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Pilgrims India
Char Dham Shri Kedarnath Maa Vaishno Devi
Located in the Garhwal section of the state of Uttarakhand ,the Char Dham circuit consists of four holy sites - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.

Most pilgrims to the Char Dham embark from the famous temple town of Haridwar. Others leave from Haridwar's sister city, Rishikesh, or from Dehra Doon, the capital of Uttarakhand. From there, the tradition is to visit the sites in the following order:
The source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the goddess Yamuna, is a full day's journey from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The actual temple is only accessible by a six km walk from the town of Hanuman Chatti (horses or palanquins are available for rent). Ritual duties such as the making and distribution of prasad (sanctified offerings) and the supervision of pujas (ritual venerations) are performed by the Uniyal family of pujaris (priests). Unique aspects of ritual practice at the site include hot springs where raw rice is cooked and made into prasad.
The source of the Ganga (Ganges) River and seat of the Goddess Ganga, can be reached in one day's travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehra Dun, or in two days from Yamunotri. Gangotri is accessible directly by car and bus. Ritual duties are supervised by the Semwal family of pujaris. The Aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is especially impressive, as is the temple, a stately affair that sits on the banks of the rushing Ganga (Ganges River). Adventurous pilgrims can make an overnight 17 km trek to Gaumukh, the actual current source of the Ganga.
where a form of the Hindu god Shiva is venerated as one of the twelve jyotirling (linga of light), is a two-day's journey from either Gangotri or one of the main disembarkation points on the plains. Besides its affiliation with Siva, Kedarnath is also believed to be the site of Shankaracharya's samadhi (place of enternment). The actual temple, an impressive stone edifice of unknown date, is accessible only after a steep 13 km walk (horses or palanquins are available for rent). The most remote of the four Chota Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks.
The seat of the Hindu god Vishnu in his aspect of Badrinarayan, is generally a two-day's journey from either Kedarnath or one of the main disembarkation points on the plains. By far the most important of the four sites, as part of the larger Char Dham, Badrinath receives many more visitors than the other three sites. As the route to Badrinath is for much of the way also the route to Hemkund Sahib, an important Sikh pilgrimage site, the road to Badrinath is especially crowded. The temple and its substantial surrounding village are accessible by road. The actual temple is a striking building whose bright colors evoke the painted Buddhist ghompas of the region.
Char Dham -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath
Duration - 11 Nights/ 12 days
Day 01- Delhi - Haridwar (210 kms/6 Hours)
Depart for Haridwar by road. (214 kms / 6 hrs). Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Haridwar, check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own. Evening Ganga Arti at Har Ki Pauri. Dinner & Overnight at The Haveli Hari Ganga or similar at Haridwar..
Day 02- Haridwar - Barkot (175kms/7hrs)
After breakfast, you proceed to Barkot . Time permitting you can also visit Kempty Falls on the way. En-route enjoy delicious lunch at wayside restaurant. Barkot is a place of great scenic beauty with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains all around. A magnificent view of the eternal snow peaks of Bandar punch can be seen from here. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Barkot.
Day 03- Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot
(38kms/2hrs, local taxi drive 7 Kms/1hrs, 6kms/3hrs trek one side)
After early breakfast, we will proceed to Hanumanchatti via Syanachatti(5 kms. Before Hanumanchatti). From here local taxis are available for Jankichatti. From Jankichatti we begin our trek to Yamunotri (6 km/ 3 hrs) to visit the temple of Goddess Yamuna, situated on the bank of the river. You can take a holy dip in the nearby tank filled by hot springs and cook rice in its water, the common rituals performed by the devotees. We return to Barkot in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at The Chardham Camp, Barkot.
Day 04- Barkot - Harsil (174 kms,8 hrs)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Harsil - one the most beautiful valleys in the world. En-route we will stop at Uttarkashi to visit Vishwanath Temple & then Gangnani for hot water spring dip. Time permitting we can also see Parketswer Temple in a natural cave. It is a 150 meters trek from the main road. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Harsil.
Day 05- Harsil - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (110 Kms total)
After breakfast, we proceed to Gangotri (22 kms/1 hr). On arrival take a holy dip in the River scared The Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform pooja and relax in the lovely surrounding. In the afternoon return back to Harsil for Lunch . Post Lunch proceed for Maneri- 65kms drive. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Maneri, Uttarkashi.
Day 06- Uttarkashi – Guptakashi (235 Kms/ 8 Hrs )
After early breakfast, we will proceed to Guptakashi (283 kms).Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Guptakashi.
There are two routes from Uttarkashi to Guptakashi.
Route 1-Strictly for smaller vehicles. Tempo Traveler can take this route. (235 Kms/8 Hrs) Uttarkashi-Chaurangikhal-Lumbgaon-Peepaldali-Kirtinagar-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Aagastmuni-Chandrawali- Guptakashi
Route 2-For all the vehicles (295 Kms/ 10 Hrs). Uttarkashi- Dharasu-Chinialisod-Chamba-Zero Point(vis Bhagirathi Puarm)-Gadolia-Maletha- Kirtinagar- Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Aagastmuni-Chandrawali- Guptakashi
Day 07- Guptakashi – Kedarnath - (32 Kms drive- 1 hr / 14 Kms Trek / 5 Hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Gaurikund (32 kms / 1hr ). Take a holy dip at Taptakund and begin our trek to Kedarnath (14 kms/4 hrs). In the evening we take you to visit Kedarnath Temple for Darshan, Aarti & pooja. Dinner and overnight at Punjab & Sindh Awas or similar.
Day 08- Kedarnath – Guptakashi – (14 Kms Trek – 3 Hrs/ 32 Kms Drive – 1hrs )
After breakfast, we start our journey towards Guptakashi with a stopover at Taptakund. Visit Gauri Temple at Gauri Kund & Sonpryag, a confluence of Mandakni &Songanga. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Guptakashi.
Day 09- Guptakashi – Joshimath (175 Kms / 6-7 Hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Joshimath (175 kms / 6-7 hrs), one of the most beautiful sites in the whole trip. Enjoy the beautiful drive through medicinal forest. On arrival check into your Chardham camp. Evening is free for you to explore Joshimath on your own. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Joshimath.
Day 10- Joshimath – Badrinath – Joshimath (45 Kms drive one way/ 2 Hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Badrinath. On arrival take holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana Village. We return to Joshimath in the evening. Dinner and overnight at The Chardham Camp, Joshimath.
Day 11- Joshimath - Haridwar /Rishikesh (274 Kms/ 9-10 hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Haridwar (274 kms/ 9-10 hrs). Rest of the day will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Haridwar or Rishikesh.
Day 12 - Haridwar/Rishikesh - Delhi -06 Hrs
After a leisurely breakfast depart to New Delhi. (210 kms / 6 hrs) We hope you take back happy memories of Chardham Tour.
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