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Char Dham Group Yatra

11 Nights/ 12 Days

Destinations:
Haridwar, Barkot, Janki Chatti, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Rishikesh

The Char Dham group tour begins from Delhi and ends in Delhi. The duration of the tour is 12D/ 11N. The sites that are included in this tour are: Delhi, Haridwar, Barkot, Jankichatti, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath and Rishikesh.

Fixed Departure Dates of the Yatra 2012:  8th May, 20th May, 2nd Jun, 15th Jun, 25th Jun, 5th Sep, 17th Sep & 30th Sep

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (230 kms approx/6-7hrs)

Your trip begins with your arrival at the Delhi Airport/ Railway Station, where you are met and assisted by our representatives. From Delhi, we drive down to Haridwar and check into the hotel. In the evening, we visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in the evening and then back to the hotel for the night stay. Haridwar lies in the Shivaliks, which is supposed to be the feet of Shiva’s hills in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal. It is considered to be a doorway to the heavens. The Suryavanshi Prince Bhagirath had paid penance over here to save the souls of his ancestors from perishing from the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was accepted and trickled forth the River Ganga from lord Shiva’s locks which revived the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara. Traditionally, devout Hindus stand here in the scared waters and pray for the emancipation of their ancestors. It is also a doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 m up into the central Himalayan range. The daily ritual of the “Aarti” worship of the Ganga River and the floating ‘Diya’ (lamp) takes place after sunset.

Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot (220 kms approx/7-8hr)

The second day begins with a drive to Barkot via Dehradun and Mussoorie. Midway, we visit Kempty Falls and from there on straight to the hotel for a night halt. Barkot is located 49 kms from the Yamunotri Dham and the Banderpoonch peak, among other massive peaks of the Himalayas is visible from Barkot. 

Day 03: Barkot - Janki Chatti - Yamunotri - Janki Chatti - Barkot {36km approx & 6km approx}

The next day begins with a drive to Hanuman Chatti (the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River) from Barkot to Janki Chatti in a local jeep hired from Hanuman Chatti. We commence with our trek from janki Chatti to Yamunotri ( 6 km approx). At Yamunotri, one can make his own Prasad by dipping rice (packed in a cloth) into the hot waters of the Surya Kund. This Prasad is taken home by the pilgrims. Before entering the Yamunotri temple, pooja can be offered to the Divya Shila. A bath in the warm waters of Jamunabai Kund is followed by the ‘Darshan’ of Yamunaji and then returning to Jankichatti. Later, we drive back to Barkot for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi (100km approx/ 4hr)

From Barkot, we take a drive to Uttarkashi which is situated on the banks of River Bhagirathi and check into the hotel. Later in the evening, we visit the temple of Lord Vishwanath. It is located where a massive iron trident is erected. It is followed with a night halt in Uttarkashi itself. Some of the other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi.

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms approx/ 3-4 hrs each side)

Our next site is Gangotri (3,048 m), via the picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the magnificent view of the Himalayas. After the Gangotri Darshan, we head back to Uttarkashi and stay there overnight. 

The Gangotri temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh thapa in the 18th Century and is situated on the right bank of River Bhagirathi. The natural sunmerged rock Shivling is where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva received the Ganag in his matted locks. The Shivling is more conspicuous during the winters when the water level decreases.  About 100 yards from the Ganga temple, flows the River Kedar which meets River Bhagirathi on its left bank and is known as the Kedar Ganga Sangam.

Day 06: Uttarkashi - Rudraprayag (175km approx / 6hr)

Early next morning, we drive to Rudraprayag, which is the confluence of River Mandakini and River Alaknanda. We check into the hotel at Rudraprayag and stay overnight. The famous temples here are Rudranath, Chamunda Devi and Koteshwar Temple.

Day 07: Rudraprayag - Gaurikund - Kedarnath (75kms approx by road & 14kms approx Trek)

Gaurikund is our next stop. So, we drive down there early in the morning from Rudraprayag and start our trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3, 584 m approx). It is advised to all tour members to carry personal medicines, heavy woolens, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. We then check into the hotel and later visit the Kedarnath Temple and back again to the hotel for the night. 

Day 08: Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag (14Km approx Trek & 75km approxby Road)

We offer prayers in the Kedarnath Temple Darshan early in the morning and trek down to Gaurikund. From Gaurikund, we drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Night halt in Rudraprayag hotel.

Day 09: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165km approx / 7hr)

We drive down to Badrinath via Joshimath and check in. In the evening, we visit the Badrinath Temple for Aarti which is followed by an overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 10: Badrinath - Joshimath (44km approx / 3hr)

The day begins with an early morning bath in the Tapt Kund, after which the pilgrims have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahmakapal, a flat platform on the bank of River Alaknanda is important for Pinddan Shraddh of the ancestors (Pitrus). The other interesting sightseeing spots are the Mana Village inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe; it is the last Indian Village before Tibet, Vyas Gufa, which is a rock cave near Mana Village where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries. There is also the Mata Murty Temple which is devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples are Sesh Netra, Urvashi and Charanpaduka Temples. Charanpaduka, is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder is 3 kms away from Badrinath. Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River is just within 3 kms of Badrinath. We later drive back to Joshimath and check into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Joshimath - Rishikesh (255kms approx / 8hr)

Early morning, we check out the famous temples of Joshimath such as Narsingh Temple and Shankracharya Math. Next, we take a drive to Rishikesh, a spiritual town, famously known as the ‘place of sages’ situated on the banks of River Ganga, surrounded by the Shivalik Range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared here by the name of ‘Hrishikesh’ and henceforth, this area came to be known as Rishikesh. In Rishikesh, we check into a hotel and later visit the Rishikesh Temples and other sightseeing such as the Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram. In the evening, we also visit Ganga Aarti in Parmarth Niketan. We rest overnight in Rishikesh.

Day 12: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi (250kms approx / 7-8 hr)

We leave Rishikesh in the morning and drive back to Delhi via Haridwar. On arriving Delhi, you would be transferred to the Delhi airport. Our tour ends here.

Cost Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin sharing (2 Double/Twin Bed Rooms)
  • Airport Pick-up in Delhi in A/C Car
  • English Speaking Tour Guide in Delhi
  • Daily breakfast&dinner in the hotels/tents in ChardhamYatra
  • Breakfast in hotel in Delhi
  • Transportation by A/C Tempo Traveler (A/C would not be functional at higher altitude)
  • All road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges
  • All applicable taxes

Cost Exclusions:

  • Meals other than breakfast & dinner,
  • Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients
  • Any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost inclusions
 

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