Group Departure Dodham Yatra By Road
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Kedarnath and Badrinath are temples of prime importance in Hindu culture. Shiva is present in his Sadashiv form in Kedarnath, and Badrinath is home to Lord Vishnu’s Badrinarayan form. The Kedarnath shrine is believed to have been built by the Pandavas. A story also suggests that it was here that the Pandavas prayed for penance to Lord Shiva. It’s one of the twelve Jyotirlingas- the most sacred and radiant lingas. During the 2013 floods, the areas around the temple were heavily damaged, but the temple itself did not see any major destruction because a heavy stone blocked the path of flood waters.
Badrinath is associated with the legend of Vishnu. It was here that Vishnu practised penance, and Laxmi took the form of a berry tree to provide him shade. Today this place is full of devotees and sages who meditate to gain enlightenment.
If you wish to visit these holy shrines, our ‘group departure Dodham yatra by road’ is a great travel package option.
What we offer in the group departure Dodham yatra by road
Pilgrimages must be undertaken with great sincerity and devotion to connect with the divinity. We understand that and, hence, offer an all-inclusive Dodham yatra package at affordable costs. The hotel services, food, and transportation will be covered under this package.
The places covered under this tour will be Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines and the Panch Prayag. Pilgrims can visit the Mana village located near Badrinath as well. The beautiful sights at Vishnu Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Dev Prayag, Nand Prayag, and Karan Prayag are mesmerising and very peace-giving. All these places will be covered by road, but we also provide specialised helicopter travel packages for those interested. Our scheduled departure will be from the holy cities of Haridwar and Dehradun. Special arrangements can be made for pick-up and drop from Delhi under some additional costs as well. Our transport facilities are very comfortable and ensure a smooth travel experience.
Special tips for senior citizens
Since a huge chunk of pilgrims in the Dodham yatra are senior citizens, here are some tips that’ll help you plan and prepare for travelling.
About a month before the start of the trip, practice breathing exercises, and take brisk walks. This will improve lung performance and aid in proper breathing at the high-altitude places covered during this trip. Carry water bottles with you on the yatra and avoid drinking straight from natural sources as the water will be contaminated.
Having an emergency first-aid kit with you is crucial. Aside from any regular medicines you take, remember to keep medicines for colds, coughs, fevers, headaches, and antiseptic ointment. Also, carry band-aids to be on the safe side. Get yourself medically examined by a doctor to be sure that you’re ready for the trip. This is because this yatra involves camping at some high-altitude locations and trekking. If you’re physically unfit, there may be severe consequences.
All necessary travel accessories like flashlights, mosquito nets, trekking shoes, walking sticks, and waterproof tents are good to have. So carry them if you wish to. Since high altitudes tend to be chilly, carrying woollens are advisable. Sweaters, jackets, scarves, and thermal wear must be on your list of items to carry. Women are advised to avoid sarees and wear salwar kameez or pants to comfortably walk on difficult terrains.
Final thoughts on the Do Dham yatra
Not everyone gets to visit Dodham. Only the fortunate get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In Hinduism, visiting the Dodham is believed to cleanse one of all unholiness and elevate their spiritual sense. Feel free to contact us if you wish to use our services for this journey.
On Arrival at Haridwar Railway Station meet and greet by our representative and proceed to Sitapur/Guptakashi via Rudraprayag. Visit Devprayag, one among Panch Prayag and visit Ardh Narishwar Temple in Guptkashi. By passing through the beautiful Himalayan Hills and Gangetic Ganga river the drive will be a remembered one in the lifetime. By reaching at Sitapur/Guptakashi and check-in to the hotel for Overnight stay with Dinner.
Guptakashi: located at an elevation of 1,319 meters (4,327 ft) in the Kedar-khanda, this town is highly auspicious in Hinduism. It is so much popular because of the two ancient temples. The first one is the Vishwanath temple which is in the name of Lord Shiva, and the second one is a temple where Lord Shiva is in his Ardhnarishwar form. Also, this place has great relations with the Mahabharta Kaal and Pandavas. it belongs to the time when after the Mahabharta battle, Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva so as to get the forgiveness for the Killings of their cousins.
Guptkashi Weather: The temperature ranges between 25 to 30 degree Celsius makes the summer season most pleasant. You may feel the unbearable cold, during the winter season.
According to reporting time provided by the Helicopter Company, leave the hotel and drive to Helipad at Guptkashi / Phata or Sersi, for Shri Kedarnath Ji. Reach at heli platform at Kedarnath Ji after 15 mins of flying. Have darshan, Perform Pooja and seek the blessing of Lord Shiva. Spend some time in the surroundings of Temple and mesmerizing climate. One can stay overnight at Kedarnath ji or can return to Sitapur/Guptakshi for the stay.
Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a place of utmost importance among Hindus. Kedar is a name of Lord Shiva. As per various Sculptures, the Pandavas after the victory over the Kaurava in the Mahabharata Battle felt guilty of having killed their own cousins and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva so as to get themselves free from this evil work. Shiva was angry with Pandavas, and therefore, he was not in the mood to meet them. Therefore, Lord Shiva got converted into the form of a bull. But, Bhim recognized him. At the same time, Shiva started getting disappeared into the ground, but Bhim tried pushing him out. During the process, hump remained outside. The Shivalinga in Kedarnath today, is actually that hump.
