Char Dham Yatra Tours
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Char Dham refers to the four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India. These are Yamunotri,Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Nestled in the lap of majestic Himalayas,these four sites are the epicenter of religious activity in north India.Traditionally, the Chardham Yatra is undertaken from the west to the east.Thus, the Yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Amongst the four Char Dhams,Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to goddesses Yamuna and Ganga respectively.On the other hand, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Moreover, people also visit Hemkund Sahib in the vicinity, which is one of the highest located religious sites in the country.Thus, pilgrims visit all these places in aspiration of washing away their sins and to attain salvation, by the blessings of the Lord. Besides the blessing of the almighty, pilgrims enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of nature and the spiritual ambiance of the snow-covered Himalayas, the melodious chirping of birds & the views of scattering thick green forests.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrowlane in Old Delhi
- Darshan at Yamunotri Gangotri temple
- Darshan and Attend aarti at Badrinath Kedarnath temple
- Attend the mesmerizing evening Aarti in Rishikesh and Haridwar
- Ponies and Palkies at Yamunotri Temple (on own cost)
- Doli, Ponies and Palkies at Kedarnath Temple (on own cost)
- Halt at Kempty Falls in Mussoorie
- Camp stays at various destinations
- Visit to Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi in Kedarnath
- Visit to Mana village, the last village before border of Tibet
- Unique tour of Pilgrim Sights and Scenic Beauty of Uttaranchal.
- Covers 4 dhams of the Uttarakhand region - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
- Best hotels through out the tour.
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Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by our representative and escorted to your hotel.
The rest of the day is free to be able to quietly recover from the jet lag.
In the morning you will visit Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple) - The Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. Continue to Akshardham Temple; this Hindu temple was built in 2005 with elements of the traditional architecture of Orissan, Gujarati, Mughal and Rajasthani. You will take a boat trip through 10,000 years of history around this spiritual centerpiece.
In the afternoon you will visit of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid, built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.Take a stroll down through Chandi Chowk (closed on Sunday), the heart of Old Delhi. The clients would experience the crowded and twisted alleys with tiny shops all across the street. Drive past Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1648. Later, visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Continue to visit of Qutub Minar, a 72.5 m minaret, the tallest "skyscraper" in the world when built (1193-1368). Drive past India Gate, a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and President's House, the official residence of the President of India”.
Today, drive to Haridwar, On your way to Haridwar, get your Biometric registration done for the Yatra. On arrival Haridwar, check-in to your hotel and take some rest. In the evening, visit the Har- Ki- Pauri to attend the grand Ganga Aarti on the banks of Ganges. Later, return to the hotel
Today, you will depart for Barkot / Jankichatti. Barkot is a beautiful hill station which is located on the foot of Yamunotri. As you drive through Mussoorie, you can visit the famous Kempty Falls on your way.
On arrival at Barkot, check-in to your hotel/camp. The rest of the day is free to relax and store your energy for the Pahad (hiII) Yatra of Yamunotri the next day.
Today, depart for Hanumanchatti (10 Km), Janki Chatti (5 km). Here you will begin the First Char Dham Yatra of Yamunotri (6 Km trek). You have the option of hiring palki, ponies, or a horse for your trek. (At your own cost).
The trek passes through a lush green valley, a profusion of conifers, rhododendrons, cacti and several species of Himalayan shrubs.
Yamunotri (altitude 3,291 m), the western most shrine of the Char Dhams, is snuggled in the Banderpunch range (6,361 m). Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna, the twin sister of Varna, the Lord of Death. The Yamuna is also the daughter of Surya the Sun. The actual source of the river originates from Champasar Glacier 1 km a head of the shrine, at an altitude of 4,321 mts. On arrival by afternoon in Yamunotri take a holy dip in Yamuna River and perform Pooja. Return via the same route back to Barkot, check in at Hotel / Camp.
Today,drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check-in into the hotel. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is famous for its historical monuments, Temples & Ashrams. In the evening, Visit the famous Vishwanath Temple.
Today, drive to Gangotri Dham. Nestled in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri is set at an altitude of 3048 m. Upon arrival at Gangotri take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Visit the Gangotri Temple. The 18th century's temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite. After performing Pooja Late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi.
