Pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Badrinath (12 Days and 11 Nights)
The pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Badrinath is an endeavor of Maitrepa to provide an opportunity to the interested pilgrims to comfortably visit the shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath and many other important ones on the way. A visit to the shrine of Tungnath and a trek to the Vasundhara Falls are the highlights of this pilgrimage. The itinerary has been carefully planned to prevent exhaustion, which is usually the case while travelling in the mountains. The pilgrimage is of 12 days and 11 nights duration and it starts and terminates in New Delhi.
Perched at an elevation of 3500 meters, Kedarnath is an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva in the state of Uttarakhand. With the backdrop of glaciers from which the holy river Mandakini emanates, Kedarnath is one of the holiest places of worship for the Hindus. It takes an arduous trek of 18 km to reach the shrine of Kedarnath from Gaurikund. After the construction of helipad in Kedarnath, one can reach Kedarnath quite comfortably in a helicopter. In spite of this, many pilgrims prefer to walk to reach the shrine.
Located in the valley of Nar and Narayan Mountains, Badrinath is a sacred shrine of Lord Vishnu. The average elevation of Badrinath is 3100 meters. The black idol of Lord Badrinath was installed by Adi Shankaracharya in the eight century, however, the temple is believed to be much more ancient. Lord Vishnu is seen in a sitting posture here in Badrinath. Compared to Kedarnath, it is easy to reach Badrinath as it is connected by a motor-able road. The shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath remain closed in the winter and open in the summer when the snow cover melts.
You will fly from New Delhi to Dehradun in the morning. Once in Dehradun, you will be driven to the hotel for check-in. Later in the day, we will visit the ashram of Swami Sivananda and his residence which is known as Gurudev Kutir. For dinner and overnight stay, we will then return to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will proceed to Rudraprayag by road. The distance of 141 km will be covered in 6 hours. On the way, we will stop at Devprayag – the confluence of the holy rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. After the merger of the two rivers, the resultant stream is called as the Ganga. Once in Rudraprayag, we will check-in at a hotel. Rudraprayag is the confluence of the holy rivers Mandakini and Alaknanada. There will not be any excursion after the check-in at the hotel.
We will proceed to the valley of Chopta which is located at a distance of 75 km from Rudraprayag. Chopta is the starting point of the trek to Tungnath – a revered shrine of Lord Shiva. We will ride on the back of a pony while going up the mountain. The shrine of Tungnath is located atop the mountain from where one can behold the panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valley. We will then trek down the hill, covering a distance of 3 km and then head for our camp for overnight stay.
From Chopta, we will head for Guptakashi (43 km) where we will check-in at a holiday camp. Later in the day, we will visit the ancient shrine of Kalimath. Kalimath is the only shrine where Goddess Kali is not worshiped in the idol form (She is worshiped in Her ether aspect). Next on list will be a visit to the temple of Chandrasekhar Mahadev. Lord Shiva is the principal deity of the temple. With this visit, the day’s excursion will come to an end.
Early morning, we will fly to Kedarnath (3553 m) in a helicopter. It will take us 15 minutes to reach the helipad in Kedarnath. The shrine of Kedarnath is one kilometre away from the helipad. After a peaceful visit to the shrine, we will undertake a short walk to explore the beauty of the Kedarnath Valley. We will then fly back to Guptakashi. Later in the day, we will visit Ukhimath which is an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. In the winters when the shrine of Kedarnath is closed, the priests of Kedarnath worship him in Ukimath. We will spend the night in the holiday camp in Chopta.
After breakfast, we will commence on a road journey to Auli, which is 151 km from Chopta. Perched at an elevation of 3047 meters, Auli offers a breathtaking view of a number of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Over the years, Auli has been developed into one of the finest ski resorts of the country. After check-in at the hotel, there will not be any excursion during the day.
