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CHATTISGARH AT A GLANCE

Although Chattisgarh is a young state, it is an ancient land, referred to in ancient texts, inscriptions, literary works and accounts of foreign travellers as Dakshin Kosala. Lord Rama is said to have spent part of his exile here. Chhattisgarh is known to be a tribal-dominated state, and it has a significantly large tribal population - 32.5% as compared to 7.8% for the rest of India. In spite of this, the region has been historically dominated by traditional Hindu culture based on a hierarchical social and religious order.
From the 17 th century onwards, a number socio-religious reform movements emerged, seeking to establish a more equitable society. These included:
• The Satnam Panth, formed in the second decade of the nineteenth century, by a farm worker, for sharecroppers and agricultural labourers. The followers of this movement, Satnamis, preached a casteless order, believed only in the formless - Satnam or the true name, and rejected the deities and idols of the Hindu pantheon.
• The Kabir Panth, recruited mostly from dalits, follow the teachings and principles of Kabir, the revolutionary social reformer saint poet of the sixteenth century. They reject the caste system, renounce polytheism and believe in only one god.
• The Ramnami Panth, a small sect propagating the cult of Rama among dalits. They reject Hinduism's traditional practise of using Brahmins as a medium for worshipping God.
• The Rae Das Panth, also a sect drawn mainly from the dalit community, spreading the message of equality.
Chhattisgarh also witnessed several tribal rebellions from the late 18th century to the first few decades of the 20th century. Some of these were localised, others were more widespread. However, all sought to protest against exploitative laws and practices and interference with local way of life, and assert the
rights of the tribals with regard to use of land and resources, and follow their traditional way of life. Key rebellions included:
• Halba rebellion (1774-79)
• Bhopalpatnam Struggle (1795)
• Paralkot rebellion (1825)
• Tarapur rebellion (1842-54)
• Maria rebellion (1842-63)
• First Freedom Struggle (1856-57)
• Koi revolt (1859)
• Muria rebellion (1876)
• Rani rebellion (1878-82)
• Bhumkal (1910)
All these movements and rebellions eventually culminated in the creation of the state, in recognition of protecting and preserving its distinct and plural customs, traditions and cultures.
The name, Chhattisgarh, is not ancient. It was first used in an official document in 1795, and became popular during the Maratha period. There are three popular stories about the origin of the name.
• Perhaps the most popular one is that since Chattisgarh means "36 forts", it denotes the number of forts in the region. Experts do not agree with this explanation as thirty-six forts cannot be identified in the region.
• An explanation popular with experts and historians, is that Chhattisgarh is the corrupted form of "Chedisgarh", which means "Stronghold of the Chedis", Chedis being another name for the Kalchuri dynasty.
• According to British Chronicler, J.B. Beglar, "the real name is Chhattisghar (36 houses) and not Chhattisgarh. There is a saying that ages ago, about the time of Jarasandha, thirty six families of dalits (leather workers) emigrated southwards from Jarasandha's kingdom and established themselves in country, which after them is called Chhattisghar".
Women in Chhattisgarh have traditionally enjoyed more freedom than women elsewhere in the country. The Purdah system is mostly absent, and a woman can, through a local custom called Chudi pahanana, choose to terminate her marriage.

PLACE TO VISIT

ANCIENT CAVES:-
The hilly terrain and forests of the virgin Kanger Valley National Park, in the epicentre of the tribal Bastar district, house a number of ancient caves. Exploring them can make you feel quite like Christopher Columbus!
The Caves are closed during the monsoons and for some time thereafter. They normally open around the time of Bastar Lokotsav. Guides take tourists in and out safely. However, it is advised that children below 8 years, those above 60 years, and those suffering from claustrophobia avoid the Caves. Wear walking shoes with a sturdy grip as the floor is often uneven and occasionally slippery.
A nominal entrance fee is charged. This covers the cost of the guide who takes you in and out of the Caves and also provides a torch.

Kailash Gufa-

Buried deep in the forest close to the Tiratgarh waterfalls, this underground cave, about 40 km from Jagdalpur, has the most spectacular formations of stalactites (limestone pillars hanging down from the roof) and stalagmites (pillars rising from the ground). Millions of years old, it is deep in a hill, 200 metres long, 35 meters wide and 55 metres deep. If you remember that stalactites and stalagmites are formed drop by drop, and that an inch takes about 6,000 years to form, the huge pillars of the Kanger Caves will leave you speechless. Some of the stalagmites have markings, indicating that they have been worshipped as shivalingams. It is possible to drive right upto these caves.

Kutumsar Cave :-

Kanger Valley National Park -Access to this subterranean cave near the Tiratgarh waterfalls , about 38 km from Jagdalpur, is by a narrow spiral staircase that descends about 40 feet. As you enter, you realise what the phrase "pitch-dark" means. As your guide holds up a lamp, the stalactites and stalagmites come alive as mystic creations of a master sculptor. Look for a special variety of genetically blind fish here.

Dandak Caves
This large, spacious, cool cavern is set in a hillock. You have to ascend about 500 steps (a 20 minute climb) to enter the Cave. At the entrance, is an extraordinary rock formation, that gives the effect of a carving, so detailed and symmetrical is it. Inside, stalactites hang down in giant halls, much like chandeliers in a royal palace. The floor is smooth.

WATER FALLS-
Take a hilly area, full of dense forests. Add in a whole lot of rivers. And you have the perfect recipe for waterfalls! Yes, Chhattisgarh has India's finest waterfalls, comparable to the best in the world. Picnic near them, frolic in them, or just stand nearby and drink in their beauty.

Chitrakot Waterfall -This is the largest waterfall in India, justly likened to the Niagara falls. About 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur - a one hour drive on an excellent road - this spectacular fall is formed when the river Indravati abruptly collapses into a 100 feet deep cavern. The mouth of the fall, when in full profusion, is over 1,000 feet wide. Chitrakot is a horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. If you want to take photographs, the light is best in the afternoons.

Tiratgarh Waterfall -

This 300 ft high waterfall is actually situated in the Kanger Valley National Park (about 15 minutes from the park entrance), about 35 km south of Jagdalpur. The fall here splits into multiple falls, creating a stunning vista. While the Tiratgarh falls are not as wide as Chitrakot, you may stand almost under them, or walk across the top to sit on a rock rising up out of the middle. Well maintained steps lead down to the bottom. There is a small temple on a large rock opposite the falls. All around are the ruins of a 1,000 year old, advanced, Hindu civilization. Tiratgarh makes a lovely picnic spot. The best time to visit is from October to February.

Thamada Ghumar Waterfall -
A recently discovered waterfall, more than 100 feet high, this is flanked by green fields on both sides.

Mendri Ghoomar Waterfall -

small but pretty waterfall, about 24 km from Chitrakot. The view of the deep valley below and virgin forest beyond is spectacular. It is a lovely picnic spot. Check with locals for the haat (market) at Mardum village between Barsoor and Chitrakot.

Bodhghat Saath Dhara, Dantewada -

6 km from Barsoor, the river Indrawati splits into 7 parts to form one small waterfall, Saath Dhara. This has lovely views of the river and is a very peaceful picnic spot. Avoid visiting Barsoor on the day of the haat (market) as the market place is close to the temple and the tranquillity gives way to noise and activity.

Malanjhkudum Waterfalls, Kanker - These 3 falls, 10, 15 and 9 meters in height, 15 km from Kanker, on the Doodh river, make for a superb picnic spot. There is a road to the falls.

Charre-Marre Waterfall, Kanker - A 16 meter high, zig zag waterfall on the Jogi river, 17 km from Antagarh, on the way to Aamabera.

Amrit Dhara Waterfall, Koriya - This beautiful natural waterfall on the Hasdo River is about seven km from Nagpur on the Manendragarh-Baikunthpur Road. About 80-90 feet high and 10-15 feet wide, it creates a beautiful misty ambience. There is a Shiva Temple here too. In 1936, Ramanuj Pratap Singh Judeo, the King of Koriya State, started a mela (fair) here on Mahashivratri, and the practice is followed till today.

Getting There: The nearest railway station is Manendragarh. From here, take a bus or taxi to Nagpur, and hire a taxi to the fall. Alternately, from Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Nagpur, and hire a taxi to the fall.

Gavar Ghat Waterfall, Koriya - This beautiful natural waterfall on the Hasdo River is about 40 km from Baikunthpur and 5 km from Tarra village. About 50-60 feet high and 10 feet wide, it is in an area full of forests and rocks.
Getting There:
• From Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Katgodi, 15 km along on the Sonhat road. 20 km further down is Tarra village, and from there it's another 5 km to the fall.
Akuri Nala, Koriya - This is a small waterfall about 65 km from Baikunthpur, near Bansipur village, in an area surrounded by rocks and forests. Even in summer, the area is cold, giving it the sobriquet of "the natural air conditioner of Koriya".

Getting There :
From Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Aklasari on the Sonhat road. From there it's about 12 km to the fall.

 
PICTURESQUE PALACES-

A number of Chhatisgarh's 16 districts were formerly princely states, leaving a legacy of picturesque palaces. Come, get a taste of royal hospitality and a peek into the privileged lifestyle of a bygone age.

Palace Kawardha, Kawardha
Kanker Palace
Bastar Palace


Palace Kawardha, Kawardha
Kawardha is the natural entry point for visitors coming from Madhya Pradesh (Kanha or Pench).
This stunning 20 th century palace, made of Italian marble and stone, was b uilt in the 1930's by Maharaj Dharamraj Singh. An isolated, tranquil retreat set in landscaped gardens amidst the Maikal range of hills, it is still home to the Royal family (and their dogs!). The current prince and his wife take an active interest in running the property, and are glad to take visitors out on walks and visits to the local temple.
The elegant building is a mix of Italian, Mughal and colonial styles of architecture. Inside are grand staircases and sweeping verandahs perfect for reading, relaxing or having a quiet cup of tea. The main Durbar Hall, a magnificent domed room with Corinthian pillars, is open to all. The top floor, private residence of the royal family, is out of bounds to guests. Accomodation is in the form of 6 spacious (twin) rooms with very high ceilings and cool marble floors. The rooms retain the original, traditional furnishings, and have large attached bathrooms, with running hot and cold water. Some rooms have large dressing rooms that can accommodate extra beds.
Cuisine (both vegetarian and non vegetarian) served is local (breakfasts are western). Meals are usually in the large dining room, but can also be arranged in other areas if so desired. Before dinner, everyone gathers for drinks in the bar, which has a zebra striped marble floor. Beer and all forms of alcoholic drinks are available.
While you are here, do try the day walks or an overnight trek, and don't forget to visit one of the tribal villages nearby. The Rashakrishna and Bhoremdeo group of temples nearby, dating back to the 8 th and 9 th centuries, are in the Chandela and Orissan styles. Interestingly, the carvings here make Khajuraho's erotic carvings seem tame!
The palace is open from 1 September to 30 April.
Recommended stay: Minimum 3 nights 2 days, one for walking and one for visiting temples.

Kanker Palace
This small (3 guest bedrooms) palace was originally the Resident's House in the British Raj, but is now the Royal Family's main residence. Opened just a few years ago, it is cosy and personal. The family that runs it will be delighted to show you around their farm and the town, or take you walking in the surrounding Keshkal Hills. E very one eats together in the main dining room.
The bedrooms are large and spacious, with high ceilings and attached bathrooms and dressing rooms. No bathtubs, though - only showers! The rooms are furnished in the local style, using original palace furniture.
While you are here, go walking in the Muria tribal territory or drive out to the Dudhawa Reservoir at Sikanadi where the avi fauna is good and the views stun. Visit the potters and bell-metal makers at Kondagaon in Bastar.
The palace is open from 1 September to 30 April. There is a colorful local festival every year, and this is the perfect time to visit.

Bastar Palace
Believe it or not, you can walk right off the street and into this 70 year old palace, situated at one end of the main street. The erstwhile Royal Family still resides in one part, while another is being used as a medical college. Currently, there are no residential facilities here, but lunch can be arranged. There is a weekly haat (market) here on Sundays.

PERTAINING TRIBAL CULTURE -Tribal" is the word used in India to refer to inhabitants known elsewhere as "indigenous". British ethnographers classified tribals as "animists". As per the National Census, they are classified as "aboriginals" and listed according to the tribe. The Hindi word for tribal is adivasi , meaning "ancient inhabitants."
Tribals are not Hindus, though they have imbibed many features of Hindu culture. The chief of the tribe, the Sarpanch , acts as the main advisor and mediator in disputes, a role in which he is assisted by a team of 5 advisors, each called panch . The sarpanch and 5 panchs are an integral and highly respected part of the village community and live in pretty much the same manner as the rest of the tribe.
There are many types of tribals in India, and Chhattisgarh is home to many of them. In fact, the state has India's oldest tribal communities, and it is safe to assume that the earliest tribals have been living in Bastar for over 10,000 years, since the time the Aryans occupied the Indian mainland and the rich plains became
(a) war-infested and
(b) de-forested for agriculture.

The main tribes in Chhattisgarh are :

• Bastar - Gond, Abujmaria , Bisonhorn Maria, Muria, Halba, Bhatra, Parja, Dhurvaa
• Dantewara - Muriya, Dandami Mariya or Gond, Dorla, Halba
• Koriya - Kol, Gond, Bhunjia
• Korba - Korwa, Gond, Rajgond, Kawar, Bhaiyana, Binjwar, Dhanwar
• Bilaspur and Raipur - Parghi, Savra, Manji, Bhayna
• Gariabandh, Mainpur, Dhura, Dhamtari - Kamar
• Surguja and Jashpur - Munda
Each of these has its own rich (and distinctive) history and culture of music, dance, dress and food. What's common to all is a simple, basic, in-tune-with-nature way of life that has changed little over centuries because it works so well. Marriages tend to take place within the tribe. Both burial and cremation are used for the dead, but since cremation involves multi-day rituals, which are expensive, it is not so common. Important elders, though, are always cremated.

Tribal Villages - A visit to a tribal village for a taste of life as it once was, is a must - an overnight stay can be arranged on special request. These villages are immaculately clean, and have winding mud roads running through them. Typically, tribal houses are made entirely of mud with thatched or red tiled roofs. Each village tends to specialise in a particular kind of handicraft - pottery, bell-metal work, iron work. It is useful to take a guide who knows and respects the tribes. Just avoid going when there is a haat on nearby, as the village empties out on those days.
The tribals are a bit shy, but friendly - they are as curious about you as you are about them! They will welcome your interest, so long as you do not treat them as exotic exhibits. So, smiling, asking questions about local customs, appreciating their crafts and culture is perfectly acceptable, gawping, clicking pictures without permission and doling out money is not. Haat Bazaars - Haat is the weekly market in rural areas. It's colourful, friendly and fun! Villagers gather her to socialize over a cup of landa (rice beer), salphi ( the sap of fish-leaf sago-palm) or mahua ( the local brew, very heady ); sell their ( agricultural or forest) produce, from salt to tribal jewellery to live red ants; and buy supplies for the week ahead. Visiting a haat is highly recommended, for a memorable peek into tribal life and a glimpse of commerce at its most primary stage (you can see barter deals taking place). It might interest you to know that the raw material for many fancy products come from here (for example, Bastar sal butter is an ingredient in many international chocolate brands). Gaita, Gunia & Siraha - A siraha is a medium, possessed by the presiding deity of the village, able to convey her opinion on all matters of importance. A gunia is an aboriginal sorcerer who - by gazing at grains of rice - can divine answers to questions. A gaita is the religious headman of a village. A prolonged session with a gaita, gunia , or a siraha can be organized on request - for obvious reasons, these can be for small groups only and the Chhattisgarh Tourist Board guide will be present through the session. A small token of appreciation ($2 to $5) will be happily accepted, depending on the time spent. You might also want to visit the tribal chapels, deo-gudis , which give you a peek into magic-centric worship. Ghotuls - Ghotul is a youth dormitory for unmarried boys and girls, similar to such dormitories in most aboriginal societies. It is most commonly found in villages of the Abujhmaria and Muria tribes. Abujhmaria Ghotuls are open-air, while Muria Ghotuls are indoor. Either way, the ghotul is the centre of all activities.
In the older classical type of ghotul , boys and girls pair off in a more or less permanent relationship which lasts till marriage. In the modern form of ghotul , such exclusive associations are forbidden and partners must constantly be changed. Renowned anthropologist, Verrier Elwin, rated the Muria Ghotul as the most refined and advanced in the world. He related the low rate of homicide in the Muria tribe to the strength of their ghotul system. While tourist visits to a ghotul are not encouraged, a visit can be arranged for anthropologists and others with specific interests. Tribal Dances - Dances are the chief amusement of the tribals. Like all folk dances, they are community affairs, characterized by robustness and earthiness. All the dances are group dances involving complex footwork, and they are wonderful to watch! The dancers are usually in a line, gyrating in a circle, always in the anti-clock direction.
The most spectacular dances are those of the Maria tribes. The men lace a strip of cloth round their torso, wear head-dresses of peacock and cock feathers, and tie bells around their wrists and ankles. Some also wear stag and bison horns on the head. In the case of the Bison-horn Marias, the boys and girls dance in separate sub-groups, with the steps of the girls being simpler. Drum-beats are central to the dance.

In the case of the Hill-Marias, the group is often mixed, with a girl between two boys. The men wear heavy buttock-bells. Singing is important in these dances.

Saila Dance

Only males participate in this group dance, performed during public functions, national festivals, and political rallies, and in January after cutting the crop. All the dancers hold two hard bamboo sticks and strike the sticks of their neighbour in unison.

Suwa Dance -This is a dance by which a young girl lets a young boy know she is interested in him. When a marriageable young boy listens this song and sees the girl dancing, he sends a marriage proposal to her parents. It is also danced to please the goddess of wealth.Karma Dance -"Karam" is a tree worshipped by the locals. According to legend, in an ancient war, only a young couple that hid in the hollow trunk of this tree was left alive, and ever since then this tree has been regarded as sacred. The karma dance is peformed according to caste, but holds the same significance across all castes. Male and female dancers are chained together to form a circle. A branch of the karam tree is passed among the dancers as they sing and dance in praise of the karam tree. This branch should not touch the earth. At the end of the dance, it is washed with milk and rice beer and later it is planted in the middle of the dancing arena.

CHOOSE YOUR TOUR PLAN TO CHHATTISGARH-
Chhattisgarh, the newly created state of the Indian Union, is located in the heart of India. One of the most fascinating states of India, Chhattisgarh is endowed with a unique and rich cultural heritage and the region is full of lush green virgin forests, scenic hills and plateaus intersected by meandering rivers, ancient caves and temples and the last but not least for its unique tribal population. Chhattisgarh has a very rich historical and cultural heritage and its history, archaeology, art and culture and tribal life are worth discovering on your Chhattisgarh Tours. Horizon Holidays brings to you an exciting range of Chhattisgarh Tour Packages. Visit and explore this untouched but enchantingly beautiful state of India and get rewarded with a unique holiday experience.

Horizon Holidays offers an exciting range of tourist attractions to its visitors. Famous for its exceptional scenic beauty, it has some of the most exotic waterfalls, lush green valleys, verdant forests and a rich and diverse wildlife. Apart from natural beauty, Chhattisgarh is also popular for its beautiful palaces, exquisitely carved temples, Buddhist sites, ancient caves and paintings, and the last but not least for a rich and unique tribal population. With about 44% of its total area under forests, Chhattisgarh is one of the richest bio-diversity regions in the country with a great potential for the development of eco-tourism in the region. Chhattisgarh also offers exciting shopping experiences to its visitors. The craft items of Chhattisgarh like the traditional bell metal castings popularly know as Dokra has become famous all over the world. Visit and explore all this on your Chhattisgarh Tours with Horizon Holidays.
Horizon Holidays offers you the following especially designed tour itineraries for Chhattisgarh.

 
EXPLORE CHHATTISGARH : TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/501 Raipur – Jagdalpur – Kanger Valley – Jagadalpur - Chitrakote – Nagarnar- Jagdalpur- Naryanpur - Raipur



Day 01: Raipur - Jagdalpur
On your arrival at Raipur airport, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to a pre-booked Hotel. After fresh up at the hotel, we drive to Jagdalpur (300 km-6 hrs), the district headquarter of the famous Bastar tribal region. Jagdalpur offers an ideal base to explore the unique tribal villages and amazing wildlife of the region. On the way to Jagdalpur, enjoy a picnic lunch at the Keshkal resthouse. Here you get the first glimpse of the enchantingly beautiful lush green surroundings of Keshkal and Bastar.
Arrive at Jagdalpur and check into the Hotel. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 02: Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park
After breakfast, we drive to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and beautiful and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. This is tribal country and meeting the tribal people in their homes would surely be a fascinating experience for you. Visit some of the tribal homes and interact with them to learn something about their culture. Later, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall. The enchanting Tiratgarh Fall offers a spectacular view to its visitors.
In the evening, we drive back to Jagdalpur. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 03: Jagdalpur - Chitrakote - Nagarnar
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to beautiful Chitrakote Falls. The horseshoe shaped Chitrakote Waterfall is created by the Indravati River and famously called the 'Niagara of India'. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Chitrakote Falls and be mesmerized by the rainbows arching across the turbulent flow. Later, we drive back to Jagdalpur enroute visiting the famous Anthropological Museum, which provides an interesting insight into Bastar's tribal culture. After lunch, we'll drive to Nagarnar, famous for its terracotta handicrafts.
Return to hotel for dinner. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 04: Jagdalpur
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to a famous 'haat' (weekly market). The haat displays a perfect picture of local tribal life. After lunch at the hotel, day is at leisure for independent activities. Explore the town, or just relax at your hotel.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 05: Jagdalpur - Narayanpur - Raipur
After breakfast today, we'll proceed back to Raipur by road. Enroute, enjoy a side trip to Narayanpur. The place is known for its excellent handicrafts, which are considered the finest in the Bastar region. The bell metal, woodcraft, wrought iron and bamboo artifacts are wonderful. Ramakrishna Mission Center is another worth visiting tourist attraction at Narayanpur. Arrive Raipur and check-in at hotel.
Overnight stay will be at Raipur.

Day 06: Raipur - Tour Concludes
After breakfast, rest of the day at leisure till in time transfer to airport, to board a flight for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Chhattisgarh Tour.

