Char Dham are the four sacred sites or abodes which are sacred and Hindus should pay visit to. They are located in the four corners of India. But visiting each of these may not be possible or practical. But visiting the Char Dham of Himalayas is as sacred, as important, and extremely easy as well as practical. The right Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi will take you to the land of Himalayas that is so surreal that the moment you land there, you are transported to another world.
The Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi is the best gift you can give to yourself.
Haridwar as the actual beginning of Chardham yatra 2020
Whether you go to Dehradun or Rishikesh, you have to reach Haridwar from there to start the next leg of this journey. You may decide to go straight to Haridwar or via the above mentioned places. Har aka Lord Shiva and Hari aka Lord Vishnu both are equally sacred and dear to Hindus. Interestingly Haridwar or Hardwar is abode to both these deities. Equally important for Vaishnavites and Shaivites, this place is also sacred do those who worship Shakti. Starting from Delhi, heart of India, and then coming to abode of Har and Hari, you begin this Yatra on the most auspicious note.
This Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi takes one through the most splendid sites of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Whether you travel to seek Moksha or liberation, or to seek answers to questions inside, or to simply experience nature in its magnificence, one thing is for sure, this journey will end on a happy note for each of you.
Start from Haridwar
From Delhi, we come to Haridwar. From this abode of Har and Hari, we will move forward. But let’s visit some of the many holy sites of this vibrant and colourful city. This place is also the Gangadwar because Lord Shiva released Goddess Ganga here to enter the Gangetic plains. Who will not know about how Amrita(divine nectar) was produced during churning of oceans known as Samudra Manthan? Devas and Asuras were involved in Samudra Manthan, and Amrita came out amongst many other things. Few drops of Amrita fell on earth.
Why is Haridwar among the holiest places for Hindus?
The places where these drops fell are today known by names of Haridwar, Nashik, Prayag, and Ujjain. Kumbha Mela held at these places marks this important occasion. Held every 12 years in Haridwar, this fair is visited by people of all ethnicities, religion, and cultures. Who can come to Haridwar and not notice how different times are preserved in this city where new and old exist together in perfect harmony. Haridwar has so many sacred spots that selecting few is a difficult task. We introduce you to some popular and some not so popular now but the ones which have historical as well as religious significance.
Har ki Pauri/Gangadwar
Everyone who has been attracted by the spectacular views of Aarti in Haridwar knows that the most beautiful Aarti scenes can be witnessed at Har ki Pauri. Har ki Pauri also has Brahma Kund, which as mentioned earlier, is the place where drops of Amrita fell when the kalash was being carried away.
Chandi Devi Mandir
This is an ancient temple built by King Suchat Singh in 1929 when he was King of Kashmir. Although he built the main building, it was Shankaracharya who initiated the idol of Devi here in eighth century. To reach this Siddha Peetha, one has to take udan khatola as it is situated on the hill top.
Mansa Devi temple
For those seeking wish fulfilments, it is a great place to visit as Mansa means wish. And the reigning deity here fulfils wishes of those who come here. Mansa Devi is believed to be daughter of Shiva when he incarnated in human form. This is also one of the Siddha Peethas.
Maya Devi Mandir
Talking of Siddha Peethas, this is also one. Also revered as a Shaktipeetha because it was here that navel and heart of Devi Sati fell. Idol is that of Shakti in her full glory and force with three heads and four arms.
Kankhal and Daksha Mahadev Temple
Kankhal was even more famous than Haridwar during the ancient period. It was here that Devi Sati’s father held the famous Yajna. Daksha Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kankhal is amongst the five most sacred sites in Haridwar district. Devi Sati immolated herself here to show her pain and displeasure towards her father for not inviting her husband- Lord Shiva to the Yajna. When Daksha sought forgiveness, Shiva agreed to stay there during Savan. During Savan, devotees throng to this place for worship and visit the ghat too.
Maa Anandmayi’s ashram is also in Kankhal. She is amongst the most advanced of Indian spiritual masters. Lot of people come here for inspiration and inner guidance.
