Chardham Yatra Fixed Departure Tour 2018

Chardham is a religious route in the Himalaya region of Uttarakhand, which passes through popular holy places of Hinduism that are; Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Every year millions of devotees pay homage to these holy places in aspiration to eliminate all sins so that salvation can be attained with the blessing of Lord.
While covering 10 to 11 days Chardham Yatra, devotees come across picturesque enclosures, dense woods, lush-green & lofty mountains, fresh air and peaceful atmosphere, which provide an opportunity to revive all senses.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONHaridwar / Rishikesh – Haridwar
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease arrive by 8:00 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIMEApproximately 7:30 PM.
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket, and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Accommodation On Single, Double or Triple Sharing Basis as per the selected Package
09 DINNER , 10 BREAKFAST
Transportation from Day 02 to Day 11 Using Non A/C Vehicle as per the group size Inclusive of all road taxes toll parking driver allowance etc

05% GST

NOT INCLUDED
Anything which is not include in Included.

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES :

MONTHDATES
APRIL24, 27,30
MAY3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,27,30
JUNE2,5,8,11,14

 

PACKAGE COST (Per Person Basis) 

SharingBudgetDeluxeLuxury
Double (Min. 02 Pax)Rs. 18,849/-Rs. 22,519/-Rs. 29,139/-
Triple (Min. 03 Pax)Rs. 17,829/-Rs. 21,309/-Rs. 27,149/-
Single (Min. 01 Pax)Rs. 28,009/-Rs. 33,499/-Rs. 44,929/-
 
Supplement Cost for Guptkashi Instead of Kedarnath NILRs. 400/-Rs. 600/-
 

 

Note:
• Charges for AC / Heater will be extra and as per hotel to hotel basis.
• AC will not operate on Hills.
• Vehicles are on Disposal from the pre-advised meeting point in Delhi Or Haridwar.
• Transfers from Delhi are subject to availability of the vehicle. The client may arrange their own to get transfer from Delhi Dehradun or Haridwar Railway Station to Hotel.
• Vehicle Charges are inclusive of all toll taxes/ parking and driver allowance.

Additional information

CategoryBudget, Deluxe, Luxury
SharingSingle, Double, Triple
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Day 01: Hardwar (Gateway to God and starting point of North Char Dham Yatra)

You are welcome to the city of Hardwar, get checked in to your selected hotel at your own, relax or be the part of Ganga Aarti at the ghat of Hari Ki Pauri. This night you are staying at hotel in Haridwar. Fixed Departures team personal will meet you at your hotel at 08:00 p.m for complete briefing of the tour.

(Note: There are options to reach Haridwar by road, train & by air (Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun – 38 kms, Delhi by surface 230 kms).

(Note : Haridwar Hotel is not Included In Ex – Haridwar Package)

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Day 02: Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradun – Barkot / Syanna Chatti / Janki Chatti (210kms/7-8hr) HT : 1352 MTS.

We will provide early breakfast at 07:00 am, depart from your hotel at 07:30, bow down at Satya Narayan temple to start the Yatra later directed to Rishikesh for registration formalities. You ae directed to Lakha Mandal to visit self emerging Shivlinga’s and was Lakshagrah during Pandavas time. Lunch at Nainbagh (at your own). You are staying at Badkot or Syannachatti or Janki Chatti this night in hotel/Tents. Dinner will be served at 07:30 p.m, relaxed and pack your knapsack for next day journey to visit Yamuna Ji.

Lakahamandal – an Archaeological Survey of India protected site (about 5 kilometers from the main road). Further on, visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Barkot is a beautiful town nestled in the Rawain Valley of Uttarkashi District on the banks of the Yamuna. The locals of Rawain are very warm and friendly, though they have been cut off from the rest of Garhwal due to its remote location. Their culture is similar yet distinct from the rest of Garhwal; and it is this that makes this area exceptionally interesting. This tour is a great chance to meet the locals, share a meal with them, and learn a thing or two about their culture and heritage. You can take in stunning views of the Banderpunch Range and the little villages speckled on the lower reaches of the surrounding hills. The town is en route to the Yamunotridham.
Weather – Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 10 deg to 05 deg.

Sightseeing: Today you are visiting Satyanarayan temple, Vikasnagar/Mussoorie, Lakhamandal

(Note: Pls prepare a small knapsack for next day excursion to Yamunotri carrying one woollen cloth/Jacket & personal belongings if likes to have dip at hot water pond or at Yamuna river. The trek of 6 kms is steep & strenuous too, pls make sure you are wearing sturdy walking shoes preferably water proof, rain coat and walking stick (danda type stick is available at Janki Chatti too. It is suggestible to drink more water to have more oxygen in body which make you easily acclimatize with altitude. Pony/Palki are also available at Janki Chatti if likes to avoid the trek)

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Day 03: Badkot/Syanna/Janki Chatti - Yamunotri - Barkot {36kms drive & 6kms Trek (one side)} HT : 3235 MTS.

After breakfast, set out on a morning drive about 20 kms up to Jankichatti. Further on, travel approx. 6 km on foot for trek/Pony/Doli to Yamunotri. Here you can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the kund (hot water spring). Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as a “Prasad”. Near the temple “Pooja” can be offered at Divyashilla, after taking bath in Jamunabai Kund’s warm water and paying tribute to “Yamunaji”. After offering prayers at the shrine, return to Janki Chatti, and further back to Barkot. Return to your hotel/Camps in Badkot and spend the night.

Sight Seeing :
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.

Weather – In summer the maximum temp is 18 degrees and the minimum is 10 degrees Celsius. The days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold.

