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Do Dham Yatra (Sri Kedarnath Ji & Sri Badrinath Ji)

Chardham Yatra

Duration: 05 Nights/06 Days (From Haridwar to Haridwar)
Duration: 07 Nights/08 Days (From Delhi to Delhi)
Destinations : Delhi- Hridwar- Rishikesh- Guptakashi- Kedarnath- Pipalkoti- Badrinath- Rudra Prayag- Rishikesh- Haridwar- Delhi

Chardham Yatra is a combination of four most sacred religious destinations for Hindus in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Holy state of Uttarakhand in North India. The Chardham has been the destination of thousands of Hindu pilgrims for Centuries. It is believed that the pilgrimage to these four holy destinations will not only wash away the sins of the people but also relieve them from the cycle of birth and death. The Chardham or the four sacred places of Garhwal Himalaya includes Sri Kedarnath, Sri Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The journey starts from Yamunotri and proceed forward to Gangotri, Kedarnath and finally ends at Badrinath.

Number 1: Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Holy state of Uttarakhand in North India at an altitude of 3584mtr above sea level. Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu temples and is one of the four important sites in the Chardham pilgrimage. Nestled in the majestic snowcapped Himalayan mountains, Kedarnath is the abode of Lord Shiva and the temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is named in honor of King Kedar who ruled in the Satya Yuga, who had a daughter named Vrinda- was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for 60000 years. In her honour, the land is named Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist since the Mahabharata Era when the 5 Pandhavas were supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there. Lord Shiva forgave their sins and blessed them and allowed them to worship him at Kedarnath. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are known as Panch Kedar. The nearest road head is Gaurikund, from where one can reach Kedarnath on foot or on Horseback or Dandies or Ponies. Kedarnath temple opens in the Mid May and closes on Yama Dwitiya (second day after Diwali in November each year. During this time, the idols are shifted to village Ukhimath and the temple re-opens in May.

Number 2: Badrinath is one the important Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Alaknanda. It is located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Holy state of Uttarakhand in North India at an altitude of 3,415mtr above the sea level. It is the most important of the four sites in India's Chardham pilgrimage. The town lies between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and in the shadow of Nilkantha peak (6,560mtr). Badrinath temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu and has been mentioned as a holy place in legends for thousands of years. There is a “Tapt Kund", a holy bath refreshing all travelers facing the temple at the bank of the river Alakananda. The temple remains closed during the winters. Badrinath's closing date is decided upon by priests on the occasion of "Vijaya Dashmi'' (Dussehra) and the opening day on the occasion of "Basant Panchami'' every year. During winter, the "Utsav Moorti'' of Lord Badrinath is worshipped in Narsimha temple at Joshimath and the one-metre-high finely sculpted black stone idol of Badri Vishal seated in a meditative pose (padmasan) is not shifted from the shrine. 

HERE IS THE ITINERARY:

Day 01: Delhi/ Haridwar/ Rishikesh (250Kms & 6-7hrs drive)
this morning, drive towards Rishikesh via Haridwar.

Haridwar is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India, picturesquely located by the bank of holy river Ganga in the holy state of Uttarakhand. River Ganga is also referred as 'Mother Ganga' by the Hindu community. It is an important point and gateway to the famous pilgrimage of the Himalayas call “Chardham Yatra or Chardham Pligrimage”. Char means “four” and Dham means “sacred places”. These four sacred destinations are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. People from across the globe come here to seek spirituality. The name 'Haridwar' means 'Gateway to God'. Haridwar is more popular for 'Kumbh Mela', the largest fair in human history, which is held here at the interval of every 12 years.

Arrive Haridwar and proceed to visit the famous Har Ki Pauri, which is one of the most sacred ghats in India. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund.

Later, drive towards Rishikesh. 

Rishikesh is another important Hindu pilgrimage destination in India, picturesquely located by the bank of holy river Ganga in the holy state of Uttarakhand. It is an important point and gateway to the famous pilgrimage of the Himalayas call “Chardham Pligrimage”. Char means “four” and Dham means “sacred places”. These four sacred destinations are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Rishikesh is famous for its spiritual centers and Yogic ashrams and therefore it is called “Yoga capital” of India. International Yoga festival is celebrated here in November every year, where world’s renowned Yoga teachers participate and give the Yoga teaching.

Arrive Rishikesh and proceed to city tour of Rishikesh, visiting Lakshman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund, Geeta Bhawan, Swarg Ashram and Trayambakeshwar Temple etc. 

In the evening, witness the evening arti of holy Ganges at Parmarth Niketan, where the students of Parmarth Niketan perform Pooja with great devotion & enthusiasm.
Overnight in Rishikesh.

Day 02: Rishikesh/ Guptakashi (180kms & 6hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Guptakashi. Enroute visit Dev Prayag for Darshan of confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, from here onwards the river is called as Ganges.

Guptakashi is a small town with colorful scenery and incredible landscape popular for its Ardh Narishwar (half man & half woman) temple.

Arrive Guptakashi and check in to your hotel.
Overnight in Guptakashi.

Day 03: Guptakashi/ Gaurikund (37Kms & 2hrs drive) & Gaurikund/ Kedarnath (14Kms Trek & 5- 6hrs Time)
After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Gaurikund (37kms & 2hrs drive).

