Uttarakhand Travel Guide
Truly a “Devbhumi” or the lands of Gods the Hill State draws pilgrimage from all over the World. The state boasts of mini CharDham i.e. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Chardham described by Adi Shankarcharya consists of three Vaishvanite, one Shaivite and one mixed of both and they are Puri in Odisha, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Dwarka in Gujarat and Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
The State has numerous temples scattered all over. There are some of the most beautiful and enchanting Hill station and exiting Wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand which had made this state a perfect tourist getaway both for leisure and pilgrimage.
Its snow clad peaks, the captivating valley of flowers, the gurgling rivers including the mighty Ganges, the rich diversified flora and fauna which has also the first Tiger Reserve of India, Jim Corbett National Park. The best summer escape like Nainital, Kausani, Almora, Ranikhet, Landsdown, Mussoorie, Chamba and Pithoragarh. These are some of the best hill station of India.
The Pilgrimage sectors are Haridwar-Rishikesh-Rudra Prayag, Son Prayag, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Besides these there is some of the finest Biosphere reserve like Nanda Devi National Park along with Valley of Flowers.
The travelers can choose any one tour package from us for their memorable tours of Uttarakhand and near places.
Corbett National Park:
Indian first and regarded as one of the most beautiful and oldest national wildlife areas which is having 160 tiger population it’s rich in flora and fauna. It has rich biodiversity and is perfect getaway for birds lovers too some 600 varieties of birds have been sighted here. The park area is spread into 1318 Sq Kms and consists of Sal Forest, Chaurs (Grass Lands), Khair Sissoo forests and rivers different species of trees, Shrubs, herbs, bamboos, Climbers and herbs are found here. The park has quite good numbers of hotels ranging from budget to Luxury and is best developed as ecotourism though due to overpopulation of tourist the region has been a subject of ecological imbalance. Mora than 586 species of domestic and migratory birds has been observed
Rajaji National Park:
Spread in area of 820 sq kms on both side of River Ganges is a rich bio-diversity National Park. More than 500 elephants, 12 tigers, 250 panthers and many numbers of Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Goral etc. are found in this park.
Therefore Rajaji is a perfect getaway for wildlife enthusiastic. The Park is opened from 15th November to 15th June.
Nanda Devi National Park:
Located from a distance of around 24 kms from the nearest village called Lata Village and about 52 kms from Joshimath, 300 kms from Rishikesh. The park lies in the upper Himalayas at an altitude of more than 3500 m from sea level. It is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Valley of Flowers.
Valley of flowers:
The Valley of flowers lies at a distance of 16 kms from Govindghat and 280 kms from Rishikesh and lies at an altitude of 3600 m above sea level. The valley comes alive during spring seasons the meadows are converted in to the blanket of endemic alpine flowers and numerous others species of flora and fauna. The Valley of flower combines with Nanda Devi National Park to form The Manda Devi Biosphere Reserve. To reach Valley of flower one has to trek a distance of 13 kms from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria which will be your base camp beyond which no one is allowed to settle. One has to leave in the early morning and has to reach back by 5 pm. The distance from Ghangaria to Valley of Flower is 4 km and last entry closes at 3 Pm. The valley is open from May end to October and the best time to visit the park is July and August.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Binsar wildlife sanctuary is located at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level. The park lies at a distance of 26 kms from Almora and can be reached by surface. A full day is recommended to explore this beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary has rich and diversified species of flora and fauna and is perfect place for Bird’s watching. The dense forest can be explored by foot or by cycling one can reach Zero Point about 1.5 kms by trek to get the beautiful 360°of greater Himalaya’s peak such as Kedar Peak, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi Peaks. The Sanctuary was actually established to conserve the vanishing of broad leaf oak forest. There are couple of interesting places if visiting in this area namely Binsar Mahadev which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in the Jungle some 20 kms from Ranikhet and 70 kms from Almora. Another important temple is Kasar Devi Temple located just 9 kms from Binsar this is the place where Swami Vivekananda Meditated. The best time to visit the Sanctuary is from February to April.
Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary:
Comfortably located at a distance of just 15 kms from Nainital is one of the best place for bird’s watching. The bird’s sanctuary is known to be the home of astonishing 580 species including some of the rare and migrated birds. Apart from Bird one can even spot Leopard, Sambar, Goral etc. The place itself is located in a beautiful surroundings and the place is perfect getaway for those who is seeking for solace and peaceful in the clean atmosphere.
