About Char Dham Tour
Duration: 11 Nights ⁄ 12 Days
Destinations: Delhi ⁄ Haridwar ⁄ Barkot ⁄ Yamunatri ⁄ Barkot ⁄ Uttarkashi ⁄ Gagotri ⁄ Uttarkashi ⁄ Guptkashi ⁄ Kedarnath ⁄ Guptkashi ⁄ Badrinath ⁄ Rudraprayag ⁄ Srinagar ⁄ Devprayag ⁄ Rishikesh ⁄ Haridwar ⁄ Delhi
The Natural wonders in the Central Himalayan region have been identified as manifestations of the Gods themselves, or of place Where mythical events took place In the backdrop of this,four Himalayan sites came to be know as undisputed inportant shrines for Hindus.Named as ‘Char Dham'(four seats), they have been the most important Hindu piigrimage centers which have been visited by devout Hindus for ages.The circuit consists of four sites.Yamunatri,the source of the Yamuna river and seat of Goddess Yamuna; Gangotri,the source of the Ganges river and seat of Goddess Ganga;Kedarnath,where a form of the Hindu God Shiva is acclaimed as one of the twelve jyotiling;andBadrinath,the seat of the Hindu God Vishnu. Experience the divinity and mysticism of these sacred shrines as we take you an a journey to’DevBhumi'(Abode of Gods), Uttarakhand.
Day 01: Delhi ⁄ Haridwar (230 kms⁄6hrs)
Arrival Delhi Airport⁄Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Later drive to Haridwar check into your Hotel. Visit Har⁄ki⁄Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.
Haridwar :Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva’s hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. 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 forth forms Lord Shiva’s locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is 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.”
Temples & Sight Seeing : Har⁄ki⁄Pauri, Chandi Devi & Mansa Devi Temple, DakshaMahadev Temple, BilkeshwarMahadev, Anandmai Ashram, PawanDham, BhoomaNiketan, Vaishno Devi Temple, Doodhadhari Temple & Bharat Mata Mandir.
Day 02: Haridwar ⁄ Barkot (220kms⁄7hr)
Drive to Barkot via Dehradun &Mussoorie. Enroute visit Kempty Fall and others later drive straight to your Hotel for night halt.
Day 03: Barkot ⁄ Yamunotri ⁄ Barkot [36kms drive & 7kms Trek (one side)
Drive to Hanuman Chatti, from here you have to take local jeeps for Jankichatti (It helps to reduce the trek upto 8 kms), trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”. Here near the temple “Pooja” can be offered to DivyaShila, After taking bath in JamunabaiKund’s warn water and having “Darshan” of pious “Yamunaji” returning to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Hanuman Chatti : The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River.
Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.
Day 04: Barkot ⁄ Uttarkashi (100kms⁄4hr)
Drive to Uttarkashi via Barkot. Check in Hotel, Later visit Vishwanath Temple. Night Halt.
Uttarkashi : Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected. The other important temples situated here are EkadashRudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi.
Day 05: Uttarkashi ⁄ Gangotri ⁄ Uttarkashi (100kms⁄3hr each side)
We proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), enroute we enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. After GangotriDarshan we return to Uttarkashi. overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri Temple: The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. Day 06: Uttarkashi ⁄ Guptkashi( 210kms⁄7hr)
Early morning, drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel, night halt.
Day 07: Guptkashi ⁄ Kedarnath (45kms by road & 14kms Trek)
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony ⁄ Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt.
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 Kaurava 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 r! emaining 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 PanchKedar.
Day 08: Kedarnath ⁄ Guptkashi (14Kms Down Trek & 45kms⁄ 2hr by Road)
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at Guptkashi. Night Halt.
Day 09: Guptkashi ⁄ Badrinath (200 kms ⁄ 8hr)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
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”.
Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms. fromBadrinath out of which 2 kms. ismotorableuptoMana.
BhimPul : 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.
VyasGufa (cave) : Near Mana Village, this is a rock⁄cave where VedVyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Day 10: Badrinath –Rudraprayag⁄ Srinagar (7hr)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for PinddanShraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana, VyasGufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Srinagar. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay at Srinagar.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by AdiShankaracharya, Joshimath is in the Badrinath to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many temples in the township most important is the temple of Nir Singh in commotion of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is with time and the popular belief holds that the Day the the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at BhavishyaBadri. Joshimath is connected by regular bus service to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath and many other centres in the region.
Day 11: Srinagar ⁄ Devprayag ⁄ Rishikesh (120Kms).
Early morning, visit Narsingh Temple &Shankracharaya Math. Later, Drive back to Rishikesh. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Rishikesh, 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 ” Hrishikesh ” and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Temples & Sight Seeing :LaxmanJhulla, Ram Jhulla, TriveniGhat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.
Day 12: Rishikesh ⁄ Hardwar ⁄ Delhi (230kms⁄7hr)
Drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station ⁄ Airport. Tour Terminate.