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Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour : Badrinath , Kedarnath , Yamunotri & Gangotri

Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour

Badrinath , Kedarnath , Yamunotri & Gangotri





Chardham Yatra is the holiest of pilgrimages in Hindu religion. The four holy shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are covered in the yatra. These divine oasis are situated within the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand state in North India.

During your visit to Uttarakhand, you'll find it truly enriching exploring the different cultural shades. Whether you talk about the state's fairs and festivals, music, dance forms, cuisine or the lifestyle of people, the richness of cultural will catch your eye almost immediately. Experiencing the cultural traditions of a place is the biggest joy for travellers.Though the majority of people in the state belong to Hinduism, the state is home to several ethnic groups. Each of these groups have some unique to offer the traveler in terms of customs and traditions.

Chardham Yatra have a great importance and significance especially among the people of Hindu religion. Pilgrims believe that Chardham yatra washes away all sins and opens doors for “Moksha”. Every human being should consider visiting these four Holy places at least once in their lifetime. Millions of devotees visit this auspicious holy yatra and pay homage to the temples every year. It is commonly believed that undertaking a journey to these Pilgrim locations remove all sins as a human being whatever you have done in your past life. The yatra offers you sense of belongingness, heart Purity and act of self-actualization in life.

Day Itinerary :

  • Day 01 : Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh- ( 240Kms ) .

    Pick you from your convenient place. Departure for Haridwar. Holy dip in ganga and break for lunch. Proceed for Rishikesh. Evening free for sightseeing. Over night stay at Hotel.
  • Day 02 : Haridwar - Barkot ( Kharsali 220 Kms / 7-8 Hours )

    Start the day with an early morning breakfast. After your meal, start the scenic drive to Barkot (Kharsali) through Dehradun and Mussoorie. On route, visit the wonderful Kempty falls. After enjoying the cool ambience here, continue with your journey. Upon arrival in Barkot, check-in your hotel for the dinner and overnight stay.
  • Day 03 : Barkot ( kharsali ) – yamunotri – barkot ( kharsali )

    Barkot is the base of your mountain trek to Yamunotri. After an early morning breakfast, start on your yatra. The 5 km trek can be covered either on foot. Horses or Palanquin/ Doli can be hired at own cost. Arrangement can made on direct payment basis at hotel on informing 2 days prior your trek. Before the religious rituals, take bath at Jamunabai Kund’s warm water. 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. One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”.

    After you have been purified by the thermal waters, pay a visit to the Divya Shila. The rock pillar is worshipped before entering the temple. Enter the Yamunotri temple. The Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. Offer your prayers and be blessed.

    In some time, make the downhill trek. Return to the Barkot hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
  • Day 04 : Barkot (kharsali) – uttarkashi (100kms/5hr)

    Start the day with a hearty meal. Check-out of your hotel and proceed to drive to Uttarkashi. Check in the hotel here. The evening is free for your leisure. Uttarkashi is situated at the bank of River Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here, where a massive iron trident is erected. Visit the temple for blessings.

    Return to hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
  • Day 05 : Uttarkashi – gangotri – uttarkashi (100kms/ 5 hrs each side)

    Early morning, have you breakfast and start your journey to Gangotri, situated at 3048 m. En-route, enjoy the charming Harsil village, the sight of meandering Bhagirathi River and magnificent views of the Himalayas. The Gangotri Temple is an ancient 18th century temple built of white marble located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. Constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, the temple is dedicated to the River Goddess.

    Pay reverence to Kedar Ganga Sangam. Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple, Kedar Ganga. Flows from the Kedar Valle. This river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.

    After Gangotri Darshan, priced for the drive back to Uttarkashi. Have dinner and overnight rest.
  • Day 06 : Uttarkashi - guptkashi (210kms/8-9hr)

    After a healthy breakfast in the hotel, drive straight to Guptkashi. En-route enjoy the views of the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara, which originates in Kedarnath. On arrival in Guptkashi, check-in at the Hotel. Later proceed for Kedarnath Pre-registration.

    The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares”. Mythology describes that Lord Shiva stayed here hidden form the Pandava brothers who were searching for a glimpse of the Lord. There are more concrete connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.

