Active Himalayan Holiday(7 Nights)

Haridwar, Kund, Auli, Kirtinagar, Haridwar

for Adventure Seeker

Holiday Overview

Rafting at Alaknanda
Sunset at Auli (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Views at Auli (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Views from Cable Car (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Cable Car (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Views from Ukhimath

Active Himalayan Holiday is an active holiday itinerary of Garhwal covering destinations that offer best of Riverside and Himalayan experience alongwith Rafting, walking and trekking.


Kund(3) - Auli(2) - Kirtinagar(1) - Haridwar(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Haridwar - Kund
  • Day-2 Adventure activities around Kund
  • Day-3 Deoriatal Lake Trek
  • Day-4 Kund - Auli
  • Day-5 Chopta - Tungnath Visit and Drive to Auli
  • Day-6 Auli - Jayalgarh
  • Day-7 Jayalgarh - Rishikesh - Haridwar
  • Day-8 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Auli - Skiing at Auli (0.50 kms), Badrinath Dham (47.00 kms)

Haridwar - Har ki Pauri (2.00 kms)

Kirtinagar - White Water Rafting at Jayalgarh (7.00 kms)

Kund - Ukhimath (10.00 kms), Deoriya Tal and Tunganath Trek (14.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Haridwar Departure - Haridwar
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • May
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  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Couple of nights at New Tehri for walking / trekking and Bird watching would complete the active holiday itinerary.

  • Haridwar to Kund -195 kms (6 hrs)
  • Kund to Auli -130 kms (4 hrs)
  • Auli to Kirtinagar -161 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kirtinagar to Haridwar -123 kms (3.5 hrs)

Haridwar - Kund(3) - Auli(2) - Kirtinagar(1) - Haridwar(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Haridwar - Kund Arrive Haridwar and transfer to Kund (195 kms - 5.5 hrs). Kund (6000+ ft asl) is a riverside hamlet enroute to Kedarnath and in close proximity to Chopta (renowned for its meadows). The drive initially is along the Ganga and then Alaknanda & Mandakini to reach Kund. Time permitting, evening walk for a short distance to the Ukhimath temple OR spend time next to the river.

Day-2 Adventure activities around Kund One can either opt for activities like cycling, rock climbing, rappelling, bridge slithering, Jumaring & valley traverse or do sightseeing OR can do Sightseeing at Guptkashi, Kalimath & Narayan Swamy temple complex. One can also take an option of taking a helicopter ride and visiting Kedarnath. Late evening enjoy bonfire and dinner.

Day-3 Deoriatal Lake Trek Travel to Sari village and from there is a trek or take a horse ride for about 2 kms to reach the spectacular lake, Deoriatal. The lake with meadows around it is surrounded by forests and mountain ranges. Return by evening.

Day-4 Kund - Auli Leave for Chopta (approx 1 hour). Chopta is considered as the "Mini Switzerland of India". From here one could head off on short trek or pony ride to the Shiva shrine at Tungnath (3680m). After taking a short rest climb down to Chopta. After lunch and depart for Auli (8000+ ft asl), a destination renowned for skiing and sporting excellent close range himalayan views all round the year.

Day-5 Chopta - Tungnath Visit and Drive to Auli Drive to Badrinath (9000+ ft asl - 50 kms - 1 hour). Badrinath is a renowned Lord Vishnu Pilgrim centre and one of the Char Dhams. Badrinath is also blessed with stunning Himalayan backdrop. While at Badrinath also visit the Tapt Kund, Narayan Kund, Mata Murty temple, Bhim Pul, etc. and also visit Mana village (the last temple on the Indian border). In Mana, where you can shop for some local handicrafts and handmade woollen items OR can stay back and enjoy the wonderful locales of Auli OR start hiking/pony ride and cross the forest over Auli and get on to the Gorson meadows, an awe inspiring view point. One can also enjoy a ride in the Ski lifts at Auli.

Day-6 Auli - Jayalgarh "After an early lunch drive for about 4-5 hours to get to Jayalgarh (175 kms - 5 hrs). Jayalgarh is set on the banks of river Alaknanda and has open views of a few villages set scenically in the nearby mountains.

