4 Nights Chardham



    Yamnotri Temple, Gangotri Temple, Kedarnath Temple, Badrinath Temple

    The Chardham of Uttarakhand is the most revered pilgrimages of Hindu religion that covers Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These four sites are located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. And, while you are planning to visit Chardham, we offer you Chardham Pilgrimage without undergoing the pain of travelling hazardous roads and trekking, which takes out the pleasure of travelling on a pilgrimage. A Chardham pilgrimage tour with RD GROUPcovers all the Dhams in the comfort of helicopters making it very convenient, safe and comfortable. You are safe guarded against the constant threat of landslides which will otherwise setback your schedule.

    We have now completely changed the whole perspective of Chardham pilgrimage, starting from Dehradun (Sahastradhara) on day 01 and ending on day 05, which otherwise takes 10-12 days by road transport and trekking to the revered shrines. We offer 4 nights hotel accommodation in a twin share room, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Keeping in respect the pilgrim tradition, all meals are Vegetarian during the sojourn), local transport, VIP darshan at the shrines, palkis, special puja samagri packet. All you have to decide a date and reach Dehradun, and we will take care of the rest.

    Our helicopters are state of art machines with luxury interiors. All our pilots operating this tour are ex defence personnel, well versed with the aerial route and highly experienced in hill flying and have logged more than 5000 hours of flying time.

    We will like to welcome you, your family and friends on this holy pilgrimage of a lifetime.

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 01: Dehradun – Yamunotri

    Leave Sahastradhara helipad: 0700 AM
    Arrive Kharsali helipad: 0745 AM

    Reach our helipad on Sahastradhara Road and board your helicopter for Yamunotri. This is our first destination of the revered yatra. Our pilots and ground staff will brief the passengers about the entire trip and do's and don'ts.

    Upon arrival at Kharsali (The helipad for Yamunotri) you are welcomed by RD GROUP(HA), ground staff, who will unload your baggage and carry them to your hotel Shiv Shakti Eco Resort which is 10 min walk from the helipad.  

    You will then be carried by palkis to Yamunotri temple. This trek from helipad to temple is 5.5kms and return trip by palki takes 5.5 hours. 

    YAMUNOTRI TEMPLE: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the Yamunotri temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. At Surya Kund there are number of thermal springs, the most important of these is Surya Kund. Divya Shila is a rock pillar worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

    You can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Take this cooked rice home as "Prasad".

    After returning to the resort for lunch, one can relax and enjoy the surroundings. A visit to nearby ancient Shani temple in the evening is highly recommended.

    Dinner and overnight is at the resort.


    Day 02: Kharsali – Gangotri

    Leave Kharsali: 0750 hrs
    Arrive Harsil: 0830 hrs

    After breakfast at the resort one has to leave for Kharsali helipad for flight to Gangotri.

    At Harsil you will be received by RD GROUPrepresentative who will off load your luggage and take them to your resort- Himalayan Nature Resort which is just 2kms from the helipad.   Passengers are advised to leave straight for temple in the car and return to resort by lunch time. The temple is 22kms from the helipad and the drive by car takes 45min to 1 hour depending on traffic. We will offer Innova/Xylo car for this drive.

    Your stay in Harsil will be most memorable as this resort is set in middle of apple orchards surrounded by snow clad mountains on all sides with a river flowing inside the resort.

    Gangotri Temple: This is a 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great "Deva Yagna" here to atone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite. Gangotri Temple, which was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.

    After the temple visit, one can return to your resort for lunch. Rest of the afternoon is at one's leisure to explore the pristine surroundings or visit the nearby village of Bagori where you can get exquisite handmade woollen items made or pure sheep wool by tribal women residing in this village.

    If somebody wishes to again visit the temple for evening aarti then they are free to do so otherwise they can enjoy a bonfire next to the river which flows from inside the resort.

    Dinner and overnight is at the resort.


    Day 03: Harsil – Kedarnath

    Leave Harsil: 0900 AM
    Arrive Guptkashi: 0945 AM
    Leave Guptkashi: 1000 AM
    Arrive Kedarnath: 1010 AM  
    After breakfast at the Himalayan Nature Resort at Harsil you will fly to Kedarnath.  Due to Government regulation, you will have to change helicopter at Guptkashi and take another helicopter from the same helipad for Kedarnath.  
    Due to massive floods last year all accommodation facilities in Kedarnath have been damaged. Night halt will not be provided in Kedarnath, instead we will offer night halt facilities in Guptkashi/ Rampur area.

    We will offer VIP darshan slips at Kedarnath temple so that our passengers can avoid the long queue and finish darshan quickly. The cost for these slips is Rs 2100 per person but it is included in our package. Any other special puja at Kedarnath can be booked at the local temple committee office although the cost for this will be paid directly by the passengers.

    KEDARNATH TEMPLE: The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam - the main idol, a statue of Nandi - the celestial bull, a 'Garba Grah' for worship and a mandap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors.

    Overnight stay at hotel in Guptkashi/ Rampur. Passengers can visit the ancient Triyuginarayan temple in the evening.


    Day 04: Guptkashi – Badrinath

    Leave Guptkashi: 1030 AM
    Arrive Badrinath: 1115 AM

    After breakfast board your helicopter to fly to Badrinath, the 4th Dham of your Char Dham Yatra.

