DO DHAM YATRA
Do Dham Yatra Highlights
Do Dham Yatra Overview
Travelling for four Dham takes about 10 to 14 days hence many visitors and devotees prefer going for Do Dham Yatra which could mean visiting any two dhams from Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri but it is mainly visiting Badrinath and Kedarnath Temples.
Badrinath is home to sacred Vishnu Bhagwan in the form of Nar Narayan
And Kedarnath is the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva (one of the twelve Jyotirlingas).
TOUR PLAN (Itinerary)
The destinations that are going to be covered are Rudraprayag, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It’s a 5 days and 6 nights duration and it’ll take about 25 thousand per person approx. Starting city is Dehradun and the distance from Dehradun that will be covered is 800 km.
Day 1: Dehradun to Rudraprayag.
Start your journey from Dehradun towards Rudraprayag which is about 200 km and generally takes 7 hours to reach. (Nearest railway station is Rishikesh and the nearest airport from Rudraprayag is Jolly grant airport).
It is a long drive from Dehradun and the roads are very scenic. Devprayag and Srinagar come on the way if you wish you can stop for a quick exploration of these places for admiring the landscape. After you reach Rudraprayag you can stay the night here and explore this pretty city which is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.
DAY 2: Rudraprayag to Kedarnath.
On your second day that is the next morning, you have to start your journey towards Gaurikund which is about 40 km away. But before that don’t forget to visit Rudranath Temple.
After reaching Gauri Kund you have to start your 14 km Trek towards Kedarnath. You can either ride a pony or a palanquin.
After reaching Kedarnath, explore the place in the evening. You can also visit the Kedarnath temple to enjoy the divine ritual of Aarti. The whole journey from Rudraprayag to Gaurikund is about 75 km which takes about 2 hours to complete.
DAY 3: Kedarnath to Rudraprayag.
On the morning of your third day, you can visit the Kedarnath temple to offer your prayers. After that, you can start your trek back towards Gaurikund. After reaching Gaurikund start your drive back towards Rudraprayag to Guptkashi which will take you about three hours. Stay the night in Rudraprayag after you reach here.
DAY 4: Rudraprayag to Badrinath.
The next morning you can start your journey towards Badrinath. After completing around 33 kilometres of the distance you can halt at Karnaprayag to spend some time and relax here.
Travelling for about 20 km more the city of Nandprayag arrives. You can take a halt here also as the town of Nand Prayag is very scenic. After your halt is over, travel around an hour to reach Pipalkoti Town where you can have your lunch. Badrinath is just75 km away from this town.
The next halt can be taken at Joshimath to visit the presiding deity of Lord Vishnu at Narsingh Temple. You can also visit Yogdhyan Badri Temple in the next 15 km in Pandukeshwar (one of the sacred Sapta Badri).
Badrinath is just 1 km away from Pandukeshwar. Once you reach Badrinath in the evening, visit the ritual Aarti which will fill you with divine energy at Badrinath Temple.
The whole journey from Rudraprayag to Badrinath is about 165 km and it will take you 7 hours to complete this whole journey.
DAY 5: Badrinath to Rudraprayag.
The next morning you can take a dip in the waters of the sacred Tapt Kund before visiting the Badrinath Temple. After having your breakfast you can visit the Mana village and explore the town of Badrinath. After exploring, start your journey back towards Rudraprayag.
DAY 6 : RUDRAPRAYAG TO HARIDWAR
It will take you about 7 hours from Rudraprayag to reach Haridwar.
Leave for Haridwar in the early morning and you can choose to halt at Rishikesh to explore the town.
This whole Do Dham Yatra can be completed in a helicopter within 2 days as well.
Let’s explore the important destinations of Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Kedarnath town is built around the Kedarnath temple situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand at a height of 3584 m. Kedarnath is known to be a worshipping place for Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva with a whopping 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?
Kedarnath is perfect because it is one of the most worshipped Hindu shrines and thousands of pilgrims come here every year to offer their prayers.
There are a lot of attractions to visit in Kedarnath like Gandhi Sarovar, Sonprayag, Gaurikund Temple, Vasuki Tal lake etc. It is one of the major Dhams among the four other Dhams.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN KEDARNATH
There is a problem of accommodation in Kedarnath which can be used by tourists to their advantage. They can set up tents under the clear night sky to enjoy the starry night and the beauty that envelopes the town
Gaurikund is 19 km away from Kedarnath temple which has road connectivity. Hence you can trek to Gauri Kund for an amazing trekking experience. You can also track further to places like Chorabari Tal, Vasuki Tal and Bhairo Mandi.
