CharDham Yatra - 12 Days

CharDham Yatra (The Four Abodes – Sacred Tour)

Tour Highlights:
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Yamunotri – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Rudraprayag – Kedarnath – Karnaprayag – Nandprayag – Vishnuprayag – Joshimath – Badrinath – Devprayag

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Delhi – Rishikesh (7 hours)

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by the char dham tour representative who will assist you to board your allotted transport heading for Rishikesh. Your journey to Rishikesh will commence at night.

Day 2
Rishikesh – Barkot (7 hours)

You will be arriving early morning at Rishikesh and after freshening up and having your breakfast you will be made to proceed for some sightseeing of this holy town where you will be covering places like – Sivananda ashram, Ram / Laxman Jhula, Geeta Ashram, Swarg Ashram etc. after lunch you will be made to proceed for Barkot which will be via Dehradun and Mussoorie. En route you will also be made to visit the famous Kempty falls. After this you will be driven straight to Barkot where you will be staying for the night.

Note: The routes are subject to change depending on the condition of the road and Traffic.

Day 3
Barkot – Yamunotri – Barkot (45 km by road + 6 kms by trekking)

You will be driven to Janki Chatti early in the morning; from here your 6 kms of trekking will start. Here you have the option of either choosing to walk or choose from some alternate travel option like pony ride or Doli service (this will be done at your own personal cost). Upon arriving at Yamunotri you will be buying your Prasad Thali then make your way for a holy dip in the hot water spring of Surya Kund. As a part of the ritual you will also be performing mandatory puja at Divya Shila. You will then head on to the main temple to offer your darshan to Goddess Yamuna. After the completion of your puja you will be heading back to Janki Chatti and after that you will also be driving back to Barkot for an overnight stay. Yamunotri Temple: Dedicated to goddess Yamuna and perched on a flank of mountain on the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Yamunotri is the first temple to be visited by the pilgrims on their holy pilgrimage of char dham yatra of Uttarakhand. The current temple was built during the 19th century by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur. Surya Kund: Yamunotri is famous for its naturally occurring thermal springs one of the most significant kund is surya kund. People visiting Yamunotri Dham make it a point to take a holy dip in its waters which are supposed to hold medicinal value and people have also reported that their skin related and joint diseases completely vanish after a dip here. Divya Shila: Situated just before the entrance of Yamunotri Dham, this is a rock like structure that hold immense significance to the whole region since this is believed to be the place from where Yamuna River had emerged.

Day 4
Barkot – Uttarkashi (4 hours)

Early morning after breakfast you will be made to depart for Uttarkashi. En route you will be made to visit the famous Shiva cave, Prakateshwar Mahadev and the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple of Uttarakhand. You will then be driven to your allotted hotel here for an overnight stay there. Uttarkashi: This holy pilgrimage town is situated on the banks of the holy river of Bhagirathi, the prime tributary of Ganga. This holy town holds incredible significance since it is believed that Lord Shiva is said to have resided here for a while. Other
important ancient temples in this town are the Shakti mata temple as well as the Hanuman temple.

Day 5
Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (4 hours)

Early in the morning you will be made to proceed for Gangotri dham and en route you will be made to experience a scenic drive on the banks of the holy river of Bhagirathi. Upon your arrival at Gangotri dham you will be made to take a holy dip in the waters of Bhagirathi. On the river bank you will be made to perform all the important puja rituals. After this you will be making your way to inside the temple of Gangotri. Inside the premises there are other temples dedicated to lord Shiva, Hanuman and Vinayak where you can also offer your prayers. After the completion of your puja rituals, you will be made to return back to Uttarkashi for an overnight stay. Harsil: This is a hidden gem of a place in Uttarakhand and is surrounded by the lush green beauty of the pristine Himalayas. This is the perfect destination for anyone looking to have a peaceful and soothing time close to nature. Gangotri Temple: Dedicated to goddess ganga, this temple is one of the most rarely occurring temples in India. The gleaming white structure is said to have been constructed by the great Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa during the 18th century.

Day 6
Uttarkashi – Sitapur (11 hrs)

Early in the morning you will be straightaway driven to Sitapur. Upon arrival, you will be made to check in to your allotted hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7
Sitapur – Kedarnath – Sitapur (6 hours)

Early in the morning you will be dropped at Sonprayag which is the commencement point for the trekking journey to Kedarnath dham. you have the option of opting for pony or Doli service which will be done at your own cost. To make your journey even easier then you also have the option of choosing from various Helicopter packages for Kedarnath. Being located at a height remember to be prepared beforehand for the journey and don’t forget to carry all the journey essentials which you may need during the yatra like – medicines, toiletries, heavy woolen clothes etc. after you are done with your puja rituals and other ceremonies you will be returning back to Sitapur for an overnight stay. Kedarnath: Kedarnath is dedicated to the Lord Kedar form of Lord Shiva and is also an important part of the panch kedar yatra journey. As per legends this temple was built by the Pandava brothers and is also popular for being the highest jyotirlinga of India.

