CHARDHAM YATRA WITH HEMKUND SAHEB – VALLEY OF FLOWERS

OVERVIEW

 

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days

Destination:Delhi – Haridwar – Barkot- Yamunotri – Uttarkashi – Gangotri –  Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Rudraprayag – Badrinath – Govind Ghat – Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Valley Of Flower – Devprayag –  Rishikesh – Hardwar – Delhi
Starting : From 15 May’2014 

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 -  Barkot (210kms/7-8hr)  
Drive to Barkot via Mussoorie, enroute visit Kempty Fall and others. Later drive straight to Barkot, transfer to your Hotel. Overnight stay at Barkot.


Day 03: Barkot - Yamunotri – Barkot {36kms drive & 6kms Trek (one side) :
Early morning, Drive to Jankichatti/Phoolchatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri (6kms). Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, 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 warn water and having “Darshan” of pious “Yamunaji” returning to Jankichatti. Return back to Barkot, Overnight stay.
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 a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows 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 (100kms/4hr) :
Drive to Uttarkashi. Visit Vishwanath Temple & Others. Check in Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Night Halt.
Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town.

 

Vishwanath temple – Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in the ancient architectural style. It is situated at the heart of the town. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s small shrines are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening are offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyug and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

 

Shakti temple – Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. at bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga(Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here

Day 05:
Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4 each side)  HT : 3048 MTS.
Early morning drive to Gangotri, enroute at Gangnani take a holy dip in Garam Kund, further drive to Gangotri via beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its nature beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees, and mountains. On arrival at Shree Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja and Darshan, after that relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Return back to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at 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 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 (220kms/8-9hr)  HT : 1319 MTS.
Drive straight to Guptkashi via Moolgarh & Lambgoan. Enroute you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi. 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 07 : Guptkashi – Kedarnath (30kms by road & 19kms Trek)   HT : 3384 MTS.
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath  by Pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt.
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.

 

Day 08: Kedarnath – Rudraprayag (19Kms Down Trek & 75kms/4hr by Road)   HT : 895 MTS.
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, 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.

Weather – Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 35-40 degree Celsius, Winter: The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 20 deg to 05 deg.

Day 09: Rudraprayag – Badrinath (160kms/7hr)  HT : 3133 MTS.

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 10: Badrinath –
Govind Ghat (22kms drive) – Ghangaria (13kms/5-6hr Trek)

Early morning visit Badrinath Temple, Later drive to Govindghat. Trek Start from here to Ghangaria (3000 mts). Arrive Ghangaria, Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

 

Ghangharia/Govinddham : Situated in the midst of a pine grove Ghangharia serves as a base for visiting Hemkund Shaib. It is the last human habitation in the valley. A tourist Lodge, log huts, tents and a Gurudwara provide comfortable accommadition.

 


Day 11: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (6kms/4hr each side)

After breakfast, start trekking to Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib, one of the holiest Sikh pilgrimages. Guru Gobind Singh meditated here. The place is described as Hemkund Parbat Sapat Sring, the “lake of ice” “mountain” adorned with “seven peaks”, surround the shrine, looming over lush green pastures. The tenth and penultimate Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, meditated for years in these mountains, finally leaving his earthly form and uniting with the Almighty. The star-shaped Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji, at a height of over 4,239 mt, is as such, a memorial to Guru Gobind Singh ji and a reminder of the saint’s mission. Snow-covered peaks and mountains makes the backdrop for ‘The Hemkund Lake’. Return to Ghangria, Overnight stay.

 

Gurudwara Hemkund Shaib : This imposing star-shaped structure of stone and concrete masonry is one the shores of the lake. An outlet behind the Gurudwara is source of the Lakshman Ganga.

 

Temple of Lord Lakshman : A small temple nearby, dedicated to Lord Lakshman.

 


Day 12: Ghangaria – Valley of Flower – Ghangaria (4kms/2-3hr each side)

After breakfast, trek to Valley of Flowers. Explore the valley and witness the rare Himalayan flora, i.e. Brahm Kamal (Saussurea Obvolata), Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Aculata) and many more.
Valley of Flower was discovered by Frank Smith while on the Expedition to Mt. Kamet. This picturesque Valley covered by rare species of flowers & a wide variety of Butterflies, Musk Deer, Thar & serow are found here. Back to Ghangaria. Overnight stay.

 


Day 13: Ghangaria – Govindghat (13kms trek down) – Rudraprayag (140kms/5-6hr drive)  HT : 895 MTS.

