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PlanHaridwar - Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hrs drive one way) Height: 1319 MTS.
Arrive at Haridwar Railway Station, meet and assistance followed by drive to Guptkashi.
Guptakashi:-The name GuptKashi means "Hidden Kashi”. 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. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (priests) live in Guptkashi during the winter months, and after th e Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through GuptKashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.
On arrival at Guptakashi, check-in to the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Guptkashi – Kedarnath (35 kms / 1 ½ hrs & 18 kms trek – on way) Heights: 3584 MTS
Early morning after early breakfast, drive to Sonprayag. Upon arrival in Sonprayag, take a local jeep to Gaurikund and start your trek to Kedarnath. (Outside Vehicles are not allowed beyond Sonprayag).
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. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as PanchKedar.
On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Guptakashi – Badrinath (220 kms/ 9-10 hrs) Heights: 3133 MTS
Morning after breakfast, drive to Badrinath. Check in to the hotel arrival in Badrinath. Pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in evening. Brahamakapal is significant for PinddanShraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There is other interesting sightseeing spot like Mana, VyasGufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Just within the 3 kms of Badrinath ji.
Badrinath ji, is one of the 'Ancient Four Dhams' and one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name "Badri van", meaning "forest of berries".
TaptKund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bath before entering the Badrinath temple.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Vasundhara: As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent waterfall. This place is 5 kms. From Badrinath out of which 2 kms. Is motorable up to Mana.
BhimPul : On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to h ave been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
VyasGufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Badrinath- Joshimath – Rudraprayag (160 kms/7-8 hrs) Heights: 895 MTS
Morning after breakfast, driver for Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Visit on the way Narsingh Temple in Joshimath later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath.
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by AdiShankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of NarSingh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist, and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.
Continue drive to Rudraprayag..
Rudraprayag, is one of the PanchPrayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River. It is confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag.
On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Rudraprayag – Rishikesh - Haridwar (165 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar via Rishikesh – the capital city of Yoga.
Rishikesh is one of the holy cities of India, the capital of yoga, a totally vegetarian city. About 26 Kms from Haridwar. Located in the lower Himalayan overlays, and surrounded by the scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Ganga saint crossing it. The whole place is considered sacred while it is believed that meditation at this place leads to the fulfillment of salvation. At Rishikesh, the holy reiver Ganga.
Visit: Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Geeta Bhwan, Tera Mazil Temple. Pool Chatti Ashram.
Continue drive to Haridwar …
Upon arrival followed by transfer to Railway Station to board their onward connection.
- 04 Nights’ accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis at above mentioned above or similar.
- Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner at hotels (Veg only)
- AC Transportation as per program. (Ex-Haridwar) (AC will not be operational during hill drives)
- Using AC Sedan Car (for 01-03 pax)
- Using AC Innova (04-06 Pax)
- Using AC Tempo (07-12 Pax)
- Using AC Mini Coach (13-25 Pax)
- Toll tax, parking charges and driver allowance.
- Any air fare or train fare.
- 5% GST on package / total bill amount.
- Any helicopter fares to visit Kedarnath. (Supplement for Helicopter quoted above separately)
- Any meals other than those specified in programme
- Any Guide services during the tour (Supplement can be quoted on request)
- Any VIP Darshan charges or special arrangement in temples or entrance fees during sightseeing.
- Any claim due to natural calamity, medical emergencies, or evacuation.
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, medication etc.
- Portages, Pooja, Ponies, Dolis during trekking
- Cable car charges in Haridwar.
- Any cost incurs due to change in programme due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Any other item not specified in 'cost includes'.
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