According to the Hindu scriptures, the Char Dham (meaning "four sacred spots" comprising of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath) yatra is the most sacred of all the pilgrimages and undertaking this pilgrimage is said to not just wash away one's sins but ensure release from the cycle of birth and death.
Yamunotri : Yamountri is the source of the river Yamuna. The temple here is devoted to goddess Yamuna and is situated at an elevation of about 3235 mts. 7 kms away are the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti.
Gangotri : The sacred shrine of Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3200 mts is the source of the river Bhagirathi which later becomes the river Ganga or Ganges.
Kedarnath : The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 Jyoti lingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Situated at an altitude of 3,584 mts at the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus.
Badrinath : Badrinath lies on the banks of the Alaknanda and is devoted to Lord Vishnu and is at an height of 3,133 mts.
Rudraprayag, situated at the confluence of the river Mandakini flowing from Kedarnath, and the river Alaknanda coming from Badrinath.
Rishikesh is at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is here that the holy Ganges changes from a fierce mountain river to a calm meandering one.
Haridwar, located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains
New Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Shivpuri - Joshimath - auli - badrinath - auli - Rudraprayag - sonrayag - kedarnath - siyalsore - uttarakshi - gangotri - Barkot - Yamnotri - Barkot - Rishikesh - Delhi.
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 01: DELHI -HARIDWAR -RISHIKESH
- After breakfast drive to Rishikesh (240 kms. / 6-7 hrs). Lunch en-route
Haridwar: Hardwar or Haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of Uttranchal 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: 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 Rishikesh 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.
Places to see: Triveni ghat, Lakshman Jhoola, ram Jhoola, Bharat Mandir, Shivan and ashram.
- Dinner and overnight stay at the MHE jungle Camp.
DAY 02: SHIVPURI-JOSHIMATH
- Leave Shivpuri early morning for Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Nandprayag see those places famous for confluence of two great river and proceed to Joshimath via Chamoli and Pipalkoti.
- Arrive at Joshimath late afternoon and visit Adi Guru Shankracharya seat Narshimha temple or a visit to Auli (famous winter hill resort for skiing). Drive another 14kms to Auli and check into MHE Himalayan Lodge.
- Overnight stay at the MHE Himalayan Lodge, Auli.
DAY 03: AULI – BADRINATH- AULI
- Leave Auli early in the morning for Badrinathji. Rreach Badrinath at 11 am.
BADRINATH: 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.
BADRINATH TEMPLE: Dedicated to lord Vishnu, 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.
- Return to Auli for overnight.
DAY 04: AULI- RUDRAPARAYAG - SONPRAYAG
- After early morning Darshan at Badrinathji again start drive to Rudraprayag.We go via Chamoli, Nandprayag and Gauchar. Rudraprayag is famous for the confluence of the two rivers, Alaknanda and Mandakini.
- Leave Rudraprayag for Sonprayag via Guptkashi. Arrival early afternoon at Sonprayag.
SONPRAYAG : Situated at the confluence of Soneganga and Mandakini river. The road to Trijuginarayan diverts from here.
TRIJUGINARAYAN : According to legend, this was the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva temple, is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage. Trijuginarayan can be reach by 12km drive from Sonprayag.
- Evening free to enjoy the surroundings.
- Dinner and overnight stay at Sonprayag.
DAY 05: SONPRAYAG - KEDARNATH
- Early morning departure to Gaurikund (14 km trekking). After having morning bath at hot spring "KUND" Gaurikund leave for trek to Kedarnathji temple by doli or -pony (14 km) reach Kedarnathji in afternoon.
KEDARNATH TEMPLE: 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 figures 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 architecture, and 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 bungalow visit to Kedarnath ji temple for aarti, darshan.
- Overnight stay at tourist guesthouse.
DAY 06 : KEDARNATH - SIYALSORE
- Trek down from Kedarnath ji to Gaurikund to get to your vehicle and drive to Siyalsore (70 km).
- Overnight stay at Siyalsore.
DAY 07 : SIYALSORE - UTTARKASHI
- Leave Siyalsore for Uttarkashi (180 km) via Ghansil - Baldianaa. Arrival Uttarkashi late afternoon visit to famous Nehru mountaineering institue.
- Overnight at MHE Camp.
DAY 08 : UTTARKASHI - GANGOTRI -UTTARKASHI
- Leave Uttarkashi to Gangotri via Lanka-Bjaironghati. Arrived Gangotri afternoon Gangotri. The shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 mts. above sea level. Evening free for darshan-pooja at Ganga Ji.
TEMPLE GANGOTRI- As legend goes raja Bhagirathi 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 Gorkha commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century A.D. constructed his temple. It is also believed that the Pandava come here to perform the great deva yagna to atone the death of their kinsmen in the beetle of MAHABHARATA.
- Return to Uttarkashi for the night .
DAY 09 : UTTARKSHI - BARKOT
- Leave Gangotri to Barkot.
- Overnight stay at Camp Barkot.
DAY 10 : BARKOT -YAMNOTRI - BARKOT
- Trek to Yamunotri temple (13 km)
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.
- Overnight stay at Camp Barkot.
DAY 11 : BARKOT - RISHIKESH
- Leave Syanachatti to Rishikesh. (208 kms).
- Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 12 : RISHIKESH - DELHI
- Breakfast at hotel. Morning sight seeing tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Lunch at hotel. After lunch drive to Delhi (230 km). Arrived Delhi by late evening.
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