Badrinath-Kedarnath-Haridwar-Rishikesh (7 Days)
Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as 'The Gateway to the Himalayas'. Rishikesh is located about 25 km north of holy city, Haridwar. Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, at a point, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today. The sacred river Ganges flows through Rishikesh and leaves the Shivalik Mountains in the Himalayas, flowing out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient with new are found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
Pipalkoti is a small and scenic town situated at 17kms after Chamoli on National Highway- 58. Pipalkoti acts a relaxation point for people traveling to Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib and famous Valley of Flowers. Pipalkoti is nestled amidst lush green mountains and terraced fields and provides delightful views of the snow clad mountains in addition to green hills all around. The place is also known for its restaurants and eat-outs.
Haridwar is an important pilgrimage city, companioned by river Ganges. The river Ganges after flowing for 253 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára. Haridwar is viewed as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins. Brahma Kund is located at Har ki Pauri and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.
Badrinath is a Hindu holy town that is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage. Badrinath was re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century and in recent years; its popularity has increased significantly, with an estimated 600,000 pilgrims visiting during the 2006 season, against 90,676 in 1961. Badrinath has been mentioned as a holy place in Hindu scriptures for thousands of years.
Gauri Kund is a significant Hindu pilgrimage site on the way to Kedarnath, nine miles uphill from there. Gauri Kund is connected with Shiva's wife Parvati, who is also known as Gauri in various parts of India. This place is also associated with the legend of how Ganesha acquired a head of elephant. While bathing, Goddess Parvati fashioned Ganesha from the soap suds on her body, breathed life into him and placed him at the entrance as her guard.
Kedarnath is a Hindu holy town and the most remote of the four Char Dham sites. Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3584m above sea level near the head of river Mandakini. The site is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples and the Kedarnath Temple is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Kedarnath has been in existence from the Mahabharata era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance, here. There are 2 ways to reach Kedarnath, one of them is via foot for a steep 14 km trek through a paved path and second way is by helicopter service.
||7 Days / 6 Nights (May to October)
||Visit to temples, Pooja offering, Photography of Nature
||May to October
Day - 1 Arrive Haridwar
Departure to Haridwar (205 kms. / 7 hrs.). Arrive at Haridwar. Have a
dip in the Holy River Ganges at "Har-ki-Pauri" and visit Mansa Devi
temple by Rope Way. Evening visit Ganga Aarti. Overnight hotel at Haridwar.
Day -2 Haridwar -Srinagar
After breakfast,proceed to Rishikesh (24 kms.). Visit Shivananda Ashram,
Ram Jhoola, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Ashram, Lakshman Jhoola. After lunch
drive to Srinagar (105 kms. / 4 hrs.).Check into hotel for overnight stay at Srinagar
Day - 3 Srinagar - Kedarnath
Departure to Gaurikund (95 kms./3.5 hrs.) proceed to Kedarnath (14 kms.)
by walk / pony / Doli (Approximate charges for both ways by Pony would
be ` 1,200/- 1,500/- and Doli ` 4,000/- 5,000/-). Check into hotel for overnight stay at Kedarnath.
Day - 4 Kedarnath - Rampur
After performing pooja & darshan of Shri Kedarnath ji return to Gaurikund and then to Rampur by Coach (16 kms). Overnight at hotel in Rampur
Day - 5 Rampur - Badrinath
Departure to Badrinath (238 kms. / 12 hrs.). Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Badrinath.
Day - 6 Badrinath - Pipalkoti.
Morning after darshan of Shri Badrinath ji, Time is given for performing
the rituals (Pind Dan at Brahma Kapal) near the temple later visit Mana
Village, the last Village before the Tibetan border. After Lunch drive
to Pipalkoti (79 kms. / 4 hrs.). Upon arrival, check into hotel.
Day - 7 Pipalkoti - Delhi
Morning departure to Delhi (460 Kms./ 16 hrs.), enroute stop in
Devprayag to witness the confluence point of River Alaknanda and
Bhagirathi to form Holy River Ganges .Arrive Delhi in the late night.
Starting Price INR 16,639/- for 8 Pax; INR 25,069 for 2 Pax
Transport by Non A.C vehicle as per the above itinerary. Room accommodation on twin sharing basis In case of 3 pax, Triple Beded room will be provided All Road taxes,Toll taxes & Parking fee. Driver Reward.
Horse Ride, Doli, Jeep charges etc. Portages, Laundry, Tips exp. Ropeway charges at Mansadevi Temple 3.09% Govt. Service Tax. Any other item not specified in the itinerary
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