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NORTH INDIA - BADRI - KEDAR YATRA - 27


Tour code

NIB - 27

Ex

Bengaluru

Distance

12500 KMS ( approximately Round trip)

Duration

By Train 27 Days / By Flight 23 Days 

Vehicle Used

A/C Deluxe Bus / TT

Accommodation

Twin sharing basis Standard rooms

States visited

Delhi, Rajasthan, UttarPradesh, Uttarakhand.

Places visited

Delhi, Jaipur, Fatepur sikri, Mathura, Brindavan, Agra, Prayaga, Bodhgaya, Gaya,
Varanasi, Haridwar, Rudraprayag, Gupta Kashi, Sitapur, Triyuginarayan, Kedarnath,Mana, Badrinath, Joshimath, Piplekoti, Rishikesh.



Departure dates:

    DEP DATES:. APR 9,APR 16,APR 23, APR 30. MAY 14, MAY 28. JUN 4,JUN 18.
    JUL 2,JUL 16. AUG 6,AUG 20. SEP 10, SEP 17.


COST :In Rs...
Adult
Twin Sharing
60500*
Adult
Single Sharing
81675
Child
(2-11 Years)
45375
Child
(2-11 Y)
30250*
Without Bed & Seat
Advance
Amount
15000*

NOTE :
  • For Infants 2-24 months(2 Years) Please send enquiry.
  • Charges for children mentioned applies only if they accompanied by 2 adults. If the child is accompanied by single adult full amount will be charged.
  • Children 2-11 Years will be charged 75% of the tour Cost with full-seat, without extra bed.
DAY 1 BANGALORE - DELHI
  Departure to Delhi from Bangalore / Hubli railway station.
DAY 2 TRAIN
  Train journey continues.
DAY 3 DELHI
  Morning reach Delhi railway station, transfer to hotel. . Evening Akshar Dham Sight Seeing , Night halt at New Delhi.
DAY 4 DELHI - JAIPUR
  After breakfast proceed towards Jaipur, reach by evening. Night stay at Jaipur.
DAY 5 JAIPUR
  After breakfast visit City Palace, Janthar Manthar. Amber palace, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal ( outside). Night stay at Jaipur.
DAY 6 JAIPUR - FATEHPURSIKRI - AGRA
  After breakfast proceed to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri visit  Buland Durwaja. In Agra visit Taj mahal, Red fort.. Night stay at Agra.
DAY 7 AGRA - DELHI
  After breakfast proceed to Delhi, via Mathura visit Shree Krishna Jnamabhoomi. Afternoon visit Akshardham or Free time. Night halt at Delhi.
DAY 8 DELHI LOCAL - VARANASI 
  Morning proceed for Capital City sightseeing. Visit Birla mandir, Lotus temple, Qutub minar, Raj Ghat, Gandhi memorial, Rashtapati Bhavan, Parliament (outside), etc. Night drop to Railway Station.
DAY 9  VARANASI
  Reach Varanasi by noon, Transfer to hotel, Free day for Personal Activities.
DAY 10 VARANASI - PRAYAGA - VARANASI
  Early morning dep to Allahabad , Holy bath in Triveni Sangama, (Ganga – Yamuna – Saraswathi). Veni Dana, Pitrukarya (opt) etc. Afterwards visit Shankara mandapam, Hanuman Mandir, etc. Back to Varanasi. Night halt at Varanasi.
DAY 11 VARANASI - GAYA
  Morning dep to Bodhgaya, after lunch visit Mahabhodhi temple where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Night halt at Bodhgaya.
DAY 12  GAYA - VARANASI
  Morning Palguni River, Vishnupada mandir darshan, pitrukarya. After lunch. Departure to Varanasi. Night halt at Varanasi.
DAY 13  VARANASI LOCAL 
  Morning have Holy bath in Ganga, Vishwanath, Vishalakshi, Annapoorna darshan, Evening free for shopping. Gangaarti.  Night halt at Varanasi.
DAY 14  VARANASI - DELHI
  Morning Pitru karya(opt), After lunch Varanasi Mandir  darshan - Kala Bhairava, Kavadebai, Durga mandir, Sathyamanasa mandir, Birla mandir, Saranath- where Buddha preached here first time. Night catch the train to Delhi, Overnight journey.
DAY 15 DELHI
  Reach Delhi , Transfer to Hotel, Free time for Personal Activities.
DAY 16 DELHI - HARIDWAR
  Early morning departure to Haridwar, reach,  Holy bath in Ganga, Manasa Devi by rope way(Opt). Etc. Evening Gangarati in Har - ki pauri. Night halt at Hardwar.
DAY 17 HARIDWAR - RAMPUR
  Morning dep to Rampur  via Rudra Prayaga, Guptkashi Evening reach & night halt at Rampur
DAY 18 RAMPUR - KEDARNATH - RAMPUR
  Morning dep for Kedarnath& 21 kms trek to Kedarnath, Darshan & back to Rampur. Night halt at Rampur.
DAY 19 RAMPUR - TRIYUGI NARAYAN - RAMPUR
  Free day and after lunch proceed for Triyugi Narayan Mandir which is known as where lord shiva marries Goddess Parvati and Lord Mahavishnu being the witness for their marriage.
DAY 20 RAMPUR- MAYAPUR
  Morning dep to visit Gupta kashi,  proceed towards Mayapur , Night halt at Mayapur.
DAY 21 MAYAPUR- BADRINATH
  Morning dep to Badrinathvisit Joshimuth, Narasimha Mandir - winter seat of Badrinath & in Mana Keshava Prayaga, Sangama of Saraswati with Alaknanda, Vyasa Guha, Badrinath darshan, evening arati, Night halt at Badrinath.
DAY 22 BADRINATH - MAYAPUR/ PIPLEKOTI
  Morning holy dip in Taptakund, pitrukarya in Brahmakapala, After lunch dep to piplekoti, via Joshimuth, visit Joshimuth. Night halt at Piplekoti.
DAY 23 MAYAPUR - RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR 
  Morning dep to Rishikesh, via Nanda Prayaga - Karna Prayaga, Dev Prayaga, visit Laxman Joola & in Rishikesh Temples, shopping etc, Night halt at Haridwar.
DAY 24 HARIDWAR - DELHI 
  Morning after breakfast Dep to New Delhi. Night halt at New Delhi.
DAY 25 DELHI - BANGALORE
  Drop to Railway station to catch your return train.
DAY 26 TRAIN
  Train journey continues
DAY 27 BANGALORE
  Reach your hometown

