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Almora
Badrinath
Dehradun
Haridwar
Joshimath
Kedarnath
Mussoorie
Nainital
Pithoragarh
Ranikhet
Rishikesh
Roorkee
Rudraprayag
Uttarkashi
Yamunotri

Excursion

“An ideal opportunity to experience Uttaranchal’s rich cultural, natural and spiritual heritage”

The Corbett Hideaway & The Corbett River View Retreat, Corbett National Park Corbett National Park
The land of Roar, Trumpet and Song

Jungles full of intrigue..
Spine chilling tales of a hunter’s bravado..
Nature’s orchestra, nestling in trees..

An unknown bridge swinging lightly over the incessant journey of a river.. Our properties, a stone’s throw from the Park offers a complete wildlife experience with Jungle safaris, Nature Walks and Intensive Bird watching itineraries. Also available are exclusive dedicated adventure trails on Elephant/ Horse Back.

Nainital
An experience to reawaken the pleasure of living with a trek in the mountains, a golfing date at the regal 100-year old Raj Bhawan Golf Course, a special cultural evening featuring performances by traditional Kumaoni artists or just an ideal hill resort for relaxation. Nainital – the emerald green eye of Kumaon hills is a photographeLaxman Jhoola In Rishikeshr’s delight, an artist’s dream and a writer’s inspiration.

Rishikesh
Rejuvenate your body, calm your mind & uplift your soul! Enjoy a vacation in serene atmosphere of white sandy beaches along the holy river Ganges that re-kindles the spiritualism within. The sinful attraction of white water rafting in Grade III and Grade IV rapids is too much and all will fall in testing this resolve. The adjoining Rajaji National Park is yet another experience for nature lovers.

Ramgarh
Feel the tranquility of leisure in the shadows of the mighty snow capped Himalayas and experience the strolls through temperate virgin forests of Oak, Deodar and Fir. The site is located amidst the famous orchards of the Kumaon fruit belt and is an ideal spot for a change from the cacophony of cities.

The Hari Ganga Haveli, HaridwarHaridwar
Our new destination for the complete holistic experience, is located in the holy city of Haridwar (the Abode of the Gods & the Gateway to Heaven). The Haveli Hari Ganga is a beautiful heritage “Haveli”, located on the banks of the Holy Ganga, a mere 500 meters walk through the Bazaar from the sacred “Har-ki-Pauri”. The Haveli is an architectural marvel where the ancient structure has been restored to recreate the old world charm with modern day hospitality.

Chardhams
An opportunity to explore the four most sacred shrines of Hindu Mythology, for the ultimate experience in spiritualism leading to salvation. The sheer magnificence and the tranquility so immerses you in a world of spirituality that one experiences true peace & humility. Nature in all its splendour, at once huge & overwhelming and yet at times humble in its exquisite beauty – the pilgrimage to the Char Dhams is an experience that will remain with you and beyond.

Yamunotri
ThYamunotrie Garhwal Himalayas have been blessed with some of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites and Yamunotri is onesuch. One of the Char Dhams according to Hindu mythology, Yamunotri is the origin of the sacred river Yamuna. Famous for its thermal springs and glaciers, it is one of the most important stopovers on the itinerary of the Hindu pilgrim. According to an old legend, Asit Muni, the revered sage, used to reside here.

The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. The present temple was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the late nineteenth century. Once destroyed by an earthquake, it has been rebuilt. A holy dip in the nearby tank filled by hot springs and cooking rice in its water are common rituals performed by the devotees.

Gangotri
According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimize the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.

Along the right back of Bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. Perched at a height of 3042 mts., it was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa. Every year, lakhs of pilgrims throng the sacred temple between May and October. By November, Gangotri is covered by snow. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhba, her winter abode (12 kms downstream).

The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 18 kms. furthur uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on foot or on ponies.

Badrinath
Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines, BaBadrinath drinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda. With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is an important destination on the sacred itinerary of every devout Hindu. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as 'Badri Van'.

The temple of Shri Badrinathji on the banks of the Alaknanda river, dates back to the vedic times. Situated at an altitude of 3133 mts., the present temple is believed to have been built by Adi Guru Shankracharya - an 8th century's philosopher-saint, who also established a 'math' here. Also known as 'Vishal Badri', Badrinath is one of the Panch Badris'

Kedarnath
Amidst the dramatic mountainscapes of the majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of Kedar or Lord ShKedarnath iva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 mts. on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus.

The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic - Mahabharata. According to legend, the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, HE dived into the ground, leaving behind HIS hump on the surface. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the shrine.

The remaining portions of Lord Shiva are worshipped at four other places - the arms (bahu) at Tungnath, mouth (mukh) at Rudranath, navel (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and hair(jata) at Kalpeshwar. Together with Kedarnath, these places are known as the Panch Kedar.

Joshimath
Located at an altitude of 1890 meters at Pan Khanda pargana of Chamoli district, Joshimath is a historical and important pilgrim town of Uttaranchal. It is connected by road route from Rishikesh (250 kms), Nainital (292 kms), Kotdwar (282 kms). In ancient era, this place used to be the summer capital of Karupath state. In Gupt era, Joshimath was known as Kartripur. Of the four `Maths; established by Adi Shankaracharya in 815 BC, one `Math' known as `Jyotirmath' had been set up here.

Enamored by its importance (as it happened to be a prominent place of scholars, saints and others religious heads) that Dayanand Saraswati during his entourage of the Himalaya, stayed at Joshimath for several days. During his stay here, Dayanand Saraswati came across various new information regarding the Yoga knowledge.

Dehradun
There are several temples located at Joshimath, prominent among them are Narsingh temDehradunple, Vasudev temple, Navdurga temple and Jyotirmath.

Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is the Capital of Uttaranchal. It is one of the most beautiful resort in the submountain tracks of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The name Dehradun is a collection of two word "dera" meaning Camp and " dun" meaning valley.

Said to be one of the oldest citites in India, it is believed that lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. During the 17th and 18th centuries Dehradun changed hands several times: Guru Ram Rai retreated here from Punjab, the Mughal Governor Najib-ud- Daula occupied it from 1757-1770 and the Gorkhas overran it on their westward expansion before ceding it to the British in 1815. Under the British, Dehradun became an elite town with many a fine institution like Forest Research Institute, Doon and Welham Schools, Many more, like the ONGC and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, were added in time. Dehradun has now become an important tourist destination.

Bageshwar
Bageshwar is a district town located in enchanting surroundings. According to mythology Lord Shiva wandered this area in the form of a tiger (bagh). There is Baghwat temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, build by Raja Laxmi of the Chand Dynasty and many pilgrims visit it during the Uttarayan fair. Bageshwar is also frequented by trekkers since it is the starting place for Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Kafni glaciers.

Champawat
Champawat is a historical town with magnificent scenery and landscapes. There are many ancient temples including the Baleshwar Temple and Rataneshwar Temple. There Nearest Air Port is Naini Saini, 80 kms away at Pithoragarh. Nearest railhead is Tanakpur, 75 kms. Well connected to Nanital, (233) kms, Haldwani, 193 kms and Tanakpur 75 kms.

Pithoragarh
This is the northernmost district town in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal. This place is endowed with natural charming beauty with many valleys and snow-covered mountains. It is the starting point of the trek from India to Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash in Tibet. Well connected by motorable roads to Tanakpur as well as Kathgodam and Almora and Nainital.

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