Take the complete Chardham Yatra with our Economy Package @ Rs. 12,000 per person only Visit Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji, Sri Badrinathji and Auli


Overview

Day 01: Haridwar - Mussoorie:
Morning assembly at Hotel Gyan Heritage Haridwar. Leave for Mussoorie. Halt at Hotel Hakman, The Mall.
Departure: 10.30 Hrs.
Distance: 85 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 3 hrs.

Day 02: Mussoorie - Janaki Chatti/ Yamunotri:
Mussoorie to Janaki Chatti/Yamunotri via Kempty Fall. Halt at Hotel Ganga Yamuna / GMVN Tourist Bungalow.
Departure: 06.00 Hrs.
Distance: 140 kms. + 8 kms. trekking
Driving Time (App.): 8-9 hrs.

Day 03: Janaki Chatti/ Yamunotri - Uttarkashi:
Trek from Janaki Chatti to Yamunotri & Back to Hanuman Chatti. Drive to Uttarkashi, night halt at Hotel Relax.
Departure: 0600 hrs.
Distance: 6 + 14 trek*, 100 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 9-10 hrs.

Day 04: Uttarkashi - Gangotri:
Deo PrayagUttarkashi to Gangotri. Halt at Lanka / Bhairon Ghati, GMVN Tourist Bungalow/ Hotel Relax.
Departure: 0600 hrs.
Distance: 200 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 9-10 hrs.

Day 05: Gangotri:
Bhairon Ghati to Guptkashi/Tilwara/Chadarpuri/Sayalsaur. Halt at Hotel Himalayan/ GMVN TRH, Temple Board Atithi Grih.
Departure: 0600 hrs.
Distance: 260 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 8-9 hrs.

Day 06: Gangotri - Gaurikund - Sri Kedarnathji:
To Sri Kedarnathji via Gaurikund. Halt at Sri Kedarnathji/Rambara/GMVN/Temple Board Atithi Grih.
Departure: 0600 hrs.
Distance: 30 +14 trek* (kms.)
Driving Time (App.): 10-12 hrs.

Day 07: Sri Kedarnathji - Gaurikund - Joshimath/Gopeshwar:
Departure: 0700 hrs.
Distance: 7 trek* + 195 (kms.)
Driving Time (App.): 9-10 hrs.

RudraprayagDay 08: Gopeshwar/Joshimath - Auli- Sri Badrinathji:
Visit to Auli (Own Expenses), Leave for Sri Badrinathji, Halt at Hotel/Temple Board Atithi Grih.
Departure: 0700 hrs., 1100 hrs.
Distance: 50 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 2-3 hrs.

Day 09: Sri Badrinathji - Srikot/Srinagar - Kaudiyala - Deoprayag:
Departure: 0600 hrs.
Distance: 240 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 7-8 hrs.

Day 10: Nand prayag -Srinagar/Deoprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar:
Halt at Hotel / GMVN TRH/ Temple Board Atithi Grih.
Departure: 0800 hrs.
Driving Time (App.): 8 -9 hrs.

Dehradun: In the aftermath of the widespread devastation in the Kedarnath axis in Uttarakhand, where hundreds are feared dead, 200 additional people will be deployed by the state government tomorrow to help with mass funerals there. The Kedarnath temple complex is completely cut off and the only way to reach the temple area is by choppers.

As the state is still trying the assess the exact extent of damage, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told NDTV that it may consider a way to regulate and restrict the number of pilgrims in the Chardham yatra on the lines of the Amarnath and Mansarovar yatras.

"What we will have to decide is that once these routes are made, because from Gaurikund to Kedarnath road, it has all been shattered badly... It is virtually a collapse of a mountain, it will take some time but now certainly how many people should spend the night in Kedarnath, we will have to control the streamline of tourists to Kedarnath because of the very difficult terrain of the high altitude and it is not a motor-able road," he said.

                                                  

Mussoorie:Amidst the lush green mountains, around 40 kms from Dehradun is the city of Mussoorie. One can start the day sight seeing with a dip at the Kempty Falls, or the Mussoorie Lake. From there you can have a romantic drive to the Yamuna Pool, where river Yamuna gushes amidst the Doon Valley.

Later in the day one can take the cable-car/ walk till gun-hill / head to the Camel-back loop. Other attractions are nearby places like Dhanolty, Shahasra Dhara and so on. The evening can be reserved for shopping at the Mall Road or visit the temples & monastaries around.

Other attractions for the romance lovers are the Landour road, the Lal Tibba  - Sister’s Bazaar area. It's the place to feel the nature while enjoying a cool, serene walk and passing by the homes of Ruskin Bond and Victor Bannerjee. While for the adventure lovers, there plethora of activities like sky ride , sky walk , camping , trekking .

                     

This is a story about the mighty Himalayas and some grand old people from a time not so long ago but from long before Uttarakhand had come into existance.

In Calcutta, Kundu Specials is an institution. The Kundu family run travel company, for four generations, took good care of the travel bug that lay dormant in a middle class Bengali's mind, selfishly hoarding casual leaves, sick and rainy day leaves through the year and building a corpus for that one annual vacation, to any where the heart desired. Because, when it comes to vacationing, the Bengali represents the Japanese tourist in India. Travel where you will, and you are bound to chance upon the inimitable saree draped Bangali lady, with kids popping out of monkey caps and sweaters and the harried gentleman trying to fit all of them into his photo frame against the sea, mountain, desert or historical monument backdrop. Kundu Specials, over the years, have ensured that the Bengali gentry travelled in comfort to places they had only dreamt of visiting, ate four Bengali meals a day cooked by the Bengali cooks who accompanied the group and brought back albums full of memories from the customised-and-guided-yet-affordable Kundu Special trip.

This story is from the days when Kundu Travels had moved their Strand Road office to the heart of Calcutta, on Chittaranjan Avenue, closer to where my Dadu's (grandfather) shop stood. The second generation Mr. Kundu, Kundu dadu to us, would sit in my Dadu's shop, sipping tea and hatching plots of sending out his annual troops to various parts of North India, to cooler climes and also chalk out itenerary for a handful of his friends like Dadu, to the mighty mountains, to the maths and ashrams hidden in the valleys among those mountains, to Gomukh, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Amarnath, Badrinath, Kedarnath. Dadu, on those days, would evidently return home happier, having reserved four seats with Kundu Specials.


                                     


My Dadu loved travelling and nothing could ever come in the way of his wanderlust, not even money. I remember his tale about one such trip, when he had spent a few months of his twenty-something years in heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, in the estate of Rewa, interning at the Royal estate, where the morning breakfast, among other things comprised of bread with a really thick layer of butter, "about 5 mm thick. Imagine biting into such a slice and ending up with butter smeared over your lips and teeth," he would tell us, eyes glistening from the memories of his carefree youth.

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