When Hindus undertake a pilgrimage great importance is attached to the places according to the merit they confer on the pilgrims. In this respect the char dhams of Uttarakhand hold high ranking. A pilgrimage to char dham frees you from sins and the cycle of births and deaths besides giving you the satisfaction of having fulfilled a religious duty. Join Chardhamtour.in on the chardham yatra starting from Haridwar and gain merit in this life.
Tour Starting point from – Haridwar
Duration: 10 Days / 09 Nights
Tour Cost: Rs.23,300/-
Places Covered: Yamunotri – Gangotri – Kedarnath – Badrinath
Day 1: Haridwar to Barkot
You are welcomed in Haridwar by our tour guide who then escorts you to the waiting coach that will take you to Barkot and then onwards to Syanachatti. The 235 km drive spread over 8 hours takes you to Dehradun & Mussoorie where we have brief halts for refreshments and to admire the beautiful view. We stop awhile at Kempty Falls before proceeding to Syanachatti at Barkot where we check into the designated hotel.
Day 2: Syanachatti to Yamunotri to Syanachatti
Wake up early, breakfast and then board the coach for the 17 km drive to Jankichatti, the last point where you can drive up to. From here it is a hard 7 km trek over rough mountainous terrain to Yamunotri. You can of course opt for a pony or a palanquin. There are hundreds of pilgrims on the road and time passes pleasantly enough as you near the destination. The Yamunotri temple can be seen but you first stop at Suraj Kund. Cook some rice in the hot water springs here to offer to the deity later on. Then we proceed to Divya Shila to pay obeisance and then finally arrive at the Yamunotri Temple. Pilgrims line up for the darshan of the black idol of Yamuna devi. On the return trip pilgrims usually bathe in the Yamuna River with priests in attendance to conduct obligatory rituals. Return to Jankichatti, board the vehicle and proceed to Syanachatti/Barkot for the night halt.
Day 3: Syanachatti – Uttarkashi – Harsil
Rise at the break of dawn, enjoy a cup of steaming hot tea and hot breakfast before getting into the coach that will take you on the 190 km drive towards Gangotri. The view of the Himalayas with the snow capped mountains reflecting the morning sunlight is simply astounding. The road takes us to Uttarakashi where pilgrims have a brief stop for a darshan at the Vishwanath Temple and a short walk to the Sukhi top to admire the scenery. Finally, proceed to Harsil and check into your room for the night.
Day 4: Harsil – Gangotri – Harsil
Breakfast over, you board the coach that will take you on a one hour drive to Gangotri. You arrive at the gates of the temple complex, alight and walk up to the temple made of white granite, located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Gangotri is home to Ganga devi whose idol is kept inside the temple. It is said Ganga descended to earth here in order to help King Bhagiratha bring peace to the souls of his departed ancestors. Lord Shiva received her in his matted locks and Ganga flowed down in five streams down to the earth. The current temple is said to have been built by Amar Singh Thapa a Gurkha general in the 18th century on the place where a small temple stood for centuries. Adi Sankaracharya is said to have visited this site in the 11th/12th century. Pilgrims have a darshan and usually bathe in the ice-cold waters of the Bhagirathi but it is not obligatory. Return to Harsil for the night’s stay.
Day 5: Harsil – Srinagar
Third on the list is Kedarnath, another tough pilgrimage. The coach takes you on an early morning drive along scenic mountain roads to Srinagar, a drive of 185 km that takes all of 5 hours. On the way we stop at Tehri Dam, a beautiful picnic spot, to stretch our legs. Arrive in Srinagar, check into your hotel and set out to explore local markets.
Day 6: Srinagar – Kedarnath
Board the coach for the 105 km drive towards Kedarnath. We stop at Rudraprayag where the Alaknanda River meets the Mandakini. Everyone enjoys walking in this small holy temple town. Lattere you proceed to Gaurikund, this is the last point on the motorable road. From here to Kedarnath is a tough trek of 14 km over craggy, sloping terrain. You can walk, hire a pony or a palanquin. At Gaurikund we check into a hotel prior to visiting the Kedarnath temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. Gaurikund itself has a hot water spring with medicinal properties. We trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath and arrive at the temple on the banks of the Mandakini River for the evening aarti and darshan. We spend the night at Kedarnath. Better bring woolens because it will be chilly at this height of 3584 metres.
Day 7: Kedarnath – Rampur/Guptkashi
Rise before dawn and proceed to the temple for the morning aarti and then we breakfast and proceed on a leisurely walk back to Gaurikund and then to Guptkashi. It is said that Goddess Parvati performed penance in order to become the consort of Lord Shiva. Guptkashi is also connected with the Pandavas and is known for its temple of Ardhanarishvara. Bhima of the Pandava brothers recognized Shiva in the form of Nandi and tried to hold him by the horns but Shiva vanished, a reason why the place is named Guptkashi (hidden kashi).
