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Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour
Tour Duration :
Ex - Delhi 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Haridwar - Janakichatti - Uttarkashi - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Birahi - Badrinath - Kirtinagar - Rishikesh - Haridwar

Explore most sacred Shrines of Hindu mythology at Devbhoomi Garhwal.

Day 01 :
Gangotri TempleArrive Haridwar in time to attend evening Ganga Arti at famous Har Ki Pauri. Transfers to the hotel and Meet & Assistance on Arrival. Dinner & Night stay.

Your host town is gateway of God; Haridwar means Gateway of Lord Vishnu and Hardwar, Gateway of Lord Shiva.

Today's Route - DELHI TO HARIDWAR - 230 Kms/ 06 Hrs

DELHI ---- 19 kms ---- Ghaziabad ---- 24 kms ---- Modinagar ---- 21kms ---- Merrut* ---- 31kms ---- Khatauli ---- 52 kms ---- Muzzaffarnagar ---- 51kms ---- Roorkee ---- 32 kms ---- Haridwar

Route Remarks -
Merrut is your midway destination for en route refreshments & washroom facilities.

Char Dham Tour :Sight of the Day -
Evening Arti at Har Ki Paudi -

This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya (1st century BC) in memory of his brother Bhrithari. It is believed that Bhrithari came to Haridwar and meditated on the banks of holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name, which later came to be known as Hari-Ki-Pauri. The most sacred ghat within Har-ki-Pauri is Brahmakund. The evening prayer at dusk (Aarti) offered to Goddess Ganga at Hari-Ki-Pairi (steps towards God Hari) is an enchanting experience for any visitor. A spectacle of sound and colour is seen when, after the ceremony, pilgrims float diyas (floral floats with lamps) and incense on the river, commemorating their deceased ancestors. Thousands of people from all round the world do make a point to attend this prayer on their visit to Hardwar. A majority of present ghats were largely developed in the 1800s.

Day 02: Haridwar / Janakichatti 216 kms / 08 hrs
In the morning leave for Ganga Snan. After breakfast leave for Barkot. En route lunch and drive through Kempty fall and Lakahamandal, Archeological Survey of India, (ASI) protected site (5kms from main road), visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Post darshan drive to your onward destination Barkot. Dinner and night stay.

Today's Route - Haridwar/ Janakichatti 216 kms

Haridwar ---- 55 kms ---- Dehradoon ---- 35 kms ---- Mussorie* - Kempty Falls ---- 27 kms ---- Yamuna Bridge ---- 55 kms ---- Lakhamandal ---- Naugaon ---- 12 kms ---- Barkot ---- 32 ---- Janakichatti

Route Remark -
Mussorie - En route stopover for refreshments & washroom.

Today's Sight -
Lakhamandal - is a large village on the banks of Yamuna, known for its temple ruins. The ruins at Lakhamandal give an indication that in the past it must have been a major temple town. Many believe that Lakhamandal is the same Lakhshagriha described in Mahabharata. Kaurava Prince Duryodhana had built a palace made of lac, in which he tried to burn the Pandavas alive. The villagers believe that there is a secret passage that emerges few kilometers downstream today in the center of the village there is a Temple dedicated to Bhagwati and Lord Shiva. In the temple complex stand two life size stone statues of Jay and Vijay. Perhaps they are the Dwarpals of a much older temple standing at the gates of heaven. But most of the villagers believe the statues to be that of Bhima and Arjuna.

Day 03: Janakichatti / Yamunotri / Janakichatti (5 kms/3hrs on foot one way)
Leave Jankichatti to trek for 05 kms on foot for Yamunotri. Here, 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" return to Janakichatti. O/N Janakichatti.

Today's Route - Barkot ---- 25 kms ---- Ranachatti ---- 13 kms ---- Hanumanchatti ---- 6 kms ---- Phoolchatti ---- 01 km ---- Janakichatti - 5 kms trek - Yamunotri & Return

Today's Sight -
Yamunotri, First of The Chardham: 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

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 04: Janakichatti / Uttarkashi 150 Kms / 05 hrs
Riverside Resort Kirti NagarAfter breakfast leave for Uttarkashi. Arrive around Lunch time. Evening free for leisure & local attractions. Dinner & O/N stay Uttarkashi.

Today's Route - JANAKICHATTI ---- [32] ---- BARKOT---- [55] ---- DHARASU ---- [28] ---- UTTARKASHI

Route Remark - A short drive relatively, Dharasu is an ideal Tea - Break midway, the route does not have good washroom facility.

