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Chardham Yatra

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Duration

11 days and 10 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people

Languages

English, Hindi

Overview

It is revered as one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the world - four temples nestled in seclusion, among the mighty Himalayan peaks. Nothing spells devotion more than a visit to the Char Dhams. Ganga, Yamuna, Vishnu, and the mighty Shiva exist in their purest incarnations up there, and... More

It is revered as one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the world – four temples nestled in seclusion, among the mighty Himalayan peaks. Nothing spells devotion more than a visit to the Char Dhams. Ganga, Yamuna, Vishnu, and the mighty Shiva exist in their purest incarnations up there, and for a Hindu, it is the closest one can come to experiencing heavenly bliss.

What is Char Dham Yatra and why is it so important?

Char Dham, literally ‘the four abodes’, yatra refers to the journey up the mountains to four sacred temples in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is also referred to as ‘Chhota Char Dham’ to differentiate it from the bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. The four temples that comprise Char Dham are Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Badrinath Dham and Kedarnath Dham.

Yamunotri Dham, named after the Goddess Yamuna, is the first Dham en route the yatra. A bath in the holy waters of Yamuna river is said to cleanse one of all sins and protect from untimely death. Gangotri Dham, the second temple that falls on the Chota Char Dham circuit, is the birthplace of the holy river Ganga. Kedarnath, known as the land of Lord Shiva, has the highest located jyotirling. Situated on the banks of Mandakini River, the view of this temple against its snowy backdrop is resplendent. Badrinath, named after Lord Badri(Vishnu), is located along the banks of Alaknanda River. Also part of the bigger Char Dham circuit, it stands beautifully on Garhwal Hill, rearing its golden head and fluttering its red flags with Godly presence.

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So, where and how do you start on your Char Dham Yatra?

Char Dham yatra opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya of Chaitya month and remains open until Bhai Dooj. The complete yatra will take you 11 to 12 days. If time permits, there are a lot of other diversions such as Gaumukh, Tapovan, Along valley, Bhauravnath Temple, Vasuki Tal, Chopta, Auli, and Hemkund Sahib. You can choose to start your yatra from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, or Dehradun, according to your convenience. Delhi, being the capital, is connected to all major cities. It is also just a 4-hour train ride away from Haridwar.

Char Dham yatra begins with a visit to Yamunotri Dham after a 36 km drive from Barkot, followed by a 7 km trek. Barkot also connects to Uttarkashi which is just about 100 kms from the Gangotri Dham. Kedarnath can be driven to from Rudraprayag, which is about 180 kms from Uttarkashi, followed by a 21 km trek up the mountain. Rudraprayag is also just 160 kms away from Badrinath Dham, which is the final dham in your yatra.

From Badrinath, there are a number of routes that will lead you back to Delhi via Haridwar. If you are not able to accommodate all four dhams in your itinerary, Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams are the recommended ones.

You may choose either GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.) or private agencies. Leisure Hotels is a popular and reliable luxury Chhota Char Dham tour operator. We provide customized packages according to your budget. For accommodation, the best options are Char Dham camps in the form of Swiss
cottages which are located reasonably close to the shrines, and are well equipped with all the basic necessities. There are other deluxe and budget options including GMVN’s tents.

So, how do you best prepare for your Char Dham Yatra?

There is no fixed age limit for Char Dham yatris but due to the strenous demands, the preferred age bracket is between 7 and 65 years. You will, however, require a medical certificate to validate your health condition. All Char Dham Camps are equipped with first aid boxes & oxygen cylinders, but carrying your own first-aid kit for the road is a good idea. Char Dham yatra consists of two treks – a 6 km one-way trek from Jankichatti to Yamunotri, and a 21 km one-way trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, so comfortable shoes with a good grip are a must! Ponies, Pithus, and Palkis are available for those not willing to or unable to trek.

