Char Dham conveys the presence of four sacred abodes, but it has got a great significance in Hindu religion in normal terms. Char Dham originally used to refer to a pilgrimage circuit comprising four holiest sites which were situated at four directions of India - Puri, Badrinath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. They were organised by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD.
A comparatively smaller circuit of Hindu pilgrimage is made by the four divine places of Indian Himalayas, which are also recognised as Chota Char Dham. 'Chota' means small in Hindi and even called as Char Dham of the Himalayas or Char Dham of Uttarakhand, the revered group owns four sacred sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. A complete Char Dham yatra service provided by Travelogy India.
The early morning drive will take you straight to Guptkashi. Check-in Hotel. Overnight stay.
After doing a morning breakfast, get transferred to Hanumanchatti (40 Km), Janki Chatti (8 km). Here we will start the First Pahad yatra of Yamunotri (5 Km trek). You can hire a horse or a doli, for your trek (Cost Not Included). Yamunotri is a place where one can cook rice by wrapping it in a cloth and putting it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims even take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Near to the temple, "Pooja" can be given to Divya Shila. After dipping in Jamunabai Kund's warm water and having "Darshan'' of "Yamunaji '' going back to Hanuman Chatti. Later drive again to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After the morning breakfast check out from the Barkot hotel and drive to Uttarkashi. On arriving check into the hotel. Uttarkashi is well located on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is known for its historical monuments, temples & ashrams. In the evening you can visit the very known Vishwanath Temple. Dinner and Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
In the morning, do your breakfast at the hotel and drive to Gangotri. Nestled in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri is set at an elevation of 3048 mts. On arriving at Gangotri take a spiritual dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also named as Bhagirathi at its source. Then you can visit the Gangotri Temple. The 18th century's temple addressed to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirathi prayed Lord Shiva. Ganga is supposed to have touched earth at this place. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. a high structure built from white granite. After performing the Pooja, then late in the afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi. Dinner & Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive for Guptkashi/Rampur/Sitapur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to wander the Guptkashi town. Overnight stay and dinner in Guptkashi/Rampur/Sitapur hotel/Camps.
Check out from the hotel after the morning breakfast and drive to Sonprayag. From Sonprayag, 21 km trek to Kedarnath. You can hire a Doli or a horse, for your trek in which the cost won't be included. On arrival check-in at Govt. Camps/Lodges. Overnight stay and dinner at Govt camps or lodges. Or you can return to Sonprayag as per your strength and choices.
Note: passengers that are selecting the helicopter services here might come back to Sitapur or back to the hotel on the same day. We have had the stay arrangement here for consistent 03 nights. It is not included in case of night stay at Kedarnath. Will be directly paid by the passengers.
After getting up early in the morning before sunrise and after taking a bath you are at the temple in the morning by 4 45 for the 'Abhishek' of Kedarnath Shiva. Later you'll begin the return trek of 20 km from Kedarnath to Sonprayag. The vehicles will be waiting for you in Sonprayag Car Parking and you'll drive to your hotel (Sitapur). Overnight and dinner at Sitapur Or Rampur.
In the morning, you check out of the hotel at 08:00 am and drive to Badrinath by Joshimath. After driving by some incredible Ghat road you arrive at Badrinath. On arrival check into the hotel. After some leisure and refreshments, you are all set to go to Badrinath Temple for darshan in the evening. Initially, you have to go to Tapt Kund (Hot Spring), take a bath and then go to the temple. Engaged to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath ji is 15 meters in elevation, created in the body of a cone with a small dome of a gilt bull and spire. Later back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel as well as dinner.
Pilgrims after having a bath early in the day in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal, Cradled in the double mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan among the four main shrines is the holiest, Badrinath along the right bank of the river Alaknanda. with the wonderful Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is the main destination on the sacred itinerary of every devout Hindu. Once the spot was covered with 'badris' or wild berries so that's why it was famous as 'Badri Van'.
Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is common to bath before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund: Near Tapt Kund take a break creating a pool from where the Badrinath idol was obtained.
Brahama Kapal: A low platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus conduct propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra: 1.5kms. away is a rock having an impression of the legendary serpent, famously known as the Sheshnag's eye.
Charanpaduka: 3 kms away is a splendid meadow where the footstep of Lord Vishnu is seen on a rock.
Mata Murty Temple: Dedicated to Sri Badrinathji's mother. Other important temples comprise of Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village: Occupied by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the latest Indian village before Tibet.
Vasundhara: As the name suggests, Vasundhara may be a magnificent waterfall. This place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable up to Mana.
Bhim Pul: On the opposite side of Mana village, an enormous rock making a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It shows an impressive view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to possess been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this can be a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is taken into account to possess composed the Mahabharata and therefore the pauranic commentaries.
After breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and also the Yoga capital of the world. The place of sages is what Rishikesh is called and may be a famous spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is encircled by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. it's said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area hence firth came to be called Rishikesh.
Temples & Sight Seeing Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhulla, Bharat Mandir, Parmarth Ashram and Shivananda Ashram within the evening, drive to Haridwar upon arrival drop you at Haridwar hotel, evening free for rest, dinner & overnight stay.