Sapta Rishi Ashram
This is a place where in ancient times stayed the Sapta Rishis or the seven great sages. It is said that Ganga branched off into seven currents at this place.
This is a world renowned Ashram and a perfect place to come and meditate. Set up in 1971, this place is trying to revive the ancient spiritual tradition and bring it to the world.
For those wanting to see the varied wildlife and get elephant ride, Chilla wildlife sanctuary is a must visit. Many different animal and bird species can be seen here. For those who are attracted to Ghats, they can also visit Vishnu Ghat, Birla Ghat, Gay Ghar, Kushavarta Ghat, etc. There are some other interesting places like Vaishno Devi temple, Swami Vivekananda Park, Bara Bazaar, Bharat Mata Mandir, local markets, Fun valley water park, etc. There is too much to experience during Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi.
Awaited Beginning: Char Dham
Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi begins when one leaves from Haridwar to reach the first shrine of Yamunotri. All major sects of Hinsuism vis a vis. Shakti sect, Shaivism, Vaishnavism are covered with this route covering shrines of all these sects. Pilgrimage to this circuit is considered to help travellers attain Moksha. Many believe that cycle of Karma has to be completed but this Yatra changes one inside and helps one attain liberation from this cycle because of internal purification that results from it. Ready to begin? Read more here, know more, and you won’t be able to hold yourself back from this Yatra. We will be glad to help you plan the travel and complete this journey safely, happily and satisfactorily.
The first: Yamunotri Dham
As we begin in a clockwise direction, this is the land where we will set our foot first. This is a Shakti site dedicated to the reigning deity Goddess Yamuna. Many would already know that Yamuna is sister of Lord Yama, and daughter of Surya, the Sun God.
This temple has faced the elements of nature which have caused repeated destruction. The present complex has been built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in 19th century. It was originally built by Maharaj Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal along the river Yamuna. You can’t miss the high vibrations here. Rice Prasad distributed here is cooked in the hot springs surrounding the temple which have properties to heal.
Temple located at a height of 3293 metres above sea level has beautiful forests and peaks lending it a surreal backdrop. River Yamuna which you see here originates from Yamunotri glacier which is at a great height. This is the second largest Indian River.
Journey to this beautiful sacred shrine involves 6 km trek from Janki Chatti. This is a beautiful trek which goes through a narrow path. Those who find it difficult to walk can take a pony. Come for this life changing experience and also visit Hanuman Chatti, Surya Kund, Janaki Chatti, Sapta Rishi kund, among other places of significance here. Plan in advance with experienced people like us as the shrine is accessible only for few months every year.
Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi next sacred site is Gangotri Dham located at a height of 3100 metres. Yogis have come to this place since times immemorial in search of the ultimate truth. It is a known fact that places like these with their high energy help the efforts of those who seek to find out who they are. From Gaumukh Glacier, river Ganga or Ganges as westerners call it gushes forth making its way through mountains.
This shrine too is a Shakti site in reverence to Goddess Ganga. Gaumukh Glacier lies far ahead around 19 Kms away. Ganga gets its name in Devprayag when Bhagirathi and Alaknanda join each other. Here at Gangotri it is still called Bhagirathi. During the month of April or May falls the Spring festival of Akshaya Tritiya. It is on this auspicious day that the shrine is opened for Darshan to the people. Bhai duuj which falls in October or November is the day when temple gates are closed again to open next year. During the time when gates are closed to when they will reopen, natural elements don’t usually allow people to travel to this side due to snow and extreme cold. Nature has its way of protecting and nourishing itself.
The history of the holiest mother Ganga
Let’s tell you why Ganga is called Bhagirathi here. We all know about the great King Bhagirath. It was he who prayed to the Goddess to come down on earth for its inhabitants. Goddess Ganga listened to his prayers but couldn’t just land like that else her force would wreak havoc. To save the situation, Lord Shiva wore her on his locks and released her lessening her force. The present shrine that one sees today was constructed by Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in the eighteenth century.
