YAMUNOTRI: The first chardham (going from left to right, as is traditionally stipulated), is one of the most revered temples in India. Yamunotri is the source of the sacred river Yamuna that originates from the glacial lake of Saptarishi Kund, at an altitude of 4,421 meters. Dedicated to capricious Goddess Yamuna, this ancient temple has been a pilgrimage for centuries. Starting at Rishikesh, the yatra takes the pilgrim through some of the most beautiful panoramas, and eventually on the 14 kilometer arduous trek from Hanuman Chatti that is not merely visually and physically stimulating but spiritually uplifting.

GANGOTRI: Ganga, India’s most sacred river is inextricably linked to our past, present and future; it is the very essence of our cycle of life and death. The journey to its source is to reinforce those systems of belief that have been held sacred by our ancestors for centuries. The pilgrimage begins at Rishikesh, an ancient holy town, and leads the traveler through majestic vistas, stunning valleys, and beautiful meadows to eventually end at the holy temple of Gangotri. All through the journey, it is the glimpses of the Ganga in all its moods – playful, placid, and turbulent – that inspire the pilgrim to continue this journey towards spiritual salvation.

KEDARNATH: Set in the beautiful Mandakini valley, cupped by lofty peaks, the majestic Kedarnath Temple stands on a glacial terrace, remnant of an ancient glacier – long since melted. This is Lord Shiv’s territory – and the region is a living testimony to his adventures and exploits. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavs, protagonists of the Mahabharat, as a tribute to Lord Shiv having forgiven them for fratricide after an exciting chase through the Himalayas. The journey to Kedarnath – the most significant of the 12 jyotirlings located in different parts of India -- is to relive these ancient tales and legends, and to become one with God.

BADRINATH: The Badrinath shrine is believed to be as old as time itself. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple was re-established by Adi Shankracharya in the 8th century as part of his mission to revitalise Hinduism. Located on the banks of the Rishi Ganga (Alaknanda), the temple, and the numerous ancient sites around it, is indeed a worthy goal to aim for. The last 11 kilometres to Badrinath is a steep ascent. At Devdarshni, the vista of the entire Badrinath valley appears before you – the township, the magnificent façade of the temple and the twin peaks Nar and Narayan as if standing guard on its either side, and the Neelkanth shining like a crown on its head! And immediately you feel the spiritual upliftment that such a magnificent site inspires.

Best time: Summers (May – October)
Starts/Ends: Haridwar / Haridwar
Places to visit: Haridwar, Mussoorie, Lakhamandal, Barkot, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangnani, Gangotri, Harsil, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Chopta, Badrinath, Joshimath, Rudraprayag, Dhari Devi, Devprayag, Rishikesh etc.
DAY 01:



Arrive at Haridwar railway station / Dehradun airport or drive direct from Delhi to Haridwar (220 km/06 hr).
Meet and greet by the representative, later proceed straight with a sightseeing of Haridwar, visiting – Mansa Devi Temple, Daksh Prajapati Temple at Kankhal, Jain Temple, Pawan Dham, Shanti Kunj followed by Aarti at Hari-Ki-Pauri. Later transfer to hotel in Rishikesh.
Overnight is at hotel in Rishikesh.

DAY 02:


(DRIVE: 187 KM / 07-08 HR) ALT: 1280 M

Today morning, drive to Barkot, en-route visiting Mussoorie, Kempty Fall, Lakhamandal.
Upon arrival in Barkot, check in at the hotel.
Overnight is at the hotel in Barkot.

DAY 03:



(DRIVE: 38 KM & TREK 07 KM)
(TREK: 07 KM & DRIVE: 38 KM)
ALT: 3235 M
ALT: 1280 M

Today, bit early in the morning drive to Janki Chatti. From here start trek to Yamunotri. Either by walk or by horse or by Doli on own expenses.
After "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji", trek down to Janki Chatti and drive back to Barkot.
Overnight is at hotel in Barkot.

DAY 04:


(DRIVE: 164 KM / 05-06 HR) ALT: 1158 M

Today morning after breakfast, drive to Uttarkashi. En-route visits the Shiv Gufa at Mahargaon. Later after visit continue your drive to Uttarkashi.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed with a temple tour of Uttarkashi. Overnight is at the hotel in Uttarkashi.

DAY 05:



(DRIVE: 100 KM/04 HR)
(DRIVE: 100 KM/04 HR)
ALT: 3048 M
ALT: 1158 M

Today after early breakfast, drive to Gangotri, en-route visit Gangnani – hot water spring, also enjoy picturesque Harshil Village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of Himalayas.
Later after Gangotri Darshan, drive back to Uttarkashi. Overnight is at hotel Uttarkashi.

DAY 06:


(DRIVE: 258 KM / 09 HR) ALT: 1319 M

Today morning after breakfast, proceed to Guptkashi.
Upon arrival in Guptkashi, check in at hotel. Later enjoy short temple tour of Guptkashi.
Overnight is at hotel in Guptkashi.

DAY 07:



DRIVE: 35 KM / 02 HR)
(TREK: 16 KM)
ALT: 1981 M
ALT: 3584 M

Today morning drive to Gaurikund and start your trek to Kedarnath.
Overnight is at Govt. Tents/Guesthouse in Kedarnath.

DAY 08:



(TREK: 16 KM)
(DRIVE: 35 KM / 02 HR)
ALT: 1981 M
ALT: 1319 M

Today morning visit Kedarnath temple. After darshan, trek down to Gaurikund and drive to Guptkahsi.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Overnight stay is at hotel in Guptkashi.

DAY 09:


(DRIVE: 165 KM / 06 HR) ALT: 3096 M

After breakfast, drive to Badrinath, en-route visits Chopta (also known as mini Switzerland). Upon arrival in Badrinath, check in at your hotel.
Afternoon proceed to visit Mana Village (last village at Indo-Tibet/China border), Bhimpul, Saraswati River, Vyas and Gangesh Caves etc.
Overnight is at the hotel in Badrinath.

DAY 10:


(DRIVE: 160 KM / 06 HR) ALT: 0610 M

Morning after Badrinath Temple Darshan, drive to Rudraprayag, En-route visits Joshimath. Later after visit continue your drive to Rudraprayag. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit Koteshwar Mahadev Temple.
Overnight is at hotel in Rudraprayag.

DAY 11:


(DRIVE: 135 KM / 05 HR) ALT: 0360 M

Today morning drive from Rudraprayag to Rishikesh. En-route visiting Dhari Devi Temple & Devprayag. After visit continue your drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Rishikesh visiting - Tapovan, Laxman Jhoola, Swargashram, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Ram Jhoola, Shivananda Ashram, Bharat Temple, followed by Aarti ceremony at Parmarth Ashram.

DAY 12:



Today in time, transfer to Haridwar Railway station or Dehradun airport or drive direct from Delhi to Haridwar (245 km/07 hr).

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