Chardham Yatra Tour Package
India is immensely diverse, full of fascinating wonders, most sublime, most sacred. There is an ancient monument, fort, palace or temple in every nook and cranny. And you can arrive in India any time of the year to find some festival, fair or pilgrimage on. Are you feeling the "call" to come to India? - to journey into the mystery, mystique and uniqueness that is India, to connect with mystic essence that permeates this land ? India can trigger you on to uncovering the mysteries of your own self. For thousands of years, this land has been home to sages, seers and enlightened ones.
Foreign visitors often time a trip to India to coincide with a major festival. Called mystic India packages, these usually provide the best rates for a hotel plus those arriving from outside India can get cheaper tickets as well. Mystic India travels include trips to renowned pilgrimage spots like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Amritsar, Varanasi, Badrinath, Mathura, Vrindavan, Haridwar, Tirupati and numerous other holy spots across the country.
According to Hindu scriptures, Chardham Yatra is the most sacred of all pilgrimages. The four ("char") Dhams are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The Chardham Yatra is a pilgrimage to snow covered lofty peaks of the Himalayas in the state of Uttrakhand. These four sacred spots are pervaded with serenity and tranquility, the whole atmosphere is filled with religious aura and one experiences a high degree of relaxation and peace of mind here. The Chardham yatra must begin at Yamunotri, followed by Gangotri, then Kedarnath and then conclude at Badrinath, in that order.
The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas. The chief attraction is the temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti (7 km away). The actual source of the river is a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar glacier or Yamunotri Glacier) located at a height of 4421 m above sea level about 1 km further up. It is not really accessible and hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The deity in the Yamunotri temple is made of black marble. Like the Ganges, the Yamuna has been elevated to the status of divine mother for the Hindus. Close by the temple are hot water springs gushing out from mountain cavities. Suryakund is the most important. The pujaris (priests) of Yamunotri are the administrators of the sacred place and perform religious rites. The temple opens in May and closes on the second day after Diwali in November. Aarti timings of the temple are 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
The revered shrine of Gangotri is situated at an altitude of 3,200 m about sea level amidst sylvan surroundings. The Gangotri temple was constructed in the early 18th century and every year thousands of pilgrims pass through the sacred shrine between May and October. The water from Gangotri is carried as offering to Lord Shiva as it is believed this water has amrit (nectar) in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulped the poison as per legend. The Shrine of Gangotri opens during last week of April or first week of May. The temple opening is preceded by special Puja of Ganges both inside the temple as well as on the river bank. The temple closes on the day of Diwali followed by a formal closing ceremony. It is believed the Goddess retreats to Mukhwa, her winter abode (12 km downstream). Evening Aarti is performed at Gangotri at 7:45 pm during summer and 7 pm as winter approaches.
Kedarnath is the most remote of the four Char Dham sites and is located in the Himalayas at about 3584 m above sea level near the head of river Mandakini, flanked by breathtaking snowcapped peaks. Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples, the Kedarnath Temple. The temple opens in April end or first week of May and closes October end or1st week of November. Gaurikhund is 75 km from Rudraprayag. In between Rudraprayag and Kedarnath there are several holy pilgrimage spots like Agastyamuni, Ukhimath, Phauli- Pasalat Devi Maa, Bamsu (Lamgoundi) Vanasur, Maa Kali at Kalimath, Trijugi Narayan (7 km from Son Prayag) and Kashi Vishwanath at Guptakashi.
Badrinath is the most important of the four sites. The Holy temple of Badrinath has the deity of Badrinath who is worshiped as an avatar of Vishnu by Hindus. Badrinath is located at an altitude of 3,415 m on the banks of the Alaknanda River. From Gaurikund (near Kedarnath) to Badrinath by road is 233 km. Badrinath was re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. Badrinath has been mentioned as a holy place in scriptures and legends for thousands of years. The temple has undergone several renovations. In the 17th century, the temple was expanded by Garhwal kings. After significant damage in the 1803 Himalayan earthquake, it was rebuilt. The temple is approximately 50 ft tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade is built of stone with arched windows. The walls and pillars of the mandapa inside are covered with intricate carvings.
Hemkund Sahib, a very important Sikh pilgrimage site, is on the way to Badrinath, so the road is especially crowded during the summer pilgrimage season. The best time to visit Badrinath is between June and September. Warm clothes are recommended all year.
There are plenty of Chardham Yatra Tour Packages available which include travel, visiting temples, boarding and lodging. Accommodation is arranged at decent hotels for pilgrims to ensure they are comfortable. A guide accompanies pilgrims throughout their journey, explaining the significance of each place and rituals performed. The Chardham yatra normally lasts 11 or 12 days depending on your mode of transport.
Chardham Yatra stands for divinity, purity and Moksha. The Sankaracharya, who was a reformer of Hinduism, made the first Chardham yatra and proclaimed that whosoever visits the chardhams will have their sins washed away by Divine blessings. The Chardham Yatra is done year round by Hindus and every year hundreds of thousands of Hindus cover this journey. There are numerous excellent hotels and other accommodations all along the stretch of the chardham yatra, welcoming pilgrims.
There are budget packages, luxury packages as well as deluxe packages to suit every pocket and requirement. All accommodation types are well equipped with all necessary equipment in all the four dhams.
As you start the chardham yatra with your family, you will be getting divine blessings that make your journey, and life, take a new shape altogether. En route the chardham yatra, you will halt at various places that also have lovely accommodations, resorts etc. For those who prefer pilgrimage of a shorter duration than the standard chardham yatra , there is also the Ek(one) dham and Do(two) dham Yatra. Ek Dham Yatra is either a Badrinath Tour or Kedarnath Tour. Do dham yatra is either to Gangotri and Yamunotri or Badrinath and Kedarnath. Haridwar, Srinagar, Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Gaurikund Chamoli, Joshimath, Devprayag and Rishikesh are some of the cities you visit en route.
For the CharDham yatra it is advisable to book everything well in advance, from the arrival hotel to travel to boarding and lodging and guides plus return to Delhi, that is the entire CharDham yatra, well in advance as thousands start the char dham yatra all at once.