What to Know?
The Char dham yatra is the leading Hindu pilgrimage tour in the Indian Himalayas. Every place is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas region of Uttarakhand earlier recognized as Uttaranchal. Chardham Bus tour consists of four places-Yamunotri devoted to goddess Yamuna, Gangotri devoted to lord Shiva, Kedarnath famous for Shiva temple and Badrinath tour by Bus. Even as each region is matchless in its own style. Most pilgrims to the Chardham bus tour get on from the well-known temple town of Haridwar. Furthers depart from Haridwar’s sister town, Rishikesh, or from Dehra Dun region, the capital of Uttarakhand area. Chardham Bus tour starts from Delhi turn towards Haridwar, Barkot, Yamunotri,Barkot, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Guptkashi, GouriKund,Kedarnath,Rudraprayag, Badrinath, Srinagar and Rishikesh. By Bus, visitors can easily visit the whole touring point with the wildlife beauty. So the Chardham Bus tour is the very successful tour in the region of Chardham Yatra
Day 01: Day 01: delhi – haridwar (205 kms. 6 hrs):
Morning departs from Delhi to Haridwar.
Haridwar: Meaning ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is also spelled as Hardwar or Hari- Dwar. Haridwar is also one of the four places where drops of Amrit or nectar fell from the pitcher which was being carried by Garuda, the heavenly bird and the spot is known as Brahma Kund or Har-ki-Pauri. 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.
Aarrival at Haridwar, transfer to hotel, Check in at hotel. Take rest, later we shall take you for a visit to theMansa Devi Temple & enjoy Aarti at Har Ki Peri in the evening. The ‘Aarti’ worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating ‘dia’ (lamp) is a moving ritual. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities.Overnight stay at Haridwar.
Day 02: haridwar – barkot (205 kms 5 – 6 hrs):
Early morning after breakfast check out from hotel & proceed towards Barkot via Mussoorie
Barkot is a serene and secluded town, locatd at an elevation of 1220 meters. It is a northeast region of Uttarakhand, located around 49 km from Yamunotri Dam. It offers an excellent view of Himalayan cliffs and peaks. It is also an ideal place for trekking. The fresh orchards of apples, ravishing landscapes, glistering water of Yamuna River and secluded environment are the charming features of Barkot.
Arrive at Barkot, transfer to hotel, Check in at the hotel. Free for leisure activities, Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 03: barkot -yamunotri – barkot (32 kms / 10 km by jeep/ 6 kms trek.from one side):
Morning after breakfast leave for Janki Chatti Via Hanuman Chatti – The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River & Fool Chatti . On arrival Janki Chatti start Trek of 06 kms for Yamunotri Temple –Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again, Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. On Arrive Yamunotri Holi Dip in Garam Kund, than Pooja and Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji, 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”. After Darshan and Pooja, afternoon start trek back to Janki Chatti on arrival Janki Chatti meet with driver and drive back to Barkot at hotel. Evening free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 04: barkot – uttarkashi (82 kms / 4 hrs):
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & proceed for Uttarkashi. Enroute vist Prakateshwar Cave.
Uttarkashi is a holy town of Uttarakhand. The city is named after its headquarters town Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi district is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, at an altitude of 1158 metres above sea level. Uttarkashi is primarily known as a town of temples, particularly of Lord Shiva. There are various temples namely Vishwanath Temple, Bhairav Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Shani Temple, Pokhu Devta Temple, Karna Devta Temple and many more. The popular one is Vishwanath, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
On arrival at Uttarkashi, transfer to hotel; check in at the hotel evening visit Vishwnath Temple. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Day 05: uttarkashi – gangotri – uttarkashi (100 kms. One way)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri.
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.
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 to Uttarkashi at hotel, Free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Uttarakashi.
Day 06: uttarkashi – rudrapryag ((190 kms. Drive 9 – 10 hrs):
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Rudrapryag, En-route visit heritage city of Tehri dam slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges, due to the construction of the Tehri Dam.
