Kedarnath & Badrinath
Haridwar – Rishikesh – Kedarnath – Badrinath
06 Nights / 07 Days
A place where divinity is at its high, where nature portrays its tranquility and where one realizes the true meaning of their existence, Dham, the four abodes of God is the place where divine and sublime coexists. The sublime inheritance of this majestic place whirls you around in its exquisiteness and gives a new meaning to your purpose of existence. Welcome to Chardham Yatra and leave all the stress and struggle of your cosmopolitan worlds far away. A divinity that would add a different charm to your life is all what you would perceive here. The origins of the Char Dham are obscure. Originally, Char Dham was a name reserved for India’s most famous pilgrimage circuit, four important temples – Jagannatha Temple at Puri, Ramanatha Temple at Rameshwaram, Krishna Temple at Dwarka, and Narayana Temple at Badrinath—grouped together by the great 8th century reformer and philosopher Shankaracharya (Adi Sankara), into the archetypal All-India pilgrimage circuit to the four cardinal points of the subcontinent.
Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (205 kms. 6 hrs)
Morning 06:30 hrs departs from Delhi to Haridwar.
Haridwar: Meaning ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains.Haridwar is also spelled as Hardwar or Hari- Dwar. Haridwar is also one of the four places where drops of Amrit or nectar fell from the pitcher which was being carried by Garuda, the heavenly bird and the spot is known as Brahma Kund or Har-ki-Pauri. 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. Aarrival at Haridwar, transfer to hotel, Check in at hotel. Take rest, later we shall take you for a visit to the Mansa Devi Temple & enjoy Aarti at Har Ki Peri in the evening. The ‘Aarti’ worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating ‘dia’ (lamp) is a moving ritual. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot (205 kms 5 - 6 hrs)
Early morning after breakfast check out from hotel & proceed towards Barkot via Mussoorie Barkot is a serene and secluded town, locatd at an elevation of 1220 meters. It is a northeast region of Uttarakhand, located around 49 km from Yamunotri Dam. It offers an excellent view of Himalayan cliffs and peaks. It is also an ideal place for trekking. The fresh orchards of apples, ravishing landscapes, glistering water of Yamuna River and secluded environment are the charming features of Barkot.Arrive at Barkot, transfer to hotel, Check in at the hotel. Free for leisure activities, Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot (32 kms / 10 km by jeep/ 6 kms trek.from one side)
Morning after breakfast leave for Janki Chatti Via Hanuman Chatti – The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River & Fool Chatti . On arrival Janki Chatti start Trek of 06 kms for Yamunotri Temple – Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again, Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. On Arrive Yamunotri Holi Dip in Garam Kund, than Pooja and Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji, 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”. After Darshan and Pooja, afternoon start trek back to Janki Chatti on arrival Janki Chatti meet with driver and drive back to Barkot at hotel. Evening free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi (82 kms / 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & proceed for Uttarkashi. Enroute vist Prakateshwar Cave.
Uttarkashi is a holy town of Uttarakhand. The city is named after its headquarters town Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi district is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, at an altitude of 1158 metres above sea level. Uttarkashi is primarily known as a town of temples, particularly of Lord Shiva. There are various temples namely Vishwanath Temple, Bhairav Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Shani Temple, Pokhu Devta Temple, Karna Devta Temple and many more. The popular one is Vishwanath, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On arrival at Uttarkashi, transfer to hotel; check in at the hotel evening visit Vishwnath Temple. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100 kms. One way)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Gangotri Temple: The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. Submerged Shivling: Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where, according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted lock. It is visible in winter months when water level decreases. Kedar Ganga Sangam: Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga. Starting from the Kedar Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank. On arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Afternoon drive to Uttarkashi at hotel, Free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Uttarakashi.
Day 06: Uttarkashi - Rudrapryag (190 kms. Drive 9 - 10 hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Rudrapryag, En-route visit heritage city of Tehri dam slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges, due to the construction of the Tehri Dam. Rudraprayag lies at the confluence of two rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag gets its name from the word “Rudra” which means, an aspect of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Lord Shiva appeared to bless Narad Muni as Rudra. Since then, the place has been a sacred place for Shiva worshippers. Rudraprayag has a very pleasant temperature all the year round. Frozen glaciers, beautiful lakes and raw natural beauty, add to the diverse serenity of this place. Rudraprayag has immense religious significance for pilgrims going in for the Char Dham Yatra to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham. On arrival at Rudrapryag transfer to hotel, Check in at the hotel. Take rest, free for leisure activities, Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.
Day 07: Rudrapryag - Kedarnath (80 kms drive, 14 kms trek)
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Gaurikund.
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. Arrive Gaurikund and start your journey on the tough Trek ahead for Kedarnath on foot or on by pony / Doli your own cost.
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. The history of Kedarnath is all about the legends that also form the reason behind the holiness of the city. Named after Lord Shiva, Kedarnath is believed to have come into existence after the Pandava brothers were asked to seek Lord Shiva’s blessing in order to do penance for the killing of their cousins. Shiva was not willing to meet the Pandavas and so he furled and disguised himself in Guptakashi. While fleeing from the Pandavas, he stopped at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. Inspite of all this, the Pandavas were able to find him and in retaliation he started to thrust inside the ground. He then dived into the ground leaving behind his hump. However, the willpower and determination of the Pandavas impressed him and he forgave their sins, gave them his blessing and allowed them to worship his hump. The stone like structure that is revered today is the very hump of the Lord. Arrival at Kedarnath, transfer to hotel, check in at the Hotel. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple, Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Kedarnath.