Char Dham Yatra Package - 14 Days

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Day 1

The trip starts with your arrival to the airport or railway station. This is followed by a warm welcome.Then begin your drive to Haridwar. After arriving, complete your check in formalities.Overlooked by the Garhwal Himalayas, Haridwar is nature’s gift to mankind. Purified by the holy waters of River Ganga which originates here, it is the gateway to the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. Its beautiful landscape is dotted with numerous religious sites, each with its own special significance. It boasts the kind of beauty which takes time to settle in, and when it does, completely immerses you in it. Haridwar, which means, “Gateway to the Gods”, is also called by different names like Mayapuri, Kapila and Gangadwar. Shavitites prefer to call it Hardwar while Vaishnavites call it Haridwar.It is one of the oldest living cities in India and finds a mention in almost all the ancient Hindu scriptures. Haridwar also finds a mention in Ain-i-Akbari, written by the famous writer, Abul Fazl, in the 16th century under Akbar’s rule. In fact, this is where minting for copper coins were done.This city, which is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttarakhand, also boasts a long tradition of Gurukul education and Ayurveda.Rajaji National Park, which is counted among the best national parks and sanctuaries in India, is located just 10 km from Haridwar.In the evening, attend the famous aarti at Har ki Pauri, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Haridwar.A deeply spiritual experience awaits you at Har ki Pauri, also known as Brahmakund. According to Hindu mythology, this place was visited by Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva at one point of time.There is a stone wall with a giant footprint which is believed to be that of Lord Vishnu. It is positioned in such a way that it is always washed by the holy waters of River Ganga. It is also known as Brahmakund and is believed to stand at the very place where a drop of amrit (nectar) fell from the sky when it was being carried by Garuda, the celestial bird. Har ki Pauri ghat is filled with tourists during the evenings when the famous Ganga Aarti is held.Ganga Aarti is marked by the rhythmic chanting of mantras, lighting of diyas (earthen lamps) and ringing of bells in the temple.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

In the morning you will enjoy a drive to Barkot via Dehradun and Mussoorie.Barkot is often sought after by tourist looking to enjoy nature sightseeing. Located at an altitude of 1220m, it is surrounded by Garhwal Mountain ranges.The landscape stretches itself at leisure here. Everywhere you look, your eyes meet mountain ranges covered in clouds, colorful apple orchards and slopes dressed in dense vegetation. The route will cover the most picturesque scenery that this region is famous for. Make a halt at Kempty Falls and enjoy the views there. Afterwards, continue your drive towards Barkot.Kempty Falls in Uttarakhand is as amazing as its history. These waterfalls were made famous by a British officer about 150 years ago.There are two waterfalls, higher and lower waterfall, which cascade in five stages before crashing in the pool below. The pool below the waterfall is quite popular among the tourists, who enjoy taking a bath and bathing in its pure waters. It is a great place to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.Upon arrival, complete your check-in arrivals at the hotel.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