Delhi - is the capital of the Republic of India, and the seat of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. It also serves as the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is the most expensive city in India for expatriates in terms of cost of living. The city of New Delhi is also known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and is home to numerous national institutions, museums and landmarks.

Akshardhama - is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, The complex displays traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The Temple, which attracts all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened on 6 November 2005. It is near the banks of the Yamuna . The temple, at the center of the complex, was built according to the Vastu Shastra . In addition to the large central temple crafted entirely of stone, the complex features exhibitions on incidents from the life of Swaminarayan and the history of India, an IMAX feature on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage yogi, Nilkanth, a musical fountain on the message of the Upanishads, and large landscaped gardens are the major attractions.

Birla Mandir - Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is one of Delhi's major temples and a major tourist attraction. Built by the industrialst G.D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple spread over 7.5 acres, is adorned with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden, and also houses Geeta Bhawan for discources.

Lotus Temple - This temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.

Qutab Minar - is a 73 meter-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.

Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368,Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey.

India Gate - At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 Meter high India Gate, like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

Mathura - the land where Shri Krishna was born and spent his youth, has today little towns and hamlets that are still alive with the Krishna legend and still redolent with the music of his flute. Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna was transformed into a place of faith after Lord Krishna was born here. Vrindavan, a village - once noted for its fragrant groves, is where he spent an eventful youth. There are numerous other little spots in the area that still reverberate with the enchantment of Shri Krishna. Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura, is another major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is the wood where he frolicked with the gopis and tenderly wooed Radha.

