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The Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra is a spiritually enriching pilgrimage in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, known for its breathtaking natural beauty and religious significance. This journey takes devotees through the picturesque Himalayan terrain, offering a profound spiritual experience.
Badrinath, located in the Chamoli district, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in India. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is part of the Char Dham Yatra. Pilgrims visit the sacred Badrinath Temple, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, to seek blessings and immerse in devotion. The temple’s architecture is awe-inspiring, and the hot water spring, Tapt Kund, nearby is believed to have healing properties.
Kedarnath, situated in the Rudraprayag district, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is another essential stop on the Char Dham Yatra. The Kedarnath Temple is nestled amidst the rugged Kedar Valley and can be reached via a trek or on horseback. This arduous journey adds to the spiritual significance of the yatra, as pilgrims endure challenging terrains to reach the holy shrine.
The Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra is not just a physical journey but also a spiritual one, offering a chance for self-reflection and connection with the divine. The serene landscapes, gushing rivers, and tranquil ambiance make it a profound experience for all who undertake this sacred pilgrimage, leaving them with a deep sense of peace and fulfillment. It’s a testament to the enduring faith and devotion of millions of pilgrims who embark on this sacred journey each year.
Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station, drive straight to Guptkashi. On arrival Check In at the Hotel, evening visit Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
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 Gupt Kashi, 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 (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi 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.
Weather - Generally pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius. Cold in winters.
After medical check-up proceed to Sonprayag, Trek start from Sonprayag to Kedarnath (3584 mts) by Pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Visit Kedarnath Temple. Overnight stay.
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, the protector and the destroyer. 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 r! emaining 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.
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Sonprayag. Further drive to Guptkashi. Check in Hotel. Night Halt.
Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay.
Badrinath one of the 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 bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye.
Charanpaduka : 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
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 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto 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.
Vyas Gufa (cave) : Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). 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. Later drive back to Rudraprayag / Kirtinagar via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
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 Nir 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.
Drive to Rishikesh, the 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.
Visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram.
Later transfer to Haridwar Railway Station / Dehradun Airport. Tour Terminate.
The best time for the yatra is typically between May and October when the weather is favorable, and the pilgrimage sites are accessible. The exact dates may vary each year, so it's advisable to check with local authorities.
You can reach Badrinath and Kedarnath by road from major cities in Uttarakhand. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, and the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh. From these points, you'll need to travel by road to reach the pilgrimage sites.
The trek to Kedarnath Temple is moderately challenging, with a distance of approximately 16 kilometers. You can also hire horses or palanquins for a more comfortable journey. Proper footwear and clothing are essential, and it's advisable to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the trek
Yes, there are various accommodations available at different budget levels along the yatra route, including guesthouses, hotels, and dharamshalas. It's advisable to book accommodations in advance during the peak pilgrimage season.