In the morning, depart for Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti.Janki Chatti is a place famous for its hot water springs. It serves as an alternate base for embarking upon treks to Yamunotri.If you are seeking solitude and tranquillity in abundance, then this is where you need to be. The gentle murmur of the stream, the delightful breeze brushing against your face and the stillness all around, these are enough to make you dance with joy.After arriving at Janki Chatti, embark on an exciting trek to Yamunotri. The total distance covered by this trek is almost 6km.Once you reach Yamunotri, you can enjoy a variety of activities. Enjoy a holy dip in the Garam Kund followed by pooja and darshan of Shri Yamunotri Ji.Garam Kund is a natural spring whose hot waters are said to confer various benefits to the body. Yamunotri Temple was built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. No Char Dham pilgrimage tour is considered to be complete without visiting this temple. Yamunotri is one of the holiest places you will visit in the Char Dham Tour with Valley of Flowers. Situated at the base of Garhwal Mountain ranges, it is accorded the highest respect for being the origin of the River Yamuna. According to Hindu mythology, Yamuna is the sister of Yama, the god of death. Devotees to this place often take a dip in this river as is it said to grant a peaceful death. Apart from its spiritual significance, Yamunotri, like much of the region, is also famous for its beauty. Lush meadows and waterfalls do much to lend the landscape its delightful beauty. After performing the pooja and enjoying darshan, begin your drive back to Janki Chatti. Upon arrival, get in touch with the driver and begin your drive back to Barkot. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Today’s day starts with a drive to Uttarkashi. You will cover a distance of 82 km approx. The town of Uttarkashi is among the most visited tourist destinations in Uttarakhand.Its landscape is dotted with several temples, with the most famous among them being the Lord Vishwanath Temple.There are other temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga, in addition to temples dedicated to several deities including Parshuram, Annapurna, Dattatraya, Bhairav, Lakshmeshwar and Ekadash Rudra.On the way, you will make a stop at Prakateshwar Cave.A visit to these natural limestone caves promises to be an altogether different travel experience altogether. It is revered in much the same way as the other religious sites in this state because the natural formations of the caves resemble Lord Shiva. There is a small pool inside the cave whose waters are regarded as sacred.After arriving at Uttarkashi, complete your check-in formalities at the hotel. Rest and relax for some time.In the evening, you will visit the famous Vishwanath Temple. Seek blessings and pay your respects to Lord Shiva.The Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi is a place where all your wishes are fulfilled, provided your worship the lord with the highest devotion. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, who has considered it his abode till the end of Kaliyuga. A particularly fascinating sight is the Shivalingam which is 56 cm in height and has a slight tilt to the south. Apart from Lord Shiva, other deities in the sanctum sanctorum are those of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati. Outside the temple, there stands a statue of Nandi. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

Your day begins with an early morning drive to Gangotri. After arriving at this holy destination in Uttarakhand, enjoy a dip in the waters of the holy River Ganga. Seek blessings and offer a pooja inside the temple. Relax and take in the beauty of the surroundings. How can any Char Dham Tour be complete without including Gangotri? Situated in Uttarkashi, it is another of the holy destinations in Uttarakhand. It is a place steeped in mythology which dates back to the hoary mists of time. According to the mythological tale, Goddess Ganga once transformed herself into a river. She did this so that the sins committed by the forefathers of King Bhagirath (he was responsible for bring Ganga to earth from the heavens) could be excused. Lord Shiva, in order to ensure that her fall had the least impact, embraced Ganga in his matted locks. Ever since, this place has been associated with Goddess Ganga.In the afternoon, you will drive back to Uttarkashi. After arriving, complete your check-in formalities at the hotel.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6

Your morning begins with a drive to Guptkashi, a famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand which lies just 70 km from Kedarnath.On the way, you will also visit Tehri Dam before resuming your journey to Guptkashi. After arriving, complete your check in formalities at the hotel. Rest and relax for some time. In the evening, set off for a religious tour. Two of the places which you will visit are Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnarishwar Temple.One of the most exciting things to do in Uttarakhand is visiting the Tehri Dam. What makes the dam special is that not only is it the highest dam in India but also the highest in the world. The dam, with its enormous size, does invoke admiration and is a favorite of tourists to this place. The history of Guptkashi is also quite interesting. According to the great Hindu epic, Mahabharata, the Pandavas, after the great Mahabharata War, were advised by Lord Krishna to atone for their sins for the crimes committed during the war.Acting on the advise, they went in search of Lord Shiva. However, he did not want to meet them since he was annoyed with their actions. To avoid meeting them, he went to Guptkashi in disguise of Nandi, the bull and his companion. The Pandavas followed him to Guptkashi and ultimate recognised him.When Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, grabbed Nandi by the tail and tried to pull him out forcibly, the bull vanished into the ground. He appeared later on as Lord Shiva in five different forms. Here, Lord Shiva is revered as Vishwanath, which means, “lord of the universe”. Regional stones have been used in its construction.The other famous temple, known as Ardhnarishwar Temple, is located just beside this temple.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7

