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|Uttrakhand Village Tour
Duration : 14 Nights/15 Days
Destinations : Delhi – Haridwar – Kotdwar – Lansdowne – Chamdal Village – Gaduli Village – Pauri – Srinagar – Rishikesh – Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning. You will be well received on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of New Delhi. Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb. Visitors are immediately struck by the tomb's resemblance to its more famous cousin The Taj Mahal- with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal. 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. Buffet Dinner at hotel's restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi/ Haridwar (225Kms & 6hrs drive)
This morning, drive towards Haridwar.
Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand has the eminence of being one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations of India. The holy town occupies a picturesque location on the banks of River Ganga, also referred to as 'Mother Ganga' by the Hindu community. Not only from across the country but from across the world, devotees and travelers arrived 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 in to your hotel. PM- proceed for city tour of Haridwar, visiting Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple on the top of the hill, where we can go by cable car. Also visit Chandi Devi Temple on the top of the other hill. In the evening, witness evening arti of holy Ganges. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Haridwar/ Kotdwar (80kms & 2-3hrs drive)
This morning, drive to Kotdwar. Kotdwar is located at the foothills of Shivaliks at a distance of 225kms from Delhi and 80kms from Haridwar. It is situated at an altitude of 395mtr from the sea level. Kotdwar literally means the gateway to Garhwal, which is a nearest railhead of Pauri Garhwal District in the hill state of Uttarakhand and famous for its temples.
Arrive Kotdwra and check in to 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 Sidhbali Baba temple (dedicated to Lord Hanuman), which is the biggest temple in the town. Overnight at local house.
Day 4: Kotdwar- Excursion to Kalagarh Dam
Today after breakfast, proceed to visit Kalagarh, situated at a distance of 48kms from Kotdwar, Kalagarh is an ideal place for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga River is worth visiting. It is a lovely drive and come back in the afternoon. Rest of the day, visit local houses, meet & share with people and know their daily life etc. Overnight in local house.
Day 5: Kotdwar/ Lansdowne (40Kms & 1.5hrs drive)
Today we will drive towards Lansdowne.
Lansdowne is a beautiful hill station, got its name from Lord Lansdowne, who was the then Viceroy of India, during the period 1888- 1894. Lansdowne was developed by the British as the recruits training centre for Garhwal Rifles of 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 crowded.
Arrive Lansdowne and check in to your hotel. In the evening, visit Lansdowne.
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 churches and the town carry an atmosphere of the British period before independence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Lansdowne- Excursion to Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
This morning, proceed for an excursion to visit Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple (38Kms & 1.5hrs drive one way), which is situated on top of a hill at an altitude of 2000meters, which is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites or Siddha Pithas. 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. Mahashivarathri is celebrated annually with grandeur. 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, where there is one of best & oldest Inter College in the area with hostel facility. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Lansdowne/ Chamdal Village (55Kms & 3hrs drive)
This morning, drive towards village Chamdal, a small village in Pauri Garhwal District. On your arrival in the village road, you will be welcomed by the local people with local bands, dancers and great enthusiasm. Then take a small trek upward (about 1kms) to the village. It will be a great procession. Arrive Village and check in to local houses. You will be staying in different houses and there is no need of air- conditioned, because of its environment and you will really not require it. Also we don't have 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 8: Chamdal Village
This morning, we will walk down (about 1.5kms & 1hrs walk) through smooth slop to visit a primary school, where you will be welcomed by the school teachers and kids. You will have a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. There will be a lecture and interaction with school kids and teachers and distribute gifts. After spending some times with the kids, we will go for a drive to show you around in the area. Return to the village in the afternoon and visit Jwalpa Devi Temple on the way. Rest of the day at leisure to visit around the village, meet people, interact with them, know their daily life, their culture etc. and they will be very happy to see you. Dinner in the evening with cultural program. Overnight in the village.
Day 9: Chamdal Village/ Gaduli Village (30kms & 2hrs drive)
This morning, we will take uphill trek (3-4kms & 2-3hrs), visiting Betal Devta Temple on the way, which is on top of the hill at an altitude of 1600mtrs and is a beautiful spot to see the mountains and overlooking the beautiful valley & river. We will go through a big village call "Gorli" on the way. You will be welcomed at the village; you will be offered soft drinks and fruits. Later you can address people about education, neat & clean environment and about Love & peace. You can interact with people and you will really love it. We will continue walk up to hill to reach Srikotkhal, the road head. We will have our Lunch here. Then we will take our cars to reach village Gaduli, which is about 1kms down from the road head. You will be well received by people here with local bands and great enthusiasm. You can stay with people in their local houses OR we can pitch tents for your stay. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, walk around the village and visit Goddess Durga Temple. Dinner at a local house with local dance etc. Overnight in the village.
Day 10: Gaduli Village
Today full day spend in meeting local people; know their culture & 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 & 2-3hrs drive)
After breakfast, we will drive towards Pauri, visiting Ekeshwaram Mahadev Temple at Ekeshwar.
Pauri is a beautiful hill station and headquater of Pauri Garhwal District. District Pauri Garhwal which is surrounded by the districts of Chamoli, Nanital, Bijnor, Haridwar, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal, offers a panoramic view of the great Himalayas form its towns and villages. The majestic Himalaya and its mountain range can be seen from anywhere in the district. The Pauri City which is situated at an altitude of 1814mtr above the sea-level on the northern slopes of Kandoliya hills is the headquarters of the District Pauri Garhwal and the Garhwal Division. Headquarters of all Govt. departments are located here. Pauri also provides a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks of Nandadevi & 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 Temple, Stadium, which is the highest in Asia and Chawkhamba view point, famous for sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Pauri/ Srinagar (30Kms & 2hrs drive)
Today morning, we will drive to Srinagar, which lies on Haridwar- Badrinath highway. It is the headquarter of Garhwal University. We can visit the campus and can have a lecture at department of Tourism and interaction with 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 & 3-4hrs drive)
This morning, drive towards Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas. Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh.
Arrive Rishikesh and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some ashrams including Swarg Ashram. In the evening, witness evening arti of holy Ganges at Parmarth Niketan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Rishikesh/ Delhi
Today, we can visit some important temples and in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Haridwar railway station to board your train Shatabdi Express (1745/ 2315) to Delhi. You will be well received on your arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15: Delhi/ Fly Back Home
This morning, you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home.
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