The Char Dham is the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas. Located in the Garhwal section of the state of Uttarakhand (formerly the northwestern section of Uttar Pradesh), the circuit consists of four sites-Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. While each site is unique in its own fashion, inclusion in the Char Dham has, over time, caused them be viewed together in popular imagination and actual pilgrimage practice.
Chardham Yatra Budget Package
Day 01: Haridwar/ RishikeshPick up from Haridwar railway station and drive to Hotel. Evening visit of Ghats and excursion Hardwar visiting Mansa Devi Temple and participation in Ganges puja Overnight Stay at SGAR GANGA RESORT. Hardwar or haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of uttrakhand is dotted with temples of vishnu & shiva. Vishnu is known as hari and shiva as har dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as haridwar or hardwar, as it is the gateway to shri badrinath and shri kedarnath, the holy shrines of hari and har. The hindu pantheon allows freedom of worship of gods in any form. Uttarakhand abounds in shrines of gods & goddesses and haridwar from time immemorial has been the gateway to these shrines.
Rishikesh is situated on the trisection of three districts of garhwal division and most of the city lies on the right bank of the River Ganga, the place of sages is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of ganga and is surrounded by shivalik range of the himalayas on three sides, it is said that when raibhya rishi did hard penances, god appeared by the name of hrishikesh and this area henceforth came to be known as rishikesh. It is the starting point for the char dham pilgrimage of the hindus in which pilgrims go to yamunotri, gangotri, kedarnath and badrinath to seek spiritual salvation. On the way to the garhwal himalayas and the sikh shrine at hemkund sahib one passes rishikesh. Rishikesh adventurous visitors, Rishikesh is the place for starting their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan peaks, 10 km upsteam at shivpuri is the site for river running, rafting activities, on the roaring white water of ganga, from October to May. The international yoga week, which attracts participation from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb. on the bank of ganga river. Places to see: triveni ghat, lakshman jhoola, ram jhoola, bharat mandir, shivanand ashram & the divine life society)
Day 02 : Haridwar - SynachattiMorning drive to Synachatti. Overnight hotel KALINDI.
Day 03 : Synachatti - Yamunotri - SynachattiMorning trek to Yamunotri (14 km) after visit of the holy Shrine trek down five km to Janki Chatti . Overnight hotel KALINDI.Trek to yamunotri temple (13 km) YAMUNOTRI: situated at a elevation of 3235 meters above sea-level, the shrines of yamunotri is one of the tour dhams of uttakhand. The source of yamuna lies about 11 km ahead at an attitude of about 4421 meters. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer pooja at the temple itself. Hanumanchatti or 5 km from jankichatti. Darshan pooja trek back or come down to jankichatti 6 km below the temple
CDay 04 : Synachatti - UttarkashiAfter breakfast, trek nine kms . Our vehicle will pick up and drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight hotel SHIVALINGAM.
Day 05 : Uttarkashi - GangotriMorning drive to Gangotri. Check into hotel afternoon visit of Gangotri Temple , Bhagirathi Shila ( the Penance place of King Bhagirathi ) and Ghats. Overnight hotel BIRLA HOUSE.
As legend goes raja bhagirath used to worship lord shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that goddess, ganga first descended to earth from heaven at this stone. Amar singh thapa, the gokha commander of garhwal, in the 18th century A.D. constructed this temple. It is also believed that the pandavas come here to perform the great deva yagna to atone the death of their kinsmen in the bettle of MAHABHARATA.
Day 06 : Gangotri - RudraprayagMorning Drive to Rudraprayag. Check into hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 07:Rudraprayag - Gaurikund - Trek to KedarnathMorning drive to Gaurikund afterwards trek to Kedarnath ( 14 kms ) thru the panoromic valley of Mandakini. The gushing sound of river and cascading waterfalls provides a romantic atmosphere for trekking.
An imposing sight standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by snow covered peaks. The present temple built in 18th century A.D. by Adi shankaracharya, stands adjacent tot he site of earlier temple built by the pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with fitures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the nandi bull stands as guard. Dedicated to lord shiva, the exquisitely architectured, kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large heavy and evenly cut grey slavs of stones. It evokes wonder as to how these heavy slavs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a "Garbha Griha" for worship and mandap appt. for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A concial rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as lord shiva in his sadashiva form. Rest at bunglow visit to kedarnath ji temple for aarti, darshan.
Day 08 : Kedarnath - Gaurikund - GuptkashiMorning visit temple. Afterwards trek down to Gaurikund. Drive to Guptkashi. Overnight hotel.
Day 09: Guptkashi - JoshimathMorning drive to Joshimath. Overnight hotel DRONAGIRI.
Day 10 : Joshimath - BadrinathAfter breakfast visit Adi Guru Shankarayacharya temple and then drive to Badrinath. Overnight hotel.
Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the country and situated at an elevation of 3133 mts. Above sea level, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as NAR & NARAYAN , with the towering NEEL KANTH PEAK providing a splended back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild barries which gage it the name "badri Van" meaning forest of berries. Facing the temple at the back of alaknanda river there is a hot water spring known as TAPT KUND.
Dedicated to lord vshnu, the temple of shri badrinathji is 15 mts. In height built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a filt bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the vedic age.
Day 11:Badrinath - SrinagarMorning drive to Srinagar, en-route halt for lunch, arrive Srinagar check into the hotel. Night stay at Srinagar.
Day 12: Srinagar - Haridwar - DelhiMorning drive to Haridwar, upon arrival at Haridwar transfer to railway station for your onward journey or straight drive to Delhi,
REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAR DHAM YATRA. Raincoat/Umbrella.
. Monkey cap (Woollen).
. Hand gloves (Woollen).
. Wind Cheater.
. One Extra bed sheet.
. Canvas Shoes with deep grips.
. Socks (Woolen) two pair.
. Stick available on hire at Govindghat.
. Torch with extra pairs of Battery.
. Rope for drying lenians.
MEDICINE AS PER PRESCRIBED BY THE DOCTOR. Iodex / Relexil.
. Vicks Ointment or Vicks candid.
. Novalgine or any painkiller tablet.
. Cold cream.
. Band Aid.
. Anticeptic Ointment.
. Intestopan/Imosecs for Diarrhoea.
. Any other medicine prescribed by your doctor if you have B.P or any other problems.
PRECAUTION FOR CHAR DHAM YATRACover your head with Monkey cap or any other woollen clothes while on high altitude to avoid hill-sickness, giddiness etc., at Badrinath, KEDARNATH, Gangotri, Yamunotri.Keep on drinking water/liquid to avoid hill-diarrhoea While on high altitude, eat only what is cooked over there. While on trekking, trek in one motion (Slow step), avoid any compitition. Try to maintain the trekking motion till last; this will keep maintained your stemona. Put sweet candid in the mouth, use electrol/gulcon in water while trekking.Trek only on hill-side, avoid trekking or standing on valley side, as poney (horse) coming from opposite direction may push you down to the valley which may cause serious casualty. Tap-Water is available at every place, use only tap-water or boiled water can be obtained from local chatti (tea-shop) on free of charges during on trekking. While hiring poney/doli/local laborer if tea/meals if offered to them, they provide better services or take more care of you. While carrying your luggage through the porters tie it properly as to avoid any loss of luggage.
Our Dhanualti - Rishikesh Camps (Duration: 03 Days)
Destinations :Delhi - Dhanaulti Camp-Kempty fall-Rishikesh - Haridwar
Previous Night: Delhi - Dhanaulti CampDeparture from Delhi by exclusive Car / coach to Mussoorie (300 kms appox.) Drive of 7 hours. Late in the night,
Day 01 : Dhanaulti CampArrive at Dhanaulti Camp in the Morning, after having some rest proceed to take some Leadership Activities at Camp:
. Adventure Sports Activities at Thangdhar Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Valley Crossing, Burma Bridge, Zig-Zag, Tarzan Swing, Commando net, Under Drum, Monkey crawling, Parallel rope, Jummaring and Spider Web.
. Ground Sports activities - Volley Ball, Bad-Minton, and Cricket.
Evening drive back to Camp. Dinner & over night stay.
Day 02 : Dhanaulti - Kempty fall - RishikeshDeparture for one night stay at Rishikesh (3 hours drive), via Kempty Fall, Check - In at Hotel. Evening Visit to Temples and the river Ganges. Overnight Stay.
Kempty fall :Located at 15 Kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri having an altitude of 1370 mtrs. It has a distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the fall is enjoyable and unforgettable experience during summer days.
Day 03 : Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi
Visit to ashrams etc. and departure for Haridwar (45 minutes drive). Upon arrival visit to Har-ki-pauri and local temples the leave for Delhi.
Char Dham :The Char Dham ('the four abodes/seats') is the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas. Located in the Garhwal section of the state of Uttaranchal (formerly the northwestern section of Uttar Pradesh), the circuit consists of four sites -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. While each site in the circuit has an autonomous history and significance that predates and remains distinct from their status as a circuit, inclusion in the Char Dham has, over time, caused them be viewed together in popular imagination and actual pilgrimage practice.
YamunotriYamunotri Temple is the main temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Maharani Guleria of Jaipur built the present temple in the late nineteenth century. Once destroyed by an earthquake, it has been rebuilt. The temple is approachable by road. However, the route is little away from the normal pilgrimage route. Passing through many lakes like Dodital , Ruinsara Lake and Yamunotri Pass, the trek to Yamunotri becomes an adventure pilgrimage. The trek route passes through many high elevation meadows and passes offering excellent view of Swargarohini group of mountains.
GangotriGangotri, the source of the river Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, which is further 18 km trek along the Gangotri glacier