 
TRIBAL BEAUTY OF CHHATTISGARH TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/502 Raipur – Kawardha – Raipur - Kanker – Kondagaon – Narayanpur – Kanker – Jagdalpur – Kanker – Kanger Valley – Jagdalpur- Raipur



Day 01: Raipur - Kawardha
On your arrival at Raipur, our representative will meet you and we drive to the former princely state of Kawardha (120 km - 3 hrs) in an A/C luxury vehicle. Arrive at Kawardha and check into the famous Kwardha Palace. In the afternoon, get familiar with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites. Visit and see the beautiful and captivating Bhoramdeo Temple Complex. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy a welcome drink with the royal family, followed by a traditional Chhattisgarhi dance performance and the dinner.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 02: Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Kawardha to discover the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. Visit some tribal villages and meet the friendly Baiga people, the principal indigenous forest tribe of the region. Also enjoy, a picnic lunch with them. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy the dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 03: Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker
After breakfast today, the morning is at leisure. Later we drive to Raipur (02 hrs) to reach by the noon. If time permits, enjoy a short visit to Mahant Ghasidas Museum in Raipur. Thereafter, we proceed to the former princely State of Kanker. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with the royal family members who will be happy to familiarize you with the unique folklore and traditions of the state they once ruled. They will also introduce you to a performance of the traditional music and dance of the region.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 04: Kanker - Kondagaon - Narayanpur - Kanker

After breakfast at the Palace, get set for exploring the fascinating tribal regions of Bastar, which can indeed be a lifetime experience for you. Climb up the forested Keshkal Ghat with your royal guide and visit a colorful weekly market, which provides you with a good opportunity to meet the local tribes. Visit the famous tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur and discover about some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush green surroundings of Sal forests. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance by young members of Bastar's unique 'Ghotul' dormitory system.

Late return to the Palace and enjoy a late dinner with the royal family. Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 05: Kanker - Jagdalpur - Kanker
After breakfast, we drive to Jagdalpur, the district headquarter of the famous Bastar tribal region. Arrive at Jagdalpur and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a royally guided tour of Jagdalpur. Visit the famous Anthropological Museum and we proceed to see the enchanting Chitrakote Waterfall (popularly known as Niagara of India) at sunset. Also visit some of the local Bison-Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonial dancing. If time and conditions are favorable, enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars in authentic Bastar style. You will also be entertained by a folklore dance performance of the tribal people.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 06: Kanker - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur
After an early breakfast, enjoy a visit to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Kanger is famous for its Leopards, Tigers, Sambars, Bison and the endangered Bastar Hill Myna. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite caves. Later, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall. You will also be exploring some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 07: Jagdalpur - Raipur
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the bustling markets of Jagdalpur before we set for our return to Raipur. On the highway, we again pass several handicraft centers for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar Experience. On way to Raipur, we halt at Kanker for a farewell lunch with the royal family. Arrive at Raipur and check into the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Raipur.

Day 08: Raipur - Tour Concludes
After breakfast, in time transfer to Raipur airport to board a flight for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Chhattisgarh Tour.

 
CONNECTING CHHATTISGARH TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/503 Delhi – Umaria – Bandhavgarh – Amarkantak – Dindori - Amarkantak - Kanha – Kawardha – Raipur – Kanker – Kondagaon – Naraynpur – Kanker - Jagdalpur – Kanker – Kanger Valley – Jagadalpur- Raipur



Day 01: New Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

Day 02: New Delhi - Umaria
After breakfast, morning will be at your leisure. Later, you will be transferred to the railway station to board an overnight train for Umaria.
Overnight will be on the train.

Day 03: Bandhavgarh National Park
Arrive early in the morning at Umaria and we drive to Bandhavgarh National Park- one of the most famous and picturesque tiger reserves of India. Arrive and check into the Jungle Lodge / Resort. In the afternoon, enjoy an exciting Elephant Safari in the forests for wildlife viewing and tiger tracking.
Overnight stay will be at Bandhavgarh National Park.

Day 04: Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy an early morning visit to the Park to see the amazing varieties of wildlife including hundreds of exotic species of birds in their own natural habitats. In the afternoon, enjoy an exciting Jeep Safari in the Park for tiger tracking and game viewing.
Overnight stay will be at Bandhavgarh National Park.

Day 05: Bandhavgarh - Amarkantak
After breakfast, we drive straight to the beautiful Amarkantak. Spreading over a flattish green valley in the Vindhya mountain ranges, Amarkantak is a small paradise, located at a pleasantly cool altitude of about 1,050 meters. Arrive at Amarkantak and check into your hotel. After freshen up, enjoy exploring the enchanting surroundings of Amarkantak.
Overnight stay will be at Amarkantak.

Day 06: Amarkantak - Dindori -Amarkantak
After breakfast, we drive straight to Dindori - a unique and fascinating village of the famous Gond tribes. Explore the village and meet some of the tribal people in their homes. Interacting with them and learn something about their culture would surely be a fascinating experience for you.
Overnight stay will be at Amarkantak.

Day 07: Amarkantak - Kanha National Park
After breakfast, we drive straight to the famous Kanha National Park. Kanha is one of the most famous and picturesque tiger reserves of India, offering the best of opportunities for tracking and photographing tigers in their own habitat. Arrive at Kanha and check into the Jungle Lodge/Resort. In the evening, enjoy the tribal folk dances and music around a bonfire.
Overnight stay will be at Kanha.

Day 08: Kanha National Park - Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a morning Jeep Safari through the scenic landscape of Kanha to explore its enchanting surroundings and amazing wildlife. Later, we drive to Kwardha in Chhattisgarh. Arrive and check into the beautiful Kawardha Palace.

After freshen up, enjoy an exciting and memorable trip to the surrounding tribal villages, along with one of the royal family member of Kawardha. Here, you will have your first glimpse of tribal life of the famous Bastar region.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 09: Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Kawardha to discover the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. Visit some tribal villages and meet the friendly Baiga people, the principal indigenous forest tribe of the region. Also enjoy, a picnic lunch with them. In the evening walk around the nearby tribal villages. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy the dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 10: Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker
After breakfast today, the morning is at leisure. Later we drive to Raipur (02 hrs) to reach by the noon. If time permits, enjoy a short visit to Mahant Ghasidas Museum in Raipur. Thereafter, we proceed to the former princely State of Kanker. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with the royal family members who will be happy to familiarize you with the unique folklore and traditions of the state they once ruled. They will also introduce you to a performance of the traditional music and dance of the region.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 11: Kanker - Kondagoan - Narayanpur - Kanker
After breakfast at the Palace, get set for exploring the fascinating tribal regions of Bastar, which can indeed be a lifetime experience for you. Climb up the forested Keshkal Ghat with your royal guide and visit a colorful weekly market, which provides you with a good opportunity to meet the local tribes. Visit the famous tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur and discover about some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush green surroundings of Sal forests. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance by young members of Bastar's unique 'Ghotul' dormitory system.

Late return to the Palace and enjoy a late dinner with the royal family. Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 12: Kanker - Jagdalpur - Kanker
After breakfast, we drive to Jagdalpur, the district headquarter of the famous Bastar tribal region. Arrive at Jagdalpur and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a royally guided tour of Jagdalpur. Visit the famous Anthropological Museum and we proceed to see the enchanting Chitrakote Waterfall (popularly known as Niagara of India) at sunset. Also visit some of the local Bison-Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonial dancing. If time and conditions are favorable, enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars in authentic Bastar style. You will also be entertained by a folklore dance performance of the tribal people.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 13: Kanker - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur
After an early breakfast, enjoy a visit to the famous the Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Kanger is famous for its Leopards, Tigers, Sambars, Bison and the endangered Bastar Hill Myna. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for its beautiful stalagmite and stalactite caves. Later, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall. The enchanting Tiratgarh Fall offers a spectacular view to its visitors. You will also be exploring some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 14: Jagdalpur - Raipur
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the bustling markets of Jagdalpur before we set for our return to Raipur. On the highway, we again pass several handicraft centers for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar Experience. On way to Raipur, we halt at Kanker for a farewell lunch with the royal family. Arrive at Raipur and check into the hotel.
Overnight stay will be at Raipur.

Day 15: Raipur - Tour Concludes
After breakfast, rest of the day will be at your leisure. Later, in time transfer to Raipur airport / railway station to board a flight / train for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Chhattisgarh Tour.

 
ROYAL TRIBE OF CHHATTISGARH TOUR CODE : HH/HSP/504 Delhi – Raipur – Kawardha – Kanker – Jagadlpur - Kanger Valley – Jagdalpur – Kanker – Raipur-

 

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight Stay will be at Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Raipur - Kawardha
After breakfast, in time transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight for Raipur. Upon arrival our representative will meet you and we drive to the former princely state of Kawardha (120 km-3 hrs) in an A/C luxury vehicle. Arrive at Kawardha and check into the famous Kwardha Palace. In the afternoon, get familiar with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy a welcome drink with the royal family, followed by a colorful Chhattisgarhi dance performance and the dinner.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 03: Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Kawardha to discover the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. Visit some tribal villages and meet the friendly Gond and Baiga tribes, the main indigenous forest tribes of the region. Also enjoy, a picnic lunch with them. After lunch, visit the beautiful and captivating Bhoramdeo Temple Complex. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy the dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 04: Kawardha -Kanker
After breakfast today, the morning is at leisure. Later we drive to Raipur (02 hrs) to reach by the noon. If time permits, enjoy a short visit to Mahant Ghasidas Museum in Raipur. Thereafter, we proceed to the former princely State of Kanker. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace. Upon arrival at Kanker Palace, you will receive the traditional welcome. Later, enjoy an exciting Chhattisgarhi folk music and dance program, over beverages and pre-dinner snacks. After refreshments, the royal family members will join you to share their insights into life of the region.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 05: Kanker
After breakfast at the Palace, get set for exploring the fascinating tribal regions of Bastar, which can indeed be a lifetime experience for you. Climb up the forested Keshkal Ghat with your royal guide. Here you will see some spectacular views of the tropical jungle below, and encounter the special nature of North Bastar. Later on, you will visit the village of Bison-horn Muria Tribe to get a first hand experience of the Bastar's unique 'Ghotul' dormitory system. Also enjoy their traditional hospitality and a wonderful village cuisine. After lunch, visit a small tribal market of the area. Late return to the Kanker Palace and enjoy a late dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 06: Kanker - Jagdalpur
After breakfast, we drive to Jagdalpur, the district headquarter of the famous Bastar tribal region. Enroute, visit the tribal craft communities of Kondagoan, where you will discover some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Arrive at Jagdalpur and check into the Royal Bastar Farm. Here, you will join the royal family members for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a royally guided tour of Jagdalpur. Visit the famous Anthropological Museum. If conditions are favorable, enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars in authentic Bastar style.
Overnight stay will be at Royal Bastar Farm in Jagdalpur.

Day 07: Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur
After breakfast today, you are set to explore this fascinating tribal land with a visit to the famous Bison Horn Maria Tribe, known for their weaving, hospitality and spectacular ceremonial dancing. Later, we drive to the picturesque Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Kanger is famous for its Leopards, Tigers, Sambars, Bison and the endangered Bastar Hill Myna. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite caves. Later, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall. If time permits, explore some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides.
Overnight stay will be at Royal Bastar Farm in Jagdalpur.

Day 08: Jagdalpur
After breakfast, the day will be at your leisure at the farm. You can relax, read a book or take some time to savor the beautiful village life. After lunch, visit the bustling markets of the Bhatra and Dhurva Tribes. On the way back to the Farm visit the enchanting Chitrakote Waterfall (popularly known as Niagara of India) on the Indravati River at sunset.
Overnight stay will be at Royal Bastar Farm in Jagdalpur.

Day 09: Jagdalpur - Kanker
After an early breakfast, we proceed to Kanker via Narayanpur by road. Narayanpur is known for some of Bastar's finest handicrafts. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace. In the evening enjoy the farewell dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 10: Kanker - Raipur - Delhi / Bombay - Departure
After an early breakfast, we drive to the Raipur Airport to board a flight for onward journey.

 
TEMPLE & TRIBAL TOUR OF CENTRAL INDIA TOUR CODE : HH/HSP/506 Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar - Sadeibarini - Nuapatna – Bhubaneswar – Puri - Chilka Lake – Gopalpur - Rayagada - Kothgarh – Rayagada - Jeypore - Ankadelli – Jeypore – Jangdalpore – Kanker – Kondagaon – Narayanpur- Kanker – Raipur – Kolkata



Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
On your arrival at Kolkata, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight Stay will be at Kolkata.

Day 02: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast, morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon, in time transfer to domestic airport to board a flight (IC 7542-15:20 hrs) to Bhubaneswar. Arrive at Bhubaneswar and check into the Hotel.

Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, is an important and sacred temple city of India. One of the famous ancient cities of India, Bhubaneswar represents a fine blend of art, architecture and ancient culture.

After freshen up, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Bhubaneswar. Visit some of the most enchanting Temples of the city. Bhubaneswar is known for some enchantingly beautiful temples clustered around the Bindusagar Tank, which date back from the 7th -11th century AD. Visit the famous 11th century Lingaraja Temple, the late 10th century beautifully decorated Muktesvara Temple and the 7th century Parusurameswara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. If the time permits, visit the Lingaraja Temple and Parusurameswara Temple to see evening ceremony.
Overnight Stay will be at Bhubaneswar.

Day 03: Bhubaneswar - Sadeibarini - Nuapatna - Bhubaneswar
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of amazing caves on the fringes of Bhubaneswar. Visit the 2nd century BC Buddhist and Jain Caves of Udayagiri and Khandgiri. The Jain caves are among the earliest in India and all the caves were built during the 150 years before Christ.

Afternoon, enjoy an excursion to visit metal village at Sadeibarini to discover about the unique Dhokra Casting and textile weaving village Nuapatna to know about the Ikat tradition of Orissa - the gloriously woven, gem-colored design, in gorgeous yarn of silk and cotton.

Day 04: Bhubaneswar - Puri
After breakfast, we drive to Puri, enroute visiting Dhauli Peace Pagoda and Pipili Appliqué Village. Arrive at Puri and check into the Hotel.

Puri is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Also an exotic beach resort of India, Puri is famous for its beautiful temples including the famous Lord Jagannath Temple. Other tourist attractions at Puri include the Sankaracharya Ashram and Narendra Tank.

Afternoon, we drive to Konark (45 km) to see the beautiful Konark Sun Temple. Built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13th century AD, the Temple represents the golden era of Orissan art and architecture. In the evening return to Puri. Overnight stay will be at Puri.

Day 05: Puri
After breakfast, visit the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri. Thereafter, enjoy an excursion to Raghurajpur Village - an artisan village near Puri, which specializes in pattrachitrs, an art using vivid colors painted on palm leaves.
Overnight stay will be at Puri.

Day 06: Puri - Chilka Lake - Gopalpur
After breakfast, visit the community at Belakati, which specializes in work with bell metal. Thereafter, we drive to enchanting Chilka Lake through scenic countryside and attractive villages. Chilka Lake lies in the heart of coastal Orissa. The pear-shaped lake, spread over 1,100 sq km, is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. It is dotted with small islands and has an impressive array of bird life, both native and migrant. A bird watcher's paradise, Chilka is home to one of the world's largest breeding colonies of flamingos. Other than the birds, Chilka is also popular for its unique wildlife and aquatic life, including the famous Chilka dolphin.

Arrive at Chilka and enjoy a boat ride on the lake to explore the avian life and Kalijai Temple, abode of the presiding deity of the lake. Thereafter, we will drive to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient seaport famous for its sand dunes, groves of coconut palm and casuarinas.
Overnight stay will be at Puri.

Day 07: Gopalpur - Rayagada
Enjoy an early morning visit to Berhampur - the unique village of fishermen and weavers famous for Berhampur tassar sari, towel, dupatta and dhoti. Thereafter, we drive to Rayagada (180 km). Rayagada is an ideal base for visiting the nearby places of interest. Hatipatthar (a huge boulder appearing like an elephant) is only 3 km from here, is a place of great scenic beauty with two waterfalls on the course of river Nagavali.
Arrive at Rayagada and check into the Hotel. Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.

Day 08: Rayagada
During the next six days (Day 08- 13), you will be visiting some fascinating tribal settlements of the region.

Orissa has the third highest concentration of tribal population in India. The tribes of Orissa live in remote and dense forests and are relatively untouched by modern civilization. Each tribe of the region has a distinct language and pattern of social and religious customs. The tribal groups of Orissa have highly developed artistic skills, which can be seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies and seasonal festivals.

After breakfast today, we will visit the villages of the Saoras Tribe, a major tribe who live in hilly areas. Their walls of the mud houses are decorated with remarkable paintings, traditional designs. Also visit the unique tribal market. Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.

Day 09: Rayagada - Kothgarh - Rayagada
After breakfast today, enjoy an excursion to the Kothgarh Tribal Area. The unique tribes of the region were once famous for Human Sacrifice, which has now been replaced with animal sacrifice, offering the blood to their supreme goddess represented by a piece of wood or stone to ensure fertility of the soil. The members of this tribe still use bows and arrows to protect themselves from wild animals.
Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.

Day 10: Rayagada - Jeypore
After breakfast, we drive to Jeypore (230 km - 5 hrs), enroute visiting Chatikona to witness an interesting and colorful weekly market of the Dongaria Kondh Tribes. Visit and explore few villages of the primitive Dongaria Kondh Tribes, once famous for the human sacrifice. Today, these hilly tribes come down from Niayamgiri hill range with varieties of fruits and animals and it's a unique opportunity to see them before they mix with other community in the market. Enjoy free time in the market.

Arrive at Jeypore and check into the Hotel. Jeypore, the commercial center of Koraput district, is endowed with enchanting falls and forests full of amazing wildlife. Jeypore is a convenient base to explore this fascinating region of Orissa.
Overnight stay will be at Jeypore.

Day 11: Jeypore - Ankadelli - Jeypore
After early breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Ankadelli (70 km) to witness the most primitive and interesting tribal market of the Bonda Tribes. Bordering the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, the place is known for its enchanting mountain, forest and waterfall.

Walk about 2-3 km inside the forest to see the Bonda men and women coming down from the interiors of the forest side. Bondas are the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the naked tribes of the mountain. Bonda women with their silver and brass rings around necks and a small piece of cloth wrapped down to cover half of the private area present the best example of primitive culture. The women are also noticeable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver necklets and their shaved heads decorated with plaits of Palmyra leaves. Also, Bonda men with their bows and arrows and country made liquor, are fascinating to watch.

In the afternoon, we drive to Lamtaput region to see the colorful Godabas- another primitive tribal community. Thereafter, we drive to Gupteswar (60 km) to visit the caves, which were believed to have been the refuge for Lord Rama during his exile. On the way, we will also visit few villages of Dhurva Tribes. Later, we drive back to Jeypore. Overnight stay will be at Jeypore.

Day 12: Jeypore - Jagdalpur
After breakfast, we drive to Jagdalpur (90 km) enroute visiting some typical and interesting Chhattisgarh villages and Kunduli Market at Kotapada. Chhattisgarh is a neighboring state of Orissa. Jagdalpur is the district headquarters of the famous Bastar tribal region. Arrive at Jagdalpur and check into the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 13: Jagdalpur
After early breakfast, we drive to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and beautiful and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. Later, enjoy a visit to the famous Tiratgarh Fall. The region is also famous for some fascinating tribes and it would be a wonderful opportunity to see the tribal people in their own natural habitat. We will also to explore some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts.
In the evening, we drive back to Jagdalpur. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 14: Jagdalpur - Kanker
Today after breakfast, we drive to Kanker, enroute visiting Maria and Muria Tribes and a colorful weekly market in Narayanpur. If conditions are favorable, enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars in authentic Bastar style. You will also be entertained by a colorful dance and music performance of the tribal people. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace.
Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 15: Kanker - Kondagaon - Narayanpur - Kanker
After breakfast at the Palace, get set for exploring the fascinating tribal regions of Bastar, which can indeed be a lifetime experience for you. Climb up the forested Keshkal Ghat with your royal guide and visit a colorful weekly market, which provides you with a good opportunity to meet the local tribes. Visit the famous tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur and discover about some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush green surroundings of Sal forests. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance by young members of Bastar's unique 'Ghotul' dormitory system.

Late return to the Palace and enjoy a late dinner with the royal family. Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.

Day 16: Kanker - Raipur
After breakfast at the Palace, we drive to Raipur, enroute visiting several handicraft centers for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar experience. Arrival at Raipur and transfer to railway station to board an overnight train to Kolkata.
Overnight will be onboard the Train.

Day 17: Raipur - Kolkata
Early morning arrival (06:25am) at Kolkata and transfer to the Hotel. Check into the Hotel and relax. Afternoon, visit the famous Victoria Memorial and Kalighat Temple, the main Kali temple in Kolkata, to observe the evening ceremony.

Late night transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Central India Tour.

 
ROYAL TRIBAL EXPERIENCE WITH HORIZON HOLIDAYS TOUR CODE : HH/HSP/507 Raipur- Kawardha – Narayanpur – Jagdalpur – Kanger Valley – Jagdalpur- Chitrakote – Nagarnar – Jagdalpur – Raipur



Day 01: Raipur - Kawardha
On your arrival at Raipur, our representative will meet you and we drive to the former princely state of Kawardha (120 km - 3 hrs) in an A/C luxury vehicle. Arrive at Kawardha and check into the famous Kwardha Palace. In the afternoon, get familiar with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites. Visit and see the beautiful and captivating Bhoramdeo Temple Complex. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy a welcome drink with the royal family, followed by a traditional Chhattisgarhi dance performance and the dinner.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 02: Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Kawardha to discover the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. Visit some tribal villages and meet the friendly Baiga people, the principal indigenous forest tribe of the region. Also enjoy, a picnic lunch with them. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy the dinner with the royal family.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

Day 03: Kawardha - Narayanpur - Jagdalpur
After breakfast today, we'll proceed to Jagdalpur by road. Enroute, enjoy a side trip to Narayanpur. The place is known for its excellent handicrafts, which are considered the finest in the Bastar region. The bell metal, woodcraft, wrought iron and bamboo artifacts are wonderful. Ramakrishna Mission Center is another worth visiting tourist attraction at Narayanpur, where you can meet some of the people involved in very valuable welfare work amongst the tribal people. Arrive at Jagdalpur and check into the hotel.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 4: Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park
After an early breakfast, enjoy a visit to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite caves. Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa are well known for their beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. Also visit the Bhaimsa Dharha, a famous crocodile park in the region. Later, we start for Jagdalpur enroute visiting the famous Tiratgarh Fall.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 5: Jagdalpur - Chitrakote - Nagarnar
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to beautiful Chitrakote Falls. The horseshoe shaped Chitrakote Waterfall is created by the Indravati River and famously called the 'Niagara of India'. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Chitrakote Falls and be mesmerized by the rainbows arching across the turbulent flow. Later, we drive back to Jagdalpur enroute visiting the famous Anthropological Museum, which provides an interesting insight into Bastar's tribal culture. After lunch, we'll drive to Nagarnar, famous for its terracotta handicrafts.
Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.

Day 6: Jagdalpur - Raipur - Tour Concludes
After breakfast, we drive to Raipur (220 km- 4 hrs). On arrival at Raipur, you will be transferred to railway station / airport for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Chhattisgarh Tour.

