Gharwal is perhaps one of the most sacred and mystical destinations in northern India, a fascinating area from a naturalistic point of view with pastures, forests and the majestic peaks of Shivling and Nanda Devi. Area particularly sacred to Hindus and home of the gods, it is also the place where the sacred Ganges is born, from various sources such as that of Gangotri. Here the countless pilgrims who come from all over India and the world come to pray at the sacred springs, so full of life, humanity and mysticism.

1st day Italy – Delhi

Departure from Italy with scheduled flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

Arrival at the airport and meeting with our correspondent. Transfer to the hotel. After breakfast, visit of Old and New Delhi: Jama, one of the largest mosques in the world, the Red Fort, a red sandstone building, seat of the dynasty of Mughal emperors, the Gandhi Museum and the Government Palace. In the afternoon visit the Qutab al-Minar minaret and the Humayun Tomb: complex of buildings built in Mughal architectural style inside which is the tomb of Emperor Humayun. Overnight at Hotel.

Day-3:  Delhi- Haridwar- Rishikesh 

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi train station. Journey on the “Shatabadi Express” to Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar, transfer by private means to Rishikesh: a city surrounded by beautiful hills and crossed by the sacred Ganges. Rishikesh is famous for the numerous ashrams present here and in particular for those where yoga is taught. In the evening, visit the Triveni Ghat to witness a very impressive ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-4:  Rishikesh – Uttarkashi

After breakfast, transfer to Uttarkashi (about 6-7 hours). The road soon leaves the windy plain towards the ancient capital of Garhwal at the foot of the Himalayan mountains called Tehri. From here you follow the river, which in this stretch is called Bhagirathi, through the countryside interspersed with typical Garhwali villages. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5 Uttarkashi – Gangotri 

From Uttarkashi, the road climbs up to Gangotri (3140m): a complex of houses and ashrams built around the ancient temple which celebrates the descent to earth of the goddess Ganga. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6 : Gangotri-Chirbassa 

From Gangotri begins the trek to the sources of the Ganges. On the way you meet numerous pilgrims: men and women of all ages and social classes. Walk the path for 4 hours in the direction of Chirbassa. Overnight at the camp.

Day 7 : Chirbassa- Bhujbassa  (3875m) 

Departure for Bhujbassa. The panoramic and wide path climbs with a regular slope between conifers and Deodora cedars. As you go up in altitude, this vegetation gives way to birch trees and, almost at the height of the glaciers, to flowery meadows. Overnight at the camp.

Day- 8: Bhujbassa-Gaumukh-Tapovan 

We leave for Gaumukh “The mouth of the Cow. This route is frequented by Hindu pilgrims and sadhus, whose ashrams are scattered around the glacier and the source of the sacred river. At the bottom of the valley appear the mountains of the Bhagirathi massif (6856m, 6512m, 6454m). After the springs, the path becomes less marked and zigzags up the moraine on the right side of the Gangotri glacier, finally reaching the Tapovan plateau. Overnight at the camp.

Day 9 : Tapovan

Free day to discover Tapovan (4463m) located on a plateau between peaks and ice, certainly a place of incredible beauty. In the center of the plain, next to a small lake, among the erratic boulders, stand some stone ashrams inhabited by the sadhus. Overnight at the camp

Day-10 : Giorno Tapovan -Nandan Van 

After breakfast, walk along the path that leads to Nandan Van where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Bhagirathi mountain group, which can be reached by crossing the Gangotri glacier. Overnight at the camp.

Day 11 :Nanda Van – Bhujbassa

After breakfast, begin the trek back to Bhujbassa. Overnight at the camp.

Day- 12: Chirbassa – Gangotri

Overnight in a Guest House, accommodation in a double room.

Day -13 Gangotri – Uttarkashi

After breakfast transfer to Uttarkashi. Along the road that always runs along the river, you pass by the sulfur springs of Gangnani. Overnight at Hotel.

Day-14: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh – Haridwar

After breakfast transfer to Haridwar. In the evening at the Har ki Pauri ghat, considered the exact place where the Ganges enters the plain and where it forms a sort of pool known as Brahmakund, we will witness one of the oldest and most extraordinary prayer ceremonies in India. Overnight in hotel, accommodation in double room. Overnight.

Day -15:  Haridwar-Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the train station. Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day -16 : Delhi  

Transfer to the airport depending on the time and boarding the flight to Italy.

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