Char Dham Yatra in India

 

Char Dham Yatra in India

Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath,Rishikesh,Haridwar, Barkot, Harsil, Guptkashi, Joshimath,Pauri

Char Dham is referred to the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage of India nestled in Indian Himalayas of Uttarakhand state of India. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham ( four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism, these four sites are the epicenter of religious activity in north India and important shine for Hindus. These have been the most important Hindu piigrimage centers which have been visited by devout Hindus for ages. The circuit consists of four sites. Yamunatri,the source of the Yamuna river and seat of Goddess Yamuna; Gangotri,the source of the Ganges river and seat of Goddess Ganga ; Kedarnath ,where a form of the Hindu God Shiva is acclaimed as one of the twelve jyotilinga this is the highest of the 12 Jyotirlingas - where Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of light, it is the third of the four dhams and the holiest of all Hindu holy sites;and Badrinath,the seat of the Hindu God Vishnu.

Shri Badrinath Dham: is considered the holiest of the four important shrines. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan and the shadow of Nilkantha peak. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu the preserver and protector of Hindu Divine Trinity.

Shri Kedarnath Dham: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, 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. 

Gangotri Dham: The Shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level amidst captivating surroundings along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100 km from Uttarkashi. The temples opening is preceded by a special Puja of Ganga both inside the temple as well as on the river bank. 

Yamunotri Dham: is the Source of Yamunotri River and the seat of Godess Yamuna,it is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas,The main attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elavated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar/Rishikesh, 210 Kms. Drive (5 – 6hrs)
Arrive Delhi and transfer to Haridwar by Road / Train ( as per preference ). On arrival in Haridwar, Check in Hotel to relax. Evening free or visit Har Ki Pauri. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Haridwar/Rishikesh – Barkot. 230kms. Drive (7 - 8 hrs)
Depart from Haridwar/Rishikesh after early lunch  and reach Barkot in the evening after visiting Kempty Falls on the way. On arrival check in Camp /hotel. Yamunotri Road. Diner and Overnight at Camp/hotel resort. 

Day 03: Barkot – Yamnotri– Barkot. 32 kms Drive 
Again after an early breakfast & packed lunch  leave for Hanuman Chatti ( Drive 32 kms ) to start your journey. Take a local jeep to reach Phool chatti.. Arrive at Yamunotri and pray at temple and also take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage to Char Dhams. Come back to Phool Chatti in the evening to return back to Camp resort for dinner and relaxation at the resort. Overnight at Camp/hotel resort.

Day 04: Barkot – Uttarkashi(Netla). 110 kms Drive (6 – 7 hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast leave for Netla a drive of 110 kms. On arrival check in for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Uttarkashi(Netla) – Gangotri –(Netla)Uttarkashi.
 After breakfast leave for Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the River sacred The Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for sometime in the lovely surroundings. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Uttarkashi(Netla) – Guptkashi. 283 kms. Drive (9 – 10 hrs)
After a very early breakfast leave for the longest journey of the trip on the road. Late Lunch en route. On the way see the heritage city of Tehri going down in to the mighty waters of Holy River Ganges, because of the construction of Tehri Dam. After lunch restart your journey and today for the first time see the river beautiful MANDAKINI. Travel along this to reach Guptkashi late in the evening. On arrival check in Camp/hotel (Guptkashi. Dinner and overnight at Camp/hotel.

Day 07: Guptkashi – Kedarnath. 32 kms Drive,14 kms trek
After breakfast pick up your packed Lunch and leave for Gaurikund ( a 32 kms drive one way ) on arrival start your journey on the tough trek ahead. Stop for the lunch en route and restart after that to arrive by late afternoon. On arrival check in Bikaner house / Himalayan house or similar. After freshening up perform Pooja and also Darshan at the shri Kedarnath ji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya samadhi at the back of the temple. Dinner and overnight . 

Day 08: Kedarnath – Guptkashi. 14 kms Trek, 32 kms drive 
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund and on arrival leave for Guptkashi by road to reach the Camp/hotel by evening. Dinner and overnight at Camp/hotel. 