 
(B) SPECIAL IN UTTARANKHAND



:-ANCIENT HISTORY OF UTTARAKHAND: - (AT A GLANCE)
The king of mountains Himalaya is said to consist of five segments i.e., Nepal Kurmanchal, Kedar, Kangda and Ruchir Kashmir. This Mid Himalayan region of Garhwal and Kumaon, which is commonly known as Uttarakhand today was called by the name KEDARKHAND and MANASKHAND in the Purans. According to the famous Historian Mr. Shiv Prasasd Dabral taking the word Uttarapad and khand from Kedarkhand formed the term Uttaranchal. This mountain region however is the same, which was once renowned in its snow-covered form during the Vedic era and sang the saga of glorious deeds of the kings, Saints and Ascetics of the time. It was referred to as Uttarpanchal by the compilers of the Upnishads, Uttarkaushal by Valmiki and Uttarkuru by Ved Vyasa who wrote the epic Mahabharata. It is the same place that was Uattarapatti for Panini and Kautilya; Kiratmandal for Kirats, Khashadesh for the Khas, Kartipur for Katayurs. It was Parvatkaran and Giryavali for the early historian and Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand of the present day politicians. The different parts of the Uttarakhand have been referred to asIlawarat, Brahmpur, Rudrahimalaya, Sapaldaksh, Shivalik, Kurmanchat Karajat Kamaugarh, Kamadesh, Kumaon, SarkarI and Garhwal lover the past 3000 years. The western part of this region that comprising of 52 fortresses has been referred to as Garhwal over past 500 years. Samprat, Chamoli, Pauri, Uttarkashi and Dehradun add to the pristine beauty of the Garhwal region. The eastern region comprising of Almora, Nainital and Pithoragarh districts together known as the Kumaon region. On account of security reason the government has for the past four decades considered only Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts as Uttaranchal, but for the residents of the Uttaranchal this entire hilly region covers an area of 51,125 sq. km and comprising of 15,951 villages, 89 developmental" segments and some adjoining plains as signal geographic social and cultural Unit.

The history of Uttaranchal State can be better understood through the history of Garhwal and Kumaon divisions separately, because they maintained independent identity except the period of Nepali aggression.

GARHWAL-
The Garhwal Himalayas have nurtured civilization from the wee hours of history. It appears to have been a favorite locale for the voluminous mythology of the Puranic period. The traditionai name of Garhwal was Uttarakhand and excavations have revealed that it formed part of the Mauryan Empire. It also finds mention in the 7th-century travelogue of Huen Tsang. However, it is with Adi Shankaracharya that the name of Garhwal will always be lhiked, for the great 8th-century spiritual reformer visited the remote, snow-laden heights of Garhwal, established a math Joshimath) and resorted some of the most sacred shrines, including Badrinath and Kedarnath. The history of Garhwal as one unified whole began in the 15th century, when king Ajai Pal merged the-52 separate principalities, each with its own garh or fortress. For 300 years, Garhwal remained one kingdom, with its capital at Srinagar (on the left bank of Alaknanda river). Then Pauri and Dehradun were perforce ceded to the Crown as payment for British help, rendered to the Garhwalis during the Gurkha invasion, in the early 19th century.

KUMAON-
Humankind has been around in Kumaon for a very long time. Evidences of Stone Age settlements have been found in Kumaon, particularly the rock shelter at Lakhu Udyar. The paintings here date back to the Mesolithic period. The early medieval history of Kumaon is the history of the Katyuri dynasty. The Katyuri kings ruled from the seventh to the 11 th century, holding sway at the peak of their powers over large areas of Kumaon, Garhwal, and western Nepal. The town of Baijnath near Almora was the capital of this dynasty and a center of the arts. Temple building flourished under the Katyuris and the main architectural innovation introduced by them was the replacement of bricks with stone. On a hilltop facing east (opposite Almora), is the temple of Katarmal. This 900-year-old sun temple was built during the declining years of the Katyuri dynasty. The intricately carved doors and panels have been removed to the National Museum in Delhi as a protective measure after the 10th-century idol of the presiding deity was stolen. After an interregnum of a couple of centuries, the Chands of Pithoragarh became the dominant dynasty. The Chand rulers built the magnificent temple complex at Jageshwar, with its cluster of a hundred and sixty-four temples, over a span of two centuries. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the evocative carvings are complemented by the beautiful deodar forest around it.

- TREKKING OPTION IN UTTARAKHAND: - (GARHWAL REGION)
Cradled in the Garhwal Himalaya's ranges are five of Hinduism's most important temples inspired by the five religious forms of Lord
Shiva, known as the Panch Kedar.

Kedarnath (3584 m) / Madhmaheshwar (3289 m) / Tungnath (3810 m) / Rudranath (2286 m) / Kalpeshwar (2134 m),sprawled over the vast Kedar Valley with altitudes ranging from 1500m to 3680m.

The Panch Kedar trek includes all the shrines associated with these legends. Kedarnath is situated at the head of the Mandakini River, where the Linga is a natural rock that resembles the hump of a bull. Madhmaheshwar, at the base of the Chaukhamba Peak, is at the altitude of 3500 m. The Linga is here worshipped in the form of a navel. Tungnath, where the arm of Shiva appeared, is the highest temple in Garhwal (3810 m).
500 m above the temple at Tungnath is Chandrashila, with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Rudranath is situated where the face of Shiva is said to have appeared. There is a natural rock temple in which the Shiva Mukha is worshipped. Nearby the temple, there are many little lakes like the Surya Kund, Tara Kund and Manas Kund. Kalpeshwar is situated in the beautiful valley of Urgam. There is a cave temple and Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form, when He tried to flee from the Pandavas at Kedarnath.

 
TAKE YOUR HEART AT YOUR EXTREME EXCITEMENT & COURAGE:-TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/507 : Rishikesh – Gaurikund – Kedarnath – Gaurikund – Guptkashi – Gaundhar – Madmaheshwar – Gaundhar – Jagasu - Ukhimath – Chopta - Tunganath – Sagar – Panargupha – Rudranath – Dumark – Urgan – Kalpeshwar Mahadev – Helang – Joshimath



Day 1: Rishikesh - Gaurikund
Gaurikund by motor road (209 km), check and overnight in hotel.
Situated on the Rudraprayag - Kedarnath road, Gaurikund (1981 m.)
provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges.

Day 2
14 km trek to Kedarnath (3581 m.), sightseeing and overnight in camp.
Lunch at Rambara enroute.

Day 03
Trek back to Gaurikund, + 40 km drive to Guptkashi, overnight in camp.

Day 04

9 km trek to Gaundhar, overnight in camp.

Day 05
10km trek to Madmaheshwar (3289 m.), overnight in camp

Day 06
trek back to Gaunduhar with packed lunch, overnight in camp.

Day 07
12 km trek to Jagasu + 16 km drive to Ukhimath, overnight in Hotel.

Day 08
35 km drive to Chopta (2900m.) and 4 km trek to Tungnath (3886 m.) Back to Chopta, overnight in camp.

Day 09
30 km drive to Sagar + 10 km trek to Panargupha (meadow), overnight in camp.

Day 10
12 km trek to Rudranath, overnight in camp. The trek goes through alpine meadows and huge dense forests with a panoramic view over the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks.

Day 11
18 km trek to Dumak (village), overnight in camp.

Day 12
km trek to Urgam (village) + 2 km trek to Kalpeshwar Mahadev, overnight in camp.

Day 13
9 km trek to Helang + drive 13 km to Joshimath, overnight in hotel. And rest!

 
ROOPKUND TREKK-(HUMAN SKELETON’S PLACE) - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/508 - Delhi – Rishikesh – Mundoli – Wan – Bedni Bugyal – Baguabasa – Roopkund - Baguabasa – Wan – Kukin Khal Paas – Sutol – Ramni - Jhenjipani- Sinyartoli – Dhakwani - Tali – Auli – Rishikesh - Delhi



Day 01 : Delhi
On arrival, pickup from the Delhi International airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Delhi - Rishikesh
Drive to Rishikesh enroute visit Haridwar (Holy City). Upon arrival Rishikesh transfer to Hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Rishikesh - Mundoli (265 kms / 10hrs)
Drive to the small hamlet of Mandoli (2134m), from where the trek begins. Overnight: Tent

Day 04: Mandoli- Wan
Begin the trek with a 2 km climb to Lahajang Pass (2590m) on the top, a few small temples & the bell hanging from a tree. This place is named after a mythological demon that was killed here by Goddess Nanda Devi. The trail goes down 7 km and after a gradual climb of 5 km reaches Wan. Overnight: Tent

Day 05: Wan- Bedni Bugyal (3354m)
Begin the uphill trek and reach the 'Bugyals' (high altitude meadows) of Bedini (3354m) a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Overnight: Tent

Day 06: Bedni Bugyal - Baguabasa (4100 m)
After 2 hours of gradual climb up, uninterrupted views of Trisul range and Nanda Ghunti can be appreciated. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola and then climbs up to Baguabasa, an improvised stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims. Overnight: Tent

Day 07: Baguabasa - Roop Kund (5029 m) and back to Baguabasa
Stupendous views of Trisul and the mountains around. An arduous and spectacular trek for about three hours gets us to Roop Kund, a holy lake surrounded by glaciers and high peaks and situated on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Every 12 years thousands of devout pilgrims, carrying a golden idol of the goddess Nanda Devi, undertake a difficult trek to this holy lake from Nauti village, near Karnaprayag.
Overnight: Tent

Day 08: Baguabasa - Wan (2450 m)
Return trek to Badni Bugyal. The trek then makes a long, steep descent through a fine forest of firs and rhododendrons and across a beautiful clearing with much of the track being paved. After crossing a river, a short climb leads to the main valley, at the head of which is Wan. Overnight: Tent

Day 09: Wan - Kukin Khal Pass (2900 m) - Sutol (2200 m)
Walking on past Latu's temple the path climbs gently up through magnificent cypress trees. After the pass the path drops down to broad meadows. The village of Kunol (2650 m) is set in an idyllic location with stunning views of the high peaks north of Josimath. Above the village rhododendron trees remain in full bloom from april until beginning of june. Further down the trail is lined with orchids and luxuriant ferns as it passes through one of the finest mixed forests in Garhwal.

Day 10: Sutol - Ramni (1982m)
The trek now traverses along the valley with a number of ups and downs and huge drops down to the river gorge below, through forests smelling of fir trees. After dropping to a river, crossed by a green girder footbridge there is a long steep climb to a little temple followed by a gradual climb through forest to emerge near farms and fields, on a ridge with amazing views of Trisul.
Ramani, a fairly big village.
Overnight: Tent

Day 11: Ramni- Jhenjipani (2015 Mt)
13 km trek from Ramni to Jhenjipani. A good zigzagging track leads to open grassy grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to emerge above the forest to the north. We then begin to climb steeply as the path moves diagonally through forests of rhododendrons, pines and holm oak with more pastures and shepherd huts.
Overnight: Tent

Day 12: Jhenjipani- Sinyartoli (2043 Mt)
12 km trek from Jhenjipani to Sinyartoli. The trail carries on down past small farms, through woods, to the spectacular suspension bridge across the Brithi Ganga gorges. After a very steep climb the path is almost flat, passing through fine rhododendron forest, with many streams and waterfalls.
Overnight: Tent

Day 13: Sinyartoli - Dhakwani
10 km trek Sinyartoli to Dhakwani. This is a long, but spectacular day. The route starts a steep climb up into rhododendron forest, then descends gently to open meadows with views across to the Kauri Pass, and finally plunges down a very steep section to a river. From there a final climb brings us above the tree-line to large pastures. Overnight stay tent. Overnight: Tent

Day 14: Dhakwani - Tali via Kauri Pass (4268 Mt)
12 km trek Dhakwani to Tali via Kauri Pass. The climb up to the pass is made on a zigzag track to the top. From the pass the Himalayan summits seem to be arrayed before us in a stupendous arch. It is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain views in the world. Overnight tent. Overnight: Tent

Day 15: Tali - Auli (2519 Mt)
14 km trek from Tali to Auli. Overnight stay at the hotel in Auli (a popular skiing zone in India) Overnight: Tent

Day 16: Auli - Rishikesh
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check into Hotel. Evenign free. Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Rishikesh - Delhi
Morning free in Rishikesh to visit the Temples and Ashrams and later in the afternoon drive to Delhi. On arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Day 18: Delhi Departure
Transfer to International Airport

 

 
FIND A GALCIER (TAKE A LONG BREATH) : - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/509


Uttarakhand is the land of snowy mountains, gushing waterfalls and icy glaciers. Nestled amidst the snowy Himalayas, from these glaciers a number of rivers and waterfalls originate that are the source India’s biggest rivers and river valleys. From the Ganges to the Yamuna, most of the rivers originate from glaciers in Uttarakhand.
From the great Gangotri glacier to the breathtakingly beautiful Satopnath Glacier, they are the most sought after destinations for the adventure tourists. Considered to be sacred and with mythological importance the glaciers in Uttarakhand are also important for religious tours.

How to Reach Uttarakhand:

Air :-Jolly Grant in Dehradun is one of the important airports and Pant Nagar near Nainital is also another important airport in Uttarakhand.
Rail :- Kathgodam, Haridwar and Dehradun are the major railway stations of Uttarakhand .

Roadways :- Uttarakhand  is connected with a good number of roadways throughout the state. These roads connect Uttaranchal to the other regions of the state.
From the beautiful to the rugged, the glaciers of Uttarakhand have been the dream destination of trekkers and nature lovers. Tourists plan the most difficult treks through the most inaccessible ways to see these beautiful glaciers of Uttarakhand which are fascinating and exciting. The strenuous journey is the worth the effort when you a get a glimpse of the glaciers in Uttarakhand Indian Holiday.com gives you online information on Glaciers in Uttarakhand or other places in India. We offer travel packages to many popular and special tourist destinations in India. Take advantage of the best rates for tour packages to these travel destinations.

Bandarpunch Glacier in Uttarakhand

Located on the northern slopes of the Bandarpunch peak (6316m), Bandarpunch west (6102m), and Khatling peak (6387m), the Bandarpunch Glacier is one of the principal tourist attractions of Uttaranchal.
One of the most important glaciers of the River Yamuna, considered as one of the holiest rivers of India, the Bandarpunch Glacier is about 12 kms long.
The formation of the Bandarpunch Glacier is circular in shape and comprises of three cirque glaciers which are later joined by the Yamuna River. The region around the glacier presents a perfect location for trekkers who flock o the area almost all round the year.

The distance of the Bandarpunch Glacier from the neighboring regions is about :

  Taluka to Bandarpunch 23kms
  Taluka to Seema /Osla 14kms
  Seema to Bandarpunch 15kms
  Taluka to Mussoorie 171kms
  Mussoorie to Dehradun 36kms
  By Road : Dehradun to Taluka 207km

Gangotri

Gangotri Glacier is a well-known glacier in Garhwal Himalaya, situated in Uttarkashi district. The glacier roiginates at the northern slope of Chaukhamba range of peaks. This is not a single valley glacier, but a combination of several other glacier that are fed to it and form a huge mass of ice. Bhrigupanth (6772m), Kirti stambh (6285), Sumeru Parvat (6380) respectively and Ratavana Bamak, Chaturangi Bamak and Swachand Bamak lie on the northeast slope of Srikailash, Man parvat, Satopanth and an un-named group of peaks. The glacier lies within a span of 28kms. and terminates at Gaumukh(4000m). The glacier flows at a gentle slope except for a few ice walls and crevices developed in the upper regions of the glacier where, as in the lower part (above the snout), the glacier is covered by debris, which imparts a muddy appearance to its surface. The glacier is easily approachable. It is well connected by motorable road upto Gangotri temple and from there a 17kms, long bridle path follows along the right bank of the Bhagirathi river to Gaumukh, the snout of the glacier.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight Stay will be at Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Raipur - Kawardha
After breakfast, in time transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight for Raipur. Upon arrival our representative will meet you and we drive to the former princely state of Kawardha (120 km-3 hrs) in an A/C luxury vehicle. Arrive at Kawardha and check into the famous Kwardha Palace. In the afternoon, get familiar with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy a welcome drink with the royal family, followed by a colorful Chhattisgarhi dance performance and the dinner.
Overnight stay will be at Kawardha Palace.

TREK : BASE CAMP GANGOTRI GLACIER  Gangotri temple to Gangotri Glacier 17kms.
By Road :
• Gangotri to Uttarkashi 99kms.
• Gangotri to Tehri 173kms.
• Tehri to Rishikesh 85kms.

Khatling

This lateral glacier situated in Tehri district is the source of river Bhilangna. The glacier is surrounded by snow peaks of the Jogin group (6466m), Sphetic Pristwar (6905m), Barte Kauter (6579m) Kirti Stambh (6902m) and Meru. The moraines on the side of the glaciers look like standing walls of gravel mud. The trek which starts from Ghuttu is easily approachable by motor from Dehradun, Tehri, Mussoorie and the Rishikesh railhead. One has to trek about 45kms. and pass through remote villages with thick Kharsao forest and wide open beautiful lush grassy meadows. The entry to the Bhilangna Valley provides excellent spots for camping. Tents and adequate provisions need to be arranged in advance from Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun.

TREK : BASE CAMP GHUTTU
• Ghuttu to Reeh 10kms.
• Reeh to Gangi 10kms.
• Gangi to Kalyani 5kms.
• Kalyani to Bhelbagi 13kms.
• Bhelbagi to Khatling 7kms .
By Road :
Ghuttu to Tehri 64kms.
• Tehri to Rishikesh 83kms.

Doonagiri

Doonagiri glacier is one of the important glacier of Dhauli Ganga system of glacier where more than 500 glacier, of different shapes and sizes lie in the deep and narrow valleys. The important glacier here are: Changbang, Girthi Hoti and Niti glaciers, Doonagiri glacier is 5.5kms. long, extending between an elevation from it head 5150m to the snout 4240m, which is the terminal point of the glacier. A stream originating from the glacier merges into Dhauli Ganga near the Juma village. The glacier is approachable from Juma on the way to Joshimath-Malari road. 8kms. from Juma lies the Doonagiri village. From Doonagiri village a 12kms. long foot-trek runs along the Doonagiri stream to reach the glacier snout. Bagini is another glacier in this valley. Doonagiri is the last village in the valley. Near the vicinity of the glacier there is a good place for camping. The best time to visit the place is mid May to mid October.

TREK : BASE CAMP JUMA VILLAGE
• Juma to Doonagiri Glacier 20kms.
• Juma to Doonagiri Village 8kms. 
• Doonagiri to Doonagiri Glacier 12kms.
By Road :
• Juma to Joshimath 43kms.
• Joshimath to Srinagar 147kms.
• Srinagar to Rishikesh 109kms.

Dokrani Glacier

Dokriani Bamak (Bamak is the local name of the glaciers) is another well developed medium-sized glacier of the Bhagirathi basin. The glacier is formed by two cirques, originating at the northern slope of Draupadi-ka-Danda and Jaonli peak, 5600m and 6000m respectively. The glacier is 5 km. long and flows in the northwest direction terminating at an elevation of 3800m. The stream originating from the glacier's melted water is called Dingad which later joins many other snow / ice melted streams and finally merges into Bhagirathi river near Bukki village. There are several well- developed meadows and Proglacial lakes located 2kms. below the snout of the glacier. These meadows, lakes and other formations themselves tell us the past history and behavior of the glacier and also provide good camping sites.The glacier is easily approachable from Uttarkashi. Nearly 56kms. from Uttarkashi on the road to Gangotri, Bukki village is 2kms. from the bus terminus situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi river. On way to Dokriani glacier, one has to walk 23kms. from the road (Bukki village). After crossing the Bhagirathi river a footpath flows along the steep mountain slopes up to Tela camp (2500m). from tela to Gujjar hut a 12km. run along the Dingad stream is a route offered to cross the several up and down ridges, many small and big streams and dense mixed forests of Deodar, Rhododendron, Oak, Pine etc. provide an atmosphere of perfect peace and tranquility. overwhelmed by such heart-touching beauty one crosses the way without difficulties. Gujjar Hut ( a summer camp of Gujjars with their buffaloes) is located at a height of 3500m., just 5kms. below the Dokriani glacier. Gujjar Hut is the gateway of the valley. The valley has a gentle slope with different land features formed by the glacier and surrounded by snow-covered peaks. This place is good for camping and one can walk up to the glacier and adjoining areas and climb the small peaks. Only Gujjar huts and a base camp ( near the glacier snout ) of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun lie on the way. One visiting the area has to make his own arrangement for food, tents and light warm clothes. The best season to visit is throughout summer and autumn . Besides the above two glaciers, Kedar, Rudugaira and Jaonli are some other glaciers which are approachable by the same way

TREK : BASE CAMP NANITAL

• Bukki to Dokriani Glacier 23kms.
• Bukki to Bukki village 2kms.
• Bukki to kheratal 17kms.
• Kheratal to Dokriani Glacier 5kms
• Bukki to Uttarkashi 34kms • Uttarkashi to Rishikesh 149kms

Kaphini Glacier

The scenic beauty and the tranquility prevailing this region has an unbeatable charm. The Kaphini Glacier lies left of the Pindar Valley below the famous peak of Nandakot. The route to Kaphini Glacier covers the same track up to Dwali, as the track to Pindari. Kaphini Glacier is 12 km from Dwali via Byali Udiyar, which is at a distance of 8 km from Dwali. As compared to Pindar the valley is much broader and the rhododendron (burans) that blooms here is spectacularly beautiful. The main Himalayan summits visible from the glacier are Nandakot (6860 m) and Nandabhnar (6236 m). There are no rest houses beyond Dwali on the Kaphini track, so one has to use tents. Byali Udiyar is an ideal spot for a night's stay, because there are grasslands to pitch a tent and caves for a convenient night halt. To reach the glacier, one should start very early from Byali Udiyar 4 km away, so as to arrive at the zero point before 9 a.m..

Trek Base Camp Saung
• Saung to Kaphini Glacier 45 km.
• Saung to Loharkhet 3 km,
• Loharkhet to Dhakuri 11 km,
• Dhakuri to Khati 8 km,
• Khati to Dwali 11 km,
• Dwali to Kaphini Glacier 12 km.

By Road :
• Saung to Bageshwar 36 km.
• Saung to Almora 109 km.
• Saung to Kathgodam 199 km.
• Khati to Dwali 11 km,
• Dwali to Phurkia 7 km,
• Phurkia to Pindari Glacier 5 km.

Ralam Glacier

RalamGlacier is situated in Tehsil Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district.The road head for ralam glacier is Munsiyari. Munsiyari is 200km from Almora, 262 km from Nainital and 280km from Kathgodam. The Ralam glacier trek is a very tough and beautiful trek. It is 50km trek from road head. The main attraction of this treks are ralam and paton village, Damfu Bugyal and Ralam glacier. There are three glaciers meet in ralam glacier (kalabaland, sutela and yangchar glaciers). The maximum height of this trek is 3900m. Kalabaland is one of the beautiful glacier in this valley. The best time to come here is last week of April to last week of June and first week of September to first week of November. You must have 8-10 days for the trekking of Ralam glacier. 

