Vaishno Devi Tour Packages | Kashmir Tour Package
Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts are located in Garhwal Mandal of Uttarakhand state of India and this circuit has Char Dham. The four temples included in this yatra are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is also known as Chhota Char Dham Yatra. All the holy places of Chhota Char Dham Yatra are dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses. Kedarnath Dham is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Badrinath Dham is dedicated to Lord Badri or Vishnu. Gangotri Dham is dedicated to Mata Ganga and Yamunotri to Mata Yamuna. Every year lakhs of people visit here during the period from opening to closing of the doors. Yamunotri Temple is the first stop of Char Dham Yatra, after which Gangotri Temple and then Kedarnath Temple, the journey ends at Badrinath Temple.
According to Indian scriptures, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are the holiest places for Hindus. They are also known as Char Dham. It has been said in the scriptures that the virtuous souls who succeed in visiting this place, not only their sins of this birth are washed away, but they are also freed from the bondage of life and death. It is also said in relation to this place that this is the place where earth and heaven unite. Pilgrims first visit Yamunotri (Yamuna) and Gangotri (Ganga) during this journey. Devotees perform Jalabhishek on Kedareshwar by taking holy water from here.
Among the Chhota Char Dham (discussed further in the Char Dham Yatra) temples located in the Himalayas, Badrinath is more important and popular. Apart from Badrinath, this small Char Dham includes Kedarnath (Shiva Temple), Yamunotri and Gangotri (Devi Temple). These four dhams hold their own separate and important place in Hinduism. In the middle of the 20th century, these four pilgrimage centers situated in the lap of the Himalayas were given the adjective ‘small’, which defines these shrines settled here even today. One has to climb up to a height of more than 4,000 meters to visit Chhota Char Dham.
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The journey to Gangotri and Yamunotri temple begins on Akshaya Tritiya. The starting date of Kedarnath Yatra is fixed on Shivratri and the opening date of Badrinath temple is fixed on Basant Panchami. The Chardham Yatra begins in April-May and closes around Diwali in October-November every year.
Chopta – It is a very beautiful hill station, situated at an altitude of 8,556 feet above sea level. In Chopta, you will find the world’s highest Shiva temple, this temple is very famous by the name of Tungnath. It is also famous for its adventurous activities such as trekking, hiking, and mountain biking.
Chandrashilla – It is situated in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal, this place offers wonderful views of the nearby lakes, meadows, peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar, Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba.
Gaurikund – This place is also known as the land of penance and yoga practice because Mother Parvati had done Aghor penance at some place to get Lord Shiva. This place also becomes extremely special because it is widely believed that it was here that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Mother Parvati.
Sonprayag – It is surrounded by the abundance of nature and majestic snow-clad peaks, it is also the place where the Mandakini River meets the Basuki River. It is a belief that devotees can attain Vaikunth Dham only by the touch of water. This place is situated 20.4 kms from Kedarnath.
Vasuki Tal – The scenic view of the Himalayan ranges and the serene lake around compels the tourists to come here. Apart from this, the areas around Vasuki Tal are best for trekking. From Kedarnath you can reach Vasuki Taal Lake by an 8 Km trek.
Rudra Cave – It is an underground stone meditation cave located 1 km from Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. From the cave you can see Kedarnath Temple and Bhairavnath Temple very well.
By Air : Dehradun is the nearest airport to Char Dham. Almost all airlines have flights to Jolly Grant Airport. It is better to travel by air to Dehradun airport and then proceed to the Char Dham pilgrimage sites.
By Train : Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to these holy places. Haridwar is connected to Delhi and other major cities through rail network.
By Road : You can start Char Dham Yatra by road from Haridwar, Delhi or Dehradun though Buses, Private Buses, Tampo Traveller and Cab. Haridwar is connected to Delhi and other major cities through road.
Route : Haridwar – Barkot – Yamunotri – Barkot – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Guptkashi – Badrinath – Rudraprayag – Haridwar
Duration : 10 Days 9 Nights
Start Point : Haridwar
End Point : Haridwar
Pick up from Haridwar Railway Station / Dehradun Airport / Railway Station. Drive to Barkot via Mussoorie, en-route, visit Kempty Fall (it is suggested to have your lunch at Kempty Fall as there are no good restaurants available before Badkot). Later, drive straight to Barkot, then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and store your energy for the Pahad (Hill) Yatra of Yamunotri the next day. Overnight stay at Barkot.
Early morning, Drive to Jankichatti or Phoolchatti; the trek starts from here to Yamunotri (6 km). Either by foot, horseback, or Doli at one’s own expense. The trek passes through a lush green valley with a profusion of conifers, rhododendrons, cacti, and several species of Himalayan shrubs.
After breakfast, Drive to Uttarkashi. Visit the Vishwanath Temple and Other Places Check-in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Night Halt.
Early morning drive to Gangotri, en route at Gangnani, take a holy dip in Garam Kund, further drive to Gangotri via the beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its natural beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform pooja and darshan, and then relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Return back to Uttarkashi. Dinner and an overnight stay in Uttarkashi.
Drive straight to Guptkashi via Moolgarh and Lambgoan. En route, you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. Check into your hotel upon arrival and spend the evening at Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Departure for Kedarnath Dham after breakfast. Return to your hotel after Kedarnath Darshan. Overnight stay at Kedarnath.
By Air – In the morning, our driver will take you to your pre-arranged air service. You can inform the driver about your arrival time, whether it is by air-related services or by trek, so that driver will be there to pick you up.
By Trek – Our driver will drop you off at Sonprayag in the morning, after which you will take a local Jeep to Gaurikund and then continue your trek to Kedarnath. After darshan, you follow the same route and go back to Sonpraag. There is a big parking issue, so the driver will go to another parking lot. If his contact number is not working, you will have to arrange another taxi or wait for your driver.
You get up before dawn, take a bath, and arrive at the temple 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 and continue driving to Guptkashi. Check-in Hotel. Night Halt.
Morning, after breakfast, drive to Badrinath. When you arrive in Badrinath, check into your hotel. Pilgrims, after having a bath in the Taptkund, have the Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in the evening. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). Other interesting tourist attractions include Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund, and the Saraswati River’s “Mukh.” Badrinathjee is only three kilometres away. Overnight stay at Badrinath.
Early in the morning, pilgrims, after having a bath in the Taptkund, have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for the Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). Other interesting tourist attractions include Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund, and the Saraswati River’s “Mukh.” Badrinathjee is only three kilometres away. Later, drive back to Rudraprayag / Kirtinagar via Joshimath. Check-in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Drive to Rishikesh, the “place of sages,” a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of the Ganga and surrounded by the 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. Later, transfer to Haridwar Railway Station or Dehradun Airport. Tour Terminate.