Today's Sight -
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 Skanda Puran 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.

Other important sights -

Kuleti Devi Temple - Located on another bank, farther away from the town, this temple was constructed on a very old site, but appears to be new. Its priest, the latest from a family of priests spanning fourteen generations, tells an interesting story:

The Maharaja of Kota (in Rajasthan), lost a bag of money while on a pilgrimage to Gangotri. Thus, unable to meet the required expenses, he returned to Uttarkashi where he prayed for deliverance from his troubles at the Vishwanath.Temple, promising to marry off his only daughter to any suitable boy from the village, should his bag be found. The bag was found by the priest, inside the temple, and with all the money intact. The delighted Maharaja then requested the priest to arrange a suitable match for his daughter. In due course, the Rajkumari was married to a boy chosen by the priest of the Vishwanath Temple. But she was very unhappy because marriage would take her away from her family deity Kuteti Devi, whom she had always worshipped. So husband and wife together, prayed to the goddess to help them. Kuteti Devi appeared in their dreams and informed them that she would be present in their fields, in the shape of a stone. The Rajkumari and her husband, discovered 3 stones with a heavenly aroma, and the Kuteti Devi Temple was erected on the exact spot where these stones were found.

Day 05: Uttarkashi/ Harsil / Gangotri / Uttarkashi 100 Kms / 04-05 hrs
With packed breakfast & On Board Tea/ Coffee leave for Gangotri early in the morning. Enroute stopover at Gangnani, a hot water spring. Post offering prayers & pooja darshan, stop enroute at place of your choice for Lunch. Post lunch drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Today's Route -
UTTARKASHI ---- [46] ---- GANGNANI ---- [23] ---- HARSIL ---- [23] ----GANGOTRI - UTTARKASHI

Route Remarks - Gangnani is the hot water spring & good stopover. Maggi & Tea/ Coffee have emerged as big food at this stopover. Ganganai offers good panoramic view.

Today's Sight -
Gangotri, IInd of Chardham Yatra in India: Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great "Deva Yagna" here to atone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.

Gangnani: 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 Ved Vyas.

Day 06: Uttarkashi / Guptkashi, 211 kms/ 09 hrs
Leave very early in the morning for almost day long drive to Guptkashi. En route Breakfast at Charangikhal, the most beautiful & scenic drive of your journey so far. Continue your journey & be prepared to get late for your Lunch at Kirtinagar. On your drive after Charangi Khal, you would pass through Ganga giving way to Tehri Dam (The Electro Hydro Project). With bit of rest continue your journey to Guptkashi. Overnight stat at Guptkashi

Today's Route -

UTTARKASHI ---- [21] ---- CHARANGIKHAL ---- [34] ---- LAMBAGAON ---- [40] ---- PEEPALDALI ---- [30] ---- MALETHA ---- [4] ---- KIRTINAGAR ---- [4] ---- SRINAGAR ---- [35] ---- RUDRAPRAYAG ---- [46] ---- GUPTKASHI

Route Remarks - On this long day, Charangikhal & Kirtinagar would be two stopovers for Breakfast & Lunch respectively. Charangikhal is set up amongst beautiful forest & is the highest point en route. Our supervisor would assist in laying the breakfast here. Kirtinagar would be the stopover for Lunch.

Today's Sight -
Guptkashi - Guptkashi has a great importance quite like that of Kashi. The ancient Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnik Kund, where the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are believed to meet, are the main places of attraction in Guptkashi.

It is believed that after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandavas wanted to meet Lord Shiva and seek his blessing. But Lord Shiva evaded from Guptkasi to Kedarnath as he did not want to meet the Pandavas, the reason being that although they had fought for the right cause, they were also responsible for destroying their own dynasty.

Guptkashi is situated at an elevation of 1319 mts. The one Stupa is situated in Nala which is quite close to Ukhimath. Some local people call it the grave of Rana Nal. 03 kms from Guptkashi, the remains of Ramgarh (in Ronitpur) still seem to echo the love between Lord Krishna's son Anniruddha and Vanasur's daughter Usha.

Day 07: Guptkashi / Kedarnath
Post your leisurely breakfast; leave by vehicle for Gaurikund and from their join other pilgrims for 14 kms trek of Kedarnath. On reaching Kedarnath, meet our representative at Kedarnath. Our representative would lead you to hotel & guide you through other logistics at these high altitude destinations. Evening darshan and Pooja at Kedarnath Temple. O/N stay at Kedarnath.