Day 8: Rampur – Badrinath
Rise early, breakfast and get into the coach for the drive to Badrinath, about 205 km away. We arrive at Joshimath in Chamoli District, the starting point to the trek to Badrinath, the last of the four chardhams. Badrinath is also one of the four major Chardhams. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who, it is said, meditated here for ages and Laxmi, his consort, provided him shade and shelter by turning herself into a badri (plum) tree. Joshimath, in a way, is a starting point to various treks, the most notable of which is the trek to the Valley of Flowers. You can also take the ropeway to Auli, one of the longest of its kind in Asia. However, we proceed on a trek to Badrinath where we visit the temple and enjoy Darshan, a soul-fulfilling act. Retire for the night at a hotel in Badrinath.
Day 9: Badrinath – Pipalkoti
Breakfast and set out to explore places in the vicinity such as Badrinath Tapt Kund, Brahma Kapal, Charanpaduka, Narad Kund, Mata Murty Temple, Mana Village, Vasundhara, Bhim Pul and Vyas Gufa as well as a visit to the mouth of the Saraswati River. Tapt Kund is where devotees take a dip before visiting the temple. Brahma Kapal is where Hindus usually perform rites for the souls of their deceased ancestors. Vyas Gufa is where Ved Vyas is said to have penned the Mahabharata. After that, in the afternoon, we proceed on an 80 km drive to Pipalkoti where you check into your room for the night.
Day 10: Pipalkoti – Haridwar
The pilgrimage to the chota chardham over, it is time to return to Haridwar on a 254 km drive. On the way we stop at Devprayag where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi confluence to form the Ganga. The tour guide bids you a fond farewell on arrival at Haridwar and drops you at the airport or the railway station.
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDE
- Personal assistance by Chardham Tour representative on arrival.
- Accommodation on Double sharing basis at hotels. ( Moderate Hotels)
- All transfers/tours services by Air-Conditioned vehicle & may be change as Per Group Size & road condition.
- The air-conditioning will be worked Delhi – Rishikesh & Haridwar – Delhi.
- All Veg. Meals, Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning & Evening Tea/Coffee.
- Caring Tour Manager throughout the tour.
- Local Guide at Rishikesh for local sightseeing.
- 01 Liter Mineral water per Day.
- Sightseeing as per above Itinerary.
- All inclusive (Fuel, Driver Allowance, Parking Toll Tax, State Tax.)
- All currently applicable hotel tax and Transportation tax.
TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, Cameras fees. etc
Any kind of insurance.
- Any claim or delay charges due to natural calamities, land slide, road blockage etc. Or any other things which are not mentioned in cost included column.
- Meals at Kedarnath (our catering team cannot reach there)
- If due to any reasons beyond our control like landslide, traffic jams, flood, riots, political unrest, bandhs, helicopter unavailability or bad weather conditions, accidents or any other natural or man-made misfortunes, program will needed to be changed or extended. the additional expenditure for the same will have to be borne by the passengers directly. Due to these reasons we may cancel some sightseeing places, there shall be no refund for the same
- Any charges of train, helicopter, auto, ropeway ticket of Manasa/Chandi Devi, Doli &pony etc.
- Government service tax – 4.5% applicable on total billing
Special Requirements for Yatra
- Raincoat, Umbrella, Monkey cap, Hand gloves, Swatter/Pullover, Canvas Shoes, Torch, Oxygen cylinder & personal medicines.
Precaution for Yatra
- Cover your head with Monkey cap or any other woolen clothes while on high altitude to avoid hill-sickness, giddiness etc. at Kedarnath, Yamunotri.
- Keep on drinking water to avoid dehydration.
- Trek only on hill-side, avoid trekking or standing on valley side, as pony (horse) coming from opposite direction may push you down to the valley which may cause serious casualty.
- Packaged Water is available at every place, use only packaged water or boiled water can be obtained from local tea shop during trekking.
- If the reservation is cancelled 30 days prior to the date of arrival – 90% may be refunded
- If the reservation is cancelled 15 days prior to the date of arrival – 50% of the may be refunded
- If the reservation is cancelled 07 days prior to the date of arrival – 25% of the may be refunded
- If the cancellation is any later than the above stated period or in case of ‘No Show’- No Refund
- No refund or any changes will be accepted at last minute for tour starting or after starting or middle of the tour.
- Above are the cancellation rules but we will put our best possible effort to waive/minimize the cancellation charges