CHAR DHAM

12-day tour of Delhi, Haridwar, Barkot, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Badrinath, Rishikesh

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ITINERARY

DAY 01 : ARRIVE IN NEW DELHI

Arrive at New Delhi international or domestic airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel after 12 PM (requests for early check in are at the hotel’s discretion and subject to availability at the time of arrival). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Accommodation, 1 Night
ITC Maurya or similar.

DAY 02 : DRIVE TO HARIDWAR 

Meet your tour driver-manager at 7 AM in the hotel lobby to start the tour. 

Drive to Haridwar (205 kms, 6 hours). Upon arrival in Haridwar, check in at the hotel. Located at the point where the Ganges River emerges from the Himalayas, Haridwar is one of India's holiest cities visited by thousands of devotees to pray for the salvation of their deceased close ones.. 

In the evening, visit Har-Ki-Pairi ghat on the banks of the holy river Ganga to experience the atmospheric Ganga Aarti ceremony, which is one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles you'd ever witness in India. Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Haridwar.

Accommodation, 1 Night
Fortune Park ITC or similar.

DAY 03 : DRIVE TO BARKOT

Depart for Barkot (200 kms, 8 hours). The scenic drive takes you through the popular hill stations of Dehradun and Mussoorie. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. 

Barkot is located on the banks of the Yamuna river at an elevation of 1220 meters and is the last big town near Yamunotri. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Barkot.

Accommodation, 2 Nights

Camp Nirvana or similar.

 

DAY 04 : TREK TO YAMUNOTRI

Visit the holy Temple at Yamunotri today. Cradled in a deep cleft in the lap of Bandarpunch at 3,300 meters, Yamunotri Temple is the least visited but the most beautiful of the four Dhams. The main shrine is part of the top spring worshipped as the source of River Yamuna, and houses a small silver image of  Goddess Yamuna. Due to heavy snows in the region, the Temple has to be completely rebuilt every few years. The fresh mountain air, running streams, scenic beauty, hot water springs, and enthusiastic devotees inspire a feeling of devotion and spirituality in the visitor.

Start early and drive to Hanuman Chatti (36 kms, 1.5 hours), a mountain village which acts as a transit point for the pilgrimage to Yamunotri. From there, you'll take a shared taxi to Janki Chatti (20 mins). This small hamlet is surrounded by mountains on all sides and is the starting point for your trek to Yamunotri. From the roadhead, a 5 kms trail to the Temple follows the turbulent ice-blue river as it runs below rocky crags, with snowy peaks in the distance. It's steep and narrow in parts, so the pace of the trek is slow - it usually takes around two to three hours to reach the Temple.

After darshan, trek back down to Janki Chatti and meet your driver to return to Barkot. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Barkot.

DAY 05 : DRIVE TO UTTARKASHI

In the morning, depart for Uttarkashi (82 kms, 4 hours). The largest town in interior Garhwal, Uttarkashi occupies the flat and fertile valley floor of the River Bhagirathi. It's a convenient stop on the way to Gangotri.  

Upon arrival at Uttarkashi, check in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bhagirathi. Overnight stay in Uttarkashi.

Accommodation, 2 Nights

Sahaj Villa or similar.

DAY 06 : DAY TRIP TO GANGOTRI

Leave early in the morning, for an all-day tour to Gangotri (100 kms from Uttarkashi). Set amidst tall pine forests at the head of the Bhagirathi gorge, Gangotri is the most remote of the four Dhams and considered by Hindus to be the spiritual source of the River Ganges. The drive from Uttarkashi is breathtaking as it winds high above the Bhagirathi and crosses one of the world's highest bridges, over the gorge near Lanka.

Gangotri's unassuming Temple, overlooking the river, is one of India's holiest sites. Upon arrival, visit the Temple to offer prayers and receive darshan. Spend some time in peaceful meditation before driving back to Uttarkashi. Overnight stay in Uttarkashi.

DAY 07 : DRIVE TO GUPTKASHI

Get an early start to your day and depart for Guptkashi (225 kms, 8 hours). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Nestled within the Mandakini river valley in the scenic backdrop of the snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba, Guptkashi is known for its ancient Vishwanath Temple dedicated to the god Shiva, which is similar to the one in Varanasi (Kashi).

In the evening, visit the Vishwanath Temple for worship. Spend time exploring the beautiful surroundings and experiencing in blissful aura of this holy place. Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Guptkashi.

Accommodation, 1 Night

Hotel Madhuganga, Ukhimath or similar.

 

DAY 08 : VISIT KEDARNATH BY HELICOPTER

Visit the holy Temple at Kedarnath today. Located near the Chorabari glacier at a height of 3,584 meters, Kedarnath is one of the most sacred and spiritual places of pilgrimage in the Himalayas. It sits close to the source of River Mandakini overlooked by tumbling glaciers and giant buttresses of ice, snow and rock. The scenery is spectacular with lush alpine meadows, terraced hillsides, and abundant apple orchards. The impressive Shiva Temple was built by Adi Shankara in the ninth century and is considered to be the most important of the 12 Jyotirlingas located across India. 

Depart from the hotel in the morning and drive a short distance to the helipad to board your helicopter to Kedarnath. After a quick flight (15 mins), disembark and walk to the Temple (500 meters). You will need to purchase a VIP darshan ticket at the temple to complete your darshan without much wait time. After darshan, walk back to the helipad and board the helicopter for your flight back. 