Rishikesh is not only known to world as the yogic capital of the world but also a place where you can find many exhilarating adventure sports like white water rafting, Cliff jumping, beach camping, Flying Fox, Rappelling, Bungee Jumping, Swing, Trekking etc. The North of Rishikesh is active place for Yoga and Meditation and large number of Ashrams located here teaches Yoga and Meditation. The place is perfect and conducive for Meditation and Yoga activities. The evening Aarti of Parmath Niketan draws a lot of crowds. One can visit to Neelkantha Mahadev temple located at a distance of 32 kms from Rishikesh Lakshmana Temple perched at an elevation of 1330 mts above sea level. Some of the attractions of Rishikesh is Lakshmana Jhula, Ashrams, and Temples.
Haridwar or the “Gateway to the Lord” is among the most visited Pilgrimage center in North India located on the banks of River Ganges. The Har Ki Pauri is the exact place where the Ganges enter the Plains. The Haridwar is one of the seven place where drops of Amrit spilled accidently from the pitcher while carrying by Garuda and the reason why this is one of the four places where Kumbha Mela is organized once every 12 years. Haridwar is dotted with ancient havelis with frescos and has eve a system of recording of the past several generations which has been kept by Pandas in hand written registers. Haridwar is dotted with various temples like Chanda Devi and Mansa Devi temple situated a top and can be reached by rope way established by Uttrakhand Tourism, Bharat Mata Mandir and evening Ganga Aarti of Har Ki Pauri.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a mysterious place having account in Ramayana and many other legends that has now taken place a different shape. The Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a cave temple located at a distance of 14 kms from Gangololihat. The cave is 160 m long and 90 ft deep and can be reached sanctum sanctorum by descending 100 steps into the narrow cave. One get the feeling of entering into the center of earth. The inside stalagmite and limestone reveals the story of Indian mythological characters. It is believed that the cave was discovered by King Rituparna during Sun Surya Vansha or the period of Ramayana in Treta Yug. The Cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but you can find almost everygod you have heard residing in this mystifying cave. It is believed that worshiping here equals to worshiping Chardham. The cave has got such mystifying spiritual power you can understand from the below verge from Skandapuran.
Yamunotri is one among the Chota Char Dham located the most western of all other Dham namely Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The Yamunotri is the source of river Yamunotri which is regarded as the seat for Goddess Yamunotri. The Dham is located at an altitude of 33oo mts above sea level. There is temple dedicated to Gaoddess Yamunotri at Janki Chatti at thermal spring which is about 7 kms from Yamunotri Glacial which lies at an altitude of 4421 mts above sea level. The water of the spring has boiling water properties. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya in the month of April end or May and closes on Yama Dwitiya (the next day of Diwali in November). Yamunotri lies at a distance of 236 kms from Rishikesh. Yamunotri is reached by trek route of about 5 kms one way from Janki Chatti.
Gangotri is a one of the Chita Chardham situated at an altitude of 3415 mts above sea level. The place is one of the most sacred as the eternal Ganges touches earth here and regarded as Baghirathi. There are many legends that has been told from time to time regarding the Mother Ganges and her merging with another mighty rivers. The temple of Gangotri was built during 18th century by Gorkha commander Amar Singh Thapa. Gantori lies at a distance of about 100 kms from Uttarkashi and 24 kms from Rishikesh. The source of river Bhagirathi Gaumukh Glacier which is one of the primary source of the Ganges water lies at a distance of 18 kms from Gangotri.
Kedarnath is one of the part of Chota Dham as well part of 12 Jyotrlinga. Kedarnath is considered to be the most remote among four other dham because the Kedarnath is located at a distance of about 14 kms from Gaurikund by trekking which is the nearest road head. Though there are other options to reach Dham on Horses, Ponies, Pithu, Palki and by Helicopter as well. The temple is located at an altitude of 3600 mts above sea level. The town was in news for its massive destruction during the 2013 north India flood. The temple is believed to be in existence since Mahabharata era and here they have worshipped Lord Shiva by doing penance here.
