Day 1: Delhi- Haridwar
On arriving at the Delhi airport, you will be met by a Yatra representative and taken in an air-conditioned vehicle to Haridwar, about 230 kilometers from Delhi (approx. 6 hours). Snacks will be served to you onboard. A stop will be made for a late lunch at Khatauli. After arriving at Haridwar, check-in at your pre-booked hotel and relax for sometime. In the evening, an English-speaking host will show you around this spiritual town and take you to the Har-ki-Paudi ghat to witness the ‘aarti’ (ceremony). The aarti takes place at twilight on the holy river Ganges. It is a beautiful ceremony in which a group of priests hold fire bowls in their hands and offer their homage to the river, Lord Shiva, the sun and the universe.Spend a few hours at Har-ki-Paudi - one of the most sacred ghats in India, and watch the tiny earthen oil lamps drift down the Ganges in a display of myriad flickering lights. This ghat is believed to be built by king Vikramaditya in 1st century BC in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari who had come to meditate here on the bank of Ganga. There are many legends associated with this ghat. The ambience of Hari-ki-Paudi brings upon a sense of clam on you. Return to your hotel in Haridwar, enjoy your dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Haridwar – Barkot
After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel in Haridwar, start on your journey to Barkot, about 184 kilometers from Haridwar. It is a very scenic mountain route. Stop by at the roaring Kempty Falls, Lakahamandal – an Archaeological Survey of India protected site (about 5 kilometers from the main road). Further on, visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. After paying your tribute at this shrine, continue on your drive to Barkot. Barkot is a beautiful town nestled in the Rawain Valley of Uttarkashi District on the banks of the Yamuna. The locals of Rawain are very warm and friendly, though they have been cut off from the rest of Garhwal due to its remote location. Their culture is similar yet distinct from the rest of Garhwal; and it is this that makes this area exceptionally interesting. This tour is a great chance to meet the locals, share a meal with them, and learn a thing or two about their culture and heritage. You can take in stunning views of the Banderpunch Range and the little villages speckled on the lower reaches of the surrounding hills. The town is en route to the Yamunotridham.
On arrival, check-in at a pre-booked hotel in Barkot and spend the night. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Today you will travel for about 8 hours before halting for the night in Barkot.
Day 3: Barkot - Jankichatti - Yamunotri - Barkot
After breakfast, set out on a morning drive about 45 kilometers up to Jankichatti. Further on, travel approx. 5 kilometers on foot to Yamunotri. Here you can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the kund (hot water spring). Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as a "Prasad". Near the temple "Pooja" can be offered at DivyaShila, after taking bath in JamunabaiKund's warm water and paying tribute to "Yamunaji". After offering prayers at the shrine, return to Hanumanchatti, and further back to Barkot.Return to your hotel in Barkot and spend the night.
Day 4: Barkot – Uttarkashi
A fortifying breakfast at your hotel in Barkot prepares you for your journey ahead to Uttarkashi, about 120 kilometers away (an approx. 5-hour drive). You will arrive around lunch time in Uttarkashi. Check-in at a pre-booked hotel for your overnight stay. Situated at an elevation of 1158 meters, the picturesque town of Uttarkashi is nestled on the bank of river Bhagirathi. Uttarkashi is home to a many ashrams and temples, and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. It is the land of holiest of pilgrimages of Hindus, the Gangotri and Yamunotri - within the bounds of its land the two holiest rivers of India, Ganga and Yamuna originate. You are at leisure in the evening to stroll around, mingle with the locals, browse the attractions, and take pictures.
Dine at your hotel and spend the night.
Day 5: Uttarkashi – Harsil – Gangotri - Uttarkashi
With packed breakfast leave for Gangotri early in the morning. En route, a stop will be made at Gangnani, a hot water spring. After offering prayers at the shrine and poojadarshan, again pause along the way for lunch at a place of you choice. Post lunch, you will be driven back to Uttarkashi, en route visit Gangnani. Return to your hotel in Uttarkashi and spend the night. Today you will cover about 100 kilometers (approx. 5-hour drive to and fro).
Day 6: Uttarkashi - Guptkashi
Leave early in the morning for almost a day long drive to Guptkashi, about 211 kilometers (approx. 9 hours). En route, halt for breakfast at Charangikhal. This will be one of the most beautiful and scenic drives you have ever experienced. Continue your journey and be prepared for a late lunch at Kirtinagar. On your drive after Charangikhal, you will pass through the Ganges giving way to Tehri Dam (the Electro Hydro Project). With a bit of rest, continue on your way to Guptkashi. On arrival, check-in at a hotel and spend the night.
