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Among the most holiest pilgrimage sites of Indian Himalaya are 4 sites of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji are nestled in Garhwal Himalaya in Uttranchal state of. North India Referred to “Char Dham”Means the four sacred spots. Traveling to these places will not only wash away ones sin, also ensure the release from the cycle of the birth and death. Journey should starts from left to right, as starting from Yamunotri and ends up at Badrinath. This circle of the travel follows the Hindu tradition known as the parikrama.(circumference), Thousands of pilgrims, saints ( Sadhu) can be seen to paying homage in various temple’s shrine and on the bank of Gange.


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi in evening:
Day 2: Delhi / Haridwar (340m) 224km (06hrs)
Day 3: Haridwar / Barkot (205 Kms 5 – 6 hrs)
Day 4: Barkot -Yamunotri – Barkot 98 kms Drive / 41 km by jeep/ 6 kms: Trek 1.
Day 5: Barkot – Uttarkashi 1200m (Drive 82 kms, 4 hrs)
Day 6: Uttarkashi / Gangotari (3048M):(Drive 98km 5 hrs)
Day 7: Gangotri to Uttarakashi Via Harsil: Easy Trek 2
Day 8: Uttarkashi / Gaurikund via Gupat kashi (1981m): (258Km 9hrs)
Day 9: Gaurikund / Kedarnath (3584m): 14 km Moderate Trek. 3
Day 10: Kedarnath/Gaurikund / Rudrapriyag – (1982m) 74 km: Trek 4
Day 11: Rudrapriyag / Badrinath (3096m): 156 kms
Day 12: Badrinath / Joshimath/ Hike to Auli for Nanda Devi Darshan:. 43 km
Day 13: Joshimath-Rishikesh- 6-7 hours. 252 km
Day 14: Rishikesh – Haridwar to Delhi, 244 kms. Departure


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi in evening

Assistance upon arrival followed transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi / Haridwar (340m) 224km (06hrs)

Early morning Leave Delhi, afternoon reached at Haridwar, check in hotel and further visit to city of Haridwar ( literally means gate way to God ) This place is undoubtedly a kaleidoscope of Indian civilization and culture. The numerous temples dedicated to a host of Hindu gods and goddess is a major puller for the pilgrims.

According to mythologicaly belief Millions of Hindu takes holy dip in the sacred river Ganges , seeking emencipation from the worldly sins.

Leave to visit Chandi Devi.standing atop the Neel Parvat, temple built in 1929 AD by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh. It is believed that the main statue of goddess Chandi devi was laid here in the 8th century AD by Adi Shankracharya. Back to city and Visit Hari ki pauri ghat where millions of pilgrims take their holi dip.

Evening is an unforgettable moment while ghat comes to life with singing prayers and lit up lamps along the Ganges where people in hundreds and thousands view this mesmerizing and cleansing ritual. It is believed that the one who bathes at Har ki pauri gets rid of all sins and completely cleanses their soul. Floral tributes and lit up diyas (Lamps) floating on the Ganges is the most enchanting sight one gets at this ghat. Stroll in illuminated street filled by Worship Materials while getting back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Haridwar / Barkot (205 Kms 5 – 6 hrs)

Depart from Haridwar early morning and stop for lunch on the way in Mussoorie. On arrival check in at the hotel for overnight stay. Not much to see cause its an halt before reaching to Yamunotri.

