Duration :07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination covered :Rishikesh –Uttarkashi – Harsil - Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojbasa – Gaumukh Haridwar – Delhi
Best time to Travel :May to June and Mid Sep to first week of November. In Monsoon ( July & August ) you may have heavy rain may cause landslide at some places.
Morning drive to Rishieksh. Approx 6 hours drive will take you to the city of temples. Check in at the hotel. Later visit the most interesting places . Rishikesh is located some 24 km north of Haridwar on the right bank of the Ganga, surrounded on three sides by the Himalayan ranges. Legend has it that God revealed himself to Raibhaya Rishi as Hrishikesh, after long penance and this sacred spot was henceforth known as such. A renowned centre of Yoga discipline and learning, Rishikesh is dotted with shrines and ashrams. Some 5 km away is the famous temple of Laxman Jhoola, dedicated to Laxman, the brother of Lord Ram, where he is believed to have performed penance. Rishikesh is also the starting point of several treks and pilgrimages to the holy shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Evening you may go to Laxman Jhullah and further walk up to Parmarth Niketan to witness the Aarte ceremony at the time of Sun set. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast in the morning Drive to Uttarkashi. Uphill drive up to Chamba will take you in 2 hours and further down to Tehri Lake. Follow the Bhagirathi river upwards and arrive district headquarter of Uttarkashi District and major town in this region. Check in Hotel, Later visit Vishwanath Temple and local market. This is believed that Ved Vyas had a Shastrartha with an unknown soul for many days and finally Lord Shiva gave his presence to Ved Vyasa at this place. This shrine is Being placed in North considered UTTAR ( North) KASHI ( Varanasi - Home of Lord Shiva) One of most sacred shrine for Shiva devotees. Night Halt at Hotel.
Have a early morning breakfast and proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), approx 3 hours drive will take you to this last road head and one of the Shrine amoung four major shrines - GANGOTRI. enroute we enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. Should you need to have a holi dip at Hot Sulfer Water at Gangnani will be better and refreshing. overnight stay at Gangotri at hotel/ Tourist Bungalow.
After breakfast start trek to Bhojbasa, you may need to pay the Forest Eco fee imposed by the Govt. of Uttarakhand to restrict the tourist flow towards Gangotri Glacier
Start with an easy day walk and follow a well defined trail to the famous pilgrim route to the sources of the Ganges. Walk through the forest out into un forested hillside and into pine forests to Chirbasa. Leaving the trees behind, trek towards Gomukh. Just before Gomukh, is a group of birch trees near Bhojbasa. Only one possibility so far to stay at called Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Camp which is basic as main bungalow has washed away in the flood couple of years before. Check in at your Camp or pitch your own camp here. Evening spend the time by exploring the surroundings. It will be windy enough by the later afternoon therefore this is advised to cover up yourself to avoid any high altitude sickness. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
After breakfast proceed a gentle walk towards the source of Bhagirathi. You will encounter with the big boulders all around. Find the trail and route marking on the way. Shivling peaks and Bhagirathi group of peaks are visible from here and enjoy the train. Arrive at the Gangotri Glacier snout and see the origin of River Bhagirathi. It is believed that This glacier used to happen at Gangotri where themain temple is situated but due to climate changes it has gone back to 19 Kms behind and day by day shrinking rapidly.
( All the pilgrims are requested to pay attention on this and see the results if GLOBAL WARMING and its effects. We request you to feel the importance of our responsibilities which may take place to save the earth and spread the message all around) Have puja and rituals at Gaumukh and back to Bhojbasa for another overnight stay.
After breakfast decend down to Chirbasa and further down to Gangotri. Your vehicles awaits for you to pick you up and drive back to Uttarkashi via Harsil - Gangnani - Bhatwari. Check in at your hotel and overnight stay. ( this is an act to drive you back to Uttarkashi so that you may have more time in hand to drive Guptakashi which is a long drive for next day)
After breakfast retrace back to Haridwar. Check in at the hotel and get prepared for evening Ganges Aarte at Har Ki Pauri and back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Haridwar
After breakfast drive back to Delhi and you will get dropped at Railway station /airport for your further connection