BADRINATH KEDARNATH YATRA (KEDARNATH BY HELICOPTER)

OVERVIEW

Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destination:Delhi – Haridwar – Guptkashi – Kedarnath  – Rudraprayag – Badrinath – Joshimath – Devprayag – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi
( Starting : From 02 May’2014 Onwards )

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar (230 kms/6-7hrs)
Arrival Delhi Airport / Delhi Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Transfer to your Hotel. If time permits visit Bharat Mata Mandir, Bhuma Niketan, India Temple, Pawan Dham, Doodhadhari Temple & others. Later visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti. The ‘Aarti’ worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating ‘dia’ (lamp) is a moving ritual. Back to your hotel, Night halt.
Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva’s hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. 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.

 

Day 02: Haridwar -  Guptkashi (210kms/7-8hr)  
Morning after breakfast, drive to Guptkashi enroute visit Devprayag & Rudraprayag. On arrival Check In at the Hotel, evening visit Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.

 


Day 03: Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Rudraprayag  (30kms by road & 19kms Trek)

Morning drive to Gaurikund Helipad. Gaurikund – Kedarnath – Gaurikund By Helicopter.

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 r! emaining 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.

After  that drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at Rudraprayag. Night Halt.

Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag. The famous man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag hunted and written about by Jim Corbett (hunter) dwelled here.

Day 04: Rudraprayag – Badrinath (160kms/7hr)

Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
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, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. 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 proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye.
Charanpaduka : 3kms. 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 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. 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 05: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (160kms/7hr)
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 kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed 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.

Day 06: Rudraprayag – Devprayag – Rishikesh (140kms/4hr)

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 hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Check in Hotel. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram. At evening visit Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ashram. Overnight stay.


Day 07: Rishikesh – Hardwar – Delhi (250kms/7-8hr)

Drive back to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport. Tour Terminate.

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

COST INCLUDES:
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on EPAI / CPAI / MAPAI Basis (As mention above).
Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh- Delhi by A/C Vehicle Services) with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
3.09% Govt. Service Tax, All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost include.

COST

TOTAL TOUR COST (Per Person): NETT RATE HENCE NON-COMMISSIONABLE

 

 Total Pax

(Min.)

 

Transportation

(Exclusive)

 

Guide

 

 

Premium Package

 (MAPAI)

Luxury

Package

 (MAPAI)

Deluxe

Package

 (CPAI)

Regular

Package

 (EPAI)

02

Tata Indigo

X

RS. 29,465/-

RS. 24,965/-

RS. 21,400/-

RS. 17,125/-

02

Tavera / Xylo / Ertiga

X

RS. 31,915/-

RS. 27,415/-

RS. 23,850/-

RS. 19,575/-

02

Toyota Innova

X

RS. 33,115/-

RS. 28,615/-

RS. 25,050/-

RS. 20,750/-

04

Tavera / Xylo / Ertiga

X

RS. 24,715/-

RS. 20,215/-

RS. 16,650/-

RS.12,375/-

04

Toyota Innova

X

RS. 25,315/-

RS. 20,815/-

RS. 17,250/-

RS. 12,975/-

06

Tavera / Xylo

X

RS. 22,365/-

RS. 17,865/-

RS. 14,300/-

RS. 10,025/-

06

Toyota Innova

X

RS. 22,765/-

RS. 18,265/-

RS. 14,700/-

RS. 10,425/-

06

Tempo Traveler (09 seater)

X

RS. 24,365/-

RS. 19,865/-

RS. 16,300/-

RS. 12,025/-

08

Tempo Traveler (09 seater)

X

RS. 22,615/-

RS. 18,115/-

RS. 14,550/-

RS. 10,275/-

10

Tempo Traveler (12 seater)

X

RS. 21,875/-

RS. 17,375/-

RS. 13,810/-

RS. 9,535/-

12

Tempo Excel (14 seater)

X

RS. 22,580/-

RS. 18,080/-

RS. 14,520/-

RS. 10,245/-

14

Mini Coach (15 seater)

X

RS. 21,860/-

RS. 17,360/-

RS. 13,800/-

RS. 9,525/-

16

Tempo Traveler + Toyota Innova

Incld.

