Arrival Jalandhar Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar, enroute lunch. Later drive to Haridwar transfer to your Hotel. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning ... Ghats, Parad Shivling, Maya Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri, one of the most famous places in Haridwar ... Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir etc and many more.
Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner & Night halt at Haridwar.
After breakfast drive to Barkot via Rishikesh Known as the ‘Abode of Sages’, this little town is situated at the confluence of rivers Chandrabhaga and Ganga. Rishikesh is also the point of origin for the Char Dham Yatra. Now, the town is also popular for yoga and meditation enthusiasts.
In Rishikesh visit Laxman Jhula, a hanging bridge on the river. then after visting barkot night halt at hotel in barkot.
Drive to Phool Chatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (7kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Here near the temple "Pooja" can be offered to Divya Shila, after taking bath in Jamunabai Kund's warn water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Drive to Uttarkashi via Barkot. Uttarkashi, meaning Kashi of the north, is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1352 m above sea level. Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town. This district has one degree college affiliated to Garhwal University. There are two intercolleges for boys and girls besides many schools. For higher education in technology there is polytechnic institute situated in joshiyara around 3-4 km away from main city. Check in Hotel, Later visit Vishwanath Temple. Night Halt.
Gangotri is one of the origin sources of Holy River Ganga (Ganges), and one of the important Char Dham pilgrimage in Hindu Religion. The main origin of the river is “Gaumukh” which is a glacier located 19 km away from gangotri temple. Ganga River is the longest and most sacred river in world
Gangotri is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level, on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Gangotri is the starting point of Ganga river where the goddess Ganga work shipped by the Pilgrims or Devotees. In Ancient time the river is called Bhagirathi and attains the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where Bhagirathi meets with Alaknanda form Ganga River. Gangotri is the home place of many ashrams, small shrines and temple.
The Gangotri temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya which falls in the month of May and closes down on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Duj which falls in the month of November. Gangotri temple remains closed for the rest of the six months when the deity is worshipped at Mukhwa, near Harsil.
History and Importance of Gangotri Temple
According to Hindu Mythology, It is said that the Ganga is a result of reward given by lord “Shiva” to the king “Bhagirath” for his penance. However due to her pride and the fact that the earth would be devastated if Ganga came down in her full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks. The sacred stone near the temple denotes the place where Ganga first came down to earth. This is why Ganga is also called by the name of Bhagirathi.
The Present temple was constructed by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th Century. It is said that at the time of construction of temple Gaumukh Glacier was here but receded to its present location due to global warming.
After Gangotri Darshan we return to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Rudraprayag District was established on 16th September1997. The district was carved out from the following areas of three adjoining districts.
1- Whole of Augustmuni & Ukhimath block and part of Pokhri & Karnprayag block from Chamoli District.
2- Part of Jakholi and Kirtinagar block from Tehri District.
3- Part of Khirsu block from Pauri District.
Internationally Known Shri Kedarnath Temple is at North, Madmaheshwar at east, Nagrasu at southern east and Shrinagar at extreme south. The holy Mandakini originated from Kedarnath is the main river of the district.
Rudraprayag a small pilgrim town on the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and Mandakini is venerated as one of the five sacred confluences or the 'Panch Prayag'. Rudraprayag is named after Rudra, an aspect of Lord Shiva. According to a legend, Lord Shiva appeared here as 'Rudra' to bless Narad Muni. Rudraprayag is of immense significance for the pilgrims of Char Dham Yatra, as it is the junction for visiting Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham. The entire region is blessed with immense nature beauty, places of religious importance and glaciers. Rudraprayag District was established on 16th September1997. Internationally Known Shri Kedarnath Temple is at North, Madmaheshwar at east, Nagrasu at southern east and Shrinagar at extreme south. Kedarnath Temple the 8th century temple built by Adi Shankracharya, is a stark grey stone structure enshrining one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Panch Kedar or five Kedar lie in the valley between the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. According to a mythological legend, after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandavas repented the killings of their cousins Kauravas and came here seeking forgiveness from Lord Shiva.
Check in Hotel, night halt.
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woollen, tolietteries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel.
Legend goes that Nara and Narayana – two incarnations of Vishnu performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand, in front of a Shivalingam fashioned out of earth. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared in front of them and said that they may ask for a boon. Nar and Narayan requested Shiva to take up a permanent abode as a Jyotirlingam at Kedarnath so that all people who worship Shiva shall be freed from their miseries.
According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt quilty of having killed their own relative and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva Moksh.
At the end of their life, the Pandavas decided to give up their kingdom and go to the Himalayas and meditate on their favourite deity, Lord Shiva. So they set out accompanied by their wife, Draupadi. When they reached the place called Rudraprayag, they thought they had a glimpse of Lord Shiva. They tried to chase him but he took on the form of a buffalo and dashed off towards the north. They followed in hot pursuit and eventually caught up with him at the place that is now known as Kedarnath. The Lord now dived into the earth. Only the hind portion of the buffalo was sticking out. This was caught by one of the brothers called, Bhima. But pull as he might, he couldn’t get the rest of the buffalo out of the ground. The hump now turned into a Shiva Lingam and remained at this place. Each of the other parts appeared at four other places and came to be collectively known as the Panch Kedars or the five Kedars. All these lie in the Garwal Himalayas in the modern state known as Uttranchal.
Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt.
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptakashi. Check in Hotel at Rudraprayag. Night Halt.
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel.
The existence of the temple can be dated back to the Vedic period, and is known to have been turned from a Buddhist shrine into a Hindu temple by Adi Shankara. The current structure of the temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was created by the King of Garhwal, known as the place where Lord Vishnu performed his penance. And, in order to provide him shelter, Goddess Mahalaxmi took the form of a Badri tree, giving the name Badarinarayan.
Various other legends are attached to the town, one of which speaks that the Pandavas crossed the town of Badrinath, on the way to heaven passing through the Mana village, also known as the last Indian town near the Tibetan border. A cave in the village named as the Vyasa cave, named after the Saint Vyasa, who is known to have authored the Mahabharata in the cave and Overnight stay in hotel.
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakamal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sightseeing spot like Manna, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Early morning, visit Narsingh Temple & Shankracharaya Math. Later, Drive back to Haridwar. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in haridwar.
Morning, visit Haridwar Local and back to Jalandhar. Then after visiting all these religious places we will return to Jalandhar with lots of blessings of the GOD and unforgettable memories.
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