Journey to the head waters of the Ganges River in Uttarakhand (India) to celebrate Diwali in a women’s empowerment tourism initiative. A region of soaring peaks bordering Nepal and China. It’s life-changing reality traces itself to it’s rich culture and ecosystem. Vibrant, with ancient temples, blossoming forests, and traditional sustainable practices used for generations.
Arrive to a warm welcome at the New Delhi International Airport. Our representative will meet you upon clearing customs. Enjoy a short drive to your centrally located B&B; before settling in for a good night’s rest.
Be escorted by our journey host on a 5 hr. train-ride to Haiwdwar. Before journeying to Rishikesh. A sacred-site for the Hindus. The area is renowned for yoga masters and ashrams. Witness a collective gathering of Hindu prayers on the bank of India’s most sacred river as part of the Aarti ceremony.
Journey to the “Heart of the Himalayas” with your host, Poonam Rawat. Head-out early this morning to Peaches and Pears home-stay that is located in Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand.
Peaches and Pears is an award-winning home-stay, 3 km from Gopeshwar. Enjoy a leisurely evening connecting to this inspiring community and witnessing their incredible way of life.
A visit to Gopeshwar’s Gopinath temple made in 9-11 century AD and village market is also a great way to end the day. Enjoy your locally-grown dinner under the stars.
A village immersion day. Your hosts share their village-life, local architecture and connecting to this local community before ending the morning at the local school. Lunch is served in local home and freshly prepared by a local lady/host who’s part of the Fernweh Travel women’s empowerment initiative. Spend the evening back at Peaches and Pears Homes-stay.
Follow the Mandal river breakfast and hike up to the starting point of our trek to the Ansuiya temple. Cover some 5 miles on foot hiking the Himalayan foothills. En-route enjoy a traditional lunch in a local home before heading to the Atri Muni Ashram – a stunning waterfall a mile from the temple through a canopy of dense-forest. The Ashram itself is in the form of a cave temple. It is located behind the waterfall. Quite an experience. After enjoying a refreshing cup of hot-Chai (Tea) at the home of the temple priest – head back to Peaches and Pears Home-Stay.
Today you will be shown around the farm explaining organic farming practices by your host Poonam Rawat. Poonam will also be sharing with our travelers the process of using cow dung to make methane for cooking. Enjoying a cooking-lesson in local-cuisine by your home-stay hosts. Learn out the preparation of delicious Indian sweets while preparing for India’s festival of lights, Diwali
After breakfast enjoy the festival of lights – Diwali with your hosts. Participate in a local Puja temple prayers that marks this auspicious occasion.
Today we hike to the local village and interact with the artisans who create some incredible handicraft. Participate in making local-baskets and handicraft but also empowering these local artists by purchasing directly from them.
Enjoy a relaxed day reflecting on your incredible journey. Or head out to explore a beautiful river valley with your host Poonam Rawat.
Depart for Rishikesh after saying good-bye to your generous-hosts. Feel welcome by your boutique hotel and spend an evening relaxing, over-looking the Ganges river.
After an early morning yoga session and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing before walking through the hustling streets of Rishikesh. Be guided to the Beatles Ashram that is located in a quitter part of town. Enjoy a final farewell dinner back to the hotel.
Depart for Delhi via Train and be chauffeured to your centrally located Home-stay.
You will be chauffeured to New Delhi International airport after breakfast to board your flight back home.