The source of the river Ganges is one of India’s most sacred spots, and while it is popular with Hindu pilgrims, it is rarely visited by travelers from outside India. High in the Himalayas, the mouth of the glacier opens up into a spectacular ice amphitheatre, as the river cascades from beneath it and flows down to the holy temple at Gangotri.
This is perhaps Soul of India’s most adventurous tour, involving several days trekking in high mountains, side by side with Hindu pilgrims and holy men, from the temple to the foot of the glacier, and further above it to a stunning high altitude plateau.
This tour is perfect for those who wish to mix up some adventure and breathtaking mountain scenery in a fascinating religious studies tour of India. Yogis have been meditating in the mountain caves of this region for thousands of years, and this tour makes a great addition to any of our yoga and meditation holidays in India.
Depart from your home country for Delhi.
We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the day relaxing, or venture out to explore Delhi – a melting pot of diverse Indian religions and cultures, and the perfect starting point to any religious and spiritual tour of India. Overnight in hotel in Delhi.
Morning train to Haridwar, the “Gateway to the Gods” on the banks of the holy river Ganges, and a short onward drive to Rishikesh, loved by the Beatles and a popular spot for yoga holidays in India. Overnight at hotel in Rishikesh.
Explore the town of Rishikesh, were the Ganges emerges blue and clean from the mountains – a good place to learn yoga and meditation for those interested, or just relax and enjoy your holiday on the silver sand river beaches. In the evening wander down to the river for the beautiful aarti prayer rituals.
Morning drive up into the mountains to Uttarkashi (altitude 1,158 m) and visit the Vishwanath temple. Overnight in hotel at Uttarkashi.
Today continue your pilgrimage tour in India and drive further up into the mountains to the village of Gangotri (altitude 3,048 m). Overnight in hotel in Gangotri.
Today we trek up to the source of the Ganges, the glacier at Gaumukh at an altitude of 4000m, a good chance for acclimatization before returning downhill to the camp at Bhojbasa.
Today we leave the trekking trail and trek over the glacier and up to the spectacular plateau at Tapovan, flanked by high mountain peaks. Overnight in tents.
Return trek downhill to camp at Cheerbasa.
After breakfast return trek to Gangotri, and drive back to Uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel at Uttarkashi.
Return drive to Rishikesh, and check into hotel for overnight stay
Spend a day in Rishikesh, relaxing from the trek and the drive, or indulge yourself in a traditional Indian massage to soothe those tired limbs.
No visit to North India is complete without a stop at the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love, so today we drive to Haridwar and hop on the train to Agra, arriving mid-afternoon. Overnight in hotel at Agra.
Taj Mahal, the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the finest sights in the world. Our knowledgeable local guide will give you all the juicy history and stories about this remarkable building – a marble mausoleum which has practically become a pilgrimage site for visitors to India. Also visit the Agra Fort and the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, the “Baby Taj”. Evening train to Delhi, and overnight in hotel in Delhi.
Morning transfer to airport for international departure.