As one of the spiritual tour, Chardham Yatra carries a lot of devotion. This holy expedition of sacred places in India includes the visit of four shrines, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. Visiting these four sacred places together is called Chota Char DhamYatra, which is located at the Himalayan foot hills of Uttarakhand. The Chardham tour begins from Haridwar, which is the perfect gateway to reach Uttarkashi for Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath shrine, followed by a visit to Badrinath temple. Let us explore the Chardham Yatra tour:
Haridwar - Guptakashi - Kedarnath - Badrinath - Joshimath - Auli - Pipalkoti - Rishikesh - Haridwar
TOUR DURATION-:7 Nights & 8 Days
Day 01: ARRIVE HARIDWAR – UKHIMATH (205 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)
Pick-up from hotel in Haridwar and drive for Ukhimath. On arrival check in at hotel. Later get your medical checkup done for your next day’s travel to Kedarnath. Dinner and Overnight stay in Ukhimath hotel.
DAY 02: UKHIMATH– KEDARNATH(18KMS TREK)
Morning after breakfast drive to Sonprayag, Trek start from Sonprayag to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, tolietteries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Tent. Later visit Kedarnath Temple.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters, one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.
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.
DAY 03:KEDARNATH – UKHIMATH ( TREK 18 KMS )
Morning after Darshan & attend arti & visit sightseeing. Later back to ukhimath on arrival overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: UKHIMATH - BADRINATH (170KMS/5HR)
Morning after breakfast drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. 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".
DAY 05: BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH (76KMS/ 2HR)
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 sightseeing 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 stay at Hotel)
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.
Vasundhara : 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.
DAY 06: JOSHIMATH – AULI – PIPALKOTI
Today, you will begin to explore the city of Auli. First, you will be taken to Auli Lake which is one of the world's highest human-made lake. It is located at a unique location and is one of its kind when it comes to aesthetic beauty. You will next visit the Auli Ropeway. Get ready to witness the flagship tourist attraction of Auli. Auli is a famous skiing spot which attracts tourist from all over the world. The ropeway has cable cars which allow you to have a panoramic view of the Himalayan landscape and the forest cover surrounding it. You are left to explore the place for the rest of the day.Later drive to pipalkoti & overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: PIPALKOTI - RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR (260 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)
Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh you'll do the Rishikesh sightseeing visit Ram Jhula and LaxmanJhula. Evening drive drop Haridwar .
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