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Char Dham Yatra by road from Delhi

Tour Duration: 11N / 12 Days

Destination Covered: Arrive Delhi-Haridwar-Barkot- Yamunotri- Uttarkashi- Gangotri- Guptkashi- Kedarnath- Rudrapraya-Joshimath- Badrinath- Joshimath-Rishikesh-Delhi - Departure!!

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar

In the morning we'll drive to Haridwar (230 kms - 6 to 7 hrs journey). On the way, stop for lunch at a restaurant on the highway. On arrival at Haridwar, check in to your Hotel. In the evening, proceed to Har ki Pauri to enjoy Ganga Aarti on the banks of Ganges. Overnight stay at haridwar

Haridwar is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. Legend has it that Vishnu's footprint was found on the bank of the holy river, giving it its sanctity. Situated at the base of the Siwalik Hills, Haridwar is where the River Ganges passes through its last gorge and begins a 2,000km journey across the plains of India to the Bay of Bengal.

Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot

This morning depart for Barkot, located on the foot of yamunotri (205 kms - 6 to 7 hrs)). Drive via Mussoorie and visit Kempt Falls on the way. On arrival at Barkot, check-in to your hotel/camp. Rest of the day is free to relax and store your energy for the Pahad (hiII) Vatra of Yamunotri the next day. Overnight stay at Barkot.

Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot

After breakfast, depart for JankiChatti. Here you will begin the First Pahad Vatra of Yamunotri (5 kms trek). You can hire a Doli or a horse, for your trek (Cost Not Included). The trek passes through lush green valley, a profusion of conifers, rhododendrons, cacti and several species of Himalayan shrubs.

Yamunotri (altitude 3,291 m), the western most shrine of the Char Dhams, is dominated by Banderpunch (6,361 m). Yamunotri is the source of the river Jamuna, the twin sister of Varna, the Lord of Death. Yamuna is also the daughter of Surya the Sun. The actual source of the river originates from Champasar Glacier 1 km a head of the shrine, at an altitude of 4,321 mts. After performing pooja, take holy dip in Yamuna River and take the same route back to Barkot, for overnight stay in hotel. Overnight stay at Barkot.

Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi

In the morning, drive (85 kms - 3 hrs journey) to reach Uttarkashi. Check in into the hotel. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is famous for its historical monuments, Temples & Ashrams. In the evening, Visit the famous Vishwanath Temple. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi

Early morning drive to Gangotri. Nestled in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri is set at an altitude of 3048 mts. Upon arrival at Gangotri take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin Visit the Gangotri Temple. The 18th century's temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite. Late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Day 06: Uttarkashi - Guptkashi

Early morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and depart for Guptkashi via, Tehri Dam (View Tehri Dam from View Point). Upon arrival at Guptkashi check in at the hotel. Overnight at Guptkashi.

Day 07: Guptkashi - Kedarnath

Early morning check out from the hotel and depart for Gaurikund (20 kms) from where, you will start your 14 kms trek to Kedarnath. You can hire a Doli or a horse, for your trek (Cost Not Included). Mandakini, one of the main tributaries of the Ganges originates at Kedarnath and flows through Gaurikund. Trudging with you are pilgrims chanting "Jai Bholenath." Sometimes the mist would envelop the mountains and slowly lift away, revealing a shiny blinding-white peak that threatens to rupture the skies.

Pilgrims are allowed to touch the linga, perform worship, abhishek (bathe), and massage the linga with ghee. There are deities of goddess Parvati and Ganesh in front of the main altar door. Outside the second door are Lord Krishna, the five Pandavas, their wife Draupadi, and their mother, Kunti. In the temple is a Lakshmi-Narayana deity, which was installed by Adi Sankaracharya. Overnight stay at Kedarnath

Day 08: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag

You get up before dawn and after taking bath you are at the temple by 4:45 am for the 'Abhishek' (Cost not Included) to Kedarnath Shiva. Everyone can go inside Garbha Griha and touch the idol. You can also prostrate with your head touching the deity etc. After darshan and puja you come out of the temple and return to the hotel for breakfast. Checking out of the hotel, you'll start the return trek of 14 kms from Kedarnath to Gauri kund by about 7:30 am. On reaching Gaurikund by about 12 Noon drive to Rudraprayag in the vehicles that have been waiting for you. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.

Day 09: Rudraprayag - Joshimath- Badrinath

This morning, after an early breakfast, you check out of the hotel at 7.30 am and drive to Badrinath (165 kms - 6 to 7 hrs) via Joshimath. After driving through some wonderful ghat road you arrive at Badrinath by 2:30 p.m. Check into the hotel. After some rest and refreshments you are all set to go to Badrinath Temple for darshan in the evening. But first you have to go to Tapt Kund (Hot Spring), take bath and then go to the temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath ji is 15 meters in height, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire

Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age, though the present temple is believed to have been established by Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century A.D., and Hindu reformist.

The temple has three parts - Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pooja) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble). There are 15 idols in the temple complex. Finely sculpted in black stone, the Badrinath (Vishnu) image is a meter high. Other images include those of Laxmi (Vishnu's consort), Garurh (Vishnu's mount), Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh etc. After darshan, return back to the hotel or visit the town and shop around. Overnight stay at Badrinath.

Day 10: Badrinath- Joshimath -Rudraprayag

This morning, after an early morning darshan once again, you drive to Srinagar. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag

Day 11: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh

Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh you'll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

In the evening, you'll be taken to Parmarth Ashram to participate in the Ganga aarti on the banks of Ganges. Rest of the evening free to experience this fascinating town on your own. Overnight in Rishikesh.

Day 12: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi

Early morning, after breakfast, you are on your last lap of this journey. Drive back to Delhi (260 kms - 7 to 8 hrs).

Tour ends with happy memories..!!!!

 

 
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