RS. 22,720/-

RS. 18,220/-

RS. 14,660/-

RS. 10,385/-

16

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)

Incld.

RS. 24,350/-

RS. 19,850/-

RS. 16,290/-

RS. 12,015/-

18

Tempo Traveler x 02

Incld.

RS. 22,870/-

RS. 18,370/-

RS. 14,805/-

RS. 10,530/-

18

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)

Incld.

RS. 23,610/-

RS. 19,110/-

RS. 15,545/-

RS. 11,270/-

20

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)

Incld.

RS. 22,965/-

RS. 18,465/-

RS. 14,900/-

RS. 10,625/-

20

Tempo Traveler x 02

Incld.

RS. 22,300/-

RS. 17,800/-

RS. 14,235/-

RS. 9,960/-

Extra Mattress / Extra Person

RS. 9,300/-

RS. 8,000/-

RS. 5,250/-

RS. 2,700/-

CPAI SUPPLEMENT (Daily Breakfast)

 NIL

NIL

NIL

RS. 850/-

MAPAI SUPPLEMENT(Daily Breakfast & Dinner)

 NIL

NIl

RS. 1,950/-

RS. 2,000/-

 

Note  – Helicopter fare is still not decided for current year… approx Rs. 9900/- Per Person (Extra)  

EPAI: ROOM ONLY WITHOUT MEALS
CPAI: ROOM WITH BREAKFAST
MAPAI: ROOM WITH ONE MAJER MEAL (EITHER LUNCH / DINNER) & BREAKFAST

 

HOTELS

HOTELS DETAILS:-

 

P r e m i u m   P a c k a g e   H o t e l s   ( M A P A I )

Haridwar (01 Night) Hotel Hari Ganga Haveli (A/C)
Guptkashi (01 Night) The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents) / Himalayan Comforts (Cottages)
Rudraprayag (02 Nights) Monal Resort (A/C Premium)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Sarovar Portico / Hotel Snow Crest
Rishikesh (01 Night)  Hotel Ellbee Ganga View (Premier) / Vasundhara Palace (A/C Suite)

 

 

L u x u r y   P a c k a g e   H o t e l s   ( M A P A I )

Haridwar (01 Night) Country Inn Suites (A/C) / Hotel Ganga Laheri (A/C) / Godwin (A/C)
Guptkashi / Sitapur (01 Night) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort
Rudraprayag (02 Nights) Hotel Mandakini (A/C Dlx Room)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Sarovar Portico / Hotel Snow Crest
Rishikesh (01 Night)  Hotel Vasundhara Palace (A/C) / The Amaris (A/C)

COST INCLUDES (Premium & Luxury Package):
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on MAPAI Basis (Room with Breakfast & Dinner).
Daily mineral water (02 bottles per pax per day). Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh- Delhi by A/C Vehicle Services) with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.

 

D e l u x e   P a c k a g e   H o t e l s  ( C P A I )

Haridwar (01 Night) Lakshay (A/C) / Hari Heritage (A/C) / Classic Residency (A/C)
Guptkashi / Sitapur (01 Night) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort
Rudraprayag (02 Night) Hotel Mandakini (A/C Superior Room)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Narayan Palace (S.Dlx)
Rishikesh (01 Night)  Great Ganga (A/C) / Narayana (A/C Cottage) / Ganga Beach Resort (A/C)

 

 

S u p e r i o r    P a c k a g e   H o t e l s   ( E P A I )

Haridwar (01 Night) Hotel Khanna Palace (A/C) / Great Ananda (A/C)
Guptkashi (01 Night) Hotel Mritunjay Palace
Rudraprayag (02 Night) Hotel Tulsi / Shangrilla Resort
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Charan Paduka / Hotel Dwarikesh
Rishikesh (01 Night)  Narayana Palace (A/C) / Gayatri Resort (A/C) / SK Regency (A/C)

 

 

COST INCLUDES:
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on EPAI / CPAI / MAPAI Basis (As mention above).

Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh-Delhi by A/C Vehicle Services) with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt charges.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
3.09% Govt. Service Tax, Helicopter Fare, Rest All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost include.

 

 

Note  – Helicopter fare is still not decided for current year… approx Rs. 9900/- Per Person (Extra)  

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