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Char Dham Yatra
Duration : 09 Nights/10 Days (From Haridwar to Haridwar)
Duration : 11 Nights/12 Days (From Delhi to Delhi)
Destinations : Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh - Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath - Pipalkoti - Badrinath - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Delhi
Chardham Yatra is a combination of four most sacred religious destinations for Hindus in the Garhwal range of the Majestic Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. The Chardham has been the destination of thousands of Hindu pilgrims for Centuries. It is said that the journey to these four holy destinations will not only wash away the sins, that the person has committed in his life, but also will relieve him from the circles of birth and death. The Chardham or the four sacred places include Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The journey usually starts from Yamunotri and proceed forward to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and finally ending at Badrinath.
Number 1 : Yamunotri: Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hindu mythology. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293mtr in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the four sites in Chardham Pilgrimage circuit. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7kms away). The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421mtr above sea level, about 1km further up, is not frequented generally as it is not accessible; hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer puja at the temple itself. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elavated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Surya Kund is the most important kund. Near the Surya Kund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes, tied in muslin cloth, to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam. The temple remains closed in winters and so the best time to visit the temple is between May to October.
Number 2 : Gangotri: Gangotri is one the important Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. It is on the Greater Himalayan range at an altitude of 3,415mtr. Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chardham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (Ganges) from Dvprayag onwards, where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh (cow’s mouth), set in the Gangotri glacier and is a 19kms trek from Gangotri. Gangotri can be reached in one day's travel from Rishikesh or Haridwar or in two days via Yamunotri, the first site in the Char Dham circuit. More popular and important than its sister site to the east, Gangotri is also accessible by car or bus, which means that it sees many more pilgrims than Yamunotri. Gangotri is a small town is centered around a temple of the goddess Ganga, which was built by the Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is reopened in May. During this time, the idol of the goddess Ganga is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil.
Number 3 : Kedarnath: Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in the Garhwal Himalays at an altitude of 3584mtr above sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is located near the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples and is one of the four sites in the Chardham pilgrimage circuit. 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. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for 60000 years. In honour of her, the land is named Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata Era when the Pandhavas were supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there. The nearest road head is Gaurikund, from where one can come to Kedarnath on Horseback, Dandies and Ponies.
Number 4 : Badrinath: Badrinath is one the important Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Alaknanda. It is situated at an altitude of 3,415mtr in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the most important of the four sites in India's Chardham pilgrimage circuit. 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. Badrinath has been mentioned as a holy place in scriptures and legends for thousands of years. According to the Bhagvata Purana, "There in Badrikashram the Personality of Godhead Vishnu, in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities. There is a “Tapt Kund", a bath in which is very refreshing to all travelers facing the temple at the bank of the Alakananda river. The temple remains closed during the winters.
HERE IS THE ITINERARY :
Day 1: Delhi/ Rishikesh (250Kms & 7hrs drive)
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and drive towards Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is around 28kms from Haridwar, one of the most sacred cities in India, next only to Haridwar. Nestled amidst the beautiful Himalayas and piously intercepted by the mystic Ganges, this is place where the Ganges comes down to the plains from the hills. This holy city also serves as the centre of several ancient Hindu temples and many other sacred shrines. Rishikesh is also closely associated with the Ramayana. The city is famous world over as an important center for learning and research in yoga and meditation. The International Yoga Festival which attracts participation from all across the world is held here annually for one week in the month of February (2nd to 7th) on the banks of the serene Ganga.
Arrive Rishikesh and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you can visit
Triveni Ghat : A bathing ghat, the Triveni Ghat is one of the most popular places in Rishikesh. Local people and the pilgrims take a holy dip at this ghat before visiting the temples around Rishikesh town. Every day, in the early morning and evening, thousands of people take bath here and see the Maha Aarti performed on the Ghat. You can spend your evening at Triveni Ghat and observe the beautiful sight created by lighted lamps floating on the river. Lakshman Jhula: Built in 1939, this suspended iron bridge (450 ft) is a major attraction for the tourists visiting Rishikesh. Legend goes that Ganges has descended to the earth at this place. It is believed that Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama crossed the river Ganges using a hanging bridge made of jute. At Lakshman Jhula, you will see the Radha-Krishna Temple and at the entrance of the bridge, Lakshman Temple, the only one in India. On the opposite side of this temple, you can see a 11.3 metre high monolithic Shiva statue.
Ram Jhula: A new hanging bridge, Ram Jhula is constructed between Shivananda Ashram and Sawargashram. Ram Jhula has been constructed to avail cross the Ganga at Shivananda for returning to Rishikesh.
