Enjoy with Dev Bhoomi Ke `Chardham’: Aam ke Aam aur guthli ke daam!
If you are planning to go to a hill station to get rid of these summer heat, then just wait! ... If your soul also can be calm and satisfied like, then what is wrong! ...we advice you that this time you should visit the four Dhams of Uttarakhand to calm your mind with your body so that you can have a pleasant feeling of 'Aam ke aam aur guthli ke dam! ...as Sudhir bhai says! ... The Chardham must be visited from left to right - beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama!
If you are planning to go to a hill station to get rid of these summer heat, then just wait! … If your soul also can be calm and satisfied like, then what is wrong! …we advice you that this time you should visit the four Dhams of Uttarakhand to calm your mind with your body so that you can have a pleasant feeling of ‘Aam ke aam aur guthli ke daam! as Sudhir bhai says! … So let us give you information about these four Dhams:-
The four most holy pilgrimages of Uttrakhand (Chardham Yatra) are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centers) of Hinduism. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient Hindu scriptures as ‘Kedarkhand’ If the scriptures of HINDU RELIGION are to be believed, the holy centers of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath – collectively called the Chardham (meaning four sacred spots) – are the most sacred of all pilgrimages.
It it belief that undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one’s sins but ensure release from the cycle of birth and death. THE honor conferred on these places is not surprising. For one, they are all in the icy Garhwal ranges and 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, Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama.
Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar/Rishikesh (230 Kms / 7 – 8 hrs)
Taka a Morning drive to haridwar / Rishikesh. On arrival check in at hotel. in the afternoon temple tour of Haridwar/Rishikesh. Overnight stay at hotel.
Rishikesh, located in the laps of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh is important not only as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centers of Hindu religious thought and spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are a great many ashrams and Yoga institutes here.
Day 02: Rishikesh – Badkot/Jankichatti (245 Kms / 08 hrs)
Take a drive from Rishikesh to Barkot via Dehradun, Mussoorie, and en-route visit Kempty fall. Later continue drive to Barkot/Jankichatti. On arrival Barkot/Jankichatti Check In at Hotel / Camp.
Day 03: Badkot /Jankichatt – Yamunotri – Jankichatti (6 Kms trek)
After breakfast start Trek of 06 kms for Yamunotri, On Arrive Yamunotri Holy Dip in Garam Kund, than Pooja and Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji, after Darshan and Pooja, afternoon start trek back to Badkot/ Janki Chattii .Overnight stay at Gmvn Guset house/Swisstent/ Hotel.
Hanuman Chatti: The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River.
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 04: Badkot /Jankichatti – Uttarkashi (120 Kms / 05 hrs)
Morning leave for Uttarkashi, a drive of 120 kms. On arrival Uttarkashi check in at the hotel evening visit Vishwnath Temple, Overnight stay at the hotel.
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.
Day 05: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100 Kms. per way)
Early morning drive to Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings, afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi, on arrival check into the Hotel.
Day 06: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (228 kms / 8- 9 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Guptkashi, en-route visit Tehri Dam & continue journey towards Guptkashi. On arrival check in at the Camp / hotel. evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel / Camp.
Day 07: Guptkashi – Kedarnath-Guptkashi Bya Helicopter (10 Min Flight) or Treak (indivusal )
Morning drive to Fata Helipad near Gauri kund, and take a helicopter from Fata then go for Kedarnath and Darshan and afternoon back to Fata and stay in Guptakashi / Pipalkoti. Tour members should carry personal medicines.
Early morning ( 5:00 AM) check-out from the hotel and drive to Gourikund. From there, you will start 17 Kms trek to Kedarnath. Either by walk, Doli or by horse at own cost. On arrival at Kedarnath, check-in into the Tent developed by Government ( This year too, Govt has not given permission to hotel owners in kedarnath to operate, Yatris staying at kedarnath will be provided Tented Accommodation & Food by Govt on DIRECT PAY BASIS ). In the evening visit Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple and take a part in evening Aarti. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Note : Above 50 year old, medical is must in guptakashi/Sonparyag
Note IN CASE YOU ARE STAYING IN KEDARNTH IN DAY 07, THEN NEXT DAY(DAY 08) EARLY MORNING START A TREK FROM KEDARNATHJI TO GORIKUND (8 TO 9 HOUR)
Kedarnath: is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decoratedcwith figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
Day 08: Guptkashia – pipalkoti (10 Min Flight)
After Breakfast drive for Pipalkoti and Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 09 : Pipalkoti – Badrinath
Morning leave for Shri Badrinath Ji. On arrival take the holy Darshan. (If time permit). Evening visit, Byas Gufa, Bheem Pul, Saraswati River, Overnight stay at hotel.
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.
Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include SeshNetra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
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 – Srinagar (188 kms / 7-8 hrs)
Morning after Arti Darshan drive to Srinagar / Devperyag, on arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Srinagar/Devprayag – Haridwar (135 Kms / 5 hrs)
Morning drive to Haridwar. On arrival check in at hotel. In evening visit temples of Haridwar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Haridwar – Delhi (210 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Morning drive to Delhi and enjoy the pleasant feeling of ‘Aam ke aam aur guthli ke daam’ as Sudhir bhai says!