Day 09: Guptkashi - pipalkoti 180kms.(6 – 7 hrs)
After breakfast leave forPipalkoti via Chopta, one of the most beautiful sites on the whole trip. Enjoy the beautiful drive through the thick medicinal forest. Dinner and overnight at Uday place pipalkoti.
Day10:  Pipalkoti  - Badrinath  80 kms
After breakfast leave for shri Badrinathji. on arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village the last village before the Tibet border. Checkin  at Chevron (parmarth ashram), evening free for pooja darshan .overnight at BAdrinath I .

Day 11: Badrinath - Pauri   220 kms Drive(8hrs)
After breakfast leave form Shri Badrinath ji, to Pauri  via joshimath  . checkin at Mumukshu Resorts  PAuri. dinner and overnight. 

Day 12: Pauri – Haridwar/Rishikesh/Delhi .180km /320 kms. drive(8 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Haridwar and on the way take lunch. visit Devprayag ( The confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, to become Ganga ). Reach Haridwar in the evening to check in Hotel. 

Day 13: Haridwar – Delhi
After breakfast leave for Delhi. Tour ends on arrival in Delhi.

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Travel Destination:

Nepal

Nepal and Himalayas have been the synonym words for Nepal enjoys the pride of having 8 out of 10 highest peaks of the world! We don't have only mountains but our unique geography has given us green hills and valleys, rivers, subtropical forests and flat lands all adding beauty to our country. Apart from geographical diversity, we have incredible cultural diversity within the boundary of our small Himalayan Kingdom . We have a number of ethnic groups, each with their own languages, cultures, and costumes, all living in perfect harmony.

The best way to experience unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through terrain. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way you are in for an experience of a lifetime. Along with rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries (Gomba) breathtaking landscape of unsurpassable mountain ranges, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures and traditional rural life.

The great Mountains with unsurpassable splendor, crystal clear streams and brooks, the high current of rivers, colorful species of flowers, birds and animals, abundance of greenery and forests with much more hidden beauty and mystery with unavoidable adventure and fun will be waiting for you.

The medieval arts and architecture in the temples and palaces, monasteries and stupas are another attraction to the visitors of cultural thirst.

Many people have said about Nepal
The country of Mount Everest, Roof top of the world, Top Eight highest mountain and 240 peaks exceeding 6094 meters, land of living Goddess, Melting pot of Hinduism and Buddhism, Country of non-stop festivals, Himalayan pilgrimage, "The wildest dreams of Kew" Nature's amphitheatre, heat of Shangri-la, land of yak and yeti, living cultural museum of the world, anthropological treasure land, ecologists dreamland.

As per the size the country possess one of the highest concentration and distribution of bio-diversity

  • Land of the living goddess
  • The country of Mount Everest
  • Himalayas pilgrimage
  • Land of brave Gorkhas
  • Shangri-la
  • Glory of Asia 's Past
  • Ultimate Destination pf Mysticism & Exoticism.
  • City of Golden Pagodas & Parasols.
  • Birth place of Janaki
  • Land of Eight- Thousanders
  • Land of 1047 Lamas tries and Monasteries
  • Country of Hidden valley and crystals Mountains
  • Birth place of Apostle of Peace- Lord Buddha
  • Living cultural museum of the world
  • A city which has one of the largest concentration of Buddhist Icons & shrines
  • Abodes of multitude of Gods and Goddess.
  • Only country partciping Mahayana/Bajrayana Tantrik Buddhism.
  • Anthropological Treasure Land .
  • Only country still practicing Bonpo - Pre Buddhistic Spiritism.
  • Country of Tharus wearing richest tribal jewellery comprising 32 items weighting seven kgs.
  • The country of as many temples as many houses, as many gods and as many peoples.
  • The country which has more festivals than days of the year.
  • Only cherry that flowers winter.
  • Some of the world's highest village.
  • 91 plants that are named after Nepal (Nepalence)
  • Ecologist' dreamland
  • And a country of high Mountains consisting 240 peaks exceeding 6094 meters
  • Melting pot of Hinduism & Buddhism
  • country of non stop festivals
  • The wildest dreams of kew.
  • Nature's Amphitheatre.
  • Roof or the world
  • Land of Yak & Yeti

