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Source of Ganges

Tour Route : Delhi - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Mussoorie
Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights

Ganges is one of the holiest river in India and its source, a sacred pilgrimage for devout Hindus. The trek follows the Ganges to its source at Gaumukh, the snout of river Ganges. Legend is that Goddess Ganga descended here from heaven after prolonged penance of King Bhagirath.\''

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Max Altitude: 4570 Mts

Best Time: May to June & Aug to Oct

Difficulty: Moderate Trek

Detailed programme:

Day 01: Delhi - Rishikesh (356 M / 6  hrs)
Early morning drive to Rishikesh takes about 6 hrs. Rishikesh is one of the dbest located pilgrimage centres along the Ganges. Arrive & check into the hotel. Evening, visit the holy town and attend the evening aarti(Hindu worship)  ceremony at Triveni Ghat on the Ganges. You can also visit the Lakshman Jhula Temple. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (1160 M / 6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Uttarkashi(about  6hrs). The pilgrim town of  Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi. The town is famous for  its Shiva temples, including the Vishwanath temple, to the north of the town,  which is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindu devotees. The famous  Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also here. Overnight in guest house.

Day 03: Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050 M / 6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Gangotri. Following the surging river upstream, the road winds up the valley, past the hot sulphar springs at Gangotri, and continues steeply through a series of hairpin bends to the village of Sukki. The road then descends into the wide and picturesque Harsil Valley, rich  with walnut, apple and deodar trees. Here the river changes character dramatically, flowing placidly through this idyllic valley. Immediately thereafter, it resumes its former character and flows as a ferocious torrent, through the deep river-cut gorge. Soaring Himalayan peaks play 'hide and seek' ll the way to Gangotri. Evening, explore this sacred pilgrimage place including the temple of the Goddess Ganga on the right bank of the river. Overnight in  guest house.

Day 04: Gangotri
Day free for acclimatization and to explore the holy place by walk, visiting the Gangotri temple and Ashrams.

Day 05: Gangotri Chirvasa (trek starts)
Morning visit the main temple of Gangotri & continue trek (about 5hrs) to Chirvasa (3350 m). The wide trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into a wide unforested valley. The path then carries on  to a small isolated Pine forest at Chirvasa. Stay overnight in tents at the lovely campsite near the river. Pass through the small tea stall on the way where we can sip hot cup of Chai (tea).

Remarks: - We advice to put the overnight in Chirvasa instead of Bhojvasa because Chirvasa it is more scenic and peaceful campsite, whereas Bhojvasa is becoming more busy overnight halt for most of the pilgrims.

Day 06: Chirvasa - Gaumukh via& Bhojvasa (3792 m)
Morning, continue walking along the pilgrim route to  Gaumukh-3890 m, (about 5-6hrs.) Gaumukh, (cow’s  mouth) at the base of the Bhagirathi peaks is  the actual source of the holy river Ganges. Here the crystal waters of the  Ganga gushes out of the snout of the vast Gangotri glacier. The mighty Shivling (6543 m) towers  above, looking down like an old learned man,  while the  Bhagirathi I, II & III peaks tower  above. Overnight in  tents.

Day 07:Gaumukh - Tapovan (4450 M / 3 - 4 hrs) 
The trail weaves its way through the terminal moraine before cutting across the Gangotri glacier and climbing steeply up the grassy slopes to the huge Ablation valley of Tapovan. The vast meadows, strewn with  wild  flowers are situated at the base of Shivling. The Bhagirathi peaks are now almost within touching distance. Camp set in the heart of high mountain country for 3 nights.

Day 08: Tapovan - Kirti Bamak and back Amar
A full days walk to the Kirti Bamak (glacier) and the base - Kedarnath Dome (6850 M) and Kirti Stambh (6500 M).  We also have a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. Return to camp.

Day 09: Tapovan- Meru Glacier and back(4800 M)
Another full days walk crossing the meadows of Tapovan, the trail  climbs into another beautiful valley, which leads us to the base of Mt Meru (6400 M) - yet another of the spectacular Garhwal peaks, it's mythical name being  "The Mountain of Gold".

Day 10:Tapovan - Gaumukh
Another boulder hop along the Gangotri glacier to its snout at Gaumukh!

Day 11: Gaumukh - Gangotri - Uttarkashi.
Retracing our steps to Gangotri, about 18 kms takes about 5 hrs trek and later on the drive to Uttarkashi takes about 4 hrs. Overnight in guest house.

Day 12: Uttarkashi - Mussoorie (2006 M /205 km)
Morning drive to Mussoorie takes about 7  hrs. Afternoon, free to  stroll in  Mussoorie - a famous  hill  station in India. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 13: Mussoorie to Delhi
Drive to Delhi 6/7 hrs journeys. Departure transfer to airport
 

 


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