Tera Manzil Temple: A multi-storey temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.
Laxman Temple: On the right bank of the Ganges is situated the ancient temple of Laxman. Lord Rama with Laxman made a twig bridge here on the way to their journey to high Himalayas.
Gita Bhawan: Located close to the Lakshman Jhula, Gita Bhawan is a newly constructed building. Gita Bhawan displays mythological stories through fantastic paintings and magnificent statues.
In the evening, witness the evening arti of holy Ganges at Parmarth Niketan.
Parmarth Niketan:One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substantial work on Hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organizes excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.
Dinner & Overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 2: Rishikesh/ Barkot (230Kms & 7- 8hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Barkot, via Mussoorie, visit “Kempty Falls” on the way. On arrival check in to your hotel. A magnificent view of the eternal snow of Bandarpoonch peak can be seen from Barkot.
Overnight in Barkot.
Day 3: Barkot/ Yamunotri/ Barkot (48Kms drive & 5kms trek)
After an early breakfast, drive towards Hanuman Chatti (40kms & 2hrs drive) and then 8kms drive & 1hrs by local jeeps till Janki Chatti and then start 5kms trek & 3hrs upto Yamunotri through lush green valley, a profusion of conifers, rhododendrons, cacti and several species of Himalayan shrubs. Arrive Yamunotri and visit temple, perform pooja, take holy dip at Yamuna river and return trek to Janki Chatti and drive back to Barkot.
Overnight in Barkot.
Day 4: Barkot/ Uttarkashi (100Kms drive & 5-6kms drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Uttarkashi. Arrive Uttarkashi and check in to your hotel.
Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is famous for its historical monuments, Temples & Ashrams. Visit the famous Vishwanath Temple and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, where Ms Bachhendri Pal, the first Indian woman to reach Mount Everest, received her basic mountaineering training.
Overnight in Uttarkashi.
Day 5: Uttarkashi/ Gangotri/ Uttarkashi (100kms one way & 4hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Gangotri. On arrival at Gangotri take a holy dip in the sacred river The Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and relax for sometime in the lovely surroundings. Later, drive back to Uttarkashi.
Overnight in Uttarkashi.
Day 6: Uttarkashi/ Guptakashi (235kms & 8-9hrs drive)
After an early breakfast, drive towards Guptakashi, the longest journey of the trip by road. Take late lunch en-route. On the way see the heritage city of Tehri submerged in to the mighty waters of holy river Ganges, due to the construction of Tehri Dam. Travel along the beautiful river Mandakini to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. Arrive Guptakashi and check in to your hotel. Guptakashi is a richly rewarding area coloured of imaginative scenery and incredible landscape. Visit Ardh Narishwar Temple.
Overnight in Guptakashi.
Day 7: Guptakashi/ Gaurikund (37Kms & 2hrs drive)/ Kedarnath (14Kms Trek & 3-4hrs Time)
After breakfast, drive towards Gaurikund (37kms & 2hrs drive).
Arrive Gaurikund and start your trek towards Kedarnath.
Kedarnath is one of the 4 Char Dham Hindu pilgrim centers in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath (about 3400mtr high) is approachable on foot from Gaurikund (about 2900mtr high), which is connected by road to Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region. Kedarnath is a steep 14kms trek from Gauri Kund (horses and palanquins are available for hire).
Arrive Kedarnath and check in to your hotel.
Later, visit The Kedarnath Ji Temple, which is quite an exquisite example of stone work. Houses the lingam, a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva. The temple is located among astonishing mountain landscape surrounded by peaks that are over 6000 m in elevation. Behind the shrine lies Adi Shankaracharya's samadhi, where he is believed to have taken rest after establishing the four dhams at an early age of 32years. At a visible distance from the shrine also lies an ancient Bhairav Temple, beyond which one comes out to green glades and tiny streams, fed by the surrounding (and approachable) glaciers.
Dinner & Overnight in Kedarnath.
Day 8: Kedarnath/ Gaurikund (14Kms Trek & 4-5hrs Time)/ Pipalkoti (160kms & 6-7hrs drive)
After early morning darshan of Kedarnath temple, trek downward to Gaurikund and then drive towards Pipalkoti.
Pipalkoti is a busy town cradled in the lap of lush green mountains and terraced fields.
Arrive Pipalkoti and check in to your hotel.
Dinner & Overnight in Pipalkoti.
Day 9: Pipalkoti/ Badrinath (85kms & 3-4hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Badrinath. Enjoy the beautiful drive through the thick medicinal forest.
Badrinath lies at an elevation of 3,133mtr above sea-level. Considered to be amongst the most pious of the eternal Hindu shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Badrinath is located in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the Neelkanth peak(6,597m) overlooking in the background. It is to the credit of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, who in order to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite the country in one bond, built four dhamas or pilgrimage centers in four corners of the country. Badrinath temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is located on the right bank of river Alaknanda, perched at an altitude of over 3000mtr in the middle of a valley full with scenic beauty. Whether someone agrees or not, it has been said that: "there were many sacred spots of pilgrimage in heaven, earth and the other world, but neither is any equal to Badrinath nor shall there be one".
Arrive Badrinath and check in at the hotel.
Afterwards explore Badrinath, visiting Badrinath Temple (Adi Shankaracharya Ji): The Temple has been renovated several times due to damage by avalanches. The present structure 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.
Dinner and overnight in Badrinath.
Day 10 : Badrinath/ Rudraprayag (145kms & 6- 7hrs drive)
Early morning, perform Pooja & arti at the temple.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Badrinath & around.
Tapt Kund And Surya Kund: The famous hot springs just below the temple. The sulphurous waters have a temperature of 550C. A dip, considered holy and refreshing 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: About 3kms from Badrinath, on the right bank of the Alaknanda stands this temple, dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinathji. Also visit Mana Village- 4kms inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, 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 form part of the pilgrimage of Badrinath.
Later, drive towards Rudraprayag.
Arrive Rudra Prayag and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some popular temples in Rudra Prayag. Dinner and overnight in Rudra Prayag.
Day 11: 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 renamed as Ganges).
Continue drive towards Haridwar.
Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand has the eminence of being one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations of India. The holy town occupies a picturesque location on the banks of River Ganga, also referred to as 'Mother Ganga' by the Hindu community. Not only from across the country but from across the world, devotees and travellers arrived 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 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. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. After this, 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 take the normal trekking route to the top. The top of the hill gives you an excellent view of Haridwar.
Chandi Devi Temple: Legend has it that Chanda-Munda, the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. This temple, situated on top of the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganges was constructed in AD 1929 by Suchat Singh, the then King of Kashmir. The temple is a 3-km trek from Chandi Ghat and it is believed that the Adi Shankaracharya established the main statue 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: This is one of the important temples of Haridwar. It has eight stories in which the images of cities, heroes and great men are installed. Maya Devi Temple: It is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhishtkatri deity of Haridwar, 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 Daksh Mahadev Temple: It is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too.
The Triveni Ghat: This is yet another interesting place to be at dawn, when people make offerings of milk to the river and feed the fish. After sunset, priests set off floating lamps on the water during the Aarti ceremony.
The Sapt Rishi Ashram: It 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. Thus, this place is also known as the Sapt Sarovar or Saptrishi Kund. The streams reunite further and flow as a beautiful channel called Neel Dhara while entering Haridwar.
In the evening, witness the Ganga Arti at Har Ki Pauri.
Dinner & Overnight in Haridwar.
Day 12: 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 OR drop you at your place in Delhi.
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HERE IS OUR BEST PRICE BASED USING BUDGET HOTELS :
OPTION 1 : HARIDWAR to HARIDWAR
(09 Nights/ 10 Days)
PRICE FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS USING PRIVATE CAR / VEHICLE
OPTION 2 : DELHI to DELHI
(11 Nights/ 12 Days)
PRICE FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS USING PRIVATE CAR / VEHICLE
THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING :
1. Accommodation on Twin/ Triple sharing at all BUDGET HOTELS with daily breakfast & dinner.
2. Non A/C Rooms at all the places (except Hardwar & Rishikesh, where AC Rooms will be provided).
3. All transportation by an exclusive vehicle for the entire tour as per the program.
4. All toll, parking and presently applicable taxes (including Govt Service Tax).
THE ABOVE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING :
1. Any Flight/ Helicopter/ Train
2. Any Lunch
3. Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
4. Any alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks & beverages.
5. Any video / still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit.
6. Any other item not explicitly mentioned under price includes.
7. Any claim due to natural Calamities such as land slide, road blockage etc.
8. Any insurance.
9. Riding ponies on trek /Palki / Porters.
10. Tips to driver, Porters and restaurants during meals.
11. Ropeway charges (Auli & Hardwar).
12. Any entrance charges.
13. Any guide services.
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