CHAR DHAM YATRA
Total no. of days: 12 days
Type of Trek: Easy
Total no. of trek days: 12 days/11 nights
Fixed Departure dates: Minimum 4 - 6 member group
Rishikesh - Yamunotri - Gangotri
- Kedarnath - Badrinath
Best time to Visit:
May to June and September to October
Char Dham Yatra has immense religious significance in
Hindu culture. The term itself represents the four most
religious Hindu pilgrimage destinations encompassing:
Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
People from all over the world brave severe weather conditions
adding a touch of adventure to this religious journey.
It gives you a chance to take a dip in the rich Indian
culture and experience the serenity of Himalayas for spiritual
Delhi - Rishikesh 232km; (Drive 5 - 6 hrs)
Pick up at Delhi and drive to Rishikesh by road / train
( as per preference ). On arrival in Rishikesh. Check
in at a hotel. Evening is free for a visit to the Swargashram
and for attending the evening "Arti" (worship
the river) on the banks of the holy Ganga.
Rishikesh - Barkot 220km; ( Drive 7 - 8 hrs)
Depart from Rishikesh early in the morning and take lunch
en route to Mussoorie. Resume your journey and reach Barkot
in the evening after visiting Kempty Falls on the way.
On arrival check in at a hotel/camp at Barkot for dinner
and overnight stay.
Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot. (Drive 32km; trek 14km round)
After an early breakfast, leave for Hanuman Chatti (Drive
32km) to resume your journey. Alternately, take a local
jeep to reach Phool Chatti to shorten your trek by 5km.
On arrival start your day with a tough trek of 7 to 12km.
Arrive at Yamunotri and after a Darshan at the temple
take a holy "Achman" to start your most sacred
pilgrimage of Char Dhams. Come back to Phool Chatti in
the evening to return to camp/hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Barkot - Harsil ( Drive 152km; 6 - 7 hrs )
After a relaxed breakfast leave for Harsil a drive of
152km. En route stop at Uttarkashi for lunch. On the way
stop at Gangnani for a hot sulphur water spring dip. Resume
to reach Harsil, one of the most beautiful valleys in
the world and reach the camp/hotel for dinner and overnight
Harsil - Gangotri - Harsil ( Drive 22km one way)
After breakfast leave for Gangotri and on arrival take
a holy dip in the sacred river Ganga, also called Bhagirathi
at its origin. After performing "Pooja" and
relaxation in the lovely surroundings return to the camp/hotel
in the afternoon to relax in the bright sunshine and to
soak in some of the breathtaking views of the valley.
Dinner and overnight stay at camp/hotel.
Harsil - Guptakashi 283km ( Drive 9 - 10 hrs)
After a very early breakfast leave for the longest journey
of the trip on the road. Late lunch en route at Srinagar.
On the way, see the heritage city of Tehri going down
to the mighty waters of Holy river Ganga because of the
construction of Tehri Dam. After lunch restart your journey
and meet the beautiful river Mandakini. Travel along this
river to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. On arrival
check in at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Guptakashi - Kedarnath. ( Drive 32km; trek 14km )
After breakfast leave for Gaurikund (a 32km drive one
way). On arrival, start your journey on the tough trek
ahead. Stop for lunch en route and restart ,to arrive
by late afternoon at Kedarnath. On arrival check into
a hotel/dharamshala. After freshening up perform "Pooja"
and "Darshan" at the Shri Kedarnathji shrine.
In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi in
the vicinity of the temple. Dinner and overnight stay
Kedarnath - Guptakashi. ( Trek 14km; drive 32km )
After breakfast start your journey back to Gaurikund and
take a relaxing bath in the hot water sulphur springs.
After this drive down to Guptakashi by road to reach the
camp/hotel by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Guptakashi.
Guptakashi - Joshimath via Chopta 175km; ( 6 - 7 hrs )
After breakfast leave for Joshimath via Chopta, one of
the most beautiful sites in the whole trip. Enjoy the
beautiful drive through the thick forests filled with
medicinal plants and stop at Pipalkoti for lunch. Arrive
at the hotel/camp at Joshimath by late afternoon. Evening
free in Joshimath. Dinner and overnight stay at Joshimath.
Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath ( Drive 90km )
After breakfast leave for Shri Badrinathji.,on arrival
perform the holy "Darshan" and leave for an
excursion to the village, the last village on the Tibet
border. Come back to Joshimath for dinner and overnight
stay at the hotel/ashram.
Joshimath - Rishikesh 252km ( Drive 9 - 10 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Rishikesh and en route take
lunch at Srinagar. Restart and if time permits spend time
at Devprayag - the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and
Bhagirathi, which forms the Ganga. Reach Rishikesh in
the evening to check in at a hotel. Spend the evening
in exploring the traditions and cultures of India on the
banks of the holy river Ganga. Visit the Swargashram,
the Ram and Lakshman Jhoolas, the Gita Bhavan and attend
the evening "Arti" on the banks of the Ganga.
Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
Rishikesh - Delhi
After breakfast leave for Delhi. Tour ends on arrival