Char Dham is a term coined for the four most revered Hindu temples viz’ Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. According to the Puranas and various Hindu scriptures the Char Dham Yatra is of very high religious significance. Pilgrims from all around the world brave the severe conditions of landscape and weather to visit the shrines and have the holy darshan of the revered diety. The sources of two rivers, Gangotri and Yamunotri are devoted to the female dities – Ganga and Yamuna. They both, along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Char Dham of the Garhwal, the four most hallowed shrines in the Himalayas.
Yamunotri Temple lies in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas. It is situated at a height of 3235m. Goddess Yamuna the river goddess is worshipped here and has special significance in Hindu scriptures. The idol is made of black marble. The river Yamuna emerges from Yamunotri glacier which is at a height of 4420 m near the Kalind mountain. This place was the home of Sage Asit. Devotees cook potato and rice at this pond and offer to the Goddess.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m amidst charming surroundings of deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock “Bhagirath Shila” situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural rock shivling where according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks.
The temple of Kedarnath dedicated to Lord Shiva is revered and visited by many pilgrims every year. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3580 m amidst the background of snow covered mountain peaks and greenery.
The temple is built of large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones and is considered more than 1000 years old. The temple has a garbha griha where the conical rock formation is situated and a Mandapam for seating of pilgrims and visitors.
A large statue of the Nandi Bull is situated outside the temple door. The nearest bus stop is Gaurikund and pilgrims have to trek 14 kms to reach the temple.
Badrinath Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu . It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m at the banks of Alaknanda. At the backdrop is the NeelKanth mountain peak situated between twin peaks named Nar and Narayan. The name of the place is derived from wild berries called Badri. Adi Shankarcharya established the idol of Vishnu in the temple, the idol is made of black granite. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring known as Tapt Kund.
CHAR DHAM YATRA PACKAGE
We have special package programe for the CHAR DHAM YATRA. GHA provides inpeckable services for Chardham Yatra in Garhwal Himalayas. We also provide customised packeges for different kind of travellers. We try to provide high quality standards even in the adverse conditions.
DAY 1- DELHI- RISHIKESH ( 1222 ft ):Group pickup by any place like rly station, airport & hotels. Drive to Rishikesh( City of SAINTS )225 km ( 5/6hrs ) hot lunch en route..dinner & over night stay in hotel.
DAY 2- MUSOORIE ( 6050 ft ):After bearkfast vist to LUXAMN JHULA, SWARGASHRAM TEMPLES. lunch in hotel .drive to DEHRADUN (Capital of UATTARANCHAL). MUSOORIE 78 km arrival local sightseeing MALL ROAD, ROPEWAY etc.dinner & overnight in hotel .
DAY 3- SAYANACHATTI / BARKOT ( 6540 ft ):Departture to KEMPTY FALL enjoying proceed to sayan chatti /barkot 127 km. hot lunch enroute. dinner & over night in hotel.
DAY 4- YAMUNOTRI (10800 ft ):Sayanchatti / Barkot to Hanuman chatti -Phoolchatti-Jankichatti by jeep and onward 7 km trek to yumnotri or by pony & doli are available in this trek route. with pack lunch .at YAMUNOTRI hot water kund for bath
and darshan of YAMUNAJI and back to hotel overnight stay .
DAY 5 – UTTARKASHI ( 8000 ft ):Departure to Uttarkashi 108 km. darshan KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE &Local City Visit .dinner & over night stay.
DAY 6- GANGOTRI ( 10300 ft ):100 km drive to GANGOTRI is very sacred place situated on the bank of BHAGIRATHI GANGA river . between UTTARKASHI & GANGOTRI GANGANANI is a beautiful place with hot watter spring where tourist take bath & enjoy on the way . GANGOTRI is the place where RAJA BHAGIRATH observed hard penance & pleased God SHANKAR to bring GANGAJI on the earth and obliged his Sixty thousand ancesters.it is believed that one dip in pious GANGA washes all the sins of a yatrik. at evening back to UTTARKASHI dinner & overnight stay.
DAY 7- RUDRAPRAYAG (4200 ft ): Departure to TEHRI , SRINAGAR RUDRAPRAYAG 175 km .lunch enroute. darshan at sangam oF MANDAKANI & ALAKNANDA and SHANKAR temple . dinner 7 overnight stay
DAY 8- KEDARNATH ( 11817 ft ): Rudraprayag to Gurikund on drive 74 km onward 15 km trek doli n pony are available KEDARNATH temple is open up noon and arati darshan are available. mourning special pooja is to booked a day before. keadarnath range stands one of the twelve M ‘ JAYOTIRLINGAS ‘ of KEDAR or lord SHIVA. The shrine of KEDARNATH is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the HINDUS .dinner & overnight stay.
DAY 9- PIPALKOTI ( 8864 ft ): After darshan n pooja departure to Gaurikund by trek and drive to PIPALKOTI(136 km) . dinner & overnight stay.
DAY 10 – BARDINATH (10248 ft ): Pipalkoti to BADRINATH 75 km drive. BADRINATH is an important DHAM in the char dham yatra. this sacread place is on the bank of alaknanda river surround by snow claded mounatains of Himalaya.it is said that ADI guru SHANKARAYACHRAYA found idol of GOD BADRINATH from the Naradkund 7 set up in the tample of BADRVISHAL. Bath in tapat kund and Darshan of shri BADRIVISHAL and at evening SWARN Arti & kapoor arti are famous to participate. MANA village is near to Badrinath there is BHEEMPUL, VYAS GUFA Visit dinner & over night stay.
DAY 11- SRINAGAR ( 2000 ft ): Departure via JOSHIMATH -AULI if possible by cable car onward procced to srinagar 196 km. dinner &overnight stay.
DAY 12 – HARIDWAR: Affter breakfast dep to HARIDWAR(142km ) on the way see to DEVOPRAYAG confluence of two jyant river of Himalaya ALAKNANDA & BHAGIRATHI from this points GANGA The sacread name was announced by deties of cosmic Etarnal power.& procced to Haridwar lunch. IN evening sightseeing & famous GANGA Arti at HAR KI PODI.dinner & overnight stay.
DAY 13 – DELHI: Affter breakfast drive to DELHI 200 Km hot lunch in route arrive delhi & happy tour ENDS.