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Uttaranchal Trip

Uttaranchal TripUttrakhand - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adversing mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifestyle is what that distinguishes Uttarakhand from rest of the world. This trip takes you to the less frequented but highly picturesque highlands of Uttrakhand.

Day 01 : Board Shatabdi Express from New Delhi Railway Station at 6.55 am and leave for Haridwar. Reaching there by 11.25am you will be received by a waiting taxi and driven to Khirsu (4hrs,130kms)
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.

Day 02 : Khirsu – Syalsaur , 2.30 hrs, 65 Kms.
Situated at the bank of river Mandakini on the way to Kedarnath Syarsaur is lovely hamlet and just the right place to break the journey. Accommodation at the small but beautiful huts of GMVN Rest House.

Day 03 : Syalsaur- Chopta- Auli, 6hrs, 140 kms.
After an early breakfast you leave for Chopta As the morning sun rises at a height of eleven thousand feet, the landscape emerges, changing color with each passing moment. Grey first, it slowly transforms into orange from pale yellow. It’s time to wake up and so the bird king of the high Himalayas, Monaal, takes a swift flight from the rocky outcrop into the valley. We reach Auli by afternoon and check in at the GMVN Rest House.

Day 04 : Auli
Also known as a skier’s paradise, Auli has one of the best slopes in the world to take up winter sports activities. The 3km long slope ranges from 2519 m to 3049 m offers a magnificent panoramic view of great Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi (7817m), Kamet (7756m), Mana Parvat (7273m) and Dunagiri (7066m). You could reach Auli from Joshimath (1890m) by taking an enchanting 3 km ride on the world’s most highly situated and longest ropeway (cable car).

Day 05 : Auli – Gwaldam 165 Kms 5 hrs
Gwaldam with its salubrious climate is a little heaven nestling in the words. In this area, upto Talwari, there are several orchards - generally of apple. This place gives an awesome view of the Himalayan peaks mainly Trishul, Nandaghunti and others. We check into a private hotel with the rooms facing the ranges.

Day 06 : Gwaldam- Baijnath- Vijaypur 70 Kms 3 Hrs
We take the picturesque drive from Gwaldam to Vijaypur stopping at Baijnath, a cluster of Ancient Temples. In Kumaun socio cultural region, Baijnath is one among remote antiquity and of historical importance. The remnants of those glorious days lies at the bank of the Gomti river in the form of a group of temples. The temple is famous for it's ancient and magnificent stone idol of the Hindu goddess Parvati.

From Baijnath you drive further to Vijaypur, a beautiful hamlet at an altitude of 2000 mts. Set amidst pine forests and tea plantation Vijaypur gives a spell bounding view of the Central Himalayan peaks - Nanda Devi, Trishul Panchachuli and much more. You check into Wayfarers Retreat an Eco Resort with beautiful hut accommodation, warm welcoming staff and personalized services.

Uttaranchal TripDay 07 : Vijaypur-Munsiyari 120Kms 5 Hrs
The initial drive from Vijaypur to Munsiyari is pleasant - against the backdrop of the spectacular Himalayan ranges there are quaint villages at intermittent points till Thal where you cross the flowing Ramganga. Thereafter the route follows the river and gradually the climb begins. Beyond Girgaon the land scape changes dramatically and you are now in magnificent mountain country. Sharp rock faces, hairpin bends, blooming rhododendrons and, sometimes, patches of snow are there to greet you. At 9000ft the road touches Kala Muni temple from where you descend into a different land that has totally different topography and where you meet different people. At Munsiyari you check into Wayfarer Mountain Resort. The Wayfarer Resort Munsyari offers a mix of seven Kumaoni log huts and five Swiss cottage type tents.

Day 08 : Munsiyari
There are a few places in the world that defy description. You only have to get there to experience their uniqueness. Munsyari is one such place. Hidden away amongst the mountains in India's border district of Pithoragarh at a height of 2290 mts Munsyari is probably the closest you can get to experiencing the Greater Himalayas from hand
shaking distance. At Munsyari you have the majestic Panch Chulli peak towering all of 22600 feet right in front of you.

Day 09 : Munsiyari- Binsar 190 Kms 7 hrs
You climb back to Kalmuni and drive past Berinag, Seraghat to reach Binsar which is a bird sanctuary as well. Binsar, once the summer capital of the Chand Rajas (7th to 8th centuries) is located at a distance of 34 kms from Almora. It is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas and a well acclaimed hill resort. Binsar is an idyllic hamlet whose chief attraction is the panoramic view of the Himalayas -a 300-km stretch of famous peaks which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli. In olden days, the devout came to pray at the Temple of Bineshwar (an aspect of Shiva) built of by Raja Kalyan Chand. Binsar hills known as Jhandi Dhar, rising to a height of 2412 m, offer an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon Hills and the greater Himalayas. You check into KMVN Rest house.

Day 10 : Binsar- Nainitaal 90 Kms 3 Hrs
From Binsar you drive down to Almora and continue to the famous hill station of Nainitaal which is a famous tourist destination in the newly formed state of Uttaranchal. At an altitude of 6360 feet above the sea level, Nainital makes a vibrant mark in the field of tourism due to its picturesque natural beauty. The Naini Lake remains a centre of attraction and also the major source from which the town gets its name.

The Hilly City is a perfect enchantment for those who seek seclusion amidst the nature's creations. The City boasts of its richness of vegetation and is one of the most favoured hill towns in India. Also a famous adventure destination, Nainital has many sporting and adventure facilities.

Day 11: Nainitaal – Kathgodam Delhi 1.30 hrs by Road, overnight by train.
After a leisure afternoon you drive to Kathgodam , the nearest rail head to board the Ranikhet Express for Delhi at 8:40 p.m. Overnight journey by train, reaching D elhi by early dawn at 5.15 a.m.. Trip Concludes.
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