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OVERVIEW

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Destination: Haridwar- Badkot-Yamunotri-Badkot -Uttarkashi-Gangotri-Uttarkashi-Guptakashi-Kedarnath-Guptkashi -Badrinath-Pipalkoti-Rudraprayag-Kirtinagar-Rishikesh-Haridwar

ITINERARY

Day 01: Haridwar – Barkot (210kms/7-8hr)  HT : 1352 MTS.
Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station / Dehradun Airport / Railway Station. Drive to Barkot via Mussoorie, enroute visit Kempty Fall (Suggestible to have your lunch at Kempty fall as further no good restaurants are available before Badkot ).  Later drive straight to Barkot, transfer to your Hotel. Overnight stay at Barkot.

Barkot is known for its scenic natural beauty. Located at the confluence of Yamuna and tons rivers. At an elevation of over 4,000 ft, apple orchards ringed by the Himalayan range.  Barkot offers panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains of Bandar Poonch. Barkot is an important stopover en route to Yamunotri and Gangotri, among the four Char Dham Pilgrimages.
Weather – Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 10 deg to 05 deg.

Day 02: Barkot – Yamunotri – Barkot {36kms drive & 6kms Trek one side}   HT : 3235 MTS.
Early morning, Drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”. Here near the temple “Pooja” can be offered to Divya Shila, After taking bath in Jamunabai Kund’s warn water and having “Darshan” of pious “Yamunaji” returning to Jankichatti. Return back to Barkot, Overnight stay.
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.

Weather – In summer the maximum temp is 18 degrees and the minimum is 10 degrees Celsius. The days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold. 

Day 03: Barkot – Uttarkashi (100kms/4hr)  HT :1352 MTS.
Drive to Uttarkashi. Visit Vishwanath Temple & Others. Check in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Night Halt.
Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town.

Vishwanath Temple – Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in the ancient architectural style. It is situated at the heart of the town. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s small shrines are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening are offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyug and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Shakti Temple – Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. at bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga(Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here

Weather – Generally hot in summer but night is pleasant, the temperature ranges from 30-35 degree Celsius bur very cold in winters. 

Day 04: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side)  HT : 3048 MTS.
Early morning drive to Gangotri, enroute at Gangnani take a holy dip in Garam Kund, further drive to Gangotri via beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its nature beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and Darshan, after that relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Return back to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Gangotri Temple: The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
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. 

Day 05: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr)  HT : 1319 MTS.
Drive straight to Guptkashi via Moolgarh & Lambgoan. Enroute you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. On arrival Check In at the Hotel, evening visit Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible 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.

Weather – Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius. Cold in winters. 

Day 06: Guptkashi – Kedarnath (30kms by road & 19kms Trek)
After medical check-up proceed to Sonprayag, Trek start from Sonprayag to Kedarnath (3584 mts) by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Visit Kedarnath Temple. Overnight stay.
Kedarnath: 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 Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The r! emaining 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.

Day 07: Kedarnath – Guptkashi (19Kms Down Trek & 30kms/1hr by Road)
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Sonprayag. Further drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel. Night Halt.

Day 08: Guptkashi – Badrinath (215kms/7hr)  HT : 3133 MTS.
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
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”.

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 propitiating 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.
Bheem 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 Bheem, 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 09: Badrinath to Pipalkoti (80kms) / Badrinath to Rudraprayag (160kms) / Badrinath to Kirtinagar (200kms)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sightseeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bheemkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Pipalkoti / Rudraprayag / Kirtinagar via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.

Day 10: Pipalkoti – via Rishikesh – Haridwar (235kms/8hr)  /   Rudraprayag – via Rishikesh – Haridwar (160kms/5hr)  /    Kirtinagar – via  Rishikesh – Haridwar (135kms/4hr)
Drive to 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. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram.

Bharat Mandir: The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, situated near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called ‘Basant Panchami’.
Laxman Jhula: Lakshman Jhula is the main attraction of Rishikesh. It is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama crossed Ganga River on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze from the river.
Ram Jhoola: Ram Jhoola connects Swargashram with Shivananda Ashram. Several ashrams are located near Ram Jhoola. Ram Jhoola is bigger than Laxman Jhula and even more picturesque.

Later transfer to Haridwar Railway Station / Dehradun Airport. Tour Terminates.

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

COST INCLUDES (Standard, Regular & Deluxe Packages):
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on EPAI / CPAI Basis (As mentioned).
Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.

COST INCLUDES (Luxury & Premium Package):
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on MAPAI Basis (Room with Breakfast & Dinner).
Daily mineral water (02 bottles per pax per day).
Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
5% GST, 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.

Note – Neelkantha Temple, Triyuginarayan, Ukhimath, Kalimath, Chopta & Auli sightseeing not included in above cost.

