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Best Pilgrimage Tours in India

India is a confluence of religions and pilgrimage has great significance in the cultural context of the country. India is second to none when it comes to diversity in view of the diverse religions to which it fills in as an amalgamating pot. Each religion has its essentialness and a proposed lifestyle to live it as in a perfect world. The practice of pilgrimage in India is so profoundly entrenched in the social mind and the plethora of sacred places is so big in number that the whole subcontinent may really be viewed as one ostentatious and persistent consecrated place. India is an eminent nation that bafflingly works concordantly disregarding the numerous distinctions every last individual offers.


With some of the oldest cities, ancient mosques and temples and spiritual ashrams pilgrimage tours in India are for the souls to rejuvenate and find the peace of life which often gets lost in pursuit of materialism. Apart from the spiritual aspect, Indian pilgrimage sites also offer entertainment and recreation for travelers with festivals and processions filled with fun and gaiety. The celebrated shrines in India are structures of architectural genius and often offer the most breathtaking views of scenic landscapes around. The myths and legends of these sacred places have their roots in the ancient events and people’s experiences. Each place has many intriguing myths and legends. The intriguing parts of these legends are that not many have composed records but generally passed orally from era to era.


These religious detours are a perfect way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city and embark upon a blissful experience to attain harmony. Whether it is a spiritual walk in the oldest civilized city of Varanasi or a trek through Uttarakhand to see the ancient shrines, Indian pilgrimage is unrivalled. From north to south, east to west India is blessed with a number of pilgrimage sites where you can satisfy your quest or thirst for spiritualism. To know more about the best pilgrimage tours in India, have a look below.

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    Kuari Pass Trek 2017, Uttarakhand
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    About the Destination:Kuari Pass, a place with a lot of mesmerizing sights to relish is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. If you are a beginner in treks, then Kuari Pass trek would be the right step to start with. On the route, you will find numerous beautiful forests which are really old with blooming rhododendron and oak trees. There is an interlude of meadows which gives the forest entry so beautiful every time. The region is used extensively by the local shepherds, and it is a great activity to explore one of the richest meadows in the Himalayas to get a full view of the splendid snow-clad peaks. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.The mountain views coming to your from the first day of the trek are the major attraction about Kauri Pass trek. Mount Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and some other peaks are the first ones visible and as you climb more, the array of several mountains will come to welcome you. It is always a splendid sight to gaze at the sky with the mountains touching the clouds every other time.The campsites are also a pleasing inclusion every trekking expedition to Kuari Pass has. After each day’s trek, the camping will be the time which lets you get refreshed and prepare for the next day’s expedition. The Chitrakantha campsite amidst the thick forest or the Khullara campsite letting watch you the peaks rising in the background will be equally suitable to have a rejuvenating stay while Kuari Pass trek is processing.About the trek:Kuari Pass trek for six days would enable you to witness the holy destinations in the Himalayas and it starts once you reach Haridwar and then the drive to Joshimath will be a beautiful one showcasing the pilgrim spots located at different places. Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alakananda confluence, and Joshimath will take you to the enthralling moments with their unbeatable naturalness. Chitrakantha and Chaukhamba will be arranging the most exotic sights to surprise you with their enjoyable serenity and the valuable views of the Himalayas from the summits. Leaving Chitrakantha to reach the Tali Top will be a difficult one but what are waiting for you atop Tali will definitely let your hearts bewitched. Lush meadows and well-defined tracks can be clearly seen from Tapovan and staying in the middle of alpine meadows would soothe your heart surely. Nanda Devi Peak, Rishi Ganga River, and the views of the mighty Himalayas from Kuari Pass will be stuck to your heart forever. The chilling wind at the top has something special always to drag you to the unending charm of the place and let you remain in a heaven like feeling for a while. When you come to Auli, you get a separate invitation as it is the best destination for skiing and the serenity has a lot to do here. The trek to Kuari Pass winds up at Haridwar after you reach there via Joshimath, the same route you took to reach Kuari Pass top.Quick Facts:Trip Starting From: HaridwarTemperature:  Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: -3°C-4°CTrekking Distance:  33kmMaximum Altitude: 12,516 ftDifficulty Level: Easy To Moderate Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, DehradunATM: ATMs are there in  Joshimath.

