Haridwar (the Gateway to God Har Hari) is one of the seven holiest places in India, and one of the oldest living world cities. Its made up of a fascinating and colorful collection of sadhus, pundits and pilgrims. Every evening, the Ganges comes alive with the magic of the aarti (worship with fire), as lamps are lit, prayers are offered, and small candles are floated down the river. There are numerous other interesting sights and ancient heritage temples. Haridwar is believed to provide liberation from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.
Situated at an elevation of 2,650 mts above sea level, Janki Chatti is primarily last motorable road head for pilgrims heading to Yamunotri. Janki Chatti is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border.
Uttarkashi is a small and beautiful town, situated between two rivers: Varuna and Ashi, whose water flow into the Bhagirathi from either side of the town. Elevated, at a height of 1588 metres, this little town is very similar to Kashi and Varanasi, in that it has the same kind of temples and ghats and likewise, a north or uttar facing river. The major temple is the Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two other very important temples are located in the Chowk area. These are the Annapurna Temple and the Bhairav Temple. Once, it is said, there were 365 temples here. Hiuen Tsang referred to this place as Brahma Pura, while the Skanda Puran has recorded it as Varunavata. It is believed that in the second millennium of Kaliyug, Kashi will be submerged, and Uttarkashi will replace it as an important religious centre.
At an elevation of roughly 1820 meters, Sitapur is located just 7 kms from Gaurikund and 26 kms from Guptkashi on road towards Kedarnath. Sitapur is just short of 2 kms from Son Prayag, lying at the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakini. The holy site of Son Prayag is of immense religious significance. It is said that a mere touch of the holy water of Son Prayag helps one to attain the “Baikunth Dham”. Triyuginarayan, which is supposed to be the marriage place of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is at a distance of 14 kms by bus and 5 kms on foot from here.
The remotest and the most magnificent of the char dhams, is located in Lord Shiv’s own country. The sheer majesty of the shrine’s natural setting – the towering mountains mantled in snow, the tumbling streams and rivers, and green meadows and forests and the arduous trek that gets you to it, serve to further cement the deep-rooted faith that this temple inspires in the devout. This is one sacred site that has remained almost unchanged for centuries and has a spiritual energy all its own. For the devotee of Lord Shiv, this is the last frontier, the ultimate path to salvation.
Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), Rudraprayag is situated at the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, at a distance of 34 kms from Srinagar (Garhwal). The meeting of the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers has a unique beauty of its own and it seems as if two sisters were embracing each other. It is believed that to master the mysteries of music, Narad Muni worshipped Lord Shiva, who appeared in his Rudra Avtaar (incarnation) to bless Narad. The Shiva and Jagdamba temples are of great religious importance.
As to the age, there are no historical records are available of this holy temple, however reference to the Lord Badri Nath has been made in Vedas, the holy book of the Hindus. The temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River in the lap at the Narain Parvat, near a hot water spring-the Tapta Kund. The temple was worshipped as a Buddhist temple, when King Ashoka was the ruler of India, but according to Skand Puran the idol of Lord Badrinath was recovered by Adiguru Shankaracharya from Narad Kund and was re-enshrined in the 8th century A.D. in this temple. The idol of Lord Vishnu (Badri Nath) is made of black stone (Shaligram) and seated in a Padmasan Posture. Devotees can see the idol of Lord Badri Nath as Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Hanuman, Kali or Guru, in what so ever form they wish to see the almighty, all pervading and all in one.
The history of Rishikesh states several mythical stories associated with this place. It was here in Rishikesh a famous saint named Raibhya Rishi performed penance on the banks of the river Ganga.As a reward for his strong penance God Vishnu appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh and so the place was referred by the name Hrishikesh which later became famous by the name of Rishikesh.God Ramas younger brother Bharat himself has performed deep penance here; that is why even today there stands the Bharat temple after his name. However Rishikesh became a noted religious pilgrimage place only after the visit of Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century AD who was one of the famous religious leaders of contemporary times. Yet there is another version of history which says that the name Rishikesh is derived from the word Hrishikesh, is another name of Lord Vishnu who killed the demon Madhu here.
Day 1: Delhi / Haridwar Group assembly point: Comesum Restaurant Hazrat Nizammudin Railway Station, New Delhi at 8:30 am. Welcome Drink Mini refreshments at Comesum Restaurant, Hazzrat Nizammudin railway Station. Meet greet and introduction of Tour Manager on Coach. Later, embark on your transformational journey to Char dham. Enroute break for Lunch at Midway. Arrive at hotel Drive Inn with special welcome by Vedic chants. Dinner overnight stay at Haridwar. Post Dinner, Trip Leaders brief on Holy Chardham Yatra.
Day 2: Haridwar / Janakichatti (210 Kms/ 10 Hrs) Early morning wake up call for holy bath in Ganges and Surya Namaskar at Saptrishi Ghat, breakfast and later leave for journey to first of your Dham, Yamunotri, daughter of the Sun god, Surya and consciousness, Sangya. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. Lunch en route. Another journey break before Barkot to continue our final overnight destination Janakichatti. Dinner overnight stay at Janakichatti
Day 3: Janakichatti / Yamunotri (05 Kms trek / 06 Hrs)/ Jankichatti Wake up call, leave with packed breakfast / fruits for trek to Yamunotri, your first trek of Himalayan Chardham. Return in time for Lunch at Janakichatti. Free time for leisure post lunch. Stay overnight at Janakichatti.
Day 4: Janakichatti / Uttarkashi (150 kms/ 6 hrs) Post leisurely wakeup call and breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, literally meaning Banaras/ Kashi of north. En route Journey breaks at Brahamkhal and Dharasu band. Later reach Uttarkashi in time for Lunch. Rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight at Uttarkashi.
Day 5: Uttarkashi/Gangotri / Uttarkashi (200 Kms / 10 Hrs) Early morning wakeup call and after 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. Stay overnight at Uttarkashi
Day 6: Uttarkashi / Sitapur (10 Hrs) Leisurely wakeup call and post breakfast leave for special Jalabhishek at Kashi Vishwanath temple before leaving for Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. En route lunch at Kirtinagar. Dinner stay overnight Sitapur.
Day 7: Sitapur/ Gaurikund / Kedarnath (10 Hrs) Very Early morning wakeup call and breakfast proceed to Gaurikund with packed lunch to later trek for Kedarnath. Stay overnight at Kedarnath.
Day 8: Kedarnath / Rudraprayag (95 kms/ 14 Kms trek, 10 Hrs) Early morning wakeup call and breakfast proceed to Gaurikund to continue your journey to Rudraprayag. Lunch en route at Sitapur. Overnight at Rudraprayag.
Day 9: Rudraprayag / Badrinath (160kms/ 8 Hrs) Post breakfast drive for Badrinath. Evening Darshan Pooja at Badrinath temple. O/N stay at Hari Niwas, Badrinath.
Day 10: Badrinath / Birhi (196Kms/ 8-10 Hrs) Leisurely morning wakeup call and post breakfast leave for Birhi.
Day 11: Birhi / Rishikesh (150 kms/ 5 Hrs) Leisurely wake-up call and leave for after breakfast proceed to Rishikesh.
Day 12: Rishikesh / Delhi After breakfast depart from Rishikesh to Delhi for your return journey.
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