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Yatraa Chardham The Holy Himalayas up in the misty heights of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas that adorn the magnificent state of Uttaranchal, awaits a rejuvenating spiritual experience for the devout. Nestling in the lofty peaks are the four most holy pilgrimages of India -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham or (four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient Hindu scriptures as 'Kedarkhand' If the scriptures of HINDU RELIGION are to be believed, the holy centres of Gangotri, Yamunotri,Badrinath and Kedarnath - collectively called theChardham (meaning four sacred spots) - are the mostsacred of all pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one's sins butensure release from the cycle of birth and death.THE honour conferred on these places is not surprising. For one, they are all in the icy Garhwal ranges andregarded as the most sacred of all Himalayan ranges.It is also said that heaven and earth converge inthese holy spots, and to be born or die here is a boononly the very fortunate have. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath.This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama orclockwise circumambulation.3.09% Government service tax extra. Air Fare / Train Fare. Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’. Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc. Porterage during trekking. Ponies / Dollies during trekking. Entrance fees during sightseeing. Destination Guide. Any item of personal nature like Telephone, Tips, Donations at Temples, Extended Stay or Travelling due to any reason. Any meals other than those mentioned above Any train fare or airfare Other transportation that is not mentioned in the itinerary Entrance fees to the monuments, amusement parks & boating charges Any other charges like portage at the airports and hotels, tips, insurance, mineral water, wine, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature Any other services apart from those mentioned in inclusions Any other expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc GST applicable on total package cost
Day 1 : Delhi to Haridwar (200Kms – 6-7 Hrs. Travelling to reach Haridwar )
Drive from Delhi to Haridwar. On Arrival check in at the hotel. Here You Can see the world famous evening Aartiof Maa Ganga at Harkipauri. Dinner & overnight stay at Haridwar.
Day 2 : Haridwar to Barkot (178Kms – 7 Hrs. Travelling from Haridwar to Barkot)
Start Holy Yatra of Chardham early morning at 7:00 AM from Haridwar via Mussoorie. In mussoorie, you can visit Kampty Fall. Dinner & overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 3 : Barkot to Yamunotri (46 Kms. – 2.5 Hrs. Travelling by Car & 5 Kms – 3 Hrs. Travelling by foot)
After breakfast start yatra to Yamunotri and after Jankichatti you have to go ahead by foot.Here, one can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the Tapkund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Near the temple "Pooja" can be offered to DivyaShila, after taking bath in JamunabaiKund's warm water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji".Return to Barkot, Dinner& overnight stay at Barkot.
Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is the source of revered river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 Km. Ahead of the shrine situated at an elevation of 3235 mts above sea level. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer Pooja at the temple itself. Yamunotri was the home of an ancient sage Asit Muni.
Yamuna is the daughter of the Sun just like Yama who is considered his son. It is believed that Yama would not torment any person at the time of death who bathes in Yamuna, his sister.
Day 4 : Barkot to Uttarkashi (79Kms – 3.5 Hrs. Travelling from Barkot to Uttarkashi)
After taking breakfast visit local sightseeing Lakhamandal (Historical Place related to Mahabharata Times) and after fresh up leave for Uttarkashi via Radi and Dharasu. On Arrival Check In at Uttarkashi and you are fully free for leisure & local attractions in evening. Dinner & overnight Stay at Uttarkashi.
Uttarkashi is a small and beautiful town, situated between two rivers: Varuna and Ashi, whose water flow into the Bhagirathi from either side of the town. Elevated, at a height of 1588 metres, this little town is very similar to Kashi and Varanasi, in that it has the same kind of temples and ghats and likewise, a north or 'uttar' facing river. The major temple is the Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area. These are the Annapurna Temple and the Bhairav Temple. Once, it is said, there were 365 temples here. Hiuen Tsang referred to this place as Brahma Pura, while the SkandaPuran has recorded it as Varunavata. It is believed that in the second millennium of Kaliyug, Kashi will be submerged, and Uttarkashi will replace it as an important religious centre.
