Uttarakhand is renowned as the “Dev Bhoomi” as in its abode, it holds many pilgrimage sites but apart from its spiritual and religious significance, it also is known for its unparalleled beauty.
From lush green canopies adorning every nook and corner to majestic Himalayan ranges that overlook the state, Uttarakhand is a charming land that consists of enchanting valleys, sparkling rivers, unexplored trails and so much more.
It is popular among trekking enthusiasts, backpackers, and even bikers. The reason for that is that Uttarakhand has something to offer for every kind of traveler which is why we take you on a backpacking trip where you get to traverse the hidden gems of Uttarakhand whilst also enjoying the many adventure activities it has to offer.
In this Rishikesh Chopta backpacking trip, we offer you an experience that is a perfect blend of both adventure and peace.
In this itinerary for the Uttarakhand tour, we start our trip from the Yoga Capital of India – Rishikesh. The holy city offers both peace and adventure, on one hand, it offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the divine energy that overflows on the bank of river Ganga while on the other, it offers thrilling activities like rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, cliff jumping, and more.
En route to Rishikesh, we’d be traversing yet another auspicious town of Uttarakhand which is Haridwar where devotees from all over the world come to bathe in the holy river Ganga as it is believed that the pure water of the river washes away all your sins.
Upon our arrival, we’ll indulge in the most popular adventure activity there is in Rishikesh which is white water rafting in the roaring river Ganga. We’d also indulge in cliff jumping which would surely give you an adrenaline rush and get your heart pumping.
After a sightseeing tour to Ram Jhula, we’d spend an evening at Triveni Ghat where we’d witness the serene Ganga Aarti and seek blessings as well.
In this Rishikesh Chopta tour itinerary, we’ll then move on to the next destination which is Chopta, a small region in Uttarakhand adorned with lush green meadows and the majestic Garwhal Himalayas.
Chopta also serves as the base camp for the Chandrashila and Tungnath Trek. While Chandrashila peak nestled at an altitude of 12,110 ft acts as a vantage point and offers breathtaking views of the Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks, Tungnath, at a staggering height of 12,106 ft, on the other hand, is the Highest Shiva Temple in the World.
Upon our arrival in Chopta, we’ll start our trek. The entire trail is lined by lush greenery and offers majestic views. The trek is the perfect blend of adventure where you also get to witness the many beautiful shades of nature, all at once.
Chopta also acts as the gateway to Sari Village which is the base camp for the Deoria Tal Trek. Nestled at an altitude of 7,998 ft, the pristine lake is surrounded by Garwhal Himalayas and is popular for its glass-like surface that mystically reflects the Chaukhamba peaks.
This Rishikesh Chopta backpacking trip offers the best of both worlds when it comes to the different sides of Uttarakhand which is a hotspot for both spiritual people and the ones who are always seeking adventure in every corner.
Day 1 : Drive from Delhi to Rishikesh (250 Kilometers, 6 Hours)
- The group will assemble at the pick-up point at 11 PM (tentative).
- After a brief introduction session given by the Trip Captain, we will head towards Rishikesh. En route, we’d be traversing through Haridwar which is the center for many pilgrims and is one of the holiest cities in India.
Note: The pickup point would be Akshardham Metro Station.
Day 2 : Rishikesh Arrival and Sightseeing
- Upon reaching Rishikesh, we will check into our designated stays and spend some time at leisure.
- Afterwards, we will head out for River Rafting in the tidal waves of the mighty Ganga, we will also indulge in Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh. After experiencing the adrenaline rush, we will have lunch and then head out for a local sightseeing tour where we’d be visiting the iconic Ram Jhula, and Lakshman Jhula.
- In the evening, we will visit Triveni Ghat for Ganga Aarti. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Rishikesh.
Day 3 : Rishikesh to Chopta (161 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
- Post breakfast, we will check out of our designated stays and head towards Chopta which is a small region in Uttarakhand adorned with lush green meadows and is the basecamp for the Tungnath trek.
- Upon arrival, we will check into our campsites and Chopta and unwind ourselves in the lap of nature. The rest of the day is at leisure but we will be indulging in some exciting group bonding activities.
- In the evening, we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay in the camps.
Day 4 : Drive from McLeod Ganj to Bir (72 Kilometers, 3 Hours)
- After early morning breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head towards Bir which is situated at an elevation of 5,003 ft and is popularly known as the Paragliding Capital of India. En route, we’d be traversing through Dharamshala which is the humble abode of the Dalai Lama. We will also visit the Dharamshala Stadium.
- Upon our arrival in Bir, we’ll check into the hotel. In the evening, we’ll head towards Billing which is the take-off point for paragliding where Bir is the landing site. Collectively they provide the perfect opportunity for a paragliding session.
- After our Paragliding session in Bir Billing, we will return to our designated stays. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Bir.
Day 5 : Bir Sightseeing | Departure to Delhi
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel in Bir and head towards a local sightseeing tour where we’d visit the Sherabling Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bir. Afterward, we’ll visit the sparkling Bir Waterfall. We will also indulge in Cafe Hopping and explore the arrays of cafes that Bir has to offer.
- In the evening, we’ll board an overnight bus to Delhi.
Day 6 : Delhi Arrival | Trip Ends
- We’ll reach Delhi by early morning. The group will dissemble and go their separate ways with fond memories of the trip.
- Trip Ends.
What is the best time to visit Uttarakhand?
Although Uttarakhand maintains pleasant weather throughout the year, March to April & September to October are considered to be the best time to visit Uttarakhand.
What is the best time for River Rafting in Rishikesh?
The best season for River Rafting is from September to mid-April. One should avoid the temperature of May and June as it becomes quite unnatural to regain the same essence.
Is there any age restriction for River Rafting in Rishikesh?
Yes, Kids below 14 years are not allowed to do river rafting in Rishikesh.
What other adventure activities can one try in Rishikesh apart from rafting?
Rishikesh is widely known for its thrilling white water rafting experiences. However, it offers other adventure activities as well. One can enjoy rock climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking, bungee jumping, and flying fox
What is Chopta famous for?
Chopta which is a small region in Uttarakhand adorned with lush green meadows is the base camp for Chandrashilla & Tungnath trek. At an altitude of 12, 110 ft, the Chandrashila top offers majestic views of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks. Tungnath is situated at an elevation of 12,106 ft and is the Highest Shiva Temple in the World.