Agra - Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Tajmahal - is regared as one of the 7 wonders in World. Taj Mahal was built by a grief stricken Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal sits pretty on the northern side of this green paradise. It looks the same from all the four sides! The Quranic inscriptions on its four entrances are carved in such subtle increase in size that may appear to be of the same size from top to bottom! Shahjahan invited master craftsmen from as far as Italy and Persia to help design his ambitious tribute to love. This enchanting mausoleum, on the bank of river Yamuna started in 1631 and it took 22 years to complete with the help of an estimated 20000 workers.

Agra Fort - The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1666, A.D. although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shahjahan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid - a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj - where Shahjahan died in 1666 A.D. Jahangir's Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

Prayaga ( Allahabad) - It is said and believed that it is one of the four sacred spots where a few drops of the nectar ‘Amritha” spilled while it was carried by Lord Maha Vishnu during the episode of Ksheera Sagara Madhanam. The other three are Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. These four places are called theerthas and considered holy by the Hindus. Prayaga is also know as Prayagraj is a holy pilgrim place for Hindus. The sacred union (confluence) of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati make is more special. It becomes a center of attraction for hundreds and thousands of religious travelers after every twelve years when it hosts the famous Kumbh Mela. It stands as one of the greatest tourist attractions . People perform Venidana and Pitrukarya on the banks of the sacred river here.

Ayodhya - Ayodhya also known as Saket is an ancient city of India, birthplace of the Lord Vishnu Hindu avatar Rama, and setting of the epic Ramayana. Ayodhya used to be the capital of the ancient Kosala Kingdom is located on the right bank of the river Sarayu,. This town is closely associated with Rama, Seventh incarnation of Vishnu. According to the Ramayana, the city is 9,000 years old, and was founded by Manu, the first man in the Vedas, and law-giver of the Hindus. it was the capital for the Surya dynasty, of which Lord Rama was the most celebrated king. Ramajanmabhoomi, Kanakabhavan,Hanumangaddi are the places to visit.

Bodh Gaya - Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhimandala). For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath

Gaya - It’s second largest city of Bihar ,situated on the banks of Phalguni river, famous for Buddhist and Hindu piligrims. Gaya derives its name from the mythological demon Gayasur Lord Vishnu killed Gayasur, the demon by using the pressure of his foot on him. This incident transformed Gayasur into the series of rocky hills that make up the landscape of the Gaya city. Gaya was so holy that he had the power to absolve the sins of those who touched him or looked at him; after his death many people have flocked to Gaya to perform Shraddha sacrifices on his body to absolve the sins of their ancestors. Gaya is significant to Hindus from the point of view of salvation to the souls of ancestors (a ritual called pinda daan). According to Ramayana, Lord Rama came to Gaya along with Sita for pitripaksha (or to perform pindadanam). While Lord Rama had gone to have his bath before offering this pindadanam, his father King Dasharath's hands appeared and a voice spoke to Sita asking her to offer the pindam herself, as the King was very hungry. Moved by this, Sita prepared pindams out of sand, and offered them herself to the hands that appeared to receive them. After some time, Lord Rama came back and started performing the rites. When it was time to give the pindadanam, he was surprised and pained to see his father's not receiving it. Sita then explained what had occurred. She called for the river Falgu, a Brahman standing nearby, cow, and a banyan tree nearby as a witness to this miraculous occurrence. Except for the banyan tree that supported her, rest of them denied her story - Brahman had a greed for more money as offerings, river Falgu in a wish to receive more offerings from Lord Ram, and the cow in awe of the Lord. So, Sita cursed the three liars. Ramayana states that on account of this curse, Falgu River lost its water, and the river is simply a vast stretch of sand dunes. At the same time Sita blessed a banyan tree to be immortal. This tree is known as Akshyavat. Akshyavat is combination of two words Akshya (which never decay) and Vat (Banyan tree). Once a year banyan trees shed leaves, but this particular tree never sheds its leaves which keeps it green even in times of drought.
 

