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Sources Of Ganges Tour

DURATION : 10 Nights / 11 Days

DESTINATIONS : New Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Gaumukh - Nandanvan - Bhojwasa - New Delhi

Tour Highlights

Destinations  Places to visit
Haridwar  Mansa Devi temple and Har Ki Pauri
Uttarkashi Vishwanath Temple
Rishikesh  Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula and Geeta Bhawan

Short Description

Ganga is situated in the garhwal part of Uttarakhand. Embodiment of goddess Ganga, it is the most sacred place for Hindus. Amongst the four holy spots of Hindus, gangotri is considered to be the one. Tall mountains and garrulous streams add beauty to it. One of the major parts of Devbhumi, gangotri is famous for its glacier, which proofs rather tough. It is a source of sacred Ganga. May-June receives highest number of pilgrims from across India, who comes to worship “Char-Dham”. The river is 30 meter in width. It is believed that by seeing the ferociousness of Ganga, lord Shiva requested her to take her in his hair, to save earth from now and then unwanted destructions. Gangotri offers many places which are not only beautiful but also majestic, hails from directly god’s world. It is said that Ganga originates from the Goumukh (cow-shaped) glacier near to gangotri.

After Gangotri-Gomukh, Tapovan: – a piece of grassland is a base camp in Uttarakhand hills, for shivlinga peak. Popular amongst both trekkers and pilgrims. Kalindikhal trek is more difficult as compare to tapovan. For trekking, one need to be fit as lots of stamina required during trekking. Trekk from gomukh to nandanvan is totally based upon glacier. Sources of Ganges trek is growing rapidly day by day and is getting immense popular amongst youths.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi (By Flight@ TBA)

Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. After that you will be free for your own Leisure.

Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.

Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Overnight Stay at hotel in New Delhi

Day 2: Delhi – Haridwar (225 km - 05 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

On the 2nd day of the tour we will be driving to Haridwar, on the banks of holy river Ganga (Ganges) & located at the foothills of the lower Himalayan Range of the Shivalik Mountains.

Later on we will visit Mansa Devi temple, which is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat (hill). The rope-way with its brightly colored cable cars takes devotees to this hilltop temple. Later we witness spectacular view of Aarti (collective prayer ceremony)at Har Ki Pauri. This sacred Ghat (stepped holy river bank for bathing), was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. There is activity all around & we observe various rituals performed on the Ghat.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Haridwar

Day 3: Haridwar- Uttarkashi (170 km - 07 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Furthering our tour we drive to Uttarkashi on the 3rd day of the tour, situated on the bank of River Bhagirathi. On arrival we check-in the Hotel. In the evening we will visit the ancient Vishwanath Temple devoted to God Shiva, situated in the heart of the town. It is told that this temple was established by Parasuram, one of the Avatars of God Vishnu, & was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Uttarkashi

Day 4: Uttarkashi – Gangotri (100 km - 05 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

On the 4th day of the tour you will discover true colours of IndiaToday we drive to reach Gangotri, (3048 m) amidst captivating surroundings. The temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century & is situated on the left bank of the River Bhagirathi. Little before Gangotri, there is a gorge, Bhairon Ghati, & we cross the bridge over this beautiful gorge. On arrival we check-in the Hotel. Evening at leisure & attend Aarti (prayer) ceremony at the temple. Overnight Stay at hotel in Gangotri

Day 5: Gangotri – Bhojwasa (14 km trek - 06 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we start walking on the well-beaten track towards Chirbasa (3600 m), which is on the tree line. From here we get a clear view of the Bhagirathi Peak. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate & barren. From Chirbasa we reach Bhojwasa (3792 m) on the banks of the River Bhagirathi. On arrival we check-in the Camp. Evening at leisure & enjoy the beauty of the place.
Overnight Stay at hotel in  Bhojwasa

Day 6: Bhojwasa – Gaumukh - Tapovan (9km trek - 06 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we trek 4 km in 2 hr to Gaumukh, the source of River Ganges. After spending sometime at this fascinating sight, we carefully cross the Gangotri Glacier & start the steep climb to reach the beautiful meadow of Tapovan (4463 m), with majestic view of peaks like Shivling (6540 m), Meru (6660 m) & Bhagirathi massifs (above 6500 m). On arrival we occupy our tents. Rest of the day we enjoy the beauty of the place.
Overnight Stay at hotel inTapovan