Day 4: Barkot -Yamunotri – Barkot 98 kms Drive / 41 km by jeep/ 6 kms, trek 1.
Start early to leave for Hanuman Chatti (drive 42 kms). Further to Janki chati by Local Jeep , Road end here and take a walk ( trek ) of 6 kms On arrival at Yamunotri pray at the temple to pay the homage to the Goddess Yamunotri, and take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage to Char Dham. Trek back and reach by evening at Phool Chatti , overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5: Barkot – Uttarkashi 1200m (Drive 82 kms, 4 hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast, leave for Uttarkashi, a drive of 82 kms. Enroute visit Prakateshwar Cave, on arrival Uttarkashi check in at the hotel , evening visit Vishwnath and Shakti Temple at its opposite where a 6 metres high Trishul ( trident ) erect in the middle has great significance in Indian Mythology , Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Uttarkashi / Gangotari (3048M):(Drive 98km 5 hrs)

Drive 80 Kms through up-stream to scintillating river Bhagirathi, Winding shady roads swinging conifer trees and beautiful Himalayan hamlets. On the way stop at Gangnani ,The place is notable for its thermal springs. Close by is a temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas. Afternoon reach Gangotrai.

Gangotri offers scenic splendors of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. The place holds great importance amongst Hindus. Temple here was built in the early years of the 18th century and emits a highly pious aura. Religious rituals are in full swing in the Gangotri temple with the Arti ceremony performed by the pujaris of the Semwal family. night in Gangotari or in Harsil.

Day 7: Gangotri to Uttarakashi Via Harsil, Easy trek 2

Today you will take an easy walk to visit a typical village, explore the village life , meet the local people, You will appreciate their architecture and their authentic way of life . Further drive to Uttarakashi, evening at leisure, night in hotel

Day 8: Uttarkashi / Gaurikund via Gupat kashi (1981m): (258Km 9hrs)

Drive 258 km (09hrs) to Gaurikund via Rudrprayag the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini river. Follow the Mandakini valley accompanying by the Chaukhamba peak as sentinel, adorned by terraced filed and hanging villages to Guptakashi , Visit ancient Gupatakashi temple complex with two water sources in front representing Gange and Yamuna, from here lord Shiva went incognito from Pandawas of Mahabharata. Visit temple and pay homage to mighty lord, Further to Gaurikund where Parvati meditated for hundreds of year to win a consort of the Lord Shiva. visit temple of Gauri ( Goddess Parvati ) and Gaurikund or hot spring , it is believed that Goddess Gauri used to take bath here.

Day 9: Gaurikund / Kedarnath (3584m): 14 km Moderate Trek. 3

14 km gradual trek to the “Royal Abode of Lord Shiva” Kedarnath through Mandakni Valley, temple is situated in the rampart of 6950m. high Kedarnath peak. In the evening visit to the temple to feel and smell Hindu culture alive, overnight at tourist bungalow / or in simple lodge.
Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrims of India with Lord Shiva as its residing deity. This holy site is situated at the foot of imposing snow bound Himalayan peaks. The temple here was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the early 8th century is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the main temple of Panch Kedar.

Day 10: Kedarnath/Gaurikund / Rudrapriyag – (1982m) 74 km

Early morning After visiting the temple one can trek for 3 kms walk ahead of Kedarnath to the foot of Chorabari Bamak Glacier which form the pristine lake of Chorabari Tal and reflects the gigantic Himalayan peaks in it . Later trek back to Gaurikund, Take a drive of 80 kms to Rudrapryiag ,

Visit the temple of Rudraprayag where Lord Shiva emerged in his Rudra Avtaar to bless Narad who was worshipping the lord to master the art of music. Further to the temple of Augustmuni where saint Agastya meditated for several years. Temple is known for its architecture, You can appreciate the stone carvings on it .Night stay in hotel.

Day 11: Rudrapriyag / Badrinath (3096m): 156 kms

Breathtaking road leads via Joshimath (Jyotrimath), winter seat of the Rawal Sahib of the Badrinath shrine, after lunch further drive via Vishnuprayag- the confluence of Dhauli Ganga (flows from Niti valley) and Alaknanda. Afternoon arrival to the home of Lord Vishnu is the most pious pilgrim center of the Hindus. The beautiful temple with back ground of Neelkanth Parvat in the shape of pyramids is believed to be set up in 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. Evening visit temple shrine along with natural thermal springs where Pilgrims refresh themselves before entering the temple and witness grand Arti, overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Badrinath / Joshimath/ Hike to Auli for Nanda Devi Darshan:. 43 km
Drive back 40 kms to Joshimath and take a bifurcation of 12 kms to Auli , Further an hour easy trek in lush winter ski slope of Auli to witness the Goddess mountain of mighty Nanda Devi worshiped as protecting deity that dominate the entire valley and other mountains around above 6 to 7 thousands mtrs in angle of 360 degree can be seen , Overnight in hotel ( charming guest house ) at Johimath.