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    Local Guided Tour, Thanjavur
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    Thanjavur

    On this day trip, which introduces the local flavour and fervour of Thanjavur, you’ll witness why this region is a fascination amongst varied people.  Unfold its rich heritage art and architectural marvels, signs of literature and music, legacy of exquisite handicrafts and a lot more. Brace yourself to an entire day of soaking in the local life and history of Thanjavur. Your guided tour of around 10 hours starts around 9am and stretches across the dominating symbol of Chola Empire, the Brahadeeswara Temple now protected as a heritage site under UNESCO. Understand its glorious past and observe its present day status. Visit one of the oldest libraries in Asia, Saraswathi Mahal Library with a collection of ancient palm-leaf and paper manuscripts and sketches. Stop by at Rajagopalasami Canon, a less visited object of heritage value at the Thanjavur Fort. Spend time at the South Zone Cultural Centre that preserves and promotes traditional cultural heritage. Explore artist workshops and homes specialising in Tanjore Paintings to witness the evergreen style taking shape on hundreds of canvas. Duration: 10 hours

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    Cycle Rickshaw Tour, Madurai
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    Particularly known for its centuries old temples, market places, trade fair, and some brilliant architecture, Madurai is beautiful every inch of the way. Over 2.5 hours, experience a slice of history and heritage and get transported to a bygone civilization. The guided tour in a cycle rickshaw begins 10am or 3pm from the famous Meenakshi Temple. You’ll have a short rendezvous with the temple, its architecture, and life at large as it happens around its narrow alleys. Next explore and unravel the city’s other traits such as banana and vegetable markets, bamboo bazaar, dhobi ghat, as well as seat of textile and brass industries to watch locals make metal pots on furnace and spinning yarns. As you end your ride around 5:30pm, you would’ve seen every nook and cranny of this simply gorgeous city. Duration: Around 2.5 hours

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    Subah-e-Banaras – Boat Ride
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    Banaras

    Witness the heavenly beauty of the pious ghats and the delightful ambience of Banaras ! Behold the captivating beauty of the vicinity when the first rays of the sun touches the sacred lands of this holy city. Join this 4-5 hours boat-ride tour and experience how life starts with devotion, spirituality and sacredness in Banaras. Assembling at the ‘AssiGhat’ at 5:15am during the summers and 6:00am during the winters, embark on a boat ride in the holy Ganges. As the boatman rows through the holy waters, witness the sunrays touching the tranquil water. Beam through the mystique charm of Banaras and watch the entire city getting pleasantly washed away with the enchanting beauty of the rising sun! Besides witnessing the devotees performing different rituals and attaining solace, visit Manikarnika Ghat which is the largest cremation ground in Banaras. As the boat cruises back to the Assi Ghat, embark on a walking trail to the southern part of the city and explore its richness. Discover and explore the cultural diversity of the holy city and also witness the wrestlers practicing in the ‘Akhadas’, traditional Indian wrestling ground.   

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    Spiritual Walk in Varanasi
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    One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is also one of the most important Hindu pilgrimages. Dedicated to get you acquainted with the religious and spiritual essence of this holy city, this 3 hours walking tour takes you different ashrams and temples within the city. Assembling at the AssiGhat at 8am or 4pm, embark on this delightful tour of Varanasi. Considered as the seat of Lord Shiva, the southern part of the city is referred to as the Gauri Kedareshwar Khand. Explore the southern part of the city with an experienced guide and learn the history and the significance of this pious city. Know more about Varanasi with a visit to many ashrams and temples. Walk through magical ponds which are as old as 2,200 years, and visit famous temples such the Monkey temple and Tulsi Manas Temple. The inscriptions on the walls of the Tulsi Manas temple will never cease to amaze you as you find the entire Ramayana engraved on its marble frescos. Visit the site on the Tulsi Ghat where the great poet Tulsi Das wrote the ‘Ramcharit Manasa’. Get a chance to look at the original copy of the manuscript, kept and preserved carefully and conclude the walking tour on a delightful note.  