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Tibet

Where is Tibet? Tibet is a rich and beautiful land with an average altitude over 4,000m (13,120ft) above sea level. Possessing more than fifty peaks above 7,000m (22,960ft), Tibet is home to eleven Himalayan mountains over 8,000m (26,240ft). China, India, Nepal , Sikkim, Bhutan , Burma and Kashmir border the Tibet.

Tibet - People and Culture: Over two million people inhabit this land of rich natural resources and ancient cultures. Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders to be experienced by adventurous travelers destined to visit this place.

Buddhism , with a history of some 1,300 years is shaped into a unique form of "Lamasm". Tibetan history, culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrate every aspect of social life. Tibetan religious arts have a distinctive style with adoption of Indian and Chinese Buddhist influence, thus forming a pearl of Oriental Buddhist art.

People living on the Tibetan plateau, such as Tibetans, Monpas, Lhopas and Moslems, have their own ways of living, marriage, burial and other ceremonies. Festivals in Tibet are in big variety. The Tibetan New Year, the largest festival, is followed by others such as the Wangkor Festival and horse races. For the dead, sky burials, water burials, cremations and stupa burials are practiced, but the sky burial is the most common.

Science and culture in Tibet include technology, medicine, grammar, logic, Buddhist philosophy, rhetoric, words and expressions, syntax, drama and astrology. Tibet is known as the Sea of Songs and Dances; folk songs and dances are diverse, especially during the "Shoton Festival" in August .

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Bhutan

Known to the natives as Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon), Bhutan is regarded as the last paradise on earth. Its isolation, spectacular mountains, varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, vibrant culture and mystic aura have made it so. Though small in size, the kingdom's topography is one of dramatic contrasts. From the near-tropical southern border with India at an altitude of 300 m, the land rises to culminate in the over 7000-m peaks of the Himalaya in the north which form a natural frontier with the Tibetan region of Bhutan 's northern neighbor, China .

THIMPU
Lying in a valley (elevation 2,350 m), Thimpu is unlike any other capital in the world. The traditional architecture of its houses and buildings is particularly striking.

The places to visit are the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; Tashichho Dzong, seat of the government of Bhutan and the summer residence of the central monk body; the Traditional Medicine Hospital where herbal medicines are prepared; the National Library, a treasure trove of ancient texts; the National Institute for Zorig Chosum for thanka painting, sculpture, wood and slate carving, gold works, embroidery and traditional boot making; Changangkha Lakhang which contains ancient scriptures and thanka paintings; and Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan's oldest fortress which now houses a school for Buddhist studies. You can also visit the smithy on the other side of the Thimpu River to see traditional gold and silver smiths at work, the Folk Heritage Museum , which showcases a typical Bhutanese farmhouse, and the Takin Sanctuary (the takin is the national animal of Bhutan ) above the Motithang area.

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India

The Republic of India is a country in South Asia which comprises the majority of the Indian subcontinent. India has a coastline which stretches over seven thousand kilometres, and shares its borders with Pakistan to the west, the People's Republic of China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Myanmar on the east. On the Indian Ocean, it is adjacent to the island nations of the Maldives on the southwest, Sri Lanka on the south, and Indonesia on the southeast. India borders with Afghanistan to the northwest.

India is the fourth largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. It is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of over one billion, and is the seventh largest country by geographical area. It is home to some of the most ancient civilisations, and a centre of important historic trade routes. Four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism have originated from India. Formerly a major part of the British Empire as the British Raj before gaining independence in 1947, during the past twenty years the country has grown significantly, especially in its economic and military spheres, regionally as well as globally.

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