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Day 04: Barkot – Uttarkashi (120kms/5hr) HT :1352 MTS.

Meditation/Yoga session at morning (at your own) and the time at leisure till late breakfast, at 09:00 a.m drive to Uttar kashi (Kashi of North)and a centre of NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) Nag Devta temple & cave another attraction enroute. Check in at hotel.

Sight Seeing : Today you can visit Nag Devta & Gufa, Vishwanath temple & Shakti temple

(Note: Pls prepare a small knapsack for next day excursion to Gangotri carrying one woollen cloth/Jacket & personal belongings if likes to have dip at mighty river Bhagirathi. There is no as such trek for Gangotri shrine, however one has to walk in plain approx 200 – 300 mts from the parking area to the temple)

Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town.

Vishwanath temple – Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in the ancient architectural style. It is situated at the heart of the town. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s small shrines are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening are offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyug and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Shakti temple – Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. at bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga(Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here

Weather – Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 30-35 degree Celsius but nights is pleasant, Cold in winters.

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Day 05: Uttarkashi/Harsil - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side) HT : 3048 MTS.

Early morning drive to Gangotri, enroute at Gangnani take a holy dip in Garam Kund, further drive to Gangotri via beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its nature beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and Darshan, after that relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Return back to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Sight Seeing:-
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 Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.

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Day 06 : Uttarkashi – Guptkashi / Rampur /Sitapur / Gaurikund (220kms/8-9hr) HT : 1319 MTS.

Drive straight to Guptkashi via Moolgarh & Lambgoan. Enroute you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. On arrival check in at the Hotel/Tents/Huts/Cottage.

Note: En route you can get local basic Dhaba’s for lunch or snacks, suggestible to carry some dry fruits, fruits and readymade snacks with yourself along with some drinking water.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Lord Shankar first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.

(Note: Thermal wears along with wind proof jacket is essential considering the weather condition along with Puja Samagri and some snacks or dry fruits. You are allow to carry small knapsack weighing max 2 kg/per person in Helicopter. Kedarnath temple is approx 300 mts away from Helipad and straight path is t follow to reach at temple.

Weather – Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius. Cold in winters.

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Day 07: Guptkashi/Sitapur – Gaurikund - Kedarnath (30kms by road & 18kms Trek) HT : 3384 MTS.

Before Sunrise, we drive to Gaurikund, to start trek start to Kedarnath Ji on foot /Pony / Doli. Pilgrims should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Join evening aarti at Kedarnath Temple. After darshan return for dinner and night stay.

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.

Note: Pls note accommodation at Kedarnath ji is very basic and even hot water shall provide through buckets only. Pilgrims has high altitude or breathing problems must take advice from your personal doctors.

Sight Seeing : Kedarnath Temple

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Day 08: Kedarnath – Guptkashi - Chopta (18 Kms Down Trek & 80kms by Road) HT : 2680 MTS.

05:00 am is the time to reach for morning general darshan however people has booked Rudrabhishek may get early darshan, after puja and breakfast trek down to Gaurikund, your driver will meet you at Soneprayag for further drive to Chopta/Mandal. If time permits can visit Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath. Check in Hotel at Chopta/Dugalbitta/Mandal. Night Halt.

Chopta: Beautiful Hamlet, Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of kedarnath wildlife sanctuary located in Uttarakhand state, India and a base for trekking to Tungnath & Chandrashilla, third temple of Panch Kedar, which lies 3.00 kilometres away from the base.

Weather – Generally cool in summer, the temperature ranges from 22-25 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 0 deg to 05 deg.

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Day 09: Chopta – Joshimath - Badrinath (160kms/6hr) HT : 3133 MTS.

After leisure breakfast, start journey to one of India’s Char Dham Badrinath via Chamoli – Pipalkoti and Joshimath. Bow your head at Pandukeshwar for Yog dhyan Badri and at fampous Hanuman Chatti. After Kanchan Ganga the premises of Lord Badrinath Ji welcome the pilgrims. On arrival at Vishnu dham go straight to your hotel for Check in formalities. Evening aarti is the main attraction to visit the Badrinath Temple. Pilgrims can have darshan of famous Neelkanth Peak behind Charan Paduka. Back to your hotel for overnight stay.

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.
Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Vasudhara : 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.

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Day 10: Badrinath – Joshimath (44kms/2hr) / Pipalkoti (79 kms/3hr)

Pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Those interested to do Pind Daan at Brahamakapal to their ancestors (Pitrus) is worth to do at this Pavan Puri of Vishnu. Those interested to do a small trek to Charan Paduka can do at their own, later after breakfast we will take you to last village of India, Mana to visit Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa and Bhim Pul. This is the way used by mighty Pandava’s to Satopanth from where Yudhistra went to Heaven also called Swararohini. Time to checked out from your hotel for Joshimath/Pipalkoti . Visit Shankaracharya math at Joshimath or can go to Auli (at your own) using cable car for view of mighty Nanda Devi peak, Trishuli, Panchshulli and Nanda Ghunti. Overnight stay at Joshimath/Pipalkoti.

Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.

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Day 11: Joshimath – Nandprayag – Devprayag - Rishikesh / Haridwar (280kms/9hr)

To sum up start drive to Haridwar enroute visit Nandprayag, Karanprayag Rishikesh Sight Seeing. Later transfer to Haridwar Railway Station. Tour and famous Devprayag (confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi river to named Ganga afterwards. If time permits visit Laxman Jhulla/Ram Jhulla, later drop at your choice of place either at Rishikesh or at Haridwar with mesmerized memories of Abode of Gods.

Rishikesh, the ‘place of sages’ is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of “Hrishikesh ” and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh.

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