Char Dham is connected to the 4 Hindu holy places in the Uttarakhand state of India. These are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath. Nestled in the front of majestic Himalayas, these 4 places are the epicenter of divine activity in north India. Traditionally, the Char Dham Yatra is offered from the west to the east. Hence, the yatra springs from Yamunotri, then moving to Gangotri & ultimately to Kedarnath & Badrinath.
Amongst the 4 Char Dham, Yamunotri & Gangotri are devoted to goddesses Yamuna & Ganga respectively. On another hand, Kedarnath is devoted to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Further, people also visit Hemkund Sahib in the region, which is one of the highest established holy places in the country. Therefore, pilgrims tour all these spots in aspiration of reaching away their sins & to succeed protection, by the blessings of the Lord.
The excellent Himalayas are known as an abode to various Hindu Gods also in Uttarakhand, there are a number of the several holy Hindu temples. There are 4 very popular temples called Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath which are communally known as Char Dham and the journey of these four sacred shrines is named Char Dham Yatra. The Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is recognized as one of the several favorable journeys for the Hindu devotees also this yatra is done by a lot of pilgrims from all across the world. The spirit of the Gods also the natural attraction of the majestic Himalayas is a perfect combination that becomes the holy & religious devotion of the Char Dham Yatra.
You will be transferred to the railway station in Ahmedabad to leave the overnight train to Haridwar. Overnight stay on board.
After proceeds to Barkot via Mussoorie. En route visit Kempty fall. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, rest of the day is at leisure. overnight stay at the hotel at Barkot.
No activities Reach Barkot also should properly rest. Acclimatize your mind & body to start a trek to Yamnotri from Janki Chatti. Once you transfer Yamnotri.
Day 3: Barkot – Yamunotri- Barkot (42 Kms & 5 Kms Trek)
After a drive to Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti & Phool Chatti. On arrival Janki Chatti starts Trek of 06 km for Yamunotri, On Arrive Yamunotri Holy Bath in Garam Kund, than Pooja & Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji, next Darshan & Pooja, afternoon source trek back to Janki Chatti on arrival Janki Chatti meet with driver & drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Hanuman Chatti: The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River.
Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur established this temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and refurbished again.
Surya Kund: There are a Number of warm sources in the region of the temple, which flows into various pools. The several famous of these is Surya Kund.
Divya Shila: A rock pillar, worshipped before starting the Yamunotri Temple.
Day 04: Barkot – Uttarkashi (100kms/4hr) HT :1158 MTS.
Drive to Uttarkashi. Visit Vishwanath Temple & Others. Check-in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is a little & wonderful city, located between two rivers; Varuna & Ashi, whose water flows within the Bhagirathi from both side of the city. Furthered, at an altitude of 1588 meters, this small city is very related to Kashi & Varanasi, in that it has the similar kind of temples & ghats & likewise, a north or ‘uttar’ overlooking the river. The main temple is the Vishwanath Temple, devoted to Lord Shiva. Two another very famous temples are established in the Chowk area. These are the Annapurna Temple & the Bhairav Temple. It is supposed, that once there lived 365 temples here. Hiuen Tsang connected to this region as Brahma Puran, while the Skanda Puran has written it as Varunavata. It is believed that in the second millennium of Kaliyug, Kashi will be swamped, & Uttarkashi will follow it as an famous sacred town.
Visit Kashi Vishwanath, Uttarkashi & Aadi Shakti Mata Darshan (Mahisasur Mardini)
Routines & Activities: Get future to make Abhishek Puja in Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Upon arriving Ganganani visit Parasar Muni Temple, like bathing in Warm water source (Tapt Kund). Your body will be totally comfortable next to the tiring trek of Yamnotri.
Day 05: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Harsil – Uttarkashi (120Kms / 05 hrs)
Early morning drive to Gangotri, According prayers & pooja darshan, later drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight stay at hotel in Uttarkashi.
Gangotri: Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple devoted to Goddess Ganga. It is established near a holy stone where king Bhagirath celebrated Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have visited earth at this spot. Consequently, to another legend, Pandavas made the great Deva Yagna here to atone the death of their kinsmen in the major battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an excellent 20 ft. high building built of white granite.
Gangnani: More up on way to Gangotri, is the warm water source at Gangnani, where one can should a delightful bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund devoted to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Routine and Activities: Make Snan at Gangotri Ghat, Ganga Pujan & Aarti at Gangotri Ghat, Darshan of Bhagirath Shila, Darshan of Gauri Ganesha Temple, Finally Gangotri Temple Darshan behind that you must should Darshan of Surya Kund. While returning Darshan of Gupteshwar Mahadev temple in Dharali, Communicate with Tibetan Culture & people in Harsil.
Day 06: Uttarkashi – Rudraprayag/Sitapur (250 Kms/ 8-9 hrs)
Start very early in the morning for around day-long drive to Rudraprayag. On your drive, you would reach by Ganga giving way to Tehri Dam (The Hydro Electric Project). Overnight stay in the hotel at Rudraprayag.
