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Uttarakhand Backpacking to Rishikesh Auli Kanatal

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Uttrakhand Backpacking trip will take you on a journey to the land of gods or ‘Heaven in Earth’, which is how Uttrakhand is referred by everyone who has been here. The trip will cover some of the very popular destinations in Uttrakhand namely Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal.

Uttrakhand Tourism is a popular choice between the traveler and there are a ton of reasons to visit Uttrakhand, at least once in your life. The high mountain-tops, green surroundings, sweet smell of the air and lovely people, what more can you ask from a place?

Uttrakhand is famous for its natural beauty and the fact that being closer to the Himalayas, the place offers some of the best nature viewing sites in the whole world. The folklore and stories from locals will make you fall in love with the places and each destination has its own set of stories, which makes the traveling experience even more wonderful.

Rishikesh is famous for adventure sports and people from all over the country come over to Rishikesh in search of adrenaline-spiking activities. Apart from Rishikesh, Auli is famous for its Ski-resorts while Kanatal is famous for its 8500 feet high summit, which provides a never-to-forget kind of trekking experience.

The best time to visit Uttarakhand is during the months of March to April and September to December. During these months, the weather in Uttrakhand is relatively pleasant and one can enjoy all the activities without any hassle.

There are tons of places to visit in Uttrakhand and all these places add up to the already beautiful Uttrakhand. Laxman Jhula and Triveni ghat are some of the places to visit in Rishikesh While Tehri Dam and kaudia forest are some popular destinations that makeup to the list of famous places to visit in Kanatal.

The reasons you need to check out Uttrakhand Backpacking trip in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Uttrakhand with Justwravel.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Overnight travel from Delhi to Rishikesh via Haridwar

Day 2 : Rishikesh Local sightseeing. Rafting. Camp stay. Night stay

Day 3 : Rishikesh to Joshimath. Night stay

Day 4 : Joshimath to Auli

Day 5 : Joshimath to Kanatal. Night stay at Kanatal

Day 6 : Kanatal Day activities. Start from Kanatal by evening

Day 7 : Return to Delhi early morning

Fixed Departures

21st Nov to 27th Nov Open {21st Nov (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 27th Nov (Friday) 07:00 AM}

5th Dec to 11th Dec Open {5th Dec (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 11th Dec (Friday) 07:00 AM}

27th Dec to 2nd Jan Open {27th Dec (Sunday) 09:00 PM to 2nd Jan (Saturday) 07:00 AM}

9th Jan to 15th Jan Open {9th Jan (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 15th Jan (Friday) 07:00 AM}

23rd Jan to 29th Jan Open {23rd Jan (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 29th Jan (Friday) 07:00 AM}

13th Feb to 19th Feb Open {13th Feb (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 19th Feb (Friday) 07:00 AM}

6th Mar to 12th Mar Open {6th Mar (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 12th Mar (Friday) 07:00 AM}

Price (Delhi to Delhi)


Triple Occupancy 15500
Double Occupancy 17000

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Overnight travel from Delhi to Rishikesh via Haridwar

    Approximately 230 km away from Delhi, Rishikesh is our first pit stop and will be the kick-off point of an incredible adventure!

    The overnight journey would be around 5-6 hours long and you’ll reach Rishikesh in the morning the next day, crossing Haridwar on the way which is a famous tourist spot for its artistic feels and is also a humble city, famous being one of the holiest in our country.

     

  • 2

    Day 2 : Rishikesh Local sightseeing. Rafting. Camp stay. Night stay

    Check in to the campsite

    Today, after breakfast, we’ll head out for the sightseeing, covering the very beautiful and exquisite Beetle’s Ashram, Laxman and Ram Jhula among others and post the sightseeing, we’ll be doing the rafting that is actually one of the most famous adventure sports in the city of Rishikesh.

    The white water rafting, although looks fun, but is actually quite hard to do and sometimes, the adrenaline rush is just too extreme and you cannot contain the excitement!

    We’ll head for the gangaaarti around sunset along with thousands of other devotees who come from afar to be part of this incredible moment.

    We’ll head towards our camps post that.