 

 
PANAROMIC VIEW OF HILL STATIONS : - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/510 - Delhi – Nainital – Almora – Kahirani – Kausani – Ranikhet - Delhi



Day1: Delhi - Nainital
Early morning departure for Nainital , check in Hotel, Free for town walk evening one market visit

Day02: Nainital
umangari and back to hotel ,night stay at Hotel, if you are in tested for 3kms trek for Tiffen Top, Night stay at hotel

TIFFIN TOP : - (2290 MT) also known as Dorothy's seat -in memory of an English lady Mrs. Kellet Dorothy, who was killed in an air crash Tiffin top is a short trek of about 3 kms from Nainital and provides excellent view of the Himalayas and the town

BHIMTAL :- (1371 MT) About 22 kms from Nainital, nestled in a beautiful pristine valley, this jem of a lake is the largest around Nainital. The beauty is enhanced by a small Island surrounded by crystal blue water.

Day03: Nainital – Almora – Via Khairani – Kausani

Early morning departure for Kausani sight seen enroute over night stay at hotel

Day04:Kausani

Full Day Visit Kausani,

KAUSANI: - (1890 MT) 120 Km from Nainital 1ies the beautiful town of Kausani -also called the Switzerland of India. It provides an enchanting sunrise over the Himalayas -a rich experience, which will remain alive in your memories for lifetime

Day05: Kausani-Ranikhet


Early morning departure for Ranikhet sight seen enrote overnight stay at ho

Day06: Ranikhet


RANIKHET :-(1829 MT) This beautiful hill resort is about 63 km from Nainital. Its beauty lies in its simplicity - beautiful pine trees create a nostalgic feeling. The orchards, the temples, the joy grounds will back on you again and again to its fold

Day07: Ranikhet-Delhi

Morning departure for Delhi Tour conclude,

 

 
MEET TO QUEEN OF HILLS : - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/511 - Delhi – Dehradun – Mussoorie - Delhi



Day01: Delhi – Dehradun - Mussoorie

Pickup from Delhi Railway Station / Airport, drive to Mussorie via Dehradun,Check in at Hotel . Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Mussoorie-Mussoorie
After early breakfast, Visit to Kempty fall , evening back in Mussoorie , Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Mussoorie

Day 03:Mussoorie
After breakfast, Visit to to explore Mall Road & Market ,Camels back in Mussoorie , Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Mussoorie

Day 04: Mussoorie-Delhi
After early breakfast, drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport.

 

PANCH (FIVE DESTINATIONS) KEDAR TOUR:- PANCH KEDAR YATRA - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/512 - Delhi – Haridwar – Rudraprayag – Kedarnath – Guptakashi – Gaundhar – Madhmaheshwar – Gaundhar – Jagasu – Kalimath – Chopta – Tunganath – Chopta – Sagar – Panargupha – Rudranath – Dumuk – Kalpeshwar – Helang – Joshimath – Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Delhi



Day 1: Delhi - Haridwar

(230 kms/6hrs) - On day 1 of Char Dham Yatra -Arrival Delhi Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Later drive to Haridwar transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.  

Day 02: Haridwar - Rudraprayag

(165 kms/6hr)- Start Drive after the breakfast, En route enjoy the beauty of valley and visit Dev - Prayga, The Birth Place of Ganga and the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhageerathi Rivers. Lunch will be en route. Letter drive to Rudrapryag, While reaching check in at Hotel. Evening visit Koteshwar Mahdev Temple.

Day 03: Rudraprayag - Kedarnath

(75kms by road & 14kms Trek)- Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt. 

Day 04: Kedarnath- Guptakashi

(60 kms/4hr)- Drive to Uttarkashi after trekking down from Kedarnath. Evening is free to visit Temple.Over night at Hotel.  

Day 05: Guptakashi - Gaundhar -

(17 kms trek /8 hr )-  This day you start a short drive early morning, Letter start trek to Gaundhar with our team. Over night at Camps.

Day 06: Gaundhar-Madhmaheshwar

(17 kms trek / 6 hr )- Early morning start trek with our team, while reaching visit Temple of Madhmaheshwar ( 3490 mts.) Letter check in at camps, Over night at Camps. 

Day 07: Madhmaheswar - Gaundhar -

Start early morning trek down to Gaundhar, While reaching check in at Camps. Over night at Camps.

Day 08: Gaundhar - Jagasu -

( 12 kms trek \ 4 hr ) - Start early morning trek down to Jagasu, While reaching check in at Camps. Over night at Camps.

Day 09: Jagasu -Kalimath - Chopta – Tungnath – Chopta

( 48 kms drive \ 2 hr & 4 kms trek one side \ 3 hr ) -  Start early morning drive to  Chopta. Further 4 kms trek to Tungnath ( 3680 mts.)  with packed lunch. In the afternoon, return trek to Chopta. Dinner & overnight in camp.

Day 10: Chopta – Sagar - Panargupha –

( 30 kms drive & 10kms Trek \ 8 hr) – Start early morning drive after having breakfast, then drive to sagar , while reaching start trek to Panargupha. Over night at Camps.  

Day 11: Panargupha – Rudranath

(12 kms trek /8 hr)- Early morning start trek to reach Rudranath ( 2286 mts.)  . While reaching visit temple, Over night at camps.

Day 12: Rudranath – Dumuk -

(18 kms trek /10 hr)- Early morning start trek to reach Dumuk. While reaching visit temple, Over night at camps.   

Day 13: Dumuk - Kalpeshwar

(14 kms trek /8 hr)- Early morning start trek to reach Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple ( 2134 mts.)  . While reaching visit temple, Over night at camps.

Day 14: Kalpeshwar – Helang - Joshimath

(9 kms trek & 30 kms drive / 11 hr)- Early morning start trek to reach helang.  While reaching drive to Joshimath check in at Hotels. Overnight at Hotel. ( We can also come down up to Karnapryag \ Rudrprayag but it depend on the group condition and weather) .

Day 15 – Joshimath-Rudraprayag –

it Morning breakfast the drive to Rudraprayag. Overnight at Rudreaprag.

Day 16 - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh -

(165 kms drive /5 hr)- Early morning start drive to reach at Rishikesh, en route visit Dev - Prayag, While reaching check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Luxman Zula & Ram Zula. Over night stay at Rishikesh. 

Day 17: Rishikesh – Delhi

(235 kms drive / 7 hr)- Early morning start drive to reach at Delhi, While reaching we drop you at Airport \ Railway station.

 



Kedarnath Temple - 1st Panch Kedar Temple- :

Kedarnath Temple is the 1st Panch Kedar Temple and it is a holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. The temple,  believed to be  very  ancient, has been continually  renovated  over the  centuries.  The lingam  at Kedarnath, unlike  its usual form, is  pyramidal and is regarded as one  of  the 12 Jyotirlingas. Situated at an altitude of 3,581 mts. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. Shiva, is considered the embodiment of all passions-love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism that are expressed through his various forms.

Tungnath - 2nd Panch Kedar - :
Tungnath Temple is the 2nd Panch Kedar Temple and it is situated at an altitude of 3,886 meters, Tungnath is the highest temple in India. Legend has it that the arm of Shiva appeared here. Ravana, of the Ramayana, is said to have performed penance at this temple to propitiate Shiva. The high altitude temple is a Seat of Swyambhu Linga or the Lord Shiva Incarnate.  The mythology has it that Lord Shiva was enraged at the act of homicide enacted by the Pandavas by killing their brethren in the grand battle of Mahabharata. Aware of Shiva's annoyance, the Pandavas built the temple to please Lord Shiva and for their own salvation. Others claim that the Adi Shankaracharya during his historic visit to the region had got it built. They cite the presence of Adi Shankaracharya's image in the garbha-griha or the sanctum of the temple.  A dark left-tilting one-foot high linga is the centre of attraction. The locals describe it as an arm of Lord Shiva. The arm of Lord Shiva is also associated with a legend.  

Rudranath - 3 rd Panch Kedar-: The face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Rudranath temple in a natural rock temple as Neelkantha Mahadeva. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Neelkantha. The temple is situated amid thick forest at a height 2286 mtrs. From Gopeshwar 4 kms by car up to village Sagar from where 20 kms. trek leads to Rudranath and can be approached from Joshimath as well, by trekking about 45 kms. One can explore the magnificent view of Hathi Parvat , Nandadevi, NandaGhunti, Trishuli and many other from the Temple.

 There are numbers of holy Kunds (Tanks) near Rudranath temple namely Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund etc. The Baitarini, the divine river flows pass behind the temple. Anusuya Devi temple is located on the trek to Rudranath involving an additional trek of 3km.  This is the only temple in India where the image of Shiva is worshipped as a symbol of his face, a sublime, tender aspect of Shiva, unusual, serene and beautiful indeed to behold.

Devotees come to Rudranath to offer ritual obeisance to their ancestors, for it is here, at Vaitarani river (the water of salvation), that the souls of the dead cross when changing world.  

Madhyamaheshwar - 4th Pancha Kedar

The stomach of Shiva is believed to have emerged at Madmaheshwar. The temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289 m. above sea level, on the slope of a ridge, 25 km northeast of Guptakashi. There is a motorable road from Guptakashi to Kalimath. The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a metre high is found in the Kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement before one reaches Madmaheshwar.
Located at the base of Chaukhamba peak at an altitude of 3289 m the classic temple architecture belongs to the North-Indian style. So sanctified is the water here that even a few drops are considered sufficient for ablution. The natural scenery is dramatically wild, with deep gorges & valleys, mountain sides flung upwards towards the skies, the forests where the snow lies thick in winter, only to be replaced by a carpet of greenery in the summer. Kedarnath & Neelkanth peaks are visible from here, the entire ring of mountains associated with the life & times of Shiva. The confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga just short of the temple, is one of the prettiest spots in the region.  

Kalpeshwar - 5th Pancha Kedar:-

The hardier tourist may like to trek about 35 km to Kalpeshwar,  where the locks (hair) and head, of Lord Shiva are worshipped as JATADHAR.
Located in Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,134 m. above sea level, the temple is a further 10 km trek from Rudranath to Helong, the motor head on Rishikesh-Badrinath route. The small rock temple of Kalpeshwar is where the Hair appeared. Short of Kalpeshwar is the picturesque valley of Urgam. 
It is a favorite location of meditating sages. Legend has it that the sage Arghya had performed austerities here and created the nymph, Urvashi. Rishi Durvasa is also believed to have meditated here under the wish-fulfilling tree, Kalpavriksha. The sage had given Kunti the boon that she could invoke any of the forces of nature and they would appear before her and grant whatever she desired. Known for his quick temper, Rishi Durvasa is often recalled in context of the incident when, along with several disciples, he visited Kunti's sons, while they were in exile. He indicated that he and his disciples expected food. There was not a grain to cook. Lord Krishna who appeared and miraculously solved the problem answered an anxious Draupadi’s prayers.
 After you have sought Shiva's darshan by completing the Panch Kedar, you must go to Badrinath and make Vishnu your witness that you have sought Shiva.

PANCH (FIVE DESTINATIONS) BADRI TOUR :- PANCH BADRI YATRA

All as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu reveres the five Badris. Badrinath is devoted to the worship of Vishnu who, according to an amusing tale, usurped this place from Shiva. For Vishnu had come here as the gods once did, to offer penance. He loved the place so much that he plotted to unseat Shiva from his meditation here. He took on the form of a beautiful child and began to wail. Shiva's wife, Parvati picked him up but could not calm the child. Since his wailing continued to disturb Shiva, he shifted to Kedamath in exasperation, leaving the spot free for Vishnu to occupy. But remainders of Shiva's stay continue to linger, most visibly in the name, badri, a kind of berry that Shiva was most fond of, and the gigantic tree, invisible to the mortal eye, that served Shiva. Considered one of the Char-Dham or four principal places of Hindu worship, Badrinath's four subsidiary badris include Bhavishya Badri, Yogdhyan Badri,Vridht Badri, and Adi Badri.

ADI BADRI - 17 kilometres from Karanprayag on the Karanprayag - Ranikhet road, are a group of sixteen temples, belonging to the Gupta period. Among them is the Narayan temple, where a black stone idol of Vishnu, three feet high is enshrined. This place is within the Badrikshetra, and Badrinath being the name for Vishnu, the temple is known as the Adi Badri.

It is believed that Adi Guru Shankaracharya had initiated the construction of these temples. The main temple of Narayan is distinguished by a raised platform in the pyramidal form, where the black stone idol of lord Vishnu is enshrined.

BADRINATH - Badrinath is one the four sacred shrines (Dham) of pilgrimage for Hindus. The other three places are Dwarka in the West, Rameshwaram in South and Puri in the East. The holy temple of Badrinath, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is siuated on the right bank of Vishnuganga in the middle of two mountain ranges called Nar and Narayan, rising east and west respectively. The place was known as Badrivan during Puranic times because it was found carpeted by wild Berries or 'Badri' and thus Badrivan. The Badrinath temple was constructed and renovated by Shankaracharya some time in 8th century during his pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedamath after he had established 'Jyotirdham' in Joshimath. There is a 'Tapt Kund' with hot water which has to be mixed with cold water before taking bath. Narada Kund, Surya Kund, Basudhara, Mata Murti and Charan Paduka are the other holy places of attraction for the large numDer of pilgrims who visit Badrinath every year. About 8 kms from Badrinath in the west, there is a group of snow peak called Choukhamba with height up to 6700 m. There is another peak called Neelkantha about 9 km. south west of Badrinath. The temple of Badrinath is visited by about six lakh pilgrims every year. There is a plan to make a village complex for the pilgrims at an estimated cost of rupees one crore. Presently hotel Devlok has been constructed at Badrinath to provide board and lodging facilities to pilgrims.

BHAVISHYA BADRI -The Bhavishya Badri is located at 2,744 mts. amidst the thick forests surrounding Tapovan. According to a divination, it is here that all devotees will throng once Badrinath is no more. While there can be no conceivable reason why this should happen, scientists agree that Joshimath, the entry point into the area before the final, most strenuous climb, is sited on an ancient landslide and has been sinking, and with a barrage coming up close by, may actually see the fulfillment of the divine prophecy. But whatever happens, Bhavishya Badri is popular even now; Enshrined here is the lion-headed image of Narsingh. Visitors pass the serene Tapovan a place known for its hot water springs enroute to the banks of the Dhauliganga, and on to the shrine.

VRIDH BADRI - The Old Badri : Seven kilometres from Joshimath, at Animath, and in the direction of Pipalkoti before Helang, is the place, where several centuries before the advent of the Shankaracharya, enshrined the idol of Badrinath, the image was worshipped. The idol is known as the Vridha Badri or the First Badri and is enshrined in an ancient temple.

YOGDHYAN BADRI - Every so often in the Garhwal Himalayas, tales from the Mahabharata spring magically to life. Yogdhyan Badri, 1,920 mts. is located at Pandukeshwar, named after the Pandva's King. It is said that the Pandavas, victorious after their battle against the Kauravas, but emotionally scarred, came to the Himalayas. And it was here that they handed over their capital, Hastinapur, to Raja Parikshit and took up penance before seeking out the highway to heaven. The importance of the Badri is immense and the sanctum has an image of the lord in a meditative posture.

Named after Pandu, who meditated at this place, 23 km from Sadrinath to lift the curses of a sage, and was blessed by the Lord, Pandukeshwar is the home of the Yogdhyan Badri. The village, as old as the Sadrinath Temple has Copper Plates which authenticate the history of the temples as well as the Katyuri Chand rulers of Garhwal and Kumaon who issued them as far back as the fourth or fifth century A.D. The Temples are all dedicated to the Yogdhyan Badri, who blessed the meditation of the kings.

DAY TO DAY TOUR ITINERARY OF PANCH BADRI TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/513 Delhi – Rishkesh – Rudraprayag – Pipalkoti – Badrinath – Pandukeshar – Yogdhyan Badri – Joshimath – Syaldhar – Bhavishya Badri – Virdha Badri – Adi Badri – Gaucher – Srinagar – Haridwar - Delhi



Day 01: Delhi - Rishikesh

Travel by surface from Delhi to Rishikesh. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening  at leisure for visit Temples and other places. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Pipalkoti

Early Morning drive to Pipalkoki en route Rudrprayag.visit Koteshwar Mahadev Temple Over night at Hotel.

Day 03: Pipalkoti - Vishnuprayag - Badrinath

Drive to Badrinath en-route visit Vishnuprayag sangam. Overnight at hotel in Badrinath..

Day 04: Badrinath.
Full day at Badrinath.

Day 05: Badrinath - Pandukeshar - Yogdhyan Badri - Joshimath.

After Darshan  drive to Joshimath en-route visit Yogdhan Badri Overnight at hotel in Joshimath.

Day 06: Joshimath - Syaldhar - Bhavishya Badri - Joshimath.

Morning drive to Syaldhar and 6 Kms trek starts for Bhavishya Badri . Evening visit to Narsing temple and shankracharya temple in Joshimath. Overnight at hotel in Joshimath.

Day 07: Joshimath - Virdha Badri - Adi Badri / Gaucher.

Morning drive to Karanprayag enroute visit Nandprayag Overnight at hotel in Karanprayag.

Day 08: Gaucher - Adi Badri - Srinagar.

Early morning bath at Karanpraysg and drive to visit Adi Badri then drive to Srinagar Overnight at hotel in Srinagar.

Day 09:Srinagar - Haridwar.

Morning drive to Deopryag holy bath at Deopryag  and visit Radhunath Temple. Later drive to Haridwar visit Har ki Pauri and arti at evening. Overnight at hotel in Haridwar.

Day 10: Haridwar - Delhi.
Morning holy bath at Ganga and drive back to Delhi .

MAJOR HORIZON’S TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN GARHWAL REGION - CHAMOLI GARHWAL-(ABODE OF GOD)



Chamoli, the district of “Garhwal’’ the land of forts. Today’s Garhwal was known as kedar-khand in the past. In puranas kedar-khand was said to be abode of God. It seems from the facts vedas puranas, Ramayna and Mahabharat that these Hindu scriptures   are scripted   in keda r- khand.It is believed that God Ganesha first script of vedas in Vayas gufa situated in the last village Mana only four km.from Badrinath According to Rigveda (1017-19) after Inundation (Jalprlya) Sapt - Rishis saved their lives in the same village Mana. Besides there the roots of vedic literature seems to be originated from Garhwal because the Garhwali language has a lot of words common with sanskrit .The work place of vedic Rishis are the prominent pilgrim places in Garhwal specially in chamoli like Atrimuni Ashram in Anusuya about 25 km. from chamoli town and work place of Kashyap Rishi at Gandhmadan parwat    near Badrinath. According to Aadi-Puran vedvyasa scripted the story of Mahabhrat in Vyas Gufa near Badrinath.  Pandukeshwar a small village situated on the Rishikesh Badrinath high-way from where Badrinath is just 25 km away is regarded as Tapsthali of king Pandu. In Kedar-khand Puran this land is regarded the land of lord Shiva.

The authentic script about the history of Garhwal is found only 6th A.D on word. Some of the oldest example of there are the trishul in Gopeshwar, lalitsur in Pandukeshwar .The Narvaman rock script in siroli the chand pur Gari rock script by king Kankpal authentitcates  the history and culture of Garhwal

Some Historian and scientist believe that this land is origin of Arya race. It is believed that about 300B.C. Khasa invaded Garhwal through Kashmir Nepal and Kuman. A conflict grew due to this invasion a conflict took place between these outsiders and natives .The natives for their protection builded small forts called “Garhi’’. Later on Khasa defeated the native totally and captured the forts. After Khasa, Kshatiya invaded this land and defeated Khasa accomplished their regime. They confined Garhwal of hundreds of Garhi in to fifty-two Garhi only. One kantura vashudev general of kshatriya established his regime on the northern border of garhwal and founded his capital in joshimath then Kartikeypur vashudev katyuri was the founder of katyura dynasty in Garhwal and they reign Garhwal over hundreds of years in this period of katyuri regime Aadi-Guru Sankaracharya visited garhwal and established Jyotrimath which is one of the four famous Peeths established by Aadi-Guru Sankaracharya. In Bharat varsh other these are Dwarika , Puri and Sringeri. He also reinstated idol of lord Badrinath in Badrinath, before this the idol of Badrinath was hidden in Narad-Kund by the fear of Budhas. After this ethicist of vaidic cult started to pilgrim Badrinath

According to Pt.Harikrishna Raturi king Bhanu pratap was the first ruler of Panwar dynasty in garhwal who founded chanpur-Garhi as his capital. This was is strongest Garh for the fifty- two garhs of garhwal. The devastating earthquake of 8th September 1803 weakened the economic and administrative set up of Garhwal state. Taking advantage of the situation Gorkhas attacked Garhwal under the command of Amar Singh Thapa and Hastidal Chanturia. They established there reign over half of the Garhwal in 1804 up to 1815 this region remain under Gorkha rule. Mean while the king of Panwar dynasty Raja Sudarshan Shah contacted east India Company and soughted help. With the help of British he defected Gorkas and merged the eastern part of Alaknanda and Mandakani along with the capital srinagar in British Garhwal from that time this region was known as British Garhwal and the capital of Garhwal was set up at Tehri instead of Srinagar. In the beginning British ruler kept this area under Dehradun and Saharanpur. But later on the British established a new district in this area and named it Pauri. Today’s chamoli was a tehsil of the same .On 24th February 1960 tehsil chamoli was upgraded to a new district. In October 1997 two complete tehsil and two other blocks (partially) of district chamoli were merged into a new formed district Rudarprayag.

PLACES TO SEE.

Chamoli Garhwal is ornamented by several tourist spots. One cannot stop himself to go there since Chamoli has the variety of attractions. There are something listed here.

AULI -

In the summer, Auli bugyal is inviting but in the winter it is irresistible with its hoary snow slopes and skiing facilities. Auli can be reached by road or ropeway from Joshimath .It provides an excellent panoramic view of the giant mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dunagiri. From January to March, the Auli slopes are usually covered with a thick carpet of snow, about 3 mts deep. The stretch of 3 Kms. with a drop in elevation of 500 mts. is considered to be a very good skiing ground by international standard. The background of lofty snow clad mountains heightens the sprit of the skiers.
        To attract attention, skiing festivals are also conducted at Auli. These now include the national championships staged by the Winter Games Federation Of India. While skiing is the chief attraction at Auli, there are other attraction like cable car rides and rope lifts, or spend the day outdoors building snowmen, or having snowball fights.

GOPESHWAR - Situated at a height of 1308 mts. amidst beautiful mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes, the picturesque township of Gopeshwar is the districts headquarter of Chamoli. An ancient temple of Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the town and thousands of pilgrims come here throughout the year to visit the temple. Owing to its natural beauty and fresh and serene atmosphere, Gopeshwar is becoming a major attraction for the tourists. Many well known tourist spots and religious centres are spread around this town. According to historians, the name Gopeshwar has associations with the name of Lord Krishna. Besides the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund, a group of temples without idols and Oak View are other places of interest.

