Rishikesh and Gopeshwar, India

Trek the Himalayas and Celebrate Diwali in Quaint Villages

Join a small group of like-minded travelers on a beautiful journey through the untouched Himalayas - the land of Mysteries. An adventure where you will experience authentic Indian Himalayan traditions, cultures, food and handicrafts while uplifting the lives of locals.

We invite you to go through this mesmerizing journey of forests filled with wild flowers, butterflies, stunning mountain trails, lush green forests, sparkling waterfalls, peaceful meadows with towering peaks, relish organic local cuisine, look at the stars while listening to the stream of water, visit charming villages, try your hand at making local handicrafts, dance and sing around the fire with locals, dining at villager’s home Himalayan style, glorious sunsets and much more. During the trip, we'll stay with a local family at their unique Bed & Breakfast and spend 2 magical nights under the stars at a fairytale camp (in a forest house or tent).

Our experienes cannot be explained in words, this is something you will feel and capture in your hearts. Your visit will also directly support the Fernweh/Bachan empowerment project for underprivileged women and untouchable tribes, in addition to environmental and educational projects.

Right for You?

Duration

10 Days / 9 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Cultural Immersion

Languages

English

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Small Towns/Villages, Mountains and River

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

Fernweh Fair Travel

Locally Owned Nonprofit
Starts at:

$1,295/person

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Speaks: English

Highlights

  • Stay with a local family at their unique B&B in a mountain village.
  • Try a variety of local dishes and learn to make an authentic Indian meal.
  • Trek through the Himalayan mountains and take in stunning views.
  • Spend 2 magical nights under the stars at the Chopta Camp in a forest cabin or tent.
  • Discover caves and temples hidden deep within the Himalayan mountains.
  • Visit projects to preserve local ecology and improve life in villages.
  • Enjoy a special Diwali celebration in a local village - fire crackers, candle lighting, local delicacies and traditional Himalayan dances.

Details

Schedule

Make it to Rishikesh for Day 1, everything organized from there.

Availability

Set Departure Date
October 23 - November 1, 2019

Group

Small group trip, maximum of 12 travelers

What's Included

Lodging

9 Nights Family Homestay and Camping

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

Shared Room

Food

All meals included

Transport

Walk and Private van

Traveler Reviews

If you've been here, please tell us about it!  

Uplifting communities and helping in rural and sustainable tourism is the core aim of Fernweh Fair Travel. Over the course of our program, we visited remote village schools and a handicraft village. Poonam's team comprises of locals and thats where Fernweh Fair Travel is doing a great job : By empowering communities itself. This is the way forward for Garhwal and also for everyone to see how tourism can benefit from the grassroots level if done the right way.

Shubham Mansingka, March 2018

Great local experience! Poonam is very active helping local kids at school, underpriviliged women, the untouchable cast and the environment with the Green Task force. So many great initiatives and a great cultural learning experience!

Daniel Jakob, March 2018

We had a great journey and could participate in the traditional Indian life and the magnificant landscape north of India. While living with the local families Fernweh Travel introduced us in their daily life one would never see during a "normal" traveller visiting India...I would always take another chance to do such a trip.

Jens Heinke

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Fernweh Fair Travel

Locally Owned Nonprofit

Fernweh Fair Travel offers authentic connections to Himalayan culture and unique adventures to little-visited natural wonders - all of which support efforts to empower local women, untouchable tribes and their community. Travelers can choose to relax at one of their beautiful homestays, head out on a trekking tour or visit their boutique shop to browse goods from local artisans.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)
Travelers should plan to make their own way to Rishikesh by train or plane (Dehradun Airport). You will be picked up near Laxman Jhula bridge in the morning on Day 1 to begin the tour.
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