Haridwar - Uttarkashi
Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station / Doiwala
Airport, later drive to Uttarkashi. Check in
Hotel, Later visit Vishwanath Temple. Night
Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The
temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where
a massive iron trident is erected.
Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (100kms/3-4
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. Oernight stay at Uttarkashi.
The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General
Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is
situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
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 decreases.
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
Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr)
Early morning, drive straight to Guptkashi.
Check in Hotel, night halt.
Guptkashi - Kedarnath (30kms 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.
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.
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
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
It is the confluence of river Mandakini and
Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165kms/7hr)
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in
Hotel. Later visit Badrinath Temple, 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. Overnight
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 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
Brahama Kapal :
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda.
Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their
1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression
of the legendary serpent, better known as the
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.
As the name suggests, vasundhara is a
magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms.
from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable
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 pauranic commentaries.
Badrinath – Joshimath (44kms/3hr) / Pipalkoti
(85kms/4hr) / 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). Later drive back to
Joshimath / Pipalkoti / Kirtinagar. Check in
Hotel. Overnight stay.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the
confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the
four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya,
Joshimath is in the Badrinath to Joshimath and
installed in the temple for people to worship.
There are many temples in the township most
important is the temple of Nir Singh in
commotion of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this
deity is with time and the popular belief holds
that the day the the arm completely withers
Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the
Gods will transfer the residence into the
neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.
Joshimath is connected by regular bus service to
Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath and many other
centres in the region.
Joshimath - Haridwar (276kms/8-9hr) / Pipalkoti
– Haridwar (235kms/7-8hr) / Kirtinagar –
Drive to Haridwar enroute visit Rishikesh Sight
Seeing. Later transfer to Haridwar Railway
Station. Tour End.
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.