Rishikesh is considered to be the gateway to Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand and pilgrims no matter from anywhere in India make it a point to first reach Haridwar or Rishikesh. Once the pilgrims reach here they decide to hire a government bus service, private cab or a taxi service heading for different site portals of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The very first step for every pilgrims is to get themselves registered which can easily be done in Rishikesh bus stand that offers this service as well and is utilized by these pilgrims on their way to these pilgrimage destinations in buses, taxis or even shared jeeps. The buses function in the form of a combined rotation service where pilgrims for dham yatra are carried in a serial wise manner and function on fixed tariff rates. These tariffs for Chardham depends on the number of visits in each dham and the pilgrims also have the freedom to bargain on these tariff rates with their private Chardham Yatra tour operators.
Given below are bus rates for various different modes of road transport:
Chardham via GMOU / GMVN Bus Service
There are separate prices available depending on the type of Chardham Yatra you are looking for. Here are the overall price for per pilgrims which is contained entirely in a Chardham package. For Ek Dham Yatra per pilgrim the price will be Rs.7,000/-, Do Dham Yatra for each pilgrim will be Rs.9,000/-, Teen Dham Yatra – Rs.11,500/- and for the entire yatra – Rs.15,380/-.
In case of other roadways buses to Chardham Yatra the prices are as follows: Ek Dham (Badrinath) is Rs.1,010/-; Do Dham Yatra (Kedarnath, Badrinath) is Rs,1,365/- and for the entire Chardham Yatra the cost is Rs.2,400/-.
Chardham via Taxi Service
This is probably one of the most availed modes of transportation services for Chardham Yatra by the pilgrims. Its popularity mainly lays in the fact that taxi services will allow you to reach anywhere you like with ease and without any sort of difficulty. Just like the bus services the per pilgrim price of taxi service also depends on the number of Chardham sites you will be covering which will commence from Rishikesh.
Chardham via Private Bus Service
This bus offers 28 or even 14 seats and can only be availed via a Chardham Yatra service provider. They generally cater to either Do Dham Yatra service of Badri and Kedar or cover the entire Chardham portals. The rates are pretty high if you are planning on going on Chardham on a tight budget. This is also a good option if you don’t want to leave out any loose ends while planning for this journey.
Chardham via Bike Journey
This is the perfect option for adventure lovers to get a taste of thrill and adventure at the same time. A number of people opt to go to Chardham sites on their bikes since it is also a very convenient way of getting around. You can cruise your bikes on these Garhwal Mountain ranges and experience spirituality form a brand new perspective. Given below is a brief route map that you will be following on your way to Chardham by bike journey:
Delhi – Haridwar (preferably by train) – Haridwar – Barkot (by bike / 7 hours) – Yamunotri – Barkot – Harsil (by bike / 7 hours) – Gangotri (22 kms) – Uttarkashi (4 hours) – Guptkashi (8 hours) – Gaurikund (last motorable road) – Guptkashi – Joshimath via Chopta (7 hours) – Badrinath (2 hours) – Rishikesh (9hours) – Delhi (in train).
The overall journey will take almost 13 to 14 days for you to cover but it will be extremely exhilarating.