Family Actiive Vacation - Sursingdhar Viraatkhai | Fav03

Family Actiive Vacation - Sursingdhar + Viraatkhai


Rs.26,650
Product Code: FAV03
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 6 Days
Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec
Region: Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
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DETAILS


Highlights

  • Learn about the nuances of rope sports
  • Learn about river systems, currents, etc.
  • Navigate a raft
  • Whole host of activities including trekking, camping, rafting, body surfing, rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, valley crossing, bridge slithering, etc.
  • The Eco way of Camping – Temporary shelters, pitching tents and building a fire.
  • Orienteering - Navigate your way through a forest trail.
  • Ride the rapids of the Yamuna

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking 
  • Navigation
  • Rappelling
  • Bridge Slithering
  • River Crossing
  • Day Picnics
  • Duckie Rides

Accommodation

At Viraatkhai (www.himalayanecolodges.com/viraatkhai.php), the red brick deluxe cottages help you snuggle up in comfort in the chilly evenings, as the lights of Mussoorie and Dehradun come up. The views from here are spectacular. It’s the private sit-out where most guests like to spend time, catching up on stories from the day or listening to ours. All cottages are extremely well furnished and have ensuite washrooms. There is also an option of using Swiss styled alpine tents with ensuite washrooms, for those who like a camp style stay. Both, the tents and the cottages are comfortable for families.

The Himalayan Eco Lodge in Sursingdhar (www.himalayanecolodges.com/sursingdhar.php) has a marvellous view of the Himalayas, as you step out into the balcony of your cottage. Cloud filled valleys and the white peaks piercing through them greet you, first thing in the morning. The rooms are spacious and well-furnished and photographs of the Himalayan region. The sunny private sit out is a favourite with guests.

Food

The food served in all the lodges/camps is home-cooked and tinged with local produce. Find plenty of greens in the menu along with a host of Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with a Continental/Chinese dish for variety.

Getting There

Air/Rail: Use Dehradun as your base if you are landing by air or arriving by train into the city. We will arrange for comfortable vehicles to accompany you on the rest of the trip.  
Self-Driven Holiday: For the all the hill driving junkies, if you plan to drive through the trip in your own vehicle, we would recommend a driver to assist you as for some of the activities you will need to be dropped in a different spot and picked up from a different spot. With early notice, we could arrange for a driver for your vehicle if required. You will be given detailed directions to get to all the required spots on your trip.

Know the area better

  1. Viraatkhai is located in the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal belt, home to the ancient Jaunsar-Bawar tribes. These tribes have rather quaint practices like androgyny being prevalent among them and one of the only places where Duryodhana is worshipped.
  2. The nearby cantonment town of Chakrata is cloaked in secrecy in many ways with it being home to Special Forces and is an important base for combat training. 
  3. From Sursingdhar, you can view the stunning Nanda Devi peak, the second highest in India. 
  4. The Tehri Lake is now the location of what used to be the Old Tehri town. Till date, the whole town including homes, schools and even a clock tower lie submerged under this. The entire town was shifted to New Tehri and other adjoining areas to accommodate the dam and its catchment area which is now the Tehri Lake. The project came up under a cloud of environmental concerns and was the site of the famous anti-Tehri dam protests led by the famous Garhwali environmentalist, Sunderlal Bahuguna, who was the architect of the Chipko movement. 

ITINERARY


Day 1: Viraatkhai

Reach the Viraatkhai camp by lunch and get set to enter a world of adventure. Post check in, you meet your trip leader and instructors for the trip. We waste no time and get straight into the nuances of rock and rope climbing. The topography is perfect for beginners and with our team of experts, you know you are in safe hands. This may seem slightly difficult, but once you get the hang of it (and we will make sure that you do), this is something you might find yourself doing often on other holidays. Enjoy the day, before settling around the bonfire towards the night. From starting a good fire for the camp, to getting the barbeque working, this is all about your ‘active’ vacation! The evening ends in stories of the many hits and misses while rock climbing, but all of them end in an ‘experience of a lifetime.’

Activities for the day: Ropes, Knots, Valley Crossing, Rock climbing, Rappelling, setting up a Bonfire, getting a Barbeque going, etc. 

Day 2: Around Viraatkhai

This trip is all about connecting with the outdoors! Hiking, orienteering and a cookout in the wilderness is the order of the day. We take you through a short-pine filled forested trail to hone your navigational instincts – a skill you will cherish for life. Next up you are introduced to camping techniques, a run up to your own selection of the campsite, pitching tents, getting a bonfire started and how to keep sentinel. An important aspect of this session is the eco practices of making temporary shelters and making a fire. Of course, the lodge is close by, so you can choose to go back to the rooms. The night ends in live acoustic music and conversations around the fire, but only after a guided games session for the kids.

Activities for the day: Orienteering, hiking, cooking in the wilderness, nature walk and camping techniques.