The weather at Char Dham is mostly pleasant from April to June. Winters are cold but have a zero percent chance of rains and consequent landslides. The air gets thin and cold, and so, warm jackets, sweaters, gloves, and woollen socks are highly recommended. If you are travelling in rainy season, carry a raincoat as well.

Visit Char Dhams. It’s worth it.

Imagine a world straight out of your imagination; A world reminiscent of spiritual utopia – where Godly presence is not just perceived but strongly felt.

Char Dham yatra is all about experiencing that fantasy. The journey may be long, arduous and not for the faint-hearted, but it is definitely rewarding – both spiritually and sensually.

PREPONE AND POSTPONE

  • If in case you wish to pre-pone /postpone your travel dates, we request you to inform us 15 days in advance via mail.
  • We do not charge anything if the package is postpone/ pre-pone once (In case you inform 15 days advance through mail). However after the first time additional charges will be levied
  • Within 15 to 7 days to your journey any pre-pone/postpone case company will charge 10% of the total package cost.
  • Please note that the services and the costing will be subject to availability of Hotel/offseason time. (Do intimate us 15 days prior to your journey)
  • We do not accept any change in plan within 7 days of travel date. However in rare cases like adverse climatic conditions or strikes, package can be postponed which will intimated to you beforehand.

NOTE:- We shall not be responsible for any cancellation of cabs or buses due to bad weather & are not liable for it.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • PAYMENT POLICY
  • 10% at the time of Reservation.
  • 40% payment is to be 30 days before trip start.
  • Remaining amount is on arrival.
  • CANCELLATION  POLICY  
  • In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 10% of the Tour / service cost
  • 15 days prior to arrival: 25% of the Tour / service cost
  • 07 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 07 Days & less prior to arrival OR No Show: No Refund
  • Note: Written cancellation will accept on all working days, except Sunday, Any cancellation sent on Sunday's will be considered on next working day (Monday).
  • For the X-mas and new year period from 20 Dec to 05 Jan the payment is non-refundable.
  • In case you cancel the trip after commencement, refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar 

Arrival at the Airport / railway station meet and assist by Hindustan Journey representative and later to drive to Haridwar, on arrival  transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.  

Haridwar : Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas . The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual. 

Day 02 :Haridwar – Barkot /Sayanachatti (7 hr - 220km) 

After morning breakfast Drive to Barkot Visit on Route Kempty Fall at Mussoorie, The Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 13 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. It is nearly 1364 meters above sea level, at 78°-02’East longitude and 30° -29’North latitude. Dinner & overnight Stay at Barkot.

Day 03 :  Barkot – Yamnotri Dham Darshan – Barkot (1hr :30 min – 40km) / 6Km Trek 

After Breakfast Drive to Hanuman Chatti, from here you have to take local jeeps for Janki chatti (It helps to reduce the trek upto 7 kms), trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, 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 Kund's warn water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to to Barkot Dinner & Overnight Stay at Barkot.

Hanuman Chatti : The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River.

Yamunotri Temple : Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.

Surya Kund : 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.

Divya Shila : A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

Day 04 : Barkot – Uttarkashi ( 6hr : 45 Min – 140km)

After Breakfast Cheak out from Hotel and Drive to Uttarkashi, Cheak in Hotel Dinner & Overnight Stay at Uttarkashi or Netala. 

Uttarkashi, meaning Kashi of the north, is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level.

Day 05 : Uttarkashi  –  Gangotri Dham Darshan  –  Uttarkashi ( 3hr : 100km)

After Breakfast We proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), enroute we enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas . After Gangotri Darshan we return to Uttarkashi. overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Gangotri Temple : The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.

Submerged Shivling : Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where, according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted lock. It is visible in winter months when water level decreases.

Kedar Ganga Sangam : Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows
the river Kedar Ganga. Starting from the Kedar Valley , this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.

Day 06 : Uttarkashi – Guptkashi / Sitapur (9 hr : 250km) 

After Breakfast Drive to Sitapur Dinner & overnight Stay at Sitapur/Guptkashi.

