01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan
city and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for travellers
to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel.
02: New Delhi
In the morning we have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing
of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", "Jama
Masjid" and the great mosque of old Delhi. Today
we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which
is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture
in India. We will also visit "Qutub Minar" which
is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199
work began on this tower, which was intended to be the
most glorious tower of victory in the world. Before we
proceed to the hotel we will drive through New Delhi
where we will visit the
India Gate, Government Buildings and
03: New Delhi - Haridwar
In the morning, we will drive to
Haridwar. Haridwar is
the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand
region and is located on the foothills of Shivaliks. It
is on the banks of River Ganges. The River Ganges leaves
the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being
the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges
does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes
very quite and calm here. The city acquires a unique charm
in the evening when the ghats become breathtakingly beautiful
with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters
of Ganges. We visit various places like Mansa Devi temple,
Sapt Rishi, Daksha Mahadev temple etc. In the evening
we will visit Har Ki Pauri again. In the evening a Maha
Aarti is performed on this ghat.
Haridwar - Rishikesh
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the
Tehri - Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed
that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance
here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished
the demon Madhu. It abounds in natural splendour. The
spectacle of the River Ganges rushing through the Himalayan
foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the
banks of the River Ganges at Rishikesh. We will arrive
in Rishikesh by the evening. In the evening we will visit
various temples. In the evening visit the Triveni Ghat
to witness yet another special prayer ceremony. It is
very interesting to watch the prayer ceremony.
05: Rishikesh - Mussoorie - Shyamchatti
In the morning we will drive on our way to Yamunotri.
Enroute we will stop at Mussoorie "the hill queen".
There we will visit Kempty Falls, Mall road. After having
lunch at Mussoorie, we will further drive towards our
first Dham "Yamunotri". We will spend night
06: ShyamChatti - Hanumanchatti - Yamunotri
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive from
ShyamChatti to HanumanChatti. From HanumanChatti jeeps
will run for around 6 km. Then the way is for 8km. You
can cover this way either on horses or by walking. On
the way we will come across beautiful snow covered mountains,
greenery, Waterfalls, Yamuna River, beautiful surroundings,
etc. Yamunotri is staring place of Yamuna River. Here
the temple of Goddess Yamuna is situated. Raja Pratap
Shah of Tehri founded this temple in 1861. We will reach
the temple in the late afternoon. First of all, we will
take a dip in the Hot Water Kund and then visit the temple.
We will spend night at hotel in Yamunotri.
07: Yamunotri - Uttarkashi
In the morning after having our breakfast we will return
back from Yamunotri to Hanuman Chatti. By the afternoon
we will reach Hanuman Chatti. Then we will drive to our
second Dham "Gangotri". The road quickly leaves
the plains and winds its way through the foothills of
the Garhwal Himalayas. From here on we follow the Bhagirathi
River through amazing countryside dotted with typical
Garhwali villages all along the route. On the way we will
come across Maneri Dam. We will reach Uttarkashi, an important
town of this area mostly serving to Indian pilgrims and
spent night there only.
08: Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
In the morning we will drive to Gangotri. From Uttarkashi
the roads climb rather quickly and steeply over several
hairpin bends and the roaring Bhagirathi river always
giving you company. Gangotri (3140 m), with its famous
Goddess Ganga Temple is inhabited during the summer months.
Deodar and fir trees surround this place. A boulder marks
the spot where King Bhagirath beseeched the Goddess Ganga
to descent to earth. An ancient temple dedicated to the
Goddess rises just above the river. In the afternoon we
will visit this beautiful temple. In the evening we will
return back to Uttarkashi.
09: Uttarkashi - Triuginarain
In the morning after having our breakfast we start early
for the Temple village of Triuginarain (1982 m), where
as per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva got married to Goddess
Parvati. The village houses an ancient temple where the
marriage took place and is an important pilgrimage spot
for Hindus who visit this temple from all over the country.
Even the marriage fire still burns in the temple and it
is has been so for the last so many centuries. The first
half hour of the walk is through a forest of rhododendrons
descending gradually. From here on the walk is over the
long Panwali ridge with several ascents & descents,
offers panoramic views on either side and is an experience
in itself. At the end of the ridge the path descends steeply
to Maggu Ki Chatti, an abandoned village, which was used
by pilgrims in the earlier days. A steep descent through
a very thick forest brings you to Triuginarain. In the
afternoon we will visit the village and historical temple. We
will spend night in Triuginarain.
10: Triuginarain - Gaurikund - Kedarnath
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive
to Gaurikund. From here we will start our trek to Kedarnath
(3584 m) "SHIVA'S ABODE". The first part of
the trek begin through the narrow lanes of Gaurikund and
the entire walk of 15 km to Kedarnath is dotted with shops
and tea stalls which offer respite to the pilgrims who
brave out the five hour steep climb to Kedarnath. The
walk is over a well laid out path and quite steep at certain
bends, the noisy river Mandakini flows to your right all
along the trail. Kedarnath is a huge temple village and
right in the center stands the ancient temple of Kedarnath,
which was built by the Pandavas to atone for their sins
after the great Mahabharat war. At the entrance of the
temple is a huge statue of Nandi the Bull. The walls inside
the temple are exquisitely carved with images. To the
south is the temple of Bhairon, situated on the top of
a hill. It is one of the holiest places of worship for
the Hindus. In the evening we will witness the special
prayer at the temple. We will spend night in Kedarnath.
Day at leisure to explore this holy place and visit Vasuki
Tal and Gandhi Saravor, an emerald lake where the ashes
of Mahatma Gandhi were submerged. Evening free for leisure
Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag
In the morning after having our breakfast we walk back
to Gaurikund. From here we drive to Rudraprayag, which
is situated at the confluence of the Mandakini and the
Alakhnanda River. We will arrive in Rudraprayag by afternoon.
Evening free for leisure. We will spend night in
13: Rudraprayag - Badrinath
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to
our last Dham " Badrinath". Badrinath is one
of the four dhams of the country and situated at an elevation
of 3133 mts. above sea level, guarded on either side by
the two mountain ranges known as "Nar & Narayan",
with the towering Neel Kanth peak providing a splendid
back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild
berries, which gage it the name "Badri Van"
meaning forest of berries. Facing the temple at the back
of Alaknanda river there is a hot water spring known as
Tapt Kund. Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu
and is 15 mts. in height built in the form of a cone with
a small cupola of a bull and spire. Legend dates the temple
prior to the Vedic age.
14: Badrinath - Rudraprayag
In the early morning we will visit Badrinath temple again.
Then after having breakfast we will drive to Rudraprayag.
Rudraprayag is famous for the confluence of two rivers
Alaknanda and Mandakini. Evening free to enjoy the surroundings.
15: Rudraprayag - Haridwar
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive to
Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar we will be transferred to the hotel.
Evening free for leisure.
16: Haridwar - New Delhi
In the morning we will drive to New Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure
(Opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage
in the Hotel) After having dinner we depart to the airport
with Indo Vacations representative.
17: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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