Routines & Activities: Visit of Tehri Dam,, Rudraprayag & Sangam Darshan ( Merge of Alaknanda River & Mandakini River).
Day 07 : Sitapur -Gaurikund – Kedarnath -Sitapur
Morning drive to Phata Helipad to leave the helicopter for Shree Kedarnath Ji. On arrival, additional 2-4 hrs at the temple for darshan & pooja. After return to Phata then Rudraprayag/Sitapur for the overnight stay.
Morning drive to Gaurikund (16 km drive-one way). On arrival, Gauri kund spring your trip on the tough trek before. On arrival Kedarnath cleaning up, make Pooja & also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji also enjoy the evening aarti a lifetime event in the area of Kedar Baba. Visit at Kedarnath Ji in Govt provided camps & huts on your own. Its free version by the government and will be booked immediately by the visitors on the place as per availability. However, we will give our local assistance for the same.
Amidst the climactic mountainscapes of the majestic Kedarnath, meadow stands one of the 12‘Jyotirlingas’ of Kedar or Lord Shiva. Resting at an elevation of 3584 mts. on the source of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the divine pilgrimages for the Hindus. Kedarnath is a majestic vision, reaching in the center of a wide plateau circled by high snow-covered hills. The present temple, established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, reaches next to the place of an immediate temple established by the Pandavas. The interior walls of the assembly hall are finished with values of several idols & views from religion. Outside the temple door, a big statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. Devoted to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured Kedarnath temple is stated to be further than a 1000 years old. Established of very big, heavy & straight cut gray parts of stones, it excites wonder as to how these heavy parts were handled in the spring days. The temple has a “Garbha Griha” for offering & a Mandap apt for parts of pilgrims & visitors. A conical rock configuration inside the temple is admired as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.
This year we will have the possibility to view BHIM SHILA a new fantastic attraction for pilgrims. A large stone protected Kedarnath Ji Temple through failure time.
Note: This year the trekking to Kedarnath Ji has been built by few Km & visitors will be suggested to secure thair return same day as source possible. We would suggest those are not actually strong to cover this trek on feet they should hire some support like Pony & Pithus to make the Yatra without any hassle or complication.
Routines & Activities: Visit Darshan of Kedarnath Ji. Opportunity to meet Gurus & Sadhus meditating for a long time in Kedarnath.
It is special day for you (whoever is using helicopter services because climate in Kedarnath Ji is variable, so to make you darshan & Yatra we forever guide to keep other days in your hand )
Early Morning trek downhill for Gaurikund. Then drive after to Rudraprayag. We should this day leisure for rest for those who own trekked Kedarnath Ji yesterday. Next day we can move to Shri Badrinath Ji Yatra from Rudraprayag. Still, those are feeling better they can secure little journeys to some wonderful & several popular sights of Rudraprayag surrounding. Overnight stay in Rudraprayag/Sitapur.
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of Mandakini river & Alaknanda river.
Temples: Rudranath & Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Km).
Routines & Activities: Visit Guptkashi, Darshan of Kedarnath Ji. A possibility to reach Gurus & Sadhus speculating for a long time in Kedarnath.
After drive to Badrinath Ji via Chopta, (Narasimha Temple, Sankaracharaya Math).
Ukhimath:– Located in the Himalayas, Ukhimath offers picturesque landscapes of the Kedarnath & Neelkanth hills. It is a delightful & charming hill city, 41 km from Rudraprayag. Established in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand & located at an altitude of 1311 m, Ukhimath is an excellent spot for tourists watching to enjoy the tranquil & natural serenity of a hill site without the crowds. Previous known as Ushamat, the city derived its name from Banasur’s daughter Usha. Ukhimath was the area where the marriage of Usha & Anirudh, grandson of Lord Krishna was celebrated. It is also a popular pilgrimage town & known for its ancient temples devoted to Usha, Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva, Aniruddha & Mandhata. Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath & Madhyamaheshwar is brought to Ukhimath through winter & admired for six months. The temple also holds year-round pujas of Lord Omkareshwar. Located on the road attaching Guptkashi with Gopeshwar, the holy city is mainly populated by the priests of Kedarnath temple known as Rawls. From here, visitors also visit several another off-beat traveler destinations similar the divine city of Madhmaheshwar, the ancient temple of Tungnath & the Deoria Tal Lake.
Overnight Stay in Joshimath hotel.
Badrinath: Cradled in the twin Mountain sierras of Nar & Narayan is the divine of the 4 main shrines – Badrinath onward the near bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the excellent backdrop. Once the place was covered with badris or wild berries & onward was popular as Badri van. Legend has it when the Ganga was requested to drop to earth to serve affliction humanity; the earth was equipped to withstand the force of its descent. Since the great Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that next became the home of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
Narad Kund: A corner in the river, near Tapt Kund, growing a pool from where the Badrinath statue was recovered.