Varanasi ( Kashi) - Varanasi derives its name from Varuna & Asi rivers. Varanasi also known as Kashi, Banaras is the holy city and pilgrim place for Hindus. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. Varanasi is the cultural, spiritual and commercial centre since ages of Indian history. Banaras Hindu University is the one of the largest residential University of Asia.
Holy bath in Ganga ( Ganga Ghats) - Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats. Among the famous and the oldest of these are the Dashashwamegha Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harishchandra Ghat. Dashashwamedh Ghat is located close to Vishwanath Temple, and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu mythologies are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva. According to another, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses in a yajna here. A group of priests daily perform in the evening at this ghat "Agni Pooja" (Worship to Fire) wherein a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the whole universe.
Story behind the Ghats - Two legends are associated with Manikarnika Ghat. According to one, it is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu dug a pit with his Chakra and filled it with his perspiration while performing various penances. While Lord Shiva was watching Lord Vishnu at that time, the latter's earring ("manikarnika") fell into the pit. According to the second legend, in order to keep Lord Shiva from moving around with his devotees, his consort Goddess Parvati hid her earrings, and asked him to find them, saying that they had been lost on the banks of the Ganges. Goddess Parvati's idea behind the fib was that Lord Shiva would then stay around, searching forever for the lost earrings. In this legend, whenever a body gets cremated at the Manikarnika Ghat, Lord Shiva asks the soul whether it has seen the earrings.

According to ancient texts, the owner of Manikarnika Ghat bought King Harishchandra as a slave and made him work on the Manikarnika at Harishchandra Ghat. Hindu cremations customarily take place here, though a majority of dead bodies are taken for cremation to the Manikarnik Ghat.

Vishwanatha, Vishalakshi & Annapurna Temples - It is the ambition of each Hindu to have darshan of Kashi vishwanath/ Vishweshwara in his life time. Being one of the 12 jyoghirlingas Vishwanath Temple has the highest number of devotees than other jyothirlingas. After having the darshan of Vishwanath, have darshan of Goddess Vishalakshi & Annapurna in the same complex.
Kalabhairava Mandira - It is the ancient temple of Varanasi near the Head Post Office, VishesharGanj. God KalBhairav is believed as "Kotwal Of Varanasi" , without his permission no one can stay in Kashi.
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY - One can have darshan and puja of Lord Vishwanatha in the premises of Banaras Hindu University, a modern place of worship planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and built by the Birlas. Open to all, irrespective of caste or creed.

Tulsi Manas Mandir - Constructed by family of Varanasi, this modern temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place Where Tulisdas, the great medieval seer, lived and wrote the epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas", which narrates the life of Lord Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls. It is just nearby to Durga Temple.

Sankatmochan Temple - Besides the Assi river stream, on the way of Durga Temple to Banaras Hindu Temple this well known temple of Lord Hanuman is situated. Lord Hanuman is also known as "Sankatmochan" the god who protects from the troubles. This temple is founded by Goswami Tulsidas. This temple is also known as "Monkey" temple, as lot of monkeys are there inside the premises.

Durga Temple - Commonly called the ‘Monkey temple’, it was built in the 18th century. Although it is one of the best-known temple. There is nice stonework done of the temple , it is the nice example of NAGRA Shilp. Godess DURGA is believed as the symbol of Strength and Power which govern the entire world. There is a pond adjacent to the temple called "Durgakund".

Sarnath - is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Naimisharanya - is renowned from the time of Satya Yug or Kritha Yug, the most ancient times. It is the holy place where many sages have performed their penance. It is believed that on visiting this sacred place, people are rid of their sins. Upon visiting Naimisharanya, man attains Moksh (liberation). The  important places to visit are – 
Chakra Theerth - It is stated in MahaaPuraanas,  that Chakra Theerth is created by the (Center of the) disc created by Brahma's heart. The consequences of the holy bath and taking in and sprinkling of the holy water are described in puraanas. Chakra Theerth is very sacred. It erases all sins. It is the center of the earth. It is the God of the earth. 
Lalitha Devi Mandir ( Shaktipeeta) - According to various Puraanas, When Sathi Devi burnt herself in the Yoga Agni after Daksha Yajna, Siva carried her body on his shoulders and started performing Siva Thandav. With this, creation of universe is affected and so Vishnu divided Sathi Devi's body into 108 parts. The part that is present in Naimisharanya is the heart of Sathi Devi and is one of the Shakthi Peeths known as Lingadhaarinee Lalitha Devi.

