Do Dham Yatra – 9 days

Do Dham Yatra – 9 days

Badrinath-Kedarnath is the most revered shrines located at high hills of Uttarakhand and visited by lakhs of devotees every year.

Trip Overview

Duration: 9 days

Best season: anytime

Starting point: Delhi

Ending point: Delhi

Group size: Min-2

Program type: guided tour

Trip Highlights

  • Visiting Har ki Paudi in Haridwar.
  • Visiting Devprayag.
  • Darshan at Kedarnath temple.
  • Visiting Rudraprayag.
  • Darshan at Narsimha temple at Joshimath.
  • Darshan at Badrinath temple.

Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are two of three most revered Lords in Hinduism. Offering prayers to these two Gods holds high significance in this religion. Badrinath and Kedarnath are the two shrines holding great importance in Hinduism and are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva respectively. As per Hindu mythology, these two destinations are imperative shrines with a rich past and extreme prominence in the religion. Thus swarms of devotees throng here every year. The major destinations in the trip are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Guptkasi, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Joshimath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag. The tour starts with a holy dip in Ganga water in Haridwar. It is a 19 kms of trek to Kedarnath from Sonpryag. It is a drive to Badrinath where a tourist can enjoy nature’s beauty as well. Whole tour takes the tourists to an engrossing blend of spirituality, holiness, and unparalleled beauty of nature.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Day 02: Delhi – Haridwar
Day 03: Haridwar – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr).
Day 04: Guptkashi –  Kedarnath (30kms by road & 19kms Trek one way)   Height: 3384 MTS.
Day 05: Kedarnath – Guptkashi (19 kms Trek one way & 30kms by road)
Day 06: Guptkashi –  Badrinath (160kms/7hr) Height: 3133 MTS.
Day 07: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (160kms/7hr)
Day 08: Rudraprayag – Haridwar (165kms/5-6hr
Day 09: Haridwar – Delhi (220Kms / 6-7hr)

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival to Delhi airport, meet our representative and transferred to hotel. And later in the day sightseeing of the regal Red fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate – The War Memorial, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple (also known as Bahai Temple) and Humayun’s tomb before retiring to the opulence of one of the heritage hotels. Delhi is also fabulous place to eat in India. One can join in a local feast, or enjoy Moghul – inspired delights in lavish surrounding. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi-Haridwar 
After breakfast in the morning, drive to Haridwar: The holy city of Haridwar translates to “Gateway to God,” and the breathtaking city, replete with temples, is a magnet for religious pilgrims from all over the globe. Religious festivals hold even further draw, and tourists can’t helped but be compelled by the city’s aura of intense spirituality. Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. The sheer numbers of people gathering around Har-ki-Pairi Ghat give Haridwar a chaotic but reverent feel.  Upon arrival to Haridwar, check in to hotel and get relax and take rest for a while. In the evening, get ready to experience the mesmerizing Aarti on Har ki Paudi. This evening Aarti is extremely popular and is one of the major highlights.  Haridwar, known as the Gateway to the Gods, is the starting point to the further pilgrim destinations.

Day 03: Haridwar – Guptkashi (220kms/8-9hr).
Morning after breakfast, drive to Guptkashi via Rudraprayag & Devoprayag. Enroute you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath, drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi, visit Ardh Narishwar Temple in Guptakashi. Check into the hotel arrival in Guptakashi. Overnight stay at Guptakashi.

Guptakashi:- The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares. Mythology describes how when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Guptkashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are more tangible connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (priests) live in Guptkashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.

Day 04: Guptkashi –  Kedarnath (30kms by road & 19kms Trek one way)  

Morning after breakfast departure for kedarnath dham. Our driver will drop you at Sonprayag then you have to take local jeep for Gaurikund & then your trek start for kedarnath ji. Overnight stay in hotel in kedarnath.

Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar. Due to its high altitude the weather in Kedarnath remains cold for most part of the year. Summer here is cool and pleasant while winter is severe. During summer season the temperature varies around 20°Celsius. Light woolen wear is recommended. Winter season in Kedarnath is severe with mercury falling to as low as 0°Celsius. During this time the place experiences snowfall as well. Due to the extreme climatic conditions, this time is usually avoided by tourists.

Day 05: Kedarnath – Guptkashi (19 kms Trek one way & 30kms by road)   
Morning after Pooja & breakfast, check out of Kedarnath hotel and start your journey back to Sonprayag. Our driver will be there at designated place. Drive back to Guptkashi hotel for night stay.

Day 06: Guptkashi –  Badrinath (160kms/7hr) 
Morning after breakfast, drive to Badrinath. Check in to the hotel upon arrival in Badrinath.  Pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in evening. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitris). There are other interesting sightseeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Overnight stay at Badrinath.

