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Day 1 - Departure
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Day 2 - Delhi
Arrival at the International Airport, where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and transferred to hotel. Later, we do an amusing rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes of the medieval styled shopping haven of Chandni Chowk. The ride is a very interesting one. We also visit the largest mosque of India - Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque). The mosque can accommodate about 25,000 people at once. On our way back to New Delhi, we drive by India Gate, Parliament House and President's Estate. We also go to IMF for briefing. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 - Delhi / Rishikesh
Early morning, we take train to Haridwar, from where we drive 1 hr to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located on the banks of the river Ganga where we find multitude of religious activities, Sadhu and Yoga Ashrams. In the evening, we witness Ganga Arti (Worship) by the side of River Ganga. The fading light of the day and with lit up butter oil lamps held by Priests, chanting mantras at the Ghat offers you a heavenly solace. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 4 - Rishikesh / Uttarkashi (1158 m)
In the morning, after breakfast, we proceed to Uttarkashi 185 km / 7 hrs. Uttarkashi is situated in the wide Bhagirathi valley by the banks of Bhagirathi River originating from Gaumukh, Gangotri Glacier. Overnight in simple hotel.
Day 5 - Uttarkashi / Gangotri (3048 m)
In the morning, we drive 95 km / 5 hrs to Gangotri, en route we stop at hot water spring at Gagnani, the water is known to have curative effect for skin problems. Gangotri is a small town where the ancient temple of Mother Goddess Ganga was built in early 18th century, amidst Cedar and Pine trees, by Amar Singh Thapa. The temple is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva offering penance for his dead ancestors. According to the legend Ganga descended from heaven after King Bhagirath deeply meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva requesting him to send Ganga River on the earth in order to wash sins of 60,000 of his ancestors and thus liberate their souls so that they can make their journey to heaven. The temple is an exquisite 20 feet high structure made of white granite. We witness the soul soothing prayers at the Gangotri Temple in the evening. Overnight in simple hotel / simple guest house.
Day 6 - Gangotri
Be it a man’s urge to placate the Gods above or to quench his desire for adventure; Gangotri is an ideal location for both. The confrontation with the daunting rivers and attempts to unravel the mysteries of the supernatural world are found here. It’s a day free for acclimatization and making arrangements for our trek. We walk around Gangotri to make an acclimatization walk for about 4-5 hrs.
Day 7 - Gangotri / Bhojbas (3792 m)
After breakfast, we start our trek to Bhojbas following the right bank of Bhagirathi River. It’s a gradual ascending trek of 14 km. En route we get beautiful view of Sudarshan peak (6507 m) and Bhagirathi massif – Bhagirathi I (6856 m), II (6512 m) and III (6454 m). Overnight in government simple Guest House / Dormitory / Tent. Total trek about 6 hrs.
Day 8 - Bhojbas / Gaumukh (3890 m) / Nandanvan (4340 m)
Trek 4 km to Gaumukh (3890 m), the Source of Holy River Ganga. Here we meet some Sadhus (Hindu Saints)) deep in meditation. We continue our next 3 km trek across the Gangotri glacier in the direction of Chaturangi Glacier. We enjoy the glorious view of Bhagirathi massif en route. Overnight in Tents.
Day 9 - Nandanvan / Vasu ki Tal (4880 m) / Base Camp (4900 m)
Trekking further up for about 5 hrs from Nandanvan we cross over moraine and reach Vasuki Tal (4880 m) where we set up the Base Camp. Overnight in Tent.
Day 10 - Day 23 - Base Camp / Above Base Camp / Base Camp
Start climbing up to Satopanth peak. There are three more Camps to be set up in between the summit. The approximate altitude that we normally set the Camps are - Camp I at 5100 m, Camp II at 5820 m and Camp III at 6300 m. Overnight in Tents.
Day 24 - Base Camp / Bhojbas
Wind up the Base Camp and trek to Gangotri. First day we trek down to Bhojbas. Overnight in Tent.
Day 25 - Bhojbas / Gangotri
Trek further down to Gangotri (14 km. / 4 hr). Overnight in simple Guest House.
Day 26 - Gangotri / Uttarkashi
Drive to Uttarkashi (95 km / 3 hrs). Uttarkashi is a town situated on the banks of Bhagirathi river with some ancient temples. Drive along Bhagirathi river offers us a beautiful view of the river and sometime we also see glimpses of Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Simple Hotel.
Day 27 - Uttarkashi / Haridwar / Delhi
Drive 220 km / 8 hr to Haridwar. Time permitting visit Har Ki Pauri on the left bank of river Ganga. Later, transfer to Railway Station for Shatabdi train to Delhi (dep / arr 1815 / 2245). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 28 - Delhi / Agra (Optional) / Departure
Day free in Delhi or Optional Day Excursion to Agra. If doing the excursion, we take early morning Shatabdi train to Agra (arr / dep 0600 / 0805). Later, transfer to airport for your journey back home.
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