Brahama Kapal: It is a horizontal platform a several yards north of the temple & on the bank of Alaknanda river. It is an outstanding area for shradh service or offering of pinds to secure a heavenly site for dead ancestors or hairs. It is said that according pind here, the hairs are permanently blessed in heaven and no more pinds are to be done away always afterward. Stories have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got attached to his trident. Finally with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma dropped down from the trident at this point & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).
Sheshnetra: It is a big block of stone among tow little annual lakes carrying an eye of Sheshnag the eye structure is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a rock having a consequence of the traditional serpent, better understood as the Sheshnag s eye, it is believed that the Sheshnag serves at this point quietly to guide the lord on his resurrection.
Mana Village:Populated by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian hamlet before Tibet. The women of the hamlet suggestion Choli to the deity on the closing day of the temple every year.
Bhim Pul: On another view of Mana village, a large rock forming a natural bridge, lies above the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a panoramic view of water rolling down into the narrow tunnel below the rock also is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second dearest amidst the five Pandava brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave):Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave wherever Ved Vyas is believed to have written the Mahabharata and the pauranic explanations.
Routines & Activities: Must Darshan of Badri Vishal if time provides otherwise Great visit to Nag Nagin Pith (One of the major spot in India for Sarp Kal Dosh Nivaran )
After check-out from the hotel & transfer to Rudraprayag, View of Vishnu Prayag, Nandprayag, Karnprayag, Govindghat & Pandukeshwar while returning back to Rudraprayag.
En-route visit of Narasimha Temple Joshimath & Yogdhyan Badri Temple. Later transfer to Rudraprayag for Overnight stay at the hotel.
Narsimha Temple, Joshimath is around 1200 years old. Devoted to Vishnu, the managing idol of the temple is Narasimha, the half-man, half-lion & fourth body of Vishnu. Like Badrinath, he is also relaxing in the sukhasana. The original feature of the idol is that its left wrist is very tiny & is becoming thinner by the day.
Nandprayag: — Nandprayag rests in Chamoli region on Joshimath-Badrinath road, 21.3 Km from Karnaprayag and 10.5 Km from Chamoli. Located 914 meters above sea level, Nandprayag is believed to be the capital town of Yadu Kingdom in Dwapar Yuga. The legend speaks, King Nand had studied at the confluence on a stone to Lord Vishnu at this spot. Lord Vishnu answered his prayer & accepted to be his son still the same blessings were secured by Devki, the sister of cruel King Kansa. To maintain this situation, Lord Vishnu took birth from Devki & was taken up by Nand-Yasoda. The stone in which King Nand considered is used as the organization of Nandprayag temple. The site acquires the name from King Nand who considered at the confluence of Alaknanda river & Nandakini rivers.
Hindu devotees catch a bath at the holy confluence Nandprayag before starting Nandprayag temple to offer pooja (prayer). The mesmerizing excellence of two sister rivers meeting at the confluence will remain in your memory all your life. One tough sister meeting other placid sister & both calming down to flow together suggests an enchanting sense.
Karna Prayag: — Karnaprayag, third or the central one of the Panch Prayag in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand India occupies in Chamoli district and sits 788 meters high sea level. Karnaprayag is the confluence of Alaknanda river & Pindar river & also the local board of Chamoli district that links Garhwal region with Kumaun region.
Karnaprayag takes its name from Karna, the son of Suryadev (Sun God) & Kunti (mother of Pandavas, the idols of Hindu holy major Mahabharata). It is believed that the confluence of Alaknanda river & Pindar river was the point where Karna considered to provide the Sun God also was finally blessed with the secure shield named Kavach & Kundal (armour & earrings).
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini river & Alaknanda river.
Temples: Rudranath & Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).
After check-out from the hotel & transfer to Haridwar. Enroute Visit Ma Dhari Devi Temple, Dev Prayag (Sangam of Alaknanda river & Bhagirathi river)From This Spot this named Ganga.
Triveni Ghat: A confluence of three divine major Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna & the Saraswathi, is several revered holy bathing places in Rishikesh also is located on the banks of Ganges River. It is of the belief that those who like a bath in water at this ghat scours away all the sins & refines the life & will have salvation, a relief from all sins brought out; the water here has the skill to clean them. Daily in the morning & evening, there are thousands who get dip here & like the Maha Aarti being given. It very peaceful to sit on the banks of the river & like the cool wind from the river.
Lakshman Jhula – Ram Jhula, – is a 450 feet high an iron suspension bridge located in Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Lakshman Jhula is one of the several outstanding landmarks at Rishikesh. It is built above river Ganges to cross the river also is a landmark of Rishikesh. It is stated that Lakshman crossed the Ganges on jute strings amidst the spot where this bridge is established. Lakshman Jhula was established in 1939. There are panoramic scenes from the bridge.
And other stations. In evening transfer to Haridwar
After check-out from the hotel and transfer to Railway Station / Airport time to take your Train/Flight for Ahmedabad.
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