Vyaas Gaddi - At this place, Maharshi Ved Vyaas divided Vedas into four main parts and created Puraanas and gave this Knowledge and the Knowledge of Shrimad Bhaagavath to his main disciples Jaimini, Angeera, Vaisampaayam, Pail, Shuk Dev and Suth and directed them to spread the Knowledge to the world.

Hanumaan Gaddi and Pandav Kila - During the war between Lord Sree Raam and Raavan, Raam and Lakshman were made Captives of the war by Ahiraavan. He took them to Paathal puri. Hanumaan had killed Ahiraavan and placed Raam and Lakshman on his shoulders and from this place, travelled south. That is why Hanumaan appears here facing south.
The place at which Pandavas performed penance for twelve years after Mahaabhaarath war is k

Haridwar :Haridwar is the gateway to the sacred Chardham Yatra. Hari means Lord, Dwar means Gate. So , Hardwar is the gate to have darshan of Devbhumi- the Chardham.Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. According to theSamudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the  Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára.

Hari – Ki- Pauri :Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand state in India. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. Literally, "Har" means "Lord Shiva", "ki" means "of" and "pauri" means "steps". Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the Vedic times. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall. It is believed that it is precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. The ghat is on the west bank of Ganges canal through which the Ganges is diverted just to the north. Har ki pauri is also the area where thousands of pilgrims converge and the festivities commence during the Kumbha Mela, which takes place every twelve years, and the Ardh Kumbh Mela, which takes place every six years.

Chandi Devi Temple :Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi in the holy city of Haridwar  The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills,. Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir. However, the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion. The temple also known as Neel Parvat Teerth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) located within Haridwar.

Manasa Devi Temple :is a Hindu templededicated to goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhandstate of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar. Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms .

Guptakashi :Guptkashi is a fairly large village located at an elevation of 1,319 metres (4,327 ft) in the Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand, India. It is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple - dedicated to god Shiva - similar to the one in Varanasi (Kashi). The name Guptakashi has legendary significance linked to the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Its religious importance is considered next to that of Varanasi, believed to be the most pious of all Hindu pilgrimage places. Popularly-narrated legend holds that subsequent to the Kurukshetra war of the epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas on the advise of god Krishna and other sages wished to atone for their sins of fratricide and Br?hmanahatya committed by them during the war by seeking pardon from Shiva and also pray for his blessings before attaining salvation. But Shiva was not willing to meet them since he was annoyed with them for the unjust events of the war. He, therefore, avoided meeting them at Kashi and went incognito as the bull Nandi to Guptakashi in Uttarakhand. But Pandavas pursued him to Guptakashi and recognized him in the disguised form of Nandi. When Bhima, the second Pandava brother tried to hold the bull by its tail and hind legs, Nandi vanished from Guptakashi, into the ground (into a cave for hiding), but reappeared later as Shiva in five different forms namely, hump at Kedarnath, face at Rudraprayag, arms at Tungnath, navel and stomach at Madhyamaheshwar and the locks at Kalpeshwar. The vanishing act of Shiva gave the name Guptakashi (hidden Kashi) to this place on the bank of the Mandakini River. Mythology also states that Shiva proposed to Parvati at Guptakashi before they got married in the small Triyuginarayan village at the confluence of Mandakini and Sone-Ganga rivers.

Gourikund : Gauri Kund is connected with Shiva's wife Parvati, also known as Gauri Gauri committed Herself to penance involving many ascetic and yogic practices to win over Shiva's affections. Shiva finally admitted His love for Her. At this pilgrimage site there is a natural hot spring . As Goddress Gauri has performed her penance here, this is known as Gaurikund. Before going for Kedarnath Darshan , yatries undertake holy dip here.

