Haridwar: “Gateway to God”, Haridwar considered to be among the seven holiest cities in India, is an ancient city located on the banks of River Ganga in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Meaning of Haridwar in sanskrit is Dwara of Hari or Gateway to God, where ‘Hari’ means God and ‘Dwar’ means Gate. Haridwar is the destination where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 km from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára. Dotted with temples, ashrams and narrow lanes across the city, Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple town. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Ganga Aarti is performed at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar. Ganga Aarti in Haridwar is one of the most famous in Haridwar. Visit to Haridwar is not complete if you have not seen its Ganga Aarti. Famous tourist attraction in Haridwar are Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir etc.
Gangotri: Gangotri is a small town centered around the temple of Gangotri Temple and is one of the holy places among the four Char Dham. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirati and origin of River Ganges. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 10,200 ft. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier that can be accessed by a short 19 km trek from Gangotri. But according to Hindu mythology, it is said that Goddess Ganga (Ganga Maa) came to the earth in order to wash away the sins of King Bhagirathi’s ancestors. From the fold of mythology till the present time, Ganga River has always been a sacred source of purity for the mankind.
Kedarnath Dham: Kedarnath is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is located at a height of 11,755 ft above sea level in eastern Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. he temple is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. This abode of Lord Shiva can only be reached from Gaurikund through a 14 km trek and remains closed for the six months of winters due to heavy snowfall. Set amidst the snow-clad mountains near Chorabari Glacier with Mandakini River flowing in front of it, Kedarnath witnesses lakhs of devotees every year due to its religious significance. The present Kedarnath Temple is believed to be re-constructed by Adi Shankaracharya, initially built by the Pandavas thousand years ago from enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais.
Badrinath Dham: Among the oldest pilgrimage sites in India, Badrinath temple has immense significance for Hinduism. Nestled in the Garhwal hills near the Alaknanda river, at an altitude of 10,279 ft, the temple offers scenic views of the snow-clad Himalayas and quaint surroundings. This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesha (holy site) for Vishnu followers, and alongside 3 other sites, forms Hinduism’s holiest Char Dhams, other Char Dham sites include Dwarka, Puri & Rameswaram. Around 3 km from Badrinath is the village of Mana, which is one of the last villages before the boundary of India ends and that of Tibet begins. The peak of Neelkanth stands strong spreading its mighty aura for all pilgrims and travelers alike.
Day 1: Arrival at Haridwar.
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Haridwar.
Day 2: Drive from Haridwar to Barkot by Car (200 Km/ 7 hrs).
Stay at hotel in Barkot.
Day 3: Drive from Barkot to Janki Chatti, then trek to Yamunotri & back Barkot by Car (90 Km Drive & 10 Km Trek/ 8 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Barkot.
Day 4: Drive from Barkot to Harshil by Car (160 Km/ 7 hr).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Harshil.
Day 5: Drive from Harshil to Gangotri & back in Uttarkashi by Car (130 Km/ 6 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Uttarkashi.
Day 6: Drive from Uttarkashi to Sitapur by Car (220/ 9 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Sitapur.
Day 7: Trek to Kedarnath Dham from Sonprayag (14 Km/ 6 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Kedarnath.
Day 8: Trek back Sonproyag (14 Km/ 4 hrs) & Drive to Chopta by Car (75 Km/ 3 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Chopta.
Day 9: Trek to Tungnath from Chopta & back (7 Km/ 5 hrs).
Stay overnight at Hotel in Chopta.
Day 10: Drive from Chopta to Badrinath by Car (140 Km/ 6.5 Km).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Badrinath.
Day 11: Drive Badrinath to Srinagar by Car (190 Km/ 8 hrs).
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Srinagar.
Day 12: Drive from Srinagar to Haridwar by Car (135 Km/ 5 hrs).
End our trip.