Chardham, the most revered pilgrimage circuit of India is no more confined to one season. Now devotees can have a glimpse of their beloved deities in winter as well. The popular Chardham Pilgrimage Tour is centred on four highly esteemed earthly abodes of the deities called Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath; all of which are found in the lap of Indian Himalaya. The temples of Chardham Pilgrimage are located in high altitude and get covered with thick layers of snow in winter season. It is during this period of the year when the deities are transferred to their winter sojourns in nearby villages and worshipped with same reverence maintaining the norms and rituals of religious scriptures. With the recent development travellers will be able to plan their consecrated pilgrimage to the winter sojourns of the deities such as Ukhimath for Kedarnath, Joshimath for Badrinath, Mukhba for Gangotri and Kharsali for the deity of Yamunotri.
To make this hallowed pilgrimage hassle free and regulated we have tailored an all inclusive 11 days itinerary that will be highly beneficial to the devotees and take care of comfort and religious significance with utmost care.
Here is the detailed itinerary for Uttarakhand Chardham Winter Yatra 2015:
Day 01: DELHI – HARIDWAR
Morning, drive to Haridwar (230 kms – 6 to 7 hrs journey). On arrival at Haridwar, check in to your Hotel. In the evening, visit Har ki Pauri to witness the revered Ganga Aarti on the banks of the Ganges. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
Day 02: HARIDWAR – BARKOT
In the morning depart for Barkot which is located at the foothills of yamunotri (205 kms – 6 to 7 hrs). You will be taken via Mussoorie so visit Kempt Falls on the way. On arrival at Barkot, check-in to your hotel/ camp, pre-booked for you. The day is free to relax and acclimatization. Store your energy for the next day climb to Yamunotri. Overnight stay at Barkot.
Day 03: BARKOT – KHARSALI – BARKOT
Today morning after breakfast, depart for Kharsiali (40 kms). Yamunotri (3,291 m) is the western most shrine of the Char Dham. It is the source of the river Yamuna, the sister of Yama, the God of Death. It is believed that anyone who bathes in her waters get relief from a tortuous death. The original source of the river is in Champasar Glacier which is 1 km ahead of the shrine (4,321 m). After your visit to the temple, take a holy dip in the river and perform other religious rites here. Come back through the same route to Barkot, for overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04: BARKOT – UTTARKASHI
This morning, drive (85 kms – 3 hrs journey) towards Uttarkashi. On arrival check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for acclimatization. In the evening, visit the famous Vishwanath Temple. Overnight stay at a hotel in Uttarkashi.
Day 05: UTTARKASHI – MUKHBA – UTTARKASHI
Today you need to drive to Mukhba early morning. Perform the Puja at the Gangotri Temple. Late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Day 06: UTTARKASHI – RUDRAPRAYAG
Wake up early morning and finish your breakfast to check out from the hotel. Today you will be driving for Rudraprayag via Tehri Dam. On arrival at Rudraprayag, check in to the hotel. It is a small town on the confluence of river Alaknanda and Mandakini. Here in Rudraprayag you can see two separate routes for Kedarnath and Badrinath. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag
Day 07: RUDRAPRAYAG – UKIMATH – RUDRAPRAYAG
This morning drive to Ukimath, the winter abode of Lord Kedarnath. Perform the religious rites and later also visit Chopta. But if you are travelling in December, you will not be able to climb Chopta, as it gets covered with thick layers of snow. Later drive back to Rudraprayag for overnight stay.
Day 08: RUDRAPRAYAG – JOSHIMATH
Early morning, after breakfast, check out of the hotel. You will be taken through some of the most wonderful ghat roads. On arrival at Joshimath, check into the hotel. Take some rest and refreshments. If you are all set to go to, then visit the nearby temple in the evening. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Day 9: JOSHIMATH – RUDRAPRAYAG
Wake up early morning and get ready to perform the religious rites at the winter home of Lord Badrinath. Once you are done, drive back to Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.
Day 10: RUDRAPRAYAG – RISHIKESH
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel. You will drive downhill to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the Yoga Capital of India and a spiritually enriched city. On arrival at Rishikesh you’ll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. In the evening, visit Parmarth Niketan to take part in the Ganga aarti on the banks of the Ganga. After your visit to Paramarth Niketan you are free to explore this holy town on your own. Overnight stay in Rishikesh.
Day 11: RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR – DELHI
This is the last day of your Chardham Yatra. So wake up at leisure as per the check out time and have your breakfast. You will be taken back to Delhi (260 kms – 7 to 8 hrs). En-route you will get a halt of a couple of hours at Haridwar to take a holy bath at Har ki Pauri on the Ganges. Drive back to Delhi.