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CHAR DHAM - 11Nights/12Days
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi * On To Haridwar (220 kms / approx. 6 hour drive)
Welcome to your 'Super Saver Chardham Yatra' tour! On arrival report at the Comesum Restaurant Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station where you will boarding the Coach/Tempo traveller. Please note, you must gather latest by 08.00 am as the vehicle departs at 08.30 am sharp and then leave for Haridwar. En route lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant / dhaba. On arrival, check into your hotel. The evening prayer at dusk(Aarti) offered to Goddes Ganga at Hari-KI-Paudi. Thousands of the people from all around the world do make a point attend this prayer on their visit to Haridwar. Overnight stay at the hotel (EL, D)
Day 2 : Onto to Janki Chatti ( 238 kms / approx. 9 hour drive)
Early morning wake up call for ganges bathing and Surya Namaskar at Saptrishi Ghat, breakfast and later leave for journey to first of your Dham, Yamunotri, The daughter of the Sun god, Surya and consciousness, Sangya. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elavated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. Have Lunch en-route at Midway.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 3 : In Janki Chatti * Day excursion to Yamunotri ( trek 6 kms one way )
Today after early breakfast start trek to Yamunotri. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. Yamunotri was the home of an ancient sage Asit Muni.
Yamuna is the daughter of the Sun just like Yama who is considered his son. It is believed that Yama would not torment any person at the time of death who bathes in Yamuna, his sister. It is Yamuna, who being a holder of infinite love and compassion can grant us freedom from even death, in the realm of her elder brother. Evening return to Janki Chatti.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, PL, D)
Day 4 : On to Uttarkashi (150 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)
After breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, literally meaning Banaras/ Kashi of north. En route Journey breaks at Brahamkhal and Dharasu band. Later reach Uttarkashi in time for Lunch. Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel (B, L, D)
Day 5 : In Uttarkashi * Day excursion to Gangotri ( 100 kms / approx. 3 hour drive one way )
Today proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), en-route enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. After Gangotri Darshan return to 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 the winter months when the water level decreases. Kedar Ganga Sangam: Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga. Starting from the Kedar Valley, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 6 : On to Sitapur (220 kms / approx. 9 hour drive)
Leisurely wakeup call and post breakfast leave for special Jalabhishek at Kashi Vishwanath temple before leaving for Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. En route Picnic Set up Lunch at Chamba.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 7 : On to Kedarnath ( 15 kms / approx. 1 hour drive and 14 kms trek one way )
This morning drive to Gaurikund. The trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli ( on direct payment basis ) . Lunch will be packed or in a local dhaba. Later visit Kedarnath Temple.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters., one can take a 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.
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 remaining 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 stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 8 : On to Rudraprayag ( Trek 14kms and 75 kms / aprrox. 3 hour drive )
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag. Lunch enroute at Sitapur. Overnight stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 9 : On to Badrinath via Joshimath ( 160 kms / approx. 8 hour drive)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. On arrival, check into the Hotel. Lunch will be in a local restaurant.
Badrinath - and its route is, for the newcomer, a journey of initiation. For those who are visiting the shrine, the landmarks and vistas forever provide a newer view, a different emotion, a further nuance to an experience in memory. The journey to Badrinath can sometimes be unforgiving, but only to a closed mind. The people visiting the shrine are but the faces of the country. Journey from Rishikesh to Badrinath, to borrow from one of Sir Edmund Hillary's expeditions, is, in many ways, a journey from the ocean to the sky, as much mental as physical. And another route to heaven - and spiritual liberation.
Overnight stay at the hotel (B, EL, D)
Day 10 : On to Birahi ( 110 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). If time permit visit to Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. Post lunch drive to Birahi.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, L, D)
Day 11 : On to Rishikesh ( 200 kms / approx. 9 hour drive)
After breakfast proceed to Rishikesh .On arrival check into hotel .Rest of evening free for own leisure activity or visit Laxman Jhoola.Overnight stay at the hotel (B, L, D)
Day 12 : On to Delhi (238 kms / approx 7 hours). Return home with happy memories
Today bid farewell to your 'Super Saver Chardham Yatra' tour as you drive back to Nizamudding Rly Station for your onward journey