Chardham is located in Northern India, it consists of four of the popular Hindu shrines. The pilgrimage of ‘Chardham’ is considered to be a must visit in a lifetime by followers of Hinduism to secure a pass to heaven after life.
For the non-believers this journey is culturally rich; you can discover new religion and experience the vibrant fanfare of devotees in trance as they journey from one temple to the other.
Day 1: Gorakhpur – Delhi
Gorakhpur – Delhi Meals: Not Applicable If you are taking a train from Nepal your spiritual journey will begin at dawn. From Gorakhpur you will catch a train to Delhi. You may take a flight to Delhi if you are arriving from destination other than Nepal. The train journey will take you approximately 16 hours and 35 minutes. Overnight train journey.
Day 2: Delhi
Delhi Meals: Breakfast You will arrive at Delhi approximately around 05:45 hours; you will be received and welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After the breakfast, you will have a full day to explore New and Old Delhi. Old Delhi is famous for its narrow lanes, old-fashioned bazaars, havelis and mosques. In contrast New Delhi is well maintained with broad avenues and modern buildings. Some of the major attractions of Delhi that you will visit during the day are Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Laxminarayan Temple, Qutab Minar, Raj Ghat, India Gate, Connaught Place and Lotus Temple which will provide you with complete insights on both Old and New Delhi. After a long tiring tour of Delhi you will be taken to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi to Haridwar
Delhi to Haridwar Meals: Breakfast After the breakfast, you will drive to Haridwar. The journey will take you approximately 6 hours. At Haridwar you will check-in at the hotel. In the evening you will go to visit Mansa Devi temple and ‘Aarti’ at Hark Ki Pori. You will be staying at hotel for the night. Haridwar is the holy city translated as “Gateway to God”. It is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. Situated in the district of Uttranchal Pradesh it lays at the foot of Shivalik hills. Every year this city attracts religious pilgrims from all over the globe. During the major festivals it draws even more tourists. You can discover and explore many myths and stories about its existence. ‘Aarti’ (translated as offering of lights) of the river Ganges is the most spectacular display, which you should not miss.
Day 4: Haridwar to Barkot
Haridwar to Barkot Meals: Breakfast In the morning after breakfast you will drive to Bartok via Dehradun and Mussoorie. On the way you will visit Kempt fall. The beautiful cascading water and green pool formed by it will tempt you to take a dive. In the evening after you reach Bartok, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will check in and stay at Barkot hotel for the night.
Day 5: Barkot – Yamunotri – Bartok
Barkot – Yamunotri – Bartok Meals: Breakfast Your day will begin early, after a scrumptious breakfast you will leave for Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti and Fool Chatti. Upon your arrival at Janki Chatti, a hike of around 6 km to Yamunotri will commence. Once you’ve reached Yamunotri, most pilgrims take a holy dip in Garam Kund before worshiping at Yamunotri. There are a number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. Later in the afternoon, you will hike back to Janki Chatti and from there drive back to Barkot. You will be staying at Barkot hotel for the night. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River. It is the starting point of many treks in this region including Yamunotri. Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna. Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the Yamunotri temple in the 19th century. It was destroyed twice and has been reconstructed since. Divya Shila is a rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
Day 6: Bartok – Uttarkashi
Bartok – Uttarkashi Meals: Not Applicable In the morning you will leave for the second pilgrimage site at Uttarkashi, the distance of 82 km will take approximately around 4 hours drive. On the way you will visit Prakateshwar Cave. Upon your arrival at Uttarkashi you will check in at the hotel and take some rest. Later in the evening, you will visit Vishwanath Temple. You will see a massive iron trident within the temple premises. Uttarkashi has many other temples to visit; besides the holy sites it attracts many travellers for its scenic beauty. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi Meals: Not Applicable Today at dawn you will drive to Gangotri, which will take you almost 2 hour 30 minutes. Gangotri is the origin of river ganges, at Gangotri pilgrims take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, before the worship. Take some time to relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings. The glacier from which the river originates is at a distance of only 19 km from here. In the afternoon you will drive back to Uttarkashi and on arrival you will check into the hotel and stay there for the night.
Day 8: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi
Uttarkashi – Guptkashi Meals: Not Applicable In the morning you will drive to Guptkashi, on the way you will visit Tehri Dam, highest in India and tallest in the world. The distance to Guptkashi will be covered in approximately 6-7 hours. Once you reach Guptkashi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Take some rest at the hotel as later in the evening you will be taken to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ardh Narishwar Temple. Guptkashi has lush green forests with number of streams and rivulets; you can behold the sparkling Chaukhamba peak from here. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Guptakashi – Kedarnath
Guptakashi – Kedarnath Meals: Not Applicable Today morning you will drive to Gauri Kund, it is an approximately 1hour drive. Upon your arrival at Gauri Kund, you will commence your journey with a tough trek. You will stop at Rambara for lunch and then continue your journey. You will arrive at Kedarnath in late afternoon, after which you will check into the hotel/ guest house. After freshening up, you will visit Kedarnath temple and perform pooja and darshan. In the evening, you will visit Adi Sankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple. You will stay at the hotel/ guest house for the night. Kedarnath: is a majestic temple, standing in the middle of a plateau surrounded by snow-covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of temple 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.
Day 10: Kedarnath – Pipalkoti
Kedarnath – Pipalkoti Meals: Not Applicable Early in the morning many pilgrims begin their day with pooja and darshan at the Temple. After that you begin trekking downhill to Gauri Kund. From here you will drive to Pipalkoti which will take you almost 2 hours. Pipalkoti is a scenic town that acts as a resting point for people travelling to Badrinath, Auli, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. You will arrive at Pipalkoti in the evening, check in and stay at the hotel for the night.
Day 11: Pipalkoti – Badrinath
Pipalkoti – Badrinath Meals: Not Applicable Today morning you will leave for the third pilgrim site of Badrinath. En route you will visit Nar Singh Temple and Adi Sankracharya Samadhi at Joshimath. On arrival pilgrims take a dip in Tapti Kund, a thermal spring on the bank of the river Alakananda before entering Badrinath temple. Another important temple at Badrinath is Mata Murty temple devoted to the mother of Badrinath. After visiting the temple take out some time to visit Mana village, it is the last Indian village before Tibetan border, it is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribe that has its own unique cultural practices. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12: Badrinath – Rudraprayag
Badrinath – Rudraprayag Meals: Not Applicable Today early in the morning you will visit Badrinath Temple and perform pooja and darshan before driving to Rudraprayag via Joshimath, Chamoli and Karanprayag. Upon your arrival at Rudraprayag, you will check in and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (135 Km 7 hours)
Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (135 Km 7 hours) Meals: Not Applicable Today you will visit the final and the fourth pilgrim site of our journey Rishikesh. You will drive to to Rishikesh via Srinagar in Garhwal district. The distance of 175 km will be covered in approximately 7 hours. On the way you will visit the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River. The entire Rishikesh area is considered sacred, it is believed that meditation at this place leads to salvation. Rishikesh is the gateway and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Rishikesh – Delhi (234 km) – Gorakhpur (By overnight train)
Day 14: Rishikesh – Delhi (234 km) – Gorakhpur (By overnight train) Meals: Not Applicable After the beautiful cultural and spiritual experience today you bid farewell to the four abodes of Hindu lords and leave for Delhi. Upon your arrival at Delhi, you will be transferred to the airport or railway station; fulfilled to have visited the most sacred sites in Hinduism.