Char Dham



9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS HARIDWAR – YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH – HARIDWAR

1st Day – Haridwar to Chami / Naugaon (160 Kms – 7 Hrs. Travelling from Haridwar to Chami)

Start Holy Yatra of Char Dham early morning at 7:00 AM from Haridwar to Chami via Mussoorie

In mussoorie, you can visit Kampty Fall.

Dinner & overnight stay at Chami.

Today's Sightseeing: -

On the outskirts of Mussoorie, away from summer hill station rush, enroute stopover for refreshments & washroom.

2nd Day – Chami to Yamunotri (70 Kms. – 3 Hrs. Travelling by Car & 5 Kms. – 3 Hrs. Travelling by foot)

After breakfast start yatra to Yamunotri and after Jankichatti you have to go ahead by foot

Here, one can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the Tapkund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as Prasad. 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.

Return to Chami, Dinner & overnight stay at Chami.

Yamunotri, First of The Chardham: -Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is the source of revered river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 Km. Ahead of the shrine situated at an elevation of 3235 mts above sea level. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer Pooja at the temple itself. Yamunotri was the home of an ancient sage Asit Muni.

Yamuna: - 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.

Today's Sightseeing: -

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 TempleA rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

3rd Day: Chami to Uttarkashi (100 Kms – 6 Hrs. Travelling from Chami to Uttarkashi)

After taking breakfast visit local sightseeing Lakhamandal (Historical Place related to Mahabharata Times) and after fresh up leave for Uttarkashi via Radi and Dharasu.

On Arrival Check In at Uttarkashi and you are fully free for leisure & local attractions in evening.

Dinner & overnight Stay at Uttarkashi.

Today's Route: -Chami --- [25 Kms] --- RADI --- [53 Kms] ---- DHARASU ---- [28 Kms] ---- UTTARKASHI

Route Remark: -A short drive relatively, Dharasu is an ideal Tea – Break midway and the route does not have good washroom facility.

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 metres, 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 is the Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area. These 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.

4th Day: Uttarkashi to Gangotri (100 Kms - 4 to 5 Hrs. Travelling from Uttarkashi to Gangotri)

With packed breakfast & post Tea/ Coffee leave for Gangotri early in the morning.

En route stopover at Gangnani, a hot water spring. Post offering prayers & Pooja Darshan, stop en route at place of your choice for Lunch. Post lunch drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani.

Overnight Stay at Uttarkashi Hotel.

Today's Route: -UTTARKASHI ---- [46 Kms] ---- GANGNANI ---- [23 Kms] ---- HARSIL ---- [23 Kms] ----GANGOTRI --- UTTARKASHI

Route Remark: -Gangnani is the hot water spring & good stopover. Maggi & Tea/ Coffee have emerged as big food at this stopover. Ganganai offers good panoramic view.

Gangotri – IInd of Char Dham: - Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great Deva Yagna here to a tone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.

Gangnani: - Further up on way to Gangotri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.

5th Day: Uttarkashi to Guptkashi (250 Kms - 8 to 9 Hrs. Travelling from Uttarkashi to Guptkashi)

Leave very early in the morning for almost day long drive to Guptkashi. Enroute, your Lunch at Kirtinagar. On your drive you would pass through Ganga giving way to Tehri Dam (The Electro Hydro Project).

Dinner and overnight Stay at Guptkashi

Today's Route: -UTTARKASHI --- [90 Kms] --- CHAMBA --- [40 Kms] --- PEEPALDALI --- [30] --- MALETHA --- [4 Kms] --- KIRTINAGAR --- [6 Kms] --- SRIKOT --- [74 Kms] --- GUPTKASHI

OR

UTTARKASHI --- [40 Kms] --- CHAURANGIKHAL --- [60 Kms] --- PEEPALDALI --- [30] --- MALETHA --- [4 Kms] --- KIRTINAGAR --- [6 Kms] --- SRIKOT --- [74 Kms] --- GUPTKASHI

6th Day: Guptkashi to Kedarnath (32 Kms - 2 Hrs. Travelling by Car and 14 Kms – Trekking by foot to reach Kedarnath)

Post your early breakfast; leave by vehicle for Gaurikund and from their join other pilgrims for 14 kms trek of Kedarnath.

On reaching Kedarnath, meet our representative at Kedarnath. Our representative would lead you to hotel & guide you through other logistics at these high altitude destinations. Evening darshan and Pooja at Kedarnath Temple.

Overnight Stay at Kedarnath Hotel.

Today's Route: -Guptkashi --- [32 Kms] --- Gaurikund --- [7 Kms Trek] --- Rambara --- [5 Kms Trek] --- Garudchati (Hanuman Gufa) --- [2 Kms Trek] --- Kedarnath

Route Remark: -Ideal stopover is at Rambara for Lunch, take a break at Garudchati to meet the sage, who lives here 12 months facing even extreme weather conditions.