Day 3: Viraatkhai

Today we drive to Chakrata town (25 kms) and hike down to see the famous Tiger Falls. The hike is mostly downhill and fairly easy and you will be surprised how much the kids will enjoy it. Enroute, your guide tells you all about local life in the hills, the tribals of the region and help explore the fauna on the way. This region is home to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes. Time dependent, we eat a meal in a traditional house, go to a local school and visit the local temple. If someone does not want to hike, the falls are also accessible by a car with only a short walk of 30 mins. A picnic by the waterfall is a perfect plan for the afternoon, before we take a short walk to the roadhead and drive back to the camp. The day can end in two ways: a Karaoke night or a quick dinner and the bed, depends on how energetic you feel after the hike.

Activities for the day: Walk to Tiger Falls, Nature Walk, meeting local tribal families and karaoke.

Day 4: Sursingdhar

We leave the Viraatkhai camp for Sursingdhar, but before that, there is an important stop to make – the Yamuna Adventure Park. This is the bridge where we get into a number of instructor led activities like rafting, stream walk, swimming, river crossing and duckie rides with our water activities team. The activities end in a riverside picnic. After an adventure-filled afternoon, we drive further for about 3 hours before hitting our mountain lodge in Sursingdhar.

Activities for the day: River hydrology, Navigating a raft, Swimming through a small rapid, Rafting, River crossing, Duckie rides, Kayaking, Bridge Slithering, Riverside picnic, Body surfing, Stream walks, etc.

Day 5: Sursingdhar

Waking up in Sursingdhar is a whole new experience. Craggy peaks of some of the highest Himalayan Mountains can be seen lighting up to the first rays of the run. Sometimes, cottony clouds fill up the valley, giving the illusion of ‘heaven on earth’. The day begins with a lazy hot cup of tea, but soon evolves into an action packed day of cycling, hiking and exploring the natural flora around the area. While the biking makes you feel that strong crisp mountain air, the nature hike is all about learning about your environment: identifying the flora is a great high, once you get the hang of it. In the evening, we make a quick detour to the Tehri Dam and Lake. You can also add some rope activities for the children if there is time and also take a walk into the local village. Here, we show you traditional homes, even have a cup of tea at some and see local life at close quarters. The night ends in live acoustic music and conversations around the fire, but only after a guided games session for the kids.

Activities for the day: Cycling, hiking, nature walk, visit to Tehri dam and lake and outdoor games.

Day 6: Departure

The last morning is reserved for bird watching with an expert. This region is replete with different species and once you’ve mastered the birdcalls, their nesting habits and their habitat, it just gets better. The trip ends after breakfast with a drive to Haridwar/Dehradun.

PRICE


PRICE INCLUDES

  1. Accommodation
    • Viraatkhai & Sursingdhar – In deluxe rooms on double occupancy. These rooms are well furnished and have all the basic amenities including attached washrooms with hot & cold running water. In case of children, an extra bed would be provided for 1 child and in case of additional children, they would have to share the bed with parents. 
    • On the trek – Accommodation is provided in all-weather imported trekking tents. These are large spacious tents and can easily accommodate a family of 4 with additional space for luggage. These tents would have warm sleeping bags with comfortable sleeping mats. There would be common toilet tents with a dry pit toilet for privacy. In addition to the basic camping equipment, there would be a number of add-ons to make the camping more comfortable with dining tents, camping stools, et al. 
  2. Meals
    The meals provided on the trip are home-cooked style with a lot of emphasis on nutritional value that is a requirement of a trip of this nature. All the meals on the trip are provided for with primarily Indian cuisine and the lunch and dinners comprise of vegetarian dishes with a non-vegetarian dish during each meal. There would be self-barbeque sessions on one of the nights. A menu of snacks is available for order at the lodge. On the trek, keeping in mind the terrain, a healthy selection of food is made available that will be cooked fresh by the accompanying support team. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
  3. A self-barbeque on 2 nights.
  4. All adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.
  5. An experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip from Dehradun/Viraatkhai. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.  
  6. A number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, wildlife, birds, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.
  7. All applicable Taxes

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Your transport (if arranged by us) would be in a comfortable vehicle of your choice and can be arranged from Delhi or Haridwar/Dehradun. Your transport costs (that are mentioned above) are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip. In case of any additional usage other than the itinerary there will be additional charges.

As mentioned, you also have the choice of bringing your own vehicle on the trip. It is advised that you have a driver come along as this would let you also enjoy the trip fully rather than worrying about driving from place to place. Also having a driver makes it comfortable to go and return from activity spots as in some cases the drop and pick up points tend to be different. In the lodges/camps, your driver would be provided with stay in a separate tent and can use the staff facilities and they would be provided with the same meals as you at an extra expense of Rs. 1000 per night.  

