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                      Uttarakhand: The Great Himalayan Outdoors

India has a range of rivers ideal for multi day river touring. The Ganga, believed to be the 'holiest river in the world'
                                                    and 'the life and soul of India', is by far the most popular. The
                                                    cultural diversity en route, Hindu shrines and temples, the
                                                    friendly & helpful people, the wildlife and avifauna and Gangetic
                                                    dolphin sightings all add up to make this a very special trip.

                                                   River Ganga and Mythology:

                                                   Goddess Ganga was going to descend to earth in a raging torrent,
                                                   the force of which would have crushed the globe. At this Lord
                                                   Shiva decided to receive the power of Ganga's falling waters in his
                                                   matted hair and released them as gentle streams all across the
                                                   region of Uttarakhand. Arising amidst high Himalayan peaks, the
                                                   Ganga’s source is called Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri
                                                   glacier – the point at which Ganga is believed to have descended.

                                                   This is Hindu mythology to a visitor. But for devout Hindus, this
                                                   is more than folklore. For them, the Ganga river is an integral part


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of their lives. The role of the river at the times of birth and death and its role as they live their lives with the inherent
belief of these waters having the power to cleanse their sins make the river an important facet in a Hindu’s life. A
tour down the mystic river Ganges introduces you to the age-old religion and traditions of Hinduism.

Grade              : Easy
Duration           : 6 days & 5 Nights
Season             : September to May

Day 1: Delhi – Haridwar: (Train, Dep. 06:55 hrs, Arr. 11:15 hrs)
        Haridwar - Snow Leopard Adventures Camp (Drive 40 Km/ 1 hrs)

Early morning board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express train from New Delhi Railway Station to Haridwar.
Meet and greet by Snow Leopard Adventures team member at the railway station and drive to the camp
at Shivpuri village (16 kms upstream from Rishikesh).

Upon arrival, camp welcome, orientation talk by the Camp Manager and settle down in the tents.

Camp Panther is set up on 5 acres of terraced fields in Shivpuri village at the foothills of Himalayas. The ridges
surrounding the camp are covered with a thick sal forest. The days at camp are packed with activities while the
evenings are spent relaxing under the thatched golghars (gazebos) or by the swimming pool. The comfortable safari
tents here have attached utilities and power.

Lunch at the camp. Post lunch we leave for a 4 km trek to a Garhwali village. This trek meanders
through the local school and brings you down to a Himalayan stream. You wade through the stream to
cross it and walk back to camp.

Dinner around a merry campfire. Overnight in safari tents.

Day 2: At Snow Leopard Adventures Camp (Yoga, rafting & sightseeing of Rishikesh)

Early morning wake up call followed by a yoga session. Breakfast. Post breakfast, after a thorough safety
briefing by our river guide, we go for an exciting session of rafting on the River Ganga.

Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we go for a short sightseeing trip of Rishikesh and take a walking tour of
the fascinating town of Rishikesh, the spiritual birthplace of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.

Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, Rishikesh is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three
sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The town is sacred to Hindu pilgrims and is often referred to
as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the place where
the Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

After crossing Laxman Jhulla, a suspended bridge across the Ganges, we walk past several temples,
ashrams, and yoga centers to Ram Jhulla - bridges are named after the two legendary brothers Ram and
Laxman from the Hindu Epic ‚Ramayana‛.

At Ram Jhoola we walk down to the ghat for an evening ‚Aarti‛



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In Hindu homes and temples, ‚Aarti‛ ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important part
of the day. The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light
and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up
along the bank of the river and float lit ‚diyas‛ in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of
thousands of ‚diyas‛ on the river is awesome.

After ‚Aarti‛ drive back to the Camp. Overnight in safari tents.

Day 03: At Snow Leopard Adventures Camp (Kunjapuri Trek)

Wake up early in the morning followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we drive for about an hour with a
picnic lunch to Kunjapuri temple, our starting point for the trek.

Set amidst lush green forest, Kunjapuri Temple offers fantastic views of the legendary Himalayan peaks
like Bandarpoonch, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul etc. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga
and thousands travel to this beautiful temple, built on the flattened part of a hilltop, to receive her
blessings.

Picnic lunch. Trek down hill and meet the waiting vehicle at the finishing point and drive back to the
camp for evening tea/ coffee and snacks.

Dinner around a campfire. Overnight in safari tents.

