Do Dhaam Yatra

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₹ 15,000 ₹18,500

Duration

5D/4N

Height

14,555ft

Distance

22kms

Pick Up & Drop

Haridwar

Overview

The Kedarnath

Kedarnath is located in close proximity to the Chorabari Glacier, which is the source of the Mandakini River, and is surrounded by the Himalayan peaks that are covered with frost. Kedarnath is around 14 kilometres distant from Gaurikund, which is the nearest roadhead to Kedarnath. It is located at a height of 11,755 feet. There is a mythical link to the stone hump that is worshipped within the temple. This connection may be traced back to the epic Mahabharata, when the Pandavas, after defeating the Kauravas who were seeking all of their own family members, sought the forgiveness of Lord Shiva.

On the other hand, Shiva did not forgive them, which made the Pandavas even more determined to seek forgiveness from him. For the purpose of evading them, Shiva transformed himself into a bull and travelled to earth. He left his hump at Kedarnath, which was located near enough to the Chorabari Glacier, a location that was marked by a temple dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya that was built in the eighth century.

There are four Panch Kedar shrines, and each of them is dedicated to worshipping a different section of the bull’s body. At Tunganath, the bull’s arms, at Madmaheshwar, at Rudranath, and at Kalpeshwar, the bull’s navel, and at Kalpeshwar, the bull’s hair. Be certain that a trip to the Kedarnath temple is included in the Chardham vacation package you choose to buy before you make your reservation.

The Badrinath

Additionally, the Badrinath Temple, which is devoted to Lord Vishnu, is situated in a breathtaking location at the foot of the pyramid-shaped, snow-capped Nilkantha mountain. This temple, which was established by Guru Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century, is not only situated in a picturesque location, but it is also one of the Chardham’s most readily accessible temples.

However, over the course of some decades, the temple has undergone a process of refurbishment and renovation. There are hot springs located at the base of the temple, and the waters of these springs reach a scorching 40 degrees Celsius. These springs are used by the people as a laundry and wash house. The idol of Badrinayaran was discovered in the Alakananda River by Adi Shankaracharya, who was responsible for the construction of the first Badrinath Temple.

The King of Garhwal constructed the temple in the 16th century, replete with its intricate carvings, stone inlays, and columns, which gave the building the look of a Buddhist Vihara. The temple is still standing today. This location is said to have been the location of Lord Shiva’s meditation for a considerable amount of time, during which time Goddess Lakshmi provided him with shade in the shape of a Badri tree, which is how the site got its name.

Even in modern times, people continue to think that the Kedar-Badri valley is the place where Lord Shiva resides. This is the reason why many schedule their yearly Chardham visit around the season of Mahashivaratri, when the celebrations breathe new life and colour into the temples.

With our committed crew, set off on a life-changing pilgrimage through the sacred sites of the Do Dhaam Yatra.

Trek Plan

Travel from Haridwar to Sitapur/Shersi

After breakfast, you will be driven to Sitapur/Shersi via Rudraprayag. Take a trip to Guptkashi to see the Ardh Narishwar Temple and Devprayag, one of the five Prayag. The trip will be one that you’ll never forget, thanks to the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas and the mighty Ganges River. After arriving in Sitapur or Shersi, you may spend the night at a hotel and have dinner.

From Sitapur/Shersi to Kedarnath Ji darshan

After breakfast, leave the hotel for Shri Kedarnath Ji. Check in to the hotel or campsite, fresh and up for the darshan and stay overnight near the temple after having healthy dinner.

From Kedarnath Ji to Chopta campsite

You may see the hump of the bull within the garbhgrah if you get up early enough (around 4:30 in the morning) and also watch the Morning Darshan. After breakfast, descend from Kedarnath to Gaurikund and then drive to Chopta. Arrive at the camp in the evening, have dinner, and then relax.

From Chopta to Badrinath Ji Darshan

 

Once you have finished your breakfast, depart for Badrinath and we will make stops at the temples of Karanprayag, Vishnuprayag, and Joshimath Narshimha along the road. Badrinath should be reached by dusk. After check-in at the hotel, we will go to the Badrinath temple and the market. Meals consisting of dinner is provided during the overnight stay near Badrinath temple.

From Badrinath Ji to Haridwar drive

After breakfast board a vehicle for Haridwar. This is the last day for your Do DHAM YATRA. From Haridwar everyone can make their own plans further of staying or going home.

