Ganga Aarti - Rishikesh





Heritage Chardham Tour
Duration :

14 nights/ 15 days

Highlights :

Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Hanumanchatti - Yamunatri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Rudraprayag - Gaurikund Kedarnath - karanprayag - Nandprayag - Badrinath - Joshimath

Detailed Itenerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi/Rishikesh ( 225 kms 5/6hrs )
After early breakfast, leave Delhi for Rishikesh 'The City of Nirvana'. Upon arrival Rishikesh check-in at hotel. Rishikesh is the most popular spiritual town in the Himalays, on the bank of the holy riger Ganga. Unlike other Indian holy cities, it offers a profound spiritual expedition of both body and mind. Afternoon tour of the city which include Laxman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Swargashram, Bharat Mandir, Geeta Bhavan and Triveni Ghat where the evening becomes solemn and gets spectacular with "Sandhya Ganga Aarti" scenes which one must not miss. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: In Rishikesh
After breakfast, visit Shivananda Ashram. Afternoon visit Anandamayi Ma's samadhi in Kankhal, near Haridwar. Thereafter visit Haridwar (25 kms from Rishikesh) by road. The name Haridwar "Door of Vishnu" dates from about 1400 yrs. It is where legend has placed Vishnu'sfootprint on the bank of the holy river giving it its sanctity. One of the 7 holyCties of Hinduism, in Haridwar every 12th year The Kumbh Mela is held and every 6 years Ardha Kumbh. Visit Mansa Devi Temple & Hari-ki-Pauri, the place where Vishnu is believed to have left his footprint. Part of the Gangahas been diverted here and this later becomes the canal. Bathing here is believed to cleanse all sins. One can also offers rituals here at the ghat. Later in the evening visit to Har-ki-Paori - the sacred Ghat to witness the "Ganga Arti". After Arti return back to Riskikesh for Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Rishikesh/Ranachatti
After breakfast, leave Rishikesh by car at 0730 hrs. for Ranachatti. Aarrive Ranachatti by 1500 hrs.& check-in at Hotel Chauhan Tourist Lodge. Ranachatti, 18 kms. before Yamunotri, is a scenic spot on the banks of river Yamuna and is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna rivers.Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Ranachatti/Yamunatri/Ranachatti (06 kms trek ).
After breakfast leave Ranachatti by road & Trek (6 kms. trek). Arrive Yamunatri & visit the temples. The temple of Yamunotri falls on the left bank and was originally constructed by Maharaj Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Near the temple are three hot springs. The most important, Surya Kund, is a tank full of boiling water into which rice and potatoes are dipped to be cooked and taken as "prasad". Near the Kund, a rock slab, the "Divya Shila" is worshipped before puja is offered to the black marble idol of Yamuna. The shrine of Yamunotri is one of the "four dhams" of Uttaranchal .The source of Yamuna lies above 1 km. ahead at an altitude of about 4421 meters. Ater visiting Yamunatri, return back to Ranachatti by Trek and Car and back to the hotel by 1700 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Ranachatti /Uttarkashi (120 kms. 5 hrs.)
After breakfast, leave Ranachati at 0730 hrs.for Uttarkashi. On arrival Uttarkashi around 1400 hrs., check-in at Hotel Akash Ganga/Tourist Lodge. Uttarkashi is an important pilgrimage centre equated with Varanasi or Kashi in divinity. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Uttarkashi/ Gangotri/Dharoli
After early breakfast leave Uttarkashi for Gangotri (100 kms.3/4 hrs.) - the source of river Bhagirathi is one of the most pious Hindu pilgrimage. Visit the temple of Gangotri. As the legend goes, Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that Goddes Ganga first descended to earth from Heaven, at this stone. Also visit submerged Shivling. Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his meted locks. Thereafter drive to Dharoli ( 17 kms.45 mnts.) and check-in at Hotel Shivalik/Tourist Bungalow. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Dharoli/Rudraprayag (250 kms. & 7 hrs.)
After breakfast leave Dharuli for Radurapraya& on arrival check-in at Hotel Shangrila/Tourist Bungaloe. Evening visit Raduraprayag situated at the confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini rivers. Overnight hotel.

Day 09: Rudraprayag/Gaurikund/Kedarnath
After breakfast leave Rudraprayag for Gaurikund (75 kms.3 hrs.). Gaurikund is the base for trek to Kedarnath. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs. Leave Gaurikund for Kedarnath by Trek ( 14 kms.) around 2 PM. Arrive Kedanath by 5 PM & check at Hotel Punjab Sindh/Himachal House. Evening visit Kedarnath Shrine, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated against backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passion & love. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Kedarnath/Gaurikund/Rudraprayag
After breakfast, leave Kedarnath by 8 AM for return journey to Rudraprayag via Gaurikund by Trek & Car. On arrival Rudraprayag by 3 PM, check in at Hotel Shangrila. Overnight at hotel.

Day11: Rudraprayag/Badrinath (165 kms.7 hrs.)
After breakfast leave Rudraprayag for Badrinath at 0800hrs. enroute visiting Nandprayag & Karanprayag situated at the confluence of Alknanda and Mandakini rivers. On arrival Badrinath around 3 PM, check in at Hotel Sarovar Portico Narayan Palace. Later in the evening visit Badrinath temple. Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the Hindus and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters above sea level, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkant Peak providing a slendid back-drop. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Badrinath/Joshimath/Pipalkoti ( 85 kms. 5 hrs.)
Early morning can re-visit Badrinath Temple. After breakfast leave Badrinath by Car for Pipalkoti with stop on way at Joshimath where Adi Guru Shankaracharya, came all the way from South of India in the 8th Century A.D, perform penance under a tree here and after getting enlightenment, established a Math (religious centre), known as "Joshimath". The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temple of Narsingh & Nav Durga are located here. On reaching Pipalkoti,check-in at Hotel Uday Palace. Later explore the scenic beauty of Pipalkoti. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13 Pipalkoti/Rishikesh (220 kms. 6 hrs.)
After breakfast leave Pipalkoti for Rishikesh enroute visiting Devprayag which is a small town near Rishikesh. The place is famous being the confluence point of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, where river Ganga is formed. The city is also known for a 10,000 years old temple of lord Rama. On arrival Rishikesh, check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Rishikesh/Delhi (225 kms. 6 hrs.)
After breakfast leave Rishikesh for Delhi and on reaching Delhi visit Swaminarayan Aksherdham Temple. Later on proceed to hotel & check-in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 Leave Delhi
After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Delhi including visit to Lakshmi NarayanTemple. Evening transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward destinantions