Chardham Valley of Flowers Trek
Few Facts :
Location: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttaranchal
Major Pilgrimage Centres: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri
Best Time To Visit: May To October
The holy river Ganges and her tributaries flow past the Four Dams that are located in the state of Uttaranchal in North India. It is believed that Goddess Ganga descended upon the Earth in the form of a River to help the suffering humanity. It was split into four channels that include Alaknanda (in Badrinath), Mandakini (in Kedarnath), Bhagirathi (in Gangotri) and Yamuna (in Yamunotri).
Each of the Four Dhams is blessed with spellbinding scenic beauty and countless ancient temples. Every year, countless tourists from across the world, visit here in search of peace and tranquility
Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar, 210 Kms. Drive (5 – 6hrs)
Arrive Delhi and transfer to Haridwar by Road,lunch enroute . On arrival in Haridwar, Check in Hotel to relax. Evening free or visit Har Ki Pauri.
Day 02: Haridwar – Barkot. 230kms. Drive (7 - 8 hrs)
Depart from Haridwar early morning and take lunch on the way in Mussoorie. Restart your journey and reach Barkot in the evening after visiting Kempty Falls on the way. On arrival, check in hotel.
Day 03: Barkot – Yamunotri – Barkot. 30 kms Drive / 10 km by jeep/ 5 kms trek.
Again after an early breakfast leave for Hanuman Chatti (Drive 32 kms ) to start your journey. Take a local jeep to reach Phool chatti. Arrive at Yamunotri and pray at temple and also take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage to Char Dhams. Come back to Phool Chatti in the evening to return back to hotel and relaxation at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel
Day 04: Barkot – Uttarkashi. 100 kms Drive (5 – 6 hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast leave for Uttarkashi a drive of 100 kms. Check in hotel at Uttarkashi, Lunch evening free to explore local market.
Day 05: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi drive 200 kms / 8 hrs
After breakfast leave for Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the River sacred The Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for sometime in the lovely surroundings. Come back to hotel in the afternoon to relax in the bright sunshine and some of breathtaking views of the valley beautiful.
Day 06: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi. 283 kms. Drive (9 – 10 hrs)
After a very early breakfast leave for the longest journey of the trip on the road. Late Lunch en route. On the way see the heritage city of Tehri going down in to the mighty waters of Holy River Ganges, because of the construction of Tehri Dam. After lunch restart your journey and today for the first time see the river beautiful MANDAKINI. Travel along this to reach Guptkashi late in the evening.
Day 07: Guptkashi – Kedarnath. 32 kms Drive, 14 kms trek
After breakfast leave for Gaurikund ( a 32 kms drive one way ) on arrival start your journey on the tough trek ahead. Stop for the lunch en route and restart after that to arrive by late afternoon. On arrival check in hotel. After freshening up perform Pooja and also Darshan at the shri Kedarnath ji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya samadhi at the back of the temple.
Day 08: Kedarnath – Guptkashi. 14 kms Trek, 32 kms drive
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund and on arrival leave for Guptkashi by road to reach the hotel.
Day 09: Guptkashi - Badrinath 235 kms.(6 – 7 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Badrinath via Chopta & Joshimath, one of the most beautiful sites on the whole trip. Enjoy the beautiful drive through the thick medicinal forest and stop at Pipalkoti for Lunch. Arrive at hotel Badrinath by late afternoon. Evening free in Badrinath.
Day 10: Badrinath - GovindGhat - Ghangaria Trek
After breakfast, drive to reach Govindghat (1828 mt / 22Km). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria(3049 mt / 14 km Trek) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers
Day 11: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria
Trek to the Valley of Flowers. The whole valley is dotted with varieties of exotic flowers and other flora. Return to Ghangria for overnight stay.
Day 12: Ghangaia - GovindGhat - Rudraprayag
14 Km return trek to Govindghat and then drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath and Karnaprayag. On arrival, check into hotel. At the confluence of Mandikini and Alaknanda river, Rudraprayag is a Hindu Pilgrimage centre.
Day 13: Rudraprayag – Haridwar 135 kms. Drive (5 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Haridwar and on the way take lunch. Restart and if time permits visit Devprayag (The confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, to become Ganga ). Reach Haridwar in the evening to check in Hotel.
Day 14: Haridwar – Delhi
After breakfast leave for Delhi. Tour ends on arrival in Delhi.