You arrive in Delhi by International flight. After traditional Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport & to our hotel for check-in. After breakfast we will go on a guided tour of Delhi at 1000 hrs, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat & a drive around India Gate & President's House. In the afternoon visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple(Closed on Monday) & Qutub Minar.
Early morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. Upon arrival check-in hotel. Later in the afternoon visit Mansa Devi temple & in the evening enjoy the spectacular view of 'Aarti' at Har ki Pauri. Later spend your time on the Ghat.
Haridwar on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) & located at foothills of the lower Himalayan Range of the Shivalik mountains. Its an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. When the Ganges leaves mountains & enters the plains, Haridwar is the first major town on the plains. Though Ganges does not lose its rapids completely, nevertheless it becomes very quiet & calm here.
Haridwar has earned fame as being the place, which has been blessed by Trinity of Hinduism, Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver) & Shiva (Destroyer). Its one of the major Shakti Peeths (Shakti Peeth - sacred spot where temple of goddess Shakti has special mythological significance). Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, body & soul of people not only in spiritual or religious terms but as a major learning center for arts, science & culture.
After breakfast we meet the rafting crew & drive to Rudraprayag. The entire drive is along the River Ganga up to Devprayag. We stop at Devprayag for excellent view of the confluence of Rivers Alaknanda & Bhagirathi making the holy Ganges. From Devprayag we take the road along the River Alaknanda. On arrival at Rudraprayag, check-in the Hotel. Evening at leisure.
After breakfast we walk to the rafting point, little before the confluence of Rivers Alaknanda & Mandakini. After the complete safety briefing & setting equipment, we raft down River Alaknanda to Srinagar. After hitting good rapids & rafting through the gorge we stop at Dhari Devi, one of the most important Goddesses of the area. After lunch we raft down till Srinagar. We Camp on the river side little before Srinagar.
After breakfast we raft down till Devprayag. On the way we visit some ancient remote temples around Srinagar, the ancient capital of Garhwal. We have our lunch on the way. We Camp little before Devprayag.
Today we raft down till Kaudiyala. On the way we stop at Byas Ghat, famous as "The Anglers' Paradise". We arrive Kaudiyala after hitting some good rapids. At night we enjoy the Campfire at the Camp & share the experience of the Day. Overnight Camp - Kaudiyala (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast we again start rafting. Most of the exciting rapids on the river we hit today with interesting names like, The Wall, Three Blind Mice, Cross Fire, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Club House etc. We finally arrive at our Camp at Brahmpuri. Evening is free to explore the area. At night we again enjoy the Campfire & share among ourselves the experiences of this exciting Day. Overnight Camp - Brahmpuri (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast we raft down to Rishikesh. At Rishikesh our rafting expedition finishes, after goodbye to our rafting team we check-in the Hotel.
Rishikesh is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. There is also a cluster of a number of Ashrams & temples giving the entire place a very spiritual atmosphere. The ceaseless flow of the river, regarded as Goddess Ganga adds to the beauty & the purity of the place. Along the river, area is filled with thick green forests in the all-mountainous region. Its famous for its yoga & meditation sessions by many yoga experts, also very popular center for Ayurveda system of healing (traditional Indian medicine system). Besides sadhus & saints, a mass of tourists too visit this place every year to have a look at this much heard about place. In addition to wonderful scenery & numerous pilgrimage sites, Rishikesh makes some of the most popular adventure sport destinations of India like river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking.
Later we will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan, other temples & ashrams. Overnight Hotel- Rishikesh (Breakfast)
Day 10 - Delhi - Agra - Delhi (220 km - 5 hrs one way)
After an early breakfast, we leave at 0730 hrs to Agra, erstwhile capital of great Mughals & known for Taj Mahal. It has always fascinated Indians & foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on West bank of river Yamuna, with the Agra Fort & Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations.
At Agra we visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. Red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long, is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red Fort. After visiting the Fort & if time permits, we will visit Sikandra (Tomb of Emperor Akbar). Later we drive back to Delhi. (No accommodation)