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Gangotri – Gaumukh Trek


Delhi – Rishikesh – Gangotri – Bhojbasa – Gaumukh – Tapovan – Gangotri – Rishikesh – Delhi         (10 Nts/11 Days)

The River Ganges or the Ganga is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source at Gaumukh on the Gangotri glacier is one of the holiest destinations for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. Our trek takes us to Gaumukh (translates to cows mouth), the mythological source of the River Ganges, which is at the snout of the Gangotri glacier. At Gaumukh, blocks of glacier fall into the river and pilgrims 'cleanse themselves of their sins' in freezing water.
The Gangotri glaciers melting waters form the Bhagirathi River and at this point the river sparkles and starts its rapid descent through the mountains.



Day 01        Arrive Delhi
Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.
 
Day 02        Delhi
In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of the Old Delhi - a multi - layered city. Our first stop is the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan when he shifted his capital from Agra. A short drive brings us to the Great Mosque - The Jama Masjid. Drive on to see the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Afternoon Sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Qutub Minar - the tallest stone tower in India built in 1191 AD. Chhatarpur Temple - the most popular Hindu temple with blissful tranquility and serene ambience. Continue to Humayun's Tomb believed to have been designed by his widow.  Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. Also visit  the Bahai Temple - a lotus shaped structure. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility.

Overnight at the hotel.



Day 03        Delhi – Rishikesh
        (Shatabdi Express – 0610 / 1122 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and transfer to the railway station in time to board Shatabdi express for Haridwar. Arrive Haridwar and transfer to Rishikesh. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening witness ‘Aarti’ of the Holy Ganges at Triveni Ghats a place which is believed to be the confluence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna & Sarawati.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04              Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri (249 km / 10 hrs)
Early morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Gangotri - Situated on the right bank of river Bhagirathi, the temple of Gangotri was constructed in the 18th Century and is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. Submerged in the river, is a natural rock Shivling. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the same place where Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted lock. The shivling is visible during the winter months when water level in the river decreases. Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga and this point is known as Kedar Ganga Sangam. . Arrive Gangotri and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel..

Day 05         Gangotri
Full day at leisure to acclimatize for the trek to Gaumukh and Tapovan.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06         Gangotri – Bhojbasa (Trek: 14 km / 4 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and commence trek towards Gaumukh. The trek is gradual and initially passes through forest and later crosses the tree line. All the time one is rewarded with the view of Shivling Peak on the right and Bhagirathi Peaks on the left. Arrive Bhojbasa the base camp for the treks to Gaumukh and Tapovan and camp. Overnight at the camp / TRH

Day 07         Bhojbasa – Gaumukh - Tapovan – Bhojbasa ( Trek: 10 km / 4 hrs)
Early morning commence trek to Gaumukh. Gaumukh is the source of river Bhagirath. Tapovan is the base camp for the mountaineering expedition to Shivling & Bhagirathi Peaks. Tapovan is a meadow and provides some beautiful view of the peaks of the higher Himalayas. Later return to the base camp at Bhojbasa.

Overnight at the camp / TRH.

Day 08         Bhojbasa – Gangotri (Trek: 14 km / 4 hrs)
Morning pack up and trek down to Gangotri. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09         Gangotri - Rishikesh (249 km / 10 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive down to Rishikesh. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure to explore the local market.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10        Rishikesh – Delhi (235 km / 7 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Delhi. Arrive and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 11         Departure Delhi
Morning check-out of the hotel and transfer to the International airport in time to board flight for onward destination

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