Do Dham Yatra (Kedarnath and Badrinath) - 8 Days

Destinations Covered in Do Dham Yatra:

Haridwar, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Gaurikund, Badrinath, Joshimath, Auli.

  • Haridwar: Haridwar is the gateway to the Char Dham Yatra (The pilgrimage to the four most important Hindu pilgrimage destinations in the state of Uttarakhand). Haridwar is also home to the famous Kumbh Mela held every twelve years, during which millions of visitors arrive in this important temple town for one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Haridwar is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges and is a major religious and spiritual destination in India. You may like to take a holy dip in the river Ganges at any of the numerous Ghats on the bank of river Ganges before you start your Char Dham Yatra. Another must-do activity in the temple city is to watch the Ganga Aarati, held every evening during which devotional prayers are held for the river Ganges, as per the ancient Hindu religious traditions !!
  • Guptkashi: Guptkashi is an important religious town situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 1319 meters above sea level. The town, located on a ridge on Mandakini River Valley, is home to some of the most significant and ancient Hindu temples including the temples of Vishwanath and Ardhnarishwar. Guptkashi is situated around 47 kilometers before the Kedarnath shrine and the town of Gaurikund from where the 18-kilometer trek to Kedarnath shrine starts is situated around 34 kilometers ahead of Guptkashi.
  • Kedarnath: Kedarnath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and one of the Dhams under the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is an ancient temple built by Adi Shankaracharya and the main temple is more than a thousand years old. It is situated amidst the stunning snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the Rudraprayag District. Situated at an altitude of 3583 meters above sea level the shrine is located at the highest altitude among all the four shrines under Char Dham Yatra. The shrine is not connected to the road and one needs to take an 18 kilometers trek, starting from the town of Gaurikund, to reach the Kedarnath shrine. It is situated near the origin of the holy river Mandakini in the Garhwal Himalayas. Behind the shrine, there are several majestic Himalayan peaks including Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters), Kedar Dome (6,831 meters), and many other snow-capped peaks.
  • Gaurikund: Gaurikund is the base camp for the Kedarnath trek, situated at an altitude of 1,982 meters in the district of Rudraprayag. The town, situated in the Garhwal Himalaya is named after Gauri, wife of Lord Shiva, who did her penance here to win Shiva as her husband. It is also the place where Shiva finally accepted the proposal of Gauri. The village is famous for hot water springs and a temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri.
  • Badrinath: Badrinath is not only one of the major Dhams of Char Dhams of Uttarakhand, but also a Dham of the original Char Dhams under Hindu tradition, with Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka being the other three Dhams. Situated between the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is a major Hindu pilgrimage destination in South Asia. Located at an altitude of 3515 meters it offers a mesmerising view of Neelkunth peak. The temple was re-established as a major Hindu pilgrimage site by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th
  • Joshimath: Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is one of the four original Matha, established by Adi Shankaracharya. Located in the Greater Himalayas, at an altitude of 1875 meters from sea level, in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand, the town is the base camp for many major tourist attractions including Badrinath shrine, Hemkund Sahib, and Valley of Flowers National Park. It is also a hub of different types of adventure activities including trekking, rock climbing, skiing, bird watching, and many more. It is connected to the major ski destination of Auli through the highest cable car in Asia. The other major attractions in Joshimath are Kalpavriksha and Narsing temple.
  • Auli: Auli is renowned for its fascinating ski resorts and stunning panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Located at an altitude of 2,800 meters in the district of Chamoli in the mountain state of Uttrakhand, it has become a major tourist attraction because of its slopes which offers skiing opportunities to both the professional and amateur skiers. It is connected to the major township of Joshimath through a 4-kilometer long high altitude cable car.

Overview

The Do Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is a major Hindu pilgrimage circuit and shorter version of the popular Char Dham Yatra to major pilgrimage destinations in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The circuit consists of two major Hindu pilgrimage destinations or abodes, i.e. Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Badrinath is not only one of the major Dhams under Char Dhams of Uttarakhand, but also a Dham (abode) of the original larger Char Dhams under Hindu tradition, with  Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka being the other three Dhams.

Both of these pilgrimage sites are nestled amongst the higher Himalayan Mountains, with an average altitude of 3500 meters above sea level.

The pilgrimage traditionally begins from the West and ends in the East, thus Kedarnath becomes the first Dham to commence the pilgrimage of two Dhams, and ends at Badrinath, Badrinath Dham being the eastern destination.

Each of these two shrines is devoted to a specific Hindu deity. The reigning deity of Kedarnath shrine is Lord Shiva and the shrine of Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Two major Hindu Pilgrimage Dhams of Uttarakhand (Kedarnath and Badrinath)
  • Visit Auli , the major ski resort in India and one of the hidden jewel of Uttarakhand.
  • Experience the highest cable car in Asia connecting Joshimath to Auli
  • Experience more than 7 tourist destinations with altitude range of 600 metres to more than 3500 metres .
  • Experience Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi to Haridwar

Leave Delhi early in the morning for a half-day drive to Haridwar. Evening visits to the temple at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar and Ganga Artidarshan.
Return to the hotel for overnight rest.

Day 2
Haridwar to Guptkashi

Drive to Guptkashi in the morning post breakfast. Visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Guptkashi.

Day 3
Guptkashi to Gaurikund to Kedarnath

Wake up early morning for a drive to Gaurikund. From Gaurikund you need to take a trek of around 17 kilometers to reach Kedarnath, the third shrine of the Char Dham Yatra. After performing your worship and religious rituals return to the hotel. Overnight rest in Hotel.

Day 4
Kedarnath to Gaurikund and travel to Guptkashi

You may want to have morning worship at the Kedarnath shrine. After worship, trek back to Gaurikund and drive to Guptkashi from Gaurikund. Overnight rest at the hotel in Guptkashi.

Day 5
Guptkashi to Badrinath

After breakfast travel to Badrinath from Guptkashi. A brief stopover at Chopta to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Himalayan peaks and meadows. Local sightseeing to Mana village, Ganesh Gufa, and Vyas Gufa after reaching Badrinath. Overnight rest in the hotel at Badrinath.

Day 6
Badrinath to Joshimath

Wake up early morning to visit the fourth and last Dham of Badrinath, in the Char Dham Yatra. Take a holy dip in Suryakund or Taptkund before visiting Badrinath for your worship and religious rituals. Drive to Joshimath post breakfast. Visit Auli post-lunch at Joshimath. Overnight rest at the hotel in Joshimath.

Day 7
Joshimath to Haridwar

Travel to Haridwar from Joshimath. The long drive will offer you some of the most stunning Himalayan landscapes to admire and to make memories. Night stay at Haridwar.

Day 8
Haridwar to Delhi

Travel back to Delhi after breakfast in the hotel.

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Do Dham Yatra (Kedarnath and Badrinath)