Badrinath is both the part of Chota Chardham and the main Char Dham along with Dwarka, Badrinath, Puri and Rameshwaram. The Badrinath temple was established by Adi Shankara in 9th century. The regions is also mentioned in Mahabharata where the Pandavas expires one by one except Yudhisthir. There is a cave near to Mana village where Saint Vyasya wrote the Mahabharata. Mana is 4 kms north to Badrinath and it is belief that Pandavas take this route to Swarga or heaven. The Badrinath is located at an elevation of 3100 mts above sea level and at a distance of 300 kms from Rishikesh. One can reach Badrinath from Kedarnath by surface covering a distance of about 233 kms.
Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji:
Hemkunt Sahib or Hemkund is the highest Gurudwara iin chamoli District and is devoted to the 10th Sikh Guru Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji located amidst seven mountain peaks. The Hemukunt Sahib is situated at an altitude of 4632 mts above sea level. The nearest place of stay is Govindghat located 13kms from Ghangaria which is accessible by trek. From here one can reach Hemkuth Sahib by another 6 kms steep climb. Ghangaria has got places to stay like Camp, Gurudwara etc. Now one can even take helicopter ride till Ghangaria but usually the operation of the helicopter is subject to weather conditions and is very unpredictable. The best part is to climb or take horse ride, Pithu, or Palki. The Hemkunt Sahib is located at a distance of 500 kms from Delhi and 275 kms from Rishikesh.
Jageshwar lies at a distance of 37 kms from Almora at an elevation of 1870 mts above sea level. The peaceful village is located inside the dense forest. There are 124 temples located in the vicinity of temple complex and some of them are Dandeshwar Temple, Jageswar Temple, Surya Temple, Kuber Temple, Chandi Ka Temple. It is believed that Jageshwar is the place of Nagesh the 8th Jyotirlinga according to Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Strotra.
The place is considered auspicious because this is the same place credited for Shiva’s marriage to Goddess Parvati in the presence of Lord Vishnu in this ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The flame has since been burning thus the temple is also known as Akhand Dhuni temple. There is a sacred pond which is filled by the water of stream inside the temple compound. The literally meaning of Triyugi is three period Tri means three and Yugi means Yuga or the period. Pilgrimage visiting this place offers the firewood in the Havana Kund and the process is going from the past era. The Village of Triyugi Narayan where the temple is located is situated at a height of 1980 mts above sea level. The Village is about 5 kms from Sonprayag and can be reached by road which is 12 kms. Rishikesh is 261 kms from Triyugi Narayan. Many pilgrimage trek from here to Gaurikund which is 5 kms from here and further Kedarnath which is again 14 kms from Gaurikund.
A perfect summer escape for Cities like Delhi, Agra and nearby regions. Nainital is called as the Lake District and the city has beautiful lake in the middle. The main attractions are Naini Devi Temple, Bhimtal, Sat Tal, High Altitude Zoo, Caves and Tiffin Top.
The captivating Hill station lies at a distance of 290 kms from Indian capital New Delhi and is well linked with all weathered road.
The attractions in and around Nainital are as below:
Dehradun: (Capital City of Uttarakhand State)
This majestic city is now the capital of newly formed Uttarakhand State. It has glorious past and is located in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. These places encompass rambling gardens, parks, some of the most revered temples and the picture perfect landscape.
The regions are a quite hilly town is also famed for export quality Basmati Rice. Some of the most famous attractions not to be missed are:
Located less than 6 kms from the City and here water droplets originating from a rock and fall on the Shivling.
Dedicated to Durga Devi is set at an altitude of 2104 mts and is located west some 9 kms away from City towards Mussoorie.
Literally means “thousand springs” is situated at Rajpur Village and is located at a distance of 16 kms away.
One of the most popular tourist spot locally known as Gucchipani bounded by imposing hills showcasing an amazing scenario of nature’s beauty.
Other places of attractions The Museum, Forest Research Institute, Clock Tower, the IMA, Survey of India etc.
Known as “Queen of all Hill station” is also the most nearest Hill Station accessible from New Delhi and near regions which face extreme heat waves during summer time. It is located at a distance of 290 kms from National Capital New Delhi and just 35 kms from Dehradun the state capital of Uttarakhand. It is located at a height of 2000 mtrs from sea level. The Lal Tibba is the highest point of Mussoorie at 2290 mts.
The attractions near and around Mussoorie are:
Camel’s Back Road:
The layout of the road is in the shape of Camel’s back and it originates from Library Chowk and lead to Kulri Bazaar.
