Kedarnath & Badrinath – Do Dham Yatra

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Do-Dham-Kedarnath-Badrinath

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 Kedarnath & 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 : 7 Days
Route : Haridwar → Kedarnath → Badrinath → Haridwar

Itinerary

Day 1 Haridwar – Guptakashi (223 Kms / 8-9 hrs)

Leave for Guptakashi from Haridwar. Arrive and check in at camp Guptakashi.
Overnight at the camp, Guptakashi.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 Guptakashi – Kedarnath (drive 32 Kms, trek 14 Kms)

After breakfast pick up your packed lunch and leave for Gaurikund (32 kms one way). On arrival start your journey on the tough trek ahead. Stop for the lunch en route and arrive by late afternoon at Punjab & Sindh Awas. Later perform pooja and go for darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening visit Adi Shankaracharya samadhi at the back of the temple.
Overnight at Punjab & Sindh Awas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Kedarnath – Guptakashi (trek 14 Kms, drive 32 Kms)

After breakfast start your journey back to Gaurikund and on arrival leave for Guptakashi by road to reach the camp by evening.
Overnight at the camp, Guptakashi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Guptakashi – Joshimath via Chopta (175kms/ 6-7 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Joshimath via Chopta, one of the most beautiful sites on this trip. Enjoy the beautiful drive through the thick medicinal forests and stop at Pipalkoti for lunch. Arrive at the camp by late afternoon. Evening free in Joshimath.
Overnight at the camp, Guptakashi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Joshimath – Badrinath – Joshimath (90 Kms)

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 the resort camp for dinner.
Overnight at the camp, Joshimath.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Joshimath – Haridwar (274kms/ 9-10 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Haridwar and if time permits visit Devprayag (confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi).
Overnight at Haveli Hari Ganga.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Departure from Haridwar

After 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.

Please note:

  • Dehradun Shatabdi on Delhi – Hardiwar sector offers breakfast and on Haridwar – Delhi sector offers dinner which is inclusive of the ticket price.
  • Jan Shatabdi Express does not have any meals included in the ticket price, however light snacks and non alcoholic beverages are offered on direct payment basis.

Camps

Guptakashi

Located at an altitude of 1319 meter Gupkashi offers a panoramic view of the Mandakini valley below, Chaukhamba, Mandakini Darshan, Badrinath, Neelkanth, Ukhimath and the snow ranges of the Kedarnath atop ahead. It is a major town before Gaurikund – with services and facilities of a post and telegraph office, banks, a hospital, a police station and eateries.

The temples in Guptkashi are believed to be as old as time itself.Barely a kilometre or two down from Guptkashi, on the track to Ukhimath, is the Vidyapeeth, the most historic Sanskrit and Ayurved school in the entire state. It is no wonder that Guptkashi has a rich tradition of Ayurved practice and a host of Ayurvedacharya or practitioners of Ayurved.

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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