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Uttrakhand Village Tour

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Uttrakhand Village Tour

Day wise Itinerary
Day 01: Delhi

Delhi is the capital of India- the largest democratic and 2nd most populous country in the world and the city has seen its rise and fall several times. New Delhi is the 8th city built by British. Delhi is famous for its beautiful monuments built by different emperors, which can be seen during the city tour.You will be well received on your arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. After check- in formality, you will check into the room. In the afternoon, proceed for half day city tour of New Delhi.The city of Delhi can be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi.Old Delhi was earlier ruled by Muslim Sultans for about 700years and later, it became the capital of the Mughal Empire between 17th and 19th centuries. Whereas New Delhi is an imperial and modern city, built by British, when they decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate- built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan (from outside)- built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy, today the official residence of the President of India. Parliament House- an unique circular building with huge colonnades, which houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb- is the first Mughal garden tomb, which looks like the famous Taj Mahal and finally Qutab Minar- one of Delhi" s most striking monuments, which is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters.Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Haridwar (225Kms and 6hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Haridwar.Haridwar is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India, picturesquely located by the bank of holy river Ganga in the holy state of Uttarakhand. River Ganga is also referred as 'Mother Ganga' by the Hindu community. It is an important point and gateway to the famous pilgrimage of the Himalayas call " Chardham Yatra or Chardham Pligrimage" . Char means " four" and Dham means " sacred places" . These four sacred destinations are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. People from across the globe come here to seek spirituality. The name 'Haridwar' means 'Gateway to God'. Haridwar is more popular for 'Kumbh Mela', the largest fair in human history, which is held here at the interval of every 12 years.Arrive Haridwar and check into your hotel.In the afternoon, you can visit the famous Har Ki Pauri, this ghat is one of the most sacred ghats in India. Take a holy dip here, as this ghat is also called as Brahmakund.Later, you can visit the famous Mansa Devi temple- located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. The temple can be reached by the rope way or one can also take the normal trekking route to the top. From where, you can have an excellent view of Haridwar. Chandi Devi Temple- as per the Hindu mythology, the demon King Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place named as Chandi Devi. This temple, situated on top of the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges and it was constructed in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3Kms trek from Chandi Ghat and it is believed that the Adi Shankaracharya established the main statue here in eighth century AD. The Chandi Devi Temple is also accessible by a ropeway, which starts near the Gauri Shankar Temple. Vaishno Devi Temple- this temple is a newly constructed and a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir. Bharat Mata Temple- is one of the important temples of Haridwar, which has eight stories in which the images of cities, heroes and great men are installed. Maya Devi Temple- which is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhishtkatri, known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this ancient saktipeeth, located to the east of Har-ki-Pauri. The Triveni Ghat- which is another interesting place to be at dawn, when people make offerings of milk to the Ganges and feed the fish. After sunset, priests set off floating lamps on the water during the Aarti ceremony. The Sapt Rishi Ashram- which is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. According to Hindu Mythology, Sapt Rishi Ashram is regarded as the place where the seven great sages, or Sapt-Rishis- Kashyap, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam meditated. It is said that the Ganges split herself into seven streams, here only, so that the sages would not be disturbed by her flow. And therefore, the place is also called as the Sapt Sarovar or Saptrishi Kund. The streams reunite further and flow as a beautiful channel called Neel Dhara while entering into Haridwar.In the evening, witness the Ganga Arti at Har Ki Pauri. Overnight in Haridwar.

Day 03: Haridwar - Kotdwar (80kms and 2-3hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Kotdwar- which is located at the foothills of Shivalik hills at a distance of 225Kms from Delhi and 80Kms from Haridwar. It is situated at an altitude of 395mtr above the sea level. Kotdwar literally means the gateway to Garhwal, is a nearest railhead of Pauri Garhwal District in the hill state of Uttarakhand and famous for its Siddhbali (Lord Hanuman) temple.Arrive Kotdwra and check in to a local house.You will be welcomed by the ladies in traditional costumes. Have Lunch and rest of the day at leisure.In the evening, proceed to visit Siddhbali Baba temple (dedicated to Lord Hanuman), which is the biggest temple in the town.

Overnight at local house.

Day 04: Kotdwar- Excursion to Kalagarh Dam

After breakfast, proceed to visit Kalagarh Dab, which is situated at a distance of 48Kms from Kotdwar is an ideal place for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga River is worth visiting. It is a lovely drive and return to Kotdwar in the afternoon.Rest of the day, visiting local houses and meet local people and know their daily life etc.Overnight in local house.

Day 05: Kotdwar - Lansdowne (40Kms and 1.5hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive towards Lansdowne- which is a beautiful hill station, named after the viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne from 1888- 1894. Lansdowne was developed as the recruits training centre for Garhwal Rifles under British Indian Army. Today Lansdowne is the head quarter of Garhwal Rifles, a division of Indian Army. This great hill station is completely away from hustle and bustle and hence is distinct from the normal hill stations, which are overcrowded.Arrive Lansdowne and check in to your hotel.In the afternoon, proceed to visit the town, visiting The War Memorial of the Garhwal Rifles, Tip-In-Top Point- which is a view point with an amazing sight of Lansdowne. St John's Church- which is the only church of worship in this quite town and St Mary's Church- which has been converted into a museum by Garhwal Rifles Regiment Centre. The buildings and the town carry an atmosphere of the British period before independence.Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Lansdowne- Excursion to Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for an excursion to visit Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple (38Kms and 1.5hrs drive one way), which is situated on top of a hill at an altitude of 2000mtr, which is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites or Siddha Pithas in the Garhwal region. The main deity is Lord Shiva and many devotees visit this ancient temple to offer prayers and it is believed that the offerings here makes the wishes of the devotees be fulfilled. Maha Shivarathri is celebrated annually with great pleasure. The temple place is surrounded by thick blue pine forests, oak trees and dense Deodars. Return to Lansdowne in the afternoon.In the evening, visit the nearby town call Jayaharikhal, which is popular for one of the best and the oldest Inter College in the area with hostel facility.Overnight in hotel.