Day 7: Tapovan – Nandanvan (6 km - 06 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we trek 6 km to Nandanvan (4337 m). We again carefully cross Gangotri Glacier & reach Nandanvan at the base of the Bhagirathi peaks. Nandanvan is also a beautiful alpine meadow. On arrival we occupy our tents.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Nandanvan

Day 8: Nandanvan – Bhojwasa (12 km - 07 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we trek back to Bhojwasa. On arrival we check-in the Camp -Hotel.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Bhojwasa

Day 9: Bhojwasa to Gangotri (14 Km - 07hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we start trekking to reach Gangotri. On arrival we check-in the Hotel.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Gangotri

Day 10: Gangotri - Rishikesh (245 km -10 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

After Gangotri we drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. There is also a cluster of a number of Ashrams & temples giving the entire place a very spiritual atmosphere. The ceaseless flow of the river, regarded as Goddess Ganga adds to the beauty & the purity of the place. Along the river, the area is filled with thick green forests in the all-mountainous region. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga & meditation sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. It is also a very popular centre for Ayurveda system of healing (traditional Indian medicine system). Besides the sadhus & saints, a mass of tourists too visit this place every year to have a look at this much heard about place. In addition to wonderful scenery & the numerous pilgrimage sites, Rishikesh also makes some of the most popular adventure sport destinations of India like river rafting, trekking, rock climbing & hiking.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Rishikesh

Day 11: Rishikesh – Delhi (250 km - 06 hr)

We enjoy our lavish buffet breakfast at the restaurant of our Hotel.

Today we will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan & other temples & ashrams. Later we will drive back to Delhi & reach by evening. On arrival transfer to airport.

Tour Ends with lots of Enduring Memories….!!!! 

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation as per the hotels mentioned or similar (as per availability) on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • All Meals During the Stay in Camp
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned Vehicle with driver Including All Parking, Toll Taxes and Driver Allowance.
  • Assistance of our local offices
  • 01 Mineral water bottle Per Person every day.
  • Departure Gift By Monks & Monkeys Travels.
  • All Government Taxes (till date)

The Price Excludes:

  • Domestic flights & Airport Departure Tax from India (this is generally included in your ticket)
  • Visa fees for India: compulsory ; to be obtained from the Indian Consulate of your country of residence ; passport valid 6 months after return date)
  • Any meals except mentioned in the column prices includes.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, Entrances and video fees, etc.
  • Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government

Route Map

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Customer's Feedback View All

  • John Playsted
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    We used Monks & Monkeys Travels for a tour of Rajasthan during October 2013. The service we received was really first rate!! We had the great pleasure of meeting of Monks & Monkeys Team at the Delhi office,a real confidence booster at the start of our tour. Everything from start to finish was perfectly organised. My friends and I have nothing but praise for this excellent company!!
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    I went to Rajasthan and Varanasi from Oct 2014 to Nov 2014 for 16 days, on a private tour (with a driver). It was all arranged by Monks and Monkeys Travels Private Limited, through a girl named Kiran by email. Arrangement was done well, from driver, to train tickets, to hotels, to pick up and transfer from airport and train station. No problem at all. I will use this company again if I go to India again.
  • Nevin Reddy
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    City : Kuala Lumpur
    Country : Malaysia
    Having recently used Monks and Monkeys, I had reported that we had a bad experience at one of the hotels booked and had to leave that hotel and find alternate accommodation. It seems that the hotel Blue Bay may have also been misleading Monks and Monkeys in the type of accommodation being provided. Following that I am glad to say that the rest of the hotels were much better and Anju went out of her way to ensure that no further mishaps happened along the route and that our stay in India was an enjoyable one. As I am writing this my parents are still completing the last leg of their journey. . The fact that the MnM kept in touch with us went a long way in providing us the comfort that we needed in a foreign country. Although we were not able to recover the full amount of the accommodation I understand that MnM will ensure that they chance the hotel to recover the remaining funds. If I plan another trip to India I will consider using MnM again especially for the service provided by Anju. A few suggestions is to consider: 1) Ensure that you properly vet the hotels and ensure that hotels are confirmed well in advance 2) Check the journey times between destinations to make sure that misguided tourists (myself included) don't try to pack in too long journeys on one day with too small children. 3) We stayed in many hotels for one night along he route and this did not give enough time to appreciate what each town had, some advise to future travellers. 4) Check the facilities provided by the hotels and advise the client. Many hotels charged rates upto Rs500 for one days internet access. Had I know this I would have purchased a Sim Card to save on roaming rates and hotel internet rates.

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