This circuit of four ancient pilgrimage sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is referred to as Chota Char Dham to differentiate it from this bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. These Chota Char Dham shrines are closed in winter due to snowfall and reopen for pilgrims with the advent of summer.
Kedarnath: Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Uttrakhand. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to November (Kartik Purnima - the autumn full moon). During the winters, the Vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region.
Badrinath: Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it is situated in Uttarakhand. The temple and town forms one of the spot of DO DHAM YATRA. The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath—holy shrines for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The temple is located in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River.
Gangotri: Gangotri is the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
Yamunotri: Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna river and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janaki Chatti which is approximately 7 kilometers away.
The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Surya Kund is the most important kund. Near the Surya Kund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes, tied in muslin cloth, to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam.
On this morning after arrival at Haridwar Railway station, meet our representative and drive to Barkot via Dehradun, Mussoorie and en-route visit Kempty falls. Later, continue to drive to Barkot. On arrival at Barkot Check-in to Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning leave for Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti & Phool Chatti. On arrival at Janki Chatti start Trekking the distance of 06 kms for Yamunotri. After arrival at Yamunotri, take the holy dip in Hot water Kund and proceed for Puja and Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji. After Darshan and Pooja, head back to Janki Chatti. After arrival at Janki Chatti meet the driver and drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
On this morning leave for Uttarkashi, a drive of 82 kilometers. Enroute visit Prakateshwar Cave. On arrival at Uttarkashi check-in at the hotel and in the evening visit Vishwnath Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Uttarkashi: It is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwnath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected. The other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi.
Early morning drive to Gangotri. Perform Pooja over there and after that relax for some time in the lovely ambience. In the afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi and on arrival check-in to the Hotel. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
On this morning we will drive to Guptkashi and en-route we will visit Tehri Dam. Upon arrival check-in to hotel. Later in the evening visit Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ardh Narishwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
On this morning drive to Gaurikund (32 kms drive-one way). On arrival at Gaurikund start your journey on the tough Trek ahead. Stop for lunch en route at Rambara and continue after that to arrive at Kedarnath ji by late afternoon. On arrival, check-in to the Hotel / Guest House. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnath ji. In the evening visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel or Guest House.
Early Morning Pooja and darshan at the Temple and then come back to Gaurikund. On arrival at Gaurikund meet the driver and leave for Pipalkoti. On arrival at Pipalkoti check-in to hotel for overnight stay.
Pipalkoti acts as a relaxation point for people traveling to Badrinath, Auli, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. It is nestled amidst plush green mountains and terraced fields. Pipalkoti provides delightful views of the snow clad mountains and green hills all around.
On this morning leave for Shri Badrinath Ji. Enroute visit Narsingh Temple, and Adi Sankracharya Samadhi at Joshimath. On arrival at Badrinath, visit the holy temple and spend time visiting Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, Vyas Gufa, Bheem Pul and Saraswati River. Overnight stay at hotel.
Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bath 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.
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.
Bhim Pul: On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge lies over the roaring river.
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 Pooja & Darshan at the Temple. Later drive to Rudrapryag via Joshimath, Chamoli and Karanprayag. On arrival at Rudraprayag, check-in to the Hotel for Overnight stay.
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
Temples: Rudranath and Chamunda Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).
On this morning drive back to Haridwar via Srinagar Garhwal. En-route visit the Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknada River which is called Devprayag. After that continue driving towards Haridwar. On arrival drop you at the at Railway station for onwards destination.
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