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Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra

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Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 12 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 11,657 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 48 Kms.


Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Haridwar

• It is the entry point to the most religious places on Earth.
• You will commence the rest of the Yatra from here.
• Get settled in your hotels.
• Visit all the famous temples namely Daksh Temple, Rudraksha Temple, Kankhal, Jain Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir etc.
• Har Ki Pauri is the world-famous and crowded ghat on the river Ganges
• Evening aarti is an eye-treat


Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot (210kms/7-8hr) HT : 1352 MTS.

• Barkot (1352 meters) is a town in Uttarkashi District
• It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and biggest town in Yamunotri Dham.
• The ride passes through Mussoorie and Kempty Falls.
• It is recommended to have lunch near Kempty falls as good restaurants are not available henceforth.
• You will arrive at Barkot in the evening.
• There are apple orchards, panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains of Bandar Poonch

Weather - Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 10 deg to 05 deg.


Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot {36kms drive & 6kms Trek (one side)} HT: 3291 MTS.

• Start your morning by a short drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti.
• Hike to Yamnotri which is 6 km far begins.
• The trek is through the lush valley, dense conifers, rhododendrons, cacti and numerous Himalayan shrubs.
• Yamunotri is the origin of River Yamuna.
• Surya Kund which amongst several hot springs in the area.
• Many pilgrims carry rice in a cloth and dip in the hot water to get cooked rice.
• The Shila is a rock pillar that is worshipped before stepping in the temple.
• After hot water dips and peaceful mind, return to Barkot.


Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi (90kms/4hr) HT :1352 MTS.

• Uttarkashi is the hub of adventures and spirituality.
• Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is located in Uttarakashi.
• This town is considered comparable to Varanasi which is also on the banks of river Ganges.
• One of the pious temples is the Vishwanath temple believed to be the oldest one.
• If you believe the literature of Skanda Puran, Uttarkashi is home of Lord Shiva for Kaliyug.
• It is also a part of the twelve Jyotirlingas.


Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side) HT : 3048 MTS.

• Next Dham of the Char Dhams, Gangotri.
• Gangotri is by far world's eminent tourists and religious destination.
• Along the way at Gangnani take the chance to bathe in Garam Kund.
• Ganga river here is also called Bhagirathi.
• The revere Gangotri temple was built by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century.
• Another attraction is the submerged Shivling which comes to sight only in winter when the river level is less.
• Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga.
• There is also a Kedar Ganga temple which you must visit.
• After a day full of exploration back to Uttarkashi.


Day 06: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr) HT : 1319 MTS.

• The route is extremely tranquil through Moolgarh and Lambgoan.
• The path to Guptkashi goes side by side of the Mandakini river.
• Guptkashi, it means "hidden Varanasi" as per the Puranas.
• Some people say hereditary priests stay in Gupt Kashi in winters when the Kedarnath temple is closed.
• Visit Ardh Narishwar temple, it is stunning at night lights.
• Stay in hotel.


Day 07: Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30kms by road & 16 kms Trek)

• It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
• Kedar is synonym name of Lord Shiva who both protector and the destroyer.
• Kedarnath is also part of the Panch Kedar Yatra.

Option 1
• After a medical check-up head to Sonprayag.
• Hike up to Kedarnath from sonprayag.
• You can also hire take a pony or a doli.

Option 2
• Take a Helicopter from Guptkashi/Fata


Day 08 : Kedarnath – Guptkashi (19Kms Down Trek & 30kms/1hr by Road)

• Visit temple early morning by 4:45 am
• Everyone can go inside Garbha Griha and touch the idol.
• You can also prostrate with your head touching the deity etc.
• After Temple Darshan trek down to Sonprayag.
• Drive to Guptkashi and check in Hotel.


Day 09: Guptkashi - Badrinath (215kms/7hr) HT : 3133 MTS.