Day 5 : Uttarkashi to Gangotri (98Kms - 4 to 5 Hrs. Travelling from Uttarkashi to Gangotri)
With packed breakfast& post Tea/ Coffee leave for Gangotri early in the morning. En route stopover at Gangnani, a hot water spring. Post offering prayers &PoojaDarshan;, stop en route at place of your choice for Lunch. Post lunch drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight Stay at Uttarkashi Hotel.
Gangotri – IInd of Char Dham:
Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirathworshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great "Deva Yagna" here to a tone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.
Further up on way to Gangotri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of VedVyas.
Day 6 : Uttarkashi to Guptkashi/ Rudraprayag (244Kms - 8 to 9 Hrs. Travelling from Uttarkashi)
Leave very early in the morning for almost day long drive to Guptkashi. Enroute, your Lunch at Kirtinagar. On your drive you would pass through Ganga giving way to Tehri Dam (The Electro Hydro Project).Dinner and overnight Stay at Guptkashi.
Day 7 : Guptkashi / Rudraprayag to Bhimbali
ost your early breakfast; leave by vehicle for Sohanprayag. Trekking Start from Sohanpryag to Bhimbali (14 km. trekking). Overnight Stay at Bhimbali Camp.
Day 8 : Bhimbali to Kedarnath to Bhimbali(7 Km. Trekking one way)
Post your early breakfast andStart Yatra for. Darshan and Pooja at Kedarnath Temple. Overnight Stay at bhimbali Camp.
Kedarnath – IIIrd of Char Dham:
The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam - the main idol, a statue of Nandi - the celestial bull, a 'GarbaGrah' for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.
The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years. The lake fascinates the visitors.
About half a kilometer away from Kedarnathji, a small temple is dedicated to Bhaironath. It is worshipped on the opening and closing day of Sri Kedarnath Shrine. Ii is believed that when Kedarnathji temple is closed. Bhaironathji protects this land from evil.
Day 9 : Bhimbali to Rudrapryag/Pipalkoti (14 Kms – Trekking by Foot and 138Kms Travelling by Car to Pipalk
After breakfast begin your downward journey of 14 kms trek to Gaurikund and drives 74 km to reach Rudrapryag. Dinner & overnight Stay at Rudrapryag.
Day 10 : Rudrapryag/Pipalkoti to Badrinath (158 Kms - 7 Hrs. Travelling to reach Badrinath)
Morning after breakfast drive for Badrinath. En-route visit Joshimath, Evening Darshan&Pooja; at Badrinath temple. Dinner & overnight Stay at Badrinath Hotel.
Badrinath – IVthDham of Uttarakhand's Char Dham
(Only Original Char Dham as proposed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya) Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines - Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was enable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath
A recess in the river, near TaptKund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shhradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).
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.
Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where VedVyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Day 11 : Badrinath to Rudrapryag/ Shrinagar (192Kms - 7Hrs. Travelling to reach Rudrapryag)
Morning after breakfast drives 03 kms for last village of India, Mana Village and sightseeing visitingVyasGufa and BhimPul. Departure for Joshimath at 11:00 AM. En route visit Vishnu Prayag which two river confluences Dhauli and Alaknanda River. Arrival Joshimath and visit Adi Guru Sankarcharya Math and after lunch proceed to Chamoli. Dinner & overnight Stay at Rudrapryag Hotel. Stopover at Birhi for enroute refreshment option, facility of washroom is available here.
Day 12 : Rudrapryag to Haridwar (168 Kms - 7 Hrs. Travelling to reach Haridwar)
Morning after breakfast drive for Haridwar. Evening ArtiPooja at PrabhatNiketanGhat at Rishikesh. Dinner & overnight Stay at Haridwar Hotel.
Day 13 : Haridwar to Delhi (200Kms - 6 Hrs. Travelling to reach Delhi)
After breakfast move for Delhi. Drop at Delhi Airport or Delhi Railway Station. Lots of happiness and sweet memories in mind.
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