Day 1: Haridwar
Start your Char Dham Yatra . Pick up from a Central Point / Airport / Railway station at Delhi .Proceed to Haridwar – the gateway of Chardham Yatra. Late Lunch en route at Khatauli. Arrive Haridwar in time to attend evening Ganga Arti at famous Har Ki Pauri. Transfers to the hotel and Meet and Assistance on Arrival at The Hotel by Yatra’s representative for Holy Yatra briefing, Dinner and Night stay. Your host town is gateway of God. Haridwar means Gateway of Lord Vishnu and Haridwar
, Gateway of Lord Shiva.
Day 2: Jankichatti
After breakfast leave for Jankichatti via Barkot. En route lunch and refreshment at Kempty Falls Mussoorie
. Dinner and night stay at Jankichatti. Mussorie – Mussoorie On the outskirts of Mussorie , away from summer hill station rush, enroute stopover for refreshments and washroom.
Day 3: Jankichatti
Next morning walk Jankichatti to Yamunotri 05 kms trek , here 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 Kunds warm water and having Darshan of pious “Yamunaji” returning to Jankichatti. over night stay and dinner at Jankichatti. Yamunotri – Yamunotri first of The Chardham: Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is the source of revered river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 Km. Ahead of the shrine situated at an elevation of 3235 mts above sea level. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer Pooja at the temple itself. Yamunotri was the home of an ancient sage Asit Muni. Yamuna is the daughter of the Sun just like Yama who is considered his son. It is believed that Yama would not torment any person at the time of death who bathes in Yamuna, his sister.
: 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.
: A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
Day 4: Uttarkashi
After breakfast leave for Uttarkashi. En route lunch at Barkot. Evening free for leisure and local attractions. Dinner over night stay Uttarkashi.
Sight of The Day
– Uttarkashi is a small and beautiful town, situated between two rivers Varuna and Ashi, whose water flow into the Bhagirathi from either side of the town. Elevated, at a height of 1588 meters, this little town is very similar to Kashi and Varanasi, in that it has the same kind of temples and ghats and likewise, a north or uttar facing river. The major temple is the Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area. These are the Annapurna Temple and the Bhairav Temple. Once, it is said, there were 365 temples here.
Hiuen Tsang referred to this place as Brahma Pura, while the Skanda Puran has recorded it as Varunavata. It is believed that in the second millennium of Kaliyug, Kashi will be submerged, and Uttarkashi will replace it as an important religious centre.
Kuleti Devi Temple
: Located on another bank, farther away from the town, this temple was constructed on a very old site, but appears to be new. Its priest, the latest from a family of priests spanning fourteen generations, tells an interesting story.
Day 5: Uttarkashi
With packed Breakfast and Post Tea / Coffee leave for Gangotri early in the morning. En route stopover at Gangnani, a hot water spring. Post offering prayers and Pooja Darshan, stop en route at place of your choice for Lunch. Post lunch drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight stay and Dinner at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri – IInd of Chardham : Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshiped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great “Deva Yagna” here to a tone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.
: Further up on way to Gangotri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Day 6: Srikot
Leave very early in the morning for almost day long drive to Srikot. Enroute your Lunch at Kirtinagar. On your drive you would pass through Ganga giving way to Tehri
Dam (The Electro Hydro Project). Overnight stay and Dinner at Srikot.
Day 7: Kedarnath
Post your Early breakfast, leave by vehicle for Gaurikund and from their join other pilgrims for 14 kms trek of Kedarnath. On reaching Kedarnath, meet our representative at Kedarnath. Our representative would lead you to hotel and guide you through other logistics at these high altitude destinations. Evening darshan and Pooja at Kedarnath Temple. Over night stay and Dinner at Kedarnath.
Kedarnath Temple – IIIrd of Chardham : The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam – the main idol, a statue of Nandi – the celestial bull, a “Garba Grah” for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.
: The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years. The lake fascinates the visitors.
: About half a kilometer away from Kedarnath Ji, a small temple is dedicated to Bhaironath. It is worshiped on the opening and closing day of Sri Kedarnath Shrine. Ii is believed that when Kedarnath ji temple is closed. Bhaironath ji protects this land from evil.
Day 8: Birhi
After breakfast begin your downward journey of 14 kms trek to Gaurikund and drives 114 km to reach Birhi. Over night stay and Dinner at Birhi.
Day 9: Badrinath
Morning after breakfast drive for Badrinath. En route visit Joshimath
, Evening Darshan and Pooja at Badrinath temple.Over night stay and Dinner at Badrinath.
Badrinath – Badrinath is 4th Dham of Uttarakhands Chardham and only original Chardham as proposed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya Arti at Badrinath. Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines. Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neel kantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with “Badris” or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was enable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
: It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shhradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).
: It is a large block of stone between tow small seasonal lakes carrying an eye of “Sheshnag” The eye formation is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnags eye, it is believed that the seshnag waits at this place patiently to accompany the lord on his reincarnation.
: Inhabited by an Indo Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. The women of the village offer Choli to the deity on closing day of the temple each year.
: 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.
Day 10: Srikot
Morning after breakfast drives 03 kms for last village of India ,Mana Village and sightseeing visiting Vyas Gufa and Bhim Pul. Departure for Joshimath at 1100 AM. Arrival Joshimath and visit Adi Guru Sankarcharya Math and after lunch proceed to Srikot.En route visit Vishnu Prayag which two river confluences Dhauli and Alaknanda River.En route Karn Prayag (confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda) and Nand Prayag (confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda River).Over night stay and Dinner in Srikot.
Day 11: Haridwar
Morning after breakfast drive for Haridwar. En route visit Deo Prayag two rivers confluence Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River. Evening Arti Pooja at Parmath Niketan Ghat. Over night stay and Dinner at Haridwar.
– Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogis ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. The center of town where the train and bus stations can be found is of little interest to most travelers. Further north-east is 2 bridges spanning the Ganges, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, and either end of these bridges is the main hubs of activity and interest.
Day 12: Haridwar
Post early breakfast, proceed to Delhi en route Lunch , Drop at Delhi City and come back to your world to start a new rhythm of life with energy of divine and peace.