    Upon reaching Badrinath helipad, you will be escorted to your hotel- Sarovar Portico.  . This is a three star hotel and the best property in the entire region.

    Passengers are fee to visit the temple immediately after landing or take rest and go for darshan in the evening.

    BADRINATH TEMPLE: Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines - Badrinath situated along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was unable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.

    Dinner and overnight is at the hotel.


    Day 05: Badrinath- Dehradun

    Leave Badrinath: 1130 AM
    Arrive Dehradun: 1230 AN

    Next day early morning at 4am we organise special Abhishek Puja at the temple. Here people get the opportunity to remain inside the grabh grah or sanctum sanctorum for almost 2 hours and see the entire Shringar process of the deity. This puja is the highlight of our CHAR DHAM TRIP.

    Return to hotel for breakfast, followed by a drive to the helipad for your flight to Dehradun.  

    END OF CHARDHAM YATRA

    BEST SEASON: The best season to avail the yatra on helicopter is May –June and September-October. We do not operate during July-August months due to rainy season.

    The total cost of this package is Rs 6.8 lacs inclusive of service tax.

    Inclusions of the tour:

    • Travel between the 4 Dhams by helicopter.
    • One night accommodation at Kharsali, Harsil, Guptkashi and Badrinath with daily morning and evening tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner and mineral water.
    • Helipad/hotel to shrine by car at Gangotri and Badrinath
    • Palkis for travel between helipad/hotel to Yamunotri Temple.
    • Ticket for Abhishek puja at Badrinath. (The cost is Rs 8500)
    • The above package includes VIP darshan tickets at Kedarnath and assistance at all Dhams, although expenses for any special puja will have to be borne by the passengers.

    Cost does not include:

    • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, gratuities, table drink, room service, medical evacuation due to ill health.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    1. The quality of accommodation available at Yamunotri and Kedarnath is average and so passengers should not have very high expectations. However at Harsil and Badrinath the accommodation standard is 3 star.
    2. Only 5 Kg baggage per passenger will be permitted. Passengers are advised not to carry big suitcases as there is very small baggage space inside helicopter. Passengers bringing excess baggage might not be allowed to take the same in the chopper by pilot.
    3. Children above the age of 2 years will be considered full ticket.
    4. There is no provision of concession to children or senior citizens
    5. The booking has to be done in advance with a deposit of 50% of the charter amount.
    6. Full amount has to be deposited before the start of journey
    7. In case the journey is not finished within the stipulated time and passengers are not able to visit one or more Dhams due to bad weather conditions/technical reasons then the company will try to visit all places within the stipulated time. Although if this is not possible then the  liability of the company will be limited to refund of unutilised sector/s.
    8. Rescheduling of booking to a next date will be done subject to availability and on payment of 10% of the cost. This will be permitted only if applied 7 days before journey date. In case the rescheduling is requested with less than 7 days to the journey then booking will be treated as cancelled and a fresh booking will be given subject to availability.
    9. If passengers wish to cancel their booking then they will have to pay following cancellation charges
    • Upto 7 days before journey              ----                           20% of  amount
    • Upto 48 hours before journey         ----                            50 % of amount
    • Less than 48 hours before journey ----                           75% of amount
    • Less than 24 hours before journey ----                           NO REFUND
    For booking and enquiry about costs and detailed terms you can call on


    Sightseeing places while in Yamunotri.

    Kharsali: On return, we suggest you to stop by at an ancient Shanni temple, of which history is unknown, such as when was it built and who built it. You will marvel at the architecture of this temple.


    Sightseeing places while in Guptkashi.

    Kalimath temple, situated on the bank of Kali Ganga River. After arriving from Kedarnath, take a short jeep ride to Ukhimath and from there a comfortable trek to the temple. The trek is mostly through forest. After crossing a narrow iron bridge, you reach a cluster of houses on an open place and the Kalimath temple.

    Vishwanath Temple: The main temple is dedicated to Shiva as Vishwanath (ruler of the world). The architectural style of this temple is akin to other temples in Uttarakhand, such as Kedarnath, built in stone with a high tower over the sanctum and a wooden frame and sloping roof in typical architectural style of the region, at the top of the tower. At the entrance to the temple, there are two dwarpalakas (entrance guards) on both sides. The exterior façade is painted with lotuses. At the top of the entrance door, there is an image of Bhairava.


    Sightseeing places while in Badrinath.

    Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

    Brahama Kapal: It is a flat platform a few yards north of the temple and on the bank of river Alaknanda. It is an important place for shradh ceremony or offering of pinds to ensure a heavenly place for dead ancestors or manes. It is said that offering pind here, the manes are permanently enshrined in heaven and no more pinds are to be done elsewhere ever afterwards. Legends have it that when Shiva chopped of the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Lastly with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Badrivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place & hence the name Brahma-Kapal (head).

    Sheshnetra: It is a large block of stone between two small seasonal lakes carrying an eye of "Sheshnag" The eye formation is quite natural, 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye, it is believed that the seshnag waits at this place patiently to accompany the lord on his reincarnation.

    Mana Village: This is the last village before Mana Pass and is 24 kilometers from the border of India and Tibet/ China. Total population is just about 100. During the harsh winter the entire town relocates at Chamouli. They return to Mana when the temple is declared open to cater to the needs of pilgrims.

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