Today's Route - Guptkashi ---- [32] ---- Gaurikund ---- [7 kms trek] ---- Rambara ---- [5 kms trek] ---- Garudchati (Hanuman Gufa) ---- [2 kms trek] ---- Kedarnath

Route Remarks - Ideal stopover is at Rambara for Lunch, take a break at Garudchati to meet the sage, who lives here 12 months facing even extreme weather conditions.

Today's Sight -
Kedarnath Temple, IIIrd of Chardham: 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 'Garba Grah' for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.

Other Important Sights -
Shankaracharya Samadhi: 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.

Bhaironath temple: 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 08: Kedarnath / Guptkashi 14 kms trek / 38 kms Drive/3hrs
Kedarnath Temple, India After breakfast begin your downward journey of 14 kms trek to Gaurikund and drives 38 km to reach Guptkashi. En route optional visit to Triyugi Narayan a sacred place (14km/1hrs extra from main road).O/N stay at Guptkashi.

Today's Route - Kedarnath ---- [14 kms trek] ---- Gaurikund ---- [32] - Guptkashi

Route Remarks - On your arrival at Gaurikund, you have an option of leaving for Triyugi Narayan
Today's Sight - Triyugi Narayan: About 14 kms, on the main road, Sonprayag a place where marriage of Lord Shiva & Parvati (Gauri). Lard Vaman Avtar Lord Vishnu) temple and Surya kund & Yagya Mandap.

Day 09: Guptkashi / Badrinath 200 kms / 08 hrs
Morning after breakfast drive for Badrinath. En-route visit Chopta beautiful medical forest and nice view of Himalayas Evening Darshan & Pooja at Badrinath temple. O/N stay at Badrinath.

Today's Route -

I. Guptkashi - [10] - Ukhimath - [30] - Chopta - [50]- Chamoli - [41] - Joshimath - [21] - Govindghat - [23] - Badrinath

Route Remarks - Once again, two en route stopovers are proposed namely, Birhi & Joshimath.

Today's Sight -
Badrinath, 4th Dham of Uttarakhand's Chardham & only original Chardham as proposed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya: Arti at Badrinath.

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.

Badrinath ji sightseeing;
Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Brahama Kapal: 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).

Sheshnetra: It is a large block of stone between tow small seasonal lakes carrying an eye of "Sheshnag" The eye formation is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye, it is believed that the seshnag waits at this place patiently to accompany the lord on his reincarnation.

Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. The women of the village offer Choli to the deity on closing day of the temple each year.

Bhim Pul: 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.

Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.

Day 10: Badrinath /Joshimath/Kirtinagar, 198kms/07-08hrs
Today's Route -
Badrinath ---- [44] ---- Joshimath ---- [38] ---- Birhi ---- [76] ---- Rudraprayag ---- [39] ---- Kirtinagar

Route Remarks - Stopover at Birhi for enroute refreshment option, facility of washroom is available here.

Today's Sight -
Mana Village - Morning after breakfast drives 03 kms for last village of India is Mana Village and sightseeing visiting Vyas Gufa and Bhim Pul. Departure for Joshimath at 1100 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 Kirtinagar.

En route Karn Prayag (confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda) and Nandprayag (confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River).O/N stay in Kirtinagar.

Day 11: Kirtinagar /Haridwar 155 kms / 04-05 hrs
Morning after breakfast drive for Rishikesh. En-route visit Deoprayag two rivers confluence Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River. Evening Arti Pooja at Parmath Niketan Ghat. O/N stay at Haridwar.

Today's Route -
Kirtinagar ---- 28 ---- Deoprayag ---- 75 ---- Rishikesh ---- 23 ---- Haridwar

Route Remarks - Stopover Refreshment option at Rishikesh.

Today's Sight - Rishikesh - Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga.

The center of town where the train and bus stations can be found is of little interest to most travelers. Further north-east is 2 bridges spanning the Ganges, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, and either end of these bridges is the main hubs of activity and interest.

Day 12: Haridwar / Delhi 215 kms / 07 hrs
Post early breakfast, leave for Delhi to come home. Today is the last day of your CHardham Pilgrimage Tour

The Cost -
Per Person Twin Share
Standard Deluxe Rs.21999

Service Tax would be additional 2.58%.

