Gangotri & Badrinath (Do Dham Yatra)

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Do Dham Yatra

Do Dham Yatra is referred to the tour of two of the four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Nestled in the lofty Himalayas, these four sites are the epicenter of religious activity in north India.

This tour covers Gangotri & Badrinath.

Note : The tour starts and ends at Haridwar. You can combine this trip with pre and post tours to neighboring destinations like Hrishikesh and Corbett.

Duration : 6 Days
Route : Haridwar → Gangotri → Badrinath → Haridwar

Itinerary

Day 1 Haridwar – Harsil (290 Kms / 08 – 09 hours)

Leave for Harsil early in the morning. En route stop at Uttarkashi for Lunch. Post lunch stop at Gangnani for a dip in the hot water springs. Harsil is one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. The camp set amidst an apple orchard in Dharali village, 2 kms away from Harsil cantonment.
Overnight at the camp, Harsil.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 Harsil – Gangotri (22 Kms) – Harsil (22 Kms) – Uttarkashi (69 Kms)

Post breakfast leave for Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the Ganges, also known as Bhagirathi at its origin. Later perform pooja and return to the camp resort in the afternoon to take in the breathtaking views of the beautiful valley. Later proceed to Uttarkashi .
Overnight at the camp, Uttarkashi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Uttarkashi – Joshimath (284 Kms, 10 – 11 hours)

After a very early breakfast leave for the longest journey of the trip. Lunch (Packed) & Tea/ Coffee en route. Reach Joshimath camp by late afternoon.
Overnight at the camp, Joshimath.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Joshimath – Badrinath – Joshinath (45 Kms one way)

After breakfast leave for Shri Badrinath ji, on arrival go for the holy darshan and later visit Mana village, the last village before the Tibet border. Return to resort camp for dinner.
Overnight at the camp, Joshimath.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Joshimath – Haridwar (274kms, 9 – 10 hours)

After breakfast leave for Haridwar and on the way (if time permits) visit Devprayag (confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi). Reach Haridwar in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Departure from Haridwar

Post breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to onward destination.
Meals: Breakfast.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at the mentioned hotels or similar
  • Meal Plan: As specified above
  • Transportation using Non air conditioned vehicle as under:

Char Dham Camps

The camps provide accommodations in cottage tents with attached baths and showers. Hospitality is not restricted just to sumptuous cuisine, hygienic and comfortable accommodation. It goes beyond this established norm. Set amidst the serenity of the plush flora, the camps promises you the finest accommodation in Chardham. So get set to enjoy your Char Dham Yatra amidst the folds of snow-covered peaks of the lofty Garhwal Himalayas.

Facilities include:

  • Attached baths and toilets with running Hot & Cold water
  • Multi cuisine dining facilities serving sumptuous vegetarian wholesome food.
  • Regional cuisine like South Indian, Gujrati and Marwari food are easily available.
  • Hot water bottles as sun down service
  • Golghar Lounge
  • Umbrellas during trek to Kedarnath
  • Assistance for shrine visit and arrangement of Pony and Palanquins( Palki)
  • Local Masseurs at Barkot and Guptakashi

Connectivity

By road : Haridwar is accessible by a National Highway and the distance is approximately 210 kms / 5 hours.

By flight: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport which is 30 kms / 45 minutes drive from Haridwar. There are regular flights to/from Delhi.

By train : There are 2 fast trains that connect Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi and the details are as under:

Camps

Harsil

At an altitude of 2745 meters ,20 Kms before Gangotri there is only one word to describe Harsil: stunning! It is situated in a valley on the bank of river Bhagirathi, at the confluence of the Jalandhari Gadh and the Bhagirathi, nestled in the shadow of the huge mountain that lies at the head of the Baspa Valley (Himachal Pradesh). Harsil is connected to the Baspa valley by several passes such as the Lamkhaga Pass. Apart from Matri and Kailash mountains, on the right side there is the Shrikanth peak behind which lies Kedarnath and in the rear there is Banderpunch. This sylvan hamlet is well-known for its natural beauty and delicious apples. The winding shady roads, tall conifers, lofty mountains, the turbulent Bhagirathi, apple orchards, streams, waterfalls and green meadows — all add to Harsil’s allure.

A narrow lane runs through Harsil and is bordered on both sides by wooden houses in typical Garhwali architectural style. There are little streams, swept by willow tress, with dainty bridges across them and forest trails you can follow to your heart’s content. Harsil lay on the old caravan trail between Tibet and India, when trade and marriages flourished between the two countries. Harsil has a sizeable Bhotia population – many of whom use Harsil as their winter base.

Joshimath

Located at an altitude of 1875 meters Joshimath is the place where Adi Shankracharya, the 8th century religious reformer, attained enlightenment, and it is here that he set up the first ever Math or centre of learning before establishing the Badrinath shrine and three more Maths in different corners of the country. The town is also the seat of the Badrinath shrine in the winter months, and it is worshipped at the beautiful and ancient Narsingh Temple here. Its proximity to Badrinath, Auli and Niti Valley makes Joshimath an important tourist destination – and the combination of spiritualism and adventure that it offers visitors makes it an exciting place at any time of the year.

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