Chaar Dham Yatra
Durations: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Package Valid Till: 30 September 2018
Arrival at Haridwar railway station drive to Rishikesh. Evening sight seeing & assembling in the Arti. Night Stay at Hotel.
One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not just known for its religious connection but also for its beautiful landscape. Surrounded by hills (the Lesser Himalayas) on three sides and holy GangaRiver flowing through it, Rishikesh is an ethereal experience. Rishikesh is the gateway to famous Chardham which are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
In fact Rishikesh is a favourite of those coming to meditate and seek salvation. It is believed that meditation on the land of this holy place leads to salvation. Every year many people come here in the ashrams to meditate and gain peace of mind. The place is also very famous with foreigners who come to India in search of spiritual quest. Rishikesh is famous for its ashrams on the banks of Ganga, at many such ashrams yoga is practiced and taught regularly. Such is the feeling of Rishikesh that even Beatles could not escape from the magical experience. They had visited India in 1960 to pay visit to their Guru in Rishikesh. What else works in Rishikesh'sfavour is its altitude (1360 metres). It is higher than other holy cities of Haridwar and Varanasi, the water in Ganga here is cooler and cleaner. The flow of the river is stronger here and the city is less populated than others. It is calmer and peaceful here. It is such a beauty, the water gushing from the Himalayas, the banks dotted with ashrams and temples (both ancient and recent) and a hilly landscape in the background of all this, Rishikesh is truly amazing.
Rishikesh - Barkot (170 Kms.) 6 – 7 Hours
Early in the morning, pick up from your place of stay and leave for Barkot via Mussoorie, night stay at Hotel or Camp.
After an early breakfast leave for Jankichatti, then trek to Yamunotri.
Yamunotri, at a height of 3235 mts above the sea level, comes under Uttarakhand district. One of the Chardhams, four pilgrimages of India, Yamunotri is the source of river Yamuna. It is the western most amongst the Chardham and is visited first on a Chardham trip. The shrine of Goddess Yamunotri is perched on the western flank of mighty Banderpunch peaks (6135 mts) which are snow covered throughout the year. The temple itself stands on the foothill of Kalinda Parvata (parvata means hill) close to a thermal springs. The trek to Yamunotri is very exhausting, usually taking 6 hours or more. The thermal springs refresh pilgrims before they offer prayers in the shrine. However, the actual source of Yamunotri is a lake, 12 kilometres from here with the name of Saptrishi Kund. A difficult guided trek will bring you here. Most pilgrims offer prayers at the shrine itself, since the trek is very difficult to take.
According to Hindu mythology, Surya, the sun god is the father of Yamuna, and Yama, the god of death. It is said that since Yamuna is the sister of Yama, anyone who who bathes in the river is spared a painful death. Another legend says that the lonesome place of Yamunotri was once the home to Asit Muni.
On arrival see the might source of the river Yamuna perform pooja, darshan & pray at Temple. After lunch back to Barkot, night stay same hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Uttarkashi.
Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the prime pilgrimage attractions in Uttarkashi around 300 mts from the local bus stand. An ancient temple, it is said that it was first built by Parasuram. Later, it was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling, 60 cms high and 90 cms in circumference.
Night stay at Hotel.
Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (95 kms. One Side) 4 Hours
Early morning after breakfast leave for Gangotri.
Gangotri is one of the Chardhams of the country or one amongst the four pilgrimages which every Hindu must take once in his lifetime. At a height of 3048 mts, Gangotri holds a mystic charm. Anyone who comes up till here can not remain untouched by the holy aura that hangs in the air of the place. Gangotri is of immense importance to Hindus since it is the source of the holiest of the Hindu rivers, river Ganga.
95 kilometres form Uttarkashi, blessed by mother nature, this picturesque pilgrimage is bound to be a lifetime experience for you. This is the place where the sacred water of Ganga touches earth for the first time. From here it begins its long journey of approximately 2500 kms, stretching across the Indian subcontinent, blessing people with its sacred water and fertile minerals in two countries, India and Bangladesh. It finally forms world's largest and most fertile delta, Sunderban delta in Bangladesh.
The mythological story that goes behind River Ganga is perhaps the most interesting and powerful legend. It says that King Bhagirath carried out severe penance for several centuries to please Goddess Ganga to absolve the sins of his predecessors. Finally Goddess Ganga, daughter of heaven, agreed to his wish and decided to take form of river and flow on earth. But earth could not sustain the immense flow of Ganga and soon it was water everywhere. Lord Shiva then took the flowing Ganga in his hair locks to reduce the impact, henceforth,it flowed down in 12 streams of water.
The stream at the source came to be known as Bhagirathi (named after Bhagirath), flowing like this since centuries, absolving the sins of mankind.
After Darshan back to Uttarkashi, Night stay at Hotel.
Uttarkashi – Rudraprayag (240 kms.) 7 – 8 Hours
Continue driving to Rudraprayag, situated in the confluence of the Mandakini (coming from Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (coming from Badrinath) rivers. This sangam (confluence) is spectacular as the Mandakini is green, and runs deep and silent. As it comes from Kedarnath, the abode of Shiva, it is associated with knowledge (gyan). The Alaknanda, coming from Badrinath, the abode of Vishnu, represents devotion (bhakti). Its white waters gush forth forcefully. Rudraprayag is the metaphorical and enchanting sangam of bhakti and gyan. Right at the confluence is the temple of Rudranath (Shiva). Narad is believed to have acquired his command over the veena through a penance of more than 100 years on the top of a black rock near here called the Narad Shila. That is why Rudraprayag is also called Sangeet Nagari, or the abode of music. Rudraprayag is also the place where Jim Corbett killed a man-eating tiger called Gulabrai.
Check in at hotel.
Rudraprayag - Badrinath ( 150 Kms Drive) 6 - 7 Hours
After breakfast drive to Badrinath
Protected by two mountain ranges 'Nar' and 'Narayan' on either sides is the holiest of pilgrimage place of Hindus, Badrinath. With Neelkanth peak forming a beautiful backdrop, Badrinath, the abode of Lord Vishnu is in the itinerary of every devout Hindu. It is one of the four pilgrimage places called Chardham which every Hindu must undertake to attain salvation. The place is called Badrinath because of the wild berries found here ('badri' means berries). The Badrinath temple here is the main complex where devotees seek blessings. Every year thousands and thousands of pilgrims pay a visit to this place in summers, since due to snowfalls, the temple remains closed during winters. At an altitude of 3,133 metres, it is a difficult journey to this place yet faith defies every hurdle on the journey to salvation. The temple stands facing River Alaknanda on its banks. Facing the temple near the river is Tapt Kund, a thermal spring where people refresh before going to the temple.
The legend behind the famous temple is that Lord Vishnu after being reprimanded by Narad for indulging in worldly pleasures came here at Badri van to meditate for penance. The place at that time used to be covered with wild berries and was called Badri Van. The main deity worshiped here is a meditating Vishnu. Also according to the mythology, when goddess Ganga was requested to descend on earth, her flow was so strong that earth could not with stand it and hence to reduce the flow it passed through the locks of Lord Shiva and was divided into many streams, River Alaknanda is one of the streams on the banks of which later Lord Vishnu came to meditate.
Other attractions are Mana village (last civilian village) towards the Indo-China border, Vasudhara falls, bhim pul. Overnight stay at Hotel .
After early breakfast drive down to Rudarparyag.
Early Morning drive to Haridwar, and drop at Haridwar railway station
Above is the Indicative Itinerary.
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