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Do Dham Yatra Tour

7 Nights/ 8 Days

Destinations:
Haridwar, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Rishikesh

DO DHAM YATRA to:

BADRINATH

When it comes to the holiest shrine of the four main shrines of Uttrakhand, it is Badrinath which is also known as Vishal Badri. The Badrinath shrine is situated at a height of 3,133 m above the sea level in the Narnarayan lake against the magnificent Neelkanth peak on the banks of River Alaknanda. The present temple is believed to have been built by the Kings of Garhwal about 2 centuries ago but its origins have been traced back to the times of Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. The residing deity in the temple is of Lord Vishnu, who has been represented in a black stone flanked by Narayan. Due to the extreme winter conditions, the temple remains closed from October to April.

Just below the Badrinath temple are the hot springs of Tapt Kund and Surya Kund with waters at a temperature of 55⁰C. Apart from the main Badrinath temple, there are four other shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu near to Badrinath shrine. They are the Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri. Not far from the Badrinath temple is the beautiful valley of flowers and the Hemkund Lake. According to legends, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, meditated on the banks of this Lake.
 

KEDARNATH

Yet another holy pilgrimage that constitutes the Char Dham Yatra is the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. Surrounded by the mountainous terrain of the Garhwal Hills, lies Kedarnath at the head of the Mandakini river at a height of 3,580 m above the sea level. The present Kedarnath temple is said to have been resurrected by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. The lingam at Kedarnath is pyramidical unlike its usual form and is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotilingas. The shrine is closed on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopened in Vaishakh (Apr-May). During 9 months of closure, the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.

As the legend goes, the Pandavas after killing their near and dear ones in the war of Kurukshetra visited Kedarnath to pray to Lord Shiva seeking atonement. It is said that to elude the Pandavas, Lord Shiva had taken refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being further pursued, he plunged into the earth having his hump exposed on the surface. It is so believed that his arms surfaced at Tungnath, his face at Rudranath, belly at Madmaheshwar, his locks and head at Kalpeshwar. These spots where he reappeared form the Panch Kedar.

 

The tour routing is as follows:

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 - Rudraprayag - Guptkashi (210 kms approx/7-8hr)

From Haridwar, we drive to Guptkashi, via visiting Rudraprayag. We check into a hotel in Guptkashi for a night halt.

Day 03: Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30 kms approx by road & 14 kms approx Trek)

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 04: 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 05: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165 kms 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 06: Badrinath - Joshimath (44 kms approx/3hr) / Pipalkoti (85 kms approx/4hr) / Kirtinagar (200 kms approx/7-8hr)

We begin the day 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 07: Joshimath - Rishikesh (256 kms approx/8-9hr) Pipalkoti - Rishikesh (210 kms approx/7-8hr) / Kirtinagar - Rishikesh (105 kms approx/3-4hr)

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

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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