Experience Char Dham yatra tour through the most beautiful, historical, religious cities of India such as Haridwar considered being among the seven holiest cities in India. Janki Chatti surrounded by towering mountains and villages. Yamunotri temple source of the Yamuna river and the first temple in the series of char Cham Yatra circuit. Uttarkashi is one of the most picturesque town literally suggests ‘Kashi of the North’ is also nicknamed as ‘Somya Kashi’ and ‘Shivnagri. Gangotri pilgrim town on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, and the second series of char Dham Yatra circuit, Gomukh the source of Ganges. Tapovan meadows the land Yoga and Meditation. Kedarnath temple and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to the Sadashiva form of lord Shiva and the third shrine in Char Dham yatra circuit. Badrinath temple one of the four shrines dedicated to lord Vishnu, and we also visiting Panch Prayag means “Five Confluences”. It refers to the five confluences which take place at Vishnu Prayag, Nanda Prayag, Karn Prayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag respectively to form river Ganga or Ganges and Rishikesh, also known as Hrishikesh situated on the banks of the river Ganga, surrounded by hills, Ashrams and Ancient temples.
16 Chardham yatra tour in India starts and end in New Delhi! With the in-depth cultural and nature experiences, includes all accommodation in hotels/ Resort/ guest house, camping, meals, trekking permit, private transport by car/ bus, and local English/ Hindi speaking tour guide.
Destination: Delhi – Haridwar - Rishikesh – Janki Chatti –Yamunotri – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Gomukh - Source of Ganga – Tapovan – Rudraprayag – Gaurikund – Kedarnath – Karanprayag - Nandaprayag and Badrinath
Highlights of Tour:
Visit Chardham (Yamunotri Temple, Gangotri Temples, Kedarnath temple, and Badrinath temple)
Visit Panch Prayag (Five confluences) Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag
Visit Gomukha the source of Ganga
Visit Tapovan the land of Meditation
Visit the source of Ganga
Visit Beatles ashram and Sivananda Ashrams
Visit Ancient Temples and Ashrams
Sunset Ganga Aarti on the bank of Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh
Walking through meadows, hills stations and enjoy beautiful Landscapes
Visit Himalayan villages
Camping in Himalayas
Trekking in Himalayas
Walking over iconic suspension bridge across the Ganga
Best view of Himalayas
Experience rich and colourful Indian Culture
DAY 01: HARIDWAR - JANKICHATTI (238 KMS/ 10 HRS)
Welcome to Haridwar on breakfast after you will drive to Jankichatti for journey to first of your Dham, Yamunotri, daughter of the Sun god Surya and consciousness Sangya. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. Have lunch in-route at mid way Lakhamandal. Another journey breaks before Barkot to continue our final overnight destination Jankichatti, Dinner & Overnight at Jankichatti.
Jankichatti - Situated at an elevation of 2,650 mts above sea level, Jankichatti is primarily last motor able road head for pilgrims heading to Yamunotri. Jankichatti is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border. Previously the starting point of the trek to reach Yamunotri was Hanumanchatti. Since there is large devotee rush, it is advised to do night stay at Jankichatti to be among the first batch of pilgrims on this trekking route. Kharsali, the winter abode of Devi Yamuna and Sani Temple is on easy access from here. Besides Pilgrimage, there are numerous trekking options such as Darwa Top & Dodi Tal from Hanumanchatti, 7 kms from here. / Ponies and palanquins are available at Jankichatti.
DAY 02: JANKICHATTI – YAMUNOTRI – JANKICHATTI (10 KMS TREK TWO WAYS / 06 HRS)
Early morning wakeup call and leave with packed breakfast for trek to Yamunotri, your first of Himalayan Chardham. Return in time for Lunch at Jankichatti. Evening visit sightseeing tours of Jankichatti followed by Dinner. Overnight stay at Jankichatti.
Expenses Approximate - Jankichatti/ Yamunotri - Horse Rs.1000 & Doli Rs.4200
* These are only approximate cost based on earlier season. Actual rate may vary.
Day's Engagement - Yamunotri, First of The Chardham: The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. 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. It is Yamuna, who being a holder of infinite love and compassion can grant us freedom from even death, in the realm of her elder brother.
