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Cultural Village Trek

Shila Village to Agonda Village to Pilang Pinswar Village

This trek visits the remote holy famous picturesque mountain villages. The famous mountaintop temple Kailapeer historic temple of Budakedar plus Alpine forests of bhojpatra (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Kailapeer bugyal (Alpine meadow), Vistas of spectacular ice covered peaks of the high Himalayas - Thalaysagar, Jonli, Srikanth etc. Frequent sightings of lithe and lively langoor (black faced monkeys) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles. Hardy bukeriwale (mountain herders) with their flocks of sheep and goats.

Cultural Village Trek

This trek has been planned to visit picturesque tribal mountain villages and to learn about their life and culture End the trek in the fascinating spiritual and philosophical center of India - colorful Swargashram at Rishkesh.

Day Start Reach Hrs Kms Alt(mts) Mode/Acco
1 Delhi Rishikesh 6 225 600 Veh/Train: Hotel
2 Rishikesh Uttarkashi 6 185 1300 Veh: Hotel
3 Uttarkashi Shila Village 3 5 2000 Veh/Trek: Camp
4 Shila Village Pilang Village 6 12 3000 Trek: Camp
5 Pilang Village Chhani Via Jhoraha 56 12 2700 Trek: Camp
6 Chhani Kailapeer 5 8 3200 Trek: Camp
7 Kailapeer Kyarkee 8 12 3800 Trek: Camp
8 Kailapeer Pinswar 5 10 2000 Trek: Camp
9 Pinswar Agonda 8 16 1500 Trek: Camp
10 Agonda Village Rishikesh 8 180 600 Veh: Hotel
11 Rishikesh Delhi 6 225 600 Veh/Train: Hotel
Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation

Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
trek-to-culture-village In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.

Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.

Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.

Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga. culture-village-pics
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.

Day 3 : Uttarkashi - SHILA Village (40 kms/5 hrs)
1 hours Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, and villages toBhelatipri village Trail head. 3 hours uphill trek through forests of oak, rhododendron, pine, terraced fields to camp at Shila village with its traditional style homes and temples. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above.

Day 4 : Shila village - Pilang village (12 kms/6 hrs)
4 hours steep uphill trek along the Pilingna river through Alpine forest, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, rhododendron, oak, and stately deodars, terraced fields, quaint mountain villages with their charming and welcoming country inhabitants, through Jhorha village. Then 2 hours gentle uphill trek to remote Pilang village. Camp in the village for a chance to interact with these authentic Garhwal mountain people.

Day 5 : Pilang village - Chhani summer huts (12 kms/5 hrs)
culture-village-trek-photos 2 hours gentle back downhill trek, then 1 hour moderate downhill, then 2 hours uphill trek through the same types of forests to the Chhani camp - summer huts for village shepherds.

Day 6 : Chhani - Kailapeer (8 kms/5 hrs)
5 hours moderate uphill trek through bugyals (Alpine meadows). Chances to see, ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles. Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, and Gujars (generally Muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with and their herds of buffalo. Camp in Kailaipeer, famous bugyal and the renowned Hindu pilgrimage site of Kailapeer Temple.

Day 7 : Kailapeer - Kyarkee Top and return (12 kms/8 hrs)
4 hours uphill trek through high ridges with spectacular views of high Himalaya mountains: Jhonli, sri Kanth, and Thalayshagar, etc.. Views the valley to Pinswar and Pilang villages. Camp at Kailapeer.

Day 8 : Kailapeer - Pinswar village (10 kms/5 hrs)
5 hours downhill trek through the Alpine forests and villager's summer huts. Meet with hardy bakriwale with their flocks of sheep and goats, and Gujars. Camp above Pinswar villages for more cultural contacts with the villagers.

Day 9 : Pinswar village - Agonda village (16kms, 8 hrs)
culture-village-trek-images8 hours gentle downhill trek along the beautiful Balganga river through Alpine forest, terraced fields, to arrive at campsite on the river near the Agonda village.

Day 10 : Agonda village - Rishikesh(180 kms/8 hrs)
Drive through Budakedar town and famous architectural piece, the Budakedar temple. Continue along the Balganga river to its confluence with the Dharamganga river. See the huge new Terhi Dam and the planned village of New Terhi to Rishikesh. Overnight in hotel. (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further).

Day 11 : Rishikesh -Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Return drive to Delhi

Best time to visit Cultural Village Trek : May, June, September, October and November.