2018 Chardham Fix Departure Tour - 2018 Chardham Fix Departure from Haridwar
Char Dham is referred to the four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India. These are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Nestled in the lap of majestic Himalayas, these four sites are the epicenter of religious activity in north India. Traditionally, the Chardham Yatra is undertaken from the west to the east. Thus, the yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Amongst the four Char Dham, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to goddesses Yamuna and Ganga respectively. On the other hand, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Moreover, people also visit Hemkund Sahib in the vicinity, which is one of the highest located religious sites in the country. Thus, pilgrims visit all these places in aspiration of washing away their sins and to attain salvation, by the blessings of the Lord.
The great Himalayas are known as abode to several Hindu Gods and in Uttarakhand, there are a number of the most sacred Hindu temples. There are four very famous temples named Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath which are communally known as Char Dham and the journey of these four sacred shrines is called Char Dham Package.
DAY 01: HARIDWAR – BARKOT / SAYANACHATTI (210 KMS / 07 HRS)
Pick up from Haridwar and off to barkot via Mussoorie. En route visit Kempty fall. Upon arrival check in into the hotel, rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Barkot. Acclimatize yourself to start a trek to Yamnotri from JanakiChatti.
DAY 02: BARKOT/SAYANACHATTI – JANKICHATTI – YAMUNOTRI – JANKICHATTI – BARKOT / SAYANACHATTI (38KMS/2HRS DRIVE & 5KMS/3HRS ON FOOT)
After breakfast proceed to Yamunotri here can cook rice in Garam Pani kund. Tourist take this cooked rice to home as “Prasad”. “Pooja” can be offered to Divya Shila, after taking bath in Jamunabai Kund’s (HOT WATER) and having “Darshan” of pious “Yamunaji” return to Hotel for overnight stay.
Things To Do
Rituals & Activities : Snan in Tapt Kund Yamnotri , Yamuna Pujan in Divya Shila , Yamnotri Temple Darshan , Hanuman Temple
Optional : Participate in Pre Booked Aarti in Yamnotri Temple where you will get advantage of performing Aarti in your Name / Gotra.
YAMUNOTRI: Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is the source of revered river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 km ahead of the shrine situated at an elevation of 3235 mts above sea level. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer Pooja at the temple itself. Yamunotri was the home of an ancient sage Asit Muni. Yamuna is the daughter of the Sun just like Yama who is considered his son. It is believed that Yama would not torment any person at the time of death who takes a holy dip in Yamuna, his sister.SURYA KUND: There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund. Divya Shila: A rock pillar, worshiped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
DAY 03: BARKOT – UTTARAKASHI /GANGNANI (140 KMS / 07 HRS)
After breakfast leave for Uttarkashi visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and drive to Gangnani . Evening free for leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
UTTARKASHI: Uttarkashi is a small and beautiful town, situated between two rivers; Varuna and Ashi, whose water flow into the Bhagirathi from either side of the town. Elevated, at a height of 1588 meters, this little town is very similar to Kashi and Varanasi, in that it has the same kind of temples and ghats and likewise, a north or ‘uttar’ facing river. The major temple is the Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area. These are the Annapurna Temple and the Bhairav Temple. It is said, that once there were 365 temples here. Hiuen Tsang referred to this place as Brahma Puran, while the Skanda Puran has recorded it as Varunavata. It is believed that in the second millennium of Kaliyug, Kashi will be submerged, and Uttarkashi will replace it as an important religious centre.
DAY 04: UTTARKASHI / GANGNANI – GANGOTRI – HARSIL – GANGNANI / UTTARKASHI (120KMS / 05 HRS) ROUND TRIP
Early Morning start driving to Gangotri. Offering prayers & pooja darshan, later drive back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Overnight stay at Gangnani/ Uttarkashi
GANGOTRI: Gangotri temple is 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great “Deva Yagna” here to a tone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.
GANGNANI: Further up on way to Gangotri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Things To Do
Ritual and Activities : Perform Snan at Gangotri Ghat (VIP Ghat), Ganga Pujan & Aarti at Gangotri Ghat, Darshan of Bhagirath Shila ,Darshan of Gauri Ganesha Temple, Finally Gangotri Temple Darshan after that you must have Darshan of Surya Kund. While returning Darshan of Gupteshwar Mahadev temple in Dharali, Interact with Tibetan Culture and people in Harsil.