What’s Included

What’s Excluded

Things To Carry

When embarking on a trek with Global Events Travels, there are certain items you need to bring yourself. These are divided into five categories: Trekking Gear, Footwear, Clothing, Toiletries, Utensils, and Miscellaneous. All items listed are essential, unless marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Rucksack with rain cover
  • Day pack bag, Recommended for treks with a summit day
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • UV protection sunglasses
  • Water bottles: Two 1-liter bottles

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes: 1 pair
  • Lightweight slippers or sandals: 1 pair
    Clothing
  • Quick-dry warm lower or track pants: 2
  • Full-sleeve T-shirts/sweatshirts: 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thick woolen socks: 1 pair for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thermal body warmer (upper & lower): 1 set
  • Undergarments: 1 for each day of trekking
  • Warm jacket (closed at wrist & neck): 1
  • Full-sleeve sweater: 1
  • Rainwear (jacket & pants): 1 set
  • Waterproof, warm gloves: 1 pair
  • Woolen cap**: 1
  • Sun-shielding hat: 1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit: Small towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, cold cream, etc.
  • Sunscreen lotion: Small pack
  • Lip balm: Small pack

Utensils

  • Small, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box: 1
  • Plate: 1
  • Spoon: 1
  • Tea/coffee mug (plastic): 1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera: (Optional)
  • Personal medicines: Bring plenty if needed; consult your doctor before the trek.
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (Optional)

FAQ's

The best time to do the Kedarnath Yatra is typically during the pilgrimage season, which generally spans from late April to early November.

The best time to undertake the Chopta Chandrashila Trek is from April to June and September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the trekking trails are generally clear of snow, offering optimal conditions for trekking.

The best time to undertake the Badrinath is from April to June and September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the trails are generally clear of snow, offering optimal conditions for walking.

The difficulty level of the Kedarnath Yatra can vary depending on factors such as the route chosen, individual fitness levels, weather conditions, and altitude acclimatization.

The traditional trekking route to Kedarnath from Gaurikund is approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) long one way, involving a gradual ascent through rocky terrain, forests, and steep inclines. While the trek is not overly technical, it requires a moderate level of physical fitness and stamina to complete.

Yes, the Chopta Chandrashila Trek is suitable for beginners with a moderate level of fitness. The trek involves moderate inclines and can be completed by individuals with basic trekking experience. However, it's essential to be adequately prepared and acclimatize to the altitude to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

The duration of the trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath typically ranges from 6 to 8 hours one way, depending on individual walking pace and rest breaks. The terrain varies from dirt paths to rocky trails and wooden bridges, requiring careful footing and concentration, especially in certain sections with steep ascents or descents.

The Kedarnath Yatra involves reaching the sacred Kedarnath temple, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. This elevation places Kedarnath among the higher-altitude pilgrimage sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekkers and pilgrims undertaking the yatra need to be prepared for the challenges associated with trekking at such altitudes, including altitude sickness, decreased oxygen levels, and temperature variations. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and pace oneself while ascending to higher elevations during the yatra to ensure a safe and enjoyable pilgrimage experience.

Yes, there are various accommodation options available in Kedarnath ranging from dharamshalas (pilgrim guesthouses) to tents and lodges. However, it is recommended to book in advance, especially during peak pilgrimage seasons.

Packing for the Kedarnath Yatra requires careful consideration of the essentials needed for a pilgrimage journey in the Himalayan region. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

  1. Clothing:

    • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for trekking or walking
    • Insulated jacket or fleece for warmth, especially during early mornings and evenings
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket or poncho
    • Comfortable trekking pants and shorts
    • Warm hat, gloves, and scarf or neck gaiter
    • Sturdy and comfortable trekking shoes or boots with good traction
    • Trekking socks (wool or synthetic) to keep feet warm and dry

  2. Personal Items:

    • Backpack or daypack to carry essentials during the trek
    • Water bottle or hydration system to stay hydrated along the journey
    • Snacks such as energy bars, nuts, or dried fruits for quick energy boosts
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection
    • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects
    • Personal toiletries including toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and any necessary medications
    • Small towel or handkerchief

  3. Safety and Health:

    • First aid kit with essential medications, bandages, antiseptic cream, and blister treatment
    • Personal identification (passport, driver's license, or Aadhar card)
    • Emergency contact information and any relevant medical history
    • Whistle and signaling mirror for emergencies
    • Lightweight rain gear or poncho in case of unexpected rain
    • Basic tools or multi-tool for minor repairs or adjustments
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  4. Miscellaneous:

    • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories (with protective case)
    • Notebook and pen for journaling or making notes
    • Plastic bags or zip-lock bags for organizing and protecting belongings
    • Cash in small denominations for purchasing snacks, souvenirs, or donations at the temple

While the altitude of Kedarnath is not extremely high, some trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, especially if ascending too quickly. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to descend to a lower altitude.

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