Arrive Gaurikund and start your trek towards Kedarnath- the 3rd Dham of Chardham Yatra.

Arrive Kedarnath and check in to your hotel.

Later, visit The Kedarnath Ji Temple, which is an exquisite example of stone work. It houses the lingam, a symbol of the Hindu God Lord Shiva. The temple is nestled in the mountain landscape that is surrounded by mighty Himalayan peaks over 6000mtr in elevation. Behind the shrine lies Adi Shankaracharya's samadhi, where he is believed to have taken rest after establishing the four dhams (holy pilgrimage sites) at an early age of 32years. Also visit an ancient Bhairav Temple.
Overnight in Kedarnath.

Day 04: Kedarnath/ Gaurikund (14Kms Trek & 4-5hrs Time)/ Pipalkoti (160Kms & 5- 6hrs drive)
After early morning Pooja and darshan at Kedarnath Ji temple, trek downward to Gaurikund.

Arrive Gaurikund and drive towards Pipalkoti- which is a small town nestled in the lap of lush green mountains and terraced fields.
Arrive Pipalkoti and check in to your hotel. 
Overnight in Pipalkoti. 

Day 05: Pipalkoti/ Badrinath (85kms & 3-4hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Badrinath- the 4th Dham of Chardham Yatra.

Enjoy the beautiful drive through the thick medicinal forest. 

Arrive Badrinath and check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit Badrinath Temple (Adi Shankaracharya Ji)- which is 15mtrs high and has a gilded cupola. The rawal or chief priest of the temple is a Namboodripad Brahmin from Kerala. The temple is divided into three parts- the garbha griha (or sanctum sanctorum), the darshan mandap- where the rituals are conducted and the sabha mandap- where devotees assemble.
Evening participate in the evening Aarti.
Overnight in Badrinath.

Day 06: Badrinath/ Rudraprayag (145kms & 6- 7hrs drive)
This early morning, perform Pooja & arti at the temple.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit around Badrinath.

Tapt Kund And Surya Kund: The famous hot springs just below the temple. The sulphurous waters looks very hot but a holy dip refresh to the body as well as the soul, is a must before offering prayers to Shri Badrinath Ji. Neelkanth- a majestic peak of the Himalayas, towering to 6600mtrs, presents the most dramatic sight of Badrinath. Mata Murti Mandir- which is about 3kms from Badrinath, on the right bank of the Alaknanda stands this temple, dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinath Ji. Mana Village- which is 4Kms inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribes. It is the last Indian village before Tibet on this route on the India China border. Also visit Bheempul, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul and Vasundhara Falls- All these destinations are famous for their links with Hindu mythology and equally important.

Later, drive towards Rudraprayag- which is located at the confluence of Mahaalaknanda and Mandakini. Lord Shiva temple is known as Rudranath here. It is believed that Narad Muni (Saint Narad) meditated here for several years and finally blessed by Lord Shiva.

Arrive Rudra Prayag and check in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit the temple of goddess Jagadamba Devi.
Overnight in Rudra Prayag.

Day 07: Rudra Prayag/ Haridwar (170kms & 6-7hrs drive)
After breakfast drive to Haridwar.

On the way, stop at Dev Prayag for Darshan of confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, from here onwards the river is called as Ganges.
Continue drive towards Haridwar.

Arrive Haridwar and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you can visit the famous Har Ki Pauri, this ghat is one of the most sacred ghats in India. Take a holy dip here, as this ghat is also called as Brahmakund.

Later, you can visit the famous Mansa Devi temple- located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. The temple can be reached by the rope way or one can also take the normal trekking route to the top. From where, you can have an excellent view of Haridwar. Chandi Devi Temple- as per the Hindu mythology, the demon King Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place named as Chandi Devi. This temple, situated on top of the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges and it was constructed in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3Kms trek from Chandi Ghat and it is believed that the Adi Shankaracharya established the main statue here in eighth century AD. The Chandi Devi Temple is also accessible by a ropeway, which starts near the Gauri Shankar Temple. Vaishno Devi Temple- this temple is a newly constructed and a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir. Bharat Mata Temple- is one of the important temples of Haridwar, which has eight stories in which the images of cities, heroes and great men are installed. Maya Devi Temple- which is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhishtkatri, known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this ancient saktipeeth, located to the east of Har-ki-Pauri. The Triveni Ghat- which is another interesting place to be at dawn, when people make offerings of milk to the Ganges and feed the fish. After sunset, priests set off floating lamps on the water during the Aarti ceremony. The Sapt Rishi Ashram- which is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. According to Hindu Mythology, Sapt Rishi Ashram is regarded as the place where the seven great sages, or Sapt-Rishis- Kashyap, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam meditated. It is said that the Ganges split herself into seven streams, here only, so that the sages would not be disturbed by her flow. And therefore, the place is also called as the Sapt Sarovar or Saptrishi Kund. The streams reunite further and flow as a beautiful channel called Neel Dhara while entering into Haridwar.

In the evening, witness the Ganga Arti at Har Ki Pauri. 
Overnight in Haridwar.

Day 08: Haridwar/ Delhi (225Kms & 6-7hrs drive)
After Breakfast at hotel, drive towards Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to airport/ railway to board your flight/ train back home with sweet memories of your Chardham Yatra!!

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