Char Dham Yatra Tours
Ancient Hindu reformer Adi Shankaracharya coined the word "Char Dham", meaning the four abodes of God. He did this in an attempt to revive the Hindu religion and unify people across the country during the 8th century.
A Char Dham yatra refers to the trip of the Himalayan region of Garhwal (Uttrakhand), consisting of various places, like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is a common Hindu belief that Adi Shankaracharya attained freedom from incarnation here in the lap of the Himalayas. Hence, these places are considered to be the most sacred by Hindu religion and every Hindu should make it a point to take a Char Dham trip, at least once in their lifetime.
According to Hindu religion, Yamunotri and Gangotri represent goddess of Shakti, Kedarnath represent lord Shiva and Badrinath represents Lord Vaishnava. Therefore, devotees visit these places in the same chronological order.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
On Arrival met at Airport and transfer to Prebooked Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning tour of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
Day 03 : Delhi - Haridwar (205 Kms. 6 hrs)
Morning drive to Haridwar, on arrival Haridwar Check into the Hotel. Later we shall take you for a visit to the Har-Ki-peri, enjoy the AARTI in the evening, later back to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.
Haridwar : Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual.
Day 04 : Haridwar - Barkot (205 Kms 5 - 6 hrs)
Depart from Haridwar early morning and stop for lunch on the way in Mussoorie. Continue your journey and reach Barkot in the evening, after visiting Kempty Falls on the way. on arrival check in to the Hotel, just 1 km out of Barkot town on the Yamunotri Road, Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 : Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot
(32 Kms. Drive + 10 kms. Local Taxi + 6 Kms. Trek, one way)
After an early breakfast drive to Hanuman Chatti, Arrive Hanuman Chatti Take a Local Jeep to Janki Chatti, then start your trek by 06 kms. to Sri Yamunotri Ji, Arrive Sri Yamunotri Ji and take a Holy Dip in Garm Kund Pooja and Darshan of Sri Yamuna Ji, after lunch 06 Kms. trek down to Janki Chatti, arrive Janki Chatti take the Local taxi for Hanuman Chatti, On arrival Meet our Driver and drive back to Barkot, Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Hanuman Chatti : The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & 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.
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 06 : Barkot - Uttarkashi (Drive 85 kms, 4 hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, a drive of 85 kms. Enroute vist Prakateshwar Cave, on arrival Uttarkashi check in at the hotel evening visit Vishwnath Temple, Overnight stay at the hotel.
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 07 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100 Kms. one way)
Early morning drive to Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings, afternoon drive to Uttarkashi, on arrival check into the Hotel.
Day 08 : Uttarkashi - Guptkashi (223 kms. Drive 9 - 10 hrs)
After a Very early breakfast, leave for Guptkashi. A late lunch is scheduled en route Molgarh. On the way, see the heritage city of Tehri slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges, due to the construction of the Tehri Dam. After lunch, continue your journey and today for the first time see the beautiful river Mandakini. Travel alongside the river to reach Guptakashi late in the evening, O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 09 : Guptakashi - Kedarnath (32 kms Drive, 14 kms trek)
After breakfast pick up your packed lunch, and leave for Gaurikund (32 kms drive-one way). On arrival start your journey on the tough Trek ahead. Stop for lunch en route and continue after that to arrive by late afternoon on arrival check in to the Tourist Bunglow/ Parmarth Ashram. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple.Dinner and overnight at the Ashram or Tourist Bunglow.
Day 10 : Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (14 Kms trek 80 kms Drive)
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund and on arrival leave for Rudraprayag, on arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel.
Rudraprayag : It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
Temples : Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).
Day 11 : Rudraprayag - Badrinath (170 kms)
After breakfast leave for Shri Badrinath Ji. On arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village -the last village before the Tibetan border, Overnight stay at hotel.
Badrinath one of the 'Four Dhams' is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name "Badri van", meaning "forest of berries".
Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.
Charanpaduka : 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto Mana.
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.
Day 12 : Badrinath - Rudraprayag (160 kms)
Morning after Arti Darshan drive to Rudraprayag, on arrival check in at the hotel, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13 : Rudraprayag - Rishikesh (135 Kms 7 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Rishikesh enroute visit Dhari Devi Temple, only 15 Kms. from Rudrapryag on the way of Rishikesh, after visit the temple drive towards Rishikesh, on the way stop for lunch at Srinagar, Continue the journey and if Time permits, visit Devprayag (The confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which become the Ganga). Reach Rishikesh in the evening to check in to Hotel. Evening visit Laxamn Jhula and Ram Jhula and see the evening Arati, Overnight at Hotel.
Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Temples & Sight Seeing - Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.
Day 14 : Rishikesh - Delhi (234 km)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi, on arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 : Transfer to Airport
Morning free for rest into the hotel, late evening transfer to the airport for onward destination.
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Char Dham Yatra Tours
|Delhi||Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple.|
» Accommodation on twin / Double Sharing basis
» Elephant Ride at Amber, Fort Jaipur.
» Daily Breakfast
» All the arrival and departure transfer with company representative
» Complete transportation with an English speaking chauffer
» Driver Allowance
» Toll Taxes and Parking
» State taxes
» All the currently applicable taxes
Does not include:
» Entrance fee to monuments.
»Monument fees, (Supplement is given separately).
» Meals except then breakfast ( Dinner supplement is given separately)
» Tips, Laundry, Phone calls
»Any other expenses not mentioned above.
May i ask for tailormade itinerary ?
Yes, you can ask for it.
What is Indian Time zone?
It is + 0530 GMT
Can I use foreign currnecy there in India?
No, you can't use foreign currnecy in India directly, you need to change it through bank or authorize money changer into Indian rupees .
Who will Meet us at the Airport ?
Our company representative will be there at the airport arrival lounge carrying a company placard mentioning your name on it.
Does monument fees included in the cost ?
No, it's not included in the package cost and supplement is given separately for that.
What is the weather & temperature like?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult and hard to predict. Of course, it is generally cold at night, and in winter, the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March - April) is particularly lovely and beautiful as the rhododendrons are in full bloom. The mountains still have plenty of high snow to snap your photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.