In the morning, set off by a car to Sonprayag via Guptkashi. After arriving, begin the trek to Kedarnath Temple via Gaurikund, Bheem Bali and Garuechati.Upon completion of this amazing trek, you will reach the temple. Perform a pooja, enjoy the darshan of the Lord and seek his blessings.The town of Kedarnath is the most ancient of all the Char Dham Pilgrimage Sites in Uttarakhand. It is most famous for the Kedarnath Temple. Situated in the lap of the Himalayan ranges, it is enveloped by snow-capped mountains, with the most famous among them being Mt. Kedarnath. The origins of the temple remains uncertain even today, with various sources attributing it to different periods. According to the Hindu mythological epic, Mahabharata, it was the Pandava brothers who constructed the temple. It also finds a mention in the Skanda Purana where Kedar is mentioned as the place where Lord Shiva released the holy waters of River Ganga from his matted locks. This is also how the river came into existence. The temple is a part of the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage in India. Another interesting fact is that it is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.Inside the hall of the temple, you will find the lingam which is unlike one you have seen before because of its irregular dimensions. There is also a pillared hall which contains statues of the five Pandavas brothers, Nandi the Bull, Lord Krishna and Lord Veerabhadra, who is a bodyguard and personal protector of Lord Shiva. The temple is also famous for an interesting tradition whereby the rituals and other religious duties are carried out by the head priest (known as Raval) who belongs to the Veerashaiva community from Karnataka. The mantras which are uttered in honor of the Lord are conducted in the Kannada language, a custom which has been followed for hundreds of years.Stay overnight at Kedarnath.

Day 8

Your days starts with an early morning pooja and darshan at the temple.Enjoy the surroundings which work wonders to uplift your mind and mood. There is spirituality in the air here. After seekings blessings at the temple, begin your trek down to Sonprayag. Enjoy the natural sights along the way. After arriving, get in touch with our driver. Now begins your drive to Rudraprayag. Post arrival, complete your check in formalities at the hotel.The small village of Sonprayag is located in the state of Uttarakhand. It lies about 4 km from Gaurikund, 18 km from Kedarnath and 70 km from Rudraprayag. Situated at an impressive altitude of almost 1829m, it lies enroute towards Kedarnath Temple. This village is the site of the meeting of two holy rivers - Basuki and Mandakini. Devotees visiting this place believe that taking a dip in its holy waters relieves them of all sins and purifies their mind and body.Rudraprayag is another small town located in the district of Rudraprayag. What makes it a place of immense spiritual significance is the confluence of the two rivers, Alaknanda and Mandakini, which occurs here. In fact, tourists visit this place in large numbers every year just to watch the confluence of the rivers, as the sight is simply so splendid and evokes spirituality. As is evident by its name, it is named after Lord Shiva. Apart from religious importance, it is also famous for the various sightseeing options it provides. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

Your day begins in the early morning with a drive to Badrinath, one of the most visited religious destinations in Uttarakhand.On the way, you will also visit the Narsingh Temple and Adi Shankaracharya Math at Joshimath. Then, continue your drive to Joshimath. After arriving at this holy destination, enjoy the darshan of the Lord and seek his blessings. Worshipping the lord and visiting the temple overwhelms you with an array of emotions. This experience is all the more special because of the history and mythology associated with this religious destination. Apart from paying your respects to the lord, you will also be given a chance to explore the Mana village.This village is special because, apart from the natural beauty which makes visitors fall in love with it, it is the last village before the Indo-Tibetan border. At the first sight, Badrinath wins you over with its exceptional natural beauty. Its beauty is typical of the Garhwal region and is marked by several water bodies, colossal mountain peaks and sacred points. It is comfortably tucked between the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges and lies in the Chamoli district of this state.It is overlooked by the ever smiling and inspiring Neelkanth Peak, while it gets a part of its name, Badri, after the fact that this place receives an abundance of berries. Like many other places of religious importance in this region, it is associated with several mythological legends, and all of them are as fascinating as the other. According to various religious scriptures in Hinduism, this place was once visited by Lord Vishnu.Known as “badri van” during that time, or berry garden, it served as the meditation spot for Lord Vishnu.He came here and immersed himself in complete meditation after he was rebuked by Sage Narada for being occupied in worldly pleasures. The presiding deity inside the temple is a Lord Vishnu lost in meditation. Badrinath has been extended the highest respect ever since the Vedic ages, and is mentioned in one of the Vedic scriptures called Srimad Bhagavatam. Although the temples and mythological significance of this holy destination in Uttarakhand are reasons enough to visit it, there are other reasons too. Natural scenery is one of them. In terms of beauty, it shares the same qualities with the other places in the Garhwal region. The enormous mountain peaks dotted at occasional intervals by lakes, ponds and other water bodies, works wonders to rejuvenate a person thoroughly. The beauty of its landscape is also enhanced by the presence of the two rivers, Ganga and Alaknanda. After getting the best of sightseeing and visiting this highly revered religious destination in Uttarakhand, return to the hotel.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Your morning begins with a morning visit to Govindghat. After reaching, begin your trek to Ghangaria. Post arrival, complete your check in formalities at the hotel. Govindghat is a small sleepy town located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is located at the confluence at the Alaknanda and Lakshman rivers. Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft approx, it serves as the starting point for the trek to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Two enormous mountain slopes smile at it from both sides. Other than that, there are hotels and restaurants which cater to pilgrims and visitors. It is a nice place to rest and relax before resuming your journey.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11

