Garhwal Panorama Walking Retreat

“A retreat designed to help you achieve a better understanding of yourself and hopefully the role and purpose of life”



Garhwal Region holds an important place in the Hindu mythology being called the “DevBhoomi”. The whole land of Garhwal is always alive and vibrates with the music of chiming bells, bathing people at various Ghats, chanting of Hymns, song of local folks during festivals and fairs.

This retreat goes through the lower valley having lush green meadows and forests. This is also the route between Kedarnath and Gangotri. The valley beholds scenic beauty of the surrounding Garhwal Himalayas and green pasture meadows where sheep grazes around lazily. The trek goes around PanwaliKanta Dhar which gives breathtaking panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayan Peaks like Thalaysagar (6904 mtrs) and Chaukhamba (7138 mtrs).

It’s a paradise for the nature lovers and for those who seek adventure in climbing these majestic peaks. Overall this trek takes you to the natural beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas and the ancient mythological values from the hustle bustle of the city.

Trek Facts :

Area:Panwali Valley Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Retreat Duration: 09 nights / 10 days
Retreat Type: Outdoor Yoga and Walking Retreat
Retreat Grade: Easy to Moderate
Highest Point:3545 mts (Khimkhola Khal)
Highest Sleeping Point:3300 mts (Panwali Kantha)
Accommodations:03 nights in Hotel at Rishikesh, 07 nights in comfortable dome shape tents.
Retreat Highlights : Yoga and Meditation in Pure Himalayan Valleys, Rishikesh, Local Garhwal and Indian food, Local Garhal Himalayan tradition and culture, meet the local Shepherds, Great Himalayas Views, TriyugnarayanTemple, and most important a pure and complete unmatched Retreat

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01 : Arrive Rishikesh


Arrive Rishikesh Arrive in Rishikesh and check into your hotel. In the evening, we will meet all meet for dinner with Retreat presentation of coming days. Overnight stay in hotel.

Rishikesh

Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Most of this action is north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus (spiritual men), pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly ganga aarti (a fire offering or ritual performed on the Ganges).
Day 02: Explore the area


After morning yoga session and breakfast, we drive 22 kms upstream from Rishikesh to Vasishta Cave. One of the best places for meditation. Vasishta is one of the Saptarshis (7 sages) and one of the first creations of Lord Brahma (the creator). When one enters the opening of the cave, one is engulfed by darkness, unable to see anything around.

This sustains for about a minute during which one could feel the presence of some people inside who are meditating. This cave is about 20 ft long, 10 ft wide at the entrance but slowly tapering down and the height is about 7 ft. Later we drive back to hotel. Evening to be spent in leisure. Overnight stay in hotel in Rishikesh.

Vashist Cave:

In the Himalayas, the names of many caves are linked with some renowned sages. Vasishta is one of the Saptarshis (7 sages) and one of the first creations of Lord Brahma (the creator). He was the chief priest (Kula Guru) of the line of kings tracing his roots to the family of Sun God (Surya Vansha), the most famous in that line being the Lord Rama – an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Vasishta’s one hundred sons were killed by the black magic another sage Viswamitra. Legends say that Vashistha came here at River Ganga for suicide after death of his children. River Ganga refused his suicide. Arundhati (Wife of Vashistha) decided to stay here because she liked the atmosphere. Sage Vashistha meditated here. Later it was maintained by small family for many years.

Optional: If time permits we can also see a beautiful sunset from Kunjapuri Temple which is approx. 45 min drive from Rishikesh. The temple is at the elevation of 1448 mts.
Day 03 :- Drive Rishikesh to Ghuttu (1600 mts), (5 -6 hrs)


We start the trip by driving from Rishikesh to Ghuttu located at the altitude of 1600 mts and which takes around 5-6 hours’ drive. In midway we take a stop for having lunch and then move ahead. As we reach Ghuttu, we meet our camp crew at the camp location in the outskirts of the town. Overnight at the camp.

Ghuttu

Ghuttu is a scenic hamlet situated on the banks of Bhilangana river at an altitude of 1600 mts. The weather here remains salubrious throughout the year. The lush green mountains of the Ghuttu and the cascading sound of the Bhilangana river lures the travellers heart to this place.
Day 04 : Trek Ghuttu to Gwanmanda (2600 mts)


After morning yoga session, we start this day by trekking past terraced fields and climb gently through forests to a ridge which we follow passing shepherd huts with the last bit of gruelling uphill till GwanManda(2600m). The trek is of 08 kms and it takes about 4-5 hours. We stay overnight in camps at Gwanmanda.

Day 05: Trek GwanManda to PanwaliKanta (3300 mts)


After early morning yoga session and breakfast, we give real tasks to our muscles by climbing up to the ridge for spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The walk through the green meadows and view of the shepherds’ settlements to our lovely campsite above the village. This trek for about 4 hours takes us to Panwali Bugyals which lie at far flung heights, ranging from 2745 m to 3970m. Overnight stay in camps.

Panwali Kantha

Panwali Kantha is one of the most expansive alpine meadows at Garhwal Himalayas and is located at around 3300mts, commands a magnificient view of the Himalyan Peaks. Apart from the exquisite peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas on one side, trekkers pass through dense woods and beautiful alpine meadows (bugyals). It is known for its flat meadow land, huge variety of flowering herbs, wild life, and scenic landscape views. It is in vicinity to Gangotri – greater Himalayan range.

Apart from the thrilling landscape of the Garhwal Himalayas, it has endowed Garhwal with magnificent natural resources. Panwali Kantha. One of the meadows is known for its spectacular display of flowering herbs. Trekkers can also encounter high altitude wildlife for e.g. Bharal, Ghoral, Himalayan Bear and the rate musk deer. In ancient times this trek was used by pilgrims while coming from Gangotri to Kedarnath.
Day 06 : Layover Day


Today is a relaxing day. Yoga plus breakfast then enjoy the high spirits of the Himalayas. Meditation and dinner then overnight stay in tents.

Day 07 : Trek PanwaliKanta to Talli/Raj Khekri(3100 mts)


Morning Yoga and we trek forward from Panwali Kantha towards Raj Khekri. This counts for another fantastic walk along the ridge on a nice trail through the lush green forests and meadows. The majestic Garhwal Himalayas show up themselves when we walk through the ridge. To the north stands the majestic ThalaySagar with Jogin, Rudugaira and Jaonli completing the arc of mountains to the northwest. To the northeast (right of ThalaySagar) stands Bhartekhunta and Kedarnath peaks. Below you can see the village of Gangi. The campsite location for this day is in a scenic meadow- 3 to 4 hours. Overnight stay in camps.

Day 08: Layover Day


Today is a relaxing day. Yoga plus breakfast then enjoy the high spirits of the Himalayas. Meditation and dinner then overnight stay in tents.

Day 09 : Trek Talli to Triyugnararyan (1500 mts)


This day we trek for about 5 hours and we start it by following the ridge. Then we make a climb to Khimkhola Khal(3545m) before descending to MugguChatti (pilgrim’s huts). We reach a broad trail by descending steep through the forests and the meadows. We then get on a rough jeep track to Triyugnarayan village. One of the most exquisite temples of Garhwal dedicated to Lord Shiva is in this area.

Day 10 : Drive to Rishikesh (5 -6 hrs)


Drive back to Rishikesh for about 5-6hrs. Upon arrival in Rishikesh check into your hotel. Retreat concludes.

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