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KASHI–BADRINATH-KEDARNATH


Tour code               KBK - 20
Ex          Bengaluru
Distance     9500 kms ( approximately Round trip)
Duration   By Train 20 Days / By Flight 16 Days
Vehicle Used            Deluxe A/c Bus( Varanasi around) & Mini Bus for Hilly area
Accommodation Twin sharing basis a/c  Standard rooms  except hilly area
States visited            Delhi, Uttara Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar
Places visited           New Delhi, Prayaga (Triveni Sangama), Bodhgaya, Gaya, Varanasi, (Kashi), Haridwar,Guptakashi, Sitapur, Gourikund, Kedarnath, Badrinath ,Joshimuth, Piplekoti. Rishikesh


Departure dates:
    APR 24. MAY 1.MAY 8.MAY 22.MAY 29. JUN 5.JUN  12.JUN  26. JUL 10.JUL 24. AUG 14.AUG 28. SEP 18.SEP 25.

COST :In Rs...
Adult
Twin Sharing
46500*
Adult
Single Sharing
62775
Child
(2-11 Years)
34875
Child
(2-11 Y)
23250*
Without Bed & Seat
Advance
Amount
10000*

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          BENGALURU
  Morning Dep from Bengaluru Railway Station.
 
DAY 2           IN TRAIN
  Train Journey Continues.
 
DAY 3          VARANASI
  Morning reach Mughal Sarai, transfer to Hotel,Afterwards holy dip in Ganga, vishwanath, vishalakshi & Annapoorna Darshan. Evening free for Shopping Gangarathi. Night halt at Varanasi.
 
DAY 4         VARANASI - ALLAHABAD - VARANASI
  Early Morning Dep to Allahabad, Holy dip in Triveni Sangama,(Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswathi). Veni Dana, Ganga Pooja, Pitrukarya etc.,Afterwards visit Shankara mandapam,Hanuman mandir, etc. Back to Varanasi. Night halt at Varanasi.
 
DAY 5        VARANASI - BODHGAYA
  Morning dep to Bodhgaya, after lunch visit Mahabhodhi temple & other Buddhist temples.Night halt at Bodhgaya.
 
DAY 6       BODHGAYA - GAYA - VARANASI
  Morning Palguni River, vishnupada Mandir Darshan, Pitrukarya, afterwards Lunch. return to Varanasi.
 
DAY 7           VARANASI - DELHI
  Morning Pitru karya, After noon check out hotel , lunch afterwords  Varanasi Mandir Darshan - Kala Bhairava, Kavadebai, Durga Mandir, Sathyamanasa mandir, Birla Mandir, Sankata Mochan, Saranath-where Buddha Preached here first time. Night transfer to railway station.
 
DAY 8           NEW  DELHI
  Morning arrival at Delhi Railway station, Transfer to hotel. Night halt at  Delhi.
 
DAY 9           DELHI - HARIDWAR
  Morning dep to Haridwar, Chandi devi &mansa devi darshan by Cable car. Gangarti. Night halt at Haridwar.
 
DAY 10           HARIDWAR - RAMPUR
  Morning dep to Rampur  via Rudra Prayaga, Guptkashi Evening reach & night halt at Rampur.
 
DAY 11          RAMPUR - KEDARNATH - RAMPUR
  Morning dep for Kedarnath& 21 kms trek to Kedarnath, Darshan & back to Rampur. Night halt at Rampur.
 
DAY 12        RAMPUR - GUPTAKASHI 
  Morning  dep to  visit Gupta kashi, Night halt at Gupta Kashi.
DAY 13         GUPTAKASHI -  - 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 14       BADRINATH - PIPLEKOTI
  Morning holy dip in Taptakund, pitrukarya in Brahmakapala, After lunch dep to piplekoti, via Joshimuth, visit Joshimuth. Night halt at Piplekoti.
 
DAY 15     PIPLEKOTI - 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 16       HARIDWAR    - NEW DELHI
  Morning after breakfast Depto New Delhi. Night halt at New Delhi.
 
DAY 17    DELHI - BENGALURU
  Morning transfer to Railway station for return journey to Bengaluru / Hubli.
 
DAY 18      BENGALURU / HUBLI     
  Reach Bengaluru Railway Station.
New 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.
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 known 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.
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. 
Haridwar - Haridwar / Hardwar 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.
Manasadevi 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.
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.
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 - 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 19 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.
Badrinath - 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 - 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 Price Includes :

  • Second sleeper Train Tickets for Bangalore - Mughal Sarai - Delhi - Bangalore.
  • A/C Deluxe Bus for Varanasi & Mini bus for Badri - Kedar
  • Guidance from experienced Tour Escort
  • Accommodation on twin sharing a/c standard rooms except Hill area 
  • Vegetarian Food by our cooking Staff ( Tea/coffee/ Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner)

 

Tour Price Excludes :

  • Special Pujas & darshans
  • Horse / Doli /Helicopter Charges .
  • Entry Tickets , Boating.
  • Camera Charges
  • Government Service Tax as applicable
  • Food during the train jouney
  • Laundry.
  • Telephone calls
  • Mineral water
  • Any other expense incurred other than which are mentioned in Tour cost includes list.