The Chardham Yatra refers to a pilgrimage to four sacred shrines in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. These four sites, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, collectively form the Chardham, and the yatra (journey) is considered one of the holiest for Hindus. Here are details about each of the Chardham destinations.
Gangotri Dham:-Gangotri is one of the Char Dham sites and is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located in the Uttarkashi district and is the source of the holy Ganges River. Pilgrims visit the Gangotri Temple to seek the blessings of the goddess.
Kedarnath Dham:-Kedarnath is another prominent Char Dham site, and the Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at a high altitude in the Rudraprayag district. Pilgrims usually trek to reach Kedarnath, and it is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus.
Badrinath Dham:-Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Badrinath is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites and is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Badrinath Temple, situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River, is an essential part of the Teen Dham Yatra.
Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Badrinath - Joshimath - Pipalkoti - Rudraprayag - Srinagar - Rishikesh - Haridwar
7 Nights / 8 Days
Day 1:Arrive Haridwar – Uttarkashi (192 Km/ 7 to 8 hrs Journey)
This morning arrive in Haridwar and drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check in into the hotel. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is famous for its historical monuments, Temples & Ashrams. In the evening witness of aarti in Vishwanath Temple. Dinner and Overnight stay at Uttarkashi
Day 2: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100 Km / 3 to 4 hrs)
Early morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Gangotri. Nestled in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri is set at an altitude of 3048 mts. Upon arrival at Gangotri take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin Visit the Gangotri Temple. The 18th century’s temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite. After performing Pooja Late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi. Dinner & Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Day 3:Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (240 Km / 9 to 10 hrs)
After early morning breakfast check out from the hotel and drive for Guptkashi. 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 Guptkashi hotel/Camps.
Day 4: Guptkashi – Gaurikund – Kedarnath (35 Km + 17 Km trek)
Very early morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Gaurikund. From where, you will start your 17 km trek to Kedarnath. You can hire a Doli or a horse, for your trek (Cost Not Included). Mandakini, one of the main tributaries of the Ganges originates at Kedarnath and flows through Gaurikund. Trudging with you are pilgrims chanting “Jai Bholenath.” Sometimes the mist would envelop the mountains and slowly lift away, revealing a shiny blinding-white peak that threatens to rupture the skies. On arrival check in at Govt. Camps/Lodges. Dinner and Overnight at Govt. Camps/Lodges
Day 5:Kedarnath –Gaurikund – Guptkashi (17 Km trek + 35 Km drive)
Early morning you get up before dawn and after taking bath you are at the temple by 4:45 am for the ‘Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva. Everyone can go inside Garbha Griha and touch the idol. You can also prostrate with your head touching the deity etc. After darshan and puja you come out of the temple and return to the Govt. Camps / Lodges. Later you’ll start the return trek of 17 km from Kedarnath to Gaurikund. The vehicles wait for you in Gaurikund Car Parking and you’ll drive to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Guptkashi.
Day 6: Guptkashi – Joshimath – Badrinath (190 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)
This morning, you check out of the hotel at 08:00 am and drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. After driving through some wonderful Ghat road you arrive at Badrinath. On arrival check into the hotel. After some rest and refreshments you are all set to go to Badrinath Temple for darshan in the evening. But first you have to go to Tapt Kund (Hot Spring), take bath and then go to the temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath Ji is 15 meters in height, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. Later back to hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7:Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (165 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)
This morning, go for Badrinath darshan. After darshan return back to hotel, breakfast at hotel and proceed for Badrinath local sightseeing visit Mana Village, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, and Mata Murti temple. Afternoon driver back to Rudraprayag via Karanprayag. Rudraprayag is a small pilgrim town on the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and Mandakini. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the Rudraprayag town. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8:Rudraprayag – Rishikesh – Haridwar (160 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 Laxman Jhula. Evening drive to Haridwar and drop at Haridwar Railway Station.
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