiritual and auspicious pilgrimage circuits. Haridwar, meaning "Gateway to the God", is a prime Hindu destination. Haridwar hosts the Haridwar Kumbh Mela every twelve years, in which millions of pilgrims take part from all parts of India and the world. Rishikesh near Haridwar is known as the preeminent yoga center of India.
Skiing with Ganges
Tour Name: Skiing with Ganges
Destinations: Delhi - Haridwar - Joshimath - Auli - Rishikesh - Delhi
Duration: 05 Nights & 06 Days
Day 01: Arrive Delhi / Delhi – Haridwar (220 Kms/5 Hrs)
Arrive at Delhi airport or Railway station, Drive to Haridwar from Delhi. On arrival at Haridwar, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. You are now free for haridwar sightseeing
One of the holiest places for Hindus, Haridwar is largely visited by devotees of Lord Shiva and River Goddess Ganga. The venue of Magh Mela and world-renowned Kumbh Mela, Haridwar is a treat for your spiritual and religious self. In the evening, visit the largest of sacred bathing ghats of Haridwar: Har-ki-Pauri for attending the spectacular Ganga Aarti, a sight that you will remember for your lifetime. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 02: Haridwar – Joshimath (280 Kms/9 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Joshimath from haridwar. On the way, halt at Devprayag (one of the Panch Prayag of River Alaknanda where it meets with River Bhagirathi), Rudraprayag (the meeting point of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini) and Karnprayag (the confluence of Rivers Alaknanda and Pindar). Once you reach Joshimath, check in at the Hotel. If time and energy permits, you can explore the surroundings. The gateway to Hem Kund and Badrinath, Joshimath receives a huge number of Sikh and Hindu between May and October. It is also the base for a number of popular treks such as Kuari Pass Trek and Valley of Flower trek in Uttarakhand. Overnight stay.
Day 03: Joshimath – Auli (8km, 30 Minutes' drive)
After breakfast, start your drive to Auli. Lying between the altitude ranges of 2500 m to2050 m, Auli is one of premier Skiing Resort in India. If you do not wish to travel by road, the other option is to take the cable car ride to reach Auli from Joshimath. The longest cable car ride in Asia, it takes you to a scenic Ski resort. On the way, treat your eyes to the mesmerizing views of the surroundings. On arriving, complete the check-in. Later on, you can enjoy Skiing on the slopes of Auli with the assistance of the resort's instructors. The day is going to be an exciting one. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 04: Auli Tour
After Breakfast, you can partake in Skiing at Auli trip, on a full board basis. Skiing equipment will be made available to you. If you are a beginner, you are going to get full assistance.The ski slopes offer a panoramic view of high Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, 7818 m. A 500 m long ski-lift and an 800 m long chair-lift connect the upper and lower snow slopes of Auli. You can visit Gurso Bugyal, a picturesque location from where you get to enjoy magnificent views of Trishul Peak, Dron Parvat and Nanda Devi adding on to its beauty is the green surrounding that makes it look more enthralling. Within close vicinity, lies Chattrakund, a pristine lake that is known for its crystal clear blue waters. It is also an ideal picnic spot for those who love nature and its silence. Another important attraction you may visit in Auli is Auli Artificial Lake which is one of the highest man-made lakes in the World. Surrounded by mighty peaks of Himalayas, the lake was developed by government to produce artificial snow.
Overnight stay in Auli resort.
Day 05: Auli - Rishikesh (254 km, 7-8 hours' drive)
After breakfast, you visit the popular religious sites of the area- Narsingh Temple and Shankracharaya Math. Then Drive to Rishikesh- the yoga capital of the World, which is home to several Ashrams. As you reach, check into the hotel. Rishikesh shot to fame in the world when the Beatles came here to visit the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. If time and energy permits, you can explore the surroundings on your own. Rishikesh is just 24 km from Haridwar. The place is not only known for its ashrams, yoga and meditation opportunities, but it is also popular as a river rafting destination. Stay Overnight stay in Rishikesh.
Day 06: Rishikesh - Delhi for departure (230 km, 5-6 hours' drive)
After breakfast, Rishikesh sightseeing tour including Ram Jhula- a popular landmark erected in 1986, this iron suspension bridge over River Ganges is placed at Muni ki Reti. Laxman Jhula- another iron bridge over the Ganges, it is 450 feet in length; Triveni Ghat- the confluence of holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, it is also a revered bathing spot; Parmarth Niketan Ashram- founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj, it is placed on the banks of the Ganges; Sivananda Ashram- another popular ashram offering Yoga and Meditation along with propounding a simple way of life; and Gita Kutir Tapovan Ashram- founded in 1974 by Sri Gita Nand ji Maharaj- the ashram works for social welfare of saints, yogis and monks. Thereafter, start driving Delhi. Get transferred to the airport/railway station for your onward Destination
- Assistance on arrival & departure at airport or railway station.
- Accommodation at hotels/resorts as per the itinerary.
- Breakfast & Dinner at the hotels/resorts
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned vehicle
- Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges and interstate taxes.
- GST (5%)
- Any Airfare / Train
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
- The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
- Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
- Medical & Travel insurance
- Any changes you may choose to make during your tour
- Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc.
- AC will not work in Hill Stations
- Monument Entry Charges/Heating system/Any Local Ride Not Included.