Festooned with vestiges of rich history, India boasts of a cluster of pilgrimages spread extensively. Marking the spiritual sources of four holy rivers, the Char Dhams sprawling in the state of Uttarakhand are amongst the most popular pilgrimages in the country.
Nestled in the lap of scenic Uttarakhand, the sacred Char Dhams namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamnotri and Gangotri remains open for pilgrims from May to November (When the snow melts). Therefore, it is a good idea to schedule your visit at this period of time. The list below acts as a guide to those who are running on a tight time schedule and want to complete the Chardham yatra in 10 days.
As already mentioned, the right time for the visit is between May and November, however, it is better if you avoid monsoons and choose May and June instead. It is the most convenient period that allows you to reach your destinations easily and offers better sightseeing options.
Chardham Yatra via Delhi and Haridwar/ Rishikesh offers hassle-free expedition. Choose between multiple Chardham yatra packages that are available in large number or you can go on your own way by starting your trip from Haridwar.
Day 1: Get Ready to Explore
Alright since you have gathered basic amenities, you can proceed further for an expedition that can change your outlook completely. Begin your journey by reaching Barkot from Haridwar (215kms, 7hrs). Whether you have opted for Chardham yatra package or have set out on your own, you are will assured of comfortable an overnight stay in hotels in Barkot. Hotel Samrat, Hotel Chauhan Annexe and Monal Residency are some of the good options for accommodation here.
Day 2: Trek to Pious Yamunotri
Leave early morning for Janki Chatti from where a trek leads you to your first destination of Chardham yatra. A 6kms trek via Hanuman Chatti and Phool Chatti invigorates an enthralling trip. On reaching the holy shrine, take a dip in Garam Kund and perform Puja at holy Temple dedicated to Yamunotri Ji. Hanuman Chatti, Surya Kund, Yamunotri Temple and Divya Shila are the main attractions here. Drive back to Barkot from Janki Chatti the very same day.
Day 3: Head to Uttarkashi
To reach your next destination of Char Dham Yatra head for Uttarkashi (82kms, 4hrs). On your way, do not miss out on attractions like Prakateshwar Caves (formed by limestone and dedicated to Lord Shiva). Make most of your time at Uttarkashi by visiting the temple of Lord Vishwanath. Lodge at budget-friendly and comfortable hotels like hotel Divine Palace, hotel Jahanavi and hotel Shivlinga.
Day 4: To Gangotri and Back
Morning is perfect for a drive to holy land of Gangotri. Perform puja and take a dip in the sacred river and leave for Uttarkashi the same day.
Day 5: Base at Picturesque Guptkashi
Prepare yourself for an enthralling trip to Kedarnath. The trip can be divided in two steps in order to avoid fatigue. First drive from Uttarakashi to Guptkashi (223kms, 10 hrs) and spend a night here. Guptkashi is an exotic small town filled with the aroma of magnolia, which also offers a perfect view of Chaukhamba Peak. There are many options of reasonable accommodation like hotel Shivam, hotel Mrityunjay, hotel Mandakini and Camp Nirvana. Visiting Vishwanath Temple and Ardh Narishwar Temple in the evening is a good idea.
Day 6: Trek to Kedarnath
As a second step, trek to the lofty mountains of Kedarnath for darshan and puja. Witness the impeccable natural beauty and spirituality that surges in the air of Kedarnath. Stay overnight in the vicinity of the temple.
Day 7: Leave for Rudraprayag
After morning homage at the temple, trek back to Gaurikund (last road head). On reaching here, you can drive towards Rudraprayag (80kms. 4-5 hrs) directly. This small town is situated on the confluence of River Mandakini and Alaknanda. Often called as the Abode of Gods, Rudraprayag is a perfect base for those heading towards either Kedarnath or Badrinath. You can find good accommodations here in the form of hotel Sital, hotel Suri, hotel Shangrila, hotel Balbeer and hotel Monal.
Day 8: Badrinath and There You Are!
Set out early morning for hassle-free darshan and puja at Badrinath Temple. Take a dip in Tapt Kund and visit Mata Murty Temple, Bhim Pul, Vyas Gufa, Narad Kund and Mana Village in the vicinity. There are number of accommodation options available at Badrinath including hotel Shankar Shri, hotel Janki, hotel Snow Crest, hotel Dwarikesh and hotel Sarovar.
Day 9: Bon Voyage!
Drive back to Rudraprayag, take a relaxing tour of the town and look for places that you had missed.
Day 10: Contemplate Your Odyssey
Recollect memories and prepare yourself to narrate the story of your unparalleled journey to spirituality, while you head out for home.
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