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  1. Garhwal & Kumaon Himalayan Walks With Kumbh Mela - 2021

    10 Days/ 09 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Kumbh Mela Package 2021

    The youngest, largest and highest chain of mountains in the world, the Himalayas is one of the natural wonders of the earth. Cradled within lush sub-tropical forests of the foothills to the bitterly cold high altitude forests, is the bountiful flora and fauna that is a tribute to the nature lover and photographer of the wild. Our Multi-Activity adventure trip aims to provide an insight into the diversity and grandeur of Kumaon. The trip takes you through mysterious thick forests, deep valleys, snow-clad peaks, and the rugged, barren trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker. This is enhanced by the cultural enigma of the land. From the lower altitude wilderness, where every flower truly enjoys the air that it breathes to the rough rocky terrain where the land formations set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. From the first day of the rising sun to evening's deepest glow, the landscape unravels the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The springtide blossoms, the whistling airborne species, the mysterious wild and the picturesque valleys come together to offer a romance hitherto unseen, unheard or untold.

    Kumbh Mela Festival 2021

    Haridwar Kumbh Mela -
    Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held every 12 years in rotation at the four holy places of Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar. It will witness the coming together of millions of pilgrims, accompanied by sadhus and different akharas, to take a dip in the holy River Ganges. The bathing dates for this mega event have already been announced and they are mentioned below.

    Rituals of Kumbh
    Although taking the dip in the sacred waters on all days of Kumbh beginning from Makar Sankranti is considered holy, yet there are some specific auspicious bathing dates. There are magnificent processions of saints and their disciples, members of various Akharas take part in the ritual of Shahi Snan at the start of Kumbh.

    Mythological Significance
    The origin of Kumbh Mela was transcribed by the 8th-century philosopher Shankara. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela points out to the Puranas (compilation of ancient legends). It recounts how Gods and demons fought over the sacred pitcher (Kumbh) of Amrit (nectar of immortality) called the Ratna of Samudra Manthan.

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENTIAL TOUR

    (NANITAL, BINSAR, CORBETT, HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH )INDIA

     

    BEST SEASON - January to May

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 10 Days/ 09 Nights

     

     

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

    * Wildlife Safaris

    * British Era Remenences

    * Ancient Heritage Temples

    * Birding and Nature Walks

    * White Water Rafting

    * Walks & Hikes

    * Spiritual Experience

    * Maha Kumbh Mela 2021

    Haridwar Kumbh Mela Auspicious Bathing 2021 Dates

    January 14, 2021 (Thursday)
    Makar Sankranti Snan
    February 11, 2021 (Thursday) Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)
    February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) Basant Panchmi Snan
    February 27, 2021 (Saturday) Magh Purnima Snan
    March 11, 2021 (Thursday)  Maha Shivratri Pratham Shahi Snan - (Royal Bath) 
    March 28, 2021 (Sunday) Falgun Purnima Snan
    April 12, 2021 (Monday)  Somavati Amavasya Royal Bath
    April 13,2021 (Tuesday)  Nav Samvatsar Snan
    April 14, 2021 (Wednesday) Baisakhi  Pramukh Shahi Sanan (Main Royal Bath)
    April 21, 2021 (Wednesday)  Rama Navami  Snan
    April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)  Chaitra Purnima/Vasishnav Akhara Snan 
    May 26, 2021 (Wednesday) Vaishakh Adimasaha Purnima Snan

     

     

     

     

    Day

    Itinerary

    Distance

    01

     Delhi - Corbett National Park 

     (300Kms/ 7Hrs) 

    02

     Morning Jeep Safari / Drive to Binsar 

     (150Kms/ 5 Hrs)

    03

    Treks in the Binsar valley

    04

    Drive to Nainital Lake

     (10Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    05

    Hikes in & around Nainital

     (6Kms/ 2 Hors)

    06

    Hikes in & around Nainital

     (8Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    07

     Drive Nainital – Haridwar

     (230Kms/ 7 Hrs)

    08

     Haridwar Old City Walking Tour &  Kumbh Mela Experience

    09

    AM - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town / PM - Kumbh Mela   Experience

    10

    Early Morning Departure to Delhi

     




    Day 1: Delhi - Corbett National Park (300Kms/ 7Hrs)

    Drive to Corbett National Park. The park is named after the famous British hunter Jim Corbett and established in 1935 along the banks of the Ramganga River. It has dense Sal forests spread throughout and also has sub-Himalayan ranges at its background. Corbett National Park is famous for Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Spotted deer, Porcupine, Monitor Lizard, etc.

    Check into the hotel. After lunch, we leave for Jungle Jeep safari right inside the Heart of Reserve Forest Core Zones and have a view of flora and fauna and if You are Lucky, then the great Tiger. Return back to the hotel with great experience in the national park. In the evening, enjoy beach volleyball on the banks of the river.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

     (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

     

    Day 2: Morning Jeep Safari / Drive to Binsar (150Kms/ 5 Hrs)

    Before Breakfast, we go for a game drive in the National Park

    Post breakfast drive to Binsar (5hrs drive).

    Arrive at the hotel and check-in at the Himalayan lodge

    After lunch, we visit an NGO. It is a cooperative of village women who use their traditional skills to produce beautiful products from high-quality raw materials. These creations are versatile and range from imaginative and high-quality shawls and pareos to unusual accessories and luxurious covers and textiles. The products range from Carpet, Pashmina works & woolen products), also one section of handicraft work of jute (like – bags other things).

