On the way to Gangotri, we will take a bath in River Ganga (Ganga Nayni- Hot water) which is (45 Kilometers from Gangotri), then go to Gangotri and took Darshan in the main temple and come back to Uttarakashi and stay.
Gangotri is one of the origin sources of Holy River Ganga (Ganges), and one of the important Char Dham pilgrimage in Hindu Religion. The main origin of the river is “Gaumukh” which is a glacier located 19 km away from gangotri temple. Ganga River is the longest and most sacred river in world.
Gangotri is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level, on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Gangotri is the starting point of Ganga river where the goddess Ganga workshipped by the Pilgrims or Devotees. In Ancient time the river is called Bhagirathi and attains the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where Bhagirathi meets with Alaknanda form Ganga River. Gangotri is the home place of many ashrams, small shrines and temple.
According to Hindu Mythology, It is said that the Ganga is a result of reward given by lord “Shiva” to the king “Bhagirath” for his penance. However due to her pride
and the fact that the earth would be devastated if Ganga came down in her full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks. The sacred stone near the temple denotes the place where Ganga first came down to earth. This is why Ganga is also called by the name of Bhagirathi.
The Present temple was constructed by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th Century. It is said that at the time of construction of temple Gaumukh Glacier was here but receded to its present location due to global warming.
We start to Badrinath. On the way to Badrinath, we visit Nandhaprayag,Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag, Joshimath, Paandukeshwar, Hanumanchetty and then stay in Badrinath.
According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badris. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri' and Adi Badri.
The Badrinath area is known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, "Thou wast “Nara” in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years."
One legend has it that when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her
descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda being one of them.
The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini - literally, the 'Ascent to Heaven'. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Swarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where the great sage Veda Vyasa is believed to have written the epic Mahabharata.
Morning take bath in the Holy water (Hot water) and Badrinath temple Darshan.
Then go to visit Indo Tibettian Border (China ) , Manavillage , Ganeshguha (Ganesh Cave ) , Vyasaguha (Vyasa Cave ), Origin place of river saraswathi , Bhima bridge, and stay in Badrinath. Start to Rishikesh . stay at Pippilikotti.
Mana is a small pilgrim village that is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The village is present near the religious site of Badrinath. The village has the distinction of being the last settlement on the road to the country of Tibet. It is situated at a height of around 3219 meters. The village is on the backs of the River Saraswati. The entire region is surrounded by hills and one can see many small streams nearby as well.
This is a perfect place for trekking and there are many trekking spots that are located here. The village of Mana can be visited as day trip from Badrinath. There is a waterfall called the Vasundara Falls that is located nearby and this is also a good place to see while travelling to the village of Mana.
Ganeshguha (Ganesh Cave ) :
Ganesha Cave is a naturally formed cave located in Badrinath. As per Hindu beliefs, it is said that Lord Ganesha penned Mahabharatha in this cave as dictated by Rishi Vyas. This cave is located near the famous Vyas Cave and holds religious significances in the lives of the people. Being surrounded by lush green trees the cave offers a pleasant view of the gorgeous vista of the Himalayan ridges.
The Vyas Guha / cave is an interesting place to visit in Mana. You will have to trek around 700 mts to reach this place. For people who cannot walk, there are people who carry them in a small basket for a fee. In this cave meditated Shri Veda Vyas, who wrote the epic Mahabharatha. There is small shrine dedicated to Vyas, which is 5000 years old.
Pithoragarh district is at about 3600m high from sea level and Vyas cave is situated here on a mountain near Kalapani. Maharishi Veda Vyas is supposed to compose the epic Mahabharath, eighteen puranas and Brahma Sutras here. So these caves are named after him as Vyas caves. The Bilaspur township of HP, previously known as Vyaspur Town, is understood as the result of these caves. These caves are located on the Satluj River’s western bank and an important holy place.
These caves are enclosed with pine and Juniper forests and the nearby site of attractions include Kalapani spring, Kali Mandir, Gunji and Budhi. The adjacent snow roofed mountains offer very wonderful sights to visitors. This place is difficult to approach without rock climbing mechanism. The hand gliding, trekking and Para gliding activities are also being arranged for the tourists by the department of tourism of Uttaranchal government.
The Vyas cave is extended over a large region on Saraswati River’s banks where it meets and merges with River Alakananda. It is the only place from where one can see the River Saraswati. The impure mortals of lower regions would not be having opportunity to witness the Saraswati River. Maharishi Vyas Rishi statue is installed in the caves and worshiped also by the pilgrims visiting Badrinath.
