Chardham With Amritsar, Amarnath, Vaishnodevi & Kashmir- 27 days
- Indian / Gujrati / Jain Meal
- Visit to Akshardham Temple, Delhi
- Visit to Haridwar
- Brahmin Bhoj at Haridwar (Subject to availability)
- Visit to Golden Temple
- Visit to Wagah Border
- Visit to Jaliawala Bag
- Vaishnodevi by Helicopter
- Jammu - Srinagar by Air (save 10 hours of drive)
- Srinagar - Delhi by Flight
- Visit to Gulmarg
- Mineral Water
- Abhishek at Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath (sujbect to availibility)
- Early departure & stopover in india available
Delhi - Haridwar - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Amritsar - Golden Temple - Vaishnodevi - Srinagar - Sonmarg - Gulmarg - Amarnath
Depart: 18/06/2013, 27/06/2013, 10/07/2013, 31/07/2013
Return: 14/07/2013, 23/07/2013, 05/08/2013, 26/08/2013
£1750 per person - US$2800 per person
JULY: £1900 per person - US$3040 per person
Day 01: UK- Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi : Arrive at Delhi International airport in the morning. Upon arrival, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and follow sign for exit. The representative will direct you to the coach and transfer you to Hotel. In the afternoon proceed to visit Akshardham the kind of the world. Overnight in Hotel. D
Day 03 : Delhi – Haridwar : Today by rail or road proceed for Haridwar. Evening free time to explore this holy city. B L D
Day 04 : Haridwar : Have ganga snan at Har-Ki-Pauri. Evening visit Har – Ki – Pauri for darshan of Ganga Aarti. B L D
Day 05 : Haridwar – Barkot : This morning leave for Badkot, the feet of Yamnotri. Transfer to hotel and relax for the rest of the day to save energy for Pad Yatra of Yamnotri. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 06 : Barkot – Yamnotri – Barkot : After breakfast, we depart to Phoolchatti. Here you will begin our First Pahad Yatra of Yamnotri. Able to hire a Doli, for your Journey (Cost Not Included), after the Darshan at Yamnotri, return to our hotel. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 07 : Barkot – Uttarkashi : This morning we depart for Uttarkashi, Enjoy “Van Bhojan” (meal in the Forest). After lunch, continue our journey to Uttarkashi, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 08 : Uttarkasi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi : Today travel to Gangotri, our second Pahad Yatra. Participation in Prayers and Darshan at Ganga Temple and Holy River Ganga. Later enjoy lunch and return to our hotel at Uttarkashi. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 09: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi : Early today proceed to Guptkasi. On the way have a look at magnificent view of Tihri Dam & Alknanda – Mandakini sangam (Milan) at Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Guptkasi. B,L,D
Day 10: Guptkashi - Kedarnath : Today morning we depart to Kedarnath (3584 mts) Amidst the dramatic mountanscapes of the majestic Kedarnath Range stands one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Kedar ji or Lord Shiva. At an altitude of 3584 Mts. and on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. Overnight in Kedarnath. B, D
Day 11: Kedarnath darshan- Phata- Rudrapryag : Today we do Kedarnath Darshan and later drive towards Rudraprayag. B L D
Day 12 : Rudrpryag – Badrinath : Early morning proceed to Shri Badrinath dham, evening visit Shri Badrivishal Temple. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 13 : Badrinath : Early morning visit Badrivishal Temple and Garam Pani Kund (Natural Hot Water Bath). After Lunch enjoy day at leisure to explore Badrinath at your own pace. Visit the Ganesh Gufa and the Vyas Gufa, Shri Mahaprabhu Temple. Overnight in Hotel. B L D
Day 14 : Badrinath – Srinagar Garhwal : Leave early morning for Srinagar & arrive by late evening. On the way visit AULI (Asia’s longest rope way). Overnight stay at Srinagar. B L D
Day 15 : Srinagar Garhwal – Rishikesh : After break fast proceed to Rishikesh. After check in to hotel visit religious sites of Geeta Bhawan, Lax man Jhoola & Ram Jhoola. Evening free for Shopping etc. Stay overnight at Rishikesh. B L D
Day 16 : Haridwar – Amritsar (By Train) : Today morning free at Leisure. After noon transfer to the railway station for board your train to Amritsar. On arrival pick up from railway station and transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel. B L D
Day 17 : Amritsar (Sight seeing) : Today morning after we will visit Golden temple and Jalian wala bagh. After noon we will proceed to Wagah Border for enjoy parade ceremony of India - Pakistan. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel. B L D
Day 18 : Amritsar – Katra (290 Kms and 07 to 08 Hrs. drive) : Today morning after breakfast we will drive to Katra, on arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel. B L D