DAY 05: UTTARKASHI – SITAPUR (250 KMS/ 8-9 HRS)
After Breakfast drive Sitapur. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 06: SITAPUR – GAURIKUND – KEDARNATH – SITAPUR (10 KMS/ 1/2 HRS & 16 KMS / 6-7 HRS)
Post your early breakfast; leave by vehicle for Gaurikund and from their join other pilgrims for 16 kms trek of Kedarnath. After darshan and Pooja at Kedarnath Temple back to hotel for Overnight Stay.
KEDARNATH TEMPLE: The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam – the main idol, a statue of Nandi – the celestial bull, a ‘Garba Grah’ for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.
SHANKARACHARYA SAMADHI: The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years.
BHAIRONATH TEMPLE: About half a kilometer away from Kedarnathji, a small temple is dedicated to Bhaironath. It is worshipped on the opening and closing day of Sri Kedarnath Shrine. It is believed that when Kedarnathji temple is closed, Bhaironathji protects this land from evil.
RITURALS & ACTIVITIES : Visit Guptkashi,Gaurikund , Snan in Tapt Kund at Gauri Kund and Darshan of Gauri Ganesh Temple & get blessing of Ganesha and start the trek of kedarnath Ji. Evening Aarti Darshan of Kedarnath Ji , Darshan of Aadi Guru Shankracharya , Darshan of Udar Kund & Bambam Kund , Pitra Kund . Chance to meet Gurus and Sadhus meditating for long time in Kedarnath. Darshan of Rama cave (Gufa)
Day 07: SITAPUR HALT. Day for Rest
Day for Rest at Sitapur Halt.
DAY 08: SITAPUR – BADRINATH (200 kms/ 07-08 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Badrinath via Joshimath, (Narsimha Temple, Sankaracharaya Math) Badrinath. Evening Darshan& Pooja at Badrinath temple. Overnight stay at Badrinath.
Things To DO
Rituals & Activities : Early Morning take a holy dip in Tapt Kund , Have again Darshan of Badri Vishal if time allows otherwise Important visit to Nag Nagin Pith (One of the important place in India for Sarpkal Dosh Nivaran ) , Short Visit to Mana Village (Vyas Cave , Ganesha Cave , KeshavPrayag , Darshan of SarasawatiUdgam (origin) ), CharanPadukaDarshan , ,Short visit of EkadasiGufa& hanuman Gufa. View of VishnuPrayag ,Nandprayag , Karnprayag while returning back to Rudraprayag.
Badrinath: Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines – Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was enable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
Naradkund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
BrahamaKapal: It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shhradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).
Shesnetra: It is a large block of stone between tow small seasonal lakes carrying an eye of “Sheshnag” The eye formation is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye, it is believed that the seshnag waits at this place patiently to accompany the lord on his reincarnation.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. The women of the village offer Choli to the deity on closing day of the temple each year.
BhimPul: 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 09: BADRINATH – SRINAGAR(210 kms/ 05-06 hrs)
After breakfast Drive to Srinagar via Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, Rudrapryag & Devpryag, on reach Srinagar check inn into Hotel,O/n at Srinagar.
Vishnuprayag where two river confluences Dhauli Ganga &Alaknanda
Karnprayag (confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda)
Nandprayag (confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River)
DAY 10: SRINAGAR – HARIDWAR
Morning after breakfast drive back towards Haridwar en route visit Rishikesh, on reach Haridwar we will drop you at preferred point for your onward journey
Fix Departure Tours @ 18,500/- PP | 09 Night 10 Days | Haridwar
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- We do not have a specific vehicle for the group, it depends on the number of passengers.
- All members of the group will report at our office early in the morning at 08:00.
- The passenger who cover Kedarnath by helicopter will go to Helipad and return to the hotel themselves.
- Extra tourist spots (Trijugi Narayan, Mana & Chopta) are mandatory for all travelers, whose additional cost is 500 / – per person.