Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath : 12 D / 11 N

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Yamunotri is the origin of the Yamuna River and the holy seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi. It is one of the four sites in India's Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage and source of the river Yamuna. Yamunotri is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna.

Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100. Gangotri, the origin and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets another river Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier.

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.

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.

Duration 12 D / 11 N
Best Time May to October

Day 1- Arrive Haridwar
06.00 hrs.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.

Day - 2 Haridwar - Mussoorie
06.00 hrs.Morning proceed to Mussoorie (95 Kms. / 2.5 hrs.),visit Mall Road ,Kempty Water Falls and then proceed to Barkot (120 kms./ 4 hrs.).Check into your hotel.

Day - 3 Mussoorie - Barkot
05.00 hrs. Departure to Hanumanchatti (32 kms. / 1.5 hrs.). Later take a local jeep to Janakichatti ( 7 kms ) and then prepare for trek to Yamunotri temple ( 5 kms ) by walk / pony / Doli (Approximate charges for both ways by Pony would be ` 800/- 1,200/- and doli ` 2,500/- 3,500/-) and back to Barkot.

Day - 4 Barkot - Uttarkashi
Leisure time till noon. After lunch, proceed to Uttarkashi (100 kms./ 4 hrs.) & check into hotel.

Day - 5 Uttarkashi
05.00 hrs. Departure to Gangotri (100 kms. / 5 hrs.). Upon arrival at Gangotri, take a Holy Dip in the sacred Ganges, perform Pooja & return to Uttarkashi.

Day - 6 Uttarkshi - Srinagar
05.00 hrs.. Departure to Srinagar (165 kms / 8 hrs.).Check into hotel.

Day - 7 Srinagar - Gaurikund
06.00 hrs. 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/- ) .

Day - 8 Gaurikund - Rampur
After performing pooja & darshan of Shri Kedarnath ji, back to Rampur. Check into hotel.

Day - 9 Rampur & Badrinath
06.00 hrs. Departure to Badrinath (238 kms / 12 hrs.). Upon arrival, check into your hotel.

Day - 10 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 - 11 Pipalkoti - Rishikesh
Morning departure to Rishikesh (230 Kms./ 8.5 hrs.), enroute stop in Devprayag to witness the confluence point of River Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to form Holy River Ganges. On arrival check into the hotel.

Day - 12 Rishikesh -Delhi
07.00 hrs. Visit Shivananda Ashram, Ram Jhoola, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Ashram, Lakshman Jhoola, and then proceed to Delhi(224 kms. / 8 hrs.)enroute have your lunch at Haridwar. Arrive Delhi in the late evening .

Starting Price - INR 28,239/- for 8 Pax & INR 41,709/- for 2 Pax
Cost Includes

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.

Cost Excludes
Horse Ride, Doli, Jeep charges etc. Portages, Laundry, Tips exp. Ropeway charges at Mansadevi Temple 4.95% Govt. Service Tax. Any other item not specified in the itinerary

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