Kedarnath: Kedarnath is one of the major Chardham Shrine, is in Rudraprayag district of Uttaranchal. It is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva . The temple has to be reached by a 14 km uphill trek from Gaurikund . The temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya  and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. The older temple existed from the times of Mahabharata, when thePandavas are supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. There is a legend says that after the Mahabharata War, the guilt of killing their own brothers, guru and relatives, Pandavas as per the guidance of Lord Krishna went to Kashi to have the darshan of Lord Shiva to get rid of their sins. They came to know that Lord Shiva is not there and in search of Shiva they came to Uttarakhand, there they find Shiva , who instead disappeared from them. The place where shiva disappeared is popularly known as Guptakashi. After that Pandavas comes to Gaurikund. They wandered there in search of Lord Shankara. While doing so Nakul and Sahadev found a he-buffalo. It was unique to look at. Then Bheema went after the buffalo with his mace. The buffalo was clever and Bheema could not catch it. But Bheema managed to hit the buffalo with his mace. The buffalo had its face hidden in a crevice-in the earth. Bheema started to pull it by its tail. In this tug-of war, the face of the buffalo went straight to Nepal, leaving its hind part in Kedar. The face of the buffalo isDoleshwar Mahadev located in Sipatol, Bhaktapur, Nepal. On this hind part of Mahesha, a glorious JyotirLinga appeared. Lord Shankara appeared from this great light. He appeared before the pandavas. By getting a Darshan of Lord Shankar, the pandavas were absolved of their sins.

Joshimath: one of the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankara, the others being those atShringeri, Puri and Dwaraka. Their heads are titled "Shankaracharya". According to the tradition initiated by Adi Shankara, this matha is in charge of the Atharvaveda. Jyotirmath is close to the pilgrimage town of Badrinath. The Narasimha temple, is enshrined Badrinarayan along with a pantheon of deities. The presiding deity Lord Narasimha is believed to have been established by Adi Sankaracharya.

Badarinath : It is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage. The town gets its name from the Holy temple of Badrinath.  It is in the Garhwal Himalayas, on the banks of the  Alaknanda River. The town lies between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges 9 km east of Nilkantha peak. Badrinath was re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. According to legend Jagadguru Shankaracharya discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in theAlaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. On the banks of Alakananda, Brahmakapala is the place where a hindu gives Tarpan and performs Pitrukaraya for his ancestors.

Rishikesh: Rishikesh is a city  in Dehradun district  of Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India, it is known as The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. Rishikesh is famous for adventure tourism such as white water rafting,trekking point to many Himalayan trekkers, and Yoga. Countless Ashrams on the banks of Ganga , and Lakshman Jhula ( an iron suspension Bridge across the river Ganga) are the major spots of attractions. Lakshman Jhula, which was built in 1939, is a suspension bridge, which is 450 ft long.  In early 1889, this jhula was a hanging jute bridge, which was later rebuilt into suspended iron bridge. The jhula was named after Shri Ram's younger brother Lakshman because it is believed that Lakshman used the jute bridge at the same site to cross the Ganga River.

 

Tour Cost Includes Tour Cost Excludes
  • Second sleeper Train Tickets for Bangalore -Delhi -  Bangalore.
  • Deluxe A/C bus for transfers & Sightseeing except Badri Kedar.
  • Guidance & services of an experienced Tour Escort.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing standard rooms in good hotels
  • Vegetarian Food by our cooking Staff ( Tea/coffee/ Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner)
  • Special Pujas darshans/ Pitrukarya
  • Entry Tickets , Boating, Camera Charges
  • Kedarnath Helicopter Charges.
  • Government Service Tax  (GST 5%) as applicable
  • Food during the train journey
  • Laundry ,Telephone calls ,Mineral water.
  • Any Increase in the fuel surcharge or any kind of taxes levied by the respective government or statutory bodies.
  • Cost of extension of the validity or deviation from route of the tour.
  • Laundry, consumption from the mini bar / refrigerator at Hotel, beverages, Mineral water, telephone charges, shopping, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming the part of the group menus.
  • Any extra expenses incurred for changing the route due to any unforeseen circumstances, Natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
  • Any private transfers taken to move from one place to another instead of coach.
  • Any up gradation in the room category.
  • Any other expense incurred other than which are mentioned in Tour cost includes list.