Day 7: Guptkashi - Kedarnath
Post breakfast, set out on another scenic drive to Gaurikund, and from their join other pilgrims on a 14-kilometer-long trek to Kedarnath. On reaching Kedarnath, you will be met by a representative who will lead you to your hotel and guide you through other logistics at these high altitude destinations. Check-in at the hotel in Kedarnath and relax for sometime, maybe get some sleep after the long arduous trek.
In the evening visit the Kedarnath Temple, attend the pooja ceremony. Pay your tribute at the shrine and spend some time soaking up the peaceful, spiritual atmosphere of the place.
Later, return to your hotel in Kedarnath and spend the night.
Day 8: Kedarnath - Guptkashi
After a fortifying breakfast, begin the 14-kilometer descent on foot to Gaurikund, and further on drive another 38 kilometers to Guptkashi. En route, optional visit can be made at Triyugi Narayan - a sacred place. You will reach Guptkashi in about 3 hours. Check-in at a pre-booked hotel in Guptkashi and spend the night.
Day 9: Guptkashi - Badrinath
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and take off on a morning drive for Badrinath, about 200 kilometers from Guptkashi (approx, 8 hours). En route, you will visit Chopta – a beautiful forest with medicinal plants, affording plentiful views of the Himalayas. On arriving at Badrinath, check-in at the pre-booked hotel and get some rest.
In the evening, visit the Badrinath temple and pay your respects at the shrine. Attend the poojaceremony, see how the local rituals are performed at the temple. After ‘darshan’ (visit to a holy place), you can take a stroll around, photograph the temple, the spine of Himalayas canvassing the horizon, and breathe in the divine ambience of Badrinath.Back to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel
Day 10: Badrinath – Joshimath - Kirtinagar
Tuck into a hearty breakfast, and set out on a drive for about 3 kilometers to the last village of India – Mana Village, and visit the VyasGufa and BhimPul. These are some truly scenic spots with great views of the gushing Ganges, the frosted pinnacles of the Himalayas and some green hills flecked with country houses, lush farms, crystal springs cutting through rocks and a sapphire blue sky. Depart for Joshimath at 1100 hours.
En route, a stop will be made at Vishnu Prayag, the confluence of Dhauli and Alaknanda Rivers. But for the gurgling of the rivers, no sound of any kind catches your ear. The atmosphere is one of sheer peace and tranquility often broken by the twittering of birds or the chatter of monkeys. On arriving at Joshimath, you will visit the Adi Guru Sankarcharya Math. And after lunch proceed to Kirtinagar.
En route, make pauses to enjoy the brilliant scenery of KarnPrayag - the confluence of rivers Pindari and Alaknanda, and Nandprayag – the confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda.
On arrival at Kirtinagar, check-in at a pre-booked hotel and spend the night. Today you will travel about 198 kilometers on road, an approx. 8-hour drive.
Day 11: Kirtinagar - Haridwar
After a sumptuous breakfast, drive to Rishikesh, about 155 kilometers from Kirtinagar (approx. 5 hours). A stop will be made en route to visit Deoprayag – the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers. Arrive in Haridwar and check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Relax for sometime before attending the evening aarti at ParmathNiketanGhat. Spend a few hours on the ghat and watch thousands of earthen lamps float down the Ganges. Quite a mesmerizing sight, this. And brings about a sense of calm on you.
After witnessing the spectacle of fire and water against a colorful sunset sky, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 12: Haridwar - Delhi
After an early breakfast, set out on a nostalgic return journey to Delhi, about 230 kilometers from Haridwar (approx. 6 hours). On arrival you will be dropped at the international airport or any point convenient to you in Delhi for your onward journey.
Brief details of the Destinations:
Haridwar is an astonishing city, located in Uttarakand, India. It is a favorite tourist destinations spots amongst Hindus. The place is well known for its majestic beauty and religious importance. The religions programs and functions organized here not only attract the local tourist, but international customers as well. Har ki Pauri and Chandi Devi shrine are some of the quite famous and well visited places. It is one of the 7 holiest places that are quite often visited by Hindus. Kumba Mela, which is organized once in every 12 years, is a must to see occasions. It is connected with all modes of transportations and the weather is good throughout the year.
Barkot is an enchanting town that is located in Uttarkashi District, of Uttarakhand state in India. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful and historical bank of river Yamuna. It is an ideal place for vacationers and picnickers. This place is bestowed with natural beauty, which will steal your heart. You can easily reach this place through air, road, and railway mode. Some of the places that are close to Barkot are Rishikesh, Dehradun, and Uttarkashi. All these places are well known for their tourist attraction, and offer various fun activities to its visitors. The best climate to visit this place is during winter and rainy season.
