DAY 01: DELHI / DEHRADUN – HARIDWAR
Upon arriving at Dehradun or Delhi station or airport, you will be assisted and proceed to Haridwar. Upon arriving in Haridwar, transfer you to the hotel/resort. After freshening up, you can savor your spiritual and leisure time in this sacred city. In the evening, a visit to Har-ki-Pauri awaits, where you can witness the enchanting Ganga Aarti.
“To reach Haridwar, Dehradun Airport and Railway Station, approximately 50 kilometers or around just 1-hour drive time, serve as the nearest major transportation hub. However, Delhi Airport or Station, located around 210 kilometers or a 4 to 5-hour drive time”.
Haridwar, cradled at the foothills of the Shivaliks in the picturesque state of Uttarakhand, is a portal to spiritual enlightenment. This sacred city, one of Hinduism’s seven holiest places, bears a rich history. Originally known as Kapila, it’s now named “Door to Hari” or “Gateway to God”. The city is graced with ancient temples and ashrams, and it hosts the grand Kumbha Mela every 12 years. The mesmerizing ‘Aarti’ ceremony at sunset, accompanied by the floating lamps, is a deeply captivating ritual that enchants all who witness it.
DAY 02: HARIDWAR – DEVPRAYAG / RUDRAPRAYAG
In the morning, we set out on a picturesque journey to Rudraprayag, with an en-route visit to Devprayag. Upon arrival in Rudraprayag, we’ll transfer you to your hotel or resort. After freshening up, you can immerse yourself in the spiritual and leisurely ambiance of this sacred town.
Devaprayag, one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences), marks the meeting point of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, where they converge to form the sacred Ganga or Ganges River. Similarly, Rudraprayag is another of the Panch Prayag, where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers come together.
Weather: During the summer, experiences generally pleasing weather with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. However, the nights are pleasantly cool. In contrast, winters are very cold in this region.
DAY 03: RUDRAPRAYAG – BADRINATH
After Breakfast proceed to Badrinath, upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel/resort. After refreshing, head to the Sri Badrinath Temple for a visit, and in the evening, experience the divine serenity of the Sri Badrinath Temple’s enchanting Aarti ceremony.
Badrinath Ji, one of the ‘Four Dhams,’ is among the most revered pilgrimage destinations in the country. It is nestled at an elevation of 3,133 meters, flanked by the imposing mountain ranges known as Nar and Narayan, while the majestic Neelkanth Peak serves as a breathtaking backdrop. This sacred location was once blanketed with wild berries, earning it the name ‘Badri van,’ which translates to the ‘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 kms away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye.
Charanpaduka: 3 kms 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 waterfall. This place is 5 kms from Badrinath, out of which 2 kms is motorable up to 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 Puranic commentaries.
DAY 04: BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH / RISHIKESH
Begin your day with sacred rituals in the early morning, and then proceed with the drive to Rishikesh. Along the way, make a stop for a visit to Joshimath. Upon arrival, explore the attractions in Rishikesh, and in the evening, attend the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ashram.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is significant in the Badrinath to Joshimath route and has a temple installed for people to worship. The township boasts several temples, with the most important being the Nir Singh Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Rishikesh, known as ‘The Gateway to the Himalayas,’ is located in the Himalayan foothills. It is named after Lord Vishnu, who appeared as Lord Hrishikesh. The town is also called Agni Tirth, a place where Lord Agni sought penance. The sacred Ganges flows through Rishikesh, and it is home to several ancient temples along its banks.
DAY 05: RISHIKESH – DEHRADUN / DELHI
After breakfast, proceed with a drive to Dehradun or the Delhi Station/Airport for your departure transfer.
“From Rishikesh, Dehradun Airport and Railway Station, approximately 45 kilometers or around just 1-hour drive time, serve as the nearest major transportation hub. However, Delhi International Airport is located around 230 kilometers or a 4 to 5-hour drive time”.
Experience a transformative journey where the tapestry of faith weaves seamlessly with the majestic Himalayan landscape. Each step draws you closer to profound serenity, where the divine presence is palpable. Embark on the Chardham Yatra, a transcendent fusion of spirituality, culture, and nature. Let your heart and soul unite in this timeless pilgrimage, and allow the Himalayas to whisper their ageless secrets, forging a lifelong bond with the divine.