    We go for a hike to a famous local Temple. It is a highly worshiped temple of the Kumaon Region. Devotees throng from all over India here. After crossing some beautiful Pine Forests and huge mountains, comes this beautiful temple. People hand their griefs and sorrows in the form of letters here. And when their wishes are fulfilled they come back again and hang a bell here as a ritual. One must visit this temple once in a lifetime.

    Return back to the Himalayan lodge/ Hotel

    Dinner and overnight stay at the Himalayan Lodge

     (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

    Day 3: Trek to Ancient Temples

    After Breakfast, we leave for a day-long trek to ancient temples

    Drive back to Binsar in the evening

    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

    The ancient temples - one moves into the beautiful valley and passes by innumerable Deodar trees. Two large fairs are held at the temple - one at the occasion of Shivratri and the other in the month of Shravan (July-Aug). During the fair, people take holy dips in the Brahma Kund (pool) and worship Lord Shiva. On this day, fairs are also held in many other places.

     (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

    Day 4: Drive Binsar – Nainital Lake (100Kms/ 3 Hrs)/ Evening Hike in & around Nainital 

    Enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayan range over morning tea. Post easy breakfast drive to Nainital.

    Arrive by noon and check into the hotel

    We walk down to explore Nainital.

    In the evening we go for a walk through the dense and serene forest.

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner & O/N stay at hotel

     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


     

     

    Day 5: Hike in & Around Nainital

    Witness snow-covered mountain tops emerging from clouds, offering different shades of sunlight and a mirror-like glare from far away. The views today offer an exceptional and bewitching view of the snow-covered Nanda Devi peak, Nanda Kot peak, and the Trishul peak.

    The picturesque landscape that this area exhibit is beyond words. We start a hike located 5 km away featuring ruins & a small waterfall. It is one of the Oldest, Ancient and Unseen places in Nainital If you seek Nature, Peace, History, and Solitude.

    After spending some time at leisure on the mall road, we drive back to the hotel

    Dinner & overnight at the hotel

    (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

    Day 6: Hike in & Around Nainital (8Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    Nainital is one of the famous tourist destinations of Nainital. The aerial view is obviously beautiful with a mighty 360-degree view of the Himalayas on one side, eagle view of Nainital Lake on the other side, and Khurpatal Kaladungi region view on the other side. From this quiet place, mountains of the Tibet border can also be seen. The view invites a lot of trekkers for its high altitude and forests of rhododendrons, cypresses, and soaring deodar that add to the thrill of the trek. The trek offers great exposure to the Kumaon flora and fauna. The trek on one side, trails along the Jim Corbett National park, and the other side give you a splendid view of the beauty Nainital is. The trek is a paradise for trekkers as it throws at you a mix of the trials which is uphill, steep, and beautiful. The forest becomes denser as you move uphill. The 6 km climb can be completed within a span of 1-2 hours. The peak offers fresh air and scenery which feels to be from a different world. With Himalayan ranges on one side, Nainital city and lake on other and picture-perfect greenery all around, the trek is highly rewarding.

    Return back to the hotel for a quiet evening after a great walk. Dinner & Overnight in the hotel 

    (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 7: Drive Nainital – Haridwar (230Kms/ 7 Hrs)

    Early morning post breakfast, we drive to Haridwar

    Check into the Hotel

    In the evening, we go to experience Aarti at Har Ki Paudi Ghat - Haridwar is famous for Har ki Pauri and it's Ganga Aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. Lots of people visit this place for Ganga aarti every day at 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm (Daily). The priests hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lighting ideas on flowing Ganga look so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. This place is famous for its Ganga Aarti at dusk among tourists as well as devotees.

    Check into Hotel & Overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     

     

    Day 08: Haridwar Old City Walking Tour &  Kumbh Mela Experience

    8:00 am - Post early breakfast, we experience a private spiritual ceremony for well being of all guests at the Ganga ghat with the priest

    9:00 am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the old Haridwar Town. Witness Asthi Visarjan- body ashes submersion in the holy River Ganga

    1:00 pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site - Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela (/ˌkʊmb ˈmeɪlə/) is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra).

    2:00 pm - Experience Kumbh–Ganga Snan/ Bath in the River Ganges. Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

    Overnight in Hotel

     Meals: Breakfast Only

     

     

     

    Day 9: AM - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town / PM - Kumbh Mela Experience

    8:00 am - Post early breakfast, drive to Rishikesh town

    9:00 am Enjoy white water rafting

    11:00 am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the ancient Rishikesh Town. Visit Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula bridge- Discover the holy and religious places of Rishikesh in this journey. Visit Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Shivanand Ashram, Paramarth Niketan Temple, Swarg Ashram, Sapta Rishi Ashram, and many other religious shrines. Learn about Hinduism and religious practices practiced here. First, visit this Lakshman Jhula - see the popular hanging bridge across the holy Ganges River. It is 450 feet long and is built at an altitude of 70 feet from the river and is 3 km from the city of Rishikesh. After this, you will see Ram Jhoola - an iron suspension bridge over the Ganges River. Although it is designed for pedestrians, you will find many people riding their bicycles on it. Taste the various flavors of the city. After lunch, Shivanand Ashram, Paramnath Niketan Temple, Swarg Ashram, Ma Anandamayi Ashram, Sapta Rishi Ashram, The Beatles Ashram.
    2:00 pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site

    3:30 pm - Experience Kumbh–Akharas/ Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

    Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 10: Early Morning Departure to Delhi

     

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