Origin place of river Saraswathi :
3 km north of Mana village emerges the river Saraswati from a lateral glacier. Saraswati is known as the Goddess of learning, blessed Veda Vyas to compose the epic Mahabharata at Mana. The river after touching Vyas Gufa (Guha), gets lost in the Alaknanda at Keshav Prayag. From here to Allahabad, Saraswati flows incognito. It is said that at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad, the Saraswati remains invisible.
Bheem Pul is 3 km from Badrinath and is built over Saraswathi River. It is believed that one of the Pandava brothers called Bheema for his beloved wife Draupadi made this natural bridge. According to Hindu mythology, this was the place from where the Pandavas started their journey to heaven called Swargarohini. During this journey, Draupadi was unable to cross the river then Beema ligted a huge rock and place it between the gorge. Later on, it was known as Bheem Pul. This bridge is located opposite of Vyas Gufa in Mana Village and offers an enchanting view of the pristine valley.
Travel to Rishikesh. On the way, we stay in Srinagar Gaduval. This too depends on the travel and climate. Badrinath to Rishikesh, if climate and route is good, we may take a single stretch. Else we stay in Gaduval Srinagar. We shall decide in the last moment
Rishikesh is the only destination in the world which is equally popular for pilgrimage. It is situated in the foothills of Himalayas on the banks of River Ganga in Northern India. Rishikesh is located just 43 Km away from Dehradun.
Rishikesh has also become a popular destination for white water rafing and kayaking.
Thousands of years ago saint came to this place in order to attain peace and spirituality. As their study and practice flourished here, Rishikesh soon established itself as the birthplace of the Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Spirituality and Spa Therapies and it became famous world-over as a perfect place to study, learn and practice the Ayurveda, Yoga….
Lakshman Jhula Is A Bridge Over The Holy River Ganges At Rishikesh And Is Made From Iron. It Is A Famous Tourist Destination In Rishikesh And Attracts Large Number Of Tourists Every Year. Lakshman Jhula Is 450 Feet In Length And Connects To Tehri District And Pauri Region. It Offer Panoramic Views To River Ganges And Rishikesh City And Have Several Temples.
A s Per The Old Stories, Lord Rama’s Younger Brother, Lakshman Crossed The Waterway With The Help Of Jute Rope. Later, In The Honor Of Lakshman, A Bridge Of Iron Was Built That With Jute Rope Suspension. In The Year 1989, There Was Around 284 Feet Long Hanging Jute Rope That Was Washed Away In Floods Of October 1924. Post That Period, A New Bridge Was Constructed In The Year 1930.
Rishikesh Is Famous For Various Temples Around Lakshman Jhula. Few Of The Known Temples Are Travambakeshwar Temple, Sri Raghunathji’s Temple, Lakshman Temple And Sachha Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple.
Ram Jhula Is One Of The Most Noted Landmark Destination In The Rishikesh City. Precisely, It Is An Iron Bridge That Spreads Across The Holy River Ganges And Is Approaximately 450 Feet In Length That Bridges The Gap Between Shivananda Ashram And Swargashram. Ram Jhula Doles Out Many Pleasing And Panoramic Views Of River Ganges And Rishikesh City And Incorporates Numerous Temples.
Ram Jhula Was Constructed By PWD With The Aid Received From Shivananada Ashram In 1980. Earlier This Jhula Was Hanging From A Ropeway And Was Built Without Any Pillars. Ram Jhula Doles Out Several Attractions As In Shivananda Ashram, Beatles Ashram, Parmarth NIketan, Yog Niketan, Swargashram, Geeta Bhawan And Many Other Fun Filled Places. Besides There Are Rich Market Area On Both The Sides Of The Ram Jhula That Makes It An Interesting Place To Explore.
Sivananda Ashram Is Foremost Ashrams In Rishikesh City That Is Situated Near Ram Jhula. The Ashram Was Founded By Great Sage Of The Era Saint Swami Sivananda In The Year 1936. With Several Similar Ashrams In Place This Ashrams Forms The Headquarters Of The Divine Life Society That Is A Worldwide Recognized Organization And Is Engrossed In Spreading Spiritual Knowledge.
