Royal Chardham Yatra Only for Rs. 21,000/- per person for 12 Days. Visit Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji, Sri Badrinathji and Auli


Overview

Day 01: Delhi - Mussoorie:
Receiving of Guests at Delhi. Drive to Mussoorie. Halt at Hotel Pearl, Surbee Resort
Distance: 285 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 7-8 hrs.

Day 02: Mussoorie - Hanuman Chatti - Janaki Chatti:
Mussoorie to Hanuman Chatti. Trek* to Janaki Chatti. Halt at Hotel Ganga Yamuna/GMVN TRH.
Departure: 07:00 hrs.
Distance: 168+ 4 trek* (kms.)
Driving Time (App.):

Day 03: Janaki Chatti - Yamunotri - Hanuman Chatti - Rana Chatti:
Trek Janaki Chatti to Yamunotri and back to Hanuman Chatti. Drive to Rana Chatti. Halt at Hotel Krishna Lok.
Departure: 05:00 hrs.
Distance: 6 trek* + 8 trek* + 6 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 9-10 hrs.

Day 04: Rana Chatti - Gangotri:
Ranachatti to Gangotri. Halt at GMVN - Gangotri / Harshil.
Departure: 06:00 hrs.
Distance: 210 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 7-8 hrs.

Day 05: Gangotri/Harshil - Tilwara - Chandrapuri - Siyalsaur - Guptkashi:
Halt at Hotel/GMVN TRH.
Departure: 07:00 hrs.
Distance: 270 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 8-9 hrs.

Day 06: Siyalsaur - Sri Kedarnathji:
Siyalsaur to Sri Kedarnathji. Halt at GMVN Tourist Bungalow / Temple Board Atithi Grih.
Departure: 06:00 hrs.
Distance: 50+14 trek* (kms.)
Driving Time (App.): 7-8 hrs.

Day 07: Sri Kedarnathji - Ukhimath:
Sri Kedarnathji to Ukhimath. Halt at GMVN Tourist Bungalow.
Departure: 07:00 hrs.
Distance: 14 trek* + 41 (kms.)
Driving Time (App.): 6-7 hrs.

Day 08: Ukhhimath - Chopta - Auli - Joshimath:
Ukhimath - Chopta to Auli / Joshimath. Halt at GMVN Auli / Hotel at Joshimath.
Departure: 07:00 hrs.
Distance: 140 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 7-8 hrs.
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Day 09: Joshimath - Sri Badrinathji:
Auli / Joshimath to Sri Badrinathji. Halt at GMVN Touist Bungalow / Hotel.
Departure: 11:00 hrs.
Distance: 14 + 50 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 4-5 hrs.

Day 10: Sri Badrinathji - Rudraprayag:
Sri Badrinathji to Rudraprayag. Halt at GMVN Tourist Bungalow / Hotel.
Departure: 07:00 hrs.
Distance: 160 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar:
To Haridwar via Laxman Jhula - Rishikesh. Halt at Hotel Aarti.
Departure: 12:00 hrs.
Distance: 160 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Haridwar - Delhi:
Haridwar to Delhi, Sightseeing before departure.
Departure:
Distance: 215 kms.
Driving Time (App.): 5-6 hrs.

One of the most accessible yatras in India is also one of the most arduous, though the long line of vehicles snaking their way up roads hewn into the fragile Himalaya might convince you otherwise. On the way to Yamunotri, traditionally the first destination, the sacred Yamuna accompanies yatris up to her source through the spectacularly scenic Rawaai Ghati, leaving us breathless not just because of the altitude. We become increasingly accustomed to the rarefied atmosphere but nothing prepares us for the stunning setting of Gangotri, our next dham, which overlooks the tumul­tuous River Bhagirathi and is surrounded by rugged mountains and ancient deodar forests. We then descend to Kedarnath for an uplifting walk in floating clouds as snowy peaks tower beyond stark mountain faces. Finally, we pay homage to Vishnu at Badrinath, where the lord meditates by the banks of the Alaknanda as the vivid colours of his temple present a cheerful foreground to the magnificent Neelkanth Peak. On these four different journeys, sometimes under­taken in combi­nations of continuity and sometimes independently, Dev Bho­omi, the sacred Himalaya, welcomes mere mortals for a journey to the heavens.