Day 04: At Snow Leopard Adventures Camp (Rafting/ Kayaking &Nature walk):

Morning after breakfast, we go for some more rafting on the Ganges and paddle through three big rapids
called ‘Return to Sender’, ‘Roller Coaster’ (Grade III) and ‘Golf Course’ (Grade IV). We conclude rafting at
Rishikesh. Changing tents are set up at the beach.

After changing, we drive to Himalayan Bear Stream Camp, another Snow Leopard Adventures camp.

Himalayan Bear Stream Camp is tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by towering hills
and a stream flowing through it. The comfortable safari tents here have attached utilities and power.

Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we depart for nature walk along the stream. Evening, return to the base
followed by tea/ coffee with snacks.

Dinner around a campfire. Overnight in safari tents.

Day 5: At Snow Leopard Adventures Camp (Simal khet Trek):

Wake up early morning followed by a yoga session/ warm up exercise/ Nature walk. Breakfast. Post
breakfast, we drive for 15 minutes to the starting point of the trek to Simal khet Village. The trek starts
with an uphill climb for about 30 minutes from where we take a short detour to a nearby waterfall. En
route the waterfall we get to see the stalactites formations.

After spending some time at the waterfall, we get back to the trail and gradually ascend for about 2


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hours. Picnic lunch. The trail now goes past small houses, vegetation and fields till we pass an open
school to reach a small village called Simal Khet. From here it is a downhill trek for another 2 hours
passing through lush green forest slope with thick undergrowth.

We reach back to the camp by early evening followed by tea/ coffee with snacks.

Dinner around a campfire. Overnight in safari tents.

Day 6: Haridwar – Delhi (Train, Dep. 18:20 hrs, Arr. 22:40 hrs):

Wake up early morning followed by a yoga session. Breakfast. Post breakfast, we depart for mountain
biking in the area OR you can try your hand at rock climbing and rappelling on a 30 ft high artificial wall
at the camp.

Lunch at the camp. Post lunch at leisure to play games like cricket, volleyball, frisbee at the camp.

Early evening after tea/ coffee & snacks, transfer to Haridwar railway station in time to board the
Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi.

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LIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
   1. T-shirts/ sweat shirts
   2. Light weight long trousers.
   3. Duffel bag/ Suitcase.
   4. Knapsack to carry your water bottle, camera etc.
   5. Rain gear / poncho.
   6. Light jacket especially for mornings and evenings. – layering system works best.
   7. Two pairs of footwear (One well-worn pair of shoes for hiking and one pair of beach sandals for
       rafting).
   8. Sun glasses, cap, sun block
   9. Retainers for spectacles/ sun glasses
   10. Camera with extra batteries/ memory card.
   11. Torch with extra batteries & bulb.
   12. Reading & writing material
   13. Personal toiletries, small towel & medical kit
   14. YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR!

Rafting Outfit:
     Shorts/ tights
     Synthetic T – shirt
     Cap & light wind cheater
     Beach sandals with straps
     Life jackets, helmets & paddles will be provided by us for rafting.

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Supplements:
   1. Single Tent                                            Per Tent
   2. Train Fare (Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi sector)           Per Person
   3. Flight fare (Delhi-Dehra Dun–Delhi sector)             Per Person
        [NOTE: AIRFARES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS PER AIRLINE NOTIFICATIONS]

The above price is valid from September 15, 2009 to May 2010 and includes the following services:
    Assistance on arrival & departure at Haridwar Railway Station/ Dehra Dun airport.
    All land transportation including transfers using Non A/ C vehicle (Scorpio/ Innova car)
    Complete boarding and lodging in tents on twin/ double sharing basis
    All meals with tea / coffee & snacks
    Bottled Water in tents
    Bar-be-cue on the last night
    Campfires every night
    Sodas & soft drinks in the camp around the campfire
    All adventure activities at the camp.
    Use of equipment and services by our trained guides for outdoor activities
    Government Service Tax @ 2.58% payable to Government of India.

The above price does not include the following services:
    International airfare and airport tax
    Passport fee, visa fee, fee for inoculations and health certificates.
    Travel insurance including baggage insurance, hospitalization, medical evacuation and air
       evacuation incase of emergency.
    Any services in Delhi (Accommodation, transportation etc).
    Train fare/ Domestic within India – (See supplement price).
    Single room accommodation – (See supplement price).
    Any meals or optional trips other than specified above.
    Any en-route or personal expenses such as alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, telephone calls,
       tips & gratuities, laundry etc.
    Personal equipment like clothes, shoes, daypacks, medical kit etc.
    Any exigency expenses due to reasons beyond our normal control
    Video camera/ still camera charges at the monuments or any other item not specified above

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