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Char Dham Yatra

Haridwar
Excellent

Duration

8 Night 9 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Hindi

Overview

In simple terms, Char Dham conveys the presence of four sacred abodes. But it has a got a great significance in Hindu religion. Char Dham originally used to refer to a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four holiest sites which were located at four directions of India – Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. They were established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. A relatively smaller circuit of Hindu pilgrimage is formed by the four hallowed places of Indian Himalayas, which are also known as Chota Char Dham. ‘Chota’ means small in Hindi. Alternately called Char Dham of Himalayas or Char Dham of Uttarakhand, the revered group possesses four sacred sites – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. There are three major sects in Hinduism – Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism. The Char Dham of India consists of three Vishnava locations (Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri) and one Shaiva (Rameshwaram).Hindu pilgrimage circuit of Indian Himalayas represents all the primary cults by having two Shakta sites (Yamunotri and Gangotri), one Vaishnava site (Badrinath) and one Shaiva site (Kedarnath). Adi Shankaracharya, who has been credited with the creation of the four holiest abodes in India, is believed to have attained freedom from his bodily form in Kedarnath. Land of Uttarakhand is also known as Dev Bhumi (Land of Gods) because of the various tales of divine beings finding its permanent home in the ever flowing rivers, river confluences, shrines, rocks, caves and, most importantly, in people’s faith.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Haridwar Ganga Aarti
  • Rishikesh Darshan
  • Badrinath
  • Kedarnath
  • Gangotri
  • Yamunotri
  • Rudraprayag

Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar/Dehradun – Barkot (205 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)

Arrival on Haridwar meet and greet our representative or driver after that drive for Barkot transfer to your Hotel. After completing check-in formalities in hotel you are free for your own activities or you can take a full night rest with enjoying delicious dinner at hotel. Overnight Stay at hotel in Barkot.

Day 02: Barkot/Kharsali– Yamunotri – Barkot (48 Km / 2 hrs & trek 05 KM Each Side)

Morning after breakfast, drive for kharsali and start your trek to Yamunotri. Visit Yamunotri temple, The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and has a black marble idol of the goddess, Yamunotri is also one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya (May) and closes on Yama Dwitiya (the second day after Diwali, November) for the winter. The main fascination at Yamunotri is the sanctuary committed to the Goddess Yamuna and the blessed warm springs at Janki Chatti. The genuine source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier situated on the Kalind Mountain.
there are few sightseeing places too that have a religious significance like
Jankichatti-Janki Chatti is 2,650 mts above of sea level, familiarly known for its hot water springs.
Kharsali -The tiny hamlet of Kharsali has a religious significance as it is the winter seat of Goddess Yamuna.
Shani Dev Templem – the shani dev temple of kharsali exhibits a remarkable stone architecture that resemblesa fort having four storey structure.
Hanumanchatti - Hanuman Chatti is located at the confluence of the Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Situated 13 kms before Yamunotri Dham.
Divya Shila - It is a powerful reddish-brown rock near the Surya Kund at Yamunotri.
and Surya Kund-Surya Kund is a hot water spring situated near Yamunotri .

Day 03: Barkot – Uttarkashi (100 Km/ 4 hrs Journey)

In morning drive for Uttarkashi. Check in to the hotel in Uttrakashi, after that visit Vishwanath Temple and Shakti temple. Over Night stay in hotel .
Uttarkashi Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected.
Vishwanath temple - Vishwanath temple is one of the most established Shiva temple in Northern India. Re-built in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi.
Shakti temple - Right before the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a major 'Trishul' of around 6 meters in stature and a circuit of 90cms. at base.

Day 04: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100 Km / 3 to 4 hrs Each Side)

We proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), en-route we enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas . After Gangotri Darshan we return to Uttarkashi. Over night stay at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri Temple: Gangotri is second of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
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 05 : Uttarkashi – Sitapur/Guptkashi (190 Km / 8 to 9 hrs)

Early morning, drive straight to Guptkashi. Check in to Hotel in Sitapur, evening free for your own activities over night stay.

Day 06: Sitapur/Guptkashi– Kedarnath- Sitapur/Guptkashi

Early morning drive to Phata Helipad, from where you will have your Helicopter to Kedarnath. Passengers would be given 1-2 Hours for darshan and one can avail priority darshan tickets upon arrival in Kedarnath which are available only for Helicopter passengers. After darshan you will return back to Phata by Helicopter. The vehicles wait for you in Helipad and drive to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Guptkashi Hotel. Note: Helicoper ticket cost extra Kedarnath Temple: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlinga 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 own brothers and sought the 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 head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar. The present temple built in 8th century AD by Adi Guru Shankracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. Temple has a Conical Lingam - the assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 year old. Behind the Kedarnath temple lies the Samadhi of final resting place of Adi Guru Shankracharya. It is believed that after establishing the four Dham in India he went for his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years.

Day 07 : Day 08: Sitapur/Guptakashi – Joshimath/Badrinath (200 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)

Morning after taking sattvik breakfast leave for Joshimath. Joshimath is arranged on the slants over the conjunction of the waterways Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' set up by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the colder time of year seat of Badrinath. The symbol is brought down to Joshimath and introduced in the sanctuary for individuals to revere The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. Overnight stay in Joshimath.

Day 08: Badrinath- Rudraprayag (170 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)

Early in morning will go for darshan of Badrinath Temple. There are other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River . Just within the three kms of Badrinath jee after proceeds Rudraprayag via joshimath. Overnight stay in Rudraprayag.

TaptKund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.

NaradKund: A recess in the river, near TaptKund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include SeshNetra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Day 09: Rudraprayag –Srinagar-Devprayag- Rishikesh/Haridwar (230 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)

Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh you'll do the Rishikesh sightseeing visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Evening drive to Haridwar railway station.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation as per the package same or similar hotels.
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Dinner on fixed menu basis.
  • All toll tax, parking, fuel and driver allowances.
  • All applicable hotel and transport taxes.
  • Helicopter Ticket for Kedarnath Ji (Return)
  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions.
  • GST@5% will be extra.
  • Lunch & Snacks does not include in Package.
  • All personal expenses, laundry charges, liquors, mineral water, telephone charges.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Any kind of entry fee.
  • Porter, pony, horse, cable car, boat, train tickets, air tickets charges.
  • VIP Darshan or special Pooja arrangements.

Tour's Location

Haridwar

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Pushpa Nagraj

28/02/2022

Unforgettable trip

This is our first trip of chardham, we are traveling with family and we would like to thank you for this company making our trip unforgettable.
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