It’s the end point of Mussoorie which is about 6 kms and leads to thick jungle area.
It’s a hill and can be accessed by road, by foot and or by Rope Way. It is said that during British time a cannon was fired every afternoon to help people adjust their watches.
The Jharapani falls can only be accessed through the forest a 6 kms trek from Mussoorie which will take 30 minutes’ walk and promise to leave you spellbound.
The Kempty Fall is one of the most famous but equally crowded tourist spot. The water fall plunges down to some 40 ft and passes through many cascades before it joins to river.
This is the highest point in Mussoorie one should go in the morning for astonishing views on greater Himalayas which remains clad with snow year around. There is even an Old Telescope for closer views.
The garden is also known as the Company Bagh has wide varieties of plants some of the rare varieties of flower can be seen here widely laid down lanes and fountains.
The Mall is a beautiful walkthrough which throws the glimpses of colonial era beautifully decorated with benches and lamp post. The Mall is the main town and is located in the central and one has to cross the Mall en route to any place.
The Auli is located in the upper Himalayas near to Joshimath at an altitude of 3050 mts above sea level. The Auli is one of the best skiing and winter resort destination in India. In summer the place is converted to beautiful green meadows of pastures. Auli has a fantastic 500 mts long ski lift and 800 mts Chair lift which transfers from lower to upper slopes. It has world’s highest and Asia’s longest Gondola cable car which covers 4 kms or distance. The last ride is available till 4:30 pm in winter and in summer till 5 pm. The cost for the return journey if Rs.700/- . The ride can be your one of the moment you will cherish forever you will get the magnificent views of Upper snow clad mountain view. The place has gained world attention in making Auli a world famous destination for winter sport activities.
Located at 50 kms from Mussoorie is lesser known unspoilt, untouched and fresh place of Uttarakhand. This beautiful hill town overlooks the snow clad mighty mountains which is located at an altitude of 1700 mts above sea level. The town lies in the forest of Pine and deodar trees. The place should be considered who want to spent quite, serene and clean air.
Yet another paradise is located at a distance of 86 kms from Pithoragarh at an elevation of 2010 mts above sea level. The village is the residents of just 248 families with the total population of around 1200. The place is purely a nature’s paradise with the most astonishing views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchuli Peaks. It has beautiful green meadows covered by the carpet of free tea plants.
Chopta is short is a Mini Switzerland located at a distance of 29 kms from Ukhimath and 450 kms from New Delhi. The Chopta for many is the base camp for starting many high altitude trekking like Trekking to Tungnath and Panch Kedar. The place is located at an altitude of 2680 mts above sea level. Like other lesser known hill stations of Uttarakhand the village is also located amidst the thick forest of Pine and Deodhar.
Darchula is located at a lesser altitude comparatively to other above hill stations. One of the important facts of the town is that it lies in the ancient Trans-Himalayan route. Darchula lies in the beautiful valley and on the bank of Kali River. It is located at a distance of 83 kms from Pithoragarh along the pious route of Kailash Mansarover route. It is strategically located at Indo Nepal Border.
Gwaldham is located at a distance of 39 kms from Kausani. Gwaldham in many case is one of the interesting places to visit its lies in the border of Garhwal and Kumaon and is one of the most prosperous hill town due to its location and its weather. The regions is reach in Potato and Apple growing.
Harsil is a village strategically located near to Chinese border at an altitude of 2620 mts above sea level. The village is situated in the valley of river Bhagirathi and at the confluence of Jalandhari Ghat and Baghirathi. The Harsil is a very beautiful village and is known for quality apple growing regions. The hill station has got everything one can expect from any other hill stations. The place was highlighted by Raj Kapoor Hindi Film ‘Ram Teri Ganga Meilli’ blockbuster. Harshil is located at a distance of 95 kms from Uttarkashi on the route to Gangotri.
Kanatal is another weekend destination for DELHI NCR residents. Located at a distance of 300 kms, 38 kms from Mussoorie and 78 kms from Dehradun. It lies on the route to Chamba from Mussoorie. The Hill station lies at an altitude of 2590 mts above sea level is less commercialized. Traveler who are looking for some relaxation and away from hustle and bustle of city crowd can spent some time to get himself rejuvenated. One of the major attractions here is Surkhanda devi temple but to reach the temple one need to trek around 2 kms one way but since the temple is located at the highest point you will be rewarded with the most beautiful views surroundings.
