Chardham “A Gateway to God”

Tour Highlights

Duration
12 Nights / 13 Days

Routing
Arrive Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Yamunotri – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Rudraprayag – Kedarnath – Karanprayag – Nandprayag – Vishnuprayag – Joshimath – Badrinath – Srinagar – Rishikesh – Delhi Departure

Rishikesh
Shivananda Ashram, Ram Jhoola, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Ashram and Laxman Jhoola.

Mussoorie
The Mall Road & Kempty Fall

Yamunotri
Yamunotri Temple, Holy Dip in Natural Hot water spring or Ice cold river Yamuna

Uttarkashi
Kashi Vishwanath temple

Gangotri
Gangotri Temple, Holy dip in river Bhagirathi

Kedarnath
Kedarnath Temple

Joshimath
Narshimha Temple & Vishnu Prayag

Mana Village
Vyasa Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul, Saraswati river etc.

Badrinath
Badri Valley, Badrinath temple, Holy dip in Taptkund

Haridwar
Ritualistic bathing on the banks of pious river Ganges and evening Aarti at Har-ki-Pauri

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by Exceptional Escapes representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

Evening is at Leisure.
Overnight Hotel- Delhi

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Day 02: Delhi – Haridwar (Train) – Rishikesh (20kms/40 mins)
Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board the train to Haridwar, an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India.

Upon arrival transfer to Rishikesh. City in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation.
Arrive Rishikesh and check-in at the hotel.

Later leave for sightseeing of Rishikesh.
Visit Shivananda Ashram, Ram Jhoola, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Ashram and Laxman Jhoola.

Evening free at leisure.
Overnight Hotel- Rishikesh

Day 03: Rishikesh – Barkot (200 kms/7 hrs)
Post breakfast leave for Barkot, enroute stop in Mussoorie (80 kms/2-3 hrs drive from Rishikesh). Visit The Mall Road & Kempty Fall and enjoy the beautiful view of the himalayas.
Later drive to Barkot.

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Arrive and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight Hotel- Barkot

Day 04: Barkot - Yamunotri – Barkot (45 Kms road/ 6kms Trek)
Early morning drive to Jankichatti, trek starts from here to Yamunotri (6kms). On arrival leave the vehicle and start to ascend on trek route either by walk or pony/doli (at own cost). On arrival at Yamunotri purchase Prasad from local small shops, then proceed to holy dip in natural hot water spring or in river Yamuna (icy cold water). One can cook rice in “Surya Kund” (hot water spring), dipping in a muslin cloth and take cooked rice home as "Prasadam". Pooja can be offered to mythological “Divya Shila”. Take blessings of Mata Yamuna and trek down to Jankichatti. Later drive back to Barkot.

Approx.  charges for Pony: -  Rs. 1200 - 1500/- Per Person
Approx.  charges for Doli : -  Rs. 3500 - 5000/- Per Person
Overnight Hotel- Barkot

Day 05: Barkot  – Uttarkashi - (90kms/4hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Uttarkashi, on arrival check in at hotel. Later visit famous Kashi Vishwanath temple at Uttarkashi.
Overnight Hotel- Uttarkashi

Day 06: Uttarkashi  Gangotri -Uttarkashi (24kms/2hrs)
Morning proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), en-route enjoy the drive parallel to Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. On arrival Gangotri have a holy dip in river Bhagirathi (icy cold water). Perform Pooja and Hindu rites at the bank of river. Then proceed to darshan, of Mata Ganga, Lord Shiva, Hanuman, Vinayka and Bhagirath Maharaj, have blessings and return back to Uttarkashi.
Overnight Hotel- Uttarkashi

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Day 07: Uttarkashi - Sitapur (280kms/ 11 hrs)
After early breakfast drive to Sitapur, on arrival check into hotel.

Overnight Hotel- Sitapur

Day 08: Sitapur - Kedarnath - Sitapur  (10 mins Drive / 18 kms Trek)
Early morning drop to Sonprayag (for trek route) trek to Kedarnath starts from here. Start to ascend on trek route either by walk or pony/doli (at own cost). Helicopter service is also available for Kedarnath, so one can take helicopter to Kedarnath (at own cost). Traveler should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes. After performing Pooja & Darshan of Shri Kedarnath ji return to Sitapur.
Overnight Hotel- Sitapur

Day 09: Sitapur – Pipalkoti (120 kms / 6 Hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Later, in the afternoon drive to Pipalkoti. On arrival check into hotel.
Overnight hotel- Pipalkoti

Day 10: Pipalkoti  -Joshimath -Badrinath (80kms/4 hrs)
After an Early breakfast drive to Badrinath en-route visit Joshimath (Narshimha Temple)  & Vishnu Prayag later drive to Badrinath & visit  Mana Village (India’s last village towards Indo-Tibetan border) which includes Vyasa Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul, Saraswati river etc.
Thereafter check at the hotel & you are free to explore the Badri Valley & visit Badrinath temple after a holy dip in Taptkund. Proceed through colorful entrance of the temple have Darshan of Badrivishal along with Ganesh, Kubera, Garuda, Narada, Udhhav, Nar & Narayan. Also see another small temples inside the temple compound i.e. Laxmimata, Nar-Narayana, Hanuman, Ghantakarn and Kaamdhenu. One can get ‘Charnamirt’ (abhishekam jal) inside compound.
Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddam Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus), one can perform rite here.

Overnight Hotel- Badrinath

Day 11: Badrinath – Srinagar (170 Kms/7hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Srinagar, en-route visit Karanprayag, Nandprayag, Rudraprayag  & Dhari Devi temple. On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight Hotel- Srinagar

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Day 12: Srinagar – Haridwar
Post breakfast drive to Haridwar, en-route visit Devprayag the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. Here onwards downstream river is called Ganges, later transfer to Haridwar.
On arrival check-in at the hotel. Later proceed to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of pious river Ganges and join the enchanting evening Aarti at Har-ki-Pauri. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit (nectar) spilled out of the pitcher, is located at Har ki Pauri and is considered to be prime ghat of Haridwar.

Overnight Hotel- Haridwar.

Day 13: Haridwar – Delhi Depart
Early Morning transfer to Haridwar Railway station to board the train to Delhi.

On arrival at the New Delhi railway station transfer to the airport to board the flight back home taking back wonderful HOLIDAY memories…..

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