Day 8
Sitapur – Pipalkoti (6 hrs)

You will be made to leave for Pipalkoti by 12 noon in the afternoon to Pipalkoti. Once you arrive to your allotted hotel here you will be immediately checked in where you will be staying the night.

Day 9
Pipalkoti – Joshimath – Badrinath (4 hrs)

Early in the morning you will be made to drive for Badrinath dham and en route you will be made to visit a few attractions including Narasimha temple and Vishnuprayag. You will then be made to head for Badrinath dham as well as Mana village. The remainder of the day will be free for you to explore this charming valley after getting yourself checked in to your allotted hotel here. You will also be free to take a rejuvenating dip in the refreshing waters of Tapt Kund. After a holy dip in the thermal water you will be made to head on via the main entrance of the temple of Badri Vishal where there are other shrines dedicated to Ganesh, Kuber, Garuda, Narad, Nar and Narayan etc. you can also get Charanamrit from inside the temple. You can also perform the Pind Daan ritual for your ancestors at the Brahmakapal by the banks of the holy river of Bhagirath. Badrinath: This is supposed to be one of the most vibrant looking and highly revered dhams in Uttarakhand. It is set against the backdrop of the holy twin peaks of Nar and Narayan and the temple is dedicated to the badri form of Lord Vishnu. The temple opens up during the holy eve of Akshay Tritiya and shuts down during the holy eve of Vijayadashami. Tapt Kund: Located on the banks of the holy river of Bhagirath is this naturally occurring and extremely rejuvenating thermal hot water spring. Before entering the temple, it is a ritual for the pilgrims to take a holy dip in its waters. Narad Kund: Named after the great saint Narad who is one of the most crucial characters in the holy Hindu books, this is also a thermal hot water spring which is visited by pilgrims. This is also the Place where Adi Shankara is said to have retrieved an idol of Lord Vishnu from here which now sits inside the main temple shrine. Brahma Kapal: This is a holy place located right behind the temple and just by the banks of the holy river of Alaknanda. This place is believed to be the exact destination where Lord Brahma’s head is said to have fallen. Sheshnetra: Situated at a distance of just 1.5 km from the main temple of Badrinath this is a massive mountain rock boulder which is said to hold the holy impression of the mythical serpent Sheshnag. Charan Paduka: This holy destination which is made out of only loose rocks is located at a distance of just 3 kms and is believed to be the destination which is home to the foot prints of lord Vishnu. Mata Murti Temple: This holy temple is dedicated to the mother of Sri Badrinath ji and is considered to be one of the most important temples in Badrinath dham. Mana Village: Popular for being the last village of India on the Indo – Tibetan border and famous for its scenic beauty, this village is considered to hold immense significance since this is the place where the pandava brothers are said to have spent a few times before proceeding to their destination of heaven. Bheem Pul: This is a massive rock structure which his wedged in between two mountain rocks to offer a walking way. It is named so since this rock was moved into its current place by the Pandav Bheem. Vyas Gufa: Located in close proximity to the village of Mana, this is a rock cave which is considered to be the place where Vyas is said to have composed the holy book of Mahabharat. Joshimath: This pilgrimage town is located on the confluence of the holy rivers of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. This is also one of the 4 other Maths which was established by Adi Shankara. This township is home to numerous ancient and significant temples.

Day 10
Badrinath – Srinagar (7 hrs)

Early in the morning after the completion of your breakfast and offering your darshan at Badri Vishal, you will be made to transfer to Srinagar which paying a visit darshan at Badri Vishal, you will be made to transfer to Srinagar which paying a visit to all the major prayags that falls on the way. Once you reach Srinagar you will be immediately made to check in to your allotted hotel here.

Vishnuprayag – confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga

Nandprayag – confluence of Nandakini and Alaknanda

Karnaprayag – confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar

Rudraprayag – confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini

Day 11
Srinagar – Haridwar

Early in the morning after having your breakfast you will be driven to Haridwar and enroute you will be paying a visit to Devprayag. Once you reach Haridwar you will be made to proceed on for a ritualistic holy dip in the holy river of Ganga and you will also be made to be a part of the enchanting ganga aarti which takes place on the banks of the holy river of Ganga. You will also have the option of visiting the famous pilgrimage destination of Brahma kund where Amrit (nectar) was spilled out of a pitcher and is also one of the most popular ghats in Haridwar. In case we have some time on our hand then you will be made to visit the famous temple of Mansa Devi which is located on a hill top amongst scenic beauty and from here you will also be able to savour some spectacular views of the whole town of Haridwar. After your dinner you will be made to depart for Delhi via a Bus and this will be an overnight journey.

Day 12
Delhi

You will be arriving in Delhi at 5 am in the morning. Arriving at Delhi will mark the end of your char dham journey and from here on you will be heading on to your desired destination.

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