Pilgrimage Tours: Uttaranchal

Pilgrimage Tours: Uttaranchal

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Day 1 Arrival Delhi Railway Station/Airport - drive to Hardwar transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner & Night halt.

Day 2 Morning, drive straight to Joshimath enroute visit Deoprayag, Rudraprayag & Karnprayag. On Arr. Joshimath, Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 3 Drive to Govindghat, Trek Start from here to Ghangaria (3000 mts). Check in Hotel/tents .

Day 4 Early morning, trek start from here to Hemkund Sahib. Return back to Ghangaria after Darshan. Overnight stay.

Gurudwara Hemkund Shaib : This imposing star-shaped structure of stone and concrete masonry is one the shores of the lake. An outlet behind the Gurudwara is source of the Lakshman Ganga.

Temple of Lord Lakshman : A small temple nearby, dedicated to Lord Lakshman.

Day 5 Valley of Flower was discovered by Frank Smith while on the Expedition to Mt. Kamet. This picturesque Valley covered by rare species of flowers & a wide variety of Butterflies, Musk Deer, Thar & serow are found here. Back to Ghangaria.

Day 6 Later drive to Badrinath, Check in Hotel. Visit Badrinath Temple for evening Aarti. Night halt at Badrinath.

Day 7 Sri Badrinathji to Rudraprayag. Halt at Monal Resort.

Day 8 Early morning, Drive to Rishikesh. Visit Rishikesh Local Sight Seeing & Temples. Later drive to Hardwar. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 9 Morning, visit Hardwar Local Sight Seeing & Temples. Later drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport.
 

Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal, is a state located in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the Land of Gods - Dev Bhumi due to the many holy Hindu temples and cities found throughout the state which are some of Hinduism's most spiritual and auspicious places of pilgrimage and worship. The shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath make up the Char Dham Yatra, four highly sacred destinations of the Hindus. Uttarakhand also known for its natural beauty.

Uttarakhand was carved out of Himalayan and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh on 9th November 2000, becoming the 27th state of the Republic of India. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north, Nepal on the east and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south, Haryana to the west and Himachal Pradesh to the north west.

The Uttarakhand state is the birth place of four major river system, Ganga, Yamuna, Ramganga and Sharda.

Uttarakhand boasts of the snow capped mountains, rolling meadows, high altitude lakes, dense forests and wetland habitat support a divers and exotic wildlife, birds and plants species in Garhwal and Kumaon the two regions of Uttarakhand.

              

Uttaranchal, known as the abode of god, is a tourist’s perfect delight. From its snowy mountain ranges to the white gushing water in its rivers, it is the picture of tranquility and perfection. It makes for a holiday hot spot as it offers something to every tourist, whether it is adventure sports such as trekking, skiing and rafting to wildlife safaris to holy pilgrimages, the list goes on. Tourists can enjoy the view of picturesque hills, which consist of the western part of the Himalayan ranges.

Uttaranchal is separated into two major regions according to cultural differences - Garhwal and Kumaon. The Garhwal division includes seven districts including Dehradun the capital, whereas the Kumaon division has six districts under it.

Kumaon division
Nestled in the hills of the magnificent Himalayas, the Kumaon region attracts many tourists all year long. Nainital is a tranquil region located in this division. It is characterized by a scenic view of the hills and a charming lake.

The main attraction in the region of Kumaon is the Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve which was set up in 1936. It was the first park set up of its kind and is very popular and well known. Kausani is another tourist hot spot that is recognized for its dense forests and picturesque view of the Nanda Devi mountain range. Other familiar hill stations in the area are Binsar and Chaukori.


                


One can also enjoy nature’s beauty and adventurous activities at Munsiyari. If you are a religious person you might want to visit the famous Narayan Ashram and Mayawati Ashram present here. Pilgrimages are made by devotees to various places of religious interest present in this region, the main places being Jageshwar, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Meetha Reetha Shahib, and Nanakmatta. Also, for more adventurous pilgrims there is the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and the Chota Kailash Yatra. If you are adventurous but not religious you could go trekking as there are many trekking routes. Lots of fairs and festivals also take place like the Nanda Devi mela and Bagwal. Pithoragarh, known as ‘little Kashmir’, is a small town ideal for mountaineers, pilgrims and sightseers alike.

Garhwal division
Garhwal is scenic region located right in the middle of the Himalayas with the river of Ganga and Yamuna bordering it. Dehradun is the most popular tourist attraction in this region. It is usually described as delightful and divine and has the towns of Rishikesh and Mussoorie in it. Rishikesh is a major pilgrim hub with its temples and ashrams but also caters to the adventurous with its river rafting activities. Mussoorie known as the queen of hill stations is strikingly beautiful with its attractive view of the mountain ranges.

 

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