    Bonfire Dinner and Night stay at the campsite

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    Day 3 : Rishikesh to Joshimath. Night stay

    This is going to be a long day with a drive of around 300+ kilometers and 10-12 hours of the bus journey. This route goes beside the famous prayags of Uttarakhand such as:

    Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag Rudraprayag and Devprayag in the descending order of the flow sequence. These are the ‘PanchPrayags’ of the state of Uttarakhand that connotes the five sacred Garhwal Himalaya confluences.

    Situated in the beautiful district of Chamoli is the town of Joshimath that serves as the winter seat of Lord Badri, who is brought to this town in idol form by the followers from the Badrinath Temple to the Vasudeva Temple.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel

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    Day 4 : Joshimath to Auli

    Auli is 16 kilometers from Joshimath and can be called the capital of Winter Sports in India following the recent developments where athletes from all over the world have made their way to this scenic place in Winters to participate in the Annual Winter games held at Auli.

    Auli is a Himalayan Ski Resort, surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, overlooked by the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. The town of Joshimath and Auli are connected by long cable car links. The Badrinath Temple, Valley of Flowers National Park and the wildlife such as snow leopards and red foxes all lie North of Auli.

    Post brief sightseeing of Auli, we’ll come back to Joshimath.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel

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    Day 5 : Joshimath to Kanatal. Night stay at Kanatal

    This long journey of around 300 kilometers will take us back through the PanchPrayag route and we’ll be going through the Chamba district of Uttarakhand, crossing Tehri and Dhanaulti to reach this small place called Kanatal that many people drive by without knowing what they are missing out on.

    For this reason, Kanatal is less crowded than your regular Hill Station and gives you the peace that one needs when in the mountains. The journey is going to be of around 10-11 hours so we’ll be starting early in the morning and reach by sunset.

    Kanatal is famous as being a very beautiful Swiss Camping spot and so, it is going to be a great experience for those who haven’t camped before.

    Bonfire , Dinner and overnight stay at Camps

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    Day 6 : Kanatal Day activities. Start from Kanatal by evening

    Kanatal is also famous as an adventure activity hub for people from all around. Activities such as Ziplining, Burma Bridge, Sky Bridge among others are on the to-do list for the tourists who come to Kanatal. Post our breakfast,we’ll be doing all the activities already planned for our wravelers.

    Once we’re done with the activities, we’regoing  to rest for a while before leaving for Delhi in evening.

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    Day 7 : Return to Delhi early morning

    We’ll return to Delhi early morning and end the tour!

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Inclusions

Transport by Tempo Traveller

Stay on double/ triple sharing basis

Meals as per Plan 10 meals ( Day 2 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 3 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 4 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 5 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 6 Breakfast + Lunch 

Sightseeing as per Itinerary

Adventure Activities - Burma Bridge, Zipline at Kanatal , Rock climbing in Rishikesh

River Rafting in Rishikesh

Trip Lead - Delhi to Delhi

Exclusions

Anything apart from Inclusions

GST 5%

Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What is the best time for River Rafting in Rishikesh?

The best season for River Rafting is from September to mid-April. One should avoid the temperature of May and June as it becomes quite unnatural to regain the same essence.

Q Is there any age restriction for River Rafting in Rishikesh?

Yes, Kids below 14 years are not allowed to do river rafting in Rishikesh.

Q What other adventure activities can one try in Rishikesh apart from rafting?

Rishikesh is widely known for its thrilling white water rafting experiences. However, it offers other adventure activities as well. One can enjoy rock climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking, bungee jumping, and flying fox.

Q. What is the best time for Skiing in Auli?

Although skiing is subjected to snowfall and weather conditions in Auli, but still time between late November to mid-March is perfect for skiing

Q When can I expect snowfall in Auli?

You can expect snowfall between the months of December to Mid March.

Q. Where is Kanatal Located?

Kanatal is a small village and a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. Kanatal is 78 km from Dehradun. 

Q. What is Kanatal famous for?

Kanatal is famous for camping and adventurous activities. One can enjoy zipline, rappelling, rock climbing, Burma bridge, and valley crossing.

