Char Dham Yatra Tour 2022
Char Dham yatra tour package of North India is the famous pilgrimage for Hindus in India. Portals of char dhams open every summer for devotees from April - May. Char Dham Yatra will start on April 22, 2023 this year. Yamunotri & Gangotri Dham will open on April 22, 2023, where as Kedarnath Dham & Badrinath Dham temples is opening up on April 22, 2023 and May 08, 2023 respectively. 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. There is given a well prepared Itinerary for Char Dham tour package from Delhi beneath the dates. It can be customized from Mumbai and Haridwar. Check out this link to Know the latest updates and news about Char Dham yatra
Kedarnath Temple Opening Date : 22 April 2023
Kedarnath Temple Closing Date : 06 November, 2023
Badrinath Temple Opening Date : 08 May 2023
Badrinath Temple closing Date : 10 November 2023
Yamunotri Temple Opening Date : 22 April 2023
Yamunotri Temple closing Date : 06 November 2023
Gangotri Temple Opening Date : 22 April 2023
Gangotri Temple closing Date : 05 November 2023
Char Dham Yatra Opening and Closing Dates
10 Important tips for Char Dham Yatra
1. As ATMs are rare or not available in most hilly regions, carry enough cash with you during Char Dham yatra.
2. Make sure you carry just a few essential emergency medicines and drink bottled water when traveling.
3. Carry a mosquito/insect repellent, apply sunscreen cream.
4. Eat boiled, cooked, or fried foods and avoid cold salads, raw vegetables, drinks with ice etc during Yatra.
5. This journey involves trekking at an altitude of 3000-4000 mt, so you must be physically and mentally fit to enjoy this trip.
6. It is essential to begin preparatory exercises at least a month before the Yatra.
7. Ensure you have heavy woolen, a raincoat, sleeping bags, blankets, waterproof shoes with good grip. It is colder in hilly areas and mountains than in other places, and the weather can change suddenly without any warnings.
8. Women should avoid wearing Sarees and instead wear Salwar Kameez or trousers, So that they could easily trek, hike or ride horses or mules during Yatra.
9. Ensure that the ponywalla or porter you hire is registered. Don't take shortcuts on the route.
10. Packets of chips, biscuits, or plastic should be thrown away in dustbins or carried in bags when traveling in the mountains. Please do not throw them in the trails.
Char Dham Tour Package from Delhi
Char Dham Yatra Itinerary : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Char Dham Tour Covered : Delhi - Rishikesh – Kharsali - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Rudraprayag - Badrinath - Birahi - 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.
: Haridwar is made up of two words Hari and Dwar. The word Hari means God and Dwar means gate. Haridwar is referred to as the gateway to the god. Haridwar is an entry point to Char Dham, which are four sacred temples in the Garhwal Himalaya namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
As one of the most ancient pilgrimage sites, Haridwar is at the foothills of the Shivalik range in the Garhwal Himalayas. Haridwar is a place where the holy river Ganges touches the plains. Haridwar has a lot to offer like countless temples, Ashrams, divine sounds of Vedic hymns, and a group of saints in saffron clothes performing rituals on the Ghats of the holy river the Gange.
Apart from religious importance, Haridwar is also a center for learning different arts and cultures. Haridwar is well known as a great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies.
: Har-ki-Pauri is also one of the four places; where Kumbh Mela occurs after rotation every twelve Years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell into the Brahmkund at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar, therefore it is regarded as one of the most sacred Ghats in Haridwar. Devotees flock here in the large number seeking the blessings of Holy Ganga by offering their prayers. It is the place where River Ganga flowing through the Himalayas touches the plain for the first time. It is said that whoever takes a dip here in the river Ganges, washes off all their sins. Mark of Lord Vishnu’s footprint on the stone can be seen here at this Ghat.
