Day 01: NEW DELHI – HARIDWAR ( 220 KMS / 05 HRS )
In the morning, we’ll drive to Haridwar , Haridwar is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. Legend has it that Vishnu’s footprint was found on the bank of the holy river, giving it its sanctity. Situated at the base of the Shivalik Hills, Haridwar is where the River Ganges passes through its last gorge and begins a 2,OOOkm journey across the plains of India to the Bay of Bengal.
Late afternoon sight seeing tour of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: HARIDWAR – RUDRAPRAYAG ( 160 kms / 06 hrs )
After an early breakfast drive to Rudraprayagh. On the way visit Devprayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet to form the holy river Ganges. Arrive at Rudraprayag. The small town, Rudraprayag, is situated at the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini. The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the district itself; the most important one being Kedarnath.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: RUDRAPRAYAG – GOVINDGHAT ( 160 kms / 06 hrs )
After an early breakfast, drive to Govindghat. On reaching, after a few refreshments, we’ll embark on a 14 kms trek to Ghangaria. The climb is mostly steep, and occasionally levels out. The path moves along river Lakshman Ganga, which flows down below. On the way, we pass the Bhyundar village which looks picturesque, set in the middle of the mountains and the river flowing through it.
Our eyes are peeled for flowers, and we already spot species of Cobra Lily, Clematis vine, and the beautiful lnula, a sunflower like flower. Our flower hunt has already begun. The trek continues and the last bit is a very steep climb which tires out everybody. The rule of the mountains is that one shouldn’t get disappointed with the tiring climbs – one is always rewarded with a beautiful view from the top. We feel rejuvenated on spotting a mile-stone which says, Ghangaria 1 km. Around early evening, we reach Ghangaria, a small village by the side of the river Lakshman Ganga and are transferred to tented accommodation for an early dinner and a respiteful overnight stay.
We look forward to the next days trek to the pristine Valley of Flowers.
Day 04: GHANGARIA – VOF – GHANGARIA
The trail is well chalked out, and is a delightful ramble as it climbs gently through a coniferous forest, before descending to a bridge, and check-post that mark the official entry to the Valley of Flowers. Eternity begins here … in the Valley of Flowers. A land of endless meadows, with insurmountable snowcapped peaks bearing icy glaciers that burst into streams, and a background of birdsong. Flowers carpet the entire valley and the leaves form a porous umbrella. On reaching the valley one is dumbfounded at the celebration of colors. Blossoms of different hues sing celestial songs in chorus and dance in the breeze that constantly plays on the harps of ether. All weariness goes away and we become like children playing in the celestial garden.
In 1939, Miss Margarate Legge, a botanist deputed by the botanical gardens of Edinburgh arrived at the valley for further studies. While she was traversing some rocky slopes to collect flowers, she slipped off and was lost for ever in the garden of the gods. Her sister later visited the vaIIey and erected a memorial on the spot where she was buried by the locals. The thoughtful memorial is still there and the lines inscribed on the marble slab read:
“I will lift mine eyes unto the Hills from whence cometh my help.”
After a rejuvenating trek, finally the inevitable – we have to return bidding the Valley Good Bye. By evening the group would be escorted back to our base camp at Ghangaria where dinner would be served after a round of refreshments.
Overnight in Ghangaria.
Day 05: GHANGARIA – RUDRAPRAYAG
After breakefast, We depart for Rudraprayag.On reaching, we settle down in our pre-booked hotel.
Overnight at Rudraprayag.
Day 06: RUDRAPRAYAG – HARIDWAR
Early this morning, after breakfast, you’re on your way back to Delhi. On the way, you’ll stop at Haridwar for overnight stay.
On reaching Haridwar you’ll be checked into Your hotel. In the evening, visit Har Ki Pauri On the banks of Gangez to view the Ganga Aarti.
Overnight at Haridwar.
Day 07: HARIDWAR – DELHI
Today, we’re on our way back to Delhi.