Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath, Badrinath, Sonprayag, Kedarnath, Siyalsore, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Hanumanchatti, Yamnotri, Synachatti
26 Jul 2019 - 06 Aug 2019 ** Indicates tentative date.
2 people in 1 Room (s)
You will be met on arrival at the airport and proceed to Haridwar. Reach and check into the hotel. Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. Haridwar represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall Overnight will be at hotel.
Hardwar or haridwar are two names for the same piece. The whole of Uttrakhand is dotted with temples of Vishnu & Shiva. Vishnu is known as Hari and Shiva as har dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as haridwar or Hardwar, as it is the gateway to Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath, the holy shrines of Hari and Har. The Hindu pantheon allows freedom of worship of gods in any form. Uttrakhand abounds in shrines of gods & goddesses and haridwar from time immemorial has been the gateway to these shrines.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh is situated on the trisection of three districts of garhwal division and most of the city lies on the right bank of the River Ganga, the place of sages is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivaliks 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 henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh.
It is the starting point for the char Dham pilgrimage of the Hindus in which pilgrims go to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath to seek spiritual salvation. On the way to the garhwal Himalayas and the Sikh shrine at hemkund sahib one passes Rishikesh.
Rishikesh dventurous visitors, Rishikesh is the place for starting their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan peaks, 10 km upsteam at Shivpuri is the site for river running, rafting activities, on the roaring white water of Ganga, from October to May. The international yoga week, which attracts participation from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb. on the bank of Ganga River.
Places to see: Triveni ghat, lakshman jhoola, rams Jhoola, Bharat Mandir, Shiv Anand ashram & the divine life society)
Evening drive back to Haridwar. Attend the ceremony of Aarti at River Ganges.
Overnight will be at Haridwar.
Leave Haridwar early morning for Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudrapryag, karanprayag and Nandprayag see those places famous for confluence of two great rivers and proceed to Joshimath via chamoli and Pipalkoti. Reach Joshimath late afternoon. Visit adi guru Shankaracharya seat Narasimha temple or a visit to Auli (famous winter hill resort for skiing) by lift chair car. Overnight will be at Joshimath.
Leave Joshimath early in the morning for Badrinath ji reach Badrinath at 11 am.
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 splended back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild Barrie 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: Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath ji is 15 mts. In height built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a filt bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age.
EXTENSION TO VALLEY OF FLOWER AND HEMKUND SAHIB ON DEMAND
After early morning Darshan at Badrinath ji again start drive to Rudrapryag. Via chamoli-Nandprayag- Gauchar, for Rudrapryag, famous for two river confluence Alaknanda and Mandakini river)
TEMPLES: Rudranath and Chamundi Devi. Leave Rudrapryag for Sonprayag via Gupthkashi. Arrive early afternoon at sonprayag. SONPRAYAG: Situated at the confluence of Soneganga and Mandakini River. The road to Trijuginarayan diverts from here.
TRIJUGINARAYAN: According to legend, this was the place where the weeding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva temple, is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage. Can be reach by 12 km drive from sonprayag. Evening free to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight will be at sonprayag.
Early morning proceed to Gaurikund (14 km trekking) after having morning bath at hot spring "KUND" Garurukund leave for trek to Kedarnath ji temple by dolly-pony (14 km) reach Kedarnath ji in afternoon.
KEDARNATH TEMPLE: An imposing sight standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by snow covered peaks. The present temple built in 18th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent tot he site of earlier temple built by the pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with fitures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the nandi bull stands as guard. Dedicated to lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured, Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large heavy and evenly cut grey slavs of stones. It evokes wonder as to how these heavy slavs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a "Grabha Griha" for worship and mandapa appt. for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A concial rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as lord Shiva in his sadashiva form. Rest at Bunglow, visit to Kedarnath ji temple for aarti, Darshan. Overnight will be at Kedarnath.
Leave Uttarkashi to gangotri via lanka-bjaironghati. The shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 mts. above sea level. The temple, constructed by the Gorkha general Amar singh thapa in the 18th century is situated on the back of Bhagirathi. Evening free for Darshan-pooja at Ganga ji
TEMPLE GANGOTRI- As legend goes raja Bhagiratha used to worship lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that goddess, Ganga first descended to earth from heaven at this stone. Amar singh thapa, the Gokha commander of garhwal, in the 18th century A.D. constructed this temple. It is also believed that the pandavas come here to perform the great Deva yagna to atone the death of their kinsmen in the bettle of MAHABHARATA. Overnight will be at Gangotri.
Trek to Yamunotri temple (13 km)
YAMUNOTRI: situated at an elevation of 3235 meters above sea-level, the shrines of Yamunotri is one of the tour dhams of Uttrakhand. The source of Yamuna lies about 11 km ahead at an attitude of about 4421 meters. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer pooja at the temple itself. Hanuman Chatti is 5 km from Janki Chatti. Darshan pooja trek back or come down to Janki Chatti 6 km below the temple. Overnight will be at Synachatti.
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