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Rishikesh-Yamunotri-Gangotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath-Rishikesh  Duration: 11 days/ 11 nights

Traditionally, pilgrimage to the four shrines of Uttarakhand starts with yatra to Yamunotri. Though one can commence journey to Yamunotri from either Dehradun or Rishikesh, the real atmosphere and pulse of pilgrimage can be felt at Rishikesh alone.  For car owners and parties chartering full vehicles, the Dehradun and Mussoorie route is usually more interesting, but for pilgrims depending on public transport, there is no alternative to beginning the journey from Rishikesh.  Most of the private transport companies operating to the sacred shrines are based at Rishikesh.

 

Rishikesh to Yamunotri: 242 km

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Rishikesh  to  Jankibaichatti                 236 km. motorable

Jankibaichatti  to Yamunotri                 6 km. trek

Yamunotri to Gangotri: 225 km

GangotriConstruction of motor roads in the inner Himalayas has not always been along the traditional bridle paths. Consequently, in most of the cases the motor roads are more circuitous.  The journey from Yamunotri to Gangotri requires travelling back to Barkot, and then to Dharasu which is the bifurcating point for Yamunotri and Gangotri.  From Dharasu one follows the main road coming from Rishikesh to Gangotri.

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Yamunotri to Jankibaichatti                       6 km. trek

Jankibaichatti to Gangotri                           219 km. motorable

 

Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath: 2 routes.

kedar finalThe established traditions of yatra are not without any meaning. After Yamunotri and Gangotri, the pilgrimage to Sri Kedarnath comes next in the cycle. At Yamunotri and Gangotri, the pilgrims are cleansed body and soul; and having achieved purity in that sense, pilgrimage to Sri Kedarnath becomes more rewarding.  There seems enough logic in prescribing such an order of pilgrimage in the Himalayas.  Sri Kedarnath is the seat of Lord Shiva Who, to save the world from burning, engulfed the poison procured from the churning of the Sea. Lord Shiva did not however swallow the poison but held it in His throat, which consequently turned blue, thus earning Him the name Neelkanth, the One with the Blue Throat.

It is therefore customary to worship Lord Shiva with water of the Ganga, a devotee’s symbolic offer of serving Lord Shiva to keep His throat cool with the curative icy waters.  Pilgrims going from Gangotri to Kedarnath could carry some Ganga-water from there to offer to Lord Shiva  and derive a sense of satisfaction from this service to the Lord.

Travellers going from Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath have to  return to Chinyalisaur via Uttarkashi, and Dharasu.  The commissioning of Tehri Dam has necessitated changes in the road alignments. Consequently  at Chinyalisaur junction, the old road to Tehri, which has now submerged,  has to be  abandoned, and the new road to Kandi Saur, Kamandh followed. At Kamandh bifurcation point the road to Chamba has to be abandoned and the one to Jakh, Bhagirathipuram followed going through  Jakh, Koti Colony , Bhagirathipuram and Gadolia.

However those willing to visit the New Tehri town or return to Rishikesh, must proceed straight to Chamba.

Route 1: Bhagirathipuram-Ghansali-Tilwara-Sri Kedarnath: 395 km

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Gangtori to Soneprayag                    373 kms. Motorable

New route to Sri Kedarnath              22 km trek

 

Route2: Bhagirathipuram-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Tilwara-Gaurikund-Sri Kedarnath: 400 km

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Gangtori to Soneprayag                    378 kms. Motorable

New route to Sri Kedarnath              22 km trek

Sri Kedarnath to Sri Badrinath: 2 routes

badriIt is a wonderful feeling to be at Kedarnath, and more so on a clear day.  One is spell bound and charmed by the beauty of nature and is lifted spiritually high by the divine touch, which in Kedarnath is felt every where.  When the weather is pleasant, the temptation of another day at Kedarnath is always there. But weather at high altitudes is very uncertain and if it goes wrong, the shivering pilgrims would like to make their way out fast.  While going from Sri Kedarnath to Sri Badrinath, it is necessary to return upto Kund, where the road bifurcates, one via Rudraprayag and the other via Chopta.  These roads meet further on at Chamoli.

Route 1: Kund – Rudraprayag – Chamoli- Sri Badrinath – 246 km 

Route 2: Kund- Ukhimath – Chopta – Chamoli – Sri Badrinath –  233 km

The first route going along the Mandakini river up to Rudra Prayag and then along the Alaknanda valley is the main road from Rishikesh to Sri Badrinath.  During yatra season it becomes crowded but remains popular. The second route is full of Himalayan excitements and goes through the lush green meadows and forests of Chopta region and offers the visitors the real thrill of a high altitude drive.

Sri Kedarnath to Sri Badrinath via Rudraprayag: 246 km

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Sri Kedarnath to Soneprayag            22 km trek

Soneprayag to Sri Badrinath              224 km motorable 

Sri Badrinath to Rishikesh                 298 km motorable

 

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