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Char Dham is referred to the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage of India nestled in Indian Himalayas of Uttarakhand state of India. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham ( four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism, these four sites are the epicenter of religious activity in north India and important shine for Hindus. These have been the most important Hindu piigrimage centers which have been visited by devout Hindus for ages. The circuit consists of four sites. Yamunatri,the source of the Yamuna river and seat of Goddess Yamuna; Gangotri,the source of the Ganges river and seat of Goddess Ganga ; Kedarnath ,where a form of the Hindu God Shiva is acclaimed as one of the twelve jyotilinga this is the highest of the 12 Jyotirlingas - where Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of light, it is the third of the four dhams and the holiest of all Hindu holy sites;and Badrinath,the seat of the Hindu God Vishnu. Experience the divinity and mysticism of these sacred shrines as we take you an a journey to'Dev Bhumi'(Abode of Gods), Uttarakhand. Traditionally, the Chardham yatra is undertaken from the west to the east. Thus, the yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Moreover devotees also visit Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji the pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, and is one of the highest located religious sites in the country. Thus, pilgrims visit all these places in aspiration of washing away their sins and to attain salvation by the blessings of the Lord and ensuring the release from the cycle of birth and death.The honour conferred on these places is not surprising. These are regarded as the most sacred of all Himalayan ranges.It is also said that heaven and earth converge in these holy spots, and to be born or die here is a boon only the very fortunate have. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, then Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama.
Morning Pick up from Delhi airport or Railway station and drive to Haridwar, Reach Haridwar Check in at the hotel and welcome drink & mini refreshments at arrival,Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in the evening.Dinner & overnight stay at Haridwar. Post Dinner, Trip Leader's brief on Holy Chardham Yatra..
Temples in Haridwar which are major attraction of this Saint city are, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev, Anandmai ashram, Vaishno Devi Temple,Doodhdhari Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple and Bharat Mata Mandir.
Haridwar : Lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal , 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 Shiva's 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.
Early morning wake up call for ganges bathing and Surya Namaskar at Saptrishi Ghat, breakfast and later leave for journey to the first of your Dham, Yamunotri, (daughter of the Sun god, Surya and consciousness, Sangya. .Drive to Barkot will be via Dehradun ,Mussoorie and visiting Kempty fall enroute. Dinner & Overnight stay at Barkot.
Morning Wake up and leave for Yamunotri Darshan, your first of Himalayan Chardham. Drive to Hanuman Chatti, from here you have to take local jeeps for Janki chatti (It helps to reduce the trek upto 8 kms),trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms).Either by walk or by Hiring Pony or by Palanquin. Arrival 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 Kund's warn water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
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.
Morning breakfast and leave for Uttarkashi, literally meaning Kashi of north. Enroute Journey breaks at Brahamkhal and Dharasu band. Later reach Uttarkashi in time for Lunch. Rest of the evening at leisure.Later visit Vishwanath Temple.Dinner & stay overnight at Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected. The other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi.
Early morning wakeup call and light breakfast proceed for Gangotri. Enroute journey break at Gangnani, hot water spring, later continue for Gangotri temple. Post Puja, lunch at Gangotri. Later leave for Uttarkashi. Dinner & stay overnight 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.
Morning post breakfast leave for Guptkashi for the Kedarnath darshan, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.Drive to Guptkashi enroute visiting Heritage Tehri Town and lake which is developed by Submerging whole town under it, Reach Guptkashi a large village located in Kedar Khanda. It is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple - dedicated to god Shiva - similar to the one in Varanasi.Overnight stay at Guptkashi
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.
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag. Check in Hotel at the hotel in Rudraprayag. Overnight Night Halt.
Rudraprayag : Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), Rudraprayag is situated at the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakani rivers, at a distance of 34 km from Srinagar (Garhwal). The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes and glaciers.
Morning Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti.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 of berries".
Overnight stay at Badrinath.
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 Sheshnag's 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 before Tibet.
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.
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 Srinagar. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay at Srinagar.
Early morning, visit Narsingh Temple & Shankracharaya Math. Later, Drive back to Rishikesh. Check in Hotel.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. Overnight stay at Rishikesh. Temples & Sight Seeing - Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.
Drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport. Tour Terminate.
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