DAY 03: JANKICHATTI – UTTARKASHI (150 KMS /06 HRS)
Post leisurely wakeup call and breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, literally meaning Banaras/ Kashi of north. En route Journey breaks at Brahamkhal and Dharasu band. Later reach Uttarkashi in time for Lunch. Early Dinner & Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Uttarkashi - 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 in Uttarkashi is The Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area 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.
DAY 04: UTTARKASHI - GANGOTRI (3048 M/ 10,000 FT) DRIVE (100 KMS DRIVE – 4HRS)
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048mt) by covering approx 100 km in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check-into Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairon Ghati over which there is a steel guarder bridge. Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven. There is a Temple of Goddess Ganga where thousands of devotees throng to pay homage to her.
Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.
DAY 05: GANGOTRI
Morning water breakfast Gangotri walking tours visit Ashrams, temple and meeting Sadhus.
DAY 06: GANGOTRI (3048 MTS/10000 FT) - BHOJWASA (3792 MTS/12440 FT) 14 KMS TREK
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojwasa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojwasa; there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
DAY 07: BHOJWASA - GOMUKH (3890 MTS/12760 FT) - TAPOVAN (4463 MTS / 14640 FT) 9 KMS TREK
Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone's throw away. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Gomukh: The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.
Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivling peak in Uttarakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapovan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.
DAY 08: TAPOVAN (4463 MTS / 14640 FT)
Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Explore the Kriti & Meru Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 09: TAPOVAN – BHOJWASA (TREK 4-5 HRS)
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojwasa. Arrive Bhojwasa and camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 10: BHOJWASA - GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI (TREK 4-5 HRS + 100 KMS DRIVE – 4 HRS)
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri with pack lunch arrive and drive to Uttarkashi arrive check in hotel dinner & overnight stay in hotel.
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 1352 m above sea level. 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.
DAY 11: UTTARKASHI – GUPTKASHI (212 KMS / 10 HRS)
After a very early breakfast leave for the longest journey of the trip on the road. Late Lunch en route. On the way see the heritage city of Tehri going down in to the mighty waters of Holy River Ganges, because of the construction of Tehri Dam. After lunch restart your journey and today for the first time see the river beautiful MANDAKINI. Travel along this to reach Guptkashi late in the evening. Diner and Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12: GUPTKASHI - PHATA- KEDARNATH – RUDRAPRYAG (DRIVE + FLIGHT)
Morning drive to Phata take helicopter flight to Kedarnath ji, do priority darshan here, and fly back to Phata and drive to Rudrapryag. Overnight stay at Rudrapryag.
Day's Engagement - Kedarnath Temple, IIIrd of Chardham: Kedarnath, the remotest and the most magnificent of the Chardham, is located in Lord Shiva's own country. The sheer majesty of the shrine's natural setting - the towering mountains mantled in snow, the tumbling streams and rivers, and green meadows and forests -- and the arduous trek that gets you to it, serve to further cement the deep-rooted faith that this temple inspires in the devout. This is one sacred site that has remained almost unchanged for centuries and has a spiritual energy all its own. For the devotee of Lord Shiva, this is the last frontier, the ultimate path to salvation.
Kedarnath - Flight Rs.10000/-* extra cost
* These are only approximate cost based on earlier season. Actual rate may vary.
DAY 13: RUDRAPRAYAG - BADRINATH (165KMS/7HR)
After breakfast drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Up arrive check in hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Dinner & overnight stay will be hotel at Badrinath.
Day's Engagement- Badrinath - Badrinath and its route is, for the newcomer, a journey of initiation. For those who are visiting the shrine, the landmarks and vistas forever provide a newer view, a different emotion, a further nuance to an experience in memory. The journey to Badrinath can sometimes be unforgiving, but only to a closed mind. The people visiting the shrine are but the faces of the country. Journey from Rishikesh to Badrinath, to borrow from one of Sir Edmund Hillary's expeditions, is in many ways, a journey from the ocean to the sky, as much mental as physical and another route to heaven - and spiritual liberation.
DAY 14: BADRINATH TEMPLE TOUR
Morning water breakfast Gangotri walking tours in Badrinath, Ashrams, temples and meeting Sadhus.
DAY 15: BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH (44 KMS / 3 HR)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakamal 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. Check in Hotel. Overnight will be hotel at Joshimath.
DAY 16: JOSHIMATH – RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR (264 / 9 HRS)
Early morning drive to Haridwar via Rishikesh on Arrive at Haridwar and transfer to Railway station Tour End hear.
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