• Badrinath is the final stop of the Char Dhaams.
• You will take a 7 hours long ride to Badrinath via Joshimath.
• Badrinath is protected by Nar and Narayan mountains on sideways.
• This religious place is also filled with hot water springs of which Tapt and Narad kunds are popular.
Tapt Kund is on Alaknanda river banks and it is compulsory to bath in this kind before stepping the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund is the pool where Badrinath idol was discovered.
Brahama Kamal (a platform where rituals for deceased are performed).
Sheshnetra (it is boulder 1.5 km far that has an impression of a snake).
Charanpaduka (another boulder 3 km far that has an impression of Vishnu's footprint).
Maha Murty temple (this shrine dedicated to mother of Badrinath).
Vasundhara (a waterfall, 5km from Badrinath).
Mana village near Badrinath (has attractions like Bhim Pul and Vyas Gufa).
Bhim Pul on the other side of Mana village, a massive rock (believed to have been placed there by Bhim) forming a natural bridge.
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 10: Badrinath - Rudraprayag (160kms) / Kirtinagar (200kms)

• Say goodbye to all the Dhams and head back home.
• Usually, the devotees take a quick bath in Taptkund before starting the return journey.
• You can capture the tourist locations of Mana village if you missed them yesterday.
• To Rudraprayag via Joshimath (It is on the confluence of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers).
• Joshimath is one of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya.
• One of the Panch Prayag is Rudraprayag (confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini).

Day 11: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh- Haridwar (160kms/5hr) / Kirtinagar – Rishikesh (135kms/4hr)

• The final destination is Rishikesh or the place of sages.
• It is an all-rounder town on the banks of river Ganga surrounded.
• As the saga says, Raibhya Rishi did his meditation and God appeared using the name "Hrishikesh"
• Rishikesh has become extremely amongst youth and adventure seekers for rafting and bungee jumping.
• Major attractions for sight-seeing are the Beatles ashram, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla.
• Enjoy your night in the mighty mountain place of Rishikesh.

Day 12: Depart to Home

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Haridwar

Welcome to the abode of Hari through Haridwar. It is the entry point to the most religious places on Earth. Char Dham Yatra is the sacred pilgrimage where tonnes of devotees come to the mountains to celebrate their devotion. Once you leave your home for the Yatra Haridwar is your next big stop. You will commence the rest of the Yatra from here. So, get settled in your hotels, freshen up and get ready for spiritual experience.
While you are at Haridwar let's make the most out of it. You can visit all the famous temples namely Daksh Temple, Rudraksha Temple, Kankhal, Jain Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir etc. Har Ki Pauri is the world-famous and crowded ghat on the river Ganges, where evening aarti is an eye-treat. Do not forget to pray in front of Chanda Devi. The temple is regarded as the 'Seedha Peetha' which means that wishes come true. The idol of Devi is believed to be installed by Adi Shankaracharya.
With so much heritage, legends and beliefs end your day at the foothills of Lord Shiva


Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot (210kms/7-8hr) HT : 1352 MTS.

This day will also be a long ride to higher religious entry point Barkot. Barkot (1352 meters) is a town in Uttarkashi District, located on the banks of the Yamuna river. It is a big town in Yamunotri Dham. After Ganga Snan and breakfast get ready for this long journey. The ride passes through Mussoorie and Kempty Falls. Both are popular tourists places and hill stations. It is recommended to have lunch near Kempty falls as good restaurants are not available henceforth.
With enthusiasm, you will arrive at Barkot in the evening. You will be surprised by the scenic beauty of this place. Located at the confluence of Yamuna and Tons rivers, there are apple orchards, panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains of Bandar Poonch - it is a stunning place. Barkot is an important stopover to Yamunotri and Gangotri among the four Char Dham Pilgrimages.


Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot {36kms drive & 6kms Trek (one side)} HT : 3291 MTS.

Today is the biggest day as you will touch the first Dham, Yamnotri. Start your morning by a short drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti. Once you arrive here, the hike to Yamnotri which is 6 km far begins. The trek is through the lush valley, dense conifers, rhododendrons, cacti and numerous Himalayan shrubs. Yamunotri is the origin of River Yamuna, highly revered place situated in the north of Uttarakhand. The Yamunotri Glacier at elevation, of 6,387 metres is the source of river Yamuna. The real source is Champasar Glacier closer to the temple.
Yamnotri is another pleasant spot with many options for sight-seeing. One of the significant is Surya Kund which amongst several hot springs in the area. Many pilgrims carry rice in a cloth and dip in the hot water. The cooked and steamed rice is then treated as "prasad" and offered to Divya Shila of the temple. The Shila is a rock pillar that is worshipped before stepping in the temple.
After hot water dips and peaceful mind, it is time to return to Barkot through the same route.


Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi (90kms/4hr) HT :1352 MTS.