Kedarnath – IIIrd of Char Dham The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam - the main idol, a statue of Nandi - the celestial bull, a 'Garba Grah' for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.

Today's Sightseeing: -

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. The lake fascinates the visitors.

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. Ii is believed that when Kedarnathji temple is closed. Bhaironathji protects this land from evil.

7th Day: Kedarnath to Rudrapryag (14 Kms – Trekking by Foot and 74 Kms Travelling by Car to Rudrapryag)

After breakfast begin your downward journey of 14 kms trek to Gaurikund and drives 74 km to reach Rudrapryagi.

Dinner & overnight Stay at Rudrapryag.

Today's Route: -UTTARKASHI --- [90 Kms] --- CHAMBA --- [40 Kms] --- PEEPALDALI --- [30] --- MALETHA --- [4 Kms] --- KIRTINAGAR --- [6 Kms] --- SRIKOT --- [74 Kms] --- GUPTKASHI

OR

Route Remark: -UTTARKASHI --- [40 Kms] --- CHAURANGIKHAL --- [60 Kms] --- PEEPALDALI --- [30] --- MALETHA --- [4 Kms] --- KIRTINAGAR --- [6 Kms] --- SRIKOT --- [74 Kms] --- GUPTKASHI

8th Day: Rudrapryag to Badrinath (158 Kms - 7 Hrs. Travelling to reach Badrinath)

Morning after breakfast drive for Badrinath. En-route visit Joshimath, Evening Darshan & Pooja at Badrinath temple.

Dinner & overnight Stay at Badrinath Hotel.

Today's Route: -Rudrapryag --- [82 Kms] --- Peepalkothi – [32 Kms] --- Joshimath --- [21 Kms] --- Govindghat --- [23 Kms] --- Badrinath

Badrinath – IVth Dham of Uttarakhand's Char Dham(Only Original Char Dham as proposed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya) Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines - Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was enable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.

Badrinath Ji Sightseeing: -

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

Brahama Kapal: It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shhradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).

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.

9th Day: Badrinath to Rudrapryag (158 Kms - 7Hrs. Travelling to reach Rudrapryag)

Morning after breakfast drives 03 kms for last village of India, Mana Village and sightseeing visiting Vyas Gufa and Bhim Pul.

Departure for Joshimath at 11:00 AM. En route visit Vishnu Prayag which two river confluences Dhauli and Alaknanda River. Arrival Joshimath and visit Adi Guru Sankarcharya Math and after lunch proceed to Chamoli.

Dinner & overnight Stay at Rudrapryag Hotel.

A lots of happiness and sweet memories in mind.

Today's Route: -Badrinath --- Govindghat --- [23 Kms] --- Joshimath [21 Kms] --- [114 Kms] --- Rudrapryag

Route Remarks:Stopover at Birhi for enroute refreshment option, facility of washroom is available here

10th Day: rudrapryag to Haridwar (168 Kms - 7 Hrs. Travelling to reach Haridwar)

Morning after breakfast drive for Haridwar.

Evening Arti Pooja at Prabhat Niketan Ghat at Rishikesh.

Dinner & overnight Stay at Rudrapryag Hotel.

Drop at haridwar.

Today's Route: -Rudraprayag --- [30 Kms] --- Srikot --- [32 Kms] --- Deoprayag --- [75 Kms] --- Rishikesh --- [23 Kms] --- Haridwar

Route Remarks:Stopover Refreshment option at Rishikesh. Drop at Haridwar Railway station

Today's Sights

Enroute - Karanprayag (confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda)

Nandprayag (confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River)

Deoprayag (two rivers confluence Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River)

Highlights

No Night Travel

We do not accommodate our Guests in Dormitories/ Dharmshala)

Sumptuous, Hygienic and pure vegetarian food as per regional taste and palate.

Neat & clean hotels with quality service.

Includes

Accommodation on Twin & Triple sharing basis in Deluxe Room.

All Transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary by Innova Car.

All Inter State Tax, Toll Tax, Driver Allowance & Parking etc.

Children below 4 Years are complementary.

All prevailing applicable taxes.

Not Includes

Air Fare / Train Fare.

Any meals other than those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.

Porterage during trekking.

Ponies / Dollies during trekking.

Entrance fees during sightseeing.

Destination Guide.

Any item of personal nature like Telephone, Tips, Donations at Temples, Extended Stay or Travelling due to any reason.

Important Notes

All extras (F & B and any other services) availed by the customer will be on direct payment basis

In case of odd number groups, the extra person shall be accommodated in the same room with an extra bed / mattress.

The above rates are applicable to the Indian Nationals only.

Any Meals, services not utilized, partly utilized are non refundable.

Kedarnath, Panjab Sindh Triple or Four Sharing basis in a group.

