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Flower Forest Journey 

A Himalayan Cultural Experience

March 25th - April 6th, 2023

2499 USD twin share 
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HOSTED BY:

Poonam Rawat Hahne

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OVERVIEW

 

Join me on this spellbinding journey through forests filled with wild flowers, butterflies and stunning mountain trails. Lush green trees surrounding sparkling waterfalls and peaceful meadows with towering peaks will be our home for 13 days and nights.

 

Enjoy organic cuisine, learn cooking from a local woman, look at the stars while listening to the musical stream of water on our guided adventure. You will visit charming villages, try your hand at the local handicrafts, dance and sing
around the fire with locals, and dine at a villager’s home  - Himalayan style.


This transformational experience will leave you with enriched souls and hearts!

This authentic travel experience to an off-the-beaten-path destination is in the Indian Himalaya Uttrakhand, close to the Tibetan border.

 

Indulge in the sensory banquet of an authentic Himalayan culinary sojourn, cultural immersion and adventurous treks through spectacular Himalayan trails. Travel the quaint mountain villages, majestic mountain capes, and breath-taking river valleys all the while uplifting the local communities.


Your travel supports local social and economic development while helping to preserve the natural environment.

 

You will stay in an award-winning boutique eco-retreat/homestay,

off-the-grid beautiful forest cabins, and boutique resort.

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Arrive at Dehradun Airport.

Welcome Dinner and Introductions

Transfer to Rishikesh (20km drive)
Meals - D
Overnight - Divine Resorts & Spa

• Participants will be met at the airport by one of our team members and taken by private taxi to our boutique wellness hotel facing the holy river Ganga with stunning views.


• Meet at 5pm for tea and presentation of the program and introductions in detail. Afterwards we'll go for a Ganga River walk and witness the daily evening ritual of Ganga Aarti.

Aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the Ganga and happens at a very picturesque place on the banks of Ganges River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 -Into the deep Himalayas
Rishikesh - Mandal 220km
Meals- B, L, D + Tea ceremony

Overnight - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• Early morning, guests will take private taxis to the internal Himalayas, far from the crowded settlements to the isolated villages in the deep mountain range, an incredible drive of 5-6 hours.


• We will have sightseeing stops to see beautiful Prayags -(confluence of rivers and pilgrimage spots for Hindus) on the way and stop for breakfast.


• We will reach our beautiful boutique eco permaculture farm-stay for lunch. We aim to not isolate from nature rather blend with nature to rediscover ourselves. Our community will traditionally welcome us. The eco-retreat is looked after by local women and youth as a part of our empowerment project.


• A walk-around of the retreat will be given to you to show different retreat spaces and how you could utilize them. Afternoon free to rest.

Day 3 - Forest Bathing and small town market discovery.

Visit to Gopinath Temple

Koteshwar - Gopeshwar 11km
Meals- B, L, D + Tea ceremony

Overnight - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• Hike to a forest for beautiful experience of Forest Bathing before breakfast.


• After lunch, we visit Gopeshwar to discover a stunning Gopinath temple constructed in 9th -11th century AD and a beautiful ashram  where temple priests reside.


• Visit a typical colourful mountain town market. We buy our kurtas here - an Indian attire to wear, as a gesture of respect towards the local customs and locals when we visit the villages.

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Day 5 - Handcrafters Village Koteshwar - Naini 27km
Meals- B, L, D + Tea ceremony

Stay - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• Trek to the untouchable tribal villages. We meet the artisans and will be able to make the handicraft, learn the handicraft heritage, and have an opportunity to buy the products directly from the artisans.

 

• We lunch at a local village home supported by the empowerment project. Our hostess will be Lakshmi, who lives alone. Most of the family, including her husband, has left for cities to earn their living, a significant migration problem Uttrakhand is fa

Day 6 - Ancient goddess temple and behind the waterfall (trek through the flower forest)

Waterfall Purification Meditation: Takigyo
Koteshwar - Mandal 2.5km (drive) - Atrimuni 7km (trek 1 way)

Meals- B, L, D + tea ceremony

Stay - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• We drive to Mandal, a charming starting point of our trek to the Ansuiya temple. We will trek 5 km through the flower forest to reach this centuries-old goddess temple. Ansuiya is a beautiful old village surrounded by forest.


• We will have lunch in a traditional home in the village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


• After lunch, we will head to Atrimuni cave and a stunning waterfall 2 km from the temple via a beautiful route through the dense forest. This holy cave temple is behind the waterfall with beautiful energy; this site was used by Atri muni for meditation.

