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20 Days Nanda Devi Raaj Jat Yatra 2014 in Uttarakhand  (18-Aug-2014 to 06-Sep-2014)

All those who are interested in culture and are trek enthusiast, the 2014 Nanda Devi Raj Jat yatra is a perfect gateway to total bliss. Nanda Raj Jat Yatra is three weeks long festival and celebrated once in every 12 years so the next one will be in 2025. Its sanctity for locals is equal to Kumbh and it is one of the most lively and colourful festivals in the region. Nanda Devi Raj Jat is the most wonderful pilgrimage in the High Himalayan peaks of Uttarakhand. It combines obscure faith, mysteries and thrills with a flood of devotees. Like the Khumbh it is organized every 12 years. 
                
                  

About Nanda Devi Yatra:

Nanda Devi is seen as incarnation of Goddess Parvati and the devotees gather at Nauti Gaon (Village) which is around 25 Km from Karnprayag in Chamoli one of among Panch Prayags of Uttarakhand, Myth says that Goddes Gaura (Parvati) was the daughter of king of mountains (Sail Putri) who married with a yogi with leopard skin (Lord Shiva). It is believed that Goddes Gaura comes to visits her mother’s places (Mait in local language). All people of locality escort Goddes Gaura to her in-laws place in Gaufati Peak after visit her mother’s place like all Uttaranchali brides do. A four horned rem guides the Raj jat and also the carrier of personal effects of the Goddes. Doli of Goddes. Nanda will be also joined by many Dolis of other prominent Devtas (Gods) of Himalayas. The 280 kilometres and 20 days trek starts from Nauti Village and reaches Homkund on Nandastmi. There are 19 halting places. A deep feeling of faith and reverence for Nanda Devi in Himalayan folk lore reflects the respect held for women in Uttarakhand. The trek passes through some of the most beautiful and some very difficult spots in the region. I was told that a four-horned Ram is born once in every twelve years, and the Ram leads the procession. People do not go beyond Homkund, from where the ram takes the gifts and disappears in the glaciers. Of course, this may be just a fable but the journey itself must be amazing.

Night Hault Information of Nanda Devi Raaj Jat Yatra (Tour Itinerary for 2014 Yatra)

DAYDATEJOURNEYALTITUDE(METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL)DISTANCE IN KM
118-Aug-2014Start from Nauti to Iravadhani124010
219-Aug-2014Iravadhani to Nauti165010
320-Aug-2014Nauti to Kansuwa153010
421-Aug-2014Kansuwa to Sem153010
522-Aug-2014Sem to Koti163010
623-Aug-2014Koti to Bhagoti150012
724-Aug-2014Bhagoti to Kulsari105012
825-Aug-2014Kulsari to Chepdyun116510
926-Aug-2014Chepdyun to Nandkesari12005
1027-Aug-2014Nandkesari to Faldiagaon148010
1128-Aug-2014Faldiagaon to Mundoli175010
1229-Aug-2014Mundoli to Wan245015
1330-Aug-2014Vaan to Gairoli Patal303210
1431-Aug-2014Gairoli Patal to Beadni365012
1501-Sep-2014Beadni to Pathar Nachauniyan421015
1602-Sep-2014Trek to Shila Samudra430016
1703-Sep-2014Shila Samudra to Homkund (4450) for Nandanavmi and return to Chandniaghat at 10:45AM after pooja.465018
1804-Sep-2014Chandniaghat to Sutol165025
1905-Sep-2014Sutol to Ghat165060
2006-Sep-2014Ghat to Nauti1200110

The list of personal trekking gears required for the trek are mentioned here as under-


Places to See

Lohajang : Lohajang is situated at a distance of 7 kms. uphill from Bakargad. The trek is a strenuous one, but the picturesque views of natural splendour throughout the route makes one forget the perils of this arduous trek. Lojanjang is situates at an altitude of 2280 mts.

Bann : The village of Bann is located at a distance of 5 kms. from Lohajang. The entire route is up hill but the road wide and comfortably with tall birch, oak and Deodar trees lining its sides. The village is inhabited by Palso shepherds and farmers. The dwelling units of this village are single, double or triple storyed and of a typical style, suited to the mountains. The village is famous for the shrine of Latu Devta. Accommodation is available in Dak Bunglow & Tourist Rest House.

Bedini Bugyal/Vaitarani : Situated close to Bann, Bedini Bugyal is a beautiful meadow, carpeted with soft, green grass. One can find patches in the meadow where myriad variety of beautiful flowers in full bloom add a dash of colour to the charming green meadow. A small lake known as Vaitarani is situated in the midst of this meadow, where tarpans are offered. A small temple is also situated here.

Pattar Nachoniya : Ahead of Bedini Bugyal is the legendary Pattar Nachonia where King Jasdhaval is said to have made his female courtesans dance. Legend has it that the king’s indulgence earned the ire of the Goddess Nanda Devi and the dancing girls were turned to stone. These stones can still be seen today, arranged in a circle at this very spot.

Gangotri Cave : This cave is where the pregnant queen of the Jasdhaval, Vallabh, delivered a child.

Kaliuva Vinayak : 5 kms. from Pattar Nachonia and at an altitude of 3000 mts., the place offers a panoramic view of Trishul and Nanda peaks. Situated here is a famous stone of lord Ganesha, worshipped as Kailura Vinayak.

