London • Delhi • Rishikesh • Rudraprayag • Govindghat • Badrinath • Govindghat • Ghangharia • Rudraprayag • Rishikesh • Delhi • London
Rocks, Routes and Shoots - The Valley of Flowers
Led by Heather Kelly & John Macgillivray
15th to 29th July, 2017
Depart London Heathrow by direct British Airways flight for Delhi.
*Departures from Manchester and upgrade to world Traveller plus and club class are available on request.
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to Shangri La hotel. Afternoon sightseeing Old and New Delhi
Delhi to Rishikesh (330 m) - by train to Haridwar then transfer to Rishikesh, on the River Ganges. Stay at Ganga Kinare Hotel.
Rishikesh to Rudraprayag (900 m). Enjoy an early morning walk along the Ganges and/or a yoga session at the hotel. Drive along the Alaknanda river to the confluence with the Manadakini (source of the Ganges).
Rudraprayag to Govindghat (1900 m). Carry on along the Alaknanda river amidst increasingly spectacular mountain scenery, crossing from rocks of the Indian continent (i.e. Lesser Himalayas) into the High Himalayas.
Govindghat to Badrinath (3150 m). Carry on along the Alaknanda river towards its source.
Badrinath (3150 m). Visit Badrinath Temple and the hot springs at Tapt Kund. Also visit Mana Village, the last village on Indian territory before Tibet.
Badrinath to Govindghat. A chance to have a closer look at the rocks and plants around Badrinath before returning to Ghovindghat, our jumping off point for the Valley of Flowers. Stay at Hotel Bagat.
Ghovindghat to Ghangharia (3000 m). Take a jeep 3km up the Pushpawati river to Pulna, then walk 11 km to a tented camp, where we will stay for three nights. Look at diverse metamorphic rocks en route.
Ghangharia to Valley of Flowers (3600 m). A strenuous 5 km walk to the start of the Valley of Flowers, then a chance to explore the valley at a comfortable pace. Return to Ghangharia by 5 pm.
Ghangharia – option of another day in the Valley of Flowers (with a guide) or a day looking at plants and rocks around the village.
Ghangharia to Rudraprayag. Walk 11km down to Pulna, then take jeep to Govindghat, before driving to Rudraprayag.
Return from Rudraprayag to Rishikesh, free time late afternoon in Rishikesh. Stay at Ganga Kinare Hotel
Return from Rishikesh to Delhi by train, after some free time in Rishikesh. Stay at Hotel Ibis near International airport
*If you are travelling to India for the first time and wish to visit Agra,Jaipur or any other area of the country extension tours and tailor-made holiday services are available on request.
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John and Heather have previously led trips for Indus Experiences to Kashmir and Ladakh, looking at the geology, ecology and culture of very different parts of the Indian Himalayas. After a visit to the Valley of Flowers National Park and World Heritage Site in Utterakhand last August, they are looking forward to sharing their Himalayan experience by leading a similar trip to this new area this year.
Heather is a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years her focus has been on teaching rather than research and she teaches interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. She has run field trips for both universities looking at how to assess plant biodiversity, the impact of the environment on plant growth and processes such as succession. With so many British garden plants having their origins in the Himalayas, Heather is keen to introduce others to the Valley of Flowers – a fabulous location for studying plant ecology.
John is a part time science tutor at the Open University with over 20 years experience teaching undergraduate general science modules, including leading OU geology/ecology field trips and similar independent field trips. He has previously worked in the UK Meteorological Office and National Engineering Laboratory (UK) and holds a first class honours degree in Earth Science and a degree equivalent in Physics. Recently he has co-published research on the Palaeogene dyke systems of Southern Scotland and NE England, adding to previous jointly published research. John enjoys integrating his knowledge of Earth Science into the broader context of the Himalayan environment.
The Cost From
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,675.00
Single room supplement £270.00
International air fare in economy class on direct British airways flight.
All accommodation arrangements with private facilities (tented accommodation during in valley of flowers).
Daily breakfast and dinner in Delhi and Rishikesh and all meals while on valley of flowers visit from 18 to 26th July.
Transfers and sightseeing arrangements by an airconditioned private chauffeur driven coach and air-conditioned Toyota Innova Cars.
Services of our representative for transfers and local English speaking guide for sightseeing.
Services of Heather Kelley –Ecologist and John MacGillivray Geologist.
Entry fee at monuments and places of interest.
Services of Heather Kelly (Ecologist) and John Macgillivray (Geologist).
Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
Cost does not include:
Visa fee for India ( E-tourist visa is now available for British Passport Holders at a fee of £50.00 approx.
- Tips and Gratuities
Any expense of a personal nature
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Credit card payment will be charge at 2% extra. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
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