VASUDHARA -
Water falls have always captivated the human imagination. 5 Kms. from Mana village, toward the west is the Vasudhara fall with a sheer drop of 145 mtrs., set in a background of snowy peaks, glaciers and rocky heights. Violent wind sometimes sprays out the entire volume of the water falling and it appears that the water fall ceases for a minute or two, giving rise to a lot of superstitious ideas to the locals.

VALLEY OF FLOWERS -
A profusion of wildflowers - iris, violets, roses, primulas, anemones, potentillas - mark this valley, celebrated all over the world for its lush beauty. A narrow river flows through the valley, now declared a national park. Reached by an easy bridle-path from Govindghat, visitors are  no longer allowed to camp within the valley.The valley had always been known to the local people who avoided getting to this area for fear of fairies, who they believed, would take them away. It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holdsworth stumbled into the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition and were “at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairy land of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf but brilliant in colour”. Smythe wrote about the valley and its flowers - “their carpet is a celestial one, breathing innocence and joy to the world overburdened with sophistication and sorrow”. His writing invoked a great interest of the people in this valley, both at home and abroad.
Legends associate this valley area with “Gandhamadan” from where Hanuman of Ramayana collected “Sanjeevani” herb to revive Laksmana. Hanuman had to visit far-flung areas in his search for the life-saving herb, some named after him. He visited Hanuman Chatti near Yamunotri, Hanuman Tibba near Gangotri, Hanuman peak near Nandadevi, Hanuman Chatti near Badrinath and ultimately the valley of flowers or Nanankanan as it is also known as.
   The best time to visit the valley is during July and August when innumerable varieties of flowers bloom and present a spectacular sight. The valley itself is 10 kms. long and about 2 kms. wide in conical shape, with the river Pushpavati flowing through it. After one gets down at Govindghat on the main Badrinath highway, it involves a trek of 15 kms. to reach Ghangaria wherefrom a further short trek of 5 kms. leads one to the edge of the valley. The valley ranges between 3352 and 3658 mts. in altitude.

 

EXPERIENCE VALLEY OF FLOWERS :- TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/514 Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Joshimath – Auli – Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria – Pipalkoti – Devprayag - Delhi


Day 01 : Delhi - Rishikesh

After reaching Delhi railway station/airport, our representative will assist you. Go for straight drive to Rishikesh (230 kms / 6 hrs) visiting Haridwar en route. Check-in to hotel where you will be welcomed traditionally. In the evening take part or witness illuminated Aarti at river Ganges. Have dinner of your own choice and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Rudraprayag

Morning after breakfast step out from hotel to reach Rudraprayag. Distance from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag is approx. 140 km. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. In the evening explore Rudraprayag on your own.

Rudraprayag -

a hemlet located on the confluence of river Mandakini & river Alaknanda. Rudraprayag lies at the altitude of 680 m. This place lies between the famous pilgrimage route of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Visit famous temples here including Rudranath and Chamunda devi temples.Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 03 : Rudraprayag - Joshimath

Get up in the morning, take breakfast in hotel and head for Joshimath. After reaching Joshimath, visit Auli. Have a spectacular drive along river Alaknanda, dense forest & views of the snowcapped mountain during this route. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening free to relax and unwind.Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.

Day 04 : Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath

After breakfast in the morning, get ready for full day excursion to Auli. Explore Auli bugyal (Meadow) here one can find lots of wild flower.

Auli -

is nestled in the lap of snow capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. At the altitude of 2800 m from the sea level, this place is a perfect place for winter games specially for skiing. Skiing on this place streches from 10-20 km at snow covered mountain slopes. Auli is linked with Joshimath with approx 4 km long cable car. No doubt, this place is paradise for skiers. Take rest and relax after dinner in your hotel.

Day 05 : Joshimath - Govindghat

Morning after breakfast, drive to Govindghat. From here our 2 days trek commences to Valley of flowers. Today trek to Ghangria through pine forest, on the way rewarded with beautiful views of HATHI PARBHAT 6,200 m.

Day 06 : Ghangria - Valley Of Flower - Ghangaria

Get up early in the morning and after taking breakfast get ready to trek to Valley of Flower. This is a splendid valley with hundreds of flowers. Valley of flower stands at an altitude of 12,050 ft. Explore the valley & evening return back to Ghangaria.
(Please note that camping within the Valley of Flower is not permitted.).Overnight stay and dinner in rest house/ camp in Ghangaria.

Day 07 : Ghangria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangria
Morning after breakfast, today you will trek to Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is reversed by both Hindus & Sikhs. In the evening return back to Ghangria.

Overnight stay and dinner at tourist rest house/ camp.


Day 08 : Ghangria - Pipalkoti
Drive to Pipal Koti after taking breakfast. Check-in at hotel/ camp. Overnight at hotel/ camp.


Day 09 : Pipal Koti - Devprayag

Morning after taking breakfast, today drive to Devprayag. Located on the confluence of river Bhagirati & river Alaknanda. This is the birth place of holy river Ganges.

After reaching Devprayag, check-in at hotel and relax your body.


Day 10 : Devprayag - Delhi
Today after taking morning breakfast, drive back to Delhi. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 11 : Delhi - Onward Destination
Today after morning breakfast in your hotel, our representative will transfer you to International airport to board flight for back home or onward journey.

TAPOVAN - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/515 - Delhi – Haridwar – Gangotri – Bhojbssa – Gomukh – Tapovan – Nandavan – Bhojbasa - Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Haridwar - Delhi


In contract to the annoying hustle and bustle of city life of Joshimath, Tapovan is a peaceful place known for its hot springs which are belived to possess miraculous healing powers. Tapovan is 15 kms. from Joshimath. A 3 kms. trek from here leads to Bhavishya Badri, one of the five Badris.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi - Haridwar
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. Lunch enroute at Chetal Grand khatouli. Upon arrival at Haridwar met our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit the Har-ki-Peri for the ceromany of Ganga Aarti.After that Back to hotel for relax and overnight stay.        

Day 03: Haridwar - Gangotri (3048 M/10000 ft)
Morning after breakfast drive 245 kms to reach the Gangotri via Uttarkashi and a beautiful valley Harsil. Enroute take a holy dip in Gangnani hot water springs. Arrive at Gangotri by evening. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04: Gangotri
The day is for relax and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 :

Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojbssa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 13 kms trek/5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring bhagirathi river.

Beyond chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From chirbasa we trek further to Bhoibasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojbasa, there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 06 :
Bhojbasa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from        

Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone's throw away. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagarithi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Gomukh :
The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.

Tapovan :
Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttrakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapvan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

Day 07: Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft) 
Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 08: Tapovan - Nandanvan (Trek 4-5 hrs)
We trace back to Nandan van via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge        

crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 09 : Nandanvan - Bhojwassa (Trek 4-5 hrs)
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 10 : Bhojbasa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) - Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 11 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar (170 kms/5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. On arrival check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: Haridwar - Delhi
In the morning half day sight seeing at Haridwar including Mansa Devi & Chandi Devi. After lunch depart for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Delhi Depart
In the morning half day sight seeing at Delhi. Evening transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight. 
Trip & Services ends here.

SATOPANTH LAKE-(THE SILENT ASCETIC)-STAIRS TO THE HEAVEN

According to Hindu mythology, Satopanth Tal is on the route taken by the Panch Pandavas on their Swarga Yatra. At various places their name remains as a memorial of this sacred journey. At the starting point at Mana, 3 km away from Badrinath, is the natural rock bridge, Bhima Pul. Here, Bhima is believed to have made the bridge over the river Saraswati so Draupadi could cross. At Lakshmi Ban, Draupadi is believed to have breathed her last. In the austere barren landscape at an altitude of 12600 feet, strewn with huge boulders, bhuj plants grow in the small patch of Lakshmi Ban. At Bandhar, it is said that Yudhishthir’s thirst was quenched by the baan or arrow shot by Arjun which caused a stream of water to gush forth from the very Earth. At Bhimbar, the rock pillar commemorates Bhima’s release from earthly life. At Chakratirtha the great yogi and warrior, Arjun gave up his body. Ahead, only Yudhishthir with his dog, who was indeed Dharma Raja himself, went in his mortal form, negotiating dangerous glaciers and hidden crevasses. At Satopanth Tal, the celestial rath or vehicle received him.

 

TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/516 Delhi – Rishikesh – Joshimath – Badrinath – Mana – Vasudhra – Laxmi – Mana – Badrinath – Haridwar - Delhi


Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi met our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Rishikesh (230 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit Laxman Jhoola, Triveni Ghat etc. dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Rishikesh :

Situated at the foothills of Garhwal hills along Ganges, Rishikesh is a gateway to the important religious places of Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri. Places of interest includes visit to Bharat Mandir the oldest temple in Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev, this is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison churn out of the cosmic ocean among many other temples. Also visit some of its many Ashrams: Ashrams are centers for spiritual studies,meditation, Yoga, sacred prayers besides being        

residential centers for the resident gurus.

Day 03: Rishikesh - Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs)
After breakfast we will drive to Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag. One can see Devprayag (confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi.) on the way. The Holy River Ganges starts from here. Arrival at Joshimath by evening. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Joshimath
The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later, came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.

Day 04: Joshimath - Badrinath (45 kms/ 2 hrs)
In the morning drive from Joshimath to Badrinath, sightseeing and overnight in hotel.
Badrinath, Badrinath Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m at the banks of Alaknanda. In the backdrop, is the Neelkanth mountain peak situated between the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan. The name is derived from wild berries called Badri. Adi Shankarcharya established the idol of Vishnu in the temple. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring, Tapt Kund.        

Day 05: Badrinath - Mana - (3 kms drive/20 mins) - Vasudhara (5 kms/2 hrs)
In the morning visit Badrinath temple and later after breakfast a short drive to Mana village (Last village of the border). From here we will trek to Vasudhara via Bheem Bridge with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Mana Village - 3 km from Badrinath, this is the last village of India on the Indo-Tibetan border. The Indo-Mongolian tribe set up this village. A population of 200 people lives here. As soon as the gates of Badrinath open, they come here and as soon as they close, they go down to the plains where they live for the rest of the year. In this way they live a dual family life. These people are very hardworking and industrious. They wherein the women knit and weave sweaters, carpets, etc run a small-scale industry of woolen clothes. They are very attached        

to their culture and traditions. Earlier they traded with Tibet but in 1962 this was shut down. Tourists come in plenty to this quaint village.

Bheem Bridge - A short distance from Mana Village a natural bridge made of a huge boulder, over the river Saraswathi is seen. The story goes that Bheem; one of the Pandava brothers put it there. The view of this extraordinary bridge and the din of the flowing river make this place interesting. Vasudhara falls - 5 km after Bheem Bridge this astonishingly high waterfall is very attractive. The most interesting aspect about this place is that all the water here becomes vapour and vanishes into the atmosphere. The view looks like the Ganges is descending from the sky.

Day 06: Vasudhara - Laxmi Van - Satopanth (7 kms/4-5 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast trek to Laxmi Van (4 kms). Enroute we will pass through dense forest. After lunch further trek to Satopanth Lake (3 kms). After exploring the lake trek back to Laxmi van for dinner and overnight stay.
Satopanth Lake - Satopanth Lake is 18 km from Mana Village amidst the difficult areas of Himalayas. The water in the lake is very calm. On the banks of this lake are innumerable lotus flowers. To get here one has to come via Lakshmi Forest. To return from here to Badrinath on foot it takes 3 days.
Day 07: Laxmi Van - Vasudhara fall - Mana - Badrinath
In the morning trek back to Mana village and then 3 kms driveto Badrinath with pack lunch. Upon arrival at Badrinath check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.         

Day 08: Badrinath - Haridwar (290 kms/10 hrs)
Early in the morning drive to Haridwar via Rudraprayag & Devprayag. On arrival check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Haridwar - Delhi (210 kms/5 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. Up on arrival at Delhi transfer to airport to catch onwards flight.

KUARI PASS -
The trek is part of Lord Curzon's trail. A well laid out trek, it goes through dense jungles of Garhwal Himalayas. The views from the top of Kuari Pass are some of the best in the Himalayas. The trek itself is one of the best in Garhwal and has all the notes of a good trek - the Bugyals (big grassy meadows above tree line), pine trees, moraines and glaciers. The views are simply breathtaking, facing north the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west - the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri - (all above 6000 or 7000 m) lined up in a near 180 degree view… Southwards, the foothills stretch on to the distant plains. Dotted by some remote villages, one also gets good insights into the local life.

SEASON: May - October

MAX. ALTITUDE: 4269m

NUMBER OF DAYS: 8 days

HIGH PASSES: Kuari Pass (4269m)

TREK GRADIENT: Easy - Moderately Challenging

TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/517 Rishikesh – Ghat – Ramani – Jhenjipani – Sinyatoli – Dhakwani – Kauri Pass- Tali – Auli – Rishikesh - Haridwar


Day 01: Rishikesh - Ghat (1900m)

Arrive in Rishikesh and leave for the mountain village near Nandprayag called Ghat.

Day 02: Ghat - Ramani (1982m)

The trail is mostly flat with a few ups and down. There are some stunning views of the mountains from Ramani.

Day 03: Ramani - Jhenjipani (2050m)
The trail switches back and opens up to a grassy slope. Snow covered peaks start to emerge from the North. The path now steeply goes through rhododendron, pine and oak forests.

Day 04: Jhenjipani - Sinyartoli (2650m)
Duration: 6 hours

The trail starts with a descent to the colorful village of Jhenji. The trail carries on down past small farms and woods to a beautiful suspension bridge at 1840m across the Birehi Gorge, from where a very steep climb takes you back to 2250m, where the trail eases after an hour of ascent. From here the path is almost flat passing through fine rhododendron forest with long-tailed magpies flitting about. There are many streams and waterfalls as the route contours round many deep re-entrants. After going round the head of a horseshoe valley you reach two lovely rivers cascading down under the path. From here there is a short climb to a spot called Kaliaghat, which is a good campsite near the village of Pana.

Day 05: Sinyartoli - Dhakwani (3552m)

The route traverses above the village and then starts a steep climb up into rhododendron forest, with many switchbacks. After crossing a col at 3,000m, the path descends gently, traversing along the valley, to open meadows with views across to the Kuari Pass. The track then traverses down around the side of the valley, across several streams, before it plunges down a very steep and loose section, much of which has been washed away by the monsoons - an awkward and loose descent. At the bottom, you will see that the river has cut through a deep rocky gorge, to your right. This is wild country and there are no settlements, while blue sheep and the Himalayan black bear are said to be roaming here. A final climb brings you above the tree-line to the campsite on the large pastures where sheep and goats graze in summer, with the Kauri Pass towering above.

Day 06: Dhakwani - Kuari pass (4268) - Tali (3506m)

Today is the longest day of the trek. The climb up to the pass is made on a zigzag track to the top. Frank Smythe, who came this way in 1931 enroute to Kamet (25,443ft/7,757m), the second highest mountain in this region, summed it up beautifully: "We breasted the slope and halted, silent on the path. No words would express our delight. The Himalaya were arrayed before us in a stupendous arc". Some of the mountains seen are Kamet, Nilkanth (7,141m/23,425ft), Dhraunagiri (7,067m/23,182ft) and Changabang (6,864m/22,516ft), with even Nanda Devi herself visible if you walk along the ridge for a while. The blinding vision of snow peaks make all the effort worthwhile, for it is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain views in the world. Our camp at Tali has beautiful views of Nanda Devi.

Day 07: Tali - Auli (2519m)

Today's trail is a gradual descent to Auli which is a major ski destination in winters. Our trek ends here.

Day 08: Auli - Rishikesh / Haridwar

We drive back to Haridwar via Rishikesh in a local transport bus.

TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/518 Delhi – Rishikesh – Ghat- Ramni – Ghunni – Sem Kharak – Pana – Dhakwani – Khulara- Tapovan – Pipalkoti - Delhi


Day 1 : Delhi to Rishikesh (330m) 5-6hrs

Board the morning Shatabdi Express departing New Delhi at 7am. Reach Hardwar at 11:30 am. Transfer to the hotel in Rishikesh, a bustling pilgrim township, a popular meditation centre and the Yoga Capital of the world. After lunch, optional rafting on the Ganga till short of Rishikesh. Evening explore the township and attend the aarti (evening prayers) by the banks of the river Ganga. Overnight hotel.

Day 2 : Drive Rishikesh to Ghat (1330m) 7-8 hrs
The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda river. Going past a few holy confluences and then finally into the narrow valley of Nandakini we reach Ghat, the road head for the trek in the evening.

Day 3 : Ghat – Ramni / Ghunni (2550m) 6-7 hrs
For the first half the trail goes along the river and then finally starts climbing from the river bottom, some parts being quite steep. We camp just above the fairly large village of Ramni in a nice grassy patch and visit the village in the evening.

Day 4 : Ghunni – Sem Kharak (2400 m) 5-6 hrs
The trail starts climbing up to the pass, crosses a lot of small tributary rivers and waterfalls including one which offers a great opportunity for a shower. After a steady climb we arrive a small pass called Ramni pass (3060m) which offers views of Kuari Pass and then we descend gradually to the grazing meadows of Sem Kharak.

Day 5 : Sem Kharak – Pana (2450m) 5-6 hrs
From Sem kharak we descend down to the suspension bridge over the Birthi Ganga then climb up again to another prosperous village of Pana

Day 6 : Pana – Dhakwani (3341m) 6-7 hrs
Option of camping at Sartoli (2980m), an hour and a half short of Dhakwani.
A few ascends, descends and traverses bring us close to the foot of the Kuari Pass. The trail comes out of the tree line and goes through the grazing grounds in the meadow country to reach Dhakwani.

Day 7 : Dhakwani – Khulara (3180m) 4-5 hrs
The trail is steep up to the Kuari Pass (3690m) and it takes about 2-3 hours to get there. Once we are up on the pass, the views are simply breathtaking, a wide panorama of high Himalayas - the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596m), and Abigamin (7355m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayain chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley & Hemkund includes Nilgiri parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m).

Day 8 : Khulara – TapovanPipalkoti-(1850m) 5-6 hrs and drive to Pipalkoti (1330m)
The last day of the trek is all the way down to the Tapovan. It’s about 3 hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.

Day 9 : Pipalkoti – Delhi

After an early morning breakfast set out for the long 8 hr drive to reach Hardwar in the evening to board the evening Shatabdi Express leaving at 6:10 pm to be back in Delhi by 10:30 pm. Trip ends !
TEHRI GARHWAL - (A CITY UNDER WATER)
Lying on the southern slopes of outer Himalayas, Tehri Garhwal is on of the sacred hilly districts of Uttarakhand State. Before the creation of universe, Lord Brahma is said to have meditated on this sacred land. Muni-ki-Reti and Tapovan of the district are the places of penance for the ancient Rishis. Its hilly terrain and lack of easy communications have helped it to preserve its culture almost intact. Tehri and Garhwal are the two words combined for naming the district as Tehri Garhwal. While  the prefix Tehri is the corrupted form of  the word `Trihari` which signifies a place that washes away all the three types of sins, namely sins born out of thought (Mansa), word (Vacha) and deed (Karmana), the other part `Garh` means country fort. In fact during olden days possession of number of forts was considered as a significant measuring rod of the prosperity and power of their rulers. Prior to 888, the whole of the Garhwal region was divided into small  `garhs` ruled by separate independent kings known as Rana, Rai or Thakur. It is said that the prince Kanakpal who hailed from Malwa visited Badrinath ji (presently in Chamoli district) where he met the then mightiest king Bhanu Pratap. King Bhanu Pratap was impressed with the prince and got his only daughter married to him and also handed over his kingdom. Gradually Kanakpal and his descendents extended their empire by conquering all the garhs. Thus up to 1803 i.e. for 915 years the whole of the Garhwal region remained under their control.
During 1794-95 Garhwal was under the grip of severe famine and again in 1883, the country was terribly shaken by an earthquake. Gorkhas had by then started invading this territory and heralded their influence  over the region. The people of the region being already affected by natural calamities were in the deplorable condition and therefore could not resist Gorkhas invasion. On the other hand, Gorkhas whose several attempts for capturing the fort Langoor Garhi had earlier failed, were now in powerful position. In 1803, therefore, they again invaded Garhwal region when King Pradumn Shah was the ruler. King Pradumn Shah was killed in the battle in Dehra Dun but his only son (Sudarshan Shah was minor at that time) was cleverly saved by the trusted courtiers. With the victory of Gorkhas in this battle their dominion was established in Garhwal region. Later on their kingdom extended up to Kangara and they ruled over this region continuously for 12 years before they were thrown away from Kangara by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. On the other hand Sudarshan Shah could manage help from East India Company and got his kingdom freed from Gorkha rulers. The East India Company merged Kumaon, Dehra Dun and east Garhwal in the British Empire and the west Garhwal was given to Sudarshan Shah which was then known as Tehri Riyasat.
King Sudarshan Shah established his capital at Tehri town and afterwards his successors Pratap Shah, Kirti Shah and Narendra Shah established their capital at Pratap Nagar, Kirti Nagar and Narendra Nagar respectively. Their dynasty ruled over this region from 1815 to 1949. During the Quit India Movement people of this region actively participated for the independence of the country. Ultimately when the country was declared independent in 1947, the inhabitants of Tehri Riyasat started their movement for getting themselves freed from the clutches of Maharaja. Due to the movement the situation became out of his control and was difficult for him to rule over the region. Consequently the 60th king of Pawar Vansh Manvendra Shah accepted the sovereignty of Indian Government. Thus in 1949 Tehri Riyasat was merged in Uttar Pradesh and was given the status of a new district. Being a scattered region it posed numerous problems for expediting development. Resultantly on 24th February 1960 the U.P. Government separated its’ one tehsil which was given status of a separate district named as Uttarkashi.

FAIR & FESTIVALS-

Chandrabadani Fair --

This fair has a mythologial story behind it.A Rishi Called Gautam used to bathe in the Holy Ganga, everymorning. For him, this had become part of his everyday life.The Story revolves around Indra, Ahilya the Wife of Gautam Rishi and Gautam Rishi itself. Once Indra asked Surya(the sun) that who is the most beautiful woman on the earth, Sun can't able to get the answer.Then Indra asked the same question to Chadradev(the moon), he said that Ahilya the wife of Gautam Rishi is the most beautiful woman residing at the confluence of the Yamuna and Tamsa. Hearing this, Indra was overtaken by lust and made up his mind to aquire Ahilya by hook or by crook.
Unbecoming of the King of the Gods as his intentions were, Indra entered the Ashram (hermitage) of Gautam at midnight and mimicked the call of a cock. Unaware of the wicked designs of Indra, Rishi Gautam set out to bathe in the Ganga as usual, believing it to be dawn.
Finding Ahilya alone at home, as soon as the sage left, Indra knocked on the door and impersonating Gautam, tried to bluff her. Ahilya was a pious hearted lady. She sensed the evil designs of Indra and cursed him, turning him into a leper with a thousand eyes.
Meanwhile, Gautam reached the Ganga and entered the holy water for a bath. The river Goddess was pleased with the punctuality and devotion of Gautam. She asked him to return home immediately as his wife was in trouble. The Rishi turned back in a hurry, leaving behind his Kamandal (sacred pot). Later, the Goddess Ganga herself returned the Kamandal, filling it with holy water, which was set up in the Ashram in the form of a sarovar (tank).
Those who took a holy dip in the tank would earn the same blessing as one who has had a holy dip in the Ganga. Since then, this place, which is about 8 kms. from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Saharanpur Road, has become a holy bathing place of religious importance. Thousands of devotees visit the spot in April and October, when a big fair takes place here.
Kunjapuri Fair-

This fair is held in October on Jyestha Dashmi, every year, during the Navratras at Narendra Nagar. Over fifty thousand people gather here to participate in various activities. Display of skill and strength by the youth, handicrafts and handmade articles are the main attractions of this fair.