                                        

YAMUNOTRI


High up in a deep cleft on the western face of the Banderpoonch Peak is Yamunotri, traditionally the first destination on the Char Dham Yatra. The picturesque journey to Yamunotri is along the River Yamuna itself. The main temple here is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, who is represented by a black marble idol. The other deity is a white image of Goddess Ganga. Just outside the main temple is the Divya Shila, a dark rock from which springs a stream of very hot water. This is a most holy area, the origin of the Yamuna, and pilgrims offer puja here before going to the temple. Technically, the cold stream source of the river is on the Champasar Glacier, near Saptarishi Kund, a trek of 1 km above the shrine, beyond Yamunotri. But, at 14,500 ft above sea level, across very difficult terrain, it is not accessible to the average yatri.  

According to legend, Surya Dev, the Sun God, married Sandhya, daughter of Vishwakarma. They had twins, Yama and Yamuna. But Sandhya could not bear the fierce heat of the Sun. She created her clone, Chhaya, and begged her to take her place. Without telling anyone the truth, Sangya then left Surya Dev’s home. Chhaya agreed to keep the secret but said she would reveal the truth if ever Surya Dev punished her by pulling her hair. One day, the child Yama tried to strike Chhaya with his leg. An affronted Chhaya cursed him that his leg would rot and fall off.  Surya Dev was very surprised and angered by the severity of the curse, that too from a mother against her own child. In anger, he pulled her hair. Chhaya then revealed that she was not his true wife, and only a stepmother to Yama and Yamuna. It is said that Yamuna came down to earth and did severe penance to save her brother from the effects of the curse and succeeded in her efforts. Yama, the god of death, then offered her a boon. She asked that her devotees be protected from akaalmrityu (untimely death). It is believed that a bath in the holy waters of Yamu­notri will protect the devotee from an untimely death and lead to the attainment of moksha. It is believed that the hot spring at Divya Shila is the blessing of Surya Dev for his daugh­ter; the tank next to the Divya Shila is named after him.

Pilgrims take a holy dip in the hot waters of the Taptkund next to the main temple in Yamunotri, which gets its water from the Suryakund nearby. There are separate bathing tanks and enclosures for men and women. Then puja is offered at the Divya Shila. This is of great signif­icance, and is done before visiting the main temple. After this, a small offering of rice and potatoes is cooked in the Suryakund. This is offered to the deity in the main temple, and returned to the pilgrim as prasad. Pilgrims carry water from Yamu­notri to offer it to Krishna in their homes during Janmashtami or on other special occasions related to Krishna. It is believed that Yamuna was one of Lord Krishna’s eight queens.


                  
In 1816, James Frazer, a British Army officer, reached Yamunotri. He found a 3-foot high temple built of stone and a priest performing worship there. There were some tridents to show that other devotees had also been visiting. A record of his visit is available. Subsequently, local kings contributed to the setting up of the temple. Around 1850, Sudharshan Shah, the king of Tehri, had a wooden structure built and the deity consecrated. Later, Pratap Shah rebuilt the temple in stone. But heavy snow in the region periodically damages the temple (this happened last in 1982), and reconstruction has been done many times. The Surajmal Jalan Trust renovated the temple, and this work was completed in 1994. The temple is run by the Panch Panda Samiti of about 200 priests. When the temple closes in winter, the deity is taken to Kharsali Village (2 km from Janki Chatti across the river), its winter abode.

The Yamuna Valley, called Rawaai Ghaati, is decidedly most spectacular for its scenic beauty. The mountain roads are very narrow with frequent twists, and the view is a surprise around every bend. The Yamuna flows wild all along the journey because the dark mountain ranges are close to each other and there is no long straight stretch of water. The vegetation is lush but does not restrict the view one gets across the ranges.


                                      


En route, Barkot is an interesting and very scenic halt. This is an area where the mountain ranges open up. Stepped rice fields and red-topped choulai (a variant of spinach) fields seem to be arranged for the pleasure of the visitor. The drive from Barkot to Janki Chatti should be done at a leisurely pace, if time permits, that is. The flowers in the Phul Chatti area present several charming photo opportunities.

Timings 6 am-8 pm Season The temple opens on Akshay Tritiya (May) and closes on Yama Dwitiya, or Bhai Duj, the second day after Diwali (Nov)

Related info Aarti timings 6.30 am and 7.30 pm. There is no temple committee and hence no formal office. Janmashtami and Diwali herald special pujas

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