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Char Dham Yatra

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YATRA OVERVIEW:

India is a big subject, with a diversity of culture of unfathomable depth, and a long continuum of history. India offers endless opportunities to accumulate experiences and memories for a lifetime. Since very ancient times, participating in the Char Dham Yatra has been held in the highest regard throughout the length and breadth of India. The Indian Garhwal Himalayas are known as Dev-Bhumi, the ‘Abode of the Gods’. Here is the source of India’s Holy River Ganges. The Ganges, starting as a small glacial stream in Gangotri and eventually travelling the length and breadth of India, nourishing her people and sustaining a continuum of the world’s most ancient Hindu Culture. In the Indian Garhwal Himalayas lies the Char Dham, 4 of Hinduism’s most holy places of pilgrimage, nestled in the high valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. Wearing the Himalayas like a crown, India is a land of amazing diversity. Home to more than a billion people, we will find in India an endless storehouse of culture and tradition amidst all the development of the 21st century!

Trip Highlights

  • A complete darshan of Char Dham: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedharnath and Badrinath.
  • Visit the holy places of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Uttar Kashi, Gupta Kashi and Gaumukha.
  • Pancha Prayag, the five holy confluences (Dev, Rudra, Karna, Narad and Vishnu Prayag).
  • Garhwal parts of the Himalaya & Mana Gaun, the last village of India.
  • Visit Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Tap Kund, Narad Kund and Vyash Gupha etc.

 

DAY-TO-DAY DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive at the Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel
One of the Karnali representatives will meet/greet at the Delhi Airport. He will arrange immediate transfer to hotel. Karnali’s team leader will deliver a detailed briefing on immediate and further arrangements. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel on full board basis.

Day 02: Drive to Haridwar
After breakfast, we will commence our scenic vehicular journey to Haridwar, the gateway to the heaven. The driving distance is 206 km and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Haridwar. After settling in the hotel and being freshened up, we will visit some of the important temples of Haridwar and attend Evening Ganga Aarti. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel in Haridwar on full board basis.

Day 03: Drive to Barkot
After early breakfast and exploring major not-to-miss places of Haridwar, we will drive to Barkot. The driving distance is 170km, but it takes 8 hours to reach Barkot. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel or Tent House on bull board basis.

Day 04: A side trip to Yamunotri (Barkot-Yamunotri-Barkot)
After breakfast, we will drive to Janaki Chatti (84km) via Hanuman Chatti and Phool Chatti. And then, we will start trekking of 6 km to Yamunotri, where we will take a holy dip in the Garam Kund. We will also perform Puja and Darshan of Shree Yamuna jee. After performing Puja and having Darshan of Shree Yamuna jee, we will retrace our journey back to Janaki Chatti and then drive back to Barkot. We will spend overnight in the same hotel on full board basis.

Day 05: Drive to Harshil
Today, we will drive to Harshil (172km) via Utter Kashi, which takes approximately 9 hours. En-route we will also visit Prakateshwar Cave. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 06: Drive to Gangotri and trek to Gaumukh
After having early breakfast, we will drive to Gongotri. It takes an hour to reach Gangotri where we will have Darshan of Gangotri Temple. After Darshan, we will commence trekking to Gaumukh and return to Bhoj- Basa (22 km in total). We will spend overnight in a guesthouse at Bhoj-Basa.

Day 07: Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttar Kashi
We will trek back to Gangotri (14km), and then, we will drive to Uttar Kashi. Utter Kashi is situated on the bank of Holy Bhagirathi Ganga, and the temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here. The massive iron trident is the special attraction of the Lord Vishwanath Temple. We will spend overnight in a hotel at Uttar Kashi.

Day 08: Drive to Gupta Kashi
After breakfast, we will drive to Tehri Dam, and from there on, we will continue driving to Gupta Kashi (225km). We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel at Gupta Kashi on full board basis.

Day 09: Helicopter Ride to Kedarnath
Today is one of the important days of our Char Dham Yatra as we will fly to Kedarnath by helicopter and visit major holy shrines of Kedarnath. We will attend the evening Aarti of Kedarnath. We will spend overnight in a guesthouse at Kedarnath on full board basis.