Surkhanda Devi Fair-

The Surkhanda Devi Fair is held on the Ganga Dussehra or Jyesth Navami day at the Surkhanda Devi temple, located at a distance of 33 kms. from Mussoorie, the famous hill station in Dehradun District.The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga and is an important centre of pilgrimage. It can be reached by trekking about 2 kms., from Kaddukhal via Dhanolti on the road to Chamba. The worship of the Goddess is the main attraction of this fair. Besides folk music and dance, traditional handicrafts are also on display. The famous mountain top shrine at an altitude of 2,903 mtrs., In the mid of a dense forest. Surkhanda Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This temple was originally uilt in 13th century. A beautiful architecture depicts the unique hill-style. Every year, a fair is held in the month of May June, during Ganga Dussera.

Lakhwar Mela -

This village fair is held during Sept.- Oct. and is very popular in the area neighbouring Chakrata, 78 kms. from Mussoorie. The fair is a manifestation of the customs and traditions of the Garhwalis. Activities include cultural programmes and sport competitions.

VISIT TEHRI- (A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE)

TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/519 Delhi – Rishikesh – Narendra Nagar – New Tehri – Old Tehri – Rishikesh - Delhi


Day:1- Delhi- Rishikesh-
Morning departure from Delhi to Rishikesh. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening celebrate the arti on Ganges. Overnight at the hotel.
Day:2-Rishikesh-Narendra Nagar-
Morning visit Ghats and ashrams. Drive to NarendraNagar. On arrival check in to the world famouse spa centre & hotel Ananda Spa. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 3-Narendra Nagar
Whole day at your relaxation for Spa, Jacuzzi and ayurveda massage. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 4-Narendra Nagar-New Tehri.
Morning breakfast then drive to New Tehri. Visit to Kunjapuri temple, SDurkanda Devi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 5--New Tehri-Old Tehri
Morning breakfast then drive to Old Tehri- The city which is under water due to the construction of “TEHRI DAM”. Visit the Dam. Evening return to New Tehri. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 6--New Tehri- Rishikesh
Morning breakfast then drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check in to the hotel Rest of the time at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 7- Rishikesh-Delhi
Morning drive to New Delhi. On arrival transfer to international airport for onward journey.

PAURI GARHWAL (A SCENIC VIEW)
The Land of Pauri Garhwal is blessed with splendid view of snow-bound peaks of Himalayas, scenic valleys & surround ings, meandering rivers, dense forests and hospitable people with a rich culture. Diverse in topography, the district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills of the ‘Bhabar’ areas of Kotdwara to the soul-lifting meadows of Dhudatoli, sprawling at an altitude of 3,000 meters. Which remains snow-bound during the winter months. Filled with places of tourist interest, most locations in Pauri Garhwal offer a breathtaking view of the snow laden Himalayan Splendour. District Pauri Garhwal which is surrounded by the districts of Chamoli, Nanital, Bijnor, Haridwar, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal,offers a panoramic view of the great Himalayas form it's towns and villages. The majestic Himalaya and it's mountain range can be seen from anywhere in the district.
The Pauri City which is situated at an altitude of 1814 Mts. above the sea-level on the northern slopes of Kandoliya hills is the headquarters of the District Pauri Garhwal and the Garhwal Division. Headquarters of all Govt. departments are located in the city Pauri .
Pauri also provides a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks of Nandadevi & Trisul,Gangotri Group,Thalaiya- sagar,Neelkanth, Bandar Poonch, Swarga-Rohini, Kedarnath, kharcha Kund, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Ghoriparvat, Hathiparvat and Sumeru etc.

PLACES TO VISIT-NATURE PARADISE

KHIRSU- The snow-covered mountains of Khirsu offer a panoramic view of the Central Himalayas and attract a large number of tourists. From here one can get a clear view of many named & unnamed peaks. Located 19 kms. Away from Pauri at an altitude of 1,700 mts., khirsu is a peaceful spot, free from pollution. Only the chirping of birds breaks the tranquility of the adjoining thick Oak and Deodar forests and apple orchards. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit. Accommodation is available at the Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House.

DHANAULT I -

Doodhatoli situated at an altitude of 3100 mts., is covered with dense mixed forest. Thalisain is the last bus terminus (100 kms from Pauri), from where Doodhatoli is at a distance of 24 kms by trek. One of the most picturesque places, it commands a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding area. The indomitable freedom fighter of Garhwal, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali, was enamoured by the place. As was his last wish, a memorial in his name has been erected here after his death. A humble but bold memorial in his name creates a ‘never say die’ atmosphere under the tall Oak trees.

BINSAR-

Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2480 m and is at a distance of 114 kms from Pauri. Set amidst dense forest of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron, it is a celebrated place of worship and natural beauty. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is of archaeological significance. Thalisain, 100 kms from Pauri, is the last bus stop. From here a 22 kms bridle path leads to Binsar.
ADWANI- Connected by a well-maintained 17 kms long road from Pauri, Adwani is an ideal picnic spot, as it is surrounded by thick forest and devoid of the hustle & bustle of the town. There is a Forest Rest House where one can stay.
TARA KUND- Situated at a height of 2,200 m, Tara Kund is a picturesque spot amidst lofty mountains in the Chariserh development area. A small lake and an ancient temple adorn the place. The Teej Festival is celebrated with great gaiety when the local people come here to worship and pay homage to God.

WILD LIFE - CHILLA
Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, a heaven for animal watchers is just 8 kms from Haridwar and 21 kms from Rishikesh. Located on the banks of the Ganga River in the heart of Shivalik hills, Chilla is a part of the famous Rajaji National park. The fauna include Elephants, Spotted Deer, Stag Deer, Neelgai Bull, Wild Bear, Fox, Porcupine, Jungle Fowls and Peacocks. Beside these, migratory birds are also seen on the river Ganga. There is a Tourist Rest House in addition to a Forest Rest House.

DHIKALA -

Dhikala tourist place is a part of famous Jim Corbett National Part, the first national park of India. The entrance in this place can be made as per rules of Jim Corbett Park during opening season of the part from mid November to mid August. This part is famous for its bio-diversityand wildlife. Jim Corbett Park has a total area of 1318.54 square km. Out of which 912.67 square km. comes in district Pauri Garhwal. Dhikala is generally overloaded on New Year day, Holi, Bhaisakhi and weekends by tourists from all over India, which come here to natural beauty, wild life and bio-diversity.

ADVENTURE SPORTS IN PAURI REGION


Most upcoming phenomenon around the world is 'Adventure Tourism', and Pauri is a paradise of adventure seekers interested in sports like- Trekking, Moonlight Trekking, Cycling, Jungle Camping, Wildlife Adventure, Aero- sports, Angling, Rock-climbing, Rafting etc.

 

As far as exposure of Pauri in context to tourism is concerned, it's almost negligible. Department of Tourism, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar has taken the initial step towards this direction by introducing, Cycling and Rock-Climbing Camps in association with Department of Tourism, Government of Uttranchal. Few other private entrepreneurs have also entered the field towards promotion of tourism in Pauri District.

Department of Tourism, University of Garhwal, is one of the pioneer institutes in the field of human resource development for tourism trade. We are in this field for the last 27 years, established in the year 1976 with a Diploma course. In the year 1991, with the efforts of faculty members the initiative was taken and the centre entered into the global market of tourism education by introducing for the first time the ‘Master of Tourism Administration’ (MTA) programme (2 year full time with 4 semesters), the course of its own kind and crowned itself by becoming second in Asia, were a course on tourism at masters degree level was started with 32 modules.

Besides theoretical classes a care is taken for multi-dimensional grooming of students, and the present festival is one of such examples.

Activities

1. Cycling to various selected trails ( Khirsu, Adwani Ghurdauri)

7. Preparing local cuisine*

2. Rock Climbing

8. Interacting with locals*

3. Slide Show

9. Aero Sports*

4. Jungle Camping

10. Mountaineering

5. Camping tools & techniques

11. Nature Walk

6. Cleanliness Program

12. Jungle Safari

(* Special Interest Program)

 

Treking

1- Binsor Trek

Binsor is situated at an altitude at 2480mt. and is at a distance of 134 kms from Pauri. set amidst dence forest of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendro is a celebrate place of workship. The temple dedicated to Lord shiva is of archaeological significance. the central room of the temple is beautifully adorned by the idolsof ganesh, Her Gauri and Kans Mardini. Thalisain, 104 kms from Pauri, is the last bus stop.

About trek

From thalisain, the trek trails begin through very rich forest of Deodar, Pine and Oaks, all brimming with wildlife. this trek is full of life and it is assured that one will enjoy the scenic beauty through the trek.

Part-I

Day 1

Pauri to thalisain (drive to Thalisain 104 km.), Lodges & Hotels

 

 

Day 2

Thalisain to Piersain (13 km trek, Overnight at camp),  Camping

 

 

Day 3

12 km. trek to Binsor (Overnight at camp), Dharamsala and Camping

 

 

Part II

Binsor-Garisain trek

20 km trek to Gairsain near Adibadri via bhramddungi

2- Doodhatoli Trek

Doodhatoli, Situated at an altitude of 3100 mt, is covered with dense mixed forest. Thalisain is the last bus terminal (104 km. from Pauri) from where Doodhatoli is at a distance of 24 km. by trek. It is one of the most picturesque places and offers a panaromic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding areas.
The indomitable freedom fighter of Garhwal, veer Chandra Singh Garhwali was enamoured by the place. As was his last wish a memorial in his name has been erected here after his death. A humble but bold momorial in his name creates a 'never say die' atmosphere under the taill Oak trees.

Accessibility

Pauri

Thalisain

104 kms (drive), Lodge, Hotels

Thalisain

Peersain

(11km trek), Camping

Peersain

Binsar

(11km trek), Dharamsala and Camping

Binsor

Doodhatoli

(12 km trek), Camping

3-Hariyali Devi trek

Hariyali Devi temple is situated at the height of 1480 Mt, a confluence of pristine beauty and religious fervour. Hariyali Devi is thronged by tourists and pilgrims in large numbers during janamasthami and deepawali.

Day 1  

Pauri to Dabrukhal (Drive) 43 km, Camping

Dabrukhal to Mojkhal (Trek) 6 km. Camping

Day 2  

Mojkhal to Bhenswara to Hariyali Devi (trek),

13 km.  Dharamsala and Camping

4-Gujurugahri Trek

Day 1

Pauri to Thalisain to Bajroan to Liskot to Kingorikhal  (Drive), Camping

 

Day 2

Kingorikhal to Gujurugahri (Trek) 4 km. Camping

5-Tara Kund Trek

Situated at a height of 2,200 mts, Tara Kund is picturesque spot amidst lofty mountains in the Charisirh development area. A small lake and an anciet temple adorn the place. The teej festiwal is celebrated with great gaily when the local people come here to worship and pay homage to God.

Day 1

49 km trek to Pathani, Dharamsala and Camping.

Day 2

9 km trek to Tara kund, Dharamsala and Camping

Pauri

Pathani 49 km (Drive)

Pathani

Sirtoli 4 km (Trek)

Sirtoli

Tara Kund 5 km (Trek)

Cycling

One of the latest concepts of adventure in Garhwal Himalaya is Cycling at an altitude of 1800mt and above. The route has been notified by the Department of Tourism, Garhwal University, Srinagar. One can enjoy the picturesque view of Himalaya from this route. The undulating route passing through extremely dense forest of Oak, Blue Pine and Rhododendron can reward the tourist with memories to enjoy in future. The solitude and tranquility of the area gives peace of mind and soul. For more details contact at-

                      MAJOR HORIZON’S TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN KUMAON REGION .

NAINITAL-
Historical Background
Nainital is referred to in the ‘Manas Khand’ of the ‘Skanda Purana’ as the Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, the lake of the three sages , Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, who were reputed to have arrived here on a penitential piligrimage and finding no water to quench their thirst dug a hole and siphoned water into it from Mansarovar lake in Tibet.

The Second important mythological reference to Nainital is as one of 64 ‘Shakti Peeths’.These centres were created wherever parts of charred body of Sati fell, when Lord Shiva was carrying around her corpse in grief. It is said that the left eye (Nain) of Sati fell here and this gave rise to patron deity of town Nainital. It is said that the lake is formed in the emerald eye shape . Naina Devi temple is located at the northern end of the lake. Thus name of Nainital derivated from Naina and the Tal (Lake).
Getting There
Air
The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar, abut 70 Km away. Pantnagar is conected with Delhi and Lucknow airports by regular flights.
Rail
The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam (35 km) which is connected by trains from Delhi, Howrah, Mumbai, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The narrow gauge trains come from Lalkuan which is 55 kms from Nainital.
Road
Nainital is connected to the cities of Uttaranchal by the extensive roadways network. The city is connected to NH 87. Regular buses run from Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Haridwar, Lucknow, Kanpur & Bareilly. Besides, luxury coaches are available from Delhi for Nainital. Distances of some major cities from Nainital are Almora- 64 Km, Kathgodam- 34 Km, Bareilly- 140 Km, Lucknow- 400 Km, Agra- 403 Km, Delhi- 310 Km, Dehradun- 300 Km and Haridwar- 245 Km.

Tourist Attractions
Tallital and Mallital
The lake in the middle of the city is the main attraction of Nainital. The lake at south end is called Tallital and at north end is called Mallital. The city of Nainital is developed around this lake. The lake offers yatching and cool boat rides in its waters. A unique feature of the lake is that it hosts the only Post Office on a lake bridge in whole world. An evening walk on the road, on the banks of the lake, gives an unforgettable experience.

Sattal
Literally meaning seven lakes is a group of small lakes nested together, about 23 kms from Nainital at an altitude of (1370 MT) still untouched by modernisation, one can see the natural beauty at its best.
Naini Peak
Five kilometres from the lake lies the Naina Peak. It is the highest peak bordering the lake. A popular picnic spot, the peak offers a panoramic view of the resort and a stunning view of the Himalayas including Nanda Devi and the mountains on the Tibetan border.

Hanuman Garhi
Three kilometres south of Tallital lies Hanuman Garhi, where there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The place is also a good spot for viewing the sunset.

Naukuchiatal
About 4 kms from Bhim Tal lies the mystique lake with 9 corners. Surrounded by dense forested hills on all sides it provides solace from the maddening rush of the plains.

Accommodations
Nainital, the famous hill resort, has the best of stay facilities in Uttaranchal. High end as well low end hotels are sprawling in and around the city. KMVN has established several guest houses and tourists rest houses in Nainital, which offer standard stay facility.

RANIKHET-
Set on an altitude of 1824 m, the inimitable Ranikhet, is also called Queen's Meadow. The place is extremely beautiful and amongst the perfect places in Uttaranchal to spend a summer holiday. As per history, Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev, loved this place so much that she made it her abode. Since then, this place came to be known as 'Ranikhet', meaning Queen's (Rani) Field (Khet). Ranikhet is also a cantonment, established in 1869, when the British troops selected it as a hill station. Ranikhet is full of dense forest. The bazaars of Ranikhet looks unusual. Located on the slope of a mountain, this bazaar looks like a hanging garden. Since it is on a steep slope, it is called "Khadi bazaar", Khadi meaning steep in the local lingo. The roads in Ranikhet have been built in accordance with greenery, that the nature does not gets disturbed. In nut shell, one can say that Ranikhet has all the positive qualities to be amongst best hill stations of India.
Getting There
Air

The nearest airport is the Pantnagar airport, at 112 Km, from where one can easily get taxis and buses for Ranikhet.
Rail
The nearest railheads are Kathgodam (80 Km) and Ramnagar (96 Km). Kathgodam has direct trains to New Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Bareilly, Howrah and other major cities. Taxi and Buses are available from Kathgodam to reach Ranikhet.
Road
The road network of Uttaranchal connects Ranikhet conviniently to the major cities of state and neighbouring states. Some of the major distances are: Nainital- 54 Km, Almora- 49 Km, Kathgodam- 80 Km, Kausani- 62 Km, Ramnagar- 90 Km, Karnaprayag- 136 Km, Pithoragarh- 169 Km, Bareilly- 181 Km and Delhi- 340 Km.

Places of Attractions
Chaubatia

Chaubatia is a perfect place to view the Himalayas. The place is 10 Km from Ranikhet. Set amidst gardens, the point provides a clear view of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti and Nilkanth peaks. The place also serves as a picnic spot.

Bhaludam
The surroundings here are amongst the largest Horticultural gardens of India. A Government Fruit Research Centre is located here. The complex has four fruit gardens, a Fruit Research Centre, a fruit sales depot and a cafeteria. Spanning over an expanse of 265 acres, 36 varieties of apples are grown here.

Nanda Devi Mela
A fair of great religious and cultural significance, Nanda Devi fair is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of Goddess Nanda and Sunanda. Nanda Devi Mela is held as a symbol of prosperity, both material and spiritual, of the hill regions. The Nanda Devi Mela is held at Almora, Nainital, Nauti, Dandidhara, Munsyari & Ranikhet, of which the Almora and Ranikhet fairs are the most famous.

Upat and Kalika
With one of the best 9 hole golf course in the country, Upat is a boon to the Golf enthusiast. With the added attraction of private orchards, the Golf ground forms a picturesque location. A beautiful snowcapped mountain peak is seen on the other side of the Golf link at Upat. One kilometre away is Kalika, the famous temple of Goddess Kali. From Kalika a 45 minute drive away, through misty, pine forests is another temple, the Binsar Mahadev.

Dwarhat
38 Km from Ranikhet, Dwarhat used to be capital during the rule of Katyuri Dynasty. There are 55 ancient temples here, built during 11th to the 16th century.

Shitalakhet
35 kms from Ranikhet, Shitalakhet offers a panoramic view of snow-capped peaks of Himalayas. Overnight stay is possible here in hotels, tourists bungalows and government guest houses. This small place is a heaven for the trekkers.

Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ranikhet is summers, ie, March to June and September to November. During December to February there is snowfall, and the monsoon sets in from July to August.

Accommodations
Ranikhet, being a prime tourists destinations has the best of stay facilities. One can find star rated hotels, luxury and economy hotels in the town. The city is bustled with big and small hotels and restaraunts, always eager to welcome tourists.
ALMORA-
Almora is one of the three hill districts of Kumaon. The other two being Nainital and Pithoragarh. It is the cultural capital of Kumaon. Almora is also referred to as the unspoilt child of nature. It is situated on a three-mile long horse saddle-shaped ridge and is surrounded by four hill ranges - Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Shayahi Devi and Katarnal. The three peaks have temples of Goddesses while Katarnal has an ancient Sun temple worth visiting.
Almora is one of the most beautiful places in Kumaon region. The glamour and glitter which is prominent in Ranikhet and Nainital is totally absent in Almora. In this view Almora is very virgin hill-station and is full of scenic beauty. It appears that mother nature has spread and blessed this place with her pure love. Nestled in the lap of nature this region has small houses built on the slopes and splendour of this place are added colourful attire of the natives. Just besides city flows the Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali) rivers. Almora is a town in the shape of a horse shoe. It is on a 5 km long mountain range. It has its own historical, cultural and political importance. Once upon a time, it was the capital of Kumaon. It was set up by King Balo Kalyan Chand in 1563.The descendents from the Kyutar dynasty and the Chand dynasty ruled here in the old times. The forts, other historical monuments, courts and governmental offices are still present today. The two rivers, Kaushik (Koshi) and Shalmali (Suyal) flow near the town. The snow capped peaks of the Himalayas look like a long train of ice and snow from here.

Getting There
Air

127 km from Almora, Pantnagar is the nearest airport. Taxis and buses ply from Pantnagar to Almora very frequently.
Rail
Kathgodam (90 Km) is the nearest railhead with connection to Delhi, Howrah & Lucknow.
Road
Buses connect Almora with Kathgodam, Nainital (66 km), Ranikhet, Pithoragarh (122 km) & Delhi (380 km) directly. There is also direct connection to Nepal oorder, Banbassa (7 hours). Buses depart at a regular interval, every half of an hour for Kathgodam (3 hours). It takes about 2 hours to travel to Nainital & 4 hours to Pithoragarh. Infact road transportation is the most convenient way to travel to Alrnora.

Tourist Attractions
Public Museum
Near Almora bus stand is the Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum. This museum provides a deep insight of the development of art, culture, life style of this region. It has a very rich collection of items relating to Archaeological, Historic and cultural significance. This museum has unique collection of 'Apen', a folk style of painting. One can have a good view of the various aspects of this style painting.

Bright End Corner
Almora is 2 kms away from here. A highlight of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Close by is the Vivekananda Library which has many books on literature. A little away is the Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.

Katarmal
This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. 7 Km away from Almora, this historically important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.
Nanda Devi Temple
This ancient temple is one of the main attraction of Almora town. This temple is hundreds of year old and carries deep faith of many people from this area. The images and statues on walls of this temple are intricately and delicately carved. They are very attractive and almost true to life depiction has been done. Every year a fair, Nanda Devi Fair, is organized here. People from all over the place come and participate in this fair. Groups of young men & women dance on the pulsating music of the mountains.

Best Season
March to June and September to November are the best seasons to visit Almora. Almora is worth visit all over the year, barring the monsoon season.

Accommodation
Like any hill station, Almora also has vast choices for stay. One can opt for luxury, economy and budget hotels, apart from Government owned lodges and tourists bunglows.

KAUSANI

Kausani (1890 m) is a celebrated spot for its scenic beauty enroute to Baijnath and Bageshwar. Nature has bestowed its beauty to make it a spot par-excellence. Mahatma Gandhi, wondered if the scenery was to be surpassed by any of the beauty spots of the world. The close and captivating view which Kausani offers of the silvery majesty of the great Himalayas kindles hope even in the greatest pessimist and enlivens the worst of the depressed feelings. Several snow-capped peaks stand astride in a stately row over 300 kms in length shining against the pure blue of the sky making the Kausani horizon an enviable spectacle.
Mahatma Gandhi, during his stay at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the 'Gita-Anashakti Yoga' inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. Mahatma Gandhi was impressed so much that he started calling it Switzerland of India”. The guesthouse where Mahatma Gandhi stayed is now known as the Anashakti Ashram. A serene and peaceful atmosphere prevails at the Ashram. There is yet another popular Ashram known as 'Lakshmi Ashram' established by late sister 'Sarla Ben', an American who had been a faithful follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Lakshmi Ashram prepares young girls and women for the national service. Hindi poet-laureate Sumitra Nandan Pant was born at Kausani. Some of his early poems composed here have described the nature in its manifestations. Kausani is ideal for those who seek an escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet holiday in the lap of Nature. Indeed, Kausani is a veritable heaven of beauty to which an excursion must be made while visiting the Kumaon Hills.