Day 19 : Katra – Vaishno Devi – Katra ( By Helicopter) : Early in the morning depart for visit Vaishno Devi Shrine, return to Katra after darshan. Over night at the hotel. B L D
Day 20 : Katra – Srinagar ( Flight) : Today morning after breakfast you take flight from Jammu to Srinagar, on arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. B D
Day 21: Srinagar – Sonmarg / Baltal: After breakfast, depart to Sonmarg / Baltal. Overnight Stay. B L D
Day 22: Sonmarg / Baltal – Holy Amarnath Cave (3953 mts) – Baltal/Sonmarg (Helicopter optional) : Early morning after breakfast drive from Sonamarg to Baltal (40 kms), at the Helipad in baltal board the chopper for darshan of Amarnath Holy Cave. Chopper will take you upto Panchtarni then later there is a trek of 4 kms to reach the cave. After Darshan return to Baltal by chopper from where you will be drive back to Baltal / Sonmarg. Overnight at hotel / Tents.
Day 23: Baltal / Sonmarg – Srinagar, Srinagar Sightseeing : Depart from Baltal / Sonmarg – Srinagar. Check-in at hotel. Afternoon visit Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Chasmesahi, Shankaracharya temple. You can enjoy Shikara Ride in Dal Lake. Overnight in hotel. B L D
Day 24: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar: Full day tour of Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. Enjoy the splendour of nature and Snowy Mountain. One can have gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg. In the evening return to Srinagar, overnight at houseboat. B L D
Day 25: Srinagar – Delhi (Flight): Today after breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival, if time permits, visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple in Delhi. Check-in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel. B, D
Day 26: Delhi Sightseeing: Today after breakfast, we will depart for full day Sightseeing. Visit Famous places like India Gate, Parliament House, Indira Gandhi Memorial. Overnight at hotel.
Day 27: Delhi (Departure): After breakfast Check-out from the hotel transfer to Delhi International Airport for flight to London. B.
Package Includes :
Return economy class international & domestic Jammu- Srinagar & Srinagar- Delhi flight ( One way)
Airport transfers and sight seeing by Coach as per tour program in India
3* Accommodation wherever available (Twin / Double / Triple Sharing Basis)
Guest house at Kedarnath
Tented accommodation at some places
Vaishnodevi by Helicopter
The services of our tour manager.
Accommodation on twin/triple sharing.
A/c train ticket to Amritsar.
All present applicable taxes.
Package Does Not Include:
Any meals other then those specified in 'Cost Includes'.
Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
Helicopter fare for Amarnath
Any other item not specified in 'Cost Includes'.
Porterage during trekking. Ponies / Dolis during trekking.
Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, flight cancellations, political disturbances etc.
Single Supplement : £450
Kedarnath is a Hindu holy town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3584m above sea level near the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples, the Kedarnath Temple, and is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, being one of the four major sites in India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage.
The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya (April end or first week of May) and closes on Bhai Duj (October end or 1st week of November) due to heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather during winter.
Badrinath temple, sometimes called Badrinarayan temple, is situated along the Alaknanda river, in the hill town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand state in India. It is widely considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples, and is dedicated to god Vishnu. The temple and town are one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines for Vaishnavites. The temple is open only six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.
Several murtis are worshipped in the temple. The most important is a one meter tall statue of Vishnu as Lord Badrinarayan, made of black Saligram stone. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be one of eight swayam vyakta keshtras, or self-manifested statues of Vishnu. The murti depicts Vishnu sitting in meditative posture, rather than His far more typical reclining pose.
The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 metres) tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade is built of stone, with arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway, which is the main entrance. The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhism temples. Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared hall that leads to the garbha grha, or main shrine area. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.
