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The Garhwal Jeep Safari        Safety Tips - Please Read      Safari Tour    Tour # 862
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Tour Offered By Snow Leopard Adventures P. Ltd.
Contact Info Leopard Adventures P. Ltd. All Rights Reserved
9174/SECTOR C-9, VASANT KUNJ, NEW DELHI -- 110070, INDIA, 91-11-26898654/ 26891473/ 26134554/ 26122775, delhi@slapl.com , slaindia@vsnl.com
Cities Covered Delhi, Rishikesh, Auli, Joshimath, Tapovan, Badrinath, Dogalbitta, Chopta, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Mussoorie
Number Of Days 11 days
 
Schedule/Departure Dates
MAY/JUNE & SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
 
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This safari takes you to the lap of the Himalayas, synonymous with holiness and peace. Among all Himalayan regions, the Garhwal Himalayas -- where the Holy Ganges emanates and which houses four of the most revered shrines of the Hindu religion -- are considered especially holy. The jeep safari takes you to the holiest of these four shrines, Badrinath. Skanda Purana says "there are many shrines on earth, heaven and hell but none has been nor will be like Badrinath". This mountain range, with its snow covered peaks, enormous valley and extensive plateaus, inspires awe in any one who visits it. The jeep safari also takes you to the Auli ski slopes that has the longest cable car service in India.
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi - Jeep Safari base camp

Early morning train to Haridwar. Transfer to Leopard Beach Tented Camp. Arrive camp for lunch. After lunch camp orientation and then drive to Rishikesh for half day sight seeing. Visit temples, Ashrams, Yoga centres, Ram and Lakshman Jhulas, the largest suspension bridge in India. Overnight at Leopard Beach Tented Camp. (LD)

Day 2: Rishikesh - Auli

Start Jeep Safari with drive to Joshimath (8 hrs.) on a mountainous road along the Ganga river and later by the Alaknanda. Take a 3.9 km cable car (the longest in Asia) to the scenic and picturesque Auli Ski resort. Excellent view of the Garhwal Himalayas including Nanda Devi (the second highest mountain in India). Overnight in Auli Tourist Bungalow/ Joshimath Hotel.

Day 3: Auli - Joshimath - Tapovan - Auli

Continue with Jeep Safari and drive to Tapovan passing Joshimath. Optional visit to the famous Narsingh temple in Joshimath. The statue of Narsingh is carved out of a single semi-precious stone. Drive to Reni to see the sulphur springs. After picnic lunch in Tapovan return to Auli. Early evening optional a short mountain walk to Auli lake. Overnight at Auli Tourist Bungalow/ Joshimath Hotel.

Day 4: Auli - Joshimath - Badrinath - Auli

Today's Jeep Safari drive takes you to Badrinath (2 hrs) situated on the banks of Alaknanda. Standing like twin centinels over the valley ate Nar and Narain Parvat and in the distance one can see the Nilkanth peak (6597 mtrs.). The famous Hindu Shrine of Badrinath (3110 mtrs) dedicated to lord Vishnu is in the lap of Narain Parvat with the Nilkanth peak in the background. After lunch in Badrinath drive to Joshimath/ Auli. Overnight at Auli Tourist Bungalow/ Joshimath Hotel.

Day 5: Auli - Dogalbitta

Drive from Auli via Joshimath to Dogalbitta (4 hrs). At 2347m, it is a high altitude alpine meadow with great views of the Himalayan ranges. Overnight in camp set up at Dogalbitta.

Day 6: Dogalbitta - Chopta

Drive from Dogalbitta to Chopta (7 kms) and then a 3.5 kms. trek to Tungnath temple at 3680m. The famous temple is set on the crest of a hill and from here one can view the peaks of Panch Chuli, Nanda Devi and Kedarnath and the panoramic view of the Garhwal Himalayas makes the visit worthwhile. Return to Dogalbitta camp for overnight stay.

Day 7: Dogalbitta - Uttarkashi

Today we continue with the Jeep Safari and drive for 8 hrs to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi river and is a small town of historical monuments, temples, ashrams and dharmshalas. Overnight at Uttarkashi.

Day 8: Uttarkashi - Gangotri

Early morning embark on the 97 kms. drive. From Uttarkashi to Gangotri, close to the source of Ganga River (4 hrs). The drive is along the ancient pilgrimage route and is very scenic. Overnight in tents near Gangotri.

Day 9: Gangotri

In the morning, trek around the area. After a picnic lunch, trek back to Gangotri camp for overnight.

Day 10: Gangotri - Mussoorie

Early morning drive for 7 hrs. to Mussoorie (1921m), one of the hill stations of India. Breakfast en route. Transfer to Mussoorie Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Mussoorie - Train

Morning at leisure for an easy walk along the winding Charles ville road which leads one to the pine scented Happy Valley and the Tibetan township. Visit the cliff hung Buddhist shrine with ceremonial trumpets and acolytes reciting ancient scriptures. Afternoon at leisure. Drive to Dehradun to board the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Dinner on train. Reach Delhi late evening. Transfer from Delhi railway station to Delhi hotel.

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