Rudraprayag lies at the confluence of two rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag gets its name from the word “Rudra” which means, an aspect of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Lord Shiva appeared to bless Narad Muni as Rudra. Since then, the place has been a sacred place for Shiva worshippers. Rudraprayag has a very pleasant temperature all the year round. Frozen glaciers, beautiful lakes and raw natural beauty, add to the diverse serenity of this place. Rudraprayag has immense religious significance for pilgrims going in for the Char Dham Yatra to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham.
On arrival at Rudrapryag transfer to hotel, Check in at the hotel. Take rest, free for leisure activities,Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.
Day 07: rudrapryag – kedarnath (80 kms drive, 14 kms trek):
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Gaurikund.
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.
Arrive Gaurikund and start your journey on the tough Trek ahead for Kedarnath on foot or on by pony / Doli your own cost.
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. The history of Kedarnath is all about the legends that also form the reason behind the holiness of the city. Named after Lord Shiva, Kedarnath is believed to have come into existence after the Pandava brothers were asked to seek Lord Shiva’s blessing in order to do penance for the killing of their cousins. Shiva was not willing to meet the Pandavas and so he furled and disguised himself in Guptakashi. While fleeing from the Pandavas, he stopped at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. Inspite of all this, the Pandavas were able to find him and in retaliation he started to thrust inside the ground. He then dived into the ground leaving behind his hump. However, the willpower and determination of the Pandavas impressed him and he forgave their sins, gave them his blessing and allowed them to worship his hump. The stone like structure that is revered today is the very hump of the Lord.
Arrival at Kedarnath, transfer to hotel, check in at the Hotel. After freshening up, perform Pooja and alsoDarshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple, Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Kedarnath.
Day 08: kedarnath – rudraprayag (14 kms trek 80 kms drive):
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & back to Gaurikund and drive to Rudraprayag. Arrival at Rudraprayag, transfer to hotel, check in at hotel. Take rest free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Rudraprayag.
Day 09: rudraprayag – badrinath (170 kms):
Morning after breakfast Check out from hotel & proceed for Shri Badrinath Ji.
Badrinath: According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badris. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the ‘Old Badri’ and Adi Badri. The Badrinath area was known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu’s dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, “Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years.”One legend has it that when the goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda one of them. The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini – literally, the ‘Ascent to Heaven’. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town ofMana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Svarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana whereVyasa, according to legend, wrote the Mahabharata. The main attraction of Badrinath is the Badrinath temple also known as the Badrinarayan temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities.
Arrival at Badrinath, transfer to hotel, check in to hotel. Take rest, Later take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, Byas Gufa, Bheem Pul, Saraswati River. Later back to hotel, free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at Badrinath.
Day 10: badrinath – joshimath- rudraprayag: (200 kms / 7-8hrs):
Early morning and see the beauty of the majestic Neelkanth peak. After taking bath at Taptakund (hot water spring) take holy Darshan of the Badrinath Temple. Take breakfast & drive to Mana Village. Return back towards Rudraprayag via Joshimath.
Joshimath: is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttaranchal. In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya. The rivers Alkananda and Dhauliganga meet at the confluence of Vishnuprayag located just below Joshimath.Joshimath is the base for trekking to the famous Valley of Flowers. The best time to visit Joshimath and for the trek is from mid July till end-August. Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.
In winters, the town becomes home to Lord Badri who is brought down from Badrinath to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. Some nearby places of excursion are Auli, one of the best skiing destinations in India and Nanda Devi National Park which is 23kms from Joshimath.
Arrival at Rudraprayag, transfer to hotel, check in to hotel, take rest. Free for leisure activities, overnight stay at Rudraprayag.
Day 11: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh- Haridwar (160 kms, 06 hrs) –Delhi:
Morning after breakfasts proceed towards Rishikesh.
Rishikesh: was named after the God Hrishikesh whose appearance is an answer to the lord penances by Rabhiya Rishi. The Holy Chardham yatra has its starting point from Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a famous Hindu religious destination, popular amongst devotees, yoga persons and adventurers as well. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganga River.
Later visit Haridwar & evening drive towards Delhi. (Overnight Journey).
Day 12: Delhi
Morning reach Delhi. Drop Railway station / Airport for your onwards journey.