This is the land of the Sadhus, the holy rivers, the Yoga and Yogis, the mighty snowcapped Himalayas.
The Himalayan peaks and its valleys were well known in ancient times and considered as the abode of gods. It was and still considered a sacred land as many holy rivers can be found here of which the Ganges remains the most worshiped river of the world. There are numerous pilgrimage places for the Hindus of which some requires hard trekking into the Himalayans mountains. Every year thousands of pilgrims throng to this place from India and abroad.
Previously known as Uttaranchal until 2007, Uttarakhand came into statehood on November 9, 2000 as the 27th State of India.
Tibet borders to the North, Nepal to its east and the State of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in the west and south respectively. Uttarakhand means united north or undivided north (Uttar=North / Akhand=undivided).
For the foreigners it is the Land of Moksha, mediation, Yoga and a spiritual retreat, (The world famous band Beatles carried their inspiration from this land) as well as the land of hardcore adventure like trekking, mountaineering, white water river rafting and wildlife.
The Nanda Devi Park houses the Nanda Devi sanctuary situated at the trail of the Nanda Devi peak, 7,817 m (25,646 ft) a glacial basin is heaven for the trekkers & climbers, wildlife enthusiasts, biologist and scientist. Together with the nearby Valley of Flowers National Park to the northwest, it is a designated World Heritage Site. Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 hact) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 sqr. km)
Most of the trekking are done the alpine style where you just carry the small personal bag and rest it taken care by mules and porters. Some trek routes ends in Sangla valley of Himachal, taking you to a different land and make the tour quite an interesting.
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the oldest national park in India, named after the hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment, the park is a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India also contains about 500 different species of plants and a diverse variety of flora and fauna.
In this section we have sampled some of the best tour programs for trekking.. For the mediation and yoga tours please refer to our section on this website.
Type of accommodation from basic, budget to luxury five stars or five star deluxe, special hotels and stay like home stay, monastery stay, heritage hotels, houseboat stay, beach resort, adventure camp, we consider your choice and only suggest if they are not a good combination with the itinerary. Please note that a typical 5 Star hotel in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet may be often similar to a 4 Star standard of Europian or Amerian one. But some of the luxury or heritage hotel in India can not be compared to any in the world they are amazingly excellent.
Local Guide: A typical local guide is used for sightseeing. Usually these guides are certified except in the mountain regions where students, graduates and even monks do guiding as part time job. The Local guide would know more deeply the history, facts, philosophy and culture of a particular area and they are also Multilingual speaking fluent French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.
Tour Escort: Tour escorts are generally professionals in tourism and will escort and interpret. They might not be able to explain the deep details of a monument, place or philosophy but they will make sure of safety, comfort and enhancement of your tour. He will also take you to off the beaten path, local houses, village ceremonies or current events.
Cultural Shows & Events: Cultural shows are performed by the local artist of the area in your hotel premises or at a fixed venue. Usually in the evening followed by a gala dinner. It is a fine way to interact with locals and enjoy and participate. These shows are popular in Ladakh, Kashmir, Himachal and Rajasthan.
Elephant ride: Elephant rides are done in Rajasthan. You can visit some forts by Elephant ride instead of walking. Elephant ride can also be done in some of the National park in Uttarakhand and Nepal.
Camel ride: They are more popular in Rajasthan and can be done for days also. In Nubra valley of Ladakh region you have the chance to ride the double hump bacterian camels.
Boat ride: Boat rides are done in Varanasi, Uttaranchal and Kashmir. This is also a way to sightsee or to enjoy the sunrise or sunset in the rivers or Lakes.
Vintage car ride: This is quite a romantic ride and is particularly popular in the city of Jaipur.
Interaction: Meeting with an noted spiritual master, philosopher, writer, activist, artiste, scholar, King or Queen.
Sponsor: A prayer performed for peace by group of Monks. OR A Havan performed for peace by a Sadhu at bank of Ganges
Flight Sightseeing: Sightseeing by flight can be done in Sikkim and Nepal. These sightseeing usually last for an hour giving you a chance to be eye to eye with the mighty Himalayan peaks in twin engines small aircrafts. If you have less time or can not trek or climb to these peaks you have this best choice.1
Short Adventure Sport: From few hours to days many adventure short sports can be added to your tour itinerary like: Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Trout Fishing, Bird watching, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, snow skiing, water skiing, diving, white water river rafting and Kayaking. These all sports are done under supervision of certified and qualified professional in India.
Relaxing & Health: On a long tour itinerary it is a wonderful idea to add a relaxing activity at the end or middle or the tour. Activities like Spa, Ayurvedic massage, Yoga and Meditation can be done almost anywhere in India now a days.