Day 13: Joshimath-Rishikesh- 6-7 hours. 252 km

Drive 252 kms to Rishikesh, Same way back till Devpryag , the confluence of Alakanada and Bhagirathi, pay homage at the confluence to the goddess Gange and further drive along with Gange till Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is the abode of saint and sages which is known for the Yoga and meditation centre in the world , while having evening stroll in the city you will visit some of Hindu temples and will mingle in the pilgrims folk , visit some of Ashram where people lives in comes from the world wide to seek the peace of mind. Evening attending the ritual ceremony is a great attraction, hundreds of pilgrims gather here on the bank of Gange to participate the ceremony and to float the lit up lamps in the river, pay your last homage of the trip to the mother Gange, night in hotel.

Day 14: Rishikesh – Haridwar to Delhi, 244 kms. Departure

Train or Vehicle to Delhi, visit the Kutub Minar, Jama Masjid, out skirt of Red Fort. evening transfer to the airport for onward destination. No hotels in Delhi. End of service.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost Per Person- €2375 for 2 person Group

Cost Per Person- €2200 for 3 person Group

Formed group : If you are a group of more than 8 persons, please contact us to get the special deal.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Airport/Railway Station & Bus Stand transfer
  • English speaking local Guide
  • Twin sharing room in a three-star hotel
  • All hotel / Camp on BB basis (bed & breakfast)
  • ring trekking local food will be provided
  • Local guide during trekking.
  • Permit
  • Medical box with oxygen cylinder during trek

Cost Exclude

  • Any Air fare
  • Monument fees
  • Lunch & dinner in Delhi/ Agra
  • International / Domestic flight ticket,
  • Visa and airport tax,
  • Insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Medical expenses and evacuation
  • Tipping
  • Camera fee



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All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1:60 days or more before departure

The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelling policies applied for different services.

2: 40 Days before departure

The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

Less than 30 days before departure

The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore h3ly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

Itinerary / hotels are sub to change in case of strike, civil war threaten, you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.
In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience and co-operate with the situation, while travelling to rural and isolated area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication or distance to pass the message with the other vehicle those who are driving toward the nearest town or the place from where one can have telephone facilities. Or from where one can be connected by Mobile phone. Also you can be transferred by the other type of vehicle what ever is available at the moment as of local bus till you will be not having the proper mode of transport.

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.
Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.
It is strongly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges:

Accommodation is based on 3 star category in cities, In hilly area there are limited choices of accommodation sub. to the each places. Neat and clean local standards of hotels, Fixe camps or guest houses will be provided. We request you to carry the bed cover to assure the hygiene when you feel to use.
Indian vegetarian meals is served, Non veg is strictly forbidden due to religious mater. Indian recipes are bit on spicy side, Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, Lunch packed or in local restaurant or in hotel sub. to the schedule.

Sub to the number of person in group, for 2-3 Indigo car, 4-5 Toyota Innova, for more than 5 persons Tempo travelers or mini bus. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle can not be regularly used due to steep uphill drive, So you have to co-operate with. For the Autumns, winter and spring season, when temperature goes down, if you required heater except minibus each of those mentioned vehicle have the heating facilities except while uphill drive .

2: Road
you can face land slide due to rainfall and can be blocked for a days or more, you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment. Road in India are being widen So please don’t compare the driving time as estimated in developed nation.