Today, leave for your next destination, Guptkashi after having your breakfast early in the morning. Arrive Guptkashi and check-in to the hotel. Guptkashi is located at a distance of 47 km from the holy shrine, Kedarnath. The town holds immense religious importance as it houses famous ancient temples like Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnareshwar Temple.
Get your medical checkup done for your next day’s journey to Kedarnath. Have your dinner and stay overnight in the hotel/camp.
Early morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Sonprayag. From Sonprayag, you will start your 20 km trek to Kedarnath Dham. You can hire a Doli, ponies or a horse, for your trek (At your own cost).
Mandakini, one of the main tributaries of the Ganges originates at Kedarnath and flows through Gaurikund. "Jai Bholenath" chants echo in the mountains. The mist envelops the mountains and you will get a glimpse of the picturesque beauty of the valley, which will leave you mesmerized. On arrival check-in at Govt. Camps/Lodges in Kedarnath and take some rest. Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay at Govt. Camps/Lodges in Kedarnath.
This day is scheduled for the darshan of Kedarnath Ji. Early morning you get up before dawn and after taking bath you are at the temple by 4:45 am for the 'Abhishek’ to Kedarnath lord Shiva. Everyone can go inside Garbha Griha and touch the idol. You can also prostrate with your head touching the deity etc. After Kedarnath darshan and puja, you come out of the temple and return to the Govt. Camps / Lodges.
Later you'll start the return trek of 20 km from Kedarnath to Sonprayag. The vehicles wait for you in Sonprayag Car Parking and you’ll drive to Rudraprayag. On arrival, check in your hotel.
This morning, after early breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Badrinath temple via Joshimath. Driving towards your next destination, Badrinath via Joshimath. Badrinath is an important pilgrimage site which holds immense importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is set at a height of 3133 meters.
After driving through some wonderful Ghat road you arrive at Badrinath. On arrival check into the hotel. After some rest and refreshments you are all set to go to Badrinath Temple for darshan in the evening. But first you have to go to Tapt Kund (Hot Spring), take bath and then go to the temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath Ji is 15 meters in height, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. Later back to hotel.
This morning, you will visit Badrinath Temple for Darshan. Later, return to the hotel for breakfast. Then explore local sightseeing at Badrinath. Visit major attractions of Badrinath such as Mana Village, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, and Mata Murti temple.
In the afternoon, check out from the hotel and head towards Rudraprayag via Joshimath. En-route visit Karanprayag. Rudra Prayag holds great religious importance. Also, the town features stunning natural beauty and tranquility. On reaching Rudraprayag, check-in to the hotel.
You can relax for the rest of the day or explore the beauty of Rudraprayag. Have your dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
After having early morning breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh which is a spiritual city. It is also renowned as the 'Yoga Capital of the World'. This town is located on the foothills of the Himalayas, on the convergence of the River Ganga and River Chandrabhaga. This pilgrimage town is nestled in the Dehradun district and is famous for the adventure activities, and also a famous spiritual center.
On reaching Rishikesh, you will have an assisted transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and rest for a while. Later, you will go out for sightseeing. Visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula.
In the evening, attend the Ganga Aarti which is an auspicious and holiest ritual performed on the Ghat of Rishikesh. Get a deep insight into the Hindu culture and enjoy a soulful experience. Later, return to the hotel.
Early morning attains Yoga & Meditation class.-
In the morning you will visit Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, suspended bridges and focal points of the city attraction, Bharat Mandir built by AdiguruShankracharya, the Hindu saint in 12th century, Rishikundwhere as per legend, the river Goddess Yamuna filled this tank with water.
Optional -Try Ayurvedic tonics and teas - There are a few restaurants in Rishikesh that make up their own herbal teas and tonics using Ayurvedic ingredients and herbs; a must try experience
In the afternoon drive to Haridwar, located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya. Visit Har kiPauri, famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in the Vedic times.
Evening witness of the Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Niketan ashram
Morning at leisure, Later drive to Delhi, arrive and check in at Hotel
End Of Tour
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 15 nights single / sharing twin room (including immediate room)
- Meals – as per program
- All transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by an air-conditioned vehicle
- English speaking local guide as per program
- Our representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- Two mineral water bottles per person/per day.
- Entrance fee at Monuments (as per the program).
- All presently applicable taxes.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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