Char Dham Yatra

11 Nights/ 12 Days

Destinations:

Char Dham, meaning "four abodes" in English is considered one of the most important pilgrim destinations for the Hindus. Located in the Garhwal Hills of the Himalayan Range, the state of Uttaranchal is hence, also known as the "Land of the Gods". Char Dham constitutes the four important shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

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.

Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot 36 kms approx

We start with a drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti from where the trek leads to Yamunotri which is approximately 6 kms away. You can reach there by walking, or hiring your own horse or doli. 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 (100 kms 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.

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi: 100 km

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.

Day 06: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220 kms approx/8-9

Early in the morning, we drive straight down to Guptkashi, where we check into a hotel for a night halt.

Day 07: Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30 kms approx by ro

In the morning, we drive to Gauri Kund from where we commence with our trek to Kedarnath (3,584 m) on foot, by pony or doli. All the tour members are advised to carry personal medicines, heavy woolens, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt in Kedarnath and check into a hotel. Later in the day, we visit the Kedarnath Temple and back again in the hotel for a night stay

Day 08: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (14 Kms approx Dow

After an early morning Temple Darshan in Kedarnath, we trek back down to Gauri Kund. From here, we drive to Rudraprayag, the confluence of River Mandakini and River Alaknanda via Guptkashi. We check into the hotel at Rudraprayag for a night halt

Day 09: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165 kms/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 (44 kms/3hr) / Pipal

The 10th 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 / Pipalkoti / Kirtinagar and check into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Joshimath - Rishikesh (255 kms approx/8-9h

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 (250 kms appr

We leave Rishikesh in the morning and drive back to Delhi via Haridwar. On arriving Delhi, you would be transferred to the Delhi airport/ Railway Station. The tour terminates here

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