You may fly from Dehradun to Gangotri during pilgrimage season (May-October excluding July and August). However, charter helicopter services generally do not operate during off season due to lack of demand and weather related problems. For example, heavy snowfall may interrupt travel during winter.
If you are planning a trip to the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand, you can stay longer for less. As Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (K.M.V.N.) exempts service tax on the tariff of its tourist rest houses. The exemption is valid between October 17, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The Uttarakhand (U.K.) Tourism Development Board (U.T.D.B.) unveiled the Home Stay Development Scheme to offer accommodation in local houses along several trekking routes in the upperHimalayas. For instance, the Munsiari Home Stay Program offers an opportunity to enjoy traditional hospitality. In collaboration with Mahindra Holidays, the state has also launched…
Heritage Aviation offers 5-day char-dham (shrine) helicopter packages. The price starts from INR 131,000.00 (US$ 2,566.29, € 1,943.80, £1,615.54) per person. The price includes accommodation, palki (palanquin) at Yamunotri, VIP darshan (temple visit) at Kedarnath, dinner and breakfast.
If you are planning to explore forests of Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya, you can stay in forest rest houses (FRHs) managed by the Forest Department Uttarakhand. The department offers over 200 affordable FRHs located across the state. Many of these FRHs occupy heritage buildings. Highlights of these lodges include spacious guestrooms with high ceilings and wooden construction. However, do not expect modern amenities. Some FRHs do not even have electricity, while in some you may find LPG for cooking and geysers for hot water.
Some of these are located along popular trekking routes, such as Loharkhet FRH on the Pindari Glacier trekking route and Agora and Dodital FRHs on the Dodital trekking routes. FRH room tariff depends on season. During peak tourist season (December 20 to January 1, April 15 to June 30 and September-October), tariff varies from INR 75.00 (US$1.50, €1.09, £0.93) to INR 600.00 (US$11.98, € 8.72, £7.47) per night. In the remaining part of the year, the rent ranges between INR 75.00 and INR 400.00 (US$7.99, €5.81, £4.98) per night. Get more details about Himalayan forest rest houses.