Lohaghat is one of the major Hill town of Uttarakhand located in the District of Champawat. Lohaghat is located on the bank of Lohawati River situated at a height of 1745 mts above sea level and has a population of 45000. It is located at a distance of 7 kms from Mount Abbot and 60 kms from Pithoragarh. There are some tourist attraction of these place one of them being Mayavati Ashram located just 9 kms away is attracted by many travelers from different part of the world. The place is famous for Advaita Ashram which is a branch centre for Ramakrishna Mission and was founded by his great disciple Swami Vivekananda. The place is also inherited by many mythological stories.
A beautiful hill station perched at an elevation of 2286 mts above sea level in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand lies at a distance of 51 kms from Nainital and 72 kms from Haldwani its nearest rail head. Mukteshwar is easily accessible by a day long journey from New Delhi which is 343 kms. The Mukteshwar as name indicates is a famous for Mukteshwar Dham temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is around 350 year old. There is even famous Indian Veterinary Institute research centre. The place is perfect getaway to have the glimpse of breathtaking Himalayan Mountain Landscapes.
Naukuchiatal literally meaning “Lake of Nine corners “ there is a lake with the same name located at a distance of 26 kms from Nainital and 4 kms from Bhimtal. The place is alternate for Nainital and Bhimtal during summer vacation periods. The depth of the lake is 175 ft and possibly the deepest Lake in Naintal which is also refer as the Lake district of Uttarakhand. It is 983 mts in length and 693 in breadth and lies in the beautiful spot with the scope for many adventures activities like Paragliding, angling, Yatching, Boating. Rowing etc.
"He who wants to feel the presence of eternal power should come to the sacred Bhuvneshwar situated near the confluence of Ramganga, Sarayu and Gupt-Ganga."
Pauri in Pauri Garhwal is located at a height of 1814 mts above sea level and is located at a distance of 112 kms from Rishikesh. It has a population of around 26000 its location provides travelers with magnificent views of distant snow peaked mountain ranges. The town is rewarded with many temples located in and around quite popular among them are Kandolia Mandir, Nagdev Mandir, Laxmmi Narayan Temple apart from temple there is quite popular Churches as well namely Methodist Church which is 100 yrs. old, Catholic Church.
New Tehri is a modern town built up after the submersion of original Tehri due to construction of Tehri Dam. Tehri is derived from Trihari or the place which provides absolution from thought, word and deed. The New Tehri is located at an altitude of 1900 mts above sea level. Some of the tourist attractions are Devi Kunjapuri Temple, Chandrabadani Devi temple, Khatliing glacier can be approached from here.
Joshimath is also known as Jyotir Math is located at a height of 1900 mts above sea level and is the seat of Lord Badri during winter days this is the place where Lord Badrinath resides and worshipped during winter days. The Joshimath is also the center of attractions for tourist as well as pilgrimage places like Badrinath, Sri Hemkunt Sahib. It lies on the way to Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi National Park and the world famous winter skiing destination Auli which is connected by 4.5 kms Asia’s longest Gondola cable car.
Uttarkashi located at a distance of 155 kms from Rishikesh lies at an elevation of 1165 mts above sea level. Uttarkashi or the Kashi or north is a holy place which is also one of the place for Meditation and Yoga learning and adventure sports learning. There are many attractions in and around Uttarkashi some of them are Dayara Bugyal located 28 kms from Uttarkashi is a high altitude meadow located at an elevation of 3048 m above sea level. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dodital Lake, Mani Dam etc.
Bhimtal or the lake of the Bhim is a lake town located near to Nainital about 21 kms and is also a substitute for Nainital which lies in the lower altitude than Nainital. The town is located at an elevation of 1375 mts above sea level and the lake is created by the dam. There is a small Island in the mid of the lake which can be visited by boat and has aquarium. There are quite number of luxury and semi luxury hotels and resorts that has been mushrooming in the recent days.
Its small village located at Tehri Road and the place where Sukhanda Shrine is located. The place is approached by rough road but the beauty of this place is impeccable. It’s a place quite serene place surrounded by huge Pines and Deodars Trees.
Ranikhet is a serene tourist destination located at a height of 1829 mtrs above sea level for year round. Ranikhet is adorned with natures enviable and is located in Almora district in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet literally means Queen’s Meadows due to which it attracts thousands of Tourists to experience the natural essence and beauty.