Badrinath Temple at MorningThe main shrine area houses the black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan, sitting under a gold canopy, under a Badri Tree. There are fifteen more murtis around the temple that are also worshipped. These include murtis of Nara & Narayana, Narasimha (the fourth incarnation of Vishnu), Lakshmi, Narada, Ganesha, Uddhava, Kubera, Garuda (the vehicle of Lord Narayan), and Navadurga. Hard sugar candy, Tulsi, and dry fruits are the typical prasad offered at Badrinath temple.
The Tapt Kund hot sulphur springs just below the temple are considered to be medicinal—many pilgrims consider it a requirement to bathe in the springs before visiting the temple.
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri. Gangotri can be reached in one day's travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun, or in two days from Yamunotri, the first site in the Char Dham circuit. More popular and important than its sister site to the east, Gangotri is also accessible directly by car and bus, meaning that it sees many more pilgrims than Yamunotri.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries.
According to the legend ancient, sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. All his life, he bathed daily both in the Ganges and the Yamuna. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him. The temple and the place opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or the first week of May. The temple always closes on the sacred day of Diwali in mid-October - first week of November, with a brief ceremony. The temple staff return to their villages and for the rest of the time the valley is gripped in no-man silence and covered with a white sheet of snow. With the melting of the snow next summer, the temple re-opens to the blissful happiness of thousands of visitors again.
The daughter of the Sun god, Surya and consciousness, Sangya the birth place of the Yamuna is the Champasar Glacier (4,421 m) just below the Banderpoonch Mountain. The mountain adjacent to the river source is dedicated to her father, and is called Kalind Parvat, Kalind being another name of Surya.
It is an important pilgrimage city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar,which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.
Haridwar is one of the first towns where the Ganges emerges from the mountains to touch the plains. The water in the river Ganges is mostly clear and generally cold, except in the rainy season, during which soil from the upper regions flows down into it.
It is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hills of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess.
The temple is near the town of Katra, in the Reasi district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most revered places of worship in Northern India. The shrine is at an altitude of 5200 feet and a distance of approximately 14 kilometres (8.4 miles) from Katra. Approximately 8 million pilgrims (yatris) visit the temple every yearand it is the second most visited religious shrine in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
According to a Hindu epic, Maa Vaishno Devi was born in the South of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar. Her worldly parents had remained childless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth of the Divine child, that he would not interfere with whatever his child desired. Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later She was called Vaishnavi because of Her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9 years old, She sought her father's permission for doing penance on the seashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During Shree Rama's search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fell on this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that She had accepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told Her that during this Incarnation He had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However pleased with her devotion , Lord Rama gave her name vaishnavi (devotee of lord rama (Maha Vishnu)and assured Her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as Kalki and would marry Her.
In the meantime Shree Rama asked Trikuta to meditate in the cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains, situated in Northern India.Lord Ram gave her a bow and arrows, army of monkeys and a lion for her protection, Ma decided to observe the 'Navratra' for the Victory of Shree Rama against Ravana. Hence one reads the Ramayana during the 9 days of Navratra, in remembrance of the above connection. Shree Rama promised that the whole world would sing Ma Vaishno Devi's praise. Lord Rama also said Trikuta was to become famous as Vaishno Devi and would become immortal forever.The adobe of Maa Vaishno devi is attaining huge pilgrimage attraction due to Lord Rama's blessings to the goddess.
Amarnath – Baba Barfani
The Amarnath caves are one of the most famous shrines in Hinduism, dedicated to the god Shiva, located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The shrine is claimed to be over 5,000 years old and forms an important part of Hindu mythology.
Inside the main Amarnath cave lies an ice stalagmite resembling the Shiva Linga, which waxes during May to August and gradually wanes thereafter. This lingam is said to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon, reaching its height during the summer festival. According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati. Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva's son, Ganesha.
It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus - about 400,000 people visit during the 45-day season around the festival of Shravani Mela in July–August, coinciding with the Hindu holy month of Shraavana.
Devotees generally take the pilgrimage on foot from the town of Pahalgam, and cover the journey in four to five days. There are two alternate routes to the temple: the longer and more traditional path from Srinagar, and the shorter route from the town of Baltal. Some devotees, particularly the elderly, also ride on horse-back to make the journey.