Chardham Yatra is India's most devoted and featured part of India spiritual tour. Chardham is the most renowned and holy expedition in India that includes visiting to four glorious shrines including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and lastly the Badrinath Dham. A visit to these holy shrines together forms the Chota Chardham Yatra in India. All these famous sacred destinations are being located in the astonishing Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand at distinct districts.
Each of these four sites is devoted to a specific deity. Yamunotri is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna who goes along the pilgrims to the high altitudes of the picturesque Rawain Valley. It is believed that a bath in the waters of the Yamuna protects the devotee from untimely death. Gangotri is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. The shrine overlooks the River Bhagirathi, another name of River Ganga – the name having been derived from the myth of the ancient King Bhagirath's penance that succeeded in bringing her upon the earth from the heaven. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also a part of the Panch Kedar. It is the northernmost Jyotirlinga and is close to the source of the holy River Mandakini. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the bank of the River Alaknanda. According to legend, Lord Vishnu meditated here while his consort Lakshmi took the form of a berry (Badri) tree to offer him shade.
Before embarking on this journey, one has to be prepared to experience physical as well as mental hardships on the Himalayan roads. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the quite accessible yet most arduous journeys. The Yatra route in the state is usually bustling with activity, especially during the summer. The scenic beauty of the mountains solemnly provides strength to the pilgrims as they move towards their destination.
DAY 01: DELHI -HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (230 Kms / 7 - 8 hrs)
Arrival Delhi Airport / Railway Station / Hotel, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.
DAY 02: RISHIKESH -BARKOT/JANKICHATTI (245 Kms / 08 hrs)
Drive to Barkot via Dehradun & Mussoorie. Enroute visit Kempty Fall and later drive straight to your Hotel for night halt.
DAY 03: BADKOT/JANKICHATTI -YAMUNOTRI-JANKICHATTI (6 Kms trek)
Drive to Jankichatti / Phoolchatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arrival 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 warm water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning to Jankichatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 04: BADKOT/JANNKICHATTI-UTTARAKASHI (120 Kms / 05 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi. Check in Hotel, Later at evening visit Vishwanath Temple . Night Halt. Uttarkashi: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi.The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected.
DAY 05: UTTARAKASHI- GANGOTRI- UTTARAKASHI (100 Kms. per way)
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.
DAY 06 : UTTARAKASHI -GUPTKASHI (228 kms / 8- 9 hrs)
Early morning, drive straight to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel, night halt.
DAY 07: GUPTKASHI - KEDARNATH - GUPTKAHI BYA HELICOPTER (10 Min Flight) or Treak (indivusal )
Morning 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 for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple . Night halt.
DAY 08 : GUPTKASHI - PIPALKOTI
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at Rudraprayag. Night Halt. Or Stay at Guptkashi
DAY 09 : PIPALKOTI -BDRINATH
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay. Or Stay at joshimath/Govindghat/Pandukeshwar- As Per Hotel Availability At The Time Of Booking.
DAY 10: BADRINATH -SRINAGAR/DEVPARYAG (165 kms / 195 7-8 hrs)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus).There are other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana,Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Joshimath / Pandukeshwar / Govindghar Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 11: SRINAGAR /DEVPARYAG - HARIDWAR (135 Kms / 5 hrs)
Early morning, visit Narsingh Temple & Shankracharaya Math. Later, Drive back to Rishikesh/Haridwar Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 12: HARIDWAR -DELHI (210 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Drive back to Delhi . On Arr. Delhi , transfer to Railway Station / Airport