We arrive in Dehradun at around 6:00 a.m. here we will check into a hotel for freshening up and breakfast. At around 8:30 a.m we drive for about an hour to reach the starting point of our ride which is a couple of Kms outside Mussoorie. We check our bikes and gear and set out on our ride. Today we ride for around 6-7 hours with quite a few pit stops & lunch break. Today’s ride section is through one of the finest mountain road as we pass Dhanaulti, Kanatal & Chamba. Most of the ride is on a ridge with great views on both sides. There are mesmerizing views of the snow capped Himalayas from several vantage point. You will be riding at an average altitude of 2100+mts. and will cover a distance of around 60 kms today with 25 kms being uphill and rest being level and moderately downhill. At around 4:00 p.m we will reach the H.E.L lodge at Sursinghdhar where we stay for the night. All your exhaustion (if any) is sure to vanish the minute you reach this scenically located lodge at Sursinghdhar. Small hike around the lodge will do your senses a lot of good (optional). Bonfire, light music & a sumptuous dinner under the star spangled sky is how we end the day.
Wake up to a stunning sight of the sun rising from behind the famous Nanda Devi Mountain. Morning views from the lodge are to die for. Enjoy the fresh mountain air with a hot cuppa masala tea and the birds playing the orchestra. We will have breakfast at 730 a.m and by 8 am we drive to the starting point of our trek. From here we set out on our hike. We will hike for around 6-7 hours with pit stops & lunch break. Today’s hike is through a beautiful forest region starting from Bamanigaon. First part of the hike is completely uphill till you reach the summit of the mountain where there is a temple. This will take about 4 hours. Views from the top are fantastic with one getting close look at the snow clad Himalayan ranges on one side and on the other side you get to see all the underlying valleys and the hill station of Mussorrie at some distance. From the top we descend on the other side of the mountain. It is about 2-3 hrs downhill hike to reach Gaja, finishing point for today’s hike. We will reach Gaja at around 4:00 p.m and from here drive for an hour through a beautiful landscape to reach, Sursinghdhar. Bonfire, light music & a sumptuous dinner under the star spangled sky is how we end the day. Overnight at the lodge.
This day post breakfast we drive to our beautiful riverside camp at Jayalgarh. This is an awesome campsite by the river Alaknanda. Enroute we will visit the famous/infamous Tehri dam and lake and marvel at the man-made spectacle. Learn a few things about the dam and its uniqueness. The debate rages on with arguments for development and for conservation, both sounding plausible. You decide for yourself. But the fact is the dam is made and lake is spectacular. On arrival check in and have lunch. After a piping hot lunch, we relax for some time and then head off to our ACTION BEACH in Maletha for a heady cocktail of activities including Bridge Slithering, Kayaking, Ducky rides, River Swimming, etc. Return to the camp in the evening for a much required cup of tea. In the night, bonfire and dinner by the riverside.
The beautiful morning by the river Alaknanda is sure to please your senses. Post breakfast we start our day with a briefing on the rafting techniques and safety instructions. After the briefing we set out on this river voyage. Today you will raft for about 25 kms from the camp till Devprayag. Today’s stretch will have rapids of class II – III+. You will raft through the confluence of Bhagirathi & Alaknanda which meet to form the Ganga. We finish our rafting here, change into fresh clothes & have lunch. Later we board the awaiting vehicle and drive back to Haridwar. ETA at Haridwar is 5-6 p.m. The trip ends here.
For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. 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, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 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.
In the period mid Mar – May day time is going to be pleasant on the first 2 days and warm at Jayalgarh on the day of rafting. Evenings are going to be very pleasant bordering mildly cold at Sursinghdhar. In May evenings can be slightly warm at Jayalgarh but in Mar & Apr they will be quite pleasant. Night temperature in Sursinghdhar will be around 12 - 18 deg Celsius in Mar - Apr & around 20 - 24 deg Celsius in May. In March -May do factor in the wind chill during biking. The water in the rivers for rafting is going to be moderately cold and extremely inviting. So you might end up spending more time off the boat than on it
In Oct – Nov period night temperature will be around 10 – 15 deg Celsius and you will need some protection from the cold. The water in the rivers during rafting is going to be cold but not freezing cold. A dip in the river is going to initially feel cold but couple of dips and you will start enjoying the water. Wind chill is going to be a factor while biking down from the high altitude ridge between Mussoorie & Chamba so factor this in while packing stuff for the trip. Speak to our expert if there is any doubt on packing front.
In the period Oct - Dec day time is going to be warm and pleasant if the sun is out, which mostly is around this time. Evenings are going to be moderately cold in Oct & Nov and cold in December. With a bonfire next to you it is going to be an enjoyable experience. December the night temperature can go down to about 3 – 5 deg Celsius so come prepared with some winter clothing. As this is a lodge based trip with no camping you don’t need to bother too much about the cold at night.
Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage
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04Days |Feb-May, Oct-Dec|Mod+
Day 1: Dehradun - Sursingdhar
Day 2: Sursindhar Day Trek Around Gaja 6-7 Hrs
Day 3: Sursindhar Jayalgarh Drive 3 Hrs Approximately
Day 4: Jayalgarh Devprayag Haridwar (Rafting 2-3 Hrs & Drive 2- 3 Hrs)
This short 4 day multi sport trip is set in the beautiful Tehri region of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. For this trip you are going to be based in 2 locations, namely Sursinghdhar & Jayalgarh. You will surely not find both on the tourist map of the country but be prepared to be blown away by their splendour.
On this trip you get tons of excitement in the form of: 1) Biking (cycling) on one of the most scenic high altitude roads along the ridges connecting Mussoorie to Chamba 2) Hiking through a completely cut off region with some great views and finally 3) River Rafting & Duckie rides (inflatable kayaks) on Alaknanda. In addition to this there will be many more activities that you could indulge in like cliff jumping, bridge slithering, body surfing, abseiling & rope course
This trip is suitable for first timers also but they need to be reasonably physically fit and should know how to ride a cycle well. To join the trip you will need to report at Haridwar which is very well connected to other parts of the country by road, rail & air connection What makes this active vacation special is the quality of landscape that the trip is set in. Every inch of excitement being generated by activities is going to be matched evenly by the awe inspiring beauty of the landscape.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal, Uttarakhand|