General Information

Altitude: 1890 m. Temperature: Summer-Minimum 10° C to 26° C. Winter - 15° C to 20 ° C.
Rainfall: Minimum 1777 mm Maximum 3048 mm.
Best season to visit: September to April.
Clothing: Summer -light woollen or cotton.
Winter - Heavy woollens.
Language spoken: Hindi, English and Kumaoni.


How to Reach

Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar (150 kms) connected by Air service with Delhi.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Kathgodam (145 kms) via Almora.
Road: Some of the roads connected to Kausani are: Almora (53 kms), Kathgodam via Almora (145 kms), Kathgodam via Ranikhet (163 kms), Ranikhet (79 kms), Nainital via Almora (120 kms), Nainital via Ranikhet (138 kms) and Bageshwar (39 kms).


Where to Stay
Government Accommodation: State Bungalow, Forest Rest House and Tent Colony. Hotel: Pine View Hotel and Anashakti Yoga Ashram.


General Information

Government Accommodation: State Bungalow, Forest Rest House and Tent Colony. Hotel: Pine View Hotel and Anashakti Yoga Ashram.

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the closest proximity of Ramnagar (Nainital) is the majestic Jim Corbett National Park. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, the park is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park (named in the honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces). After independence, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952 but was finally changed to Jim Corbett National Park in 1957, named after the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. India's first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger, Corbett supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park in 1973 and this park was one of the first such tiger reserves in the country.


Flora in Jim Corbett Park

The varied topography comprises hilly and riverine areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines. The lower areas are almost completely populated by Sal trees. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50 mammals species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.


Major Wildlife Attractions - Corbett National Park

Corbett is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal.
Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga river shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial, Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.


Other Attractions In Corbett Park

Ramnagar : Situated in the rich farm belt of Terai, on the southeastern fringes of the great forests, the busy market town of Ramnagar is the main administrative centre for Corbett National Park and Project Tiger. Ramnagar makes a fishing base camp. At Lohachaur, 15-kms north along the River Kosi, good anglers are in with a chance of landing the legendary Mahseer, a redoubtable battling River Carp. Permits to have a go must be sought from the Project Tiger office in Ramnagar; most resorts also arrange all inclusive fishing trips.
Wildlife Viewing : Chital, Sambar, and various other Deer species find refuge in the Savannah grasslands known as the Maidan, behind the campsite to the south, and Tigers are occasionally drawn in looking for prey. Two hour elephant rides, explore this sea of grass, rarely penetrating far into the deep jungles beyond; try to convince your Mahout or Elephant driver to venture in, as they can be quite magical. Come at dusk or dawn; in the heat of the day you probably won’t come across much more than deer among the tall grass. Tiger-sightings are few and far between, but you may be rewarded with fresh pug marks.
Jeep Safari in Corbett : Jeeps Safari, is the most convenient way to travel within Corbett national park, and can be rented for the park trips from Ramnagar, from the KMVN Tourist Lodge and other travel agencies. One bus each day goes to Dikhala from Ramnagar, stopping at the Forest Rest houses en route. Banking and other important tourist facilities are available at Ramnagar.
Note : Bring binoculars, remain quiet, and don’t wear bright colours or strong perfumes.


Best Time to Visit - Jim Corbett National Park

The best visiting season of Corbett is from November 15 to June 15. Corbett remains closed between June 16 and November 14, when the monsoons flood the river beds and cut the fragile road links. However the park has been thrown open for the public on October 15 this year (2004).


How to Get there

Air : Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50-kms is the nearest airport. Delhi at a distance of 300-kms is the nearest international airport.
Rail : Ramnagar is on the broad gauge track from where the road transport options have to be availed to reach the park. For faster trains and connections to other parts change at Moradabad.
Road : Dhikala is 300-kms from Delhi, 145-kms from Lucknow and 51-kms from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The turn off is some 7-kms beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Lucknow spans Bareilly–Kichha–Rudrapur–Doraha–Kashipur. Ramnagar is served by frequent buses to and from Nainital and Ranikhet, 112-kms north. Buses arrive every half hour or so after the eight hour trip from Delhi; Delhi Transport corporation run a semi deluxe service, and most of the alternatives are pretty basic.


General Information

Entry Inside The Corbett National Park : Visitors are advised to reach the gate half an hour in advance to complete the formalities for entry into the park.
Tourist Information Centres : All visitors to Corbett National Park have to obtain permits from the park administration centre at Ramnagar. The closest of the various gates into the Corbett national park, 1-m from central Ramnagar, is on the road to Bijrani camp, 11-km away, a base for day trips. Dhangarhi Gate, 18-kms along the highway north to Ranikhet, provides access to the northern and north western portion of the Jim Corbett Park along the Ramnagar River valley, and to the main camp of Dhikala.

MUKTESHWER, NAINITAL

Set amidst the conifer forests and fruit orchards, Mukteshwar offers the most enchanting view of the Himalayas and its snow bound peaks. It is situated at an altitude of 2286 m, 51 km from Nainital. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest it was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking long ranges of Himalaya. Old temple of Lord Shiva exists on the top of a hillock.

Jim Corbett, the world renowned hunter and nature lover came to shoot a tiger here and fell in love with its natural beauty.
Away from the popular hill station environ, Mukteshwar is pure magic. Abundant with apple, plum, peach and apricot trees, this place is a hidden beauty, mostly unexplored.
The snow clad Himalayan peaks can be seen from Muktesthwar. Among the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar are Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli.
The most enchanting thing about Mukteshwar is its serenity and tranquility. The vastness of nature in the background of a boundless sky and mighty Himalayas provides an air, that's oozing out the elixir of life. The place surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking long ranges of Himalayas.
Because of the hilly topography, agriculture in the area consists chiefly of potato fields and fruit orchards on terraces cut into the hillsides.
The town of Mukteshwar is associated with a legend of Shiva who gifted immortality or Mukti to a demon here.


Places to see in Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is a quiet paradise. On the sunshine days you can easily see the surrounding peaks with your naked eyes, stretching upto the far borders of Nepal. You can trek to your heart's content, visit the local temples or do absolutely nothing, just enjoy the bliss around.
Mukteshwar Temple: This place got its name from the ancient Shiva temple atop a hill. There is an ashram on the hill, with a hermit living there. Mukteshwar Temple is at an altitude of 2,312 m and can be approached by stone stairs. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and has a lingam made of white marble. The idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Ganesh, Nandi and Hanuman surround the lingam. Next to the temple is the Chauli Ki Jali. It is a natural latticework on the rock. It is a belief that barren women are blessed with kids if they touch this jali.
Ramgarh: Ramgarh is a small and beautiful hill station and tourist destination on the way to Mukteshwar (25 kms from Mukteshwar). Ramgarh is rich in fruit orchards.This serene place is situated at an altitude of 1789 mts.An unobstructed view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from this place can be seen.The place was once the cantonment of the English army.The famous poets Rabindra Nath Tagore and social worker Narain Swami had established their ashrams over here. There is also a library dedicated to famous writer Mahadevi Varma, who got the idea of writing Lachma, the famous story, in Ramgarh.
Chauli ki Jali: A fascinating rocky cliff behind the Mukteshwar temple. Leaning on the edge of the cliff you can have a view of your lifetime of the surroundings and the far off peaks. But be careful. This particular place is worth a visit. According to local belief, if you make wishes here, they are fulfilled.


Where to stay in Mukteshwar

- KMVN Tourist Rest House
- PWD Guest House (Jim Corbett stayed here).

- Many private hotels are also offering accommodations in and around Mukteshwar

 

TOUR TO KUMAON - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/520 Delhi – Nainital – Ranikhet – Almora – Ramgarh – Mukteshwar - Delhi



Day 01   Delhi - Nainital (300 kms / 6.5 hrs).

Drive to Nainital- the beautiful lake district of Kumaon. After settling into hotel,visit the shimmering mountain lake for boating or sailing and the bustling mall for local action. Nainital is at 6400 feet asl is quieter. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02   Nainital  Discover these quaint hill towns. Excursions on foot or horses within Nainital to Snow View (7500 feet asl) or Dorothy’s Seat, Tiffin Top for Himalayan views or near Nainital to Kilbury, Naukuchiatal, Sattal, Khurpatal, Bhimtal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03   Nainital – Ranikhet (60 kms / 2 hrs) - Leave Nainital after a relaxed breakfast and reach Ranikhet .Local sightseeing. Overnight at Ranikhet.
Day 04   Ranikhet. Local sightseeing and excursions. Overnight at Ranikhet
Ranikhet: At 6000 feet asl, it is a serene and peaceful hillstation foreshadowed by conifer forests and surrounded by snow clad Himalayan ranges from the Bhagirathi peaks in the west to Nanda Kot in the east. Ranikhet also offers golfing at the 9 hole Army Course besides being known for the orchards of Chaubatia and Jhoola Devi Temple.
Day 05   Ranikhet - Almora
(70 kms / 2 hrs) Leave Ranikhet after a relaxed breakfast and reach the resorts in Almora (5800-6300 feet asl) by lunch time. After settling into the resort imbibe the essence of another natural jewel of Kumaon. Take a short hike to a local Kumaoni village for a taste of the local culture. Overnight at Almora .
Day 06   Almora . Local sightseeing and excursions. Overnight at Almora
Almora: Drive upto Jhandi Dhar (8000 feet asl) within the Binsar Sanctuary for a majestic view of the Himalayan panorama - the snow clad peaks of Kedarnath, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot are visible from here. The beautiful forests of Himalayan oak and rhododendron are excellent for walks and soft treks. Nearby is the Chitai or Golu Devta Temple revered by the local population and 30 kms away is the magnificent, 10th century temple complex of Jageshwar dedicated to Lord Shiva, set amidst thick deodhar woods.
Day 07   Almora  - Ramgarh or Mukteshwar (90-125 kms / 2.5–3.5 hrs). Leave Almora / Binsar after a leisurely breakfast and enter the picturesque fruit basket of Kumaon – Ramgarh / Mukteshwar. Local sightseeing. Overnight at Ramgarh / Mukteshwar.
Ramgarh – At 5900 feet asl, in the foothills of the Himalayas, this is a picturesque hamlet in the heart of apple, plum, peaches and apricot orchards. It is an ideal place for long walks, to let your creative juices flow or just unwind or introspect.
Mukteshwar At 8000 ft, this is an idyllic sojourn in the lap of the mountains and rolling meadows. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest it provides a majestic view of the Himalayas. It is popular for the century old Shiva Temple, Chauthijalli rock formations, Angora wool sheep farm, rejuvenating forest walks and enchanting sunsets.
Day 08   Ramgarh or Mukteshwar – Delhi (350 kms / 8 hrs). Depart from Ramgarh or Mukteshwar after breakfast. Reach Delhi in the evening.   We leav you here but  the memories remain !   

LEGEND OF KUMAON - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/521 Delhi – Corbett – Ranikhet – Nainital – Bhimtal - Delhi


Day 01 Delhi - Corbett

(265 kms / 6.5 hrs). Leave Delhi at 7 A.M. Reach the resort at Jim Corbett National Park – famed for the Royal Bengal Tiger - at 1.30 P.M. After settling into deluxe hotel, catch the afternoon jeep safari inside the Tiger Reserve for wildlife viewing. Overnight at Corbett.

Corbett Tiger Reserve :

India's first national park, cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas at 3300 feet asl, spreads over an area of 520 sq km. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the entire length of the Park. Corbett has the highest density of tiger in India. Other carnivores include the leopard, elephant, bear, deer. Basking along the banks of the Ramganga are the slender snouted gharial and the marsh crocodile. There are watch towers, elephant safaris and jeep safaris for wildlife viewing.

Day 02 Corbett National Park.

Take the morning safari inside the Wildlife Sanctuary for your tryst with the big cats. Elephants are also available for dense jungle safaris on a first come first serve basis. Those interested in angling can try hooking the mahsheer fish for sport. Birding treks and horse safaris are also exciting options for the enthusiasts.
In the evening, swap tall tales with fellow guests around a bonfire. Overnight at Corbett.

Day 03 Corbett -

Ranikhet (105 kms / 3 hrs). Leave Corbett after a late breakfast. Reach Ranikhet – the forested and serene town in Kumaon - at 1 P.M. After settling into deluxe hotel, discover the romantic pathways thru pine, deodhar, oak forests and perhaps catch the sun disappearing beyond the horizon. Overnight at

Ranikhet-

Ranikhet: At 6000 feet asl, it is a serene and peaceful hillstation foreshadowed by conifer forests and surrounded by snow clad Himalayan ranges from the Bhagirathi peaks in the west to Nanda Kot in the east. Ranikhet also offers golfing at the 9 hole Army Course besides being known for the orchards of Chaubatia and Jhoola Devi Temple.

Day 04 Ranikhet-

Wake up to catch a beautiful view of the Himalayan Ranges. Discover this quaint hill town. Ranikhet offers golfing at the 9 hole Army Course besides being known for the orchards of Chaubatia and Jhoola Devi Temple. An old church runs as a factory, with the war widows of the Kumaon Regiment Centre operating looms to knit Australian Merino wool into shawls. Overnight at Ranikhet.

Day 05 Ranikhet - Nainital or Bhimtal (60 kms / 2 hrs)-

Leave Ranikhet after a relaxed breakfast and reach Bhimtal or Nainital - the beautiful lake district of Kumaon - by lunch time. After settling into deluxe hotel, visit the shimmering mountain lake for boating / sailing and the bustling mall for curios. Overnight at Nainital or Bhimtal.
Nainital is at 6400 feet asl and Bhimtal at 4525 feet asl is quieter.

Day 06 Nainital or Bhimtal-

Excursions on foot or horses within Nainital to Snow View or Dorothy’s Seat or Tiffin Top for Himalayan views or near Nainital to Kilbury, Naukuchiatal, Sattal, or Khurpatal. Overnight at Nainital or Bhimtal.

Day 07 Nainital or Bhimtal – Delhi

(310 kms / 7 hrs). Depart from Nainital / Bhimtal after breakfast. Reach Delhi in the evening.
we leav you here but the memories remain !

ROMANTIC KUMAON - TOUR CODE :- HH/HSP/522 Delhi – Corbett – Almora – Binsar – Bhimtal – Naukuchiyatal - Delhi


Day 01 Delhi - Corbett

(265 kms / 6.5 hrs). Leave Delhi at 7 A.M. Reach the resort at Jim Corbett National Park – famed for the Royal Bengal Tiger - at 1.30 P.M. After settling into deluxe hotel, catch the afternoon jeep safari inside the Tiger Reserve for wildlife viewing. Overnight at Corbett.

Corbett Tiger Reserve:

India's first national park, cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas at 3300 feet asl, spreads over an area of 520 sq km. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the entire length of the Park. Corbett has the highest density of tiger in India. Other carnivores include the leopard, elephant, bear, deer. Basking along the banks of the Ramganga are the slender snouted gharial and the marsh crocodile. There are watch towers, elephant safaris and jeep safaris for wildlife viewing.

Day 02 Corbett National Park

Take the morning safari inside the Wildlife Sanctuary for your tryst with the big cats. Elephants are also available for dense jungle safaris on a first come first serve basis. Those interested in angling can try hooking the mahsheer fish for sport. Birding treks and horse safaris are also exciting options for the enthusiasts.
In the evening, swap tall tales with fellow guests around a bonfire. Overnight at Corbett.

Day 03 Corbett - Almora / Binsar

(145 kms / 4 hrs). Leave Corbett after breakfast and reach the resorts in Almora (5800-6300 feet asl) / Binsar (7000 feet asl) by lunch time. After settling into the resort imbibe the essence of another natural jewel of Kumaon. Take a short hike and perhaps catch the sun disappearing beyond the horizon, leave the sky ablaze as an artist's canvas.
In the foothills of the Himalayas with spectacular views, beautiful deep valleys, this is a picturesque hamlet. It is an ideal place for an idyllic sojourn in the lap of the mountains, amidst verdant forests, terraced fields and emerald meadows.
Overnight at Almora / Binsar.

Day 04 Binsar

Local sightseeing and excursions.

Almora / Binsar: Drive upto Jhandi Dhar (8000 feet asl) within the Binsar Sanctuary for a majestic view of the Himalayan panorama - the snow clad peaks of Kedarnath, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot are visible from here. The beautiful forests of Himalayan oak and rhododendron are excellent for walks and soft treks. Nearby is the Chitai or Golu Devta Temple revered by the local population and 38 kms away is the magnificent, 10th century temple complex of Jageshwar dedicated to Lord Shiva, set amidst thick deodar woods, consisting of 124 exquisitely carved temples.
Overnight at Almora / Binsar.

Day 05 Almora-Binsar. Village Walk and Home Stay

During the next two days you take soft hikes through terraced fields and forests to a local village and spend the night there. The guided trek begins and ends at the Resort in Almora / Binsar. The concept of the "Village Trek“ is unique as it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villager. Overnight stays in the village houses gives you a chance to experience their warm and genuine hospitality. The accommodation is rustic but clean and has all the basic amenities.
The walks end at a different village each afternoon. The village houses have been partially renovated and toilets and bathrooms added without spoiling the ambience. After a day’s walk you can freshen up with a hot bucket bath. Food is cooked hygienically and mineral water is provided. In the cold season the houses are heated with bukharis (stoves fired with wood).
Overnight at the village home.
(You also have the option of taking a day trek to the Kumaoni village, interacting with the local denizens, having lunch at a village home and returning to the Resort for the night).

Day 06 Almora-Binsar. Village Walk and Home Stay

Walking on the old village trails you pass through picturesque villages with slated roofs, where the houses have wonderfully carved doors and windows, along terraced fields, waterfalls and winding streams, past old flour mills and pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests. The Himalaya and valley views along the ridges are magnificent. If you can make it between mid February and April you will be rewarded with the lovely sight of the rhododendron flowers in bloom. En route you get to visit ancient temples, between 1000 to 1200 years old. The walks vary from gentle to slightly steep and are suitable for every person moderately fit and take you between 1450m to 2250m (4800-7500 feet).
On arriving freshen up and enjoy a welcome drink while traditional Kumaoni food is cooked by the villagers. Stretch out with refreshments in a quaint, stone garden, overlooking small fields. The landlord while preparing the dinner hops in and out of his fields to get fresh vegetables and herbs for your meal. Guests are welcome to watch and help! Relax, chat with the locals listening to tales of the past. On the last evening after a delicious dinner you can enjoy an evening of traditional Kumaoni folk dances and music with a bonfire (at extra cost).
Overnight at the village home.
(You also have the option of taking a day trek to the Kumaoni village, interacting with the local denizens, having lunch at a village home and returning to the Resort for the night).

Day 07 Binsar

After breakfast, leave the village home and drive back to the resort at Almora / Binsar in time for lunch after having experienced the heritage of Kumaon and the village culture. An evening for relaxation and introspection on the many hues of life.
Overnight at Almora / Binsar.

Day 08 Binsar - Bhimtal or Naukuchiyatal

(24 kms / 1/2 hr). Leave Almora / Binsar after a leisurely breakfast and reach Bhimtal or Naukuchiatal. These are quaint little hamlets with the tranquility of mountain lakes as their main attraction.
Naukuchiyatal and Bhimtal are at about 4525 feet asl.
Bhimtal with its picturesque lake, popular for boating, perked by an island (for enjoyable picnics) is believed to be full of Mahabharata legends. Bhimtal also offers many opportunities for bird watching.
Naukuchiatal, the deepest and by far the most picturesque lake in the Kumaon region derives its name from the nine corners which came together to form it. In Naukuchiatal you can also indulge in Mahasheer fishing and paragliding.
After settling into deluxe hotel, visit the shimmering mountain lake for boating.
Overnight at Bhimtal or Naukuchiatal.

Day 09 Bhimtal or Naukuchiatal

Catch the bird trail through the forest or sink a hook in the lake for the big fish or try to meet the eagles while paragliding.
Overnight at Bhimtal or Naukuchiatal.

Day 10 Bhimtal / Naukuchiatal –

Delhi (300 kms / 7 hrs). Depart from Bhimtal / Naukuchital after breakfast. Reach Delhi in the evening.
we leav you here but the memories remain !

BEST OF GARHWAL & KUMAON TOUR CODE :- HH/HSP/523 Delhi – Mussoorie – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Corbett- Ranikhet – Kausani – Nainital - Delhi


Day 01 Delhi – Mussoorie

( 280 kms / 6.5 hrs). Leave Delhi at 6 AM. Reach Mussoorie (6600 feet / 2000 meters asl) at 1 PM. After lunch, explore this hill-town, one of the nearest to Delhi. Overnight at Mussoorie.

Mussoorie:

Towering over the Doon valley is the Queen of Hill Stations, Mussoorie. Mountain mist, old architecture, the riot of flowers transport one to an era of romance from long, long ago. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere. There are also some interesting walks around Mussoorie and other attractions here are the Ropeway ride to Gun Hill - the second largest peak here; Kempty Falls - a pretty waterfall located in a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains.

Day 02 Mussoorie

Today, take an excursion, 33 kms away, to Dhanaulti and the ancient mountain top shrine of Surkhanda Devi, climbing upto 9700 feet / 2940 meters. Enchanting view of conifer covered hill slopes, deep valleys and snow capped mountains leave an indelible impression on one's mind.
Overnight at Mussoorie.
Day 03 Mussoorie – Haridwar or Rishikesh (85-110 kms / 2-3 hrs). Leave Mussoorie after a leisurely breakfast to reach by lunch time, the holy twin towns of Haridwar or Rishikesh, back in the foothills, through which the holy Ganga river (Ganges) flows. Experience the feeling of spiritualism and all that India is known for - from the holy Ganges, evening arti and pooja by the banks of the Ganga river, plethora of temples to its sadhus, yoga, meditation ashrams.
Overnight at Haridwar or Rishikesh.

Day 04 Haridwar or Rishikesh - Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary

( 220 kms / 6.5 hours). Drive through rural towns, cultivated fields and bullock-cart India to reach the exciting Tiger Reserve named Corbett National Park after the famous hunter and conservationist, Jim Corbett (Carpet Sahib!). After settling into deluxe hotel, catch the afternoon jeep safari inside the Tiger Reserve for wildlife viewing.
Overnight at Corbett.

Corbett Tiger Reserve:

India's first national park, cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas at 3300 feet asl, spreads over an area of 520 sq km. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the entire length of the Park. Corbett has the highest density of tiger in India. Other carnivores include the leopard, elephant, bear, deer. Basking along the banks of the Ramganga are the slender snouted gharial and the marsh crocodile. There are watch towers, elephant safaris and jeep safaris for wildlife viewing.

