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Char Dham Yatra

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Rishikesh - Syanachatti - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Rampur / Sitapur - Kedarnath - Badrinath - Srinagar - Haridwar - Delhi

Best Time to Visit Char Dham

: May to Sepember
Nature of Trek : Easy Trek

Char Dham Tour


One expression around which all religions base their preaching peace of mind, body and soul. Since time immemorial both man and God have just one prayer - Shanti - for the living and the departed. The Char Dham, also called the Dev Bhumi - The Adobe of the Gods - presents just the ambience where the Divine & the Sublime coexist. Once there, the sheer magnificence and the tranquil beauty so immerses you into a world of spirituality that you experience true peace and humanity. Nature in all its splendour, at once huge and overwhelming and yet humble in its exquisite beauty - the pilgrimage to the Char Dhams is the experience that will stay with you and beyond.

The Himalayas
The world's most majestic & loftiest mountain chain, is the global heritage of all mankind. The sublime quality of this "Adobe of Snows' has, since time immemorial, inspired the sages & saints of India and has attracted tourists & pilgrims from world over to its awesome beauty & calm serenity. Uttaranchal abounds in places of sanctity where devotees converge every year to pay obeisance to their Gods braving vagaries of weather & other human travails in Himalayas. Closest to the celestial beings, devotees from all corners of the country have flocked to these Himalayan shrines of Char Dham - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath every year to seek salvation. The arduous trails remain in the ancient sanctuaries of faith for a fulfilling experience. The four dhams receive holy water in the form of four streams - Yamuna (Yamunotri), Bhagirathi (in Gangotri), Mandakini (in Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (in Badrinath).

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath TourBadrinath Temple on the right bank of Alaknanda lies the sacred spot perched at an altitude of 3,133 meters above the sea level. Encircled by a beautiful valley, the 15 mts. high temple is dedicated to lord vishnu. It is built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a ilt bull and spire. Built by adi guru shankaracharya the philosopher-saint of the 8th centurty. The temple has been renovated several times due to damage by avalanches. Its colourful 'singh dwara' or the mainentrance gate give it a new, modern look. The temple is divided into three parts the 'garbha griha' or sanctum sanctorum, the 'darshan mandap' where the rituals are conducted and the 'sabha mandap' where devotees assemble. The complex has 15 idols. Specially attractive is the one metre high image of Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone. It represents lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose.

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple, amidst the mountainscapes of the majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of Kedar or Lord shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3.581 mts above sea level on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic - Mahabharata. According to legend the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repetedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed HE dived into the ground, leaving behind HIS hump on the surface. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol on the shrine. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva are worshipped at four places the arms (bahu) at Tungnath, mouth (mukha) at Rudranath, naval (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and hair (jata) at Kalpeshwar. Together with Kedarnath, these places are known as the panch Kedar.

Gangotri Temple

Gangotri Temple the picturesque pilgrimage in the hinter lands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga, the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of king Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimize the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source. Along the right bank of Bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. Perched at a height of 3.042 mts, it was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa

Yamunotri Temple

The first stopover for the Char Dham Yatra is the westernmost shrine of Yamunotri in the Garhwal Himalayas. Dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, it is perched atop a flank of the Bandar Poonchh peak (3.165 mts above sea level) and is situated opposite to Gangotri. The shrine attracts devotees in large numbers from May to October. Yamunotri is the source of the revered river yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 km ahead of the shrine, at an altitude of 4,321 mts, Pilgrims do not frequently visit the source of the river as it is not easily accessible.

Char Dhaam Tour - Day Wise Itinerary

DAY 01 : Delhi
Arrive at airport/ Railway station in Delhi. Meet and Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 02 : Delhi - Rishikesh (230kms/6hr)
After breakfast, drive to Rishikesh. On arrival, transfer to Hotel. Later we shall take you for a visit to the Har-Ki-Pauri, enjoy the Aarti in the evening. Later back to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03 : Rishikesh - Syana Chatti (240kms/7hr)
Drive to Syana Chatti via Mussoorie. Check in Hotel at Syana Chatti.

DAY 04 : Syana Chatti - Yamunotri - Syana Chatti {5kms drive & 13kms Trek (one side)
Drive to Hanuman Chatti, trek start to Yamunotri & Back. Overnight stay at Syana Chatti.

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 05 : Syana Chatti - Uttarkashi (137kms/4hr)
Drive to Uttarkashi via Barkot. Check in Hotel, night halt.

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 06 : Uttarkashi-Gangotri-Uttarkashi (200kms/7hr)
Drive to Gangotri and back, overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Gangotri Temple: The 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 07 : Uttarkashi - Rampur/Sitapur (175kms/6hr)
After early breakfast, drive to Rampur/Sitapur . Check in Hotel, night halt Rampur/Sitapur : It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda. Temples: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).

DAY 08 : Rampur/Sitapur - Kedarnath (kms by road & 14kms Trek)
Drive to Gaurikund, trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters, one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.

Kedarnath : The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas 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.

DAY 09 : Kedarnath - Rampur/ Sitapur ( 75kms/3hr by Road)
Trek down to Gaurikund from Kedarnath. Drive to Rampur/Sitapur from Gaurikund. Check in Hotel at Rampur/Sitapur . Night Halt.

DAY 10 : Rampur/ Sitapur - Badrinath (200kms/6hr)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel, night halt. Joshimath: Adi Guru Shankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerala in the 8th Century A.D, perform penance under a tree here and after getting enlightenment, established a Math (religious centre), known as "Joshimath". The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temple of Narsingh and Nav Durga are located here. Badrinath : overnight at Hotel.

DAY 11 : Badrinath
Badrinath: 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 "Badrivan", meaning "forest of berries". Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12 : Badrinath - Srinagar ( 200 kms / 7 hrs Drive )
Morning drive to Srinagar . Overnight halt at Srinagar .

DAY 13 : Srinagar - Haridwar (150kms/4hr)
Drive to Haridwar enroute visit Srinagar, Deoprayag & Rishikesh. On arrival, transfer to Hotel. Night halt.

DAY 14 : Haridwar - Delhi (230kms/6hr)
Morning drive to Delhi and transfer in time for early check-in at International Airport/ Railway station.

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