Day 01: Haridwar - Uttarkashi (190kms/6hr)
Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station / Dehradun Airport,
later drive to Uttarkashi. Check in Hotel, Later visit
Vishwanath Temple. Night Halt.
Uttarkashi: Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The
temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive
iron trident is erected. The other important temples
situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and
Goddess Kuteti Devi.
Day 02: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4hr
We proceed to Gangotri (3048 mts), enroute we enjoy
picturesque Harsil village, Bhagirathi River and the most
magnificent view of the Himalayas. After Gangotri Darshan
we return 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
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 03: Uttarkashi - Rudraprayag (175kms/6-7hr)
Early morning, drive to Rudraprayag. Check in Hotel, night
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and
Temples: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3
Day 04: Rudraprayag - Kedarnath (75kms by road & 14kms
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to
Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on 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.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an
altitude of 1982 meters., one can take bath in the hot
water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the
place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord
Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.
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 05: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (14Kms Down Trek &
75kms/3hr by Road)
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund.
Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel
at Rudraprayag. Night Halt.
Day 06: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165kms/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
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
Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river
Alaknanda. Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their
Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an
impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the
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 believe 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 07: Badrinath – Kirtinagar (200kms/7-8hr)
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 sight seeing 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 Kirtinagar. Check in
Hotel. Overnight stay at Kirtinagar.
Day 08: Kirtinagar – Rishikesh - Haridwar (130kms/4-5hr)
Early morning, visit Narsingh Temple & Shankracharaya
Math. Later, Drive back to Rishikesh. Check in Hotel.
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.
Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni
Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.
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