    Get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
  • Day 07 : Guptkashi – sonprayag - gaurikund - kedarnath ( 30kms by road & 20 kms trek )

    In the early morning after having a healthy breakfast, drive to Sonprayag. Take a local jeep from Sonparyag to Gaurikund. From Gaurikund, start your trek to Kedarnath. The mountain abode of lord Shiva is located at a height of 3584 m. make the yatras on foot or at your own costs hire by pony / Doli. Check in the government camps at Kedarnath. Enjoy a warm dinner and take rest. Night halt. (Breakfast, Dinner) .

    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 temple got its name from a legend in Mahabharata. Lord Shiva was alluding the Pandavas who were seeking his blessings.

    Taking the form of a hull, he hid into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining 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. Attain the salvation your soul seeks here.
  • Day 08 : Kedarnath – rudraprayag (19kms down trek & 75kms/4hr by road)

    Get ready for an early morning Darshan. Before 4:45 am take bath and reach the temple for the Abhishek ceremony of the idol of the Lord. Do the puja rituals and take your blessings.

    After Temple Darshan, trek down to Sonprayag. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of Rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini.

    Check-in the hotel at Rudraprayag. Dinner and overnight stay here.
  • Day 09 : Rudraprayag – joshimath - badrinath (165kms/7hr)

    Early in the day enjoy a hearty breakfast. Checkout of the hotel and drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Enjoy the picturesque scenery. En-route. 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”.

    On arrival, check-in the Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Before you enter the holy abode of Lord Vishnu, purify ourselves with a bath in the Tapt Kund. The natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, offers waters with medicinal qualities.

    Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
  • Day 10 : Badrinath – joshimath – rudraprayag (160kms/7hr)

    Early morning, pilgrims go for the customary bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). On the flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda, Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

    Later in the day get ready for sightseeing spot. Visit Mana Village and other temples, if time permits. Later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath.

    Check in the Rudraprayag Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay is arranged here.
  • Day 11 : Rudraprayag – rishikesh - haridwar (165 kms /7 hr)

    After an early meal, drive to Haridwar. En-route stop at 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.

    In the holy town known as the Yoga capital of the world, visit, Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, and Shivananda Ashram. At evening attend Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ashram.

    Drive to Haridwar. Dinner and overnight stay in Haridwar in the hotel.
  • Day 12 : Haridwar – delhi (250kms/7-8hr)

    Chardham Yatra ends today. Have breakfast and drive back to Delhi. On arrival at the capital city, transfer to Railway Station / Airport to return home after your spiritual awakening.


Badrinath Highlight Place :



  • 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.
  • 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.


Kedarnath Highlight :



  • Kedarnath Temple: An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an 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 Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut gray slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a "Garbha Griha" for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi : The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his samadhi at an early age of 32 years.
  • Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar) : Only 1 km trek away from Kedarnath. Floating-ice on the crystal clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors.
  • Gaurikund : It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a roadhead. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs.
  • 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. It can be reached by a 12 km drive from Sonprayag.
  • Ukhimath : Winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag and other major centres.
  • Agastyamuni : The temple of sage Agastya is the main attraction here.
  • Madhmaheshwar : One of Panch Kedar, the temple of Madhmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289 mt above sea-level, on the slope of a ridge, 25 km north-east of Guptkashi. There is a motorable road from Guptkashi to Kalimath. The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a meter high is found in the Kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madhmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement before one reaches Madhmaheshwar, the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly.
  • Tungnath : The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at Tungnath. He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedar. Tungnath Temple at an altitude of 3,680 mt, is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedar but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest roadhead.


Gangotri Highlight :



