Chardham Yatra

One of the most important Hindu pilgrimages, the Char Dham Yatra, is located in the Garhwal region of the state of Uttarakhand. The pilgrimage takes devotees to four sites: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. revered by the Hindus and sacred according to the hindu religion. Each temple is representative of one of the While Kedarnath is home to lord Shiva and Badrinath is home to Lord Vishnu. Yamunotri represent goddess of Shakti Yamuna, and Gangotri represent goddess of Shakti Ganga.

The Yatra starts in a west to east direction, from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. The great Hindu philosopher and reformer AdiShankaracharya initiated the Char Dhamyatra in an attempt to revive the Hindu religion during the 8th century
 

 
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   Highlights of our Chardham Yatra

  • All locations* owned and managed by a single entity ensuring consistantly good service and full responsibility of the program from start to finish.
  • Deluxe accommodation at all locations with running hot water, electricity with 24x7 back up, deluxe attached washrooms with w/c and all amenities.
  • Specially chosen locations away from markets, crowded junctions & busy highways in line with the theme of the program.
  • Special arrangements for aartis, pujas, helicopter trip to kedarnath, transport & so on
  • Freshly prepared vegetarian fresh meals at all locations, at all times including packed meals during temple visits & so on.
  • ALL THIS AT A FABULOUS PRICE!!
 


 

Itinerary

Day 1 : DELHI – HARIDWARDrive/200 kms/5-6hrs
Depart from Delhi for Haridwar. In the evening, visit the important ghats and temples here and if you have the time, do visit the Aarti at Har-ki-Pauri. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 2 : HARIDWAR – BARKOT Drive/125 kms/4-5 hrs
Post breakfast, set off for Barkot.Overnight in HIMALAYAN ECO LODGES & CAMPS. Hotels kedarnath

Day 3 : BARKOT – YAMUNOTRI – BARKOT Drive/100 kms both ways & Trek/10 kms both ways
Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Yamuna has been elavated to the status of divine mother for the Hindus much like the ganges and forma part of hinduhyms, rituals & practices. The Yamunotri Temple and the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti (7 km. Away) are themain attractions here. The Yamunotri temple is on the left bank of Yamuna constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of TehriGarhwal. Several hot springs dot the place and Rice and potatoes are dipped into the hot water in a muslin cloth and taken home as prasadam.
Early morning, drive 50 kms to Barkot and begin the walk to Yamunotri which is 5 kms away. At Yamunotri, darshan at the temple and one can also have a dip in the warm waters of the Jamnabhai Kund. In the afternoon, walk back to Jankichatti and drive back to Barkot. Overnight in HIMALAYAN ECO LODGES & CAMPS.

Day 4 : BARKOT – HARSIL Drive/135 kms/4-5hrs
Early morning departure for Harsil.Enroute stopover at Uttarkashi to visit the KashiVishwanath temple here. Continue the drive to Harsil and here check into the HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS.

Day 5 : HARSIL – GANGOTRI – HARSIL Drive/40 kms both ways
Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3,200 mtrs ASL is one of the most important pilgrimages as it represents the birth place of the Holiest of Indian rivers, The Ganges. The actual origin of the river, Gaumukh is a further 14 kms above today and some pilgrims & sadhus trek up to Gaumukh as well. Thousands of Devotees offer their prayers at the temple itself and water from the river here is collected and carried back to offer to Lord Shiva
The drive to Gangotri would take about 1 hr and you would drive along the Bhagirathi river and pass through dense forests. Once at Gangotri, go for the darshan in the main temple and later visit a few important sites in this area. Towards evening head back towards Harsil. Overnight in HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS.

Day 6 : HARSIL – KUNDDrive/300 kms/8-9hrs
Post early breakfast, drive to Kund. Once in Kund relax in the scenic surrounding with the River Mandakini flowing by and the Kedar peak in the distance. Overnight in the HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS.

Day 7 : KUND – GAURIKUND Drive/45 kms/1-2 hrs – KEDARNATH Trek/14 kms
Kedarnath, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas". Lying at an altitude of 3584 m and at the origin of the river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath Temple is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus. Kedar, another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer literally translates to the Powerful. Situated in the backdrop of the majestic Sri Kedarnath range, Kedarnath Temple is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund. The flora and fauna of the region, rich in Himalayan Flora and Fauna forms the Kedarnath Sanctuary and the towering Himalayan peaks that are at once awe inspiring are everywhere the eye can see.
Post early breakfast, depart for Gaurikund. This drive would take a couple of hours as you gain altitude and come to the base of Kedarnath at Gaurikund from where you would start your trek for the temple. The trek is for 14 kms and would take 4-5 hrs to complete. Once at Kedarnath, head to the temple for the aarti and return to check into your guesthouse for the night.Overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 8 : KEDARNATH – GAURIKUND Trek/14 kms – KUND Drive/45 kms/1-2 hrs
In the morning, head to the temple for another darshan and post breakfast, start walking back to Gaurikund. On reaching Gaurikund, drive back to Kund. Once in the lodge, relax the tired muscles by a crackling bonfire followed by dinner and retire to your tents. Overnight in the HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS

Day 9 : KUND – JOSHIMATH (KURALA) Drive/110 kms/5-6hrs
Post early breakfast, begin the drive to Joshimath. Enroute, stopover at Chopta and here enjoy for some time in the bugyals (high altitude meadows). You also get wonderful views of the snow clad Himalayan peaks from here. Enroute visit the Gopinath temple at Gopeshwar. Arrive in Joshimath by the evening and you could head off to the temple for a darshan. Overnight in the HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS.

Day 10 : JOSHIMATH – BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH Drive/80 kms both ways/4hrs
Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background. A tribute to lord Vishnu, Badrinath is one of four pilgrimage sites believed to have been built by AdiShankara to revive the Hinduism and reunite the country. Badri refers to an edible berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath refers to Vishnu. Badri is the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube trees, which has an edible berry. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took the form of the berries to protect Lord Vishnu from the harsh climate during his long penance.
Post breakfast, drive up to Badrinath. In Badrinath also visit the Tapt Kund, Narayan Kund, Mata Murty temple, BhimPul, etc. and also visit Mana village (the last temple on the Indian border). In Mana, you can shop for some local handicrafts and handmade woollen items. You can also take a walk to the thundering Vasundhara Falls. Later in the afternoon, head back to Joshimath. Overnight in the HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE & CAMPS.

Day 11 : JOSHIMATH – JAYALGARHDrive/170 kms/7-8hrs
Early breakfast and depart for Jayalgarh. Here you could relax on the banks of the river or also go on a short rafting trip. Overnight in HIMALAYAN ECO LODGES & CAMPS.

Day 12 : JAYALGARH – RISHIKESH – DELHIDrive/330 kms/8-9hrs
Post early breakfast, depart for Delhi. TRIP ENDS HERE

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