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Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

DESTINATION: Delhi-Haridwar-Barkot-Yamunotri-Uttarkashi-Gangotri-Guptkashi-Kedarnath-Rudrprayag-Badrinath-Rudraprayag-Rishikesh-Delhi
DURATION: 11 nights/12 days

DAY 01: DELHI - HARIDWAR (230 kms/07 hrs)
Drive to the City of Ganges-Haridwar.

ABOUT HARIDWAR: Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, is a doorway to the pilgrimage tour of Chardham. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual. 

In the evening go to Har ki Pauri to attend the evening Aarti at River Ganges.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: HARIDWAR - BARKOT (210 kms/08 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Barkot enroute stopping for lunch. Continue your drive to Barkot.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03: BARKOT – YAMUNOTRI - BARKOT (36 kms drive, 06 kms trek)
After breakfast, drive to Hanuman Chatti. On reaching there, hire a local jeep to Pool Chatti (05 kms from Hanuman Chatti). Later trek to Yamunotri (06 kms trek).

ABOUT 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. Take a Holy Dip at Garam Kund Puja and visit to the Yamunotri Temple for darshan.

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.

After lunch trek back to Pool Chatti, from where again hire a local jeep to Hanuman Chatti. Later drive back to Barkot.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: BARKOT - UTTARKASHI (100 kms/05 hrs)
After a day of relax, continue your drive to Uttarkashi enroute visiting Prakateshwar Cave. Visit Vishwanath Temple & Others.

ABOUT UTTARKASHI: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected.

Overnight at hotel.

Early morning drive to Gangotri, enroute viewing picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas.Offer a holy dip and Puja in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Relax in the lovely surroundings and later drive back to Uttarkashi.

ABOUT 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.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: UTTARKASHI - GUPTKASHI (220 kms/10 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Guptkashi, enroute lunch at the midway. After lunch, continue further and travel alongside the river Mandakini to reach Guptkashi.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: GUPTKASHI - KEDARNATH (32 kms drive, 14 kms trek)
After breakfast, further drive to Gaurikund. Later trek towards Kedarnath. Later transfer to an Ashram. After freshen up, go for Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji and offer praying. In the evening visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple.

ABOUT GAURIKUND: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters., one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.

ABOUT 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.

Overnight at Ashram.

DAY 08: KEDARNTAH – GUPTKASHI - RUDRAPRAYAG (14 kms trek, 80 kms drive)
In a beautiful morning, trek back to Guptkashi and later drive back to Rudraprayag.

RUDRAPRAYAG: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.

Overnight at hotel.

Today, after breakfast leave for Sri Badrinathji. Take the Holy Darshan at the temple.

ABOUT JOSHIMATH: Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is in the Badrinath the temple for people to worship. There are many temples in the township most important is the temple of Nir Singh in commotion of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is with time and the popular belief holds that the day the 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.

ABOUT BADRINATH: 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.
BRAHMA 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.
BHIMPUL: 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.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: BADRINATH - RUDRAPRAYAG (165 kms/07 hrs)
After having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Later drive back to Rudraprayag.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: RUDRAPRAYAG - RISHIKESH (140 kms/05 hrs)
After breakfast drive back to Rishikesh enroute visiting Dhari Devi Temple. Later stop for lunch at Srinagar. Continue further and if time permits visit Devprayag. Later reach Rishikesh.

ABOUT RISHIKESH: 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..

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: RISHIKESH - DELHI (250 kms/07 hrs)
Attend the morning Aarti, visit Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, and drive back to Delhi to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.

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