Area Covered: Delhi – Haridwar – Uttarkashi (Gangotri) – Guptkashi / Sitapur – Kedarnath – Badrinath – Rudraprayag/Srinagar – Haridwar
DHAM YATRA – A QUEST OF SALVATION – Discover spiritual side of yours – Sacred Dham yatra, as it is popularly known as, is one of the most sought after in Hinduism. In this trip, there are four religious places that devotees visit in the Indian state of Uttrakhand. Located at extreme heights is Holy Himalayas in the Garhwal region of that augment the beauty of the wonderful state of Uttrakhand. Here you will be able to get rid of all stress that has taken a toll on your life. Serene Environment and White Mountains are sure to catch your fancy. Here, you can be assured to have spiritual experience that lifts your mind, body and soul.
This is a complete program for Chardham Yatra pilgrims coming from different orientations or states and arriving Delhi or Haridwar/Dehradun to start Chardham. As Delhi is well connected with all major or remote cities by Rail or Road or Air, this is convenient for passengers or pilgrims coming from Hydrabad, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Bangalore or other part of South India. Chardham Yatra from Delhi / Haridwar is also well connected with eastern & western UP, Madhyapradesh- Bhopal, Indore, Maharastra- Mumbai, Pune, Nasik and Kolhapur.
- Neat, clean, hygienic accommodation on Double /Triple Sharing as per preferences & group size.
- Breakfast & Dinner in Hotels (Except Kedarnath Ji).
- Inclusive of transport services (Ex Delhi).
- All point to point sight-seeing as per given program possible in time frame.
- All toll, tax, parking and driver allowances are included.
- 5.0% Govt. Service Tax (GST)
- Helicopter Tickets to Kedarnath Ji, Meals in Kedarnath Ji will be on direct payment
- Any International or Domestic Air or Rail Tickets, Rest All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony / Palaki, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel / personal life, accident or health insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost included.
Meet our assistance on arrival Delhi as per your predefined schedule and further proceed to Haridwar. Upon arrival check into hotel and further you can proceed for Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pouri on your own if possible with available time and conditions. Driver who picked you from Delhi will might be not available today for further drop and pick up. After a hectic drive from Delhi he might be tired and can go for rest and vehicle maintenance and wash. So here Har Ki pouri is center point of Haridwar and there are several local transport is available for this sight. We kept you free to explore the local Haridwar and edge of Ganges. O/N stay in Haridwar. Next Day we will start Yatra.
After breakfast by 10 AM drive to Uttarkashi. Visit Vishwanath Temple before you check in to your hotel. Check in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Night Halt.
With packed breakfast & post Tea/ Coffee leave for Gangotri early in the morning. Offering prayers & pooja darshan, later drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri: Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great Deva Yagna here to a tone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.
Gangnani: Further up on way to Gangotri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Ritual and Activities: Perform Snan at Gangotri Ghat (VIP Ghat), Ganga Pujan & Aarti at Gangotri Ghat , Darshan of Bhagirath Shila ,Darshan of Gauri Ganesha Temple, Finally Gangotri Temple Darshan after that you must have Darshan of Surya Kund. While returning Darshan of Gupteshwar Mahadev temple in Dharali , Interact with Tibetan Culture and people in Harsil.
Leave early in the morning with packed breakfast for almost day long drive to Guptkashi. On your drive you would pass through Ganga giving way to Tehri Dam (The Hydro Electric Project). Overnight stay in the hotel at Sitapur/Guptkashi. This stretch is the longest road travel in between the places of entire Chardham Yatra destinations. Sometimes it takes more than 10hrs if some traffic congestion is there. Upon reach Sitapur/Rampur/Guptkashi we will take rest. Night stay in Hotel.
After breakfast Morning drive to Sonprayag -Gaurikund . The travellers those are confined to trek mostly use to stay in Kedarnath Ji this day. The trek is 19 KM long from Sonprayag and someone tiring for those who are not well acquaintances of mountain treks or regular walking. Rest slow, calm and breathful walking strategies are always helpful in completing this kind of trek. On arrival Kedarnath freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. Maximum and generally all trekkers to Shri Kedarnath Ji use to stay here.