Ganga Aarti (Ganges Ceremony)
: The Ganges Aarti ceremony is performed by a group of priests at Har Ki Pauri ghat daily in the evening time between 6 pm to 7 pm. The river Ganges is worshiped because it provides life in the form of water for hundreds of years to mankind. Experience the holy atmosphere by listening to the Vedic hymns with divine music and chant. You can also offer earthen diyas in a floral bowl to the river. It is worth participating in the holy Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Shopping in Haridwar
: Numerous shops lined around the Ghats in Haridwar, selling things related to spirituality such as Gems, Stones, Rudraksha, Idols, and many other things. This is the best place to buy such things.
Mansa Devi Temple
: The temple is located atop a hillock called as the Bilwa Parvat of the Shivalik ranges of Himalayas. Mansa Devi temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Mansa Devi. It is said that your wishes will be granted if you come here and tie a piece of tread on the tree located in the temple complex and return to the temple to untie after the wishes is fulfilled. You can visit the temple by using the ropeway facilities.
Chandi Devi temple
: The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Sivalik hills of the sacred city Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Chandi Devi, a powerful Goddess that was formed from the cells of Goddess Parvathi. It was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D and is one of the most ancient temples of north India. One can get to the temple either by trek or ropeway facilities.
DAY 02 : HARIDWAR - KHARSALI (280 KM/ 08 HRS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Kharsali via Mussoorie. Kharsali is a base point where you can start your trekking for 5 km to get to Yamunotri next day morning. On arrival in Kharsali, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Dinner a & Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 03 : KHARSALI – YAMUNOTRI – KHARSALI 05 KMS TREK ONE SIDE
You can start trekking as early as possible today in the morning to avoid crowd at the Yamunotri Dham. You can also use mules and Palaki to cover the distance of 5 km trek. Start trekking to Yamunotri. Upon reaching at Yamunotri Dham, have Darshana and return to the base. Dinner and Overnight stay at Kharsali.
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)
After breakfast in the morning, leave for Uttarkashi by road via Barkot. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
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. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi an altitude of 1158 m above sea level. It is also known as the Kashi of North.
DAY 05 : UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI (200 KM / 07 HRS DRIVE)
Today we drive to Gangotri
dham and return on the same day, so we will have to leave early in the morning after the early breakfast. Upon reaching at Gangotri Dham, visit the temple that is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The holy River Ganges originates from the Gangotri glacier, located here, and is called Bhagirathi. A 20-ft-high structure, the exquisite temple is made with white granite. After darshana, drive back to 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. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The holy river Ganga is personified here as the abode and worshipped at this temple.
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 - SITAPUR VIA GUPTKASHI (175 KM / 08 HRS DRIVE)
After early breakfast, drive to Sitapur via 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 Sitapur via Guptakashi. On arrival in the evening, check-in at the hotel. If time permits, you can visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple here. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07 : SITAPUR – SONPRAYAG – GAURIKUND - KEDARNATH (22 KM TREKIKING ONE SIDE)
Early departure from the hotel is recommended in the morning. The first thing you need to do is reach Sonprayag from the hotel. Once you reach Sonprayag, cross the bridge. At this point, you will get sharing Jeeps to take you to Gaurikund. This is the starting point for a 22 km trek to Kedarnath Dham.
Morning start trekking to get to Kedarnath temple or you can hire mules or horses to get to Abode. On arrival at Kedarnath, go for Darshan. After Darshan. Dinner and Overnight stay at 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 : KEDARNATH – SITAPUR – TRIYUGINARAYAN – UKHIMATH (40 KM 2 HRS DRIVE)
Morning trek down and return to the base Sitapur. Upon arrival in Sitapur, visit to very famous Vishnu temple known as Triyuginarayan.
: Triyuginarayan Temple is located in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, India, in the village of Triyuginarayan. Vishnu is the deity worshipped in this ancient temple. In this location, god Shiva married goddess Parvati and Vishnu was there to witness the marriage. It is thus a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. In front of the temple burns a perpetual fire, which is a unique feature. As a result, the temple is also referred to as the Akhand Dhuni temple because of the presence of a flame believed to have burned at the time of the divine marriage.