Badrinath: one of the ‘Ancient Four Dhams’ is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name “Badri van”, meaning “forest of berries”.

Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bath before entering the Badrinath temple.

Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.

Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 km from Badrinath out of which 2 km is motor able up to Mana.

Bhim Pul : On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.

Day 07: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (160kms/7hr)  

Morning after breakfast, driver for Rudraprayag via Joshimath. On the way visit Narsingh Temple in Joshimath later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check into the hotel upon arrival in Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag.

Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nar Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.

Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River. It is confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag.

Day 08: Rudraprayag – Haridwar (165kms/5-6hr)
Morning after breakfast, drive for Haridwar via Rishikesh. Rishikesh ‘place of sages’ is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of” Hrishikesh ” and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla. And continue drive to Haridwar. Overnight stay at Haridwar.

Rishikesh: Named after the Lord Vishnu, Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus. Located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India it is also known as the yoga center of the world and is home to many world renowned ashrams. Rishikesh styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. The fast-flowing Ganges is surrounded by forested hills inside the city. Apart from temples and ashrams Rishikesh is now a popular white-water rafting centre, backpacker hang-out, and gateway to treks in the Himalaya.

Day 09: Haridwar – Delhi (220Kms / 6-7hr) 
Morning after breakfast, drive for Delhi. Upon arrival to Delhi check in to hotel and get freshen up. You will be transferred to the international airport for the flights to onward destinations.

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Elegantly situated on the bank of River Ganga at an elevation of 249.7 m above the sea level and a total area of 2360 sq km, Haridwar is the ‘Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas.’ This sacred city is like a magazine, in the pages of which interesting illustrations from history and modern life persuade travel aficionados from across the world. The city is the venue of Magh Mela every year, Kumbh Mela in every three years, Ardh Kumbh in every 6 years and the Maha Kumbh Mela in every 12 years. The tales from the bygone time greatly influence the contemporary era, and thus, Haridwar is often seen imbibing the spiritual feel. Believed to be amongst the four places where drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell, Haridwar is relied upon for cleansing of sins and attainment of salvation, and thus, is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination in Uttarakhand. It is also due to this fact that Haridwar hosts the biggest human gathering in the world in the form of Kumbh Mela. Since time immemorial, Haridwar is considered as one of the important religious tourism destinations in India; it has also been the Yoga and Ayurveda centre for a decent period of time. Surviving several tests of time, the city has been able to earn itself a sensible market for business and some eminent institutes of learning like Gurukul. However, it is not all about concrete in Haridwar, the city is visually beautiful and is in the close proximity to the famous Rajaji National Park and Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar making it a perfect place for wildlife tour as well. The city formulates the base for state’s prominent Chhota Char Dham Yatra, which is held between late April and October and covers places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. True to its name, it indeed forms the Gateway to God as the ashes of the deceased are brought to the city for emersion in the holy River Ganga. In other words, Haridwar can be called as the place where faith defies the existence of everything else and the life of the people only revolves around the sacred Ghats crammed by devotees; the holy water of Ganges that is believed to cleanse the sin; the sanctified temples; and the famed Ganga Aarti that sanctifies the ambiance as soon as the sun disappears below the horizon each evening.


Rishikesh comes under the district of Dehradun under the state of Uttarakhand and is situated at an elevation of 372 m above the sea level. According to history, Rishikesh has always been a part of ‘Kedarkhand’ which at present is known as Garhwal. Lord Rama is said to have served his penance for killing Ravana here. The famous Lakshman Jhula which is among the best places to visit in Rishikesh has mythological importance and it’s believed that Ram and Lakshman crossed the mighty River Ganga here. Which was a jute bridge in the earlier days, got replaced by an iron bridge in 1889. But it got washed away during the floods of 1924. A strong bridge was built and it still stands strong. Rishikesh has a lot in its platter to offer to travel enthusiasts. Among all pilgrimage destinations of India, Rishikesh attracts millions of people as it’s the home to ancient temples like Bharat Mandir, Shatrughna mandir, and Lakshman mandir. Numerous yoga and meditation centers have come up in the town, which serves the huge population of health enthusiasts. Home to Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, 133-years old institution which is dedicated to promote and preserve Vedantic studies is yet another attraction spot here. Rishikesh is amongst the adventure and travel destinations of India – from white-water river rafting to bungee jumping, there is a lot for all the adventure seekers out there. The mere thought of rafting through the mighty river Ganges passing would give an instant adrenaline rush to everyone, even one who has an experience of rafting. Some of the other adventure activities that you can try out in Rishikesh include rappelling, kayaking, hiking, zip lining, mountain biking, and rock climbing, there is something for everyone and Rishikesh is one place that surely won’t disappoint any traveler.

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