THE CUSTOMER HAS TO BEAR THE PROPORTIONATE TOUR COST IN CASE OF EXTENDED STAY OR TRAVELLING DUE TO ANY REASON. WE SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGE IN THE ITINERARY DUE TO LANDSLIDES, FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS, WEATHER CONDITIONS OR ANY UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. THE ADDITIONAL COST INCURRED WILL BE IN ADDITION TO THE COST.

General

All disputes are subject to Haridwar Jurisdiction.

All the rates are subject to change without prior notice.

All rates are valid till 20 April 2011.

Package Accommodation

Total cost per person Rs. 19000/- for 09 night 10 days Haridwar to Haridwar for 10 pax

We trust you will find the above quotation in an order. If you have any query please feel free to contact us. Looking forward to see you soon.

Extras

Charges of Doli Or Ponies Kedarnath- Trek 14 km – - Ponies – 1200-1400/- per person as per crowd. - Dolies- 2500-3500/- per person as per crowd.

amunotri Trek 7 km - Ponies – 800-1400/- per person as per crowd. Dolies- 1500-2500/- per person as per crowd.

Kedarnath helicopter charges 8500/- per person

Insturctions

Photography Still cameras, home video cameras are allowed in Himalayas but only inside the temple not allowed.

Communication

All the places do have S.T.D/I.S.D calls and it is advisable to have MTNL OR BSNL Mob. Number, it almost works through the whole trip, Kedarnath & Badrinath have very good connectivity with Reliance mobile numbers, Vodafone & others. Some times, it is informed that it may be difficult at times to get the connection. If any urgent messages have to be sent to any of the participants, then please contact us at Haridwar numbers.

Responsibility

All arrangements within Chardham Yatra, reserves the right to change itineraries without prior notice, depending on the weather and road condition.

Fitness

Please start to get in shape NOW!!! A good 15 minutes walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (Concentrate on your heart & legs - Aerobics). Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good day pack and are fit enough to carry snacks, filled water bottle/small scissors and knife, waterproof matches, safety pins, Thermometer, Lighter, Dehydration salt (electoral) packets, Neoprene Powder and cream. Heat balm for muscles/joints, Vicksinhaler/vapourub, Chopsticks. Dry Fruits/snacks, camera, Film, Map, Jumper, Sun Hat, First Aid Kit, Light weight Rain Gear, Extra Cloth etc

Attitude Sickness

This is an environment related condition that may effect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Suggested to read any book on trekking, which has a chapter on this, and also consult your doctor.

Health Consideration

All tourists should bring along your own small first aid kit (available at Pharmacies). Some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are

Antiseptic cream or Wound disinfectant: Iodine and tube-squeeze cream.

Foot care and Blister Treatment, band-aids, adhesive roll & strips, gauze pads, moleskin.

Antibiotics: (Triethoprim / Sulfamethoxazole - Bacterium DS or Septran DS)

Anti - Inflammatory

Avil, Brufen or Mortin. Aspirin / Tylenol or general painkillers.

Strong sunscreen oil, skin antibiotic cream.

Insurance We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, EMERGENCY RESCUE, accident hospitalization, etc.. We are not liable and responsible for any damages or extra expenses that may arise from mishaps and the loss of their belongings during the pilgrimage. Clothing's Clothing's for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Chardham Yatra, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required, but as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Himalayas. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring along the following clothing's and accessories with you.

Down Jacket - one

Warm thick pullover - One

Warm thin pullover - One

Light loose cotton pants - Two

Warm windproof jacket - One

Cotton full sleeve T-Shirts - Four

Thermal under pants/long - Two

Thermal vest / warm full T-Shirts - Two

Rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy) - One

Broken - in pair of ankle high walking boots & one extra shoe laces.

Light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal.

Warm woolen socks-4

Large cotton or silk scarf-One

Warm gloves.

Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs - Plenty

Monkey cap and Sun heat - one each

Towels (one big, one small)

Washing kit.

Accessories

Personal First Aid Kit

Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, Scissors

Flash Light with extra batteries (3 Set)

Sun Glasses, Sun Hat, Monkey Cap, Woolen Gloves

Water bottles- unbreakable (Min 1 liters capacity) can be purchased in Haridwar

Note book, Pen, Pencils

Camera and film and extra batteries for electronic camera

Binoculars recommended

Rain Gear-Your raincoat should be roomy and have a water proof hood.

Pocket knife , Sewing kit, Buttons, Cigarette lighter, towel, bags( a few of each size strong) dust masks, strong sun cream and chopstick, Moisturizers, Money pouch/belts etc.

Water purification tablets

Walking stick- Can be purchased in Gourikund/Hanumanchatti

Washing Kit

One oxygen cylinder on rental (50 Rs.) per day with mask will be provide you if required. Please note that oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.

Briefing and orientation:-There will be a briefing of the program on the day of your arrival in Haridwar. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing.

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