Meet our driver at Haridwar morning and drive to Guptkashi via Rudraprayag & Devprayag. Enroute you can see
the beautiful river Ganga and Alaknanda River till Rudraprayag. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath,
drive alongside the river to reach Guptakashi, visit Ardh Narishwar (Vishwanath)Temple in Guptakashi. Check
into the hotel arrival in Guptakashi. Overnight stay at Guptakashi.
Guptakashi:- 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 Guptkashi, 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 (priests) live in Guptkashi 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.
Guptkashi Weather – pleasant in summer, the temperature ranges from 25-30 degree Celsius. Cold in winters.
By Helicopter: Morning our driver will transfer you to your prebooked Helipad. After Back our car will drop you
at Hotel for rest. (note: helicopter ticket is not included in this package)
By Trek: Though it is difficult to go up and down from Sonprayag on the same day by trek. But it can be done if
you take ponies or helicopter while going to Kedarnath. Do coordinate well with driver, as due to parking issue
driver cannot stay at Sonprayag also network issue is also there.
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. 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 remaining 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
Kedarnath Weather – Due to its high altitude the weather in Kedarnath remains cold for most part of the year.
Summer here is cool and pleasant while winter is severe. During summer season the temperature varies around
20°Celsius. Light woolen wear is recommended. Winter season in Kedarnath is severe with mercury falling to as
low as 0°Celsius. During this time the place experiences snowfall as well. Due to the extreme climatic conditions,
this time is usually avoided by tourists.
Morning after breakfast, drive to Badrinath. Check in to the hotel arrival in Badrinath. Pilgrims after having a
bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in evening. 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.
Overnight stay at Badrinath.
Badrinath one of the ‘Ancient 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 bath before
entering the Badrinath temple.
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.
Badrinath Weather: The average maximum temperature will be around 18° Celsius and the average minimum
is 8° Celsius. Warm and woolen clothes are hence required for a stay in Badrinath throughout the year. Winter in
Badrinath is often accompanied by snow falls. Winter is very chilly with an average temperature of 5° Celsius.
Due to the extreme climatic conditions, this time is usually closed for tourists.
Morning after breakfast, driver for Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Visit on the way Narsingh Temple in Joshimath
later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check into the hotel arrival in Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at
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.
Rudraprayag Weather – Generally hot in summer, the temperature ranges from 35-40 degree Celsius, Winter:
The Days are pleasantly cool but the nights are cold, temp ranges from 20 deg to 05 deg.
Morning after breakfast, drive for Haridwar via Rishikesh. Rishikesh ‘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. Check in Hotel. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla.
Drop at Haridwar.
Rishikesh: Named after the Lord Vishnu, Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus. Located in the foothills of the
Himalaya in northern India it is also known as the yoga center of the world and is home to many world renowned
ashrams. Rishikesh styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga
and meditation classes. The fast-flowing Ganges is surrounded by forested hills inside the city. Apart from
temples and ashrams Rishikesh is now a popular white-water rafting centre, backpacker hang-out, and gateway
to treks in the Himalaya.
Note : MAPAI Plan includes Room, Breakfast & Dinner