Considered to be the most religious tour of Hindus, Chardham Yatra takes you to four pilgrimage sites namely, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Each of these places has its own importance in Hinduism and visiting them can be an unforgettable experience.
According to Hindu Mythology, Char Dham Yatra is considered to be a very scared one. It is believed that it is the path to Moksha. Char Dham yatra is a combo tour of the four most sacred places in Uttarakhand. Since Ages, Saints and Devotees have visited and worshipped at these places. Such deeds are believed to impart divine relaxation. These are mystical places in the Himalayas that are visited from left to right. Thus, the journey of Char Dham must be started from Yamunotri, then Gangotri, then Kedarnath and concluding the journey at Badrinath. Let’s begin this holy journey in the apt direction.
11 Nights / 12 Days Itinerary to Chardham Yatra
Day 01 : Delhi - Haridwar (225 kms, 06/07 Hrs drive, Ht : 314 mts.)
Arrive at Delhi Airport, Meet & Assist. Further drive to Haridwar. Transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., the Shivaliks, in Uttarakhand, is a doorway for the yatra. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled froth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elders. It is the doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual.
Places of interest - Har-ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi & Mansa Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev, Anandmai Ashram, Pawan Dham, Bhooma Niketan, Vaishno Devi Temple, Doodhadhari Temple & Bharat Mata Mandir etc.
Weather - Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 35-40 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold,temp ranges from 20 deg to 05 deg.
Day 02 : Haridwar - Barkot (220 kms/7-8 hrs, Ht : 1352 mts.)
Drive to Barkot via Dehradun & Mussoorie. Enroute visit Kempty Falls and other tourist spots. Later drive straight to your Hotel for night halt.
Weather - Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold,temp ranges from 10 deg to 05 deg.
Day 03 : Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot (36 kms drive & 6kms Trek (one way) Ht : 3293 mts.)
Drive to Jankichatti, trek starts from here to Yamunotri (6kms). You can either walk or go by horse or by Doli at your own cost. Arrive at Yamunotri. One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of Garamkund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Near the temple "Pooja" can be offered to Divya Shila, after taking bath in Jamunabai Kund's warm water. After taking "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" return to Jankichatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Stay overnight stay at the Hotel.
Places of Interest
Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.
There are a number of hot springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.
A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
Weather - In summer the maximun temp is 18 degrees and the minimum is 10 degrees celsius. The days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold
Day 04 : Barkot - Uttarkashi (115 kms, 5 Hrs drive,Ht :1158 mts.)
After breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. Later visit the famous Vishwanath Temple. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Weather - Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 30-35 degree Celsius but nights are pleasant , Cold in winters.
Day 05 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100 kms. each way Ht : 3048 mts.)
Early morning 06:00 A.M. drive to Gangotri, enroute at Gangnali take a holy dip in Garam Kund, then drive to Gangotri via beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its nature beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and Darshan, after that relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. After lunch in the afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi, on arrival check into the Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 : Uttarkashi - Guptkashi (223 kms. Drive 9 - 10 Hrs, Ht : 1319 mts.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Guptkashi, via Moolgarh, Lambgoan. Lunch enroute. On the way, see Tehri Dam from Dam View Point, then continue your journey towards Guptkashi. Thenyou can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. On arrival Check In at the Hotel, evening visit Shree Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ardh Narishwar Temple. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Hotel.
The name Gupt Kashi means "Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.
Gupt Kashi's main temple is of Shiva as Vishvanath, "Lord of the Universe" (the most important Shiva temple in Benares).
Weather - Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius. Cold in winters.
Day 07 : Guptakashi – Gaurikund - Kedarnath (40 kms , 1 1/2 hrs) Ht : 3384 mts.
After the june 2013 disaster, the 14 km trekking route to Kedarnath has not been repaired as yet. Also there is no facility for overnight stay at Kedarnath. Until the government declares that accommodation is possible, all guests visiting Kedarnath will have to take the same day return helicopter ride. Hence the duration of the package will reduce by 01 day.
After breakfast, we proceed to Gaurikund .Take a holy dip at Taptakund and begin our trek to Kedarnath (14 kms/4 hrs). In the evening we take you to visit Kedarnath Temple for Darshan, Aarti & pooja. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters. One can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.
Day 08 : Kedarnath - Guptkashi (14 kms Trek & 35 kms/2hrs by Road)
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check into Hotel at Guptkashi. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Guptkashi - Badrinath (165 kms/7hrs) Ht : 3133 mts.
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check into the Hotel. Later in the evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay at hotel. Badrinath one of the 'Four Dhams' is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name "Badri van", meaning "forest of berries".
Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the banks of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal: A flat platform on the banks of the river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra: 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.
Charanpaduka: 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Bhim Pul: On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Day 10 : Badrinath – Joshimath (44 kms/3hrs) Ht : 2100 mts.
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sight seeing spots like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River, just within three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Joshimath.Check into Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri. Joshimath is connected by regular bus service to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath and many other centers in the region.
One of the four main Shankaracharya maths is located here. According to the tradition, this math is in charge of the Atharva Veda. At the upper part of the town there is the temple and the cave where Shankara is said to have meditated. To the right of the temple-entrance there is a Kalpavriksha tree where Shankara is said to have attained self-realization.
