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The common Hindu belief says that one must thank almighty in its varied fruitful forms and this is the reason even rivers are worshipped in India. It is a sweet gesture through which devotees express their gratitude towards God for availing optimum water. At Yamunotri one of such sacred rivers River Yamuna emerges in the form of a small streamlet.
Situated at an altitude of about 3293 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas, Yamunotri is the seat of River Goddess Yamuna. Its sanctity has been ever escalating since it was added as one of the holy destinations of Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. Yamunotri tour is a perfect way to explore the ethereal bliss of Himalayas and to bow the river deity who resides in the sacred shrine of Yamunotri.
The tour to Yamunotri performed as a part of the pilgrimage is believed to be of the quality of cleansing the soul of all the sins.
Hindus has elevated the river to the stature of divine mother for it has played a significant role in nurturing and developing the surrounding populations.
This trek begins at a small town of Hanuman Chatti from where a 6 kilometres of trek amidst lush valleys will take you to Janki Chatti. Keeping in mind the convenience of adult pilgrims and other disabled devotees here the services of horses, palanquin and ponies is also available for the trek.
Setting on the trek from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri you will encounter natural splendour at its best.
This trek is particularly noticed for its breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfall. Two hot springs are situated at Yamunotri offering rejuvenating bath to the tired devotees at Gauri Kund. The pilgrimage is performed in between the months of May to November after Diwali festival during which the temple remains open at a stretch.
The devout devotees can also choose to live here at the temple at the small ashrams and guest houses for a longer stay at the temple close to divinity.
The sacred Char Dham Yatra is believed to be a very sacred entity which should be performed by all Hindus at least once in a lifetime. The visit to Yamunotri is however, not just known for its religious reasons, but now people also visit the region to explore another façade of divinity dissolved in the tranquility and beauty of Mother Nature.
For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient hindu scriptures as ‘Kedarkhand’. Char Dham Yatra 2010 – Detailed information about Char Dham Tour Packages in India for Kedarnath, Badrinath Yamunotri Gangotri Dham.
Today we start our journey starting from Barkot to reach Phool Chatti via Janki Chatti and Hanuman Chatti. From here it is 9 Kms Trek to Yamunotri for which ponies, dandies and kandies are available. Near the temple there are three hot springs. The most important,
Surya Kund, is a Tank full of boiling water into which rice and potatos are dipped to be cooked and taken as “prasad”. A bath in the Hot springs is very refreshing after a tedious walk. Workship the Divya Shila before workshipping the Deity. Later trek to Hanuman Chetti Later drive to barkot.
Day 4: Barkot – Uttarkashi (100kms/4hr)
Today drive from Barkot to Uttarkashi an important pilgrimage centre, situated at an elevation of 1,150 mts. Located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. Some of the important Temples worth visiting are – Vishwanath Temple and Ekadash Rudra. Every year during the “Magh Mela” people visit Uttarkashi to take holy dip in Bhagirathi along with the image of their village deity.
Today morning we drive to Gaurikund , from where we trek to Kedarnath (3584 mts) for which ponies, dandies and kandies are available. Amidst the dramatic mountanscapes of the majestic Kedarnath Range stands one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Kadar 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. Stay at Kedarnath.
Our drive takes us to Pipalkoti in the evening. Stay overnight at Pipalkoti.
An early morning drive from Pipalkoti takes us to Badrinath by the early afternoon. On our way we see the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers at Vishnuprayag. Encircled by a beautiful valley, on the banks of holy river Alankanda. With the Neelakanth mountains as the backdrop, Badrinath Dham is one of the Holiest of the four shrines on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu.
After or before Darshan also visit the Mana villiage also considered to be the Last Indian Village before Tibet on this route. Nearby are – Vyas Gufa, Bhim Pul all forming an important part of the pilgrimage to Badrinathji. Stay overnight at Badrinath.
Early morning drive from Badrinath Ji will take us to Srinagar enroute via Joshimuth and Rudraprayag. Srinagar is an facinating old capital of Garhwal. It is an important cultural and Educational centre.
Day 11: Srinagar – Rishikesh (107kms/4hr)
Today we drive from Srinagar after a relaxed morning breakfast for Rishikesh. On our way we come across the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers Deoprayag. Upon arrival check in and later in the afternoon visit Ram Jhula, Luxman Jhula, mandir and ashram. At evening enjoy Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
Chardham Yatra is the most popular spiritual yatra starting from April-May and continues till Oct-Nov every year in Uttarakhand India.This is the best time to visit Char Dhams and enjoy the scenic beauty of the environment and nature. It comprises of 4 destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrines with a deep religious sentiment around the world each year. It is believe that going for a Chardham Yatra releases an individual from all sins.
As per official statistics of Uttarakhand Government it is expecting that more than 600,000 pilgrims will be visiting Chardham in 2010.
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