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    Spiritual Walk Through Bhubaneswar
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    About the Activity: On this guided walking tour, over two hours you’ll realize why Bhubaneswar, the ancient Kalinga Empire is a testimony of a glorious past marked with myriad religious streaks.  Your walk takes you through tree-lined avenues, stitched with traditional Hindu life in union with Buddhism and Jainism that complete your spiritual odyssey. You will also get to sip on local chai. Around 8am, you’ll start from Mukteshwar Temple, a seat of learning for Hindus also known for its ancient architecture and religious significance. This is one of the four major sacred places here. Head to Parsurameswar Temple, followed by a visit to Bindu Sagar, a holy water tank surrounded by several enchanting temples and ghats. From here you arrive at the last spot of the quadrant, Lingraja Temple. This temple is off-limits to non-Hindus, although thanks to British Viceroy Lord Curzon, foreign travellers can witness it from a specially erected viewing tower. Known for its famous Rath Yatra, this is where you’ll conclude your tour.  Duration: Around 2 hours

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    Madurai Sightseeing Day Tour
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    One of the oldest Indian cities, Madurai, has been an ancient metropolis with a vibrant trade history. Visitors have never been alien to this city, which is known to be the soul of Tamil Nadu. For around 10 hours, you’ll experience the popularity of this captivating place through its very many temples, other sanctums, historical monuments and much, much more. You’ll begin the guided sightseeing tour at 8am. First stop is Meenakshi Amman Temple, a 2,000 year-old complex that is literally a city within the city. It’s also one of the greatest and largest temples in India. Undoubtedly this would take over two hours of your visit time. Next, drive to Thiruparankundram, one of the six residences of Lord Subramanya that is located in the city centre. After this tour, you’ll visit the secular, Dravidian-Islamic style Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, which is now only a quarter of its original size. Post lunch in a restaurant, drive to Gandhi Museum, a 17th century palace with artifacts of Gandhian movement and highlights freedom struggle. The last leg of the tour takes you to Alagar Koil, a Vishnu Temple on a picturesque wooded hill. You’ll be transferred to the drop point around 6:30pm. Duration: Around 10 hours

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    The City of Learning and Burning, Varanasi
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    Varanasi

    One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is called the city of learning because of the great men who have made some of the greatest contributions to the cultural, literary, and artistic heritage of India. It is also called the city of burning as it embraces death, with its cremation grounds in the heart of the city. Join this 3 hours walking tour which starts at 8AM or 4PM. Embark on exploring the history of the city with a visit to the ashrams where the Sadhus live. Learn about the great cultural contributions of Varanasi to the world. Hear the various stories related to the city and explore the reasons for Varanasi to be famous as the city which grants nirvana. Meet the ascetics and learn about their lives. Visit various places with historical significance and stories attached to them, such as the cremation grounds and a sacred pond which is believed to have the power to treat infertility. Following this, visit one of the most important Hindu Temples in Varanasi. With this visit, the tour will come to an end.  

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    Cultural Diversity of Varanasi
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    Varanasi

    One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is the perfect example of unity in diversity. Known to one of the devoted places for the Hindus, this city also represents the perfect blend of harmony among other religions and sects. Within this 3 hours walking tour, you can witness this fact and get to know more about the cultural diversity of Varanasi. Assembling at the Assi Ghat by 8 in the morning or 4 in the evening, embark on this fascinating tour of the cultural lanes of Varanasi. Visit the different places of worship around the ghat, which include visits to various Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh temples. In addition to this, you can also visit several Mosques and Churches lying within the city. With more than 2600 Hindu shrines and temples, nearly 1400 Muslim shrines and mosques, Churches and temples belonging to Jain, Buddhist and the Sikh community, Varanasi never ceases to amaze its visitors. While in this tour, interact with the locals and get an insight to their daily lives beside the holy Ganges. Know more about the pious ghats and the religious beliefs of the devotees. Make every bit of the tour memorable with glimpses of different sects and traits getting mixed into a single flavour.  

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    Marina and Fort St George Tour, Chennai
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    Chennai

    Take a fascinating trip to two famed sites in Chennai. Visit Fort St. George, the first fortress built by the English in 1644. This structure is also the starting point of the Marina Beach which runs a distance of 13 kms along the city’s coast. This tour takes around 3 hours. You can choose betweentime slots of 10 am -1 pm and 3-6 pm. Be picked from a location of your choice and undertake the journey in a car accompanied by an informed guide. The first stop will be at San Thome. Containing the remains of the Apostle St Thomas, it is an ancient basilica built by the Portuguese and rebuilt in a Gothic style by the British. A drive on the road along the beach gives you a glimpse of the fishermen’s settlements that are built here. There is also an ancient light house on the southern end of the beach, which is a famous landmark in the city and offers splendid views of the ocean. Visit the Fort St. George thathas a museum with many exhibits dating back to the British era. The St. Mary's Church, which is the oldest Anglican church in India and famed as the 'Westminster Abbey of the East', is also situated within its premises. The trip concludes after a tour of the various structures within the fort.Witness public buildings and sculptures along the Marina Promenade, unwind on the beach to delight in the local life and colourful stalls Duration – 3 hours