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Transport – Unless specifically booked through us
  • Liquor, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Any meals/service not mentioned above
  • Any costs rising due to delays, roadblocks, etc.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • We take 25% as booking amount and the balance to be paid 45 days before the start of the trip.
  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

VITAL INFORMATION


Trip Extensions

Rishikesh – The cathartic city of ashrams and yoga, Rishikesh is just round the corner on this trail. In fact, it is the gateway into Garhwal – it works as a brilliant starting point for the Char Dham yatra and an adventure trail in the lower Himalayas. Plan ahead to add a day or more here. Feeding flour dough balls to the fish from Lakshman and Ram Jhoola bridges, eating at the famous Chotiwala restaurant or watching the evening aarti at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, this detour is worth your while. If you are not on a spirituality quest, then just hang out at the riverside cafes with a relaxed bohemian vibe. It won’t be long before you are drawn to one with the sound of a didgeridoo. 

Haridwar – Another mystical spiritual city on this trail, is Haridwar. The many temples by the river, a dip at the holy ghats and the evening aarti are the highlights of the city. Try the Udan Khatola (cable car ride) to Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples, apart from the hundreds that are strewn in the periphery. There are a number of ashrams if spiritual travel is on your list. Of the many, the most popular ones are Shanti Kunj, Prem Nagar, Maa Anandmayi Ashram and Saptarishi. Haridwar serves as the closest rail head into Garhwal.

Mussoorie – A hill station that is synonymous to well-known author, Ruskin Bond, Mussoorie is perfect for a short detour. Roam on the Mall road, watch the evening lights of Dehradun come on and if you are lucky, see the famous orange winter line that segregates the blue evening sky and the deep dark valley in the evening. Mussoorie is rife with hill station favourites like horse riding, scenic viewpoints and shopping for colourful woollens on the Mall Road. Our favourite thing to do here is to drop into Cambridge Bookstore on Mall Road, on Saturday evenings, when Ruskin Bond comes down to sign books for an hour. Also, do drop in at Lovely Omelette Centre and Chick Chocolate for some mouth-watering goodies. 

Rajaji National Park – To be ushered into a world of more than 500 elephants, 12 tigers, 250 panthers and other jungle occupants like spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, barking deer, goral, bears and a large species of birds, do not miss a chance to visit the Rajaji National Park. Safaris are available at specific timings that can be booked ahead. Even if you do not want to stay here for a night, the safaris are time well spent. 

Corbett National Park  As one leaves the plains and heads towards the meandering hills of Kumaon, an assuming and inconspicuous little village welcomes you to one of the most significant wildlife destinations of India. The Jim Corbett National Park spreads majestically for over 500 kilometres from the village of Chota Haldwani, home to the hunter turned conversationalist for decades. His erstwhile house, which was later turned into a museum, is a charming reminder of the achievements of Jim Corbett, as he abated the village from the threat of man eating tigers, a species, far from endangerment at that time. Legendary tales emanate from the pictures and books in this simplistic but charming reminder of that marvellous era. The national park is one of the most widely visited destinations by nature enthusiast and educationalists. Safaris, trekking trails, bird watching and wildlife appreciation are the most significant offerings made by the park authorities.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.  

  1. Shirts / T-shirts 

  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants 

  3. Scarf/muffler (optional)

  4. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

  5. Jacket/sweater

  6. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

  7. Raincoat / Poncho

  8. Small light weight towel

  9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

  10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

  11. Sun glasses

  12. Sunscreen Lotion

  13. Lip Balm

  14. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

  15. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

  16. Personal toiletries

  17. Book, if you like reading

  18. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it

  19. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE 

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip. 

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

6Days | Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec | Sursingdhar + Viraatkhai | 5 Families


Sketch Itinerary

DAY 1: Viraatkhai [Ropes, Knots, Valley Crossing, Rock climbing, Rappelling, setting up a Bonfire, getting a Barbeque going]
DAY 2: Around Viraatkhai [Orienteering, hiking, cooking in the wilderness, nature walk and camping techniques]
DAY 3: Viraatkhai [Walk to Tiger Falls, Nature Walk, meeting local tribal families and karaoke]
DAY 4: Sursingdhar [River hydrology, Navigating a raft, Swimming through a small rapid, Rafting, River crossing, Duckie rides, Kayaking, Bridge Slithering, Riverside picnic, Body surfing, Stream walks]
DAY 5: Sursingdhar [Cycling, hiking, nature walk, visit to Tehri dam and lake and outdoor games]
DAY 6: Departure

Description

The lower Himalayan ranges are a perfect way to start a relationship with the mountains. While you may be in the company of stalwarts like Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Kamet, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Banderpoonch in Sursingdhar, the interaction is not intimidating. The lower mountain ranges provide stunning views but are also easily accessible from major North Indian cities. This trip also gives you a chance to meet the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes in Viraatkhai. Apart from getting up-close with nature, this family active vacation promises a bundle of memories and experiences that you will take back learning rope and rock climbing, getting to know your compass really well and hiking. Our favourite pick, though, is teaching travellers how to set up a perfect campsite!.

DETAILS
Duration 6 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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