Char Dham Yatra

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Destinations Covered : New Delhi - Haridwar - Syanachatti - Yamunotri - Gangotri - Rudra Prayag - Rampur - Kedarnath - Guptakasi - Pipalkoti - Badrinath - Srinagar - Haridwar - New Delhi

Day 01 : New Delhi - Haridwar

Morning proceed for Haridwar, upon arrival transfer to hotel for over night stay. Evening visit Ganga aarti at Har - Ki - Pauri. Overnight at hotel.

Har Ki Pauri - Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri - Haridwar
Day 02 : Haridwar - Syanachatti

Early morning wake up call and have holy dip at Haridwar at 0500 hrs in the morning and proceed towards Syanachatti.

Sayanachatti : 27 Kms from Barkot & 18 Kms from Yamunotri is a scenic spot on the banks of river Yamuna.

Day 03 : Syanachatti - Yamunotri - Syanachatti

Leave early morning for Hanumamchatti. Afterwards start trekking / horse / dholi towards Yamunotri. On arrival at Yamunotri transfer to Temple to have Darshan.

Hanumanchatti : 13 Kms from Yamunotri. The confluence of hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers, from where the trek to Dodi Tal (3,307mt) starts.

Jankichatti : 05 Kms from Yamunotri, it is noted for its thermal springs, where tourists can enjoy a refreshing bath.

Day 04 : Syanachatti - Gangotri

Early morning Departure for Gangotri. On arrival transfer to hotel for over night stay. In the evening visit temple.

Gangotri : This sacred shrine, situated at an altitude of 3,200 Mt is the source of the river Bhagirathi. The mountain peaks of shivling, satopanth and Bhagirathi sisters surround it. Accessible by a motor able road, it is one of the most auspicious Hindu pilgrimages.

Gangotri Temple
Gangotri Temple - Gangotri
Day 05 : Gangotri - Uttarkashi

Early morning Darshan at Gangotri. After break fast leave for Uttarkashi. Upon arrival check in to hotel for overnight stay.

The Eternal Gift of Bhagirath”s Penance.

a) Temple Of Gangotri : As the legend goes, Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that Goddess Ganga first descended to earth from heaven, at this stone.

Amar Singh Thapa, the Gorkha Commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century AD constructed this temple. It is also believed that the Pandavas came here to perform the great “Deva Yagna" to atone the death of their kinsmen in the battle of Mahabharata.

b) 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 locks. It is visible in winter months when water level decreases.

Day 06 : Uttarkasi - Rudra Prayag - Rampur

Leave after break fast towards Rudra Prayag. On arrival at Rudra Prayag transfer to Ghat for holy bath at ghat.

Rudraprayag : Rudraprayag is named after the Lord Shiva (Rudra),the entire region of Rudraprayag is blessed with immense natural beauty, lakes & glaciers , important Hindu temples such as Kedarnath, Shankaracharya Samadhi , Gaurikund ,Son Prayag , Panch Kedar ,Madmaheshwar,Tungnath, Koteshwar , Guptkashi etc.

This small town , Rudraprayag , is situated at the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini , at a distance of 34 kms. from Srinagar (Garhwal). The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath.

Later leave for Rampur, on arrival at Rampur transfer to hotel/Lodge. In the evening for Triyuginarayan Temple.

Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple - Kedarnath
Day 07 : Rampur - Kedar Nath

Leave early morning to Gauri Kund to have bath and proceed towards Kedarnath, by walk / trek / dholi.

Gauri Kund (14kms): the trekking base to Kedarnath. A temple dedicated to Gauri and thermal springs of medicinal value are noteworthy. Horse and Dholi as per Govt. of Utaranchal.

On arrival Kedarnath transfer hotel/Tourist Rest House / Dharamshalas offer a comfortable stay. In the evening visit temple of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Temple : An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in 08th century A. D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figure of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.

Dedicated of Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architecture Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut Grey slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a "Garbha Griha" for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.

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.

Day 08 : Kedarnath – Rampu

Early morning Darshan of Lord Shiva at Kedarnath and leave for Rampur On arrival at Rampur check in to hotel for overnight stay.
Triyuginarayan : It is the mythological venue of the marriage of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. An eternal Flame, which is said to have been a witness to the marriage, burns in front of the temple even today.

Day 09 : Rampur - Guptakasi - Pipalkoti

Leave in morning from Rampur towards Guptakasi to have bath at Temple.

Guptkashi : Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanath. After leave for Pipalkoti. Upon arrival check in to hotel / Tourist Rest House.

Day 10 : Pipalkoti - Badri Nath

Early morning proceed towards Joshimath.The winter home of Shri Badrinathji, Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. After Darshan of Lord Badrinarayan here and proceed Badrinath. On arrival at Badrinath and proceed towards hotel/ Tourist Rest Houses / Dharamhshalas.and proceed towards Tapt Kund for Holy Bath.

Badrinath Temple : Perched at an altitude of 3,133 Mt above sea level, in the middle of a beautiful valley, it is located on the right bank of holy river Alanknanda. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji is 15 meter in height, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire.

Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age, though the present temple is believed to have been established by Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century AD, and Hindu reformist.

Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple - Badrinath

The temple has been renovated several times due to earlier damages by avalanches and looks modern now with a colorful "Singh Dwara" or the main entrance gate. The temple has three parts - Garbha Griha (the sanctum) Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).

It is believed that the image of Badrinath had been thrown into the Alaknanda River during the time of the Buddhist era and later retrieved and reinstalled by Shankaracharya during the following Hindu revival.

There are 15 idols in the temple complex. Finely sculpted in black stone, the Badrinath (Vishnu) image is a meter high. Other images include those of Lame (Vishnu's consort), Garurh (Vishnu's mount), Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesh etc.

Tapt Kund : Devotees take a holy dip in the natural thermal springs on the banks of the river Alaknanda, before entering the Badrinath Temple. The water of the Kund is believed to have medicinal properties.
After Darshan come back to hotel / guest house for rest.
Evening visit temple for Darshan. After Darshan come back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 : Badri Nath

Early morning proceeds towards the Temple for Neermali Darshan and later leave for Brahma Kapal.

Brahma Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda where Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. After doing pinddaan at Brahma Kapal proceed towards Temple. After lunch leave for Badrinath Local sight seeing including Mana village .

Day 12 : Bardrinath - Pipalkoti

Proceed for Pipalkoti. Upon arrival check in to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 13 : Pipalkoti - Deo Prayag - Haridwar

Early morning departure from Pipalkoti towards Deo Prayag, for holy dip.Situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, it is commonly believed to be the birthplace of Ganga.
Later drive to Haridwar, upon arrival check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 : Haridwar - New Delhi

Morning after breakfast proceeds to New Delhi.