Day 01: Arrival at the Camp, Nature Walk
Arrive at the HVA Camp. Camp welcome on arrival. We have an orientation briefing by the Camp Manager followed by lunch. Post lunch, the group goes for a nature walk in the surrounding area. We come back to the camp in time for evening tea and snacks. Evening at leisure at the camp. Dinner around a merry bonfire & Overnight in the camp.
Day 02: Outdoor education AND Team games
Early morning wake up call followed by morning exercise. Post breakfast we divide the group into two teams:
- TEAM A: Outdoor education; rope knots and tent pitching
- TEAM B: Team Games; Great Indian Rope trick, save the world
Lunch at the camp. Post lunch both teams swap activities In the evening at leisure playing games like volleyball, badminton, Frisbee etc. Dinner around a merry bonfire & Overnight in the camp.
Day 03: Full Day Trek “Fall to Fall”
Wake up at leisure followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we drive for about 15 minutes to the start point of the trek. The first half of the trek is an uphill climb. After about 30 minutes of hiking we take a short detour to a nearby waterfall. At the waterfall the students can observe stalactites formations. It is also a good opportunity for some photographs.
After a short break at the waterfall we get back to the trail and continue our gradual ascent. The trail passes through a typical hill village called Patna. At the village the students can find a variety of fruit trees and fields of local seasonal crops. We walk past two schools enroute to another village called Simal Khet – the highest point of our trek. While on the trail, we come across indigenous vegetation. Some of the trees found are Bhimal, Rohini. Picnic lunch at a vantage point, which offers a panoramic view of the valley and the Ganga River. Post lunch, we descend for about 2 hours, visiting an Ashram on the way back to the camp. We finish the trek at the camp itself. Evening at leisure. Dinner around a merry bonfire & Overnight in the camp.
Day 04: Yoga, Treasure Hunt, Rock Climbing & Rappelling, Scavenger Hunt
Yoga session in the morning. After breakfast, we divide group into 2 teams
- TEAM A: try their hand at rock climbing and rappelling under the supervision of qualified instructors
- TEAM B: will do hunting…..TREASURE HUNT in and around the camp premises
Lunch at the camp. Post both teams swap their activities. Evening students will be given a task… SCAVENGER HUNT! Bar-be-que dinner around the merry campfire. Overnight at Camp.
Day 05: Visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rafting & Cliff jump
After breakfast we drive about 15 kms to visit one of the most popular Hindu Shrines – Neelkanth temple. Drive back Camp followed by lunch.
Post Lunch after a safety briefing we drive to the starting point of the day’s rafting session. This is a gentle stretch covering a distance of 13 kms from Gold Beach to Rishikesh wherein we float past famous temples, ashrams and yoga centers of Rishikesh. This rafting session would also include an exciting CLIFF JUMP session. Conclude rafting at Rishikesh. Post lunch presentation ceremony will be held. Students will be given a token of appreciation for taking part in the course. Also students and teachers share their experiences about their getaway.
Rishikesh, located in the laps of lower Himalayas, is sacred to Hindu pilgrims and is often referred to as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the place where the Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In Hindu homes and temples, the aarti ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important tasks of the day. The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up along the bank of the river and float lit “diyas” in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of thousands of “diyas” on the river is awesome.
After the aarti ceremony, we drive back to the camp for dinner. Overnight in the camp.
Day 6: Jeep Safari and Half day sightseeing of Haridwar
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Rajaji National Park for an exciting Jeep Safari (The Park is open from mid Nov-mid June).
Rajaji National Park: Three sanctuaries in the Shivaliks – Chilla, Rajaji and Motichur- were merged in 1983 into a large protected area and were jointly named Rajaji National Park after the famous freedom fighter Lt. Shri Rajagopalachari. Spread over an area of over 800 sq. kms, the park is a magnificent ecosystem nestled in the Shivalik ranges. With the Ganga River flowing through, the park is the beginning of the vast Indo – Gangetic plains.
Picnic lunch in the Park. Post lunch we drive to Haridwar to experience Hindu shrines and temple. Here we visit Mansa Devi temple and Har ki pauri.
Mansa Devi temple is on Hill and one can reach by Cable Car or on feet. Temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa. It is 2.5 km from main city. Very fine panoramic view of Haridwar can be enjoyed from here.
Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of the Ganges from the mountains and entry into the plains. Also known as Brahm Kund, this ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari who often meditated on the banks of river Ganga. History records an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot on one of the stones present on the ghat, which is indicative of the name.
An evening ritual (Aarti) performed by the priests on the banks of river Ganga is a highly enchanting and divine experience. Lamps are seen floating on the river, immersed after the ritual. A splendid aura of lights and chants fills the atmosphere in the evenings
Return to the camp for evening tea & snacks. Evening at leisure followed by dinner around a merry campfire and overnight in the camp.
Day 07: Stream bobbing, Presentation ceremony and depart
After breakfast all students will get time for body-surfing and stream fooling/ stream bobbing in the steam which flows right in front of the camp, early lunch followed by a presentation ceremony. Students will be given a token of appreciation for taking part in the course. Also students and teachers share their experiences about their getaway. Subsequently depart for the onward destination……….!