From where the Ganga flows
Unlike in the plains below, water is clear and pure here. One can fill the holy water in cans that are available in shops around the complex, and take home for the holy rituals. Beautiful diversity of flora and fauna can be seen here. Experience the sound and sight of the mighty rives falling into a deep ravine by going to Surya Kund. Experience what sages experience and may be you too can meditate for a while. Dip into the cold pristine waters, inhale the pure air while exhaling all that is artificial in this world, and behold the sights to remember the beauty this world holds. Make sure to never litter in the Himalayas since these are pristine areas and a cultural heritage.
Move forward: Kedarnath Dham
Next ahead on Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi is the blessed land and shrine of Kedarnath. It is the holiest of holy shrines established in reverence to Lord Shiva and his presence here. From Rishikesh, the distance is approximate 223 kilometres. All Panch Kedars dedicated to Shiva are in Uttarakhand and Kedarnath is one of these. It is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and hence is a highly revered shrine.
The greatest reward is often the furthest
As far as its location goes, it is remotest of all shrines in Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. As with the other three shrines, gates to the temple are closed in winters because of extreme weather. Come here for a once in a lifetime experience where you witness the ancient temple with beautiful architecture against the lofty standing snow capped mountains which seem like elders watching over the place and all those who come here.
For reaching here, the base is at Gaurikund. A helicopter ride is the most convenient way to reach here at present. Remember that from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, journey is continuous with no stops to spend the night on the way. Either go for a trek or hire pony or a porter to reach the main shrine. For these temperatures and altitude one needs to be prepared well. A guide for the same is given on the site. Do read it and get yourself ready for the journey before actually embarking on it. Leave the planning part to our expert team.
Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi: The real spiritual side
You will come across Yogis, naked or clothed, absorbed in meditation, unaware of their surroundings. Watch how they have overcome the illusion of Maya to become one with the eternal. Let this journey help you embark on a higher path. You may come for non-spiritual reasons too. Beauty and truth are beyond reasoning. Every traveller will find plenty to cherish.
Pandavas built this shrine when they came here to repent for killing their kith and kin. Adi Shankaracharya constructed the present structure. He left his mortal body at this place. You can visit other places around Kedarnath temple like Chorabari Tal, Chopta, Gaurikund, Tunganath, Ukhimath, etc.
Fourth Shrine: Badrinath Dham
BadriNath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is thus a Vaishnava site, located at a height of 3133 metres above sea level. The reigning deity is a Swayam Vyakta Kshetras or self manifested deity and there are eight such Vishnu statues around the world including this one. There are many different accounts and significant stories that tell of the importance of this place.
Badrinath Dham: The History
The name comes from the berry/Badri trees found here in abundance. When the benevolent Lord Vishnu liked this place and sat in meditation, Goddess Lakshmi took the form of Badri tree so as to protect her Lord from the strong rays of Sun.
Another tale of Nar and Narayan, the human forms of Lord Vishnu. They were highly spiritual and sought a place for establishing a hermitage and to spread their message. Thus they found this place and established the centre here.
Like other shrines in Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi, this temple too remains open between April/May to October/November as weather permits the journey during these months only. This place has an interesting tradition where the head priest does not come from Uttarakhand. Instead he comes from Kerala’s Nambudri Brahmin sect.
The shrine has three sections and beautiful carvings. Sanctum sanctorium has black stone idol form of Lord Vishnu. The temple presents a beautiful, enchanting view along the river Alaknanda which is in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. You can also see hot water springs in Tapta Kund and experience its healing properties.
This Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi is one that all those who seek something beyond ordinary must undertake. Whether you wish to experience the magic of nature or want to soak in the spiritual energy or wish to experience something away from ordinary life, undertake this journey.
As these places and shrines are all located a very high altitude among mountains, there are some preparations you will have to make. We have a guide on the site to help you completely with the same. Let us help you plan a safe and satisfying journey for you and/or your dear ones.
Our schedule is to leave from Delhi in the morning and be in Haridwar around lunch time. If we reach early, you can visit Mansa Devi temple, Chandi devi temple and witness the majestic Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. You can visit the famous food stalls that serve lip smacking street food and begin your Chardham Yatra package. Rest for the night and prepare for the journey ahead tomorrow.
