Do Dham By Helicopter
A Pilgrimage to Two of the Holiest Shrines in the Himalayas. A 7 Night – 8 day
DAY 01: DELHI - HARIDWAR
In the morning we’ll drive to Haridwar (230 kms – 6 to 7 hrs journey). On the way, stop for lunch at a restaurant on the highway. On arrival at Haridwar, check in to your Hotel. In the evening, proceed to Har ki Pauri to enjoy Ganga Aarti on the banks of Ganges. Haridwar is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. Legend has it that Vishnu’s footprint was found on the bank of the holy river, giving it its sanctity. Situated at the base of the Siwalik Hills, Haridwar is where the River Ganges passes through its last gorge and begins a 2,000km journey across the plains of India to the Bay of Bengal.
Overnight stay at Haridwar
Day 02: HARIDWAR - RUDRAPRAYAG
This morning depart for Rudraprayag, (170 kms – 6 to 7 hrs). On the way, you wiII stop for a brief while at Devprayag, a hill-town perched above the turbulent confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers where the holy river Ganges comes into being.
On arrival at Rudraprayag, check into Hotel Monal Resort. Overnight at Rudraprayag. The small town, Rudraprayag, is situated at the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini.
The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the district itself; the most important one being Kedarnath.
Overnight stay at Rudraprayag
DAY 03: Rudraprayag – Kedarnath - Rudraprayag
Early morning you will drive to Phata village to board a helicopter that will fly you straight to Kedarnath (Flight expenses extra as applicable at the time of boarding). A real time saver.
On reaching Kedarnath, visit the temple for darshan of the resident deity. One of the holiest Hindu pilgrim sites dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is perched atan altitude of 3,584 meters amidst towering snow-clad Himalayan peaks on the head of river Mandakini.
The original temple is said to have been built by the Pandavas to atone for their sins procured during the Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata. The present temple was reconstructed by Adi Sankaracharya in the 8th century. One of the 12 Shiva-Jyotirlingas resides in this temple. Inside the temple there is an irregular, three-faced linga, representing the hump of Lord Shiva when he took the form of a bull. There are deities of goddess Parvati and Ganesh in front of the main altar door. Outside the second door are Lord Krishna, the five Pandavas, their wife Draupadi, and their mother, Kunti.
After darshan, you wiII fly back to Phata and proceed to Rudraprayag. On the way you will visit Guptkashi, which is an important stop on the traditional pilgrim route. The name Guptkashi means “Hidden Varanasi”, and the town’s sacred identity plays on its identity with the more famous pilgrimage site of Varanasi. Legend has it that when Pandava brothers were searching for Shiva, the latter first concealed himself in Guptkashi, but later fled from them further up the valley to Kedarnath, where Pandavas finally got their wish. After visiting Guptkashi, you will return to Rudraprayag
Overnight stay at Rudraprayag
DAY 04: RUDRAPRAYAG - BADRINATH
This morning, after an early breakfast, you check out of the hotel at 7.30 am and drive to Badrinath (165 kms – 6 to 7 hrs) vi a Joshimath. After driving through some wonderful ghat road and probably couple of landslides you arrive at Badrinath by 2:30 pm. Check into the hotel. After some rest and refreshments you are all set to go to Badrinath Temple for darshan in the evening. But first you have to go to Tapt Kund (Hot Spring), take bath and then go to the temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji is 15 meters in height, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age, though the present temple is believed to have been established by Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century A.D., Hindu reformist. The temple has been renovated several times due to earlier damages by avalanches and looks modern now with a colorful “Singh Dwara” or the main entrance gate.
The temple has three parts – Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble). There are 15 idols in the temple complex. Finely sculpted in black stone, the Badrinath (Vishnu) image is a meter high. Other images include those of Laxmi (Vishnu’s consort), Garurh (Vishnu’s mount), Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh etc. Afterdarshan, return back to the hotel or visit the town and shop around.
Overnight stay at Badrinath
DAY 05: BADRINATH - JOSHIMATH - RUDRAPRAYAG
This morning, after an early morning darshan once again, you drive back to Rudraprayag.
Overnight stay at Rudraprayag
DAY 06: RUDRAPRAYAG - RISHIKESH
Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh you’ll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay
In India, certain cities are particularly renowned and revered for the spiritual essence bestowed on them by virtue of being home to one or more of the Hindu Gods and wise sages. Such places often become pilgrim destinations, visited by yogis and seekers who travel from around the world to bathe in their sacred glow.
Rishikesh is one such town. In the evening, you’ll be taken tp Parmarth Ashram to participate in the Ganga Aarti on the banks of Ganges. Rest of the evening free to experience this fascinating town on your own.
Overnight stay at Rishikesh
DAY 07: RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR - DELHI
Early morning, after breakfast, you are on your last lap of this journey. Drive back to Delhi (260 kms – 7 to 8 hrs) stopping enroute for a couple of hours at Haridwar to take a ritual bath at Har ki Pauri on the banks of Ganges.
After ritual bath spend some time in city and then drive back to Delhi