Jankichatti is a famous and natural city located in Uttrakhand. On its way you can visit the historical temple of Yamunotri. This place is quite famous for its hot springs and is visited by hundreds of tourists every year. You can enjoy a dip in the hot spring and enjoy the cool and beautiful atmosphere. The water is believed to revitalize your mind and body, especially when you tired of traveling. The common mode of transportation is ponies and dandies. The climate here is cool and pleasant throughout the year. It is undoubtedly a perfect vacationing place.
The beautiful and calm place of Yamunotri is located to the North of Uttarkashi, in Uttarkhand in India. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage places, visited by thousands of Hindus every year and is known to be one of the Char Dhams. It is located on the river of Yamuna and the shrine is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna. The thermal springs that is located in Janki Chatti is another major attraction spots of this place. The weather here is pleasant, and welcomes tourist at anytime of the year. You can reach this place via road, as there is no direct transportation to reach this place.
Uttarkashi, means the Kashi that is located on the North side. It is located in Uttarakhand, India. During your visit to this place, you can plan a stay here in one of the simple ashrams. There are myriad of temples and is known for its mythological importance. It is an ideal place for mountaineering, and is visited by many adventure lovers. Some of the places that you can enjoy visiting here are Dayara Bugyal, Harsil, Sat Tai, and Gangotri. The climate here is pleasant during summer and it is too cold during winter. You can reach the place through air and road mode.
Harsil is a beautiful town located on the banks of River Bhagirathi, in Uttarakand, India. This most visited place for picnickers and is situated at the height of 2,620 meters above the sea level. Apart from the famous temples you can plan your visit to the Gangotri National Park, where you can find a wide range of wild lives. You can have a close look at the Jadhs, a small tribal community that settled here, years ago. It is a perfect place for vacationers who wish to spend some quite time close to nature. The climate throughout the year is pleasant, so you can plan your visit at any time of the year. You can reach this place through private vehicles or buses.
Gangotri, a Hindu pilgrimage place is located on the banks of the famous River Bhagirathi, in the state of Uttarakand, India. Travelers can enjoy the picturesque beauty of Himalayan Range, the place where the holy River Ganga originates from. Bhavishya badri temple is one of the temples that you can never afford to miss upon. Pilgrims have to trek their way out to reach the magnificent spot. You can view the idol of Narsingha, which is treasured here. There is no direct transportation available for the travelers. You can board a flight and bus to reach the main area and then take up the rip through walk.
Guptkashi is a pilgrimage place that is visited by many Hindu devotees of Lord Shiva. This peaceful and beautiful place is located in Uttarakand, India. The devotees can visit magnificent and beautiful temples like Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar, both of them are located on the banks of the river Mandakini. It is at this place where two most holistic and worshiped rivers of Ganga and Yamuna meet each other. The majestic place has special importance and has close connections with the epics of Mahabharta. The climate is cold, as it is located on the Northern Himalayan. Though there is no direct mode of transportation to reach this place, you can avail the benefits of buses and others.
Kedarnath is a Hindu pilgrimage shrine that is located in Uttarakhand. This place has maximum number of pilgrimages who visit this place, every year. This beautiful temple is located on Himalayas. The visitors can also enjoy the view of the river Mandakini, and the snow-capped mountain peaks. It is considered to be one of the Char Dhams , which has relevance in Hindu culture. Lord Shiva is worshiped here, in this shrine. The shrine has been named in the honor of King Kedar, a famous rule of Satya Yuga. The only way to reach the temple is through walk. The climate is too cold, and visitors are allowed to visit the shrine from May to October. The place is well connected with buses, and private transportation.
Badrinath, also known as badrinarayan temple is one of the major tourist attractions, which is situated on the banks of Alakananda river in Uttarakhand, India. The holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is known to be Vedic Supreme God. Badrinath temple is one of the main tourist attraction places, which is visited by many Hindus. The history of this temple is quite interesting to know and the temple has undergone many changes. For Hindus it is one of the Char Dhams, which they wish to visit at least once in their lifetime.
It is well connected with through air, railway, and road ways. The temperature is too cold,
during winter and summer is moderate.
Delhi is the capital city of India, which is one of the fastest growing economic nations of the world. You can visit various monuments, palaces, and political buildings here. Tourist will never miss upon the opportunity to visit the great and historical Red Fort that was constructed in the year 1639AD. For art lovers, Lotus temple is one of the best places to visit. They can explore the beautifully crafted artistic buildings, something that is worth watching. Qutab Minar, ISKON temple, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, and Jama Mashid are some of the places that reveal the true beauty of the country. The city is equipped with fast and quick transportations. The city experiences humid subtropical climate, where the summer are long and extreme hot.