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Gangotri Dham

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Gangotri Uttarakhand

The picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga, the stream of life, touched earth fro the first time. According to mythology, Goddess Ganga, the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form a river to absolve the sins of king Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of 5500 years. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimize the impact of her fall. The river itself begins at Gangotri which literally means Ganga Uttari or Ganga descending She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source. The Shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level amidst captivating surroundings along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100 km from Uttarkashi. The Shrine of Gangotri opens during the last week of April or the first week of May, on the auspicious day od Akshaya Tritiya. The temples opening is preceded by a special Puja of Ganga both inside the temple as well as on the river bank. The temple's closes on the day of Diwali followed by a formal closing ceremony amidst a row of oil lamps. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhwa, her winter abode (12 km downstream)

The temple was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Sigh Thapa. The existing temple is said to be the one reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty. Every year thousands of pilgrims through the sacred shrine between May & October. The Pujaris & brahmins are from the village of Mukhwa. The water from Gangotri is carried to offer to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water has amrit (nectar) in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulp the poison.

According to mythology King Sagar after slaying the demons on earth staged an Aswamedh Yagna to proclaim his supremacy. The King's 60,000 sons born of Queen Sumati and one son Asamanjas of Queen Kesani were to accompany the horse. Lord Indra fearing loss of his supremacy stole the horse and tied it to the ashram of ancient sage Kapil who was then deep into meditation. On their search for horse, the 60,000 sons stormed the ashram of Kapil and just before the attack on him the sage opened his eyes and reduced all the 60,000 sons of King Sagar except Asamanjas to ashes. King Sagar's grandson Anshuman was successful in recovering the horse from Kapil and was told that those 60,000 burnt will attain heavenly adobe if Ganga is brought down from heaven & their ashes were sleaned by its water. Then the great task of bringing Ganga to earth started. Anshuman failed and so did his son Dilip but his grandson Bhagirath succeeded.

The intense meditation made Ganga to descend from heaven and in order that the earth is not flooded, it remained suspended in the Coils of Lord Shiva's hair. Shiva pleased with King Bhagirath, released Ganga in seven streams - the most sacred streams - the most sacred streams on earth came to be known as Bhagirathi. King Sagar's 60,000 sons' ashes were touched with Ganga water and thus they were bestowed with eternal rest in heaven.

GANGOTRI TEMPLE

As the legend goes, King Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone, near which this 18th century temple is located. The slab on which King Bhagirath is believed to have meditated is called Bhagirathi Shila. The mother Ganga is worshipped as Goddess and the holy river in the temple. Before performing the Puja rituals, a holy dip in the Ganga flowing nearby the temple is a must. The Pujari's (priest) belong to Brahmin community from Mukhwa village. Ten of them are selected by rotation every year to perform all the functions covering the temple and they also perform the duties of pandas.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Uttarakhand

DEPARTURE TIME

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (230 Kms; Approx 6 Hours Of Drive)

Arrival Delhi Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Hardwar, enroute lunch. Later drive to Hardwar transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner & Night halt.

Day 02: Haridwar - Syanachatti (240 Kms; Approx 7 Hours Of Drive)

Early morning, Drive to Syanachatti via Mussoorie. Enroute bifurcate from main road to Lakahamandal (5kms /one side), visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. After darshan drive to your onward destination. Check in Hotel at Syana Chatti.

Day 03: Synachatti - Yamunotri - Syanachtti (12kms Drive & 7 Kms Trek Each Side)

Drive to Phool Chatti, trek start from here to Yamunotri. Either by walk or by horse or by Doli at own cost. Arr. Yamunotri, One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as "Prasad". Here near the temple "Pooja" can be offered to Divya Shila, After taking bath in Jamunabai Kund's warn water and having "Darshan" of pious "Yamunaji" returning to Hanumanchatti. Later drive back to Syanachatti. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04: Syanachatti - Hardwar (240 Kms; Approx 7 Hours Of Drive)

Drive back to Haridwar, Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 07: Haridwar - Delhi (230 Kms; Approx 7 Hours Of Drive)

Morning visit Hardwar Local Sight Seeing. Later dep. to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, Drop at Railway Station/Airport.

