Welcome to Joshi Tours. After your arrival at the Airport / railway station meet and assist by Joshi Tours' representative and later drive to Haridwar, on arrival transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt. Haridwar : Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth upon falling into Lord Shiva's lock of hairs and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. Following the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas . The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset is a regular affair over here.
DAY 2 Haridwar – Barkot /Sayanachatti (7 hr - 220km)
After morning breakfast Drive to Barkot Visit Kempty Falls at Mussoorie en route, The Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 13 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. It is nearly 1364 meters above sea level, at 78°-02’East longitude and 30° -29’North latitude. Dinner & overnight Stay at Barkot.
DAY 3 Barkot – Yamnotri Dham Darshan – Barkot (1hr :30 min – 40km) / 6Km Trek
After Breakfast Drive to Hanuman Chatti, from here you have to take local jeeps for Janki chatti (It helps to reduce the trek upto 7 kms), trekking starts from here to Yamunotri (6kms). The trekking could be completed either by walk or by horse or by Doli on direct pay basis. Upon arrival at Yamunotri, One may cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as ``Prasad``. Here near the temple ``Pooja`` can be offered to Divya Shila. After taking bath in Jamunabai Kund's warm water and having ``Darshan`` of pious ``Yamunaji`` return to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to Barkot. Dinner & Overnight Stay at Barkot. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River. Yamunotri Temple : Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. Surya Kund : There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund. Divya Shila : A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
DAY 4 Barkot – Uttarkashi ( 6hr : 45 Min – 140km)
After Breakfast Check-out from the Hotel and Drive to Uttarkashi. Check-in to the Hotel, take your Dinner & Overnight Stay at Uttarkashi or Netala. Uttarkashi, meaning Kashi of the north, is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level.
After Breakfast 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. overnight stay at Uttarkashi. Gangotri Temple : The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. Submerged Shivling : 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 the river Kedar Ganga flows. Starting from the Kedar Valley , this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.
Approx. charges for Pony: - Rs. 2200 - 3200/- Per Person Approx. charges for Doli : - Rs. 3000 - 4000/- Per Person Approx. charges for Helicopter Rs. 9500/- per person After Morning Breakfast drive to Gaurikund, Trekking starts from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolens, toiletries and clothes etc. Dinner & overnight Stay at Joshimath/Pipalkoti. Gaurikund : At a distance of 5 kms 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 Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath. 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. Kedarnath 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 remaining 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 Kedar. Shankaracharya Samadhi: The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years. Bhaironath temple: About half a kilometer away from Kedarnathji, a small temple is dedicated to Bhaironath. It is worshipped on the opening and closing day of Sri Kedarnath Shrine. It is believed that when Kedarnathji temple is closed, Bhaironathji protects this land from evil. Rituals & Activities : Visit Guptkashi,Gaurikund , Snan in Tapt Kund at Gauri Kund and Darshan of Gauri Ganesh Temple & get blessing of Ganesha and start the trek of kedarnath Ji. Evening Aarti Darshan of Kedarnath Ji , Darshan of Aadi Guru Shankracharya , Darshan of Udar Kund & Bambam Kund , Pitra Kund . Chance to meet Gurus and Sadhus meditating for long time in Kedarnath. Darshan of Rama cave (Gufa).
DAY 8 - Joshimath/Pipalkokti - Badrinath Dham Darshan
After Breakfast Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check-in to the Hotel. Later in the evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Dinner & Overnight stay at Joshimth/Badrinath. 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 recovered. Brahma Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye. Charanpaduka : 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. Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms from Badrinath out of which 2 kms is motorable upto Mana. 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.
DAY 9 - Joshimath/Badrinath – Rudraprayag
After breakfast Drive to Rudraprayag via Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, Rudrapryag Dinner & Overnight Stay at Rudraprayag. Vishnuprayag : where two river confluences Dhauli Ganga & Alaknanda Karnprayag : confluence of river Pindari and river Alaknanda. Nandprayag : confluence of river Nandakini and Alaknanda River.
DAY 10 - Rudraprayag – Haridwar
Morning after breakfast drive back towards Haridwar en route visit Rishikesh, on reach Haridwar check-in to the Hotel, overnight stay at Haridwar. In Haridwar visit :“MAA CHANDI” “CHANDI DEVI MANDIR” which is just 7 kms from the main haridwar city, after darshan back for lunch at the most popular restaurant of haridwar “HOSIYARPURI” after lunch when you walk just 10 minutes there you got the “Ropeway” for “MAA MANSA DEVI MANDIR”, ( By your Own) evening visit Maa Ganga Arti at the famous Har – Ki Pauri Ghat, later back to Hotel, Dinner & overnight stay
DAY 11 - Drop Delhi
Morning after breakfast we will drop you at preferred point for your onward journey.
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