We will head for Joshimath which is located at a distance of 14 km from Auli. Joshimath was earlier known as Jyotirmath. It houses one of the four maths (shrines) established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Sri Adi Shankaracharya meditated in a cave in Joshimath for a long time which is located beneath the temple of Jyotishwar Mahadev. The demon king Hiranyakashyap was killed in Jyotirmath by the incarnation of Lord Vishnu known as Sri Narsingh Dev. As a result, Lord Narsingh Dev is worshipped here in a temple. We will visit the math of Sri Adi Shankarachayra and the temple of Narsingh Dev. Later, we will proceed to Badrinath which is located at a distance of 48 km from Joshimath. We will be put up in a comfortable hotel in Badrinath for the next two days.
Day 8Neelkanth in Badrinath
We will visit the shrine of Lord Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) in the morning. The temple of Lord Badrinath is located on the other side of the holy river Alaknanda, in the valley of Nar and Narayan Mountains. It is difficult to describe the beauty and serenity of Badrinath in words. Later, we will trek to Charanpaduka, which is 3 km from the temple of Lord Badrinath. It is believed that when Lord Vishnu descended from the heaven, he first stepped on a rock where his footprints got inscribed. From Charanpaduka, one can behold the majestic view of the valley of Nar and Narayan Mountains.
After breakfast, we will head for Mana which is the last Indian village ahead of the border with China. Once in Mana, we will visit the two very important caves: the Ganesha Cave and the Vyasa Cave. As per the mythology, Sage Vyasa and Lord Ganesha sat in their respective caves to complete the work of the Mahabharata. Sage Vyasa went on dictating the verses and Lord Ganesha kept on writing as they were in communion with each other. The two caves are 200 meters apart. We will then see the Bheem Pul (bridge) – a massive rock which serves as a bridge over the holy river Saraswati. Bheem, who was one of the Pandava Brothers, had lifted this massive rock and kept it at its current position, to be able to cross the river Saraswati along with his brothers and wife Draupadi.
We will then trek a distance of 5 km to reach Vasundhara Falls. The trek will allow us the opportunity to visually explore the mountain peaks of Satopanth, Chaukhamba and Balkun. We will then head back to the hotel for overnight stay.
We will bid adieu to Badrinath and proceed to Rudraprayag. On the way, we will visit Pandukeshwar Temple and Vishnuprayag. King Pandu had meditated at the site of Pandukeshwar Temple and believed to have darshan of Lord Vishnu. Vishnuprayag is the confluence of the holy rivers Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda. We will check-in at a hotel in Rudraprayag for overnight stay.
Day 11Dhari Devi Temple
Post breakfast, we will head for Rishikesh. On the way, we will visit the temple of Dhari Devi near Srinagar. The temple of Dhari Devi is newly built on a raised platform in the midst of Alaknanda River. An aspect of Goddess Kali, Dhari Devi is the guardian deity of the state of Uttarakhand. Once in Rishikesh, we will check-in at a river-side hotel for overnight stay.
You will be driven to Dehradun Airport from where you will fly to New Delhi. Once in New Delhi, you can then travel to your desired destination.
For a group of 8 persons:
The travel cost per person on a twin sharing basis is Rs 65,500.
The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 95,500.
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- Cost of transportation in a tempo traveler during the trip.
- Cost of accommodation at standard hotels in Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Auli and Badrinath with complimentary breakfast.
- Cost of accommodation at holiday camps in Chopta and Guptakashi with complimentary breakfast and dinner.
- English speaking tour leader’s service charge.
- Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- International and domestic airfares.
- Cost of lunch, dinner and any other meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotels/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
- Air fare for the return ticket to Kedarnath in a helicopter.
- Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
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9th – 20th October
This is a group pilgrimage for a minimum of 8 persons. On demand, it is possible to organize this pilgrimage during the months of June to September as well.
Kedarnath Badrinath Pilgrimage
Kedarnath Badrinath Pilgrimage
- Temperature at some of the places covered in the itinerary may range between 5 to 15 degree Celsius, so it is important to carry warm clothing.
- It is important that you read about the places mentioned in the itinerary. This will allow your mind to be more receptive when you visit those places.
- We request women travelers from the western countries to give thoughtful consideration to the fact that the dress culture is on the conservative side in this part of the world and thus dress accordingly to avoid unwanted attention.
- We strongly recommend you to carry air pollution mask, sunglasses, umbrella and of course, a good camera.