Sacred Waters: The Ganges River Journey
Soak in the sacred waters of the legendary Ganges River on a journey that will provide opportunities for contemplation and reflection coupled with classic Himalayan adventure and excitement!
AIRPORT: NEW DELHI
REGION: KUMAON, UTTARAKHAND, NORTHERN INDIA
DURATION: 5 DAYS
BEST TIME: NOVEMBER, MARCH & APRIL
ACCOMMODATION: OWNER RUN LODGES & PRIVATE RIVER CAMPS
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE
If you’ve ever wished to witness the Ganges, we have an itinerary that will exceed your expectations. Our goal is to show you parts of the Ganges we know and love, a place incredibly rich in culture and natural beauty.
Every trip is guaranteed to be led by a Senior river guide with a minimum of 10 years of experience.
Spend three nights camping on pristine sandy beaches.
Witness the ancient practice of evening arti ceremony (prayers) in the town of Haridwar and walk through the mystical land of poets, sacred temples, holy ghats - embankments on the holy Ganga river.
Hike along the beautiful sandy banks of the sacred Ganges RiverAn exciting river journey that includes class 2 and class 3 rapids.
Rappell on the incredible mountain sides along the sacred river bank.
Swim in India’s legendary Ganges River which is known to wash away all impurities and revitalize the soul!
I am writing to say I have arrived back in Tokyo safe and sound, and to thank you and the Himalayan Outback company for the wonderful trip. It really exceeded all my expectations, and was quite literally the experience of a lifetime! The stunning river journey on the Ganges, the scenery and very friendly people all made it quite unforgettable. Ramesh was the very best trip leader and looked after me very well. I must also congratulate your cooks, who created 20+ meals without the food ever becoming boring, which is quite an amazing feat. Thank you very much, and I sincerely hope to use your excellent services again in the future - Adam Guy, September 2009
DAY BY DAY
Day one (1) Arrive at the Glass House
Arrive at Jollygrant (Dehradun) airport by noon where you are met and transferred to the Hotel – Glass House on the Ganges. Spend a quiet evening unwinding and soaking in this tranquil setting with friends and like minded people.
Day two (2): The River Journey Begins!
Depart from your hotel early this morning as you are chauffeured along the Badrinath Highway following Ganges to the starting point of your river journey.
After a safety briefing from your seasoned river-guide you will be outfitted with your life jacket and river gear. Feel energized as you soak in the tranquil setting of this pristine section of river.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Ganges and feel rejuvenated.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on pristine sandy beach as you float into your pre-set private camp and unwind. Enjoy the top-notch service in this breathtaking location.
Day three (3): Explore on foot!
Awaken to the calls of rare birds in this pristine location, and prepare for a beautiful day’s hiking with a hot buffet breakfast served under a canvas canopy.
Enjoy the early morning light on this beautiful drive to the starting point of the day’s hike. Your guide will point out aspects of the flora, birdlife, Himalayan landscape and culture; while your driver will be more than happy to stop over for any good photo opportunities.
Arrive to a warm welcome by our staff after a enriching day’s hiking and exploring. Settle in with a refreshing hot bucket bath and relax with your favourite beverage as you are pampered with scrumptious appetizers and a freshly prepared continental dinner.
Day four (4): A River-journey into Sacred Waters…
After a sumptuous breakfast continue your river journey towards Rishikesh.
Enjoy swimming in the refreshing waters of the Ganges. Float down to end of your river adventure. From here you will be chauffeured to your hotel Aalia, on the banks of the Ganges, remotely situated on the outskirts of the holy town of Haridwar. After settling in depart for the evening Arti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.
Day five (5): Depart
You will be chauffeured back to the airport after breakfast (1-hour)