One can take a short trek in thick pine and oak forests. Major attraction includes the Golf Course, Jhula Devi Temple and the Orchards at Chaubattia.
Ranikhet as such is the perfect tourist destination particularly for Honeymooners where they can spend relaxing time amidst the nature’s gift.
This hill destination is purely developed by Indian and is situated at a height of 6000 ft above sea level is located in Kumaon of Uttrakhand State of India.
Almora is the town of mighty Himalayan Views and Temples with the temple of goddess Nanda Devi. The main occupation is agriculture and selling woolen garments. Almora and the regions are culturally very rich and there are many festivals which is celebrated year round.
The serene Himalayan Hill station of Uttarakhand is located at a height of 1890 mts above sea level. Kausani is well known for 300 kms greater Himalayan views located at the hill top amidst thick pine forest with a perfect view of Someshwar, Garur and Baijnath Katyuri Valley.
Mahatma Gandhi has termed the hill station as “Switzerland of India”. Some of the attractions of Kausani are Anashakti Ashram, Pant Museum, Lakshmi Ashram and Tea Gardens.
A relatively small hill station in Pauri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand State. Regarded as the unique hill station because of less crowded, undeveloped and peaceful unlike other north Indian hill station.
Named after Lord Lansdowne the then viceroy of India who has visited this place in 1884. Located at an elevation of 1700 mts above sea level.
There are churches and Temples to visit on the way one can visit to Santosi Maa Temple, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple etc.
A place less known in these sections is about 125 kms from Pithoragarh and is full of adventure. The road passes through some of the most stunning waterfalls one such fall is Virthi Fall the water of which falls from a height of 125 mts then the road passes through dense forest and has some nice view point perfect to photography.
There are attractions Betulidhar, Thamari Kund, Nanda Devi Temple, Flora and Fauna particularly Rhododendron and Panchachuli in Munsiyari. This place is perfect getaways for Meditations.
Pithoragarh is located at easternmost part and is surrounded by Nepal and Tibet. The place is compared with Kashmir. Pithoragarh is located at a height of 1650 mts from sea level. The main attractions of this place are Pithoragarh Fort and Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has wonderful view of the Soar Valley and the surroundings Himalayan Peaks from this place.
Rishikesh is widely famous for River Rafting there are numerous camp which organizes Rafting for differ rent stretches starting from 29 to 15 kms. There are Grades up to 4 and names of the grades are Sweet Sixteen (Grade-1),Marine Drive (Grade-2),Three Blind Mice (Grade-3),Cross Fire (Grade-3),Roller Coaster (Grade-4) , Golf Course (Grade-4), Wall, Daniel's Dip, Double Trouble, T-Off, Club House AND Black Money. There are even 5 and 6 grade in Rafting but is only meant for expert expeditionary.
There are four rafting get set go points and they are:
- Brahmapuri Stretch:8 kms from Rishikesh
- Shivpuri stretch: 16 kms from Rishikesh
- Byasi Stretch: 24 kms from Rishikesh
- Kaudilya Stretch: 34 kms from Rishikesh.
The Rishikesh is well connected with Road is it lies at a distance of 250 kms from New Delhi the capital of India.
You can do the Kayaking in the same river stretch. The Ganges river offers the most exciting and challenging rapids for Kayaking. One can choose the stretch as per his own abilities and skills. A introduction session is provided by our expert guide which includes of basic techniques along with do’s and don’t before embarking on to the thrilling moment.
Body Surfing and Cliff Jumping:
Both Body surfing and Cliff jumping is a part of white water river rafting. The best part of the activities is that anyone can experience the body surfing there is no energy needed hence no age limit is prescribed only you must be free from hydro phobia. Our expert team provides the guidance with the basic technique to be used while body surfing. Another important feature of the white water river rafting is Cliff Jumping with the choice for 30, 40 and 70 ft above the water surface. Again there is some basic principle and technique one should know before plunging into the water. The more the height the more the speed you gain while falling. One should always wear lifejacket and helmet.
Experience the adrenaline rush in your veins while jumping from the height of 83 mts. The place is called Mohan Chatti and are organized by Jumpin Heights. A Cantilever platform built over an iron cliff overlooking a rocky river HYUL, a tributary of River Ganga. Bungee has been designed by David Allardice of New Zealand. Jump Masters flown in from New Zealand to operate the Bungee. After the Jump, the Jumpers are lowered down to a drop zone in the river which has only 2 feet’s of water. Walk up to the cafeteria and enjoy watching your photographs & video of the jump. Don’t forget to collect your Dare to Jump Certificate.