Day-7 Jayalgarh - Rishikesh - Haridwar Enjoy an exciting rafting trip. Along with rafting one can also try river swimming, body surfing & cliff jumping. Depart for Haridwar (115 kms -3-4 hrs). Enroute stopover at Rishikesh for a visit of the Lakshman Jhoola and other important ghats and ashrams. Proceed to Haridwar and set off to see Har-ki-Pauri for Evening Ganga Aarti.

Day-8 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Auli :

  • Skiing at Auli - Auli is Indias premier Ski destination and offers excellent facilities for Skiing and excellent slopes which are considered second best after Gulmarg.

  • Badrinath Dham - Badrinath (11000+ ft asl) is home to Badrinath Dham, one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage centre. It is the most visited of the four sites in Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The temple is surrounded by spectacular views of the mountain ranges. The access is difficult in high season and there are traffic regulations to control the movement. Temple is open between May - Oct. Exact opening and closing dates vary each year.

Haridwar :

  • Har ki Pauri - Hark Ki Pauri (also known as Brahmakund) is where evening Arti is conducted and the Arti is nothing short of a spiritual experience for even a non-hindu or a non-pilgrim. Its kind of a crowded area and gets even more crowded once every 12 years when Kumbh Mela is held here.

Kirtinagar :

  • White Water Rafting at Jayalgarh - Jayalgarh is a premier White water rafting facility in India on the banks of the Alaknanda at Jayalgarh offering entry level and professional rafting. Morning and afternoon sessions are conducted and part of the run are activities such as Cliff Jumping.

Kund :

  • Ukhimath - Ukhimath is a pilgrimage at 4000 ft asl at 41 kms from Rudraprayag. During winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple and Madhyamaheshwar (Panch Kedar) are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped here for six months.Ukhimath is used as base for visiting Madhmaheshwar (Second kedar), Tungnath ji (Third kedar) and Deoria Tal(natural fresh water high altitude lake).

  • Deoriya Tal and Tunganath Trek - Deoria Tal is a high altitude lake (7000 ft asl) at 3 kms uphill trek on the Ukhimath-Chopta road . It is a popular day trekking option for guests staying in Kund and trekking to Tunganath. Level of Difficulty is mid and the trek passes through lush green surroundings with snow covered mountains in the backdrop.

Destination Overview

Kund - Kund is a riverside area 20 kms Short of Guptkashi in the Mandakini Valley offering view of the snow clad Kedar peak that forms the backdrop of the Kedarnath temple. Besides Kedarnath, number of other temples like Tungnath (the highest Shiva shrine), Madhyamaheshwar, Triyuginarayan, Guptkashi, Ukhimath, etc. can be approached from here.

Auli - Auli is a Ski resort, one of the highest in the word located at about 50 km from Badrinath and accessible by a cable car ride and also by Road (during Summers and monsoon period) from Joshimath.

Kirtinagar - Kirtinagar is riverside (Alaknanda, tributory of Ganga) transit point at 100 Km from Rishikesh enroute to Badrinath & Kedarnath Shrines, Hemkund Sahib & Auli.

Haridwar - Haridwar is situated on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and staying on the banks of the River and visiting various temples and Ghats is considered a spiritual experience.

Prefered Arrival : No ImageHaridwar
Prefered Departure : No ImageDehradun (53kms), Ghaziabad (180kms), Chandigarh (210kms)No ImageHaridwar
  • Haridwar to Kund -195 kms (6 hrs)
  • Kund to Auli -130 kms (4 hrs)
  • Auli to Kirtinagar -161 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kirtinagar to Haridwar -123 kms (3.5 hrs)

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  • Haridwar to Kund -195 kms (6 hrs)
  • Kund to Auli -130 kms (4 hrs)
  • Auli to Kirtinagar -161 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kirtinagar to Haridwar -123 kms (3.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Active Himalayan Holiday is an alternative itinerary for guests looking to visit areas that fall into what is popularly known as Char Dham pilgrimage circuit but are looking to focus on the Himalayan experience and enjoy activity centric holiday instead.

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