From Barkot today you will visit the hub of adventures and spirituality, Uttarakashi. It is the renowned district of Uttarakhand where mountaineers, hikers and pilgrims come every year for their mountain endeavour. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is located in Uttarakashi along with a variety of ashrams and temples. The town is considered comparable to Varanasi which is also on the banks of river Ganges.
One of the pious temples is the Vishwanath temple believed to be the oldest one. It was redeveloped by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in 1857. The entire temple is a huge site which comprises of other shrines of Markandeya Rishi, Ganpati and Sakshi Gopal. While you are at the premises take full advantage of the Akhand Abhishek and Akhand Jyoti. They are of prime importance and bring happiness. If you believe the literature of Skanda Puran, Uttarkashi is home of Lord Shiva for Kaliyug and it is also part of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Another incredible spot not to miss is the Shakti temple that is exactly opposite of Vishwanath. It has a massive linga called ‘Trishul’ of 20 feet in height and a circumference of 90 cms. It is made of iron and copper. The legend goes that Shakti was thrown by Durga goddess known as Shakti hence the name.


Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side) HT : 3048 MTS.

Wake up with new vigour as today you will be witnessing the next Dham of the Char Dhams, Gangotri. Gangotri is by far world's eminent tourists and religious destination. With mountaineers, adventurers, trekkers and pilgrims visiting in thousands, this is the most acclaimed place of the Indian Himalayas.
Along the way at Gangnani take the chance to bathe in Garam Kund. Henceforth the landscapes get mesmerising as you pass through Harsil valley with Deodar trees bloomed everywhere. Again at Gangotri wash away your sins and tiredness by taking a dip in the holy Ganga. Ganga river here is also called Bhagirathi. The revered Gangotri temple on the river banks was built by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century.
Another major attraction is the submerged Shivling which comes to sight only in winter when the river level is less. But is an epic view. Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga. Along with Ganga temple, there is also a Kedar Ganga temple which you must visit. After a day full of exploration you will head back to Uttarkashi.


Day 06: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr) HT : 1319 MTS.

From Uttarkashi, the next celebrated stop is Guptkashi. The route is extremely tranquil through Moolgarh and Lambgoan. Also, the sight of beautiful Mandakini river at Tilwara is serene. The water body follows from Kedarnath (which you will be visiting soon). The path to Guptkashi goes side by side of the Mandakini river.
From the name Guptkashi you might have guessed, it means "hidden Varanasi". As per the Puranas when Pandavas were trying to reconcile with Lord Shiva for heaven. The Pandavas though they had sinned killing their own brothers. So, they came searching for Lord Shiva and Shiva concealed himself at Gupt Kashi. Later Shiva escaped to Kedarnath where Pandavas found him. Some people say hereditary priests stay in Gupt Kashi in winters when the Kedarnath temple is closed.
When you reach in the evening try to catch up Ardh Narishwar temple. It is stunning at night lights. Later on, enjoy your night in your comfy hotel.


Day 07: Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30kms by road & 16 kms Trek)

Option 1- Today will be a milestone of life as you will go to Kedarnath. There will be a medical check-up after which you will head to Sonprayag. From here you will hike up to Kedarnath. You can also take a pony or a doli.
Option 2 – Take a Helicopter from Guptkashi/Fata
Kedarnath needs no introduction. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, a perfect Himalayan getaway with terrific historical and mythological prominence. More importantly, it is just a magnificent spot of beauty and serenity with Kedarnath range at the backdrop. Kedar is synonym name of Lord Shiva who both protector and the destroyer. As per the Mahabharata, the Pandavas after winning the war against Kauravas felt guilty for ending lives of their own brothers. They, therefore, wanted to take the blessing of Lord Shiva. He then escaped and hid in many places. When he finally appeared at Kedarnath. Kedarnath is also part of the Panch Kedar Yatra where parts of Shiva are believed to be found.


Day 08 : Kedarnath – Guptkashi (19Kms Down Trek & 30kms/1hr by Road)

Early morning you get up before dawn and after taking bath you areat 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 Temple Darshan trek down to Sonprayag. Further drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel. Night Halt.


Day 09: Guptkashi - Badrinath (215kms/7hr) HT : 3133 MTS.

