Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham or four Dhams of North India are the famous pilgrimages for Hindus in India. Portals of char dhams open every summer for devotees from April - May. Char means four and Dham means Abode of God. The Char Dham Yatra includes the visit of four sacred places in Uttarakhand, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Kedarnath & Badrinath. All four Dhams are situated in the upper Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. The Official date of Chardham Yatra is announced every year well before the time that lets people do their preparation for Char Dham Yatra at ease.
Kedarnath Temple Opening Date : 29 April, 2020
Kedarnath Temple Closing Date : 16 November, 2020
Badrinath Temple Opening Date : 30 April, 2020
Badrinath Temple closing Date : 25 October, 2020
Yamunotri Temple Opening Date : 26 April, 2020
Badrinath Temple closing Date : 28 October, 2020
Gangotri Temple Opening Date : 26 April, 2020
Gangotri Temple closing Date : 27 October, 2020
Char Dham Yatra Tour
Char Dham Yatra Itinerary : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Char Dham Tour Covered : Delhi - Rishikesh – Kharsali - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Rudraprayag - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Delhi
DAY 01 : DELHI – HARIDWAR BY ROAD 200 KMS 05 HOURS
On arrival, you are met and proceed to Haridwar or pick up from the hotel in Delhi and drive to Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. After freshen up, afternoon sightseeing tour of Haridwar. Evening Aarti and Pooja at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 : HARIDWAR - KHARSALI (280 KM/ 08 HRS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Kharsali via Mussoorie. On arrival, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03 : KHARSALI – YAMUNOTRI – KHARSALI 05 KMS TREK ONE SIDE
The morning starts trekking to Yamunotri and back. Overnight stay at Kharsali. Overnight at Hotel.
The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River.
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 the sacred river Yamuna that originates from the Champasar Glacier.
There are several thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is the Surya Kund.
A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
DAY 04 : KHARSALI – UTTARKASHI (137 KM / 06 HRS DRIVE)
Drive to Uttarkashi via Barkot. Check-in at the hotel. Night halt.
The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located at the bank of the river Bhagirathi, where erected an iron trident. The other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar, and Goddess Kuteti Devi.
DAY 05 : UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI (200 KM / 07 HRS DRIVE)
Drive to Gangotri
and back. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
The temple is 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. Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa built the temple in the 18th Century.
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 the winter months when the 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 (175 KM / 08 HRS DRIVE)
After early breakfast, drive to Guptkashi. Guptkashi is a small town that lies on the road to Kedarnath in Mandakini river valley at an elevation of 4327 feet above sea level. It is an important stop on the route of Char Dham Yatra. You will drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. On arrival in the evening, check-in at the hotel. If time permits, you can visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple here. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07 : GUPTKASHI – KEDARNATH – GUPTKASHI BY HORSE
Morning start trekking to get to Kedarnath temple. On arrival at Kedarnath, go for Darshan. After Darshan, trek down in the evening back to Hotel.
At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters. One can bathe in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. It is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to 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. According to legend, the Pandavas, after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra, war felt guilty of having killed their brothers and sought blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly, and while fleeing, took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar, and his locks (hair) with a head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are named as Panch Kedar.
DAY 08 : GUPTKASHI - BADRINATH (160 KM / 07 HRS )
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. On arrival in Badrinath, Check in at hotel. Badrinath is sacred Hindu pilgrimage, a small town, located at an elevation of 3300 mts on the banks of river Alaknanda in Uttarakhand, India. Badrinath is one of the four Dhams and most sacred place, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. Visit Badrinath temple. Return to hotel for overnight.
The Badrinath Temple is situated on the bank of the river Alaknanda at the Garhwal Himalaya region in Uttarakhand state. The temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th Century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is 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. Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which is one of the sacred Char Dham in Uttarakhand, in far northern India. Badrinath is also one of four sacred Char Dham abodes of incarnations of Lord Vishnu that are spread across India, in all four directions. The other three are Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, and Puri in Odisha. It is believed that the Badrinath temple was established in the 9th century by Adi Shankara, a revered Indian philosopher, and saint who revived Hinduism by consolidating its beliefs into a doctrine known as Advaita Vedanta
DAY 09 : BADRINATH
Today after breakfast, full day city tour. Pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund, go for Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in the evening. There are other interesting sightseeing spots to see like Mana Village(the last village of India), Vyas Cave, Charanpaduka and Bhimkund.
Mana Village :
Mana is the last Indian village from the border of India and Tibet/China in the Himalayas. It is located in the district of Chamoli. It is designated as a Tourism Village by the Uttarakhand government. Mana village is one of the best tourist attractions nearby to Badrinath. It is 3 km from Badrinath town, and the village is on the banks of the River Saraswati. It is situated at a height of around 3219 meters. Himalayan hills surround the village. Overnight stay at Hotel in Badrinath.
After sightseeing of Badrinath town, return to Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 10: BADRINATH – RISHIKESH 300 KM 12 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Rishikesh. On arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 11 : RISHIKESH – DELHI (200 KM / 05 HRS DRIVE)
Morning drive back to Delhi. On arrival, drop at Airport to board flight for onward journey.
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