Day 1 Haridwar (230 kms/6-7hrs)
Arrival Delhi Airport / Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri
for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.
Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shivas hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar
district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed
penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the
curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth
forms Lord Shivas locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons
of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred
waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to
the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy
ranges of the central Himalayas. The Aarti worship of the Ganga after sunset
and the floating dia (lamp) is a moving ritual.
Day 2 Haridwar - Barkot (220kms/7-8hr)
Drive to Barkot via Dehradun & Mussoorie. Enroute visit Kempty Fall and others later drive straight to your Hotel for night halt.
Day 3 Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot 36kms drive & 6kms Trek (one side)
Drive to Jankichatti / Phoolchatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms).
Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, One
can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the
hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Here near
the temple "Pooja" can be offered to Divya Shila, After taking bath
in Jamunabai Kunds warn water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning
to Jankichatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century.
It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.
Surya Kund: There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple,
which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.
Divya Shila: A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
Day 4 Barkot - Uttarkashi (100kms/4hr)
Drive to Uttarkashi. Check in Hotel, Later at evening visit Vishwanath Temple.
Uttarkashi: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath
is located here where a massive iron trident is erected.
Day 5 Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side)
We proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), enroute we enjoy picturesque Harsil village,
Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. After Gangotri
Darshan we return to Uttarkashi. Oernight stay at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri Temple: The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa
in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
Submerged Shivling: Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the
place where, according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga
in his matted lock. It is visible in winter months when water level decreases.
Kedar Ganga Sangam: Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar
Ganga. Starting from the Kedar Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its
Day 6 Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr)
Early morning, drive straight to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel, night halt.
Day 7 Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30kms by road & 14kms Trek)
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts)
on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines,
heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check
in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters.,
one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This
is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the
base for a trek to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is
a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range.
Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According
to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra
war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings
of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took
refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the
ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The r! emaining portions of Lord Shiva
appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations.
The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar
and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned
shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.
Day 8 Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (14Kms Down Trek & 75kms/3hr by Road)
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at Rudraprayag. Night Halt.
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
Day 9 Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165kms/7hr)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath
Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
Badrinath one of the Four Dhams is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots
of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either
side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering
Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted
with wild berries. Thus the place got the name "Badri van", meaning "forest
Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where
it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where
the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform
proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary
serpent, better known as the Sheshnags eye.
Charanpaduka : 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu
is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important
temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village
Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This
place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto Mana.
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 – Joshimath (44kms/3hr) / Pipalkoti (85kms/4hr) / Kirtinagar (200kms/7-8hr)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan
of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors
(Pitrus). There are other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa,
Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati
River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Joshimath
/ Pipalkoti / Kirtinagar. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.
Of the four Maths established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is in the Badrinath
to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many
temples in the township most important is the temple of Nir Singh in commotion
of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is with time and the popular belief
holds that the day the the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease
to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley
at Bhavishya Badri. Joshimath is connected by regular bus service to Rishikesh,
Haridwar, Badrinath and many other centres in the region.
Day 11 Joshimath - Rishikesh (255kms/8-9hr) / Pipalkoti – Rishikesh (210kms/7-8hr) / Kirtinagar – Rishikesh (105kms/3-4hr)
Drive to Rishikesh, 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 hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Check in Hotel. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.. Overnight stay.
Day 12 Rishikesh - Hardwar - Delhi (250kms/7-8hr)
Drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport. Tour Terminate.