The Garhwal Jeep Safari
Day 1: Delhi – Snow Leopard Adventures Camp
Arrive at camp near Rishikesh for lunch. After lunch, camp orientation and then drive to Rishikesh for half-day sight seeing. Visit temples, ashrams, yoga centres, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, the largest suspension bridge in India. Overnight at Camp.
Day 2: Rishikesh – Auli
Start jeep safari and drive to Joshimath. Take a 3.9 km cable car (the longest in Asia) to the scenic and picturesque Auli Ski resort.Overnight in Auli.
Day 3: Auli – Joshimath – Tapovan – Auli
Continue with jeep safari and drive to Tapovan passing Joshimath. After picnic lunch in Tapovan, return to Auli. Overnight at Auli.
Day 4: Auli – Joshimath – Badrinath – Auli
Today’s jeep safari drive takes you to Badrinath, situated on the banks of Alaknanda river.
Drive back to Auli. Overnight at Auli.
Day 5: Auli – High Altitude Alpine Meadow
Drive from Auli to high altitude alpine meadow with great views of the Himalayan ranges. Overnight in camp set up at a meadow.
Day 6: Explore Surroundings
Visit the local temple which involves a 3-hour trek. Overnight in camp set up at meadow in the lap of the Himalayas.
Day 7: Drive to Uttarkashi
Today we continue with the jeep safari and drive for 8 hrs to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi river and is a small town of historical monuments, temples, ashrams and dharmshalas. Overnight at Uttarkashi.
Day 8: Uttarkashi – Gangotri
Early morning embark on the 97 km-drive from Uttarkashi to Gangotri, close to the source of Ganges River (4 hrs). The drive is along the ancient pilgrimage route and is very scenic. Overnight in tents near Gangotri.
Day 9: Gangotri
In the morning, trek around the area.
Day 10: Gangotri – Mussoorie
Drive for 7 hours to Mussoorie, one of the hill stations of India. Transfer to Mussoorie Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Mussoorie – Train
Morning at leisure. Go for an easy walk along the winding Charlesville road which leads us to the pine scented Happy Valley and a Tibetan township. Visit the Buddhist shrine here. After lunch, return to Delhi.
What to Bring Along
- Shoes (2 pairs)
- Lockable duffel bag
- Track pants & T-shirts
- Personal medical kit and toiletries
- Warm clothes for evenings, early mornings
- Sun shade/ cap
- Sun block lotion
- Retainers for prescription glasses/ sun glasses
- Water bottle
- Rain gear (raincoat/ poncho)
- Musical instrument/ reading/ writing material
- Your Spirit of Adventure and sense of humour!