Do Dham - Badri Kedar

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Guptkashi – Badrinath – Kedarnath – Haridwar - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International flight.
After clearing the customs and immigration formalities, proceed towards the arrival hall, where you will be met by our Representative and accorded a traditional Indian Welcome, assistance and a transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Delhi is a city that defies a one-line description as the capital of India or as the capital of the world's largest democracy. Actually, Delhi is India in miniature; it is 3,287,263 sq. km of India's fantastic variety compressed into 1,483 sq. km.  Over the millennia, it has wooed rulers, attracted plunderers, and provided historians with so many details. Today, even as it preserves an enviable heritage, Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city, always on the move. Delhi remains the centre of power.  Once it was a city of royal power. Then it became the seat of colonial power. Later it was the seat of bureaucratic power. The seat of political power it has always been. Today it is emerging as an important centre for corporate power too. However, the most fascinating aspect of this city is its cosmopolitan nature.

Rest of day free to relax at the hotel
Overnight in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi

Morning tour of Old Delhi – also known as Mughal Delhi. This includes the visit of the Red Fort – Shah Jehan's elegent citadel in red sandstone and the Jumma Masjid – India's largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. A walk through the narrow lanes where time seems to have stood still will give you a first-hand view of the merchants, the little food and artifact stalls and the teeming population, busy in their daily activities. Thereafter, proceed to Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.

Afternoon city tour of New Delhi, also known as Lutyen's Delhi –visiting the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the       4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. Also visit the Tomb of Humayun - a magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble and one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.  Also visit India Gate, a memorial of the First World War and drive along the road that leads from there to the Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the residence of the President of India which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 03: Delhi – Haridwar (By Train) – Rishikesh (25 kms/1 hour)

Morning transfer to the railway station at 0650 hrs to board the train to Haridwar. Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirathi performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirathi, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual. . Upon arrival at 1150 hrs, drive to Rishikesh and check in to hotel.

Take a holy bath in Ganges, Later visit Laxman Jhoola, a suspension bridge across the Ganga which spans the river along the old foot route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath.  Visit ashrams and temples at Muni-ki-reti.
In the evening visit Ram Jhoola Bridge, various Ghats for Spiritual chat and Ganga Arati in the river
Overnight in Rishikesh

Day 04: Rishikesh - Guptkashi (220 Kms Drive 07-08 Hrs)

Morning drive to Guptkashi, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. On arrival Guptkashi check in at our tented accommodation. Evening visit Kashi Vishwnath and Ardh Narishwar Mandir.
Guptakashi : is located in the Northern Himalayan belt within the Mandakini river valley, which has lush green forests. A number of streams and rivulets drain into the main Mandakini River. It has salubrious climate with its elevation being around 1,319 meters (4,330 ft). The snow sparkling view of the Chaukhamba peak is a lovely sight to behold in the morning hours from here. The valley has large magnolia trees (locally called Champa) that provide a sweet scented atmosphere to the place.
Overnight in Guptkashi

Day 05: Guptakashi - Kedarnath (Drive 32 Kms, Trek 14 Kms )

Morning drive to Gaurikund (32 kms drive-one way). On arrival Gaurikund start your journey on the tough Trek ahead. On arrival check in to the Hotel / Guest Houses. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the Temple.

Kedarnath : is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
Overnight in Kedarnath

Day 06: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (Trek 14 Kms/Drive 77 Kms)

Early Morning Pooja and darshan at the Temple, Morning start trek down to Gaurikund, on arrival meet with driver and leave for Rudraprayag, on arrival Rudraprayag check in at hotel.
Overnight in Rudraprayag

Day 07: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (136 Kms, 4 hrs)

Morning leave for Shri Badrinath Ji. Enroute visit Narsingh Temple, and Adi Sankracharya Samadhi at Joshimath, than drive to Badrinath On arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, Byas Gufa, Bheem Pul, Saraswati River.

Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.

Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered

Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.

Bhim Pul : 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 thunderingdown through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.

Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Overnight in Badrinath

Day 08: Badrinath – Rudrapryag (132 Kms)

Morning drive to Rudrapraya. On arrival check-in at hotel.

Rudraprayag : It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
Temples: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).
Overnight in Rudraprayag

Day 09: Rudrapryag - Rishikesh (132 Kms)

Morning drive to Rishikesh en-route visit Devprayag. Later drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh - set along the right bank of the Ganga, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream, Rishikesh is one of the best located pilgrimages along the Ganga.  There is peace and solemnity in the atmosphere.  No wonder then that saints and sages come here to commune with God.  According to legend, in times long past, a sage Raibhya Rishi, did hard penance to please God. Satisfied by his devotion God appeared before the Rishi here as Hrishikesh which is how the place got its name.  Today, Rishikesh is a centre of yoga and meditation. Upon arrival checks in at the hotel.

Day you can spent visiting around Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula or relaxing on the bank (beach) of Ganges.
Overnight in Rishikesh

Day 11: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi (by train)

The main focus of activity is along the Ganga and on the bathing ghats. Har-ki Pauri is the main ghat, with bridges and walkways connecting smaller islands in the river. Later on board a train for Delhi at 1730 hrs. Arrive Delhi at 2240 hrs, assistance upon arrival and we will take you to an airport hotel where you can use lobby level facility with a 24 hrs running coffee shop. In time drive to International airport to board flight back to home.

Day 12: Depart Delhi

Fly back to home