You will have 4 days of moderate trekking, time of walk vary from 4 to 6 hours (time can be lengthen or shorten sub. to the physical strength or rhythm of each individual) one have to carry high necked of trekking shoes and walking stick those who wish. .
Preparation of relief of sun burn, Lip salve, Anti septic cream, Antihistamine cream (for relief of insect bites), Anti diarrhoea (flagyl or any other), Anti headache (Diamox, aspirin, paracitamol, zimalgin), Anti vomiting (avomin), For stomach-ache (baralgan,trigan or other diagnose) Dettol, wash proof Dettol plaster, Bandage and cotton, Balm, Anti cramp spray, Pills to purify the water, Scissor and knife are must in the medical kit.
According to your physical condition you are requested to consult your doctor to complete your medical kit. Apart from that HIMALAYAN FRONTIERS also provides an additional medical kit including oxygen cylinder with each group where need be .
While travelling during Autumns and summer season , at higher altitude morning and evening are fresh hence required a light Pull over, Raincoat ( occasionally required but pack it ) a polar jacket or waterproof jacket, light clothing for lower altitude, Sun hat, short and long sleeves Shirts, Loose trousers, ( wearing short is not allowed at holy spot ) a pair of sport shoes, sandal , few pairs of socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, , toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare films and batteries, battery Charger, day sac, water bottle, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Anti-mosquitos spray. fanny pack to keep safely your important doc as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money , Multifunctional knife, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, English –Hindi dictionary to learn the important words to greet and to communicate with locals and a note book can be useful to engrave your memory in it .
Due to wide range of temperature and climate conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold a layered clothing is better than a few thick ones, so choose your cloths accordingly. Cloths should be preferable be made from natural materials which allow the body to breath better. You will be offending people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Although there are normally opportunities to wear shorts, it is strictly forbidden to be with short in any religious places as monasteries and temples. We would advise women to wear shirts or loose trousers, men should not wear singlet. Make sure that your clothing should be packed in poly bag inside the back pack / duffle bag etc.
Many metropolitan cities is India are not that much conservative, but still in certain part of cities and in rural it is better to dress conservatively, One should not try to attract attention towards themselves due to their dressing style, while entering to religious site one should take off shoes, don’t dress short and half sleeves and are required to cover the head. Mobile are required to be in silent mode, hugging and kissing will shock the people hence restricted in public, To be respected ,respect always local culture.
During this trip you will be visiting highly revered religious sites, where in morning and evening daily ritual is practiced, Holy bath are taken by pilgrims, spiritual chant are sang and different sort of offers are immersed to the Gange or to the ideal at the shrine . While participating such events you are requested to be silent, respect the rule and regulations and off curse mingle into the folks when chanting the religious song , in full devotion and in deep emotion.
You will be guided by a professional English speaking guide, Language guide can be provided by paying extra charges ( on prior notice / subject to availabilities ) . Drivers ( additional service of assistant driver in case of minibus required ) and guide will be there to assist you at their best.
Generally, vary to different season, Hence the best time to travel to this part of Himalaya world is from months of Mai-June and Sep- Oct. July-August are rainy season and Oct to beginning of Mail those sites remain closed for the public.
Summer temperature Max: 40 ° C, Minimum: 20 ° C
Autumn Temperature Max: 35 ° C, Minimum: 15° C ( Post monsoon Sep-Oct.)
Incase of bad weather , temperature in high altitude can go -0 as well but those are the rare cases
Highest altitude is Kedarnath-3 553 m
Pre-travel conditioning is very desirable, as more you are prepared the more you enjoy the trips. For all the adventure trips at least light physical exercise is required however no exercise is obliged for cultural tours or jeep safari in hilly region. As we gain altitude slowly, so we get acclimatize naturally. And for the vast majority the slow ascent to height will produce minimum effects. The most important attribute for any adventure travel trip is positive attitude.
The Himalayas have a very fragile environment and it is our special concern and Endeavour to protect and preserve the existing ecology. We are also sensitive to local cultures and traditions and make special efforts