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    Ganga Aarti – Boat Ride Varanasi
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    Varanasi

    Go on a spiritual journey as you undertake the boat ride on the holy river Ganga and observe the religious rituals being conducted on the Ghats of Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world. The guided Ganga Aarti boat ride lasts for 4-5 hours and can be opted for in the morning or evening. The start time varies according to the prevalent weather, sunrise time and the time when the arti is conducted. During summers it starts around 5 am and in winters it is 6:30 am. Similarly the evening arti might take place at 5:15 pm in winters and 6:15 pm in summers. The trip would get going from the ghat closest to your hotel by the river. Else if you are staying inland, the ride begins from Assi Ghat and takes you along the stretch of the river where the ghats are located. The evening trip also includes a visit to the cremation grounds at Manikarnika Ghat. You would be able to have a panoramic view of the rituals as the aarti is conducted on the river’s edge amid much fanfare and religious fervour. The glittering lamps and reverberating chants of the hymns evoke spiritual sentiments as you glide by in the boat. Duration: 4-5 hours

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    About the Activity:Get that spiritual touch as you visit the Akshardham Temple and seek that inner peace which you have been searching for.Reach the Information Centre near Akshardham Parking and meet your guide there.Get a chance to witness the 20,000 crafted statues of the Hindu devotees, sadhus and acharyas.Stroll along the Yagnapurush Kundh, India's largest step well and musical fountain and then tour the beautiful gardens and the floral grounds of Akshardham.This tour starts from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM.The tour includes guide and activities.

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    Jaipur

    About the Activity:If you wish to spend some time visiting the temples of Jaipur, this is the best chance which extends a remarkable temple tour covering the major temples in the pink city.Start the trip early morning from Chhoti Chopad with your guide and start with a visit to Govind Dev Ji temple, then to Birla Mandir, Khole Ke hanuman Ji temple Jaipur Shri Ganesh temple and Moti Doongri Ganesh temple.Galtaji temple is known to be a pre-historic Hindu pilgrimage site that is located 10 KM away from Jaipur and it encompasses natural fresh water springs and 7 holy Kunds.Birla temple stands out from other major temples of the area as it is built in white marbles. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.Located inside the City Palace complex, Govind Dev Ji temple is one of the sacred and most visited temples in Jaipur.The Moti Dungri temple attracts more tourists everywhere as it is located on a small hill which is surrounded by a stunning palace. After visiting all these temples, return to your hotel by noon and the tour gets concluded by then.

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    New Delhi

    About the Activity:Temples to visit - Iskon Temple, Birla Mandir, Jama Masjid, Bangla Sahib, Sacred Heart Cathedral.Find solace with a spiritual trip to the religious spots in Delhi.Get picked up from your hotel or residence around in Delhi 09:30-10:00 AM and embark on this amazing tour.First of all at 10:30 am, head to Lotus Temple which is the worship house of Bahai people and marvel at the architecture and the piousness of this holy structure.Then move on to admire the beauty of the world famous Iskon Temple at 11:30 am, where you can pay tribute to Lord Krishna and Radha.Visit Birla Mandir at 12:30 pm, a Hindu temple, built on a 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad which was constructed over a period of ten years.Break for lunch at 13:00 pm and continue the tour again at 14:30 pm by visiting the Jama Masjid.Marvel at the structural extravaganza of Jama Masjid built during Shah Jahan's reign and which is considered as one of the biggest mosques in India.Bangla Sahib Gurdwara is the next destination which is famous for a pool inside known as 'Sarovar'.Around 05:00 PM, you can wind up your tour with a visit to Sacred Heart Cathedral Church.Please Note: Prices may vary according to the pick up locaton