In the bottom part of the town, there is a temple dedicated to the Lord Nrsimhadeva. Shankara is said to have installed this Deity. The left wrist of Nrsimhadeva is incredibly thin and gets thinner every day. It is said that when Kali yuga overtakes the world, the Lord’s wrist will break and the mountains Jaya and Vijaya will collapse and block the present road to Badrinath. The present Badrinath will then be relocated at Bhavishya Badri about 23 km southeast of Joshimath. To see the Lord’s wrist you can come at the abhisheka time in the mornings from 6:30 to7 am.
Next to the Nrsimhadeva temple, there is also another important temple dedicated to Vasudeva. This temple is one of the108 divya desam, recognized by the Tamil Nadu Vaishnava saints Alvars. Lord Vasudeva is carved from the black stone and stands with His associates Sri, Bhu, Nila and Kama.
To the left of the Temple’s main entrance is a deity of dancing Ganesha, which is said to be one of only two such deities in India.
Day 11 : Joshimath - Rishikesh (255 kms/8-9hr) : After breakfast
Drive back to Rishikesh via Nandprayag, Karanprayag,Rudraprayag & Deoprayag. Arrive and check into your Hotel. Stay overnight at Rishikesh.
Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the banks of the Ganga and is surrounded by the Shivalik range of Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area hence forth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.
On Arr at Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport. Tour Terminates
Do Dham Yatra
Itinerary - Duration: 07 Nights/08 days
We arrange pilgrimage tour to Do Dham. This Do Dham Yatra covers visit to two famous religious places namely Sri Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage tour packages provided by us can be tailor-made as per the requirements of individuals, groups or couples. Besides, we can further provide Buses & Car for independent traveler for the above itinerary.
The journey schedule of the Do Dham Yatra is mentioned below:
Day 01: Delhi-Haridwar/Rishikesh
Arrived at Delhi and drive to Haridwar. Night stay at the hotel in Haridwar.
Day 02: Haridwar/Rishikesh-Gauptkashi/Sitapur
(185 kms, 7 hrs drive): Drive to Guptkashi along with river Ganga till Devprayag. Then along Alakhnanda up to Rudraprayag then along Mandakini till Guptkashi. Arrive and transfer to camp/Hotel. Dinner and night stay at the tent.
Day 03: Sitapur/Guptkashi-Gaurikund-Kedarnath
(35 kms, 14 kms trek): drive to Gaurikund by car then trek 14 kms to reach Kedarnath. Darshan pooja at the temple. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and night stay at Kedarnath.
Day 04: Kedarnath-Guptkashi
Trek back to Gaurikund drive to Guptkashi. Rest and evening is free to explore the area. Dinner and night stay the the camp/Hotel.
Day 05: Guptkashi-Badrinath
(230 kms, 07 hrs): 7:00 am Depart for Badrinath. Arrive and check into the hotel at Badrinath.
Day 06: Badrinath-Pipalkoti
(80 kms ): Morning darshan of Badrinath temple then Leave Badrinath at 12:00. Arrive at Pipalkoti hotel. Dinner and night stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Pipalkoti-Rishikesh/Haridwar
( 221 kms, 08 hrs) Drive back to Rishikesh/Haridwar
Day 08: Departure
After bkft departure for Delhi
DO’s and DON'T
- Please ensure that you are physically and mentally fit to perform the journey.
- Do carry sufficient light woolens from May to Aug and heavy woolens from Sept to Nov.
- Carry good walking shoes: - canvas or sport shoes
- If you wish you can carry dry eatables with you like biscuits, snacks and chocolates etc.
- Always hire registered pony, kandi and porter.
- Move slowly and steadily and give the driver enough time for rest.
- Carry sufficient money to pay for your personal expenses.
- It is advisable to carry your own personal medical kit.
- Avoid carrying heavy jewelery during the Yatra.
- Don’t use soap while bathing/ washing clothes in the river.
- Don’t throw wrappers/poly bags on the road or in the forest during the journey.
- Do not hire un-authorized vehicles such as private vehicles.
Hemkund Sahib Yatra
Hemkund Sahib Yatra
Itinerary - Duration: 6 Nights/7 Days
Day 01: Delhi-Haridwar/Rishikesh
Drive 7 hrs Drive to Rishikesh, Check into hotel. Rishikesh is situated on the right banks to the holy river Ganges, it is also known as the city of saints. Overnight stay.
Day 02: Rishikesh-Joshimath (1875 mts.)
Drive 10 hrs. Early morning after b/f drive to Joshimath, winter sheet of Lord Badrinath. The drive after Rishikesh is along the goddess river Ganges till Devprayag and then along Alaknanda. Explore Devprayag and enjoy the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, from where it's known as Ganga).
Day 03: Joshimath-Govindghat (1828 mts.) Ghangaria (3048 mts.)
Trek 05 hrs. This morning after breakfast drive for an hour to Govindghat from where the trek starts. This trek is moderate and 13 kms long via Pulna – Bhundar, Packed lunch enroute. Arrive at Ghangaria, transfer to camp, evening free to explore the area. Dinner with campfire and O.N.C.
Day 04: Ghangaria-Hemkund Sahib (4330 mts.)
Ghangaria Trek 06 hrs This morning after b/f start your trek to the world famous Hemkund Sahib where a Gurudwara of Sikh devotees has been established at an elevation of 4330 mts. and a lake surrounded by seven snow capped peaks makes this place magnificent and here you find the rarest species of Brahmakamal flowers.
Day 05: Ghangaria-Govindghat-Joshimath
This morning Trek back to Govindghat and arrive Govindghat and depart for Joshimath. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: Joshimath-Rishikesh
After a relaxed breakfast depart for Rishikesh.Arrive Rishikesh check into hotel.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Departure
Depart for Delhi