Chardham Yatra - 2013

Char Dham Yatra (Fixed Departure)
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11 Nights /
12 Days
Rs. 15,500.00

Highlights of the tour

The Chardham Yatra is one of the most significant pilgrim tours for the Hindus. Since times immemorial, both man and God have just one prayer - Shanti - for the Living and the Departed. The Chardham is also called the Deo Bhumi.

Fixed Departures starts from 13th May, 2013 till 20th June, 2013

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (205 km / 6 hrs)

Morning, arrival at Delhi and from the airport / railway station / pick up point, drive to Haridwar. On arrival check-in to the hotel. After check-in visit the Har- ki- Pauri, revel in Ganga Aarti in the evening. Overnight stay at Haridwar.

Day 02: Haridwar - Mussoorie - Barkot (220 km / 7 - 8 hrs)

Depart from Haridwar early morning and stop for lunch on the way to Mussoorie. Arrive at Barkot in the evening after visiting Kempty falls on the way. On arrival check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot {36 km drive & 6 km Trek (one side)}

Drive to Jankichatti / Phoolchatti, trek starts from here to Yamunotri (6 km). Either trek by walking or by taking a horse or by hiring Doli (at your own cost). Arrive at Yamunotri; here 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". Here near the temple "Pooja" can be offered to Divya Shila. After taking bath in Jamunabai Kund's warm water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" return to Jankichatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.

Surya Kund: There are numerous thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flow into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.

Divya Shila: A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

Day 04: Barkot - Uttarkashi (100 km / 4 hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, drive of 100 km. Enroute visit Prakateshwar Cave. On arrival at Uttarkashi check-in to the hotel. In the evening visit Vishvanath Temple, overnight stay at the hotel.

Uttarkashi: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here; the temple has a massive iron trident in its premises.

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100 km / 3 - 4 each side)

Early morning drive to Gangotri (3048 mts), enroute we enjoy picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most magnificent view of the Himalayas. After Gangotri Darshan we return to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.

Gangotri Temple: Gangotri temple is an 18th century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva to get river Ganga here to atone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.

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.

Day 06: Uttarkashi - Guptkashi (220 km / 8 - 9 hrs)

After an early breakfast, leave for Guptkashi. Late lunch is scheduled enroute Molgarh. After lunch, continue your journey and see the beautiful River Mandakni. Travel alongside the River to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07: Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30 km by road & 14 km Trek)

Morning drive to Gaurikund. Trek starts from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or by pony / Doli. Arrive by late afternoon, on arrival check-in to the Tourist Bungalow / Ashram. After freshening up, perform Pooja and get Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple. Overnight at the Ashram or Tourist Bungalow. (Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woollen clothes and toiletries.)

Gaurikund: At a distance of 5 km 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.

Kedarnath Temple: 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.

Kedarnath Temple: The present temple built in 8th century AD by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by the Pandavas. The Temple has a Conical Lingam - the assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old. Behind the Kedarnath temple lies the Samadhi, final resting place of Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is believed that after establishing the four dhams in India he went for his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years.

Day 08: Kedarnath - Guptkashi / Rudraprayag (14 km Down Trek & 75 km / 3 hrs by Road)

Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check-in to the hotel at Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.

Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.

Day 09: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165 km / 7 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Badrinath via Joshimath. Check-in to the hotel. In the evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarthi. Overnight stay.

Badrinath: Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan lies the holiest of the four main shrines - Badrinath along the left bank of Alaknanda with the towering Neelkanth peak as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with "Badri" or wild berries and hence was famous as Badrivan.

Legend has it when Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of its descent, therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels, Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or BadrinathJi. Badrinath one of the 'Four Dhams' is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name "Badri van", meaning "Forest of Berries".

Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.

Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Brahama Kapal: A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

Sheshnetra: 1.5 km away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye. Charanpaduka: 3 km away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.

Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.

Vasundhara: As the name suggests, Vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 km from Badrinath out of which 2 km is motorable upto Mana.

Bhim Pul: On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.

Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.

Day 10: Badrinath - Joshimath (44 km / 3 hrs) - Pipalkoti (85 km / 4 hrs) - Rudraperyag (180 km / 6 - 7 hrs)

Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sightseeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh"of the Saraswati River, just within the three km of Badrinathjee. Drive back to Joshimath - Pipalkoti - Rudraperyag. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Rudraperyag.

Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is in the Badrinath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many temples in the township most important is the temple of Nir Singh in commotion of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is withring with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri. Joshimath is connected by regular bus service to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath and many other centers in the region.

Day 11 : Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar (155 km / 7 hrs)

Drive to Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of "Hrishikesh "and this area henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh. Later visit Rishikesh temple & Sight Seeing - Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram and Parmarth Ashram. Overnight stay at Haridwar.

Day 12: Haridwar - Delhi (220 km drive 5 - 6 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to airport / railway station / dropping point.

Type of Hotels
No. of Nights
Standard Hotel
Deluxe Hotel
Luxury Hotel Hotel
Hotel Vasundhara / Hotel Suvidha / Similar
Hotel Park Grand / Hotel Lakshya / Similar
Hotel Godwin / Hotel Country Inn / Similar
Barkote / Ranachatii
Hotel Anil Loges / Hotel Jay / Similar
Hotel Chouhan Aexi / Hotel Riya Recidancy /Similar
The Yamunotri Rever Bank Resort / Camp River Side / Similar
Hotel Himdeep / Hotel Bandari / Similar
Hotel Mahima Resort / Hotel Ganga Putra /Similar
Hotel Shiv Pariwar / Hotel 5 Element / Similar
Hotel City Palace / Hotel Mandakini / Similar
Hotel Subham / Hotel Himalaya / Similar
Camp Nirwana / Hotel Maha Mirtunjaya / Char Dham Camp / Similar
Bhel Ashram / Hotel Sunil Lodges / Similar
Punjab Sind Awas / Himachal House / Similar
Punjab Sind Awas / Himachal House / Similar
Bholgiri Ashram / Swami Narayan / Similar
Hotel Nilkant / Hotel Pramarth House / Hotel Urwashi / Similar
Hotel Snow Crest / Hotel Sarover Portico / Hotel /Similar
Sangrila Resort / Hotel Suri / Similar
Hotel Pushpdeep / Hotel Jwalpa Palace / Similar
Hotel Balbir Place / Hotel Monal Resort / Similar

Package Prices Per Person (for Indian Nationals)
Bus Type
Standard Hotel
Deluxe Hotel
Luxury Hotel
35 - 42
22 - 27
22 - 27
* Child With Extra mattress will be 70% of the adult cost and without mattress will be 50% of the adult cost.

 What is included in this price?
Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation on twin and triple sharing basis.
  • Accommodation for 02 nights on twin / double sharing basis.
  • All transfer and sightseeing as per your chosen package.
  • Daily Buffet / fixed menu, morning tea Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ( 11 Breakfast, 11 Lunch & 11 Dinners included) ( 03 Lunch will be packed , One During Trek to Yamunotri and 02 while trekking to and from Kedarnath on AP Plan ( As mentioned above).
  • Fuel, parking, toll taxes, Interstate taxes, permit, driver allowance, & night halt charges.

Cost Excludes:
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, liquor, boating & joy rides.
  • Any other item not mentioned in "Cost Includes".
  • Additional sightseeing or usage of vehicle not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Guide or entrance fees. 
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks, etc. (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel leading to an increase in surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Government Service Tax @ 3.09%
Terms & Conditions : (Show General Terms & Conditions)

  • Prices are based on a minimum of 2 adults traveling together.
  • Prices are based on Standard Rooms.
  • Surcharge is applicable for a passenger traveling alone.
  • 'Child Rate' applies to children, between the ages of 2 to 12 years.
  • Prices for Non Indian Nationals are available on request.
  • These rates are not applicable during any Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Trade-fairs and High Season.
  • All bookings and confirmations are subject to availability.
  • Amendment charges, cancellation charges will be applicable as per our terms & conditions.
  • Any increase in the hotel tariffs, fuel charges or taxes, which may come into effect prior to the departure, will lead to an increase in the tour price. Any difference in the price will be payable by the client.
  • There will be no refund on unused service.
  • The hotel names are given for guideline purpose. The confirmation could be in the same or an alternate hotel in a similar category, subject to availability.
  • Rates are subject to change, without prior notice.
  • All booking terms & conditions of AKSHAR INFOCOM will apply.