Kedarnath Weather: Generally, cold throughout the year because of the higher altitude. Even during the summer, the temperature does not cross the 20 degree Celsius. It’s the most pleasant period. However, during the winter, you may feel the severe cold as the temperature may go down to 0 degrees Celsius or even less.
Option 1 – If stayed in Kedarnath: Early morning check out from Kedarnath hotel and reach to helipad. Aboard the helicopter and fly back to Sersi/Guptakashi/Phata Helipad. Get transferred the vehicle and drive towards Badrinath Ji (190 kms / 8-9 hrs). En-route visit winter adobe of Kedarnath Ji, at Ukhimath and drive through the amazing hills of Himalayas. On arrival at Badrinath Ji, yatri’s can have a bath in the Tapt Kund and proceed to Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in evening. Brahamakapal is noteworthy for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There is other stimulating attractions like Mana Village, said to be the last village of our country, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. All these places are surrounded within 3 Kms of Badrinath Ji. Later check-in to the hotel for Overnight stay.
Option 2 – If same day returned from Kedarnath: Morning after hearty breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Badrinath (190 km / 8-9 hrs). Visit the winter adobe of Kedarnath Ji, at Ukhimath and drive through the amazing hills & majestic Ganges. On arrival at Badrinath Ji, pilgrims can have a bath in the Tapt Kund and proceed to Darshan of Badrivishal & Aarti in the evening. Brahamakapal is noteworthy for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other stimulating attractions like Mana Village, said to be the last village of our country, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund, and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. All these places are surrounded within 3 km of Badrinath Ji. Later check-in to the hotel for an Overnight stay.
Badrinath: Near the Alakhnanda river, this highly auspicious temple belongs to Lord Vishnu. it is one of the Char Dham, and therefore, the place of utmost importance in Hinduism. This temple is at a height of 10,279 feet. The lofty snow-clad Himalaya that surrounds this Dham, makes it look amazingly beautiful. It was Adi Sankaracharya who established it. The Badrinath temple has a Tapt Kund, which is highly auspicious and has some unbelievable medicinal properties. The Alakhnanda river originates from here. It is placed between the mountain ranges of Nar and Narayana.
Tapt Kund: Situated on the bank of the river Alakhnanda, and near the Badrinarayan temple, the Tapt Kund is actually the Sulphur Kund. As per belief, it’s actually the Agni Dev himself who got this form because of getting the boon from Lord Vishnu.
Mana Village: Mana Village the perfect place for trekking, is the last village of India. This beautiful village is very nearer to the Badrinath, and therefore, a must-visit place during your visit to the Badrinath. This village has some highly famous caves such as the Vyas caves and many more. The Vyas cave belongs to the Mahabharata Period. Also, all other caves here, have some great religious and historical importance.
Vasundhara: The Vasundhara waterfall is 5 Km away from the Mana Village, and very nearer to the Badrinath Dham. As per belief, if you have ever committed any evil work, this waterfall will divert away from you.
Bhim Pul: This stone bridge on the river Saraswati does actually belongs to the Mahabharta Period. As per belief, it was Bheem (One of the Pandavas) who built this bridge so as to cross the river Saraswati. The Stone natural bridge and the Saraswati river gushing through it make this place look stunning and beautiful.
Vyas Gufa: The famous Gufa whereas per belief, Maharshi Vyas spoke the Mahabharta, and lord Ganesha wrote that. It is near Mana village.
Badrinath Weather: During the summer, the temperature ranges between 8 to 18 degrees Celsius, and therefore sufficiently perfect to have the tour. But, during the winter season with heavy snowfalls, and the temperature down to 0 to 5 degrees Celsius, makes the tour possibility terrible. Therefore, the place remains closed for tourists during the season.
Morning seek the blessings of Shree Badrinath Ji and have the darshan. Later after breakfast, check-out from the hotel & proceed to Rudraprayag/Srinagar via Joshimath. Visit Narsing Temple, winter of adobe of Badrinath Ji at Joshimath. After the darshan drive towards Rudraprayag/Srinagar. En route visit Nand Prayag and Karna Prayag. On arrival, check-in at the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
Joshimath: Joshimath or the Jyotirmath is the hill town at the 6150 m in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Adi Guru Sankaracharya built it in the 8th century. It is the winter home of Lord Badri where the Idol of Lord Badri gets shifted from Badrinath.
Rudraprayag: At the confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini, the Rudraprayag is highly famous among Hindus. This place looks amazingly beautiful and is the gateway to the Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Rudraprayag Weather: Very hot summer season with the temperature ranging between 35 to 40 degrees Celsius, and therefore not preferred time to have the visit. However, during the winter the weather remains pleasant during the day times, and therefore, best for having the tour. During night times in the winter season, the temperature may lie between 5 to 20 degrees Celsius, and therefore, you may feel the severe cold.
After healthy breakfast, check-out from the hotel for Haridwar. En-route visit Dhari Devi Temple, Dev Prayag & Rishikesh. And proceed to end the divine trip to Haridwar. On arrival final drop at the guest place for the onwards journey
Rishikesh: The holy place Rishikesh is adventurous activities, ancient temples, and amazing natural beauty. It is also famous as the Yoga capital of the world and celebrates the international yoga festival every year. It is located in the foothill of holy Himalaya and along with the convergence of holy Ganga and the Chandrabhage river. White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, and a lot more adventures to do here. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat, and lot more devotional and spiritual places are here to make to feel the real peace and divine values. Therefore, you must visit this place whenever possible.