Meet your driver after disembarking and return to the hotel to collect your luggage, before driving to Rudraprayag (34 kms, 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay in Rudraprayag.

Accommodation, 1 Night

Monal Resort, Chopta or similar.

DAY 09 : DRIVE TO BADRINATH

In the morning, depart early for Badrinath (160 kms, 8 hours). Situated at a height of 3,100 meters on the banks of Alaknanda River and set against the backdrop of the imposing, snow-clad Neelkanth Peak, the area known as Badrikashram in Hindu scriptures has attracted many saints and sages over the centuries because of its powerful spiritual energy. It is widely believed that the Badrinath Temple was established in the 9th century by Adi Shankara after he found the temple's fossilized black stone idol of Lord Vishnu (in the form of Lord Badrinarayan) in the Alaknanda River. A scenic place with spectacular scenery, imposing Himalayan peaks, and sacred rivers, Badrinath makes the visitor spellbound with its unparalleled beauty.

En-route to Badrinath, stop at Joshimath, an important pilgrimage centre and the site of several ancient temples that attract hundreds of thousands of devotees annually. Visit the Narsingh Temple where the idol of Badrinath is brought down during winters and placed alongside the Narsingh idol. 

Upon arrival at Badrinath, check in at the hotel. Make a quick visit to Mana village. This beautiful hamlet is located near the Badrinath Temple and 24 kms from the Tibetan border, making it the last village of India before entering Tibet. 

In the evening, visit the famous Temple of Lord Badrinarayan. See the beautiful black stone idol depicting Lord Vishnu sitting in a meditative pose under a badri tree and canopy of pure gold. Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Badrinath.

Accommodation, 1 Night

Sarovar Portico or similar.

DAY 10 : DRIVE TO RUDRAPRAYAG

In the morning, visit Badrinath Temple for darshan and aarti. Later drive back to Rudraprayag (160 kms, 8 hours). Check in at the hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay in Rudraprayag.

Accommodation, 1 Night

Monal Resort, Chopta or similar.

DAY 11 : DRIVE TO RISHIKESH

Depart for Rishikesh (135 kms, 5 hours). En-route, visit Devprayag, the sacred spot where the two holy rivers, Alaknanda (originating in Badrinath) and Bhagirathi (originating in Gangotri) join to form the River Ganges. 

Rishikesh is a magnet for spiritual seekers from all over the world. As the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes, Rishikesh is a small town with an exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges River, surrounded by forested hills. Its lanes and alleys retain an old-world charm with a distinctively peaceful, uplifting and international feel.

Upon arrival at Rishikesh, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay in Rishikesh.

Accommodation, 1 Night

Sterling Palm Bliss or similar.

DAY 12 : DRIVE TO NEW DELHI

Check out of the hotel in the morning and transfer to New Delhi airport (250 kms, 7 hours) for your departure.

$2,990

per person

12

days

From Delhi to Delhi
Availability: Daily
Months: May, June, October, November

  • Experience the Ganga Aarti in Haridwar

  • Visit Dehradun and Mussoorie

  • Trek to Yamunotri and offer prayers at the temple.

  • Worship at Gangotri temple

  • Fly to Kedarnath by helicopter

  • Offer prayers at the famous Badrinath temple

  • Worship at the ancient temple in Guptkashi

  • Visit the spot where River Ganges begins

  • Explore the last Indian village before Tibet

  • Visit Rishikesh

HOTELS

New Delhi: ITC Maurya or similar.

Haridwar: Fortune Park ITC or similar.

Barkot: Camp Nirvana or similar.

Uttarkashi: Sahaj Villa or similar.

Guptkashi: Hotel Madhuganga, Ukhimath or similar.

Rudraprayag: Monal Resort, Chopta or similar.

Badrinath: Sarovar Portico or similar.

Rishikesh: Sterling Palm Bliss or similar.

PRICE INCLUDES

11 nights in hand-picked accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

Airport transfers.

Services of an experienced English-speaking Tour Driver-Manager with transfers in a comfortable vehicle.

Sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary.

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Domestic or International flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Optional activities, Tips, and Personal services.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Travelers can book their flights on own with any airline of their choice. Suggested timings for arrival and departure are as follows:

Arrive at New Delhi domestic or international airport after 11 am. Depart from New Delhi on Day 12 after 6 pm. 

PRICING

Price per person is based on accommodation for two adults in a double room.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Booking: A $250 deposit per guest is required to reserve a place on the tour. The remaining balance must be paid at least 15 days prior to departure.

Cancellation: Reservations can be changed or cancelled at no charge, up to 15 days before the scheduled tour date. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made within 15 days prior to tour departure.

TRANSPORTATION

We place the highest priority on passenger safety and comfort, so we use vehicles that meet high global safety standards. Our drivers are licensed, skilled and highly experienced, with an excellent driving record. 

We use a range of luxury vehicles to ensure your journey is safe and comfortable, including:

Toyota Innova Crysta - Seating Capacity: 7/8

Volkswagen Crafter - Seating Capacity: 9/10

Toyota Coaster - Seating Capacity: 11/13/16

* During transfers, we may use an alternative vehicle.