It is known according to the Hindu mythology that Pandavas for their redemption begged for mercy from Lord Shiva after the Mahabharat for killing so many people. But Lord Shiva initially refused to meet them by hiding at Guptkashi. It is said that Pandavas and Draupadi once spotted a bull which was different in Guptkashi. It was none other than Lord Shiva who was hiding in the form of Nandi -The bull. Bheem couldn’t succeed at catching the Bull but he could grab the hold of its tail. Lord Shiva was impressed by Pandavas hard work and countless consistent efforts so he finally decided to forgive them. After taking the blessings of Lord Shiva they were exempted from all their sins. And from then onwards we worship a triangular-shaped rock that offers the devotees piety for all their sins.
WHAT IS IT FAMOUS FOR?
Kedarnath is famous for knowing Panch Kedar along with Tungnath Rudranath, Madhmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar.
Kedarnath is an apt destination for family, friends, groups and solo trekking, watching the peaks of the great Himalayas and Shiva temples.
The town of Badrinath lies between the mountain ranges of Nar and Narayana on the banks of the Alaknanda river at a height of 3100 m. Many Hindus visit it every year to offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu. This temple is also closed in winters due to heavy snowfall so the best time to visit it is from May to October.
WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?
There are many notable attractions of Badrinath which include Vasudhara falls, Satopanth Trek, Ganesha Cave, Saraswati River, Alkapuri Glacier, Bheem Pul which is located at Mana village(a natural stone bridge) and Hemkund Sahib.
The best thing for tourists here is to visit the local villages and ashram.
It has some beautiful nearby destinations such as Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers and Auli.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN BADRINATH
The activities to do in Badrinath include visiting the Badrinath Temple,taking a dip in the holy Tapt Kund and visiting Vasudhara falls.
Visiting Badrinath temple
You have to wake up early in the morning to offer your prayers at Badrinath Temple. The temple opens at 4:15 a.m. in the morning hence if you want to attend the famous Aarti ritual you should go early in the morning to avoid the long queue.
Trekking to Mana village, Satopanth, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib takes place at Badrinath which gives you an experience of a lifetime.
Mana village is known as the last Indian village which claims to have the last tea shop in India. You can go for a tour of this village to know about its people, their cultures and traditions.
The town of Badrinath was re-established by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. It is known for Bhakt Narada being able to attend his salvation after performing his penance. (Nar and Narayana were the two sages also popularly known as the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu).
It is said that Pandavas carried out one of the most important Hindu rituals ‘Pind Daan’ of their ancestors at Badrinath. Since then a lot of devotees come here to offer libations of holy water belonging to their ancestors’ for the salvation of their soul and for them to attain moksha. Lord Shiva also attained his moksha and an exemption from his sin for killing Lord Brahma at Badrinath.
WHAT IS IT FAMOUS FOR?
Badrinath is famous for being one of the most important destinations of the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage and its Badrinath Temple. It’s a recommended destination for many groups of people including couples, families, foreigners and kids.
You can also complete your Yatra by helicopter on the same day which would be ideal if you have a lack of time and want to visit the pilgrimage while being comfortable. It is a hassle-free ride that will make you feel like a VIP. There is nothing more exciting than visiting your favourite sites while being in the air. It would be an experience of a lifetime.
There are many helicopter tours which start from Dehradun at Sahastradhara heliport on the first day itself that take you to Kedarnath helipad. From the Kedarnath helipad, you are then taken towards the Badrinath helipad. A stipulated amount of time is given for Darshan and the cabin crew escorts the guests.
But it is a costly package which would cost 6 people around four lakhs hence you can choose to visit by cabs or buses.
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO:
During your visit don’t forget to stay at different hotels trying out different cuisines. There are many scenic views and landscapes where you can spend some quality time with your friends and family. Don’t forget to visit the rivers along the way for your peace of mind.
It is known that visiting the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath will make you fall in love with the divine power and the spiritual energy. The journey of Do Dham Yatra is known to wash away all your sins and empower you with new and positive energy.