  • Gangotri Temple: As the legend goes, King Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone, near which this 18th century temple is located. The slab on which King Bhagirath is believed to have meditated is called Bhagirathi Shila. The mother Ganga is worshipped as Goddess and the holy river in the temple. Before performing the Puja rituals, a holy dip in the Ganga flowing nearby the temple is a must. The Pujari's (priest) belong to Brahmin community from Mukhwa village. Ten of them are selected by rotation every year to perform all the functions covering the temple and they also perform the duties of pandas.
  • 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.
  • Kedar Ganga Sangam: Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga. Starting from the Kedar Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.
  • Kedar Tal : This spectacular and enchanting lake is situated at a distance of about 18 Kms. from Gangotri, negotiable through a rough and tough mountain trail. The trek is very tiring and there are testing moments even for a hardly trekker. There is no facility of any kind on the way and one has to make all arrangements in advance. A local guide is a must. The lake is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar (Sphatikl-ing) peak forming a splendid backdrop. The place is about 4000 mts. above sea-level and is the base camp for trekking to the Thalaysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks.
  • Dayara Bugyal : Bugyal in the local language means "high altitude meadow," The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari a place on Uttarkashi-Gangotri road about 28 Kms. from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 8 Kms. to reach Dayara and other route is via village Raithal, 10 Kms. from Bhatwari, from where one has to trek about 7 Kms. to Dayara Bugyal. Situated at an elevation of about 3048 mts., this vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty. During winter it provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq. Kms. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from here is breathtaking. There is a small lake in the area and to camp by this side is a memorable event. From this spot one can trek down to Dodi-Tal which is about 22 Kms. away, through dense forests.
  • Sat-Tal : Sat-Tal, meaning seven lakes, is situated just above Dharali, 2 Kms. beyond Harsil. The trek of about 5 Kms. is rewarding as this group of lakes is situated amid beautiful natural surroundings. It also provides lovely camp sites.
  • Gaumukh : The Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganga) and is held in high esteem by the devotes who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18 Kms. trek from Gangotri. The trek is easy and at times people come back to Gangotri the same day.


Yamunotri Highlight :



  • Temple of Goddess Yamuna : The temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. The temple remains closed from November to April/ May.
  • 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 is known for its very high temperature of 190° F. Pilgrim cook rice & potatoes here to offer to deity in the temple.
  • Divya Shila : Near Surya Kund there is a slab of stone known as Dibya Shila or the slab of divine light. This slab is worshipped before puja is offered to Yamuna.
  • Jankichatti : 216 km from Rishikesh, this is the last halting point en route Yamunotri. This is the place where all pilgrims have to return for the night halt, the same day because of the extremely limited accommodation options available at Yamunotri. The 6 km trek to Yamunotri from here is a steep climb & thus has to be started on early morning to return to Jankichatti for night halt, the same day. Ponies & dandies can be arranged a day before for negotiating the trek for those unable to cope with trek physically. The thermal springs here offer a spectacular sight and a refreshing bath for the pilgrims. Surroundings the place are lush valley with a profusion of confirms, rhododenrons, cacti & several species of Himalayan shurbs and one can enjoy panoramic view of the fabled snow-clad Yamunotri peaks.
  • Hanumanchatti : Hanumanchatti is the last motorhead on way to Yamunotri & is the hub of activities in season. It is a place of confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers, from where the trek to Dodital (3,307 m) starts. The trek from Hanumanchatti starts with a gentle climb and the 7 km trek through Phoolchatti & Jankichatti is most enjoyable as the path trails its way through wooded hills & meadows shaded with beautiful green, while the fragrance of the Himalayn trees & shurbs permeate the cool mountain etc.
  • Lakhamandal : This is a cultural and historical trek in the Jaunsar - Babar region, at the foothills of the stately Garhwal Himalayas. The tribes here, known as Jaunsaris, practice polygamy and polyandry. Lakhamandal is a large village on the banks of Yamuna, known for its temple ruins. The ruins at Lakhamandal give an indication that in the past it must have been a major temple town. Many believe that Lakhamandal is the same Lakhshagriha described in Mahabharat.
  • Kaurava Prince Duryodhana had built a palace made of lac, in which he tried to burn the Pandavas alive. The villagers believe that there is a secret passage that emerges few kilometers downstream today in the center of the village there is a Temple dedicated to Bhagwati and Lord Shiva. In the temple complex stand two life size stone statues. Perhaps they are the Dwarpals of a much older temple. With the legend of Jay and Vijay, the Dwarpals at the gates of heaven. But most of the villagers believe the statues to be that of Bhima and Arjuna.


Cost Includes :



  • - Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room)
  • - Breakfast and Dinner in deluxe hotel(4 B +4 D)
  • - Only Breakfast in Budget hotel(4 B )
  • - Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh-Delhi by A/C Vehicle )
  • - State taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.


Cost Does Not Includes :-



  • 3.09% Govt. Service Tax, All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost include.


Payment Terms :-



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  • Bank Name : Axis Bank
  • Account Number : 156010200005760
  • Bank Address : Dehradun Road Rishikesh Uttarakhand
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