Char Dham Yatra


Char Dham or four Dhams of North India are the famous pilgrimage for Hindus in India. Portals of char dhams open in every summer for devotees during the month of April - May. Char means four and Dham means Abode of God, the Char Dham Yatra includes the visit of four sacred places namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Kedarnath & Badrinath. All four Dhams are situated in the upper Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Official date of Chardham Yatra is announced every year well before time that lets people do their preparation for Char Dham Yatra at ease.

Duration: 11 Night / 12 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi - Rishikesh - Barkote - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Rudraprayag - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Delhi

DAY 01 : DELHI -RISHIKESH
Upon arrival, drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar visiting Har-ki-Pauri. Enjoy Aarti in the evening. Upon arrival in Rishikesh, check into pre-booked hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 02 : RISHIKESH - BARKOT (240KMS/7HR)
Drive to Barkot via Mussoorie. Check in at hotel at Syana Chatti.

DAY 03 : BARKOT - YAMUNOTRI - BARKOT {5KMS DRIVE & 13KMS TREK (ONE SIDE)
Drive to Hanuman Chatti, trek start to Yamunotri and back. Overnight stay at Syana Chatti.

Hanuman Chatti: The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and 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.Yamunotri temple is the first holy shrine of Char Dham yatra, dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, also lies in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand state. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3,165 meters above sea level and is also the source of sacred river Yamuna that originates from the Champasar Glacier.

Surya Kund: There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.

Divya Shila: A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

DAY 04 : BARKOT - UTTARKASHI (137KMS/4HR)
Drive to Uttarkashi via Barkot. Check in at hotel. 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 Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi.

DAY 05 : UTTARKASHI-GANGOTRI-UTTARKASHI (200KMS/7HR)
Drive to Gangotri and back. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Gangotri Temple: One of the most significant pilgrimages for Hindus in the Garhwal Himalayas region , where the most sacred river of India, the Ganges - the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. It is situated at an altitude of 3,042 meters above sea level along the right bank of river Bhagirathi and dedicated to Goddess. It was built by Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in 18th century. 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.

DAY 06 : UTTARKASHI - GUPTKASHI (175KMS/6HR)
After early breakfast drive to Rampur / Sitapur. Check in at hotel. Night halt Rampur / Sitapur / Guptkashi : It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda. Temples: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).

DAY 07 : GUPTKASHI - KEDARNATH (32 KMS DRIVE & 14KMS TREK)
Drive to Gaurikund, trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. Check in hotel.

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: Kedarnath Temple also lies in the Garhwal Himalayas region of Uttarakhand state, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is regarded one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, located at an altitude of 3,581 meters above sea level. It is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for Hindus. According to the Legends, Lords Shiva's hump is worshipped here as the idol on the shrine

DAY 08 : KEDARNATH – RUDRAPRAYAG ( 160KMS 9 HOURS )
Trek down to Gaurikund from Kedarnath. Drive to Rudraprayag from Gaurikund. Check into your pre-booked hotel.

DAY 09 : RUDRAPRAYAG - BADRINATH (80 KMS/4HRS)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in at hotel. Night halt. Visit Badrinath temple. Overnight at hotel.

Badrinath Temple : The Badrinath Temple is situated on the bank of river Alaknanda at Garhwal Himalaya region in Uttarakhand state. The temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in 8th Century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located at an altitude of 3,133 meters above sea level. Temple is divided into three parts such as the Garbh Griha or Sanctum Sanctorum, the Darshan Mandap where the rituals are conducted and the Sabha Mandap where devotees assemble.

DAY 10: BADRINATH
Full day city tour. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11 : BADRINATH – RISHIKESH ( 300 KMS /12 HRS DRIVE )
Morning drive to Rishikesh . Overnight halt at Rishikesh.

DAY 12 : RISHIKESH - DELHI (230 KMS/6 HRS)
Drive to Haridwar. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night halt.


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