Waterfall purification Takigyo - objective of Takigyo is to cleanse the mind, body, and soul through a Buddhism purification ritual.

 

• After our tea at the monk/rishi's cave hut next to the waterfall, we head back to our farm-stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7

Cooking together at the age-old hidden temple and visiting a secret forest of huge ancient trees (flower forest)

Kotehswar - wildlife sanctuary temple point 7 km (drive) 4km (hike 1way)

Meals- B, L, D + Tea time
Stay – Chopta forest cottages

• After breakfast, we will head to the middle of a flower forest, starting our 4 km hike to this ancient cobra temple. This temple is a peaceful place oozing with energy, and only locals know about this hidden temple. We will gather wild food/herbs, which we will use in
cooking here with the locals.
• After lunch, we will continue towards our forest cottages at Chopta - a stunning off-grid location at the height of 2800 mts.

Day 8

Trek To the highest Shiva temple & Clean drive
Koteshwar - Chopta 34km (drive) 7.4 km (trek)

Meals- B, L, D + Tea time
Stay – Forest Cottages

• After Breakfast, we climb up to Tungnath temple- the highest Shiva temple of the world with spectacular views of the snow peaks. The steep trek to Tungnath at an altitude of 3650 meters is a mere 3.5 km. Tungnath means 'lord of the peaks,' is more than 1000 years old, and is an example of magnificent architecture and artistic structure. Here, we'll have the feeling of being in a different era.

 

• After lunch, we continue to the Chandershila- moonstone. The Chandrashila peak at 4000 meters beckons 1.5 km further, where the majestic 360-degree view of the Himalayas awaits. In Hinduism, it is believed to be the gateway to heaven. We'll have magnificent
views of Himalayan snow peaks, including Trishula 7120m, Nanda Devi 7816m (highest peak of India), and Chaukhamba 7138m.

 

• A clean drive while descending to our exquisite forest cabins

Day 9

Hike through the wildlife sanctuary filled with flowers
Bhulkana - Koteshwar 14 km trek

Meals- B, L, D + Tea time

Stay - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• After breakfast we will start our 14 km hike down through the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary. We'll be witnessing loads of wildlife, orchids, waterfalls, fantastic flora, and stunning views.


• We will have lunch in the sanctuary at a simple forest cafe run by the youth of Koteshwar village. Afterward will continue the hike to our farm stay for a tea gathering.


• Evening sitting around the fire and reflecting on our day's journey.













 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day 10

Ancient Himalayan practice and Cooking lesson
Meals- B, L, D + Tea ceremony

Stay - Himalayan Citrus Garden Boutique Eco-retreat

• Today you will take part in an ancient Himalayan ritual of cleansing your hair using the bark of a native tree Bhimal (Grewia optiva) and later you will be introduced to the practices of regenerative agriculture/natural farming by our in-house expert of permaculture Sumanto. Knowledge that you can take back to your home countries and observe and interact with the essence of permaculture in your everyday lifestyle.

 

• Today we are going to have a cooking lesson with a local lady at her home.


• Afternoon will be free to wander, rest, chat, read, or do whatever you wish for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11
Back to the foothills
Mandal - Rishikesh 220km

Meals- B & D
Stay – Yog Niketan Boutique stay

• After breakfast we say good bye to our host and drive back to Rishikesh.


• Sightseeing and lunch stop along the way.


• Arrival at our boutique hotel, rest.

• Evening Ganga River walk with fire prayer ritual-aarti.

Day 12 - Discovering Rishikesh - Beatles footsteps

Meals- B & D
Stay – Yog Niketan Boutique stay

• Morning Yoga session


• Visiting Rishikesh - Beatles Ashram and hidden shopping streets through a local’s eyes.


• We'll have a question-answer session before our farewell feast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 13 - Morning Yoga & Good bye
Meals- B
Rishikesh - Airport 20km Drive

• Morning Yoga session before breakfast.


• Drop off to the airport in private taxies.

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DATES:     March 25th - April 6th

PRICING:  USD 2499 twin share

    

BOOKING: Click here

WHAT'S INCLUDED

• 12 nights’ accommodation – Boutique hotel (3), Forest Cabins (2) and Boutique Farm retreat (7)

• All meals as mentioned & plus evening chai sessions

• Entrance fee to all monuments and national park

• All activities mentioned

• Cooking course

• Yoga

• All transport in India – Train, private taxi and driver

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa

  • Beverages

  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance

  • Tips

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