Day 07: Lansdowne - Chamdal Village (55Kms and 3hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards village Chamdal, a small village in Pauri Garhwal District on Satpuli- Pokhara road.On your arrival in the village road, you will be welcomed by the local people with great enthusiasm with local bands and dancers. Then take a little walk upto the village (about 1kms) with the procession.Arrive Village and check in to local houses.You will be staying in different houses and there is no need of air- conditioning, because of its clean environment. Also there are not many toilets (particularly western toilets), so you have to be happy with Indian toilets only, which too are not many in number.Have Lunch at one local house and rest of the day at leisure.In the evening, walk around the village and visit a nearby waterfall etc.Welcome Dinner at one local house with dance program.Overnight in the village.

Day 08: Chamdal Village

After breakfast, walk down (about 1.5Kms and 1hrs walk) through smooth slop to visit a primary school, where you will be welcomed by the school teachers and the kids. You will have a beautiful view of the valley and mountains around. There will be a lecture and interaction with school kids and teachers, followed by distribution of gifts.After spending some time with the kids, take a little climb up to the road and drive towards the nearby market- Rithakhal.Return to the village in the afternoon and visit Jwalpa Devi- the village Temple on the way.Rest of the day at leisure to walk around the village.You can meet local people, interact with them, know their daily life, their culture etc. and they will be very happy to see you and welcome you.Dinner in the evening with cultural program.Overnight in the village.

Day 09: Chamdal Village - Srikotkhal - Gaduli Village (30kms and 2hrs drive)

After breakfast, start uphill trek (about 3-4Kms and 2-3hrs) towards Srikotkhal- the road head. On the way, visiting Betal Devta Temple- village temple, which is nestled on top of the hill at an altitude of 1600mtrs above sea level and offers a magnificent view of the Nayar valley and snow capped mountains. Continue trekking towards Srikotkhal via village "Gorli", which is the head office of these 3- 4villages.You will be welcomed at the village and offered soft drinks and fruits.Later you can address a small gathering of village people, just to aware them about education and environment etc, which will be a kind of social work. You can interact with people and you will really love it.Continue head towards Srikotkhal. You will be served Lunch here.Post lunch, drive towards village Gaduli- which is about 1Kms down from the main road head.You will be well received by people with great enthusiasm with local bands etc.You can stay with people in their local houses OR the tents can be pitched for your stay.Rest of the day at leisure.In the evening, walk around the village and visit Goddess Durga Temple- the village temple.Dinner at a local house with local dance etc.Overnight in the village.

Day 10: Gaduli Village

After breakfast, walk around the village and meet the local people. You can interact with them and know their culture and daily life.The activities can be organized for you and you can even participate into it.Lunch at a local house and Dinner with local village people.Overnight in village.

Day 11: Gaduli Village/Ekeshwar - Pauri (50Kms and 2-3hrs drive)

After breakfast, take a little walk up to the main road head and then drive towards Pauri, visiting Ekeshwaram Mahadev Temple at Ekeshwar on the way, which is the biggest temple in that area, dedicated to Lord Sgiva.Pauri is a beautiful hill station and headquater of Pauri Garhwal District. The majestic Himalaya and its mountain range can be seen from here. Pauri is situated at an altitude of 1814mtr above the sea-level, offers a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks of Nandadevi and Trisul, Gangotri Group, Thalaiya- sagar, Neelkanth, Bandar Poonch, Swarga-Rohini, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Ghoriparvat, Hathiparvat and Sumeru etc.Arrive Pauri and check in to your hotel.In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Pauri, visiting Kandoliya Mahadev Temple, Cricket Stadium- which is the highest in Asia and Chawkhamba view point- famous for sunset.Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Pauri - Srinagar (30Kms and 2hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Srinagar- which lies on Haridwar- Badrinath highway. It is the headquarter of Garhwal University called as " Hemwati Nandan Garhwal University" . You can visit the campus and can have a lecture at the department of Tourism and have a interaction with the students.In the afternoon, visit some famous temples of Srinagar including Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple- dedicated to Lord Shiva.Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Srinagar - Rishikesh (130Kms and 3-4hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Rishikesh.Rishikesh is another important Hindu pilgrimage destination in India, picturesquely located by the bank of holy river Ganga in the holy state of Uttarakhand. It is an important point and gateway to the famous pilgrimage of the Himalayas call " Chardham Pligrimage" . Char means " four" and Dham means " sacred places" . These four sacred destinations are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Rishikesh is famous for its spiritual centers and Yogic ashrams and therefore it is called " Yoga capital" of India. International Yoga festival is celebrated here in November every year, where world" s renowned Yoga teachers participate and give the Yoga teaching.Arrive Rishikesh and proceed to city tour of Rishikesh, visiting Lakshman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund, Geeta Bhawan, Swarg Ashram and Trayambakeshwar Temple etc. In the evening, witness the evening arti of holy Ganges at Parmarth Niketan, where the students of Parmarth Niketan perform Pooja with great devotion and enthusiasm.Overnight in Rishikesh.

Day 14: Rishikesh - Delhi (250Kms and 6-7hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Delhi.Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.Overnight in Delhi.

Day 15: Delhi - Fly Back Home

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your Trip!!
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