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. 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.’ Overnight in lodge.
This trip is all about connecting with the outdoors! Orienteering, hike to Chaurani and nature walk with picnic lunch. From the camp we start the trek to Chaurani, the trail goes through a small place called Viraatkhai, towards the north you can view soaring Himalayan ranges like Black peak, and Swargarohini. Viraatkhai is a small market place for local people with many tea stalls. From Viraatkhai after viewing the magnificent views we walk for another 1 km on the Mussoorie Chakrata trail. The trail continues through oak and rhododendron forest. Here is an opportunity to spot Babbler, Blue Whistling thrush, Magpie Robbin, Tree pie, Woodpecker, etc. From here the hike is a gradual uphill. In about 15 – 20 mins, we reach the second ridge, where we stop for a short break. From here, you can see the Jaunsar region. There are several houses called Channi here which is used as a shelter for cattle’s. Further on, the trail weaves through rich forest of Deodar and Bluepine. After walking for 45 mins you reach Chaurani. Chaurani is a ridge. Witness the Great Himalayan ranges towards the north and down south Doon Valley. Over here we have a fun filled picnic lunch. After having lunch, you can choose to walk down or drive down to the lodge. Overnight in lodge.
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. En route, your guide tells you all about local life in the hills; the tribal’s of the region and help explore the fauna on the way. This region is home to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes. If someone does not want to hike, the falls are also accessible by a car with only a short walk of 30 mins. Overnight in lodge.
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. Overnight in lodge.
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’. We head to Tehri Dam and lake that fills the day with excitement. Overnight in lodge.
The last morning is reserved for bird watching with an expert. This region is replete with different species and once you’ve mastered the bird calls, their nesting habits and their habitat, it just gets better. The trip ends after breakfast with a drive to Haridwar/Dehradun
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
Viraatkhai is located 92 Kms from state Capital, Dehradun. For travel to the camp, a combination of train/air and road travel is recommended. The closest railway station to the camp is Haridwar and there are a number of trains that connect to Haridwar from all over the country. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.inand for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, etc. If you require assistance in booking, do get in touch with us.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs 500 - 700. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. Or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
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, adipat the holy ghats and the evening aarti are the highlights of the city. Try the Udan Khatola (cablecarride) 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 hillstation that is synonymous to well-known author, Ruskin Bond, Mussoorie is perfect for a short detour. Roam on the Mallroad, 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, wildboar, barkingdeer, 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.
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 hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…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 trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling
Duration: 06 Days | Season: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec | Grade: Easy | Max Alt: Chakrata (2118m)
DAY 1: Dehradun Airport/ Railway Station - Viraatkhai (1850m) ( Drive / 3 – 3.5 hrs)
DAY 2: Viraatkhai – Chaurani – Viraatkhai ( Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
DAY 3: Viraatkhai – Chakrata(2118m) – Tiger Falls – Viraatkhai ( Drive / 3 - 4 hrs & Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
DAY 4: Viraatkhai – Sursingdhar( 1950m) ( Drive / 3 - 4 hrs)
DAY 5: Susingdhar – Tehri Dam - Sursingdhar
DAY 6: Sursingdhar – Haridwar / Dehradun airport ( Drive / 2.5 hrs)
The lower Himalayan ranges are a perfect way to start a relationship with the mountains. This trip also gives you a chance to meet the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes in ViraatkhaiTrek to Chaurani encapsulated with exquisite views of the Himalayan ranges and oak and rhododendron forest where listening to the Himalayan birds chirping is a pure delight. A chance to hike up to the scenic tiger fall will fill the day with spur of excitement. It is one of the highest waterfalls in Uttarakhand with crystal clear water. 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. Heading to the 2nd highest dam in India, Tehri dam is an enthralling event. Built on the Bhagirati and Bhilangna River it offers awe inspiring views of the surrounding and the lush greenery creates a pleasant ambiance.
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. The lower mountain ranges provide stunning views but are also easily accessible from major North Indian cities.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand|