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Chardham Yatra

Trip Highlights

The Himalayas have been worshipped as the abode of the Gods from time immemorial. Hinduism and Buddhism (as well as the ancient religion of Bon or Bon-Po) revere the Mount Kailash and the Mansarovar Lake region as the holiest of places. It is no big wonder that numerous ancient Shrines lie in the serenity of these lofty heights. Many of the temples and shrines can be reached by road without any real exertion, while some of the pilgrimages are akin to adventure. In the mountains of Uttar Pradesh (Garhwal & Kumaon) where lofty peaks rise to eternal splendor, are the holy shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. For centuries, saints and pilgrims have walked these mystical valleys known in ancient Hindu scriptures as Kedarkhand.

According to the scripts of Skanda Purana this is the place where Lord Shiva wove the threads of life on Earth.
The shrine of Yamunotri, situated at an elevation of about 3235 mt is a point of paramount religious importance for Hindus and as essential pilgrimage.
Gangotri - This sacred shrine, situated at an altitude of 3200 mt is the source of the river Bhagirathi.
The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 Jyoti lingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range.
Badrinath lies on the banks of the Alaknanda and is devoted to Lord Vishnu.
Rudraprayag, situated at the confluence of the Mandakini, flowing from Kedarnath, and the Alaknanda, coming from Badrinath.
Rishikesh is at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is here that the holy Ganges changes from a fierce mountain river to a calm meandering one.
Haridwar, located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains

Route Chart

New Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Shivpuri - Joshimath - auli - badrinath - auli - Rudraprayag - sonrayag - kedarnath - siyalsore - uttarakshi - gangotri - Barkot - Yamnotri - Barkot - Rishikesh - Delhi.

Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 01: DELHI -HARIDWAR -RISHIKESH

After breakfast drive to Rishikesh (240 kms. / 6-7 hrs). Lunch en-route

Haridwar: Hardwar or Haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of Uttranchal is dotted with temples of vishnu & shiva. Vishnu is known as Hari and shiva as har dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as haridwar or hardwar, as it is the gateway to shri badrinath and shri Kedarnath, the holy shrines of hari and har. The hindu pantheon allows freedom of worship of gods in any form. Uttarakhand abounds in shrines of gods & goddesses and haridwar from time immemorial has been the gateway to these shrines

Rishikesh: Rishikesh is situated on the trisection of three districts of Garhwal division and most of the city lies on the right bank of the River Ganga, the place of sages is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides, it is said that when Raibhya rishi did hard penances, god appeared by the name of Rishikesh and this area henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh.
It is the starting point for the char dham pilgrimage of the Hindus in which pilgrims go to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and badrinath to seek spiritual salvation. On the way to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Sikh shrine at Hemkund sahib one passes Rishikesh.

Places to see: Triveni ghat, Lakshman Jhoola, ram Jhoola, Bharat Mandir, Shivan and ashram.

Dinner and overnight stay at the MHE jungle Camp.

DAY 02: SHIVPURI-JOSHIMATH

Leave Shivpuri early morning for Joshimath via Devprayag, Ruderprayag, Karanprayag and Nandprayag see those places famous for confluence of two great river and proceed to Joshimath via Chamoli and Pipalkoti. Arrived Joshimath late afternoon visit adi guru shankracharya seat Narshimha temple or a visit to Auli (famous winter hill resort for skiing)Drive another 14kms to Auli and check into MHE Himalayan Lodge.

DAY 03: AULI – BADRINATH- AULI

Leave Auli early in the morning for Badrinath ji reach Badrinath at 11 am.

BADRINATH: Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the country and situated at an elevation of 3133 mts. Above sea level, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as NAR & NARAYAN , with the towering NEEL KANTH PEAK providing a splended back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild barries which gage it the name "badri Van" meaning forest of berries. Facing the temple at the back of alaknanda river there is a hot water spring known as TAPT KUND.

BADRINATH TEMPLE: Dedicated to lord vshnu, the temple of shri badrinathji is 15 mts. In height built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a filt bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the vedic age. Return to AULI for overnight.

DAY 04: AULI- RUDRAPARAYAG - SONPRAYAG

After early morning Darshan at Badrinathji again start drive to Rudraprayag. Via chamoli- Nandprayag- Gauchar, for Rudraprayag, famous for two-river confluence Alaknanda and Mandakini river) TEMPLES: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi arrived in the evening. Leave Rudraprayag for Sonprayag via Guptkashi. Arrival early afternoon at Sonprayag. SONPRAYAG:Situated at the confluence of Soneganga and Mandakini river. The road to Trijuginarayan diverts from here.

TRIJUGINARAYAN: According to legend, this was the place where the weeding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva temple, is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage. Can be reach by 12km drive from Sonprayag. Evening free to enjoy the surroundings.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sonprayag.

DAY 05: SONPRAYAG - KEDARNATH

Early morning dep. To Gaurikund (14 km trekking) after having morning bath at hot spring "KUND" Gaurikund leave for trek to Kedarnathji temple by dolly-pony (14 km) reach Kedarnathji in afternoon

KEDARNATH TEMPLE: An imposing sight standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by snow covered peaks. The present temple built in 18th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent tot he site of earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi bull stands as guard.
Dedicated to lord Shiva, the exquisitely architecture, and Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old.

Built of extremely large heavy and evenly cut Grey Slavs of stones. It evokes wonder as to how these heavy slavs had been handled in the earlier days.

The temple has a "Garbha Griha" for worship and mandap appt. for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A concial rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as lord Shiva in his sadashiva form. Rest at bungalow visit to Kedarnath ji temple for aarti, darshan.

Overnight stay at tourist guesthouse.

DAY06: KEDARNATH -SIYALSORE

Trek down from Kedarnath ji to Gaurikund to get your parked bus or car and drive to Syalsore only 70 km to complete. Rest at riverside resort. Overnight stay at Siyalsore.

Overnight stay at tourist guesthouse.

DAY07: SIYALSORE -UTTARKASHI

Leave Siyalsore to Uttarkashi (180 km) via Ghansil - Baldianaa. Arrival Uttarkashi late afternoon visit to famous Nehru mountaineering inst. MHE Camp.

DAY08: UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI-UTTARKASHI

Leave Uttarkashi to Gangotri via Lanka-Bjaironghati. Arrived Gangotri afternoon Gangotri. The shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 mts. above sea level. Evening free for darshan-pooja at Ganga Ji.

TEMPLE GANGOTRI- As legend goes raja Bhagirathi used to worship lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that goddess, Ganga first descended to earth from heaven at this stone. Amar Singh Thapa, the Gorkha commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century A.D. constructed his temple. It is also believed that the Pandava come here to perform the great deva yagna to atone the death of their kinsmen in the beetle of MAHABHARATA.
Return to Uttarkashi for the night .

DAY09:UTTARKSHI – BARKOT

Leave Gangotri to Barkot. Rest night stay at Camp barkot.

DAY 10: BARKOT -YAMNOTRI – BARKOT

Trek to Yamunotri temple (13 km) YAMUNOTRI: situated at a elevation of 3235 meters above sea-level, the shrines of Yamunotri.

The source of Yamuna lies about 11 km ahead at an attitude of about 4421 meters. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer Pooja at the temple itself. Hanumanchatti or 5 km from Jankichatti. Darshan Pooja trek back or come down to Jankichatti 6 km below the temple. Overnight stay at Syanachatti.
Overnight stay at tourist guesthouse.

DAY11: BARKOT - RISHIKESH

Leave Syanachatti to Rishikesh. (208 kms).

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY12: RISHIKESH - DELHI

Breakfast at hotel. Morning sight seeing tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Lunch at hotel. After lunch drive to Delhi (230 km). Arrived Delhi by late evening.

DAY13: DEPART DELHI

After breakfast, transfer to airport on time to connect flight for onward destination.

TOUR COSTS


Cost Includes:

  • Arrival /departure transfer by non-a/c car / mini coach as per itinerary in Delhi.
  • Two nights accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis in Delhi.
  • Transportation by deluxe luxury coach, train or car, jeep Tata Sumo (As per number of person).
  • Eleven nights accommodation on twin sharing with all meals in best available hotels / guesthouse as per itinerary.
  • Sight seeing as per itinerary. Services of english speaking guide. All currently applicable taxes.
Cost Excludes
  • Any sight seeing in Delhi.
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages, Insurance personal/Baggage/Medical.
  • Any increase in govt.'s taxes and duties.
  • Damage or claim due to delay natural calamities, such as heavy rain, landslide, etc. or any other thing which is not mentioned above.

NOTE: OPTIONAL TOURS: Option also available for 5 days Badrinath, 8 days Badrinath-Kedarnath, 6 days Uttarkashi, Gangotri and Gaumukh and as per your demand and time.

 
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