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Char Dham Yatra
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination : Haridwar - Rishikesh - Mussoorie - Shyamchatti - Hanumanchatti - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Triuginarain - Gaurikund - Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag - Badrinath - Rudraprayag.
Day 01: New Delhi - Haridwar
In the morning, we will drive to Haridwar. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region and is located on the foothills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganges. The River Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats become breathtakingly beautiful with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of Ganges. We visit various places like Mansa Devi temple, Sapt Rishi, Daksha Mahadev temple etc. In the evening we will visit Har Ki Pauri again. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat.
Day 02: Haridwar - Rishikesh
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri - Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. It abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the River Ganges rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the River Ganges at Rishikesh. We will arrive in Rishikesh by the evening. In the evening we will visit various temples. In the evening visit the Triveni Ghat to witness yet another special prayer ceremony. It is very interesting to watch the prayer ceremony.
Day 03: Rishikesh - Mussoorie - Shyamchatti
In the morning we will drive on our way to Yamunotri. Enroute we will stop at Mussoorie "the hill queen". There we will visit Kempty Falls, Mall road. After having lunch at Mussoorie, we will further drive towards our first Dham "Yamunotri". We will spend night at ShyamChatti.
Day 04: ShyamChatti - Hanumanchatti - Yamunotri
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive from ShyamChatti to HanumanChatti. From HanumanChatti jeeps will run for around 6 km. Then the way is for 8km. You can cover this way either on horses or by walking. On the way we will come across beautiful snow covered mountains, greenery, Waterfalls, Yamuna River, beautiful surroundings, etc. Yamunotri is staring place of Yamuna River. Here the temple of Goddess Yamuna is situated. Raja Pratap Shah of Tehri founded this temple in 1861. We will reach the temple in the late afternoon. First of all, we will take a dip in the Hot Water Kund and then visit the temple. We will spend night at hotel in Yamunotri.
Day 05: Yamunotri - Uttarkashi
In the morning after having our breakfast we will return back from Yamunotri to Hanuman Chatti. By the afternoon we will reach Hanuman Chatti. Then we will drive to our second Dham "Gangotri". The road quickly leaves the plains and winds its way through the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas. From here on we follow the Bhagirathi River through amazing countryside dotted with typical Garhwali villages all along the route. On the way we will come across Maneri Dam. We will reach Uttarkashi, an important town of this area mostly serving to Indian pilgrims and spent night there only.
Day 06: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
In the morning we will drive to Gangotri. From Uttarkashi the roads climb rather quickly and steeply over several hairpin bends and the roaring Bhagirathi river always giving you company. Gangotri (3140 m), with its famous Goddess Ganga Temple is inhabited during the summer months. Deodar and fir trees surround this place. A boulder marks the spot where King Bhagirath beseeched the Goddess Ganga to descent to earth. An ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess rises just above the river. In the afternoon we will visit this beautiful temple. In the evening we will return back to Uttarkashi.
Day 07: Uttarkashi - Triuginarain
In the morning after having our breakfast we start early for the Temple village of Triuginarain (1982 m), where as per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. The village houses an ancient temple where the marriage took place and is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus who visit this temple from all over the country. Even the marriage fire still burns in the temple and it is has been so for the last so many centuries. The first half hour of the walk is through a forest of rhododendrons descending gradually. From here on the walk is over the long Panwali ridge with several ascents & descents, offers panoramic views on either side and is an experience in itself. At the end of the ridge the path descends steeply to Maggu Ki Chatti, an abandoned village, which was used by pilgrims in the earlier days. A steep descent through a very thick forest brings you to Triuginarain. In the afternoon we will visit the village and historical temple. We will spend night in Triuginarain.
Day 08: Triuginarain - Gaurikund - Kedarnath
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to Gaurikund. From here we will start our trek to Kedarnath (3584 m) "Shiva's Adobe". The first part of the trek begin through the narrow lanes of Gaurikund and the entire walk of 15 km to Kedarnath is dotted with shops and tea stalls which offer respite to the pilgrims who brave out the five hour steep climb to Kedarnath. The walk is over a well laid out path and quite steep at certain bends, the noisy river Mandakini flows to your right all along the trail. Kedarnath is a huge temple village and right in the center stands the ancient temple of Kedarnath, which was built by the Pandavas to atone for their sins after the great Mahabharat war. At the entrance of the temple is a huge statue of Nandi the Bull. The walls inside the temple are exquisitely carved with images. To the south is the temple of Bhairon, situated on the top of a hill. It is one of the holiest places of worship for the Hindus. In the evening we will witness the special prayer at the temple. We will spend night in Kedarnath.
Day 09: Kedarnath
Day at leisure to explore this holy place and visit Vasuki Tal and Gandhi Saravor, an emerald lake where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were submerged. Evening free for leisure at Kedarnath.
Day 10: Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag
In the morning after having our breakfast we walk back to Gaurikund. From here we drive to Rudraprayag, which is situated at the confluence of the Mandakini and the Alakhnanda River. We will arrive in Rudraprayag by afternoon. Evening free for leisure. We will spend night in Rudraprayag.
Day 11: Rudraprayag - Badrinath
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to our last Dham " Badrinath". Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the country and situated at an elevation of 3133 mts. above sea level, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as "Nar & Narayan", with the towering Neel Kanth peak providing a splendid back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries, which gage it the name "Badri Van" meaning forest of berries. Facing the temple at the back of Alaknanda river there is a hot water spring known as Tapt Kund. Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is 15 mts. in height built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age.
Day 12: Badrinath - Rudraprayag
In the early morning we will visit Badrinath temple again. Then after having breakfast we will drive to Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is famous for the confluence of two rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Evening free to enjoy the surroundings.
Day 13: Rudraprayag - Haridwar
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive to Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar we will be transferred to the hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Day 14: Haridwar - New Delhi
In the morning we will drive to New Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure (Opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel) After having dinner we depart to the airport.
Day 15: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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