The last but not the least, Badrinath is the final stop of the Char Dhaams. You will take a 7 hours long ride to Badrinath via Joshimath. It will also be your halting point for the day.
Not many know of the epic behind the name of Badrinath. The location is decored by wild berries, therefore, the name, "Badri van" or "forest of berries". At 3000 meters height, Badrinath is protected by Nar and Narayan mountains on sideways. This religious place is also filled with hot water springs of which Tapt and Narad kunds are popular. Tapt Kund is on Alaknanda river banks and it is compulsory to bath in this kind before stepping the Badrinath temple. Narad Kund is the pool where Badrinath idol was discovered.
Other attractions are Brahama Kamal (a platform where rituals for deceased are performed), Sheshnetra (it is boulder 1.5 km far that has an impression of a snake), Charanpaduka (another boulder 3 km far that has an impression of Vishnu's footprint), Maha Murty temple (this shrine dedicated to mother of Badrinath), Vasundhara (a waterfall, 5km from Badrinath) etc. Mana village near Badrinath is also of major importance as it houses other attractions like Bhim Pul and Vyas Gufa.

Bhim Pul : 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 10: Badrinath –Rudraprayag (160kms) / Kirtinagar (200kms)

Now it's the day to say goodbye to all the Dhams and head back home. The return journey follows a devotional path with Rudraprayag and Rishikesh on its way. Usually, the devotees take a quick bath in Taptkund before starting the return journey. You can capture the tourist locations of Mana village if you missed them yesterday.
Before Rudraprayag, you will again touch Joshimath. It is on the confluence of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. It is one of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya. One of the Panch Prayag or joining of Alaknanda is Rudraprayag. It is the convergence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Many tourists are coming for rafting and tea breaks here.

Day 11: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh- Haridwar (160kms/5hr) / Kirtinagar – Rishikesh (135kms/4hr)

The final destination is Rishikesh or the place of sages. It is an all-rounder town on the banks of river Ganga surrounded by green lower Himalayas. As the saga says, Raibhya Rishi did his meditation and God appeared using the name " Hrishikesh " therefore this adventure hub got its name. Rishikesh has become extremely amongst youth and adventure seekers for rafting and bungee jumping. Major attractions for sight-seeing are the Beatles ashram, Triveni Ghat and of course Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla.
Enjoy your night in the mighty mountain place of Rishikesh.
Visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram.

Day 12: Depart to Home

How to Reach

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.


By Train:-
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)

By Bus:-
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.

Usually buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station

Cost Terms

COST INCLUDES (Premium & Luxury Package):
1. Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room)
2. Daily Breakfast and dinner (MAP)
3. Transportation by Tempo traveler/ Innova A/C Vehicle with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt.
4. Daily Mineral Water x 01 Bottles (1Ltr). Per person


HOTELS DETAILS: -

Haridwar (01 Nights) The Urmi Hotel/ Godwin Hotel
Barkot (02 Nights) Camp Nirwana (Cottage) / Pavni Resort (Lux Cottage) / Nirwana Cottage
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Shivlinga (A/C Premium) / The Great Ganga (A/C Cottage)
Guptkashi / Sitapur (02 Nights) Kedar River Retreat / Kailash / Village Retreat / Nirwana Cottage
Kedarnath (01 Nights) Punjab Sindh Awas / Jalaram House / New Himachal House
Badrinath (01 Nights) Hotel Sarovar Portico / New Snow Crest
Rudraprayag (01 Nights) Monal Resort (A/C Premium)/ Singrilla resort
Rishikesh (01 Nights) Lily Hotel (A/C)

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: :-
1. GST Extra
2. Any portage at hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature
3. Costs and expenses for medical treatment in case of evacuation or in case of any medical condition or emergency or otherwise for any reason.
4. Room service, Telephone calls and Laundry
5. Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle
6. Lunch
7. Entry fees for Forest/Temples/Park/Monuments and Activities like Cable Car, Ropeway, Helicopter Services or wherever applicable.
8. Travel Insurance or any other kind of insurance (Trekkers/Yatris are advised to obtain applicable insurance on their own).


Note – 1- Neelkantha Temple, Lakhamandal, Triyuginarayan, Ukhimath, Kalimath, Chopta, Auli Sight Seeing not included in above cost.
2- Helicopter booking as per availability and govt instruction.

Fixed Departure

Brief Detail

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Haridwar
Day 02: Haridwar - Barkot
Day 3:- Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot
Day 4:- Barkot - Uttarkashi
Day 5:- Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
Day 6:- Uttarkashi – Guptkashi
Day 7:- Guptkashi - Kedarnath
Day 8:- Kedarnath – Guptkashi
Day 9 - Guptkashi - Badrinath
Day 10 - Badrinath - Rudraprayag
Day 11 – Rudraprayag – Rishikesh- Haridwar
Day 12 - Depart to Home