INTRODUCTION

The Char Dham Yatra, which means a Pilgrimage to four most sacred places in India (or abode of Lords), is a set of four pilgrimage sites in India. Hindus believe that visiting these holy sites helps achieve "Moksha" (salvation). It comprises Badrinath (in North), Dwarka (in West), Puri (in East) and Rameswaram (in South)- the four most sacred places in India. It is considered by Hindus that every Hindu must visit the Char Dhams during one's lifetime. The Char Dham as defined by Adi Shankaracharya consists of four pilgrimage sites. Another circuit of four ancient pilgrimage sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, which is a very holy state because of the abode of Lord Shiva & Lord Vishnu in the Himalayas and its four most sacred sites call- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is referred to as Chota Char Dham (smaller circuit of Chardham) to differentiate it from this bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. These Chota Char Dham shrines are closed in winter due to snowfall and reopen for pilgrims with the advent of summer from April/ May onwards until October/ November.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1:Haridwar/ Barkot (220Kms & 7-8Hrs drive)
  • Barkot- Day Trip To Yamunotri
  • Barkot/ Uttarkashi/ Gangotri / Harsil (220Kms & 7-8Hrs Drive)
  • Harsil/ Uttarkashi/ Guptkashi (290Kms & 9- 10Hrs Drive)
  • Guptkashi/ Sonprayag/ Gaurikund/ Kedarnath (30Kms By Road & 16Kms Trek)
  • Kedarnath/ Gaurikund/ Guptkashi (16Kms Down Trek & 30Kms By Road)
  • Guptkashi/ Badrinath (190Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)
  • Badrinath/Joshimath/ Rudraprayag (190Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)
  • Rudraprayag/ Haridwar (170Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Haridwar/ Barkot (220Kms & 7-8Hrs drive)

This morning, drive towrads Barkot via Dehradun and Mussoorie.

Barkot is the base of your mountain trek to Yamunotri.

Arrive Barkot and check-into hotel.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Barkot- Day Trip To Yamunotri

After an early morning breakfast at hotel, drive towards Janakichatti.

Arrive Janakichatti and start 5Kms trek towards Yamunotri.

Before the religious rituals, take bath at Jamunabai Kund’s warm water. 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. One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”.

After you have been purified by the thermal waters, pay a visit to the Divya Shila. The rock pillar is worshipped before entering the temple. Enter the Yamunotri temple. The Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. Offer your prayers and be blessed.

In the afternoon, start the downhill trek and return to hotel.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Barkot/ Uttarkashi/ Gangotri / Harsil (220Kms & 7-8Hrs Drive)

After early breakfast at hotel, drive towards Gangotri via Uttarkashi.

Uttarkashi is situated at the bank of River Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here, where a massive iron trident is erected.

The Gangotri Temple is an ancient 18th century temple built of white marble located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. Constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, the temple is dedicated to the River Goddess.

Arrive Gangotri and visit the Temple.

Pay reverence to Kedar Ganga Sangam. Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple, Kedar Ganga. Flows from the Kedar Valle. This river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.

After Spending a few hours in Gangotri, drive towards Harshil, which is about 20Kms for overnight stay.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Harsil/ Uttarkashi/ Guptkashi (290Kms & 9- 10Hrs Drive

After early breakfast at hotel, drive towards Guptkashi.

En-route enjoy the views of the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara, which originates in Kedarnath.

Arrive Guptkashi in the late afternoon and proceed for Kedarnath Pre-registration.

The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares”. Mythology describes that Lord Shiva stayed here hidden form the Pandava brothers who were searching for a glimpse of the Lord. There are more concrete 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.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Guptkashi/ Sonprayag/ Gaurikund/ Kedarnath (30Kms By Road & 16Kms Trek)

After early breakfast at hotel, drive to Gaurikund via Sonprayag.

From here, you can start your trek to Kedarnath. The mountain abode of lord Shiva is located at a height of 3584mtr.

You can hire horses or pony (on direct payment). The Trek will take about 5-6hours.

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 temple got its name from a legend in Mahabharata. Lord Shiva was alluding the Pandavas who were seeking his blessings. Taking the form of a hull, he hid 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. Attain the salvation your soul seeks here.

Arrive Kedarnath and check into government campsite.

In the evening, visit the Temple and do the puja rituals and take blessings.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Kedarnath/ Gaurikund/ Guptkashi (16Kms Down Trek & 30Kms By Road)

After breakfasts at hotel, visit the temple again.

After Temple Darshan, trek down to Guarikund.

Arrive Gaurikund and drive to Guptakashi.

Arrive Guptakashi and check into hotel.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 Guptkashi/ Badrinath (190Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Badrinath Ji via Joshimath.

Enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Badrinath 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”.

Arrive Badrinath in the afternoon and check into hotel.

In the evening, visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti.

Before you enter the holy abode of Lord Vishnu, purify ourselves with a bath in the Tapt Kund. The natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, offers waters with medicinal qualities.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 Badrinath/Joshimath/ Rudraprayag (190Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)

This early morning, visit the Temple again and go for the customary bath in the Taptkund, before Darshan of Badri Vishal.

Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). On the flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda, Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

After breakfast at hotel, you can visit around in Badrinath including Mana Village, Bhimpul and Vyas Gufa.

Later, drive towards Rudraprayag.

Arrive Rudraprayag in the evening and check into hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Rudraprayag/ Haridwar (170Kms & 6-7Hrs Drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Haridwar with sweet memories of your Chardham Yatra with Dazzling India.

Arrive Haridwar and drop to your place or railway station.