Kedarnath: is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow
Covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
Rituals & Activities: Visit Gauri Kund , Darshan of Kedarnath Ji Temple , Bhim Shila and Chance to meet Gurus and Sadhus meditating for long time in Kedarnath.
On this day we will stay in Sitapur. After morning darshan and pooja, downward trek to Sonpryag. Our vehicle pick you up from there and take you to hotel for leisure stay for Night.
After a normal and comfortable wake up and breakfast we will proceed to Badrinath Ji Via Chopta-Pipalkoti-Joshimath-Govindghat. On the way have en-route view of amazing Chopta & Himalayan Ranges. En-route we will have view of 03 major Prayags (Confluence of Holy rivers) by visiting Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag whereas Vishnuprayag (where two river confluences Dhauli Ganga & Alaknanda), Karnprayag (confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda), Nandprayag (confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River). The road from Guptkashi to Chopta and then to Pipalkoti is good for small vehicles, the road from Pipalkoti and then to Joshimath is better. We will reach Badrinath in evening and night stay in Shree Badrinath. If we reach on time then we can make short visit to temple to participate in evening Aarti. Normally you canot hold your mind or resist of visiting temple or Darshanam of shree Badrinath Ji (Moksha Dham) upon reach there. Overnight stay flowed by dinner.
This is day of completions of your all pending rituals and karmas. At this Moksha Dham your quest of salvation will be completed. So this is how this program is designed to give you maximum time on this land. As next day we are staying in Rudraprayag which is only 05 hrs drive from Badrinath. So will have half day almost to complete our rituals and Darshan. Late morning by maximum 12:00 Noon proceed to Rudraprayag.
Rituals & Activities on this day in Shri Badrinath () :
Early Morning take a holy dip in Tapt Kund , Have again Darshan of Badri Vishal if time allows otherwise Important visit to Nag Nagin Pith (One of the important place in India for Sarp kal Dosh Nivaran),Short Visit to Mana Village (Vyas Cave , Ganesha Cave , Keshav Prayag , Darshan of Sarasawati Udgam (origin) ), Charan Paduka Darshan , Short visit of Ekadasi Gufa & hanuman Gufa. View of Vishnu Prayag ,Nandprayag , Karnprayag while returning back to Rudraprayag.
Badrinath: Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines - Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was unable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal: It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shhradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).
Sheshnetra: It is a large block of stone between two small seasonal lakes carrying an eye of "Sheshnag" The eye formation is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye, it is believed that the seshnag waits at this place patiently to accompany the lord on his reincarnation.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. The women of the village offer Choli to the deity on closing day of the temple each year.
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.
Early morning after breakfast, we will make a short visit of MahaRudra Temple at Sangam confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini. Here we can have Darshan of Maa Chamunda Devi Shakti Peeth. After that we will proceed to Rishikesh and on the way we will view of 05th and last Parayag-Dev Parayag in this route. Arrive Rishikesh and you will visit Laxamn Jhula and Ram Jhula on your own as this is not motorable. Vehicle will wait for you in parking. Best way to visit this part of Rishikesh is to enter by Laxman Jhula and exit from Ram Jhula. You can also see many Ghats and temples and beautiful Ashrams. Rishikesh is next home of Sadhus & Saints. It is also called Capital land of Yoga. You need to keep watch on time if you have missed your Ganga Aarti on day 01 upon arrival to Haridwar. So it is in your hand how fast you finish your sight-seeing and reach Har-Ki-Pouri, Haridwar for Ganga Aarti. It generally starts by 06:00 PM in summers and 5:15 PM in winters. Those who have enjoyed on day 01 can have opportunity to enjoy some more time in Rishikesh. Late evening before dinner reach Haridwar. This is your last day and evening so must have to arrange your bags and pack. Evening you can enjoy shopping in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Morning drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi drop you at the Airport / Railway station for onwards destination.