Day 07:  Guptkashi / Sitapur  - Gaurikund -  15min – 4km  / Gaurikund – Kedarnath Dham Darshan Trek ( 16Km)

Approx.  charges for Pony: -  Rs. 2200 - 3200/- Per Person 
Approx.  charges for Doli : -  Rs. 3000 - 4000/- Per Person 
Approx.  charges for Helicopter Rs. 9000/- per person 
After Morning Breakfast drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes ets, Dinner & overnight Stay at Joshimath.

Gaurikund : At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters., one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple . This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.

Kedarnath : 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 Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived 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.

Shankaracharya Samadhi: 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.

Bhaironath temple: About half a kilometer away from Kedarnathji, a small temple is dedicated to Bhaironath. It is worshipped on the opening and closing day of Sri Kedarnath Shrine. It is believed that when Kedarnathji temple is closed, Bhaironathji protects this land from evil. 
Rituals  &
Activities : Visit Guptkashi,Gaurikund , Snan in Tapt Kund at Gauri Kund and Darshan of Gauri Ganesh Temple & get blessing of Ganesha and start the trek of kedarnath Ji. Evening Aarti Darshan of Kedarnath Ji , Darshan of Aadi Guru Shankracharya , Darshan of Udar Kund & Bambam Kund , Pitra Kund . Chance to meet Gurus and Sadhus meditating for long time in Kedarnath.  Darshan of Rama cave (Gufa)

Day 08 :  Joshimath –Badrinath Dham Darshan(8hr -220km) 

After Breakfast Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti.  Dinner & Overnight stay at Badrinath/Joshimath.

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".

Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.

Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.

Charanpaduka : 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.

Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple , Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto Mana.

Bhim Pul : 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.

Vyas Gufa (cave) : Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.

Day 09 : Joshimath/Badrinath – Rudraprayag (6-7hr - 188km)

After breakfast Drive to Srinagar  via Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, Rudrapryag Dinner & Overnight Stay at Rudrarayag/Srinagar.

Vishnuprayag  :   where two river confluences Dhauli Ganga & Alaknanda

Karnprayag      :   confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda.

Nandprayag      :   confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River.

Day 10:  Rudraprayag  – Haridwar 

Morning after breakfast drive back towards Haidwarenroute visit Rishikesh, on reach Haridwar check inn into Hotel, O/N stay at Haridwar.

In Haridwarvisit :“MAA CHANDI” “CHANDI DEVI MANDIR” which is just 7kms from the main haridwar city, after darshan back for lunch at the most popular restaurant of haridwar“HOSIYARPURI”  after lunch when you walk just 10minutes there you got the “Ropeway” for “MAA MANSA DEVI MANDIR” , ( By your Own) evening visit Maa Ganga Arti at the famous Har – Ki PauriGhat, later back to Hotel Dinner & O/N stay. 

Day 11 :  Haridwar -  Delhi drop

Morning after breakfast we will drop you at preferred point for your onward journey.  

Included/Excluded

  • TOUR PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival.
  • Accommodations in 9 rooms at hotel.
  • Daily fixed Menu breakfast & dinner.
  • 27 Seater bus for sightseeing and excursions.
  • Driver Bata, Toll tax and parking.
  • AC will not work in hill area (after Haridwar).
  • TOUR PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS
  • Air fare/train fare until mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any meals other than those specified in 'Inclusions'.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips,telephone callls,laundry,pooja samagri etc
  • Any other item not specified in 'Inclusions'.
  • porterage at hotel/airport/railway station and during trekking.
  • Ponies/Dollies during sightseeing.
  • Entrance fee/ Emergency & Medical Cost.
  • Cost incidental due to road blocks,landslides,change in the itinerary/stay on account of cancellation due to bad weather,ill health,and any factors beyond control.

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3- 5 hours
Full day (7+ hours)

Languages

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