After 13 Kms trekdown from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat, further drive to Rudraprayag. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

 

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 14: 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 15: 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)

Superior Package (EPAI)

02

Tata Indigo     X

Rs. 58,715/-

Rs. 52,415/-

Rs. 43,075/-

Rs. 34,450/-

02

Tavera / Xylo / Ertiga     X

Rs. 63,465/-

Rs. 57,165/-

Rs. 47,825/-

Rs. 40,200/-

02

Innova     X

Rs. 65,715/-

Rs. 59,415/-

Rs. 50,075/-

Rs. 42,450/-

04

Tavera / Xylo / Ertiga     X

Rs. 50,340/-

Rs. 44,040/-

Rs. 34,700/-

Rs. 27,075/-

04

Innova     X

Rs. 51,465/-

Rs. 45,165/-

Rs. 35,825/-

Rs.28,200/-

06

Tavera / Xylo     X

Rs. 45,815/-

Rs. 39,515/-

Rs. 30,175/-

Rs. 22,550/-

06

Innova     X

Rs. 46,565/-

Rs. 40,265/-

Rs. 30,925/-

Rs. 23,300/-

06

Tempo Traveler (09 Seater)     X

Rs. 49,565/-

Rs. 43,265/-

Rs. 33,925/-

Rs. 26,300/-

08

Tempo Traveler (09 Seater)     X

Rs. 46,340/-

Rs. 40,040/-

Rs. 30,700/-

Rs. 23,075/-

10

Tempo Traveler (12 Seater)     X

Rs. 44,965/-

Rs. 38,665/-

Rs. 29,325/-

Rs. 21,700/-

12

Mini Coach (15 Seater)     X

Rs. 46,140/-

Rs. 39,840/-

Rs. 30,500/-

Rs. 22,875/-

14

Mini Coach (15 Seater)     X

Rs. 44,735/-

Rs. 38,435/-

Rs. 29,100/-

Rs. 21,475/-

16

Tempo Traveler +ToyotaInnova  Incld.

Rs. 46,470/-

Rs. 40,170/-

Rs. 30,835/-

Rs. 23,210/-

16

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)  Incld.

Rs. 48,845/-

Rs. 42,545/-

Rs. 33,210/-

Rs. 25,585/-

18

Tempo Traveler x 02  Incld.

Rs. 46,680/-

Rs. 40,380/-

Rs. 31,045/-

Rs. 23,420/-

18

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)  Incld.

Rs. 47,460/-

Rs. 41,160/-

Rs. 31,820/-

Rs. 24,195/-

20

Mini Coach (22/27 Seater)  Incld.

Rs. 46,340/-

Rs. 40,040/-

Rs. 30,700/-

Rs. 23,075/-

20

Tempo Traveler x 02  Incld.

Rs. 45,640/-

Rs. 39,340/-

Rs. 30,000/-

Rs. 22,375/-

 

CPAI SUPPLEMENT (Daily Breakfast)

 NIL

NIL

NIL

Rs. 2,000/-

 

Extra Mattress / Extra Person

Rs. 20,000/-

Rs. 17,750/-

Rs.11,300/-

Rs. 5,950/-

 

MAPAI SUPPLEMENT(Daily Breakfast & Dinner)

 NIL

 NIL

Rs. 4,350/-

Rs. 5,000/-

 

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)
Barkot / Kharadi (02 Nights) The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents) / Yamunotri Cottage (Cottages)
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Hotel Shivparivar (A/C) / Great Ganga (A/C) / Shivlinga (A/C Premium)
Guptkashi (01 Night) The Chardham Camps (Swiss Tents) / Himalayan Comforts (Cottages)
Kedarnath (01 Night) Punjab Sindh Awas / Agra House
Rudraprayag (02 Nights) Monal Resort (A/C Premium)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Sarovar Portico / Hotel Snow Crest
Ghangaria (03 Nights)  Camp Ghangaria (Swiss Tents)
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)
Badkot (02 Nights) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Camp Veda (Swiss Tents)
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Hotel Shivparivar (A/C) / Great Ganga (A/C) / Shivlinga (A/C Premium)
Guptkashi / Sitapur (01 Night) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort
Kedarnath (01 Night) Punjab Sindh Awas / Agra House
Rudraprayag (02 Nights) Hotel Mandakini (A/C Dlx Room)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Sarovar Portico / Hotel Snow Crest
Ghangaria (03 Nights) Camp Ghangaria (Swiss Tents)
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)
Barkot (02 Nights) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Camp Veda (Swiss Tents)
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Shikhar Nature Resort (Swiss Tents)
Guptkashi / Sitapur (01 Night) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / Shivalik Valley Resort
Kedarnath (01 Night) Punjab Sindh Awas / Agra House
Rudraprayag (02 Night) Hotel Mandakini (A/C Superior Room)
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Narayan Palace (S.Dlx)
Ghangaria (03 Nights)  Hotel Nanda Lok Pal
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)
Badkot/ Jankichatti (02 Night) Chauhan Annexe (S.Dlx) / Athithi Niwas / Inder Palace
Uttarkashi (02 Night) Hotel Sriniwas
Guptkashi (01 Night) Hotel Mritunjay Palace
Kedarnath (01 Night) Punjab Sindh Awas / Agra House
Rudraprayag (02 Night) Hotel Tulsi / Shangrilla Resort
Badrinath (01 Night) Hotel Charan Paduka / Hotel Dwarikesh
Ghangaria (03 Nights)  Hotel Nanda Lok Pal
Rishikesh (01 Night) Narayana Palace (A/C) / Gayatri Resort (A/C) / SK Regency (A/C)

 

 

 

 

COST INCLUDES (Dlx., Reg. & Std. Package) :
Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on EPAI / CPAI 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.

 

CPAI: ROOM WITH BREAKFAST
MAPAI: ROOM WITH ONE MAJER MEAL (EITHER LUNCH / DINNER) & BREAKFAST

 

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