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CHAR DHAM YATRA

Yatra of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri.
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TOUR : Char Dham Yatra

Tour Route : Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri
Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days

INTRODUCTION

According to the Hindu scriptures, the holy centres of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri  collectively called the Char Dham (meaning the four sacred spots) - are the most sacred of all the pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one's sins but ensure release from the cycle of birth and death. The honor conferred on these places is not surprising.

For one, they are all in the icy Garhwal ranges and regarded as the most sacred of all Himalayan ranges. It is also said that heaven and earth converge in these holy spots, and to be born or die here is a boon only the very fortunate have. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama or clockwise circumambulation.

Day By Day (Tour Program)

Day 01: Haridwar - Barkot. 230kms. Drive (7 - 8 hrs)
Morning meet in Haridwar and start drive to Barkot via Mussoorie. Enroute visit Kempty Falls. The drive today is along the river Yamuna. Arrive Barkot and check in at hotel. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Barkot -Yamunotri - Barkot. 40 kms Drive/ 6 kms trek.
After an early breakfast drive to Janki Chatti. On arrival start your 6 km uphill trek to Yamunotri.  You can hire Palkis (Doli) and Horses to go up to Yamunotri at your own cost. On arrival at Yamunotri, take bath in hot Jamunabai Kund then go for Temple darshan, after having Temple darshan you can also cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice back to home as "Prasad". After this back down to Janki chatti and then proceed to Barkot.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Barkot - Uttarkashi. 100 kms Drive (4 - 5 hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast leave for Uttarkashi a drive of 100 kms. On arrival Check in hotel at Uttarkashi. Evening free to explore local market on own.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi drive 200 kms / 8 hrs
After breakfast leave for Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river The Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. After bath visit the temple of Gangotri and perform pooja. We drive back to Uttarkashi after darshan of Ma Ganga.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Rudraprayag . 165 kms. Drive (8 - 09 hrs)
After an early breakfast leave for the longest journey of the trip on the road. On the way see Tehri Dam the tallest dam in Asia and the fourth tallest rock fill dam in the world sprawling over an area of 45 sq. kms in the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana valleys near Tehri town. We continue driving to reach Rudraprayag. On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight: Hotel.

Day 06: Rudraprayag  - Gaurikund - (Drive 66 km) Kedarnath 14 kms trek (Optional Helicopter Ride)
After breakfast leave for Gaurikund. On arrival in Gaurikund we start our uphill trek of 14 km to Kedarnath. One can hire Palkis or horses at his own cost. Arrive Kedarnath by late afternoon. On arrival check in hotel. Later visit the Temple of Shri Kedarnath Ji and perform Pooja and Darshan. Also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi at the back of the temple.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 07: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag. (14 kms Trek, 66 kms drive)
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund and on arrival drive back to Rudraprayag  for overnight stay.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (155 km, drive, 6-7 hrs)
After early breakfast start your drive to Badrinath via Karanaprayag and Joshimath. Chopta is the most beautiful site on the whole trip. Arrive Badrinath and check in to hotel.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 09: Badrinath – Rudraprayag(155 Km)
Morning take bath in the Tapt Kund (Hot water spring) near temple and after that visit the famous shrine of Shri Badrinath ji. Perform Pooja and Darshan at the temple and later we drive back to Rudraprayag. Arrive and check in at hotel.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Rudraprayag  - Haridwar (144 km drive, 4-5 hrs)
After breakfast drive back to Haridwar via Rishikesh Devprayag. Enroute visit Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi river. On arrival in Haridwar Transfer to railway station.

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