Bagwawasa : The place is filled with Brahmakamals, the magical aroma of these magnificent flowers creates a mystical ambience. The lore behind the name Bagwawasa seems to be that is one has to make a dwelling (wasa) then it has to be here, for, ahead of it is the deadly precipice, known as Juna Gali, or the alley of death.

Roopkund : Roopkund is a mysterious lake which is situated at an altitude of 5029 mts. In the interior of the district Chamoli. The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2 mts. With the edges covered with snow for most part of the year. When the snow melts, human and equine skeletal remains can be seen, some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in he alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500-600 years ago. There are may theories explaining these findings, but none are satisfying. Hence the lake is also known as the ‘Mystery Lake’. It is however one of most popular treks in the Garhwal, as it abounds in spectacular mountain scenery.
Booking are open now :-- Augest 01, 2014 :: The 2014 Nanda Raj Jat Yatra 2014 schedule was officially announced by the organizing committee on 01 Augest. The auspicious Yatra will now be conducted from August-18 to September-06, 2014.

How to reach


By Air :
If you want to attend Nanda devi Raj Jat yatra in 2013, nearest airport are jolly Grant Airport Dehradun in Garhwal and Pantnagar in Kumaun region of Uttarakhand.
By Rail :
The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh in Dehradun District, Haridwar, Dehradun and Kotdwar in Pauri distict in Garhwal . If you want to go from kumaun than nearest railway stations is Kathgodam near Haldwani.Other station is Tanakpur where trains comes from Bareli.
By Road :
If you want to go by bus than chamoli distict is well connected with dehradun, haridwar and Rishikesh .From Kumaun Chamoli distict is connected with Rudrapur, Ramnagar and Tanakpur. Main station of this Yatra is Karanprayag which is connected with Garhwal and Kumaun. We can also attend the yatra from Chandpur gadi, Ujwalpur, Nandkesari and Tharali.These are the night hault of this Yatra.

Booking Nanda Devi Raj Jat 2014 Trip With Club Empire Holidays

Dreamatcher Adventure can organize Raj jat yatra for you and your group. Our yatra trekking program would include:
All meals (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
Tea/coffee in morning and evening
Alpine dome tents (rain proof) of double or triple occupancy
Sleeping Bags and Roll mat
Trekking table & chairs
Escorting guide / Trekking Crew / Cooks / Helpers
Porter / Mules / Transport for luggage only (as required)
Primary first-aid support
Essential mountaineering equipments as required for trekking purpose

The above charges would NOT include:

Transport of any kind
Pony/mule ride of any kind
Trekking gears like Shoes, Rain-cheater and warm clothes
Emergency evacuation charges
Personal accidental insurance
Headlamp/Torches
Walking Poles
DAILY MENU
Our Standard Menu during a trekking expedition would be combinations of dishes like given below (Menu not limited to the below dishes)
SESSION
MENU
MORNING
Wake Up morning beverage (Tea/Coffee)
BREAKFAST
White/Brown Bread,Pancakes,Butter,Muesli,Milk Porridge,Cornflakes,Milk Tea,Green Tea / Herbal Tea,Coffee,Hot Chocolate,Tibetan Bread,Peanut Butter
LUNCH
(Usually Packed Lunch) Stuffed Parantha,Roasted Potato with Cummins + Poori Bhaji
Fruit
* Hot Lunch will be served on days when the group will be at halt or reach the next stop (padav) early during that particular day.
DINNER
Boiled Rice,Fried Rice,Chapati,Parantha,Dal (Lentils),Seasonal vegetables,Pickles / Chutney

Equipments During Yatra


3-Season Tents (Brands - Quechua / Moorehead / Vaude – of international safety standards)
Sleeping Bags (0 to -10 C’ category)
Rolling Mat
Mountaineering Rope (7-mm or 10-mm)
Carabineer
Piton
Good trekking shoes are mandatory to attempt the trekking route of Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra. Make sure your team is using best trekking boots.
Before starting the trek we will analyze the weather situation and carry every essential mountaineering equipment to accomplish our trek.

Continental Trek/Tour-cost

01 to 05 pax ( Min. 03 pax required ) @ Rs.2700/- per day per pax
06 to 10 pax ( Min. 07 pax required) @ Rs. 2300/- per day per pax
11 to 14 pax @ Rs. 1800/- per day per pax
15 to 20 pax @ Rs. 1600/- per day per pax

Services:

Transportation by 2X2 non AC coach/Tempo traveller, Twin sharing attached bath accommodation in TRH/tent, veg. meals,10 kg portage of personal belongings camping equipment, first aid, Rs.One lac Personal Insurance high risk policy and services of mountaineering trained tour escorts & experienced camp followers

INSTRUCTIONS

You should carry your own personal day pack consisting of (water, medical aid, snacks, warm jacket etc). The weight will not exceed 5-8 kgs. Rest of your luggage would be hauled by porters or mules. It is also advisable that you bring limited things during the yatra.
Note that the inability to complete the trek by you or your team members will not get refunded. Please make sure every member is mentally and physically ready and willing to pursue the auspicious Nanda Raj Jat yatra.
Conditions for Booking
1) Confirmed booking will be made after receiving 50% advance as booking amount. The remaining 50% must be paid before the commencement of the Yatra.
2) Bookings are on first-come-first-serve basis as we will have a limited number of guests during the Yatra. Because of the massive crowd expected to join Yatra we will make limited arrangement for our group.
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