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.
Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Uttarkashi
Morning transfer to railway station to board Shatabdi train to Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar, you will be
met and driven to Uttarkashi. The drive along the ridge line to Chamba, affords panoramic views of the high mountain peaks of Garhwal. Then down to Tehri to join the Bhagirathi river valley, which we follow upto Gangotri.
Day 02: Uttarkashi – Gangotri 3048 mts.
Drive 5 hours (100 km). Following the torrential river up stream, the road winds up the valley past the hot sulphur springs at Gangnani, to climb steeply up a series of hairpin bends to the village of Sukki. Arrive Gangotri. Afternoon free to explore the Gangotri.
Thousands of Pilgrims arrive here in summer to wash away their sins in the holy Ganga, it is said that Lord Shiva sat at the base of this fall to take the Ganga into his locks, for otherwise her descent from the heavens would have split the earth.
Day 03: Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojbasa 3800m mts.
An easy walk (14 Km trek). We progress along a picturesque trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into the wide unforested valley. It then carries on to a small isolated forest of pine at Chirbases, literally the abode of pines.
Day 04: Bhojbasa – Gaumukh (3900m) – Bhojbasa in 4h
Trek to Gaumukh, source of the Ganges, the scenery is fascinating, with praying pilgrims and half-naked saddhus meditating along the banks of the tumultuous stream that pours out of the glacier. From here the panoramic view over Shivling (6540m) and the Bhaghirati massifs (above 6500m) is stunning. It is not surprising that saddhus chose this area to meditate in summer time.
Day 05: Bhojbasa – Gangotri Trek – 100 Km drive Uttarkashi
Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttarakashi. On arrival Uttarkashi transfer to hotel.
Day 06: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh 155 Kmbook your tour
Drive to Rishikeh 5 hours. On arrival check into hotel. Evening free for personal activities. Overnight: Hotel
Day 07: Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi
Morning free. Afternoon drive to Haridwar railway station and from Haridwar catch train for Delhi (End of Services)