A place where divinity is at its high, where nature portrays its tranquility and where one realizes the true meaning of their existence, Dham, the four abodes of God is the place where divine and sublime coexists. The sublime inheritance of this majestic place whirls you around in its exquisiteness and gives a new meaning to your purpose of existence. Welcome to Chardham Yatra and leave all the stress and struggle of your cosmopolitan worlds far away. A divinity that would add a different charm to your life is all what you would perceive here. The origins of the Char Dham are obscure. Originally, Char Dham was a name reserved for India's most famous pilgrimage circuit, four important temples - Jagannatha Temple at Puri, Ramanatha Temple at Rameshwaram, Krishna Temple at Dwarka, and Narayana Temple at Badrinath—grouped together by the great 8th century reformer and philosopher Shankaracharya (Adi Sankara), into the archetypal All-India pilgrimage circuit to the four cardinal points of the subcontinent.
Day 01: delhi - haridwar (205 kms. 6 hrs):
Morning departs from Delhi to Haridwar.
Meaning ‘Gateway to God
’ is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is also spelled as Hardwar or Hari- Dwar. Haridwar is also one of the four places where drops of Amrit or nectar fell from the pitcher which was being carried by Garuda, the heavenly bird and the spot is known as Brahma Kund or Har-ki-Pauri. 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.
Aarrival at Haridwar, transfer to hotel, Check in at hotel. Take rest, later we shall take you for a visit to the Mansa Devi Temple
& enjoy Aarti at Har Ki Peri in the evening
. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
Day 02: haridwar –rudraprayag (160 km/6 hrs):
Morning take a holy dip in the Ganga, Breakfast & later proceed towards Rudraprayag.
lies at the confluence of two rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag gets its name from the word “Rudra” which means, an aspect of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Lord Shiva appeared to bless Narad Muni as Rudra. Since then, the place has been a sacred place for Shiva worshippers. Rudraprayag has a very pleasant temperature all the year round. Frozen glaciers, beautiful lakes and raw natural beauty, add to the diverse serenity of this place. Rudraprayag has immense religious significance for pilgrims going in for the Char Dham Yatra to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham.
Arrive at Rudrapryag transfer to hotel, check in at the hotel.Take rest,free for leisure activities, Overnight stay at hotel at Rudraprayag.
Day 03: rudraprayag–gaurikund - kedarnath (90 km/ 4 hrs):
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & drive to 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.
Arrive Gaurikund and start your journey on the tough Trek ahead for Kedarnath on foot or on by pony / Doli your own cost.
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. The history of Kedarnath is all about the legends that also form the reason behind the holiness of the city. Named after Lord Shiva, Kedarnath is believed to have come into existence after the Pandava brothers were asked to seek Lord Shiva’s blessing in order to do penance for the killing of their cousins. Shiva was not willing to meet the Pandavas and so he furled and disguised himself in Guptakashi. While fleeing from the Pandavas, he stopped at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. Inspite of all this, the Pandavas were able to find him and in retaliation he started to thrust inside the ground. He then dived into the ground leaving behind his hump. However, the willpower and determination of the Pandavas impressed him and he forgave their sins, gave them his blessing and allowed them to worship his hump. The stone like structure that is revered today is the very hump of the Lord.
Arrival at Kedarnath, transfer to hotel, check in at the Hotel. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji
. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Kedarnath.
Day 04: kedarnath – rudraprayag (14 km trek & 90 km by road):
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & back to Gaurikund and drive to Rudraprayag,
Arrival at Rudraprayag, transfer to hotel, check in at hotel. Take rest free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Hotel at Rudraprayag.
Day 05: rudraprayag- badrinath (180kms):
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & proceed towards Shri Badrinath ji
to beautiful Pipalkoti
and Joshimath valley
Shri Badrinath ji:
According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badris. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri' and Adi Badri.The Badrinath area was known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, "Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years."One legend has it that when the goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda one of them.The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini - literally, the 'Ascent to Heaven'. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Svarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where Vyasa, according to legend, wrote the Mahabharata.The main attraction of Badrinath is the Badrinath temple also known as the Badrinarayan temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities.
Enjoy the beautiful drive through medicinal forest.
Arrive at Badrinath,transfer to hotel, check in at hotel.Take rest,free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at hotel at Badrinath.
Day 06: Badrinath - Joshimath – Devprayag: (225 Km / 8 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, visit Taptakund, Vyash cave, Bhim Pul, the Mana village
and then drive to Devprayag. Enroot visit Joshimath.
Joshimath: is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttaranchal. In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya. The rivers Alkananda and Dhauliganga meet at the confluence of Vishnuprayag located just below Joshimath.Joshimath is the base for trekking to the famous Valley of Flowers. The best time to visit Joshimath and for the trek is from mid July till end-August. Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.In winters, the town becomes home to Lord Badri who is brought down from Badrinath to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. Some nearby places of excursion are Auli, one of the best skiing destinations in India and Nanda Devi National Park which is 23kms from Joshimath.
is situated in Tehri Garhwal district and some part of Devprayag comes under Pauri Garhwal district. Devprayag is the last prayag (confluence) of Alaknanda River and from this point the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River is known as Ganga. The town lies on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway, 71kms ahead of Rishikesh.The town is the seat of the pundits of Badrinath Dham. The town of Devprayag holds great religious importance amongst Hindus as the divine Ganga River takes its real form from here. The town is named after Dev Sharma who led his ascetic life here and it is also believed that he was blessed with a glimpse of god. The structure of the town was devastated by an earthquake of 1803 but it was subsequently repaired. The confluence has Brahma Kund on Bhagirathi River and Vashisht Kund on Alaknanda River. There is a place called Baitalshila and it is claimed that a bath in it can cure leprosy. Devprayag can be visited anytime of the year but try to avoid the monsoons as the water is muddy and there are chances of roads getting blocked due to landslides.
Arrival at Devprayag, transfer to hotel, check in to hotel. Take rest, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Devprayag.
Day 07: Devprayag – Rishikesh (75 Km) – Delhi (220 Km /6 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & proceed towards Delhi. Enroot visit to Rishikesh and drive towards Delhi for onward destination.