COST

PER PERSON COST : NET RATES HENCE NON-COMMISSIONABLE

Min.
Adults
Reqd.
Vehicle Used Premium
Package
(MAPAI)
Luxury
Package
(MAPAI)
Deluxe Package
(CPAI)
Regular Package
(EPAI)
Standard Package
(EPAI)
02   Tata Indigo / Dzire 41,800 37,700 31,800 25,600 23,575
02   Tavera / Ertiga 46,000 41,900 36,000 29,800 27,775
02   Toyota Innova 48,900 44,800 38,850 32,650 30,700
04   Tavera / Ertiga 36,250 32,100 26,200 20,000 17,850
04   Toyota Innova 37,700 33,550 27,650 21,450 19,300
06   Tavera / Ertiga 32,950 28,850 22,950 16,750 14,650
06   Toyota Innova 33,900 29,800 23,900 17,700 15,600
06   Tempo Traveler
(09 seater)
39,000 34,900 28,950 22,800 20,650
08   Tempo Traveler
(09 seater)
35,800 31,750 25,800 19,600 17,600
10   Tempo Traveler
(12 seater)
33,900 29,900 23,950 17,750 15,650
12   Mini Coach
(15 seater)
35,100 31,000 25,100 18,900 16,900
14   Mini Coach
(15 seater)
33,900 29,800 23,850 17,650 15,650
16   Tempo Traveler +     Innova 35,100 30,900 24,950 18,750 16,750
16   Mini Coach
(27 Seater)
36,900 32,800 26,850 20,650 18,650
18   Mini Coach
(18/21 Seater)
34,700 30,600 24,650 18,450 16,450
18 Mini Coach
(27 Seater)
35,750 31,650 25,750 19,500 17,500
20 Mini Coach
(27 Seater)
34,800 30,750 24,800 18,600 16,550
20 Mini Coach
(21 Seater)
33,900 29,800 23,850 17,650 15,600
  Extra Mattress / Person 16,800 16,400 11450 6,950 5,150
  SUPPLEMENT (Breakfast) NIL NIL NIL 1,100 1,000
  SUPPLEMENT(B/F & Dinner) NIL NIL 2,700 4,100 3,800

EPAI   =         ROOM ONLY WITHOUT MEALS
CPAI   =         ROOM WITH BREAKFAST
MAPAI=        ROOM WITH ONE MAJOR MEAL (EITHER LUNCH OR DINNER) & BREAKFAST

HOTELS

HOTELS DETAILS:-

  Destination   Standard Package Hotels (EPAI)
 Badkot (02 Night)  Yamuna Kinare / Karan Palace / Gau Yamuna
 Uttarkashi (02 Nights)  Bhagirathi Residency / Mahima Resort / Mansarovar / Vasundhra
 Guptkashi (02 Nights)  Hotel Rajhans / Kedar Palace / Subham / Kanha
 Kedarnath (01 Night)  Punjab Sindh Awas / Gayati Bhawan / New Himachal House
 Badrinath (01 Night)  Manav Kalyan / Bholagiri / Balananda / Parmarth
Rudraprayag / Srinagar
(01 Night)
 Hotel Tulsi /  Hotel Srikot Castle / Prachi

 

  Destination   Regular Package Hotels (EPAI)
  Badkot (02 Night)   Chauhan Annexe (S.Dlx) / Athithi Niwas / Durga Resort
  Uttarkashi (02 Night)   Hotel Shivlinga (Dlx.)
  Guptkashi (01 Night)   Mritunjay Palace / Hotel Shubham / Himalayan
  Kedarnath (01 Night)   Punjab Sindh Awas (Std Room) / Agra House
  Rudraprayag (02 Nights)   Pushpdeep / Aradhana / Narayana
  Badrinath (01 Night)   Hotel Charan Paduka / Hotel Dwarikesh

 

  Destination   Deluxe Package Hotels (CPAI)
  Barkot / Vajari / Chammi              (02 Night)   Nirwana Camps (Swiss Tents) / Kalindi Spa Resort
  Uttarkashi (02 Night)   Ganga Ashray (A/C Superior Room)
  Guptkashi (01 Night)   Nirwana Camps (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort (S.Dlx)
  Kedarnath (01 Night)   Punjab Sindh Awas (Dlx. Room)
  Rudraprayag(02 Nights)   Hotel Mandakini (A/C Superior Room)
  Badrinath (01 Night)   Hotel New Snow Crest / Narayan Palace (S.Dlx)

 

  Destination   Luxury Package Hotels (MAPAI)
  Vajari / Chammi / Badkot               (02 Night)   Kalindi Spa Resort / Nirwana Camps (Swiss Tents)
  Uttarkashi (02 Night)   Hotel Ganga Ashray (A/C Dlx – River Facing Room)
  Guptkashi (01 Night)   Nirwana Camps (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort (S.Dlx)
  Kedarnath (01 Night)   Punjab Sindh Awas (Dlx Room)
  Rudraprayag(02 Nights)   Hotel Mandakini (A/C Dlx Room)
  Badrinath (01 Night)   Hotel Sarovar Portico

 

  Destination   Premium Package Hotels (MAPAI)
  Barkot (02 Nights)   The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents)
  Harsil (01 Night)   The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents)
  Uttarkashi (01 Night)   Hotel Ganga Ashray (A/C Dlx – River Facing Room)
  Guptkashi (01 Night)   The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents)
  Kedarnath (01 Night)   Punjab Sindh Awas (Dlx Room)
  Rudraprayag(02 Nights)   Monal Resort (A/C Premium)
  Badrinath (01 Night)   Hotel Sarovar Portico

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