After the breakfast, the tour initiates from Sahastradhara helipad, Dehradun which is the starting and concluding point of the Chardham Yatra. There would be a briefing from the ground staff about the Do’s and Don’ts that ought to be kept in mind while on the trip, followed by the departure to Barkot Helipad.
On arrival at Barkot, guests would be transferred to Yamunotri Cottages, Kharsali by local cab (Innova is not permitted by local taxi union). After lunch, guests are provided with a pony or palki reserved for onwards trek (05KM) to Yamunotri Dham, the first temple visit of the Chota Char Dham shrines. Yamunotri is built near the geographical origins of River Yamuna near the Bandarpoonch Parvat. While River Yamuna emerges from Champasar Glacier, the temple is located 1 km below it. The black marble idol of the Goddess worshipped in this temple built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal is a sight to behold. In addition, the sacred hot-water springs at Janki Chatti also draw a lot of pilgrim attention. The day concludes with transfer to the hotel, followed by dinner.
The day starts with an early morning departure to Barkot helipad, to then fly to Harsil Helipad, lying amidst the beautiful lush green valleys. Depending upon the time, breakfast would either be arranged at Barkot or Harshil.
Upon reaching Harsil, guests will be transferred to the hotel by cab. Post lunch, the tour continues with a drive towards the next Chardham destination - Gangotri. Gangotri Dham, the 18th century’s temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. The day concludes with transfer to the hotel, followed by dinner.
Early morning after breakfast, the guests depart from Harsil helipad. Due to government regulations, there would be a change of chopper at Phata helipad to continue to Kedarnath. Surrounded by snowcapped peaks, Kedarnath is the most remote site among all Char Dhams in Uttarakhand. The Kedarnath temple, the holy shrine of Lord Shiva houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The temple lies at a distance of approximately 500 meters from the helipad and reaching it would take about 15 minutes.Walk towards the hotel (cost for porter or Pitthu shall be borne by the client) and then check-in at the hotel. Post lunch, the tour continues with a trek by foot to Bhairon Mandir (which is optional) and witness evening aarti. The day concludes with transfer to the hotel, followed by dinner.
The tour offers a surreal experience of performing “Rudra Abhishek” at Kedarnath at 4 AM. Post breakfast, the tour continues with a walk to helipad or board shuttle and fly to Phata helipad for a change of helicopter to reach Badrinath helipad. After deboarding at Badrinath helipad, guests would be transferred to the hotel by cab. Post lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Badrinath temple. The holy temple of Lord Vishnu, known as Lord Badri is one of the divine 108 Divya Desams.
Depending upon the time, the guests can also visit the Mana village near Badrinath temple, which is the last village before Indo-China border, inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe. The day concludes with transfer to the hotel, followed by dinner.
The best has been saved for the last. The highlight of this Yatra is to witness the sacred “Maha Abhishek Pooja” which commences at 4:30 AM and continues for almost two hours. Special arrangements would be made for guests to sit inside the temple near the deity. Conclude the Yatra with your heart filled with gratitude and awe for all of God’s blessings.
After breakfast, guests would depart towards Dehradun from the Badrinath helipad, followed by a drop to the Dehradun airport/railway station.
Ques: What is Chardham Yatra?
Ans: Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand is a holy Hindu pilgrimage for char (four) revered sites in Garhwal Himalayas. These religious spots include Yamunotri- the holy source of river Yamuna, Gangotri- the source of the holy River Ganges, Kedarnath- the abode of Lord Shiva, and Badrinath- housing the shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Ques: When does Chardham Yatra start and end?
Ans: Every year Chardham Yatra begins from the month of April or May onwards and continues until October/November as the doors of all four temples (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri & Gangotri) remain open till the day of "Diwali Festival" which is celebrated every year during the month of October/November.
Ques: What are the darshan timings for Chardham Temples?
Ans: When you're going to Chardham Yatra, you must know about the Chardham temple timings as it can not only help in saving your time but also make the Chardham Yatra hassle-free. Chardham Yatra timings are mentioned below:
Yamunotri Temple Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm
Gangotri Temple Timings: 06:15 am - 09:30 pm
Kedarnath Temple Timings: 04:00 am - 09:00 pm
Badrinath Temple Timings: 04:30 am - 09:00 pm
Ques: What to pack for Chardham tour?
Ans: All the four sacred temples are situated at high Himalayan altitude so weather remains cold even during the months of May-June. It is advisable to pack woolen clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Raincoat is must as climate can change at any time. First-aid kid also should be carried.
Ques: What is the best time to go for Char Dham Yatra?
Ans: The best time to visit all the four revered pilgrimages from May to November, however, it is better you avoid monsoon and choose May and June instead. It is the most convenient period that allows you to reach your destination easily and offers better sightseeing options. So, plan your trip accordingly as weather plays a vital role in making your trip hassle-free.
Ques: Is medical certificate required for Char Dham Yatra?
Ans: Yes, a recently issued medical certificate is required for Char Dham Yatra as the route is through high altitudes and a lot of walking distance.
Ques: How many people can fly in the helicopter excluding the pilot?
Ans: Six passengers can fly in the helicopter; four in the rear seats and two in the front, next to the pilot. The seating arrangement will be done by the ground staff in order to balance weight evenly.