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  • About the Activity:Indulge in a trip to see the different temples in Vrindavan and Mathura and feel relaxed.Get picked up from your hotel/residence from anywhere in Delhi.Arrive in Mathura early morning and visit the most religious temples of India there.Enjoy the therapeutic atmosphere in the premises of the numerous sacred sites in Mathura.The beauty of Mathura lies in its inter-twined history with the mythology of Krishna and you can see the influence of that till this day.Relax at the ghat near Mathura and watch the people flock there. Visit Vrindavan as well.Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is the most sought after religious spots in Mathura, pay a visit to this temple where you can listen to the many stories of Lord Krishna.Enjoy the sight of the Dvarkadhish Temple, built in 1814 and is located at the centre of Mathura town, return to Delhi afterwards with plenty of beautiful memories.

    h10 Hours
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    3999


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Aryan Menon

04 June 2015

The Kuari Pass trek started after we were driven to Dhak village by our trek guides. From there, we started hiking through dense forests, snowy trails and lot more and reached the Chitrakantha camp. The tents for our overnight stay were of very good quality and we got the required break and rest in them. Following this, the third, fourth and fifth day also followed the same routine: trek and rest. The overall experience was really fascinating and One must go for this atleast once.

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Dakshayani Dhawan

17 December 2015

All the days were equally exciting and there were lot of options to enjoy the beauty of nature during the Kuari Pass trek. The guides and instructors helped our group throughout the trek with all their energies. The Kuari Pass route was also not so challenging and with our guide's help and suggestion we completed the entire trek on an exciting note. Thanks team; great job!

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Dwaipayana Naik

05 August 2015

First of all, I'm really thankful to the trek guides and the entire staff for arranging the Kuari Pass winter trek with such an ease and enthusiasm. Really, every moment spent in this trek was so amazing and a pure dose of excitement. From the second day to the last day (fifth) of the trek, we had a great deal of fun. The entire expedition was easy. However at certain places, you might find a bit of challenges but they can be overcome easily if you stick to rules laid by the trek guides.

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Tanirika Adiga

17 August 2015

Booking the Kuari Pass trek was a big time headache for us as we already had a bad experience of trekking in Uttarakhand. Luckily, this time we got one of the best facilitators and started the trek smoothly. The weather was good and clear and we were able to enjoy the wonderful views all around. Talking about the terrains, they were not so harsh and requires a bit of expert guide and instruction. It was a great experience this time. Hope to do more of this kind of trek in Uttarakhand.

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Akash pant

07 September 2015

Trekking to the Kuari Pass was like a dream come true for our entire group. Being students, we didn't had enough budget and so had to do a lot of research on the trek. Finally got it booked with Thrillophilia and things got sorted out so easily. Talking about the trek, it was a brilliant experience all through. Nice trails, stunning views all around and easy climbs. At times, though the challenged got high, but it was expected as we were a fresh bunch of trekkers.

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Bhagvan Varman

11 April 2016

After starting the trek from Dhak to Chitraknatha, the real experience of your Kuari Pass trek itinerary will engulf you. The views of the rivers, dense forests and the sky-kissing peaks were really great. Following this, on the third day we trekked to Tali Top and finally to the Kuari Pass on the fourth day. This part was quite challenging as the terrains were pretty tricky. Over all, the Kuari Pass trek was a great experience for me and our entire group.

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Chandrabhaga Nair

06 November 2015

If someone ask me about my experience of Kuari Pass trek, I would surely recommend this one for all. Especially the amateur trekkers will get highly benefitted with this one. Terrains are not so tricky and offers awesome views all around. Yes, though on the fourth day you might face some challenges, all your hard effort will get rewarded after you reach the Kuari Pass. Rest of the trek is mild and is perfect for the beginners.

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Rajeev nanda

07 July 2015

One of our group members got sick during the trek, but the way the trek guides and mentors took care of the it without even letting it affect the other members or the rest of the trek, was simply above all. The gradient and slopes were manageable with bit of skills. Views all around were really stunning. Foods and accommodations were properly taken. Rest were all just fun, thrill and adventure!

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Bankimchandra Bharadwaj

17 January 2016

After reaching Dhak village on the second day, we started the Kuari Pass trek with all the energy and fun. Within around 3 days, we reached Chitrakantha spending overnight there.,to Tali Top;to Kuari Pass and Joshimath. Auli was one of the most beautiful places within this Kuari Pass trekking. Overall the trek was easy and i myself had a lot of fun enjoying the picturesque views.

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