Day 05 Corbett National Park

Take the morning safari inside the Wildlife Sanctuary for your tryst with the big cats. Elephants are also available for dense jungle safaris on a first come first serve basis. Those interested in angling can try hooking the mahseer fish for sport. Birding treks and horse safaris are also exciting options for the enthusiasts.
In the evening, swap tall tales with fellow guests around a bonfire.
Overnight at Corbett.

Day 06 Corbett - Ranikhet or Kausani

(95 - 135 kms / 2.5 - 4 hrs). Leave Corbett to reach your next destination in time for lunch. Drive through the spectacularly changing vistas, climbing up close to the snowcapped peaks.
After settling into the resort imbibe the essence of another natural jewel of Kumaon. Take a short hike to a local Kumaoni village for a taste of the local culture.
Overnight at Ranikhet or Kausani.

Day 07 Ranikhet or Kausani

Local sightseeing and excursions. Overnight at Ranikhet or Kausani.
Ranikhet: At 6000 feet / 1820 meters asl, it is a serene and peaceful hillstation foreshadowed by conifer forests and surrounded by snow clad Himalayan ranges from the Bhagirathi peaks in the west to Nanda Kot in the east. Ranikhet also offers golfing at the 9 hole Army Course besides being known for the orchards of Chaubatia and Jhoola Devi Temple.
Kausani: At a height of 6250 feet / 1890 meters asl, it offers a spectacular 300 kms wide view of the Himalayas and walks in the thickly wooded area. Offers interesting excursions to the 12th century Baijnath Temple by the Gomti River and to Patal Bhuvneshwar with its enchanting underground cave temples.

Day 08 Ranikhet or Kausani - Nainital

( 55 - 115 kms / 1.5 - 3.5 hrs). Leave after breakfast to reach Nainital – the beautiful lake district of Kumaon - by lunch time. After settling into deluxe hotel, visit the shimmering mountain lake for boating or sailing and the bustling mall for local action. Nainital is at 6400 feet / 1940 meters asl.
Overnight at Nainital.
(One can also choose to stay at Almora-Binsar instead of either Nainital / Ranikhet / Kausani. From here, excursions to Binsar Sanctuary, Chittai (Golu Devta) and Kasar Devi Temple and the ancient Shiva temple town of Jageshwar can be undertaken.)

Day 09 Nainital Discover this quaint hill town. Excursions on foot or horses within Nainital to Snow View (7500 feet asl) or Dorothy’s Seat, Tiffin Top or near Nainital to Kilbury, Naukuchiatal, Sattal, Khurpatal, Bhimtal. Overnight at Nainital.

Day 10 Nainital –

Delhi ( 326 kms / 6.5 hrs). Depart from Nainital after lunch. Reach Delhi in the evening.
we leav you here but the memories remain !

(D)- STUDENTS STUDY TOURS IN INDIAN UNIVERSITIES.

Horizon Holidays presents the various Unversities study tours to the students from abroad and India as wel. Students may visit and can get the various important and beneficial informations regarding their study and subjects from the Universities/Colleges. In past years lots of students came in their study tours through Horizon Holidays and visited various Universities in different-different destinations. Students come from UK. USA, CANADA, SINGAPORE and other countries through Horizon Holidays and get it make happen their ambitions in their study tours.

There are certain eminent and popular Universities in India where the students can get the informations regarding their study matters.

1-DELHI UNIVERSITY- (D.U.)-

The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty.

The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly.

Only three colleges existed then in Delhi: St. Stephens College founded in 1881, Hindu College founded in 1899 and Ramjas College founded in 1917, which were affiliated to the University. The University thus had a modest beginning with just three colleges, two faculties (Arts and Science) and about 750 students. In October 1933, the University offices and the Library shifted to the Viceregal Lodge Estate, and till today this site is the nucleus of the University (Main Campus).

Apart from central administrative offices, examination offices and the sports complex, the main departments of the Faculty of Science are housed in the Viceregal Lodge Estate.Sir Maurice Gwyer, who was the then Vice Chancellor, realizing the importance of a distinguished faculty, searched for talent all over the country and brought men of eminence to this University, such as Prof. D S Kothari in Physics, Prof. T R Sheshadri in Chemistry, Prof. P Maheshwari in Botany and Prof. M L Bhatia in Zoology. Over the last even decades the University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are 14 faculties, 86 academic departments and 79 colleges spread all over the city, with about 2,20,000 students.

In an effort to cope with this enormous expansion, the University in the early seventies initiated a new organizational pattern based on the multi-campus concept. The South Campus made a beginning in 1973 by starting postgraduate programmes in some departments of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in a rented building. The campus acquired land near Dhaula Kuan where the building of Arts Faculty was first constructed. Offices and teaching activities shifted to this campus in 1983. A beginning has been made towards establishing the East and West Campuses of the University. The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Science as its nucleus, while the West Campus will have as its focus on Engineering and Technology. When the University Grants Commission started establishing Centres of Advanced Studies in the country, 6 were awarded to the University of Delhi out of a total of 18 such centres in the early sixties. These were in Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Economics and Sociology. These Centres of Advanced Studies are now the centres of excellence in teaching and research in their respective areas. In addition, a number of these and other University departments received grants under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC in recognition of their outstanding academic work. The University has 15 libraries. These are in addition to Libraries in the Colleges. The University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) has a number of sophisticated research instruments which are used by several departments of the University and by other institutions in Delhi and its the neighbourhood. The University has just completed the implementation of fibre-optic networks on the North and South Campuses.

FACULTIES-
1. APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES
Dean, University of Delhi, Delhi

2. ARTS
Dean, Faculty of Arts Office, Main Adminstration Building,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
3. AYURVEDIC & UNANI MEDICINE
Dean, Ayurvedic & Unani Medicine,
Karol Bagh, New Delhi-110005.
COMMERCE & BUSINESS STUDIES
Dean, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
EDUCATION
Dean, Faculty of Education, 33, Chhatra Marg,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
INT. DISP. & APPLIED SCIENCES
Dean, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Marg,
Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021.
LAW
Dean, Faculty of Law,
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
MANAGEMENT STUDIES
Dean, Faculty of Management Studies,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
Dean, New Academic Block, Adjoining Arts Faculty Building,
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
MEDICAL SCIENCES
Dean, V.P. Chest Institute,
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
MUSIC & FINE ARTS
Dean, Faculty of Music, Mall Road,
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.
SCIENCE
Dean, Faculty of Science,
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Dean, Arts Faculty Building,
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007.

4. TECHNOLOGY
Dean, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Azad Hind Fauj Marg,
Sector 3, Dwarka, New Delhi 110045.

2-BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY-(B.H.U.)

Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in1916 with cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University was created under the Parliamentary legislation - B.H.U. Act 1915. It played a stellar role in the independence movement and has developed into the greatest center of learning in India. It has produced many great freedom fighters and builders of modern India and has immensely contributed to the progress of the nation through a large number of renowned scholars, artists, scientists and technologists who have graced its portals. The area of the main campus of this premiere Central University is 1300 acres, having well maintained roads, extensive greenery, a temple, an air strip and buildings which are an architectural delight. The Air Field of the campus was started for military training for flying during the second world war.
Another campus of the university at Barkachha , in Mirzapur district, covering an area of 2700 acres is coming up. The university comprises 3 Institutes, 14 Faculties 124 Departments, 4 Inter displinary Centers a constituent college for women's and 3 Constituents Schools, spanning a vast range of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities,social science,technology, medicine ,science, fine arts and performing arts. It has 6 centres of Advanced Studies, 10 Departments under Special Assistance Programme and a large number of specialized Research Centers. Four Degree Colleges of the city are affiliated to the University. Bharat Kala Bhavan, the reputed museum of the university, is a treasure trove of rare collections. The 927 bed hospital of the University is equipped with all the modern a menities. The university provides a wide range of facilities for sport and hobbies, has large playgrounds, a big auditorium, a flying club and many auxiliary services and units like Printing Press, Publication Cell,Fruit Preservation Center, Subsidized Canteens, Employment and Information Bureau, Security etc. The University family consists of about 15000 students belonging to all streams of life, castes and religions and races, about 1700 teachers, and nearly 8000 non-teaching staff A large number of students from foreign countries like the U.S.A, the countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa etc., come to study here. The university has taken a leadership role in promoting new ideas, the spirit of integration of the world, and cultivation of intellect and culture. Banaras Hindu University is small virtually the universe in microcosm.

CENTRAL LIBRARY OF B.H.U.-

The Banaras Hindu University Library system, the largest University Library System in the country, germinated from a small but precious collection donated by Prof. P.K. Telang in the memory of his father Justice K.T. Telang in 1917 and housed in the Telang Hall of the Central Hindu College, Kamachha. It was nurtured in its infancy by the renowned historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar. With the University taking shape at its present premises, the library was also shifted in 1921 to the Central Hall of the Arts College (now Faculty of Arts) and then in 1941 to its present majestic building built with the munificent donation from Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda, on the pattern of the great library British Museum in London on the suggestion of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the founder of university, after his return from the Round Table Conference, London in 1931. Its majestic circular Central Hall has been furnished with elegant furniture's made of famous and rare variety of Burma Teak woods. Beginning with a small but precious donated collection, its grew by leaps and bounds with magnificent donations of personal and family collections from many eminent personalities and families like Lala Sri Ram of Delhi, Jamnalal Bajaj of Wardha, Roormal Goenka, Batuk Nath Sharma, Tagore Family collection, Nehru Family collection, etc. amongst a score of others and purchase of books and journals out of the regular fund with the result that it has a collection of around 60,000 volumes in 1931 itself. The trend of donation of personal and family collection to the library continued as late as forties with the result that it has unique pieces of rarities of books and journals dating back to 18th century.
With this sound footings and background, the library took long strides during sixties and seventies in its development and metamorphosed in a system of libraries with the establishment of institute, faculty and departmental libraries during the period. Presently the Banaras Hindu University Library System consists of Central Library at apex and 3 Institute Libraries, 8 Faculty Libraries, 25 Departmental Libraries, with a total collection of over 13 lakh volumes to serve the students, faculty members, researchers, technical staff of fourteen faculties consisting of 126 subject departments of the university.

3- HEMWATI NANDAN BAHUGUNA GARHWAL UNIVERSITY-(H.N.B.G.U.)

The HNB Garhwal University is nestled in the lap of Himalayan ranges in Garwal region. "The Abode of Gods, Devbhumi or Tapobhumi", it how find mention in mythology and religious literature. Srinagar , the Headquarter of the University is situated at 300 13' N /780 46' E in Pauri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand on the bank of river Alaknanda in mid-Himalaya.
Being the royal capital of the erstwhile rulers of Garhwal in the past, variously known as Sripur, Srikshetra and Danush Teertha, it remained capital of Garhwal kingdom till 1805 AD; thereafter the centre of Gorkha rule till 1850 AD and administrative centre of the British till 1890 AD. The historic township enroute to the supershrine resorts of Kedarnath and Badrinath is well linked by road to all the prominent places of the region, including the three rail heads- Rishikesh, Kotdwara and Dehradun. Of late, Srinagar has strongly emerged as a centre of higher learning and research with the establishment of the University.
Inception of Garhwal University on Dec. 1st 1973 was the fulfillment of a long cherished dream of the local people. The university was rechristened as Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1989 in commemoration of the memory of a leading statesman of the country and the son of the soil, Shri Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna.The University is residential cum affiliating in nature, with jurisdiction over seven districts of the region.
FACULTIES IN H.N.B.G.U. SRINAGAR CAMPUS-
Department of Anthropology
Centre for Journalism & Mass communication
Department of Defence & Strategic Studies
Department of Drawing
Department of Economics
Department of Geography
Department of Hindi
Department of History
Department of Home Science
Department of Environment
Department of Mathematics
Department of Music
Department of Philosophy
Department of Political Science
Department of Psychology
Department of Sociology
Department of Yoga
Department of Physical Education
Department of English, Modern European and Other Foreign Languages
BCC Campus, Srinagar :
Department of Philosophy
Department of Sociology
Yoga Centre

Department of Anthropology
Department of Economics
Department of English
Department of Geography
Department of Home Science
Department of Political science
Department of Sociology

Department of Economics
Department of English
Department of Geography
Department of Hindi
Department of History
Department of Home science
Department of Political science
Department of Sanskrit
4- CHHATRAPATI SHAHU JI MAHARAJ UNIVERSITY, KANPUR(C.S.J.M.U.)
In modern times, during the close of the 19th century, the Society for Propagation of Gospel of Christ (S. G. P. C.) successfully introduced the classes of higher learning in its schools in Kanpur. Gradually the demand for institutions for higher education in the fast growing commercial metropolis gained momentum. The Arya Samaj, Sanatandharma and other missions and denominational institutions opened such colleges under the encouraging patronage of the government. The Agriculture College, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Central Leather Institute, Textile Institute and Sugar Institute were also established in course of time. After India became free, further studies were made in the field of education in Kanpur. Institutes of Higher Learning, Like Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College and Indian Institute of Technology were set up.
Even after the setting of these institutions the long cherished desire of the people of Kanpur for getting a university, a real seat of eminence and excellence which could co-ordinate and update the working of the different educational institutions, remained unfulfilled. In the mean time, several academic institutions with much advanced resources and expertise sprung up in different parts of the country. Education and Research has advanced by laps and bounds and Kanpur in comparison looked smaller than before, simultaneously an imperative need was felt by a vast segment of the population of Kanpur for an establishment of learning which could fulfill their academic needs and provide leadership in social, economic, cultural, and technical spheres.
The Radha Krishnan Commission (1949) suggested the establishment of a university at Kanpur as it was felt that the Agra University to which the colleges at Kanpur were affiliated was getting increasingly overburdened. In order to meet the popular demand and to reduce the burden of Agra University, Kanpur University was established by an Act of U.P. State Legislature in the year 1966. Since its inception the Kanpur University has made considerable growth both in the number of the colleges affiliated to it, and the diversification and varieties of subjects taught. Today it has 170 colleges spread over fifteen districts of the state, affiliated to it. About 2.75 Lac students appear every year in the various undergraduate and postgraduate examinations in the faculties of Arts, Commerce, Science, Education, Law, Agriculture, Medicine, Ayurvedic & Unani, Engineering and Technology, Business Management, Life Science, and Advanced Studies in Social Science etc. There is also a centre for Computer Application, Department of English and Education.
The University has been making continuous efforts to improve and upgrade teaching facilities in its constituent and affiliated colleges. For this purpose an In Service Teacher's Orientation and Research Centre' was established in the University with the approval of the U.G.C. The College Development Council was also established. The CDC has been doing useful work by providing facilities to the colleges and procuring U.G.C.'s assistance for the developmental activities and research for the teachers.
The University has been alive to the need of bringing in qualitative changes in its character and during the past eight years it has gradually emerged as a distinctive teaching and research centre. The establishment of a Central Library has fulfilled the much-felt need of providing a reference centre. The opening of M.Phil Classes in the University in English, Education and Commerce, K.N. Kaul Institute for Life Sciences, Institute Of Business Management can be said to be a landmark in the growth of this University as a eminent center of higher learning. These classes comprise the residential wing of the University.
The University administration has been conscious of its social and cultural commitments as well. The establishment of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education in the University, a Population Centre, Planning Forum and Women Study Centre, in one or other of the pioneer institutions of the University have opened a new chapter in linking the University to further extension work. The University is successfully running the M.B.A. classes and has recently established an ambitious Institute of Engineering and Technology in the campus.
During the thirty-seven year of its existence, the C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur has established itself firmly as a quality teaching and research institution. It is fulfilling a great need of education in the State. It is significant to note that from the very beginning the university has adopted a progressive attitude. Besides the provision of instructions through its colleges in various Liberal arts and science, the University has emerged as a Leader in the field of nonformal education. The direction of progress in this regard include adult, continuing education & women studies.
The residential wing of the University and the college constituting the university have established a reputation for organizing high level conference, seminars and symposia. Matters of topical interest with relevance to academic, quality of life and living are discussed. There is an effort to widen the frontiers of knowledge. In this, the university and its affiliated units are immensely assisted by the high traditions of literature, art and culture of this illustrious metropolis. The university subsidizes the visit of the faculty to attend national and international institutions of higher learning. Thus, those engaged in the task of imparting instructions to young students are able to keep themselves abreast of the recent thinking and development in various spheres. The U.G.C. has provided a Computer Centre for efficient university workings and research.
By introducing a three years Degree course, the university has come in line with the other universities in the country. Considerable attention is paid in the university to games, sports, physical education, the National Cadet Corps and the National Service Scheme. The student of the university have excelled in all these fields. The university is consistent in its pursuing directions that such it towards an increased use of Hindi, privileges for the physically handicapped including the blind students & facilities for the scheduled caste, scheduled tribes & the backward class.
DEPARTMENTS-
1-DEPARTMENT OF ADULT& CONTINUING EDUCATION & EXTENSION-
The Department of Adult and continuing Education and Extension provides special attention towards programmes for women, Scheduled Castes / Tribes, the handicapped and people from the rural , urban and slum areas . It also relates directly to the needs, interests, aspirations and life situations of the learners and to the national goals of socio-economic development through a process of linkages with the development programmes. The programmes are aimed at influencing peoples' attitude towards participation in social development . The basic thrust of our department is concentration (sensitization) and involvement of forgotten people in the main current of ’NATIONAL LIFE' .Department also participates in illiteracy removal, a minimum needs programme.
The department offers course 'Post Master Diploma in Adult , Continuing Education and Extension'.
Major focus is given on field work, social work, rural and urban development.
Board of Studies and Academic Council helps in the formulation and implementation of new academic programmes.

2-DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION was started during the 6th Five Year Plan under the Faculty of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences. Presently , the Department of Education is running Master of Education (M.Ed) programme of one year duration on regular basis with the intake capacity of 30 seats . This programme comprises theoretical courses including specialized courses in the disciplines of education and related practical / field work. In addition , research work in the form of a dissertation is an essential part of the programme. The department also conducts (Bachelor of Education) B.Ed. course of one year. The intake is 100 students.

3-DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH-

The Department of English is the oldest department of the University, established with a view to imparting higher education and research in English in 1981. At present, the only course taught is M.A. (English Language & literature). The course is of two year duration. There are facilities for doing research for the degree of Ph.D.The department runs a post graduate course in English Language & Literature. Papers of both language and literature are combined in order to give students an exposure of language along with literary knowledge. The department also conducts Ph.D programme.
Department plans to open M.A. Course in linguistics. The department is planning to start innovative course in Business English which will be of immense value for engineering and management students.
Academic council helps in the formulation and implementation of new academic programmes.

4-Institute of Biosciences & Biotechnology

was established in the year 2001 to provide platform to the various emerging areas of research and to develop expert brains in the field of Micro-biology , Biotechnology , Environmental science & Biochemistry . Presently the INSTITUTE is under self-finance scheme and developing in various disciplines day to day.
The INSTITUTE is having a fine infrastructure and is situated in the center of the lush green premises of the C.S.J.M UNIVERSITY .There are well equipped laboratories with the latest equipments to carry out the basic and advanced experiments in the field of Microbial technology .The INSTITUTE is having mutualistic liasoning with some of the finest institutes/laboratories in the surroundings like I.I.T , I.I.P.R , N.S.I , D.M.S.D.R.E. ,C.S.A , H.B.T.I in KANPUR & C.D.R.I , C.I.M.A.P. ,I.T.R.C. , N.B.R.I. , Biotech park in LUCKNOW.
Including these departments many other departments are there in this University. Student may contact to Horizon Holidays to know more about the other departments of the University.
STUDY TOUR TO UNIVERSITIES—
Horizon Holidays offers you the various package tours to various Universities/Colleges. Some of the popular packages tours are below. One can get the complete information about the packages by contacting or mailing to Horizon Holidays.

STUDY IN DELHI - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/524 Delhi


Day-01 Delhi-

Arrive Delhi international airport then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-02 Delhi University-

Morning breakfast then visit to D.U. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-03 Delhi University-

Morning breakfast then visit to D.U. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-04 Delhi -Local sites visit

Morning breakfasts then students are free to collect the information about the locality and the real touch of the life in different-different places in Delhi city. In the eveninmg back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-05 Delhi –Departure

Morning breakfast then free to shopping and explore the local bazaars. Evening flight to onward journey.

BEST OF GARHWAL UNIVERSITY - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/525 Delhi – Haridwar – Srinagar – Rishikesh - Delhi


Day-01 Delhi-

Arrive Delhi international airport then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-02 Delhi University-

Morning breakfast then visit to D.U. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-03 Delhi –Haridwar

Morning breakfast then drive to Haridwar. On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the time free for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-04 Haridwar –Srinagar(Garhwal University)

Morning breakfasts then students may visit Gurukul Kagri University also. Whole day visit the university’s various faculties, in the evening drive to Srinagar. On arrival check in to the hotel/Lodge/tourist home. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-05 Srinagar (Garhwal University)

Morning breakfast then visit to the main center of University Administartion. Meet to various faculty members and departments with respective subject. Later visit to Chauras Campus. Evening return to the hotel.

Day-06 Srinagar (Garhwal University)

Morning visit to the HARRPC museum in Srinagar and the GLASS HOUSE.Whole day visit. In the evevninmg return to the hotel.

Day-07 Srinagar- Rishikesh

Morning breakfast then free for your leisure afternoon drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day-08 Rishikesh- Delhi

Morning breakfast then drive to Delhi for onward journey.

STUDY IN HOLI CITY BANARAS - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/526 Delhi – Varansi - Delhi


Day-01 Delhi-

Arrive Delhi international airport then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-02 Delhi University-

Morning breakfast then visit to D.U. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-03 Delhi –Varanasi

Whole day visit to various campus of Delhi University. Evening train to Varanasi. Overnight in the train.

 Day-04 Varanasi

Morning arrival in Varansi. Transfer to the hotel. After relaxation visit to Banaras University. Whole day in University Campus. Eevening return to thehotel.

 Day-05 Varanasi

Morning breakfast then visit to Banaras University. Evening return to the hotel.

Day-06 Varanasi

Morning breakfast then visit to Banaras University. Eevening return to the hotel

Day-07 Varanasi- Delhi

Morning free at your leisure then evening train to Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

 Day-08 Delhi-Departure

Morning transfer to International airport for onward journey.

EDUCATIONAL TOUR TO KANPUR - TOUR CODE:-HH/HSP/527 Delhi – Kanpur - Delhi


Day-01 Delhi-

Arrive Delhi international airport then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-02 Delhi University-

Morning breakfast then visit to D.U. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-03 Delhi –Kanpur

Morning departure to railway station for train to Kanpur. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the time free for your relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-04 Kanpur University

Morning breakfast then visit to Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Universaity. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-05 Kanpur University

Morning breakfast then visit to Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Universaity. Whole day visit in different-defferent campus. In the evening back to the hotel.

Day-06 Kanpur-Delhi

Morning breakfast then transfer to station for train to Delhi. On arrival transfer to international airport for onward journey.

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