Day 10: Fly back to Gupta Kashi and trek to Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti
After performing morning Pujas, rituals and having Darshan at the temples, we will fly to Gupta Kashi. We will drive to Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti (157km). We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 11: Drive to Badrinath
After breakfast, we will commence our vehicular journey to Badrinath (72km) from Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti. En-route, we will also visit Narsimha Temple. After settling in the hotel and having lunch, we will visit Badrinath Temple and have Holy Darshan. After darshan, we will spend our time exploring the Mana Village, the last village before the Tibetan border. We will also have Darshan of Vyas Gupha, Bhim Pul and Saraswati River. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 12: Drive to Srinagar/Dev Prayag
Today, after breakfast, we will drive to Dev Prayag (222km/9 hours), which is a town and a “Nagar Panchayat” in Tehri Garhwal district, in the state of Uttarakhand. Dev Prayag is one of the Pancha Prayags (Five confluences) of the Alakananda River, where the Alakananda and Bhagirathi Ganga rivers meet, and from here take the name Ganga or Holy River Ganges. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel on full board basis.

Day 13: Drive to Rishikesh
After breakfast, we will drive back to Rishikesh. Once again, we will attend the evening Aarti in Rishikesh.
For those who are wishing to experience rafting on the Ganga River, can be arranged (optional). We will spend overnight in the hotel on full board basis.

Day 14: Drive to Delhi
We will drive back to Delhi after breakfast. If time permits, we will explore Akshardham Temple as well. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 15: Depart for onward journey
Karnali Excursions will provide a vehicle for airport transfer.


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Nepal Pilgrimage Tour

Nepal abounds in Holy sites and many of them are little known outside of Nepal. If one references the Vedic literature, especially the Puranas, we find uncountable places associated with the stories of the Rishis and Devattas. Because Nepal is largely composed of the Himalayas, many places require a bit of effort to visit and are just tremendously inspirational by both Vedic association and by the beauty of the Himalayas.

Nepal is divided into two spiritual zones (mandalas). The western zone of the Nepali Himalayas is known as Mukti-Kshetra and the eastern zone (mandala) is known as Pashupat-Kshetra. The origin of the Kali Gandakhi River is in the Mukhti-Kshetra at Damodhara Kunda… The origin of the Trishuli River is at Gosain Kunda in the Pashupat-Kshetra.

These two Holy rivers abound with Holy sites and merge in a confluence at Dev Ghat in the Nepali Terai. Dev Ghat is the ‘Adi-Prayag’. The place where the Devattas go for their Holy Bathing and is also called Hari-Har Kshetra… the place where lord Shiva and Mother Parvati and all their attendant Devotes like to stay and where Lord Vishnu and Mother Laxmi also like to reside. Dev Ghat is the place the Devattas come to take their Holy Bath in relation to Allahabad where the mortals go to take their Holy Bath at the Sangam of the Ganges and the Yamuna Rivers. It should be noted that ALL the holy Rivers of Nepal eventually join merger into the Holy Ganges and are part of the origination of the Ganges.

This is also according to legend the actual place where Mother Sita entered the earth and just across the Kali Gandaki River is the place legend has it that Veda Vyasa composed and organized the Vedas and Puranas. It is in the Kali Gandaki River that the Holy Shaligram Stones are found that are worshiped in every devout Hindu home.

The Himavat Khanda of Skanda Purana lists 64 JyotirLingas as being found in Nepal. In addition there are Vedic references to 8 places of Kumbha Mela found in Nepal in addition to the 4 well known locations in India.

So, if one wishes to explore Nepal, the Holy places are virtually uncountable and as they are not much exposed, they retain their original and unexploited nature.

Depending on the interest, there are so many wonderful T.V. shows and documentaries that could be made about these places.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Janakpur Dham, Valmiki Ashram, Lumbini, Muktinath Temple, Damodar Kund/Kagbhusundi Lake and Manakamana Temple
  • Scenic overland journey
  • Wildlife safari in Chitwan


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