The activities are organized from the same team and from the same platform here instead of attaching a cord to your ankles a seat harness is provided with ropes attached with it. The heights of giant Swing is the same as above. If you want you can sit with your friend or companion.
More than a km long you begin running from 120 mts to achieve an astonishing speed of 160 kms per hour. This is one of the most outstanding adventure activities one can think of. At one time 3 persons are allowed if you want to go solo you can do it with additional cost.
Skiing in Auli:
Auli is considered to be one of the top destination for Winter Skiing activities there are courses provided by Uttarakhand Tourism department. The Auli is located in the upper Himalayas near to Joshimath at an altitude of 3050 mts above sea level. The Auli is one of the best skiing and winter resort destination in India. In summer the place is converted to beautiful green meadows of pastures. Auli has a fantastic 500 mts long ski lift and 800 mts Chair lift which transfers from lower to upper slopes. It has world’s highest and Asia’s longest Gondola cable car which covers 4 kms or distance. The last ride is available till 4:30 pm in winter and in summer till 5 pm. The cost for the return journey if Rs.700/- . The ride can be your one of the moment you will cherish forever you will get the magnificent views of Upper snow clad mountain view. The place has gained world attention in making Auli a world famous destination for winter sport activities.
Paragliding is a form of flying paragliders which is lightweight, free flying, and foot-launched glider aircraft without any primary structure. The pilot seats in the harness comfortably suspended below the fabric connected with numbers of baffled cells. The movement of air gives the aerodynamic shape and it’s portable to carry anywhere. Some of the best places for Paragliding in Uttarakhand are Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Naukuchiatal etc.
Mountaineering and Trekking:
The concept of Mountaineering and Trekking differs mountaineering is climbing to rather high altitude more than 5500 mts where technique is involved, one requires training and the climbers should be physically fit and they need camping and other mountaineering gears like Ice Axe, Large backpack, Crampons, Helmet, water bottle, Glasses etc.
Trekking is also a sport with relatively no technique involved into it and also the altitude is less than 5500 mts with not so often glacial and submit climbing. In trekking you have the option of staying in Lodges, Home stays, hotels etc.
Some of the best known trekking routes are:
Ghuttu (1480 m) -Panwali Kantha (3960 m)-Triyugi Narayan (1985 m)-Gaurikund (1985 m)-Kedarnath (3553 m)- can be covered in 5-6 days.
- Khatling Glacier trek 12-13 days
Ghuttu-Reeh (2055 m)-Gangi (2665 m)-Kalyani (2625 m)-Kharsoli (2880 m)-Khatling Camp (3675 m)-Chowki (3620 m)-Katling glacier trek and back-Masar tal (4568 m)-Vasuki Tal (4300 m)-Kedarnath (3583 m) can be covered in 12-13 days.
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
- Gangotri-Gaumukh Glacial-Tapovan Trek- 7 to 8 days
Uttarkashi-Gangotri (3048 mts)-Bhojwasa- (3795 m)-Gaumukh (3890 m)-Tapovan (4463 m)-Bhojvasa-Gangotri-Uttarkashi can be covered in 7-8 days Ex Uttarkashi.
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Rishikesh-Joshimath by surface (1890 m)-Govind Ghat by surface 22 kms (1828 m)-Ghangaria by trek 14 kms (3049 m)-Valley of Flowers by trek 5 kms (3858 m) Keep for 2 days visit- Ghangaria-Hemkunt Sahib trek 6 kms (4329 m)-Ghangaria-Govind Ghat-Joshimath-Rudraprayag (895 m)-Rishikesh (372 m) can be covered in 8-9 days.
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Almora (1642 m)-Loharkhet (1760 m) early morning drive 130 kms-Dhakuri (2680 m) trek 11 kms-Khati Village (2210 m) 9 kms trek-Dwali (2575 m)- 11 kms-Phurkia (3205 m) 5 kms trek-Pindari Glacier (3900 m) Same day trek -7 kms one way-Dwali-Khati-Dhakuri-Loharkhet-Bageshwar-Nainital.
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous