By A.C. Coach (operated from Delhi - Rishikesh - Delhi only) with Pure Veg. Food & Non AC twin sharing accommodation for 5 nights.
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Departure to Haridwar ( 205 kms. / 7 hrs. Night Journey )
Arrival at Haridwar. After fresh up in choultry & 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. ).
After Breakfast, depart from Srinagar to Dharee Devi Temple - Kaliya Saur (15 Kms). Later proceed to Rudraprayag (35 Kms), view the confluence point of 2 Holy rivers - Alaknanda and Mandakini. Drive to Okhimat (42 Kms ), visit Shri Omkareshwar Temple (This is the place where the Pooja is performed for 6 months while the Kedarnath Shrine is closed). Later drive to Gupta Kashi (10 Kms), visit Shri Kashi Viswanath Temple (Arthanariswar Temple) and further to Rampur (24 Kms), check into Hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight Stay.
Depart to Gaurikund 12 Kms. And then proceed to Kedarnath (19 Kms.) by pony. After performing Pooja & Darshan of Shri Kedarnath ji return to Gaurikund and then to Rampur by Coach (12 Kms.) Overnight stay.
Incase you are travelling by Helicopter/Walk/Pony/Doli, the return will be on the same day with night stay at Rampur. Those who are travelling by Pony/Doli (19 Kms. approx. each way), have to start the trek early in the morning of Day 4, so that you can come back on the same day.
For those who are not able to go or get the Registration for visiting Kedarnath, the alternative programme for Day 4 would be as follows:
After breakfast, proceed to Triyuginarayan Temple (19 Kms - one way), the Holy place where Lord Shiva and Parvathi got married. Tourists will have to go there by local jeep. Later drive to Gaurikund to visit Gauri Mata Temple. Then drive to Rampur, on the way you may visit Mund Katiya Temple (Ganesh Temple 3+3 kms. By trek). Tourist will have to trek for 500 mts. (One side) Which is a narrow route. Later return to Rampur. Evening visit Durga Temple at Rampur (half a kilometer by trek). Overnight Stay.
The buses cannot ply /move in the places mentioned in the alternate tour itinerary. The passengers will have to hire jeeps /cars available locally, for which the cost will be approximately Rs.250/- to 500/- per head extra.
Departure to Badrinath ( 238 kms. / 12 hrs. ). Upon arrival, check into hotel. Overnight Stay.
Morning after darshan of Shri Badrinath ji, visit Mana Village, the last village before the Indo-Tibetan border. After lunch drive to Pipalkoti ( 79 kms. / 4 hrs. ). Upon arrival, check into hotel. Overnight Stay.
Departure to Haridwar ( 241 kms. / 10 hrs. ). Have Holy bath in Ganges, and Harati at the Ganges in the evening. After dinner, proceed to Delhi (205 Kms / 5 hrs.)
Arrival in Delhi.
Note: Govt. Service Tax @4.50% applicable.
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.
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.
Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag, also known as five confluences of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Alaknanda then proceeds towards Devaprayag where it joins with Bhagirathi River to form the holy, river Ganges. Kedarnath, another important religious place is located 86 km from Rudraprayag. The nearest railway station to place is at Rishikesh. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km further from Rishikesh, has train connections to almost all major cities in India and is, therefore, the railhead for Rudraprayag.
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. Lord Shiva happened to arrive at the spot suddenly, stopped by Ganesha. Indignant at this affront, Shiva cut off Ganesha's head and Parvati insisted that the boy be brought back to life. Lord Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on Ganesha's body.
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.
Triyuginarayan Temple is a Hindu temple located in the Triyuginarayan village in Rudraprayag district,Uttarakhand. The ancient temple is dedicated to god Vishnu. Its fame is credited to the legend of god Shiva’s marriage to goddess Parvati witnessed by Vishnu at this venue and is thus a popular pilgrimage centre. A special feature of this temple is a perpetual fire, that burns in front of the temple. The flame is believed to burn from the times of the divine marriage. Thus, the temple is also known as Akhand Dhuni temple.
The word "Triyugi Narayan" is formed of three words "tri" means three, "yugi" denotes the period of time - Yuga and "Narayan" is another name of Vishnu. Pilgrims have been offering wood to the fire in the havana-kund (fireplace) since the three Yugas - hence the place is given the name “Triyugi Narayan”
According to Hindu mythology, goddess Parvati was daughter of Himavat or Himavan - the personification of the Himalayas. She was the rebirth of Sati, the first wife of Shiva - who sacrificed her life when her father insulted Shiva. Parvati initially tried to allure Shiva by her beauty, but fails. Finally, she won Shiva by practising rigorous penance at Gauri Kund, which is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away from Triyuginarayan.
During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple, and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months.Ukhimath can be used as center destination for visiting different places located nearby, i.e. Madhmaheshwar (Second kedar),Tungnath ji (Third kedar) and Deoria Tal (natural fresh water lake) and many other picturesque places. Wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath. During winter the Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath is brought from Kedarnath to this place. Winter puja of Lord Kedarnath and year round puja of Lord Omkareshwar is performed here.
Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated at Muni Ki Reti in Rishikesh. It is a connecting bridge between Swargadham, Gita Bhawan and other temples. Built in the 1980s, over the Ganges to cross the river and is also a landmark for city of Rishikesh. Ram jhula is located 3 kilometres north to Rishikesh where some of the Hindu ashrams and religious centers like The Gita Bhawan, and Swarg Ashram are located. Though similar in design, this bridge is bigger than its sibling bridge, Lakshman jhula. This bridge constructed above 59 feet from summer water level.
Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Made over river Ganges to cross the river,Lakshman Jhula is a landmark of Rishikesh near to Ram Jhula. It is believed that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the places where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939, offering spectacular views from the bridge. Many temples and ashrams around ends of the bridge attract visitors from different corners of India.
Nandaprayag, also spelt as Nand Prayag is a town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Nandaprayag is one of the Panch Prayag, also known as five confluences of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. The Nandakini River meets the Alaknanda River in Nandprayag, in the Garhwal Himalayas. Once the capital of Yadu Kingdom, Nandprayag is situated 18kms away from Karnaprayag. It is believed that a holy dip in the confluence of Nandprayag is competent of washing all the sins.
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. According to the Bhagavata Purana (3.4.22),"There in Badrikashram the supreme being (Vishnu), in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities."
Karanprayag one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda, and Pindar River. Karanpraya is surrounded by an array of glittering peaks, Trisul, Drona Giri, Narad Ghunti, Mrigathuni and Maiktoli. It is believed to be the place where Karna of the Mahabharata worshipped the Sun God. It is said that Karna meditated here for many years to acquire the impregnable shield, which made him a formidable warrior in the battlefield. There is an ancient temple, devoted to Uma and Karna.
Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath is a city in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. It is home to one of the four cardinal pithas established by Hindu religion guru, Adi Shankara. Jyotirmath is the northern monastery, one of the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankara, the others being those at Shringeri, Puri and Dwaraka. According to the belief initiated by Adi Shankara, this matha is in charge of the Atharvaveda. Jyotirmath is close to the pilgrimage town of Badrinath and this place can also be a base station for travelers going to Guru Gobind Ghat or the Valley of Flowers National Park.
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. Travelers can relax at Pipalkoti, getting pleasure from the picturesque views and delicious food.
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