Uttaranchal or Devbhoomi (Abode of Gods) has been the destination of sages and intellectuals seeking spiritual attainment, from time immemorial. Holy shrines, mountains, glaciers, rivers, meadows and colourful valleys have always been visited and admired alike by thousands of pilgrims, trekkers, philosophers, poets and artists. I had travelled to this region with my parents who are senior citizens and ours is an amazingly heterogeneous combination…one very religious, one indifferent to religion but keen on history and culture and another avid trekker trying to build appreciation for history and culture. It is a different kind of experience travelling with non-like-minded people but then diversity brings out the best in everyone. As we wandered in the Abode of Gods, along the snow clad mountains, glaciers, river banks and Deodar jungles we discovered ourselves and learnt to appreciate each other’s interest. After all to reach every shrine there is a trek, and every trek ends with a shrine and all of this with big doses of history and mythology. But the biggest draw to these mountains is the unmatched tranquility which is has gone missing from our lives. Come Beyonder and spend a few days in the Lap of Himalayas
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DEHRADUN – HARIDWAR
Arrive at Dehradun airport or Haridwar railway station, and get transferred to the hotel. Enroute visit Pawan Dham & Bharat temple. In the evening, participate in Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri. Overnight stay in Haridwar.
HARIDWAR – GUPTKASHI
Drive to Guptkashi. Enroute stop at Rudraprayag and DevPrayag, the confluence of Alaknanda – Mandakini rivers and Bhagirathi -Alaknanda. On arrive, you check in at your Camp. Visit the Vishwanath (Lord of the Universe) temple in the evening. Overnight stay at a camp in Guptakashi.
GUPTKASHI – UKHAIMATH – DEVARIYA TAL – GUPTKASHI
Take a short drive to Ukhimath, your starting point for a small trek to Devaraiya Tal. Walk through the dense forest of soaking in the beauty of Rhodenderons, and other wild flowers. Devaraiya Tal is situated at an elevation of 2471 mts with a lovely view of chokhmba peaks. Relax by the lake side and then walk back to Guptkashi in the evening. Stay overnight at the camp.
GUPTKASHI – CHOPTA – TUNGNATH TREK – GUPTKASHI
Drive to Chopta and get ready for your trek to Tungnath. It is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level and has the distinction of being the Shiva Temple at the highest altitude in India. On this 3Km trek climb; you can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayas. Trek up further to Chandrashila peak, which is an hour from Tungnath. After experiencing the summit walk back to Chopta and drive to Guptakashi, Overnight stay at the camp.
GUPTKASHI – RISHIKESH
After a hectic day, have an easy day. Drive to Rishikesh and relax. Explore the town at leisure .Overnight at Rishikesh.
Explore Rishikesh. Visit Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula Triveni Ghat, Ashrams & Temples. In the evening, witness the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
RISHIKESH – DEHRADUN/HARIDWAR
After breakfast at the hotel, check out from hotel and drive to Dehradun/Haridwar. We shall see you off wishing you happy memories.