Char Dham Yatra is one of the most important pilgrimages in India and holds high religious significance. Located in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, Char Dham are four treasured holy sites namely - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Every shrine has its own history and religious value. As a traveller, you can also witness some of the most beautiful views on the way to these temples. From snow-capped mountains to dense forests, river confluences to beautiful waterfalls, you can experience nature at its best here With Yatra’s 12-days holy pilgrimage to these revered shrines in Uttarakhand, experience absolute serenity and explore the beauty and divinity of these immaculate mountains. Yatra experts will arrange for all your travel necessities and ensure utmost comfort. We will make sure your visit is safe and smooth. So, come and experience the tranquillity and spirituality on your Char Dham Yatra with us!
Important Places :
Rishikesh. Derhadun. Barkot. Yamunotri. Uttarkashi. Gangotri. Kedar Ganga Sangam. Guptkashi. Kedarnath. Gourikunda. Rudraprayag. Mana Village. Badrinath. Joshimath. Haridwar.
Tour at a glance
Day-1: Delhi – Rishikesh(220 kms 6-7hrs).
Day-2: Rishikesh -Derhadun- Barkot( 210 kms / 6 to 7 hrs 1352 mtrs).
Day-3: Barkot - Yamunotri (3235 mtrs )– Barkot (36 kms drive 5km trek one side).
Day-4: Barkot – Uttarkashi(100 kms / 3-4hrs).
Day-5: Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 mtrs)- Uttarkashi(100 kms /3-4hrs one way).
Day-6: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220 kms /8-9 hrs ).
Day-7: Guptkashi – Kedarnath 3384mtrs (30 kms drive & 17 kms by trek one way).
Day-8: Kedarnath – Guptkashi.
Day-9: Guptkashi - Rudraprayag – Badrinath (200kms / 7-8hrs).
Day-10: Badrinath – Joshimath / Rudraprayag.
Day-11: Joshimath/ Rudraprayag – Haridwar.
Day-12: Hardwar - Delhi
Day 01 / : Delhi – Rishikesh(220 kms 6-7hrs )
Arrival Delhi Airport / Delhi Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Rishikesh. The 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh. Check in Hotel. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram. At evening visit Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ashram. Overnight stay.
Bharat Mandir: The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, situated near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called 'Basant Panchami'.
Laxman Jhula: Lakshman Jhula is on of the main attraction of Rishikesh. It is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed Ganga River on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze from the river.
Ram Jhula: Ram Jhoola connects Swargashram with Shivananda Ashram. Several ashrams are located near Ram Jhoola. Ram Jhoola is bigger than Laxman Jhula and even more picturesque.
Day 02 / : Rishikesh -Derhadun- Barkot( 210 kms / 6 to 7 hrs ) 1352 mtrs
Drive to Barkot via Derhadun en route visit Kempty Fall and others. Later drive straight to Barkot, transfer to your Hotel. Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 03 / : Barkot - Yamunotri (3235 mtrs )– Barkot (36 kms drive 5km trek one side)
Early morning, Drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, 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" returning to Jankichatti. Return back to Barkot, Overnight stay.
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 04/ : Barkot – Uttarkashi(100 kms / 3-4hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi. Visit Vishwanath Temple & Others. Check in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Night Halt.
Uttarkashi: It is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town.
Vishwanath temple : Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in the ancient architectural style. It is situated at the heart of the town. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s small shrines are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening are offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyug and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Shakti temple: Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. at bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga(Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here.
Day 05/ : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 mtrs)- Uttarkashi(100 kms /3-4hrs one way)
Early morning drive to Gangotri, enroute at Gangnani take a holy dip in Garam Kund, further drive to Gangotri via beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its nature beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and Darshan, after that relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Return back to Uttarkashi. 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 06/ : Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220 kms /8-9 hrs )
Drive straight to Guptkashi via Moolgarh & Lambgoan. Enroute you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. On arrival Check In at the Hotel, evening visit Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel. The name Gupt Kashi means "Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.
Day 07/ : Guptkashi – Kedarnath 3384mtrs (30 kms drive & 17 kms by trek one way)
After breakfast driver to Sonprayag then you have take local jeep for Gaurikund 15 KM Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3384 mts) by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath in Govt. Accommodation. Visit Kedarnath Temple.
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.
Note : Kedarnath Accommodation is not included the in cost. In Kedarnath only Govt . Accommodation is available. That can be booked directly by guest at Guptkashi or Sonprayag.
Day 08/ : Kedarnath – Guptkashi
Early morning, after Temple Darshan 15 KM trek down to Gaurikund. Further drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel. Night Halt.
Day 09/ : Guptkashi - Rudraprayag – Badrinath (200kms / 7-8hrs)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
Badrinath It is 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 "Badri van", meaning "forest of berries".
Tapt Kund Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad kund A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.
Charanpaduka 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Vasundhara As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto Mana.
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.
Best Time for Char Dham Yatra: April to October in every year
Day 10/ : Badrinath – Joshimath / Rudraprayag
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sightseeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Joshimath It is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.
Day 11/ : Joshimath/ Rudraprayag – Haridwar
After Morning Breakfast, Proceed to Haridwar. Transfer to your Hotel. If time permits visit Mansadevi Temple, Chandidevi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temples & Others. Also visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual. Back to your hotel, Night halt.
Haridwar, Har ki Pauri: Chandi Devi Temple:Mansa Devi Temple: According to mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagna conducted by Daksha.
Day 12/ : Hardwar - Delhi
Drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport.
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