Three nearby sacred bathing ponds (kunds) are also filled by a stream flowing from the temple courtyard.
After visiting Triyuginarayan, drive towards Ukhimath. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Ukhimath town is situated at an elevation of 1,311 meters and is 41 kilometers from Rudraprayag. It is the place where the Utsava idols of Kedarnath Temple and Madhyamaheshwar Temple are brought over in the winter and worshipped for six months. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09 : UKHIMATH – TUNGNATH – BADRINATH (150 KM 7 HRS DRIVE)
Today morning check out from the Hotel and drive towards Badrinath via visiting Tungnath en-route.
: The Tungnath Shiva Temple is one of the oldest and highest Shiva temples in the world, located in the Tungnath mountain range in Uttarakhand. To reach Tungnath Temple, which is located at an altitude of 3,600 meters (12,073 feet), there is a trek. Tungnath is part of the Panch Kedar Temples of Lord Shiva in Chopta Valley. Tungnath is the third of five Shiva temples (Panch Kedar - Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar) and is also the highest temple of Lord Shiva. Hindus hold these 5 temples (PanchKedar) in high regard as holy places dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tungnath temple can be reached by either trekking or hiring mules or horses.
After Tungnath, continue 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. . Pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund, go for Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in the evening.
Return to hotel for dinner and 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 10 : BADRINATH – MANA VILLAGE – BIRAHI (85 KM 2 HRS DRIVE)
Today after breakfast, visit some other interesting sightseeing spots to see like Mana Village (the last village of India), Vyas Cave, Charanpaduka and Bhimkund.
: 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.
The epic Mahabharatha was told by Maharishi Ved Vyasa in this village, and Ganesha penned the entire story. Besides caves, the Sarasvati river, temples, etc., you can also see several related sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures.
Besides religious sites, some trails encourage adventure seekers to plan treks & hikes and explore the region at their own pace.
After the sightseeing of Indian last village Mana, continue drive down and stop at place called Birahi. Upon arrival in Birahi, check in at your resort. Today is free day for relax. Dinner and overnight stay at resort.
DAY 11: BIRAHI – DHARI DEVI - DEVPRAYAG - RISHIKESH (140 KM 5 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive to Rishikesh via visiting Dhari Devi temple and Devprayag.
Dhari Devi Temple
: Our journey to Rishikesh begins today after breakfast from Birahi. Our first stop will be the famous Dhari Devi temple along the Badrinath Highway, 13 km before Srinagar Garhwal. The temple is located on the banks of the river Alaknanda. In the temple, the upper half of the idol of goddess Dhari is located, while the lower half is in Kalimath, where she is worshipped as a manifestation of Kali.
Dhari Devi temple had to be relocated from its original rock-based site due to the Srinagar Hydropower Project. This pilgrimage site was relocated from a rock 20 meters high to a man-made structure in 2013. Goddess Ire is believed to have caused the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013 as Dhari Devi is the guardian deity of Uttarakhand and protector of the Char Dhams.
After visiting Dhari Devi temple, countinue drive to Rishikesh via visiting Dev Prayag.
: Devprayag is located at the confluence of two sacred rivers, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, which merge into one and take on the name Ganga, which flows down to the plains.. The town of Devprayag lies at an altitude of 472 mt. This town is also renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Raghunathji Temple. Devprayag is one of the Panch Prayag or five sacred confluences of the Alaknanda River. Later continue drive towards Rishikesh.
Upon arrival in Rishikesh, check in at your pre-booked hotel. After freshen up, visit to see Ganga Aarti in the evening. The Ganga Aarti takes place at several ghats in Rishikesh, but Parmarth Niketan and Triveni Ghat are among the most famous. Retrun to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
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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