Total Pax(Min.) Transportation(Exclusive Guide Premium Package(MAP) Luxury Package(MAP) Deluxe Package(CP) Superior Package(EP) Standard Package(EP)
02 Tata Indigo / Dezire * INR 31,050.00 INR 25,050.00 INR 21,950.00 INR 18,275.00 INR 17,000.00
02 Tavera / Ertiga * INR 34,550.00 INR 28,550.00 INR 25,450.00 INR 21,775.00 INR 20,500.00
02 Toyota Innova * INR 35,550.00 INR 29,550.00 INR 26,450.00 INR 22,775.00 INR 21,500.00
04 Tavera / Ertiga * INR 27,250.00 INR 21,250.00 INR 18,150.00 INR 14,475.00 INR 13,200.00
04 Toyota Innova * INR 27,750.00 INR 21,750.00 INR 18,650.00 INR 14,975.00 INR 13,700.00
06 Tavera / Ertiga * INR 24,950.00 INR 18,950.00 INR 15,800.00 INR 12,125.00 INR 10,850.00
06 Toyota Innova * INR 25,285.00 INR 19,285.00 INR 16,135.00 INR 12,460.00 INR 11,185.00
06 Tempo Traveler (09 Seater) * INR 27,785.00 INR 21,785.00 INR 18,635.00 INR 14,960.00 INR 13,685.00
08 Tempo Traveler (09 Seater) * INR 25,900.00 INR 19,900.00 INR 16,800.00 INR 13,125.00 INR 11,850.00
10 Tempo Traveler (12 Seater) * INR 25,050.00 INR 19,050.00 INR 15,950.00 INR 12,275.00 INR 11,050.00
12 Mini Coach (15 Seater) * INR 25,470.00 INR 19,470.00 INR 16,370.00 INR 12,695.00 INR 11,470.00
14 Mini Coach (15 Seater) * INR 24,780.00 INR 18,780.00 INR 15,680.00 INR 12,005.00 INR 10,730.00
16 Mini Coach (18 Seater) Yes INR 25,895.00 INR 19,895.00 INR 16,795.00 INR 13,120.00 INR 11,845.00
16 Mini Coach (27 Seater) Yes INR 26,865.00 INR 20,865.00 INR 17,765.00 INR 14,090.00 INR 12,815.00
18 Mini Coach (18/21 Seater) Yes INR 25,275.00 INR 19,275.00 INR 16,175.00 INR 12,500.00 INR 11,225.00
18 Mini Coach (27 Seater) Yes INR 26,135.00 INR 20,135.00 INR 17,035.00 INR 13,360.00 INR 12,085.00
20 Mini Coach (27 Seater) Yes INR 25,550.00 INR 19,550.00 INR 16,450.00 INR 12,775.00 INR 11,450.00
20 Mini Coach (21 Seater) Yes INR 24,775.00 INR 18,775.00 INR 15,675.00 INR 12,000.00 INR 10,675.00


Extra Mattress / Extra Person INR 12,800.00 INR 11,100.00 INR 8,600.00 INR 6,000.00 INR 4,300.00
CP SUPPLEMENT (Daily Breakfast)  NIL  NIL  NIL INR 1,000.00 INR 900.00
MAP SUPPLEMENT (Daily Breakfast & Dinner)  NIL  NIL INR 1,800.00 INR 2,600.00 INR 2,400.00
P r e m i u m P a c k a g e H o t e l s ( M A P )
Haridwar (01 Night) Hotel Radisson Blu (A/C)
Kharsali / Barkot - (02 Nights) Yamunotri Cottage (Premium Cottage)
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Shivlinga (A/C Premium) / The Great Ganga (A/C Cottage)
Rishikesh (01 Night)   Ellbee Ganga View (A/C Premier) / Ganga Kinare (A/C S.Dlx)  
 
L u x u r y   P a c k a g e   H o t e l s   ( M A P )
Haridwar (01 Night) Hotel Godwin (A/C) / Regenta Orko (A/C) / Golden Tulip (A/C)
Barkot (02 Nights) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / YRBR (Swiss Tents) / Rigveda Cottages  
Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Akash Ganga (A/C) / Shivparivar (A/C)
Rishikesh (01 Night)   Vasundhara Palace (A/C Premium)
COST INCLUDES (Premium & Luxury Package):

  • Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on MAP Basis.
  • Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh-Delhi by A/C Vehicle Services) with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt.
  • Daily Mineral Water x 02 Bottles (1Ltr).

    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    5% Govt. Service Tax, Rest All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost include.



    D e l u x e P a c k a g e H o t e l s ( C P )
    Haridwar (01 Night) Lakshay (A/C) / Park Grand (A/C) / Classic Residency (A/C)
    Barkot (02 Nights) Camp Nirwana (Swiss Tents) / YRBR (Swiss Tents) / Rigveda Cottages  
    Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Shivlinga (S.Dlx) / Akash Ganga / Shivparivar / Shikhar Nature Resort (Swiss Tents)
    Rishikesh (01 Night)   The Great Ganga (A/C) / Yog Vashisht (A/C)
     
    S u p e r i o r    P a c k a g e   H o t e l s   ( E P )
    Haridwar (01 Night) Hotel Great Ananda (A/C) / Khanna Palace (A/C) /  Paradise (A/C)
    Barkot (02 Nights) Chauhan Annaxe (S.Dlx) / Inder Palace (Dlx) / Aththi Niwas Jankichatti   
    Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Hotel Shivlinga / Geetanjali Resort / Sahaj Villa / Ganga Aashray
    Rishikesh (01 Night)   Leisure Palace(A/C) / Trihari (A/C)/ Dev Palace (A/C) / Tatsa (A/C)
     
    S t a n d a r d   P a c k a g e   H o t e l s  ( E P )
    Haridwar (01 Night) Badridham (A/C) / Parakh (A/C) / Orchid (A/C) / Sound Sleep (A/C) / Hill View (A/C)
    Badkot (02 Nights) Hotel Yamuna Kinare / Karan Palace / Gau Yamuna   
    Uttarkashi (02 Nights) Hotel Bhagirathi Residency / Mahima Resort / Mansarovar / Vasundhra
    Rishikesh (01 Night)   Devoy Inn (A/C) / Soank Paradise (A/C) / Akash Continental (A/C)  
    COST INCLUDES (Deluxe, Superior & Standard Package) :

  • Accommodation on twin sharing (Double Bed Room) on CP / EP Basis (As mention above).
  • Transportation by Non A/C Vehicle (Delhi-Haridwar & Rishikesh-Delhi by A/C Vehicle Services) with all road, state taxes, driver allowance, permit & night halt.

    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    5% Govt. Service Tax, Rest All Meals, Table drinks, laundry, porter, pony, tips, camera fee, ropeway charges, entrance charges, travel insurance, personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, landslides etc. and anything not specified in cost include.