Often, we feel that we have visited a place so beautiful that there cannot be any other as beautiful as it. The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is that kind of place whose beauty cannot be captured in mere words and sentence. It is not until you arrive at the place and spend some time taking in the beauty surrounding your, that you realize what you have been missing out on. Your morning starts with a trek to the Valley of Flowers, located at an altitude of 3858m approx. The Valley of Flowers is stretched across an area of 87 sq. km, and is overlooked by the majestic Zanskar ranges.A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was discovered in the year 1931 by a renowned mountaineer named Frank S Smith. The slopes of this valley are clothed in various hues, ranging from purple and pink to green. The alpine vegetation which flourishes in this region is nourished by the various streams which flow through it. It is a part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve which is included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Valley of Flowers is home to several species of flowers which are exclusive to this region as well as those which are endangered. The flowers which enjoy a major presence here are daisies, poppies, marigolds and primulas.There are also several medicinal plants to be found in this park. Although the park does not boast a large number of animals, those that are found are rare and endangered. Undoubtedly, this park is an example of the natural wonders that Uttarakhand is home to. After a visit to this place, you will know why beauty is much more than we conceive it to be. Explore the park and then return to Ghangaria.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12

Get ready for another exciting trek on this day. Walk towards Govindghat and after arriving, get in touch with the drive. Then begin your drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath, Chamoli and Karanprayag. After arriving, complete your check in formalities at the hotel.Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13

In the morning, begin your drive towards Rishikesh.Make a brief halt along the way at the spot where the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet each other. This region is called Devprayag.Resume your drive towards Rishikesh. After arriving, complete your check in formalities at the hotel.Later, you can also visit the Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula.Rishikesh shot to fame in the early 1960’s when the Beatles stayed for some days with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is also known as the yoga capital of the world because of the practice of yoga and meditation dates back thousands of years.Today, as you explore this city, you come across hundreds of yoga centers promising rejuvenation and inner peace.It also serves as the starting point to the popular religious destinations in Uttarakhand from Badrinath to Yamunotri. The word Rishikesh means the “city of saints” and mythological sources trace its origin to a rishi. It is believed that a sage by the name of Rishi Raibhya performed severe penance on the serene banks of the River Ganga for several days. Finally, impressed by his devotion and dedication, Lord Vishnu manifested himself in front on the rishi. That was how this place got its name. The calm surroundings have attracted several sages and seers over the years, all of whom have found solace in its tranquillity.Various historical sources also tell us that this place was visited by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century.Lakshman Jhula is a beautiful suspension bridge which connects the villages of Tapovan to Jonk. The bridge, as it stands today, was built in 1929. According to mythological sources, this bridge stands on the same position where Lord Laxman crossed the Holy Ganga on jute ropes.Ram Jhula is another prominent landmark in Uttarakhand, and relatively bigger than the Lakshman Jhula. Like its counterpart, this bridge is also a feat of incredible engineering. It was built in 1986 and stretches across an area of 750ft.It connects the Sivananda Nagar area in Tehri Garhwal district to Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal district. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 14

In the morning, drive your way towards the airport or the railway station to continue with your onward journey.

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