Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. At Yamunotri, One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the Tapt kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”. Here near the temple “Pooja” can be offered to Divya Shila.
Surya Kund: There are a Number of thermal springs near temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.
Vishwanath Temple: Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State in the ancient architectural style. It is situated at the heart of the town. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s small shrines are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening are offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyug and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Shakti Temple: Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. At bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga(Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here.
Gangotri Temple: The temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
Guptakashi: The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Guptkashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled.
Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface.
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the temple of Badrinath.
When talking regarding Hindu “pilgrimage tours in India” the name of Himalayas comes to mind without delay for its mountains since time immemorial has have spiritual connotations close to it. Also, known as the ultimate abode of Gods, the tours in this land is highly taxing. One such significant and pilgrimage yatra which takes place yearly in July-August to the abode of Lord Shiva at Amarnath Caves in Jammu and Kashmir. The most renowned and the most religious of all Hindu pilgrimages “Char Dham Yatra” includes visit to four sacred abode of almighty at Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Other recognized Hindu pilgrimage places in the country are Vaishno Devi, Haridwar, Varansi, Rishikesh, Vrindavan and more. “Char Dham” is referred to the 4 Hindu religious destinations in Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand state of India. These are Yamuntori, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Be located in the circuit of magnificent Himalayas, these four designations are the holy center of spiritual activity in north-India. Conventionally, the “Char Dham Yatra” is start from the West to East. Accordingly, the Yatra begin point from Yamunotri, after that going on to Gangotri and to end with Kedarnath and Badrinath. Yamunotri and Gangotri are devoted to goddess Yamuna and Ganga respectively. Alternatively, Kedarnath is devoted to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu. In addition, tourists like too visit Hemkund Sahib in the surrounding area, which is one of the highest, sited spiritual sites in the country. So, pilgrims visit all these designations in desire of washing away their sins and to achieve salvation, with the blessings of the Lord.
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Yamunotri take holy dip in Yamuna River and perform Pooja.
Visit the Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnareshwar Temple.
Visit the Gangotri Temple.
‘Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva.
Tapt Kund, take bath and Devoted to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath Ji darshan.
Visit to Mana Village, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, and Mata Murti temple.
Visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula.
DAY 01 : HARIDWAR TO BARKOT
On arrival in Haridwar, pickup and proceed to Barkot. Barkot is an attractive hill-station which is placed on the foot of Yamunotri. As you drive during Mussoorie, you can visit the well-known Kempty Falls on your way. On arrival at Barkot, check-in to your hotel. Relax of the day and refresh for the yatra of Yamunotri the next day. After dinner, overnight stay in hotel at Barkot.
DAY 02 : BARKOT TO YAMUNOTRI TO BARKOT
After morning breakfast, here you will start the yatra of Yamunotri. You have a choice of hiring palki or a horse (own pay) for your trek. On entrance by afternoon in Yamunotri take holy dip in Yamuna River and perform Pooja. Return back through the same way back to Barkot hotel. After dinner, overnight stay in hotel at Barkot.
DAY 03 : BARKOT TO UTTARKASHI
After breakfast, check-out from the Barkot hotel and drive to Uttarkashi. On the entrance check-in the hotel. Uttarkashi is positioned on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is famous for its historical monuments, Temples and Ashrams. In the sunset, visit the well-known Vishwanath Temple. After dinner, overnight stay in hotel at Uttarkashi.
DAY 04 : UTTARKASHI TO GANGOTRI TO UTTARKASHI
Early morning breakfast and drive to Gangotri. Upon entrance at Gangotri take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges which is also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Visit the Gangotri Temple. After performing Pooja late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi. After dinner, overnight stay in hotel at Uttarkashi.
DAY 05 : UTTARKASHI TO GUPTKASHI
Depart for your next destination, Guptkashi after having your breakfast early in the daybreak. On reaching, check-in to the hotel. Guptkashi is placed at a distance of 47 km from the holy shrine, Kedarnath. The town holds immense religious importance as it houses well-known ancient temples like Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnareshwar Temple. Have your dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 06 : GUPTKASHI TO SONPRAYAG TO KEDARNATH
Early sunrise after breakfast check-out from the hotel, and drive to Sonprayag. From where, you will start your 20 km trek to Kedarnath. On arrival check-in at hotel and after dinner, overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07 : KEDARNATH TO SONPRAYAG TO GUPTKASHI
Early sunrise you get up before dawn and after taking bath you are at the temple by 4:45 am for the ‘Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva. After darshan and puja you come out of the temple and go back to the hotel. Afterward you will begin the go back trek of 20 km from Kedarnath to Sonprayag. The vehicles wait for you in Sonprayag car parking and drive to your hotel (Guptkashi). After dinner, overnight stay in hotel at Guptkashi.
DAY 08 : GUPTKASHI TO BADRINATH
This sunrise, you check-out of the hotel at 06:00 am and start driving towards your next destination, Badrinath. On the arrival check-in to the hotel. After dinner, overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09 : BADRINATH TO SRINAGAR
Early morning go to temple and after darshan return back to hotel and after breakfast check-out the hotel and proceed to Srinagar. On reaching Srinagar, check-in to the hotel. You can relax for the rest of the day or travel around the loveliness of Srinagar. After dinner, stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10 : SRINAGAR TO RISHIKESH TO HARIDWAR DEPARTURE
Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a religious city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh, going to places of interest. Visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Sunset drive to Haridwar. On arrival Haridwar drop at railway station.
Char Dham Opening & Closing Date
Yamunotri Opening Date: 27th April 2020 || Closing Date: 28th October 2020
Gangotri Opening Date: 26th April 2020 || Closing Date: 27th October 2020
Kedarnath Opening Date: 29th April 2020 || Closing Date: 29th October 2020
Badrinath Opening Date: 15th May 2020 || Closing Date: 30th October 2020