Start the early morning drive from Haridwar and go through the beautiful hills of Mussoorie. You can take a few stops on the way and see the Kempty falls near mussoorie. We should reach Barkot before evening so that we can visit the unique old markets of the Himalayan town. You can explore the place and rest for tomorrows journey.
Wake up early and go to Janki Chatti. The drive will take us through Hanuman chatti and Phool chatti. It is at Janki Chatti where the drive begins. It is a 6 km trek to Yamunotri ji. You can do this on foot or you can hire a pony at your own cost. Once you visit the temple, you can take a dip in the tapt kund and complete the darshan and pooja. You can start the trek down and reach Janki Chatti, then drive to Barkot and spend the night there.
According to schedule, we will drive early towards Uttarkashi. It is an old temple town located on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi river. It is famous for the Vishwanath temple. We will cross the town and drive ahead for Harsil which is famous for its apple orchards and heavenly views. We will spend the night at one of these three places (Harsil/Jhala/Sukki) according to the time we reach.
Wake up early and drive for Gangotri Dham. The roads are nice and it is an easy walk to the temple. Here at the banks of the river you can perform pooja and even take a dip. You will then go for Gangotri Dham darshan and drive to Uttarkashi. Here we will enjoy the evening markets and stay overnight in a hotel.
This day we will venture to new locations and explore different views and valleys. This drive takes us to Guptakashi through many towns and villages. We will take the Chaurangi Khal-Ghansali-Chirbatiya-Tilwada route. We will reach Guptakashi by evening and visit the great Vishwanath Mandir and Ardha nareshwar mandir. After an early dinner, overnight in hotel.
Early morning drive takes us to Gaurikund from Guptkashi. From here we will start the journey to Kedarnath ji. It is a 19 km trek and you can also hire a pony/porter to take at your own cost.
After darshan, you can witness the grandeur of the place and enjoy the immense peace that this place withholds within itself.
If you take a helicopter ride (not included in package), you can come back to Guptkashi on the same day and save one day.
After breakfast, we will start the trek back to Guptkashi. We have no hurry to reach so you can enjoy the beauty of nature at your own pace. Reach Guptkashi by evening and overnight in hotel.
Just like everyday, we start early. Today we are going to Badrinath dham. We will cross the temple town of Joshimath where you can visit the Samadhi of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Once we have reached Badrinath we will check into a hotel and then explore. If we have time, you can take a dip in the tapta kund and relieve yourself of all the tiredness of the journey. If time permits, go for darshan of Shri Badri Vishal. Overnight in hotel.
This is the day we have kept for ourselves. We will take our time and visit Badrinath Ji with complete devotion. After that we have the time to explore around and visit the last village of India, which is called Mana. If you are up for it, you can do a short 5 km trek to Vasudhara falls. At Mana, you can have tea and Maggie at the last tea shop of India. Here you can see the Bheema shila or Bheema Pul from where the Pandavas are said to have crossed over on their way to heaven. This is where the Saraswati river appears and disappears into the earth with full force. After a full day of adventure and exploration, we will enjoy a wholesome dinner.
Today we are heading back after breakfast towards the holy town of Rudraprayag. We will get to witness the holy prayags or confluence of different Himalayan rivers. We will go through Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag and Karnaprayag where we will see rivers Mandakini, Alaknanda and Pindar. We will reach Rudraprayag and spend the night in a hotel.
Today we will return to the holy place from where we started our Chardham yatra package from Delhi. We are going to drive to Haridwar. We will take a stop at the holiest confluence where the holy Ganga comes into being. This is Devprayag or the confluence of the gods. This is where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet. We will reach Haridwar by evening and explore the vibrant markets while enjoying the best food.
This is the day when we conclude our grand Chardham Yatra package from Delhi. We will drive from Haridwar to Delhi and reach Delhi by evening.
Your Chardham Yatra Package from Delhi ends here.