Kanatal is also famous for its Winter Line.

Q What are the things that we need to carry on the trip?

There are certain items that you need to carry on the trip. Here is the list:

  • Thermals

  • Running Shoes/ Trekking Shoes

  • Documents -ID(Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

  • Winter Clothes

  • First Aid Kit

  • Backpack

  • Torch

  • Electronics

  • Water Bottle

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

  • Cold Cream

 

Q. What mode of transportation will be used on the trip?

We will be using a tempo traveler/coach for transport.

Q. How will the weather be in Uttarakhand?

The weather will be cold and it’s highly advisable to wear thermals & proper winter clothing.

Q. Should we carry Rucksack or Trolley Bag?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack because it helps in maintaining your body posture.

Q.What will be the type of accommodation?

You will be staying at swiss camps in Rishikesh & Kanatal and Hotel in Joshimath.

Q What will be the difficulty level of the treks?

All the treks are of beginner’s level as we don’t want to make you tired.

 

Common Questions

1. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take a maximum of 11 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

2. Who will go along with us on the trip?

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

3. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel solo?

Yes, definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

4. How can I book a trip with you?

After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

5. How do I know that my booking is confirmed?

When a booking is made, a confirmation would be sent to you via email, which would include your payment receipt and travel details.

6. What type of food is served during the trip?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the trip. We always serve Indian vegetarian food.

7. Can you customize the trip?

Yes, we can customize any trip as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

8. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trip.

Uttarakhand Backpacking trip to Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal

Uttarakhand has some of the best treks to offer in the country. Due to a large number of Hindu temples, it’s even called “Devabhumi”, literally translating to “Land of the Gods”.

An interesting fact about Uttarakhand is that it’s said that Vyasa, the sage, scripted Mahabharata while in this state. Evidence has shown through archaeological remains that early Vedic practices were done here. 

And of course, the extremely popular environmental movement called ‘Chipko movement’ also originated from here. This undoubtedly speaks volumes about the rich history of Uttarakhand. 

The itinerary for the Uttarakhand Backpacking trip to Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal kicks off with local sightseeing in Rishikesh. This is a tranquil place surrounded by beautiful hills. 

Some interesting facts about Rishikesh are that it’s claimed as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It’s an amazing place to study yoga and meditate to clear your mind.

Actually, the English rock band ‘The Beatles’ came to stay here with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Thus, it’s clear that it’s been a spiritual centre for many for a long time.

On the other hand, Auli is a very popular place due to its apple orchards and pine trees and scenic beauty. This hill resort dates back to the 8th century AD.

Some things to do in Auli are skiing and trekking. One can even enjoy the Garhwal Himalayas and the stunning views of the snow-covered mountains. 

Another interesting fact about Auli is that it’s said to be blessed by Shankracharya during his visit.

Kanatal also serves as a weekend getaway. It’s quite underrated as tourists usually visit its neighboring town, Mussoorie, instead. 

 However, Kanatal itself has a lot to offer you. For example, the Surkanda temple is a popular destination for religious purposes.

 The best time to visit Uttarakhand is during the months of March-April. Other than this, September-October is also an ideal time. 

 It can be noted that the weather of Uttarakhand is wonderful all year round, though. But the most popular activities in Uttarakhand are done in summer, the peak season of the state.

The best way to reach Uttarakhand by air is by the Jolly Grant Airport that’s located 22 km away from the city centre. There are regular flights from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore.

If that’s not your style and you wish to travel by rail, then we’ve got you covered. In fact, this option is the cheapest and most convenient way to reach Nainital or Dehradun.

The Kathgodam train station is 35km away from Nainital. This train station has connectivity with Dehradun, Kolkata and Delhi. 

Another way to reach the place is by a car or a bus. There are 1000 buses that are in and out of Uttarakhand courtesy of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation. Taxi rentals are also available in the major destinations for travel in the state.

The reasons you need to check the Uttarakhand Backpacking trip to Rishikesh, Auli and Kanatal in 2020 are far more than many. But, if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on the Uttarakhand Backpacking trip to Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal with JustWravel.

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