Arrive in Delhi to a warm welcome by our tour guide. You will board the coach later on for the 215 km drive to Haridwar where you check into a hotel and then set out to a visit of the Ganga ghats and temples. The highlight is the evening Aarti at the Har Ki Paur.
Breakfast over we get into the coach for the 235 km drive to Barkot that will take 7 hours. On the way we cross Dehradun and Mussoorie where, a short distance away, we stop for a while at the lovely Kempty Falls. Arrive in Barkot and check into the hotel for the overnight stay.
Rise and breakfast early after which it is time for the 7 km trek to Yamunotri temple, the first of the char dhams. You can walk or ride a pony or get into a palanquin. Before arriving at the temple we halt at Suraj Kund where you cook a small rice offering to take to the deity. Pilgrims also worship at the Divya Shila before entering the temple dedicated to Yamuna Mata. The Darshan over, we return to Barkot via Hanumanchatti for the night's stay.
Breakfast on typical local fare and drive 140 km to Harsil. We stop at Uttarkashi for Darshan at the Vishwanath Temple and a look around the town. Arrive in Harsil and check into the hotel for the overnight stay.
Wake up in the crisp morning air, breakfast, proceed to Gangotri. Located at a height of 3048 metres, Gangotri temple is dedicated to Ganga Mata, who it is said descended to Earth here in response to supplication by King Bhagirath for the peace of souls of his ancestors. Gaumakh glacier was close to this temple but it receded due to global warming. The temple is ancient but the current temple was built by General Amar Singh Thapa. Pray at this temple for the blessings of Ganga Mata. Also, there is a submerged Shivling in the river said to be the spot where Shiva received Ganga. Take a dip in the holy Bhagirathi River and then return to Harsil for the overnight stay. It is also believed that the Kedar Ganga and Bhagirathi confluence at this spot.
Breakfast over we drive 185 km to Srinagar. On the way there is a halt at Tehri Dam, Asia's highest dam and also a scenic picnic spot. Arrive in Srinagar and check into your hotel.
Get into the coach after breakfast for the 105 km drive to Kedarnath. We stop at Rudraprayag, the site where Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers confluence, considered a holy spot. We then proceed to Gaurikund and start the 14 km trek to Kedarnath over steep paths. You can hire a pony or get into a palanquin. Check into a hotel on arrival and visit Kedarnath temple in the evening. Kedarnath is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. There are legends and myths associated with Kedarnath but it is universally believed Lord Shiva grants your prayers here.
Rise early, visit the Kedarnath temple once again and then we have breakfast. Then we set out on the return 14 km trek to Gaurikund. After some rest we proceed to Guptkashi and check into a hotel for the night's stay. Proceed to Gaurikund on the way to Badrinath. The spot is marked by a hot water spring said to have medicinal properties. Parvati Devi is said to have performed penance in order to gain Lord Shiva.
Breakfast and drive 205 km drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Visit the holy temple of Lord Badrinath for the evening Aarti. Lord Vishnu is said to have meditated here for ages with only Laxmi to shelter him in the form of a Badri tree. Those who are up to it can visit the Neelkanth peaks a little bit ahead while others can rest. Badrinath, apart from being one of the Chota Chardhams, is also on the major Char Dham circuit.
We set out an excursion around Badrinath starting with the Tapt Kund. We visit Narad Kund, Brahma Kapal, Sheshnetra, Charanpaduka, Mata Murty temple, Mana Village, Vasudhara Falls, Bhim Pul and Vyas Gufa, all places with religious or mythological significance. Later, in the afternoon, we proceed to Pipalkoti where we check into a hotel for the night.
Breakfast over, we proceed to Devprayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers join to form the start of the Ganga River. We then proceed to Rishikesh, the city of ashrams and yoga, also a holy city in its own right. We go on a brief tour of Sivanand Ashram, Ram Jhoola, Laxman Jhoola, ashrams and ghats by which time it is evening. We proceed to the banks of the Ganga for the Ganga Aarti at Pramarth Niketan. Stay overnight at Rishikesh.
The Chardham Yatra and visit to the Panch Prayags ends as you board the coach for the return trip to Delhi via Haridwar. The guide bids you a fond farewell at Delhi.