Departure - Starting 14th May- 2010 to 15th June - 2010 Departure - Starting 14th May - 2010 to 15th June- 2010

Cost Includes:-
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis with all meals (APAI), as per the list above.
  • Air -conditioned Vehicle, Delhi to Delhi but A/c will not work on Mountains (Hill area)
  • All inter-state taxes, toll taxes, driver allowance & parking etc
  • Services of Tour Escort, for strength up to 05 persons, Chauffer would act as guide cum tour escort.
  • All prevailing applicable taxes on accommodation.
 * Cost does not include:-
  • Table drinks, insurance
  • Tips, laundry, Telephone calls, Gratuities
  • Any other expenses of personal nature.
  • Poni and palki charges, Helicopter service, porter charges
If there is any unprecedented hike in the cost of transport (including fuel surcharge) or Accommodation it will also affect the cost.

We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight Cancellations, weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional cost incurred will be in addition to the cost.

Travel Tips:-
Still cameras, home video cameras are allowed in Himalayas but only inside the temple are normally not allowed. However please do check with the authorities concerned.

All the places to make any S.T.D/I.S.D calls and please carry if you have any BSNL Mob. Number, it works whole trip, Kedarnath & Badrinath very good connectivity Reliance mobile numbers.  Some times, please be informed that it may be difficult at times to get the connection. If any urgent messages have to be sent to any of the participants, then please contact us at Haridwar numbers.

All arrangements within Chardham Yatra, reserves the right to change itineraries without prior notice, depending on the weather and road condition.

Please start to get in shape NOW!!! A good 15 minutes walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (Concentrate on your heart & legs - Aerobics). Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good day pack and are fit enough to carry snacks, filled water bottle/small scissors and knife, waterproof matches, safety pins, Thermometer, Lighter, Dehydration salt (electoral) packets, Neoprene Powder and cream. Heat balm for muscles/joints, Vicksinhaler/vapourub, Chopsticks. Dry Fruits/snacks, camera, Film, Map, Jumper, Sun Hat, First Aid Kit, Light weight Rain Gear, Extra Cloth etc.

Attitude Sickness:-
This is an environment related condition that can effect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly.

Suggested to read any book on trekking, which has a chapter on this, and also consult your doctor

Health Consideration:-
All Tourist We do ask you to bring along your own small first aid kit (available at Pharmacies). Some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are: Antiseptic cream or Wound disinfectant: Iodine and tube-squeeze cream. Foot care and Blister Treatment, band-aids, adhesive roll & strips, gauze pads, moleskin. (please bring ankle high boots to avoid muscle sprain.)

Antibiotics: (Triethoprim / Sulfamethoxazole - Bacterium DS or Septran DS

Anti - Inflammatory:
· Avil, Brufen or Mortin. Aspirin / Tylenol or general painkillers.
· Strong sunscreen oil, skin antibiotic cream.

We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, EMERGENCY RESCUE, accident hospitalization, etc.. We are not liable and responsible for any damages or extra expenses that may arise from mishaps and the loss of their belongings during the pilgrimage.

Clothing's for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Chardham Yatra, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required, but as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Himalayas. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required We recommend that you bring along the following clothing's and accessories with you:
01. Down Jacket - one
02. Warm thick pullover - One
03. Warm thin pullover - One
04. Warm pants - Two
05. Light loose cotton pants - Two
06. Warm windproof jacket - One
07. Cotton full sleeve T-Shirts - Four
08. Thermal under pants/long - Two
09. Thermal vest / warm full T-Shirts - Two
10. Rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy) - One
11. "Broken - in" pair of ankle high walking boots & one extra shoe laces.
12. Light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal.
13. Warm woolen socks-4
15. Large cotton or silk scarf-One
16. Warm gloves.
17. Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs - Plenty
18. Monkey cap and Sun heat - one each
19. Towels (one big, one small)
20. Washing kit.

1.  Personal First Aid Kit
2.  Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, Scissors
3.  Flash Light with extra batteries (3 Set)
4.  Sun Glasses, Sun Hat, Monkey Cap, Woolen Gloves
5.  Water bottles- unbreakable (Min 1 liters capacity) can be purchased in  Haridwar
6.  Note book, Pen, Pencils
7.  Camera and film and extra batteries for electronic camera
8.  Binoculars recommended
9.  Rain Gear-Your raincoat should be roomy and have a water proof hood.
10. Pocket knife , Sewing kit, Buttons, Cigarette lighter, towel, bags( a few of each size strong) dust masks, strong sun cream and chopstick, Moisturizers, Money pouch/belts etc.
11. Water purification tablets
12. Walking stick- Can be purchased in Gourikund/Hanumanchatti
13. Washing Kit

One oxygen cylinder on rental (50 Rs.) per day with mask will be provide you if required. Please note that oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.

Briefing and orientation:-There will be a briefing of the programme on the day of your arrival in Haridwar. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing.

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