Swami Sivananda Offers A Long List Of Known Disciples And Incorporates Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Too. Sivananda Ashram Is A Huge Complex That Comprises Numerous Halls, A Shrine And Gurudev’s Kutir. The Ashram Doles Out Meditation And Yoga Classes On Day To Day Basis. Devotees Can Join The Ashram And Can Attend The Classes. Sivananda Ashram Also Does Perform Famous Ganga Aarti Which Is Simply Worth Watching. The Reflection Of Several Diyas Forms In The Holy River And Is Simply Captivating View.
Parmarth Niketan Is One Of The Biggest Ashram At Rishikesh That Is Located At The Holy Banks Of River Ganges. The Ashram Was Founded By Swami Vivekanand Sarawati In The Year 1942. Parmarth Niketan Ashram Offers More Than 1000 Rooms To Tourists. The Rooms Are Equipped With All Modern Amenities And Dole Out Pleasing And Panoramic Views To Environment For Meditation.
There Are Many Activities That Are Performed At Parmarth Ashram As In Morning Prayers, Meditation Classes, Yoga, Ayurvedic Treatments And Satsangs. Parmarth Niketan Also Organizes Two Other Important Events As Daily Morning Ganga Arti At Sunset And Other Is Internal Yoga Festival That Takes Places Every Year In The First Week Of March. Besides, Peaceful And Tranquil Ambience, Lord Shiva’s And Lord Hanuma’s Giant Idols Are Also Impertinent Attractions Here.
Geeta Bhawan Is A Huge Complex That Is Built Along The Shoreline Of Sacred River Ganga In Swargashram In Rishikesh. Pilgrims Come Here To Take Holy Dip In River Ganges And Many Prefer To Further Here To Meditate In The Serene And Peaceful Ambience.
In The Summer Season, The Bhawan Stays Completely Jam Packed With Thousands Of Devotees From Different Corners Of World Who Come Here To Attend Satsang And Other Meditation Programs. The Bhawan Doles Out Range Of Amenities. Saints Are Served With Free Meals And Clothes. There Are Several Ghats At The Bhawan But Bathing Ghat 1 And 3 Of The Complex Are Devoted For Holy Dip In The Ganges.
Swarg ashram (Kalikambliwala)
Swargashram Is The Most Important Place Of Rishikesh. It Is Nucleus Of All Meditation Centers And Yoga Ashrams In Rishikesh District. The Literal Meaning Of “Swargashrams Is “Heavenly Abodes”. The Ashram Has Its Citations In Hindu Puranas As Well. In Old Times Swargashram Was The Place Where Yogis And Sages Have Meditated For Quite A Long Period Of Time.
The Ashram Is Located Near Ram Jhula On The Banks Of Holy River Ganges. The Ashram Now Has Association With Numerous Renowned Ashrams And Temples. The Ashram Is Managed By The Swargashram Trust And Offers Several Facilities To The Devotees, Sages And Saints Who Come Here For Spiritual Knowledge.
Swarg Ashram Doles Out Hundreds Of Rooms And Hall Facilities With Complete Service Of Food And Library. The Food Is Served Twice A Day. Library Comprises Several Books Of Religious Importance. It Also Doles Out Medical Aid To Tourists And Devotees. There Is Also A Basic Sanskrit School. All The Basic Facilities Are Doled Out By The Swargashram And Are Completely Free Of Costs And Run Only On The Donation Received By The Trusts.
Travel to Rishikesh and stay in Haridwar.
A paradise for nature-lovers, Haridwar presents kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar also termed as 'Gateway to Gods' is known as Mayapuri, Kapila, Gangadwar as well. The followers of Lord Shiva(Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu(Hari) pronounce this place Hardwar and Hardwar respectively as told by some. It is also a point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (Four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand) Viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Archaeological finding have proved that terracotta culture dating between 1700 B.C. and 1200 B.C. existed in this region.
We visit the following Temples. Chandi devi temple and Manasadevi temple. We are going these places by Rope Car in mountains. All of us must pay Rs 250 for the package. We have take that ticket and keep it with us till we finish our Darshan in 2 temples.
Manasadevi Temple :
Situated at about three km from the main township, Mansa Devi Temple is located at the Bilwa Parvat, on Shivalik Hills. This temple is one of the most visited temples in North India. It is believed to be the holy residence of Goddess Mansa (also known as serpent Goddess), the sister of Nag Vasuki and the brainchild of Saint Kashyap. There are two idols of the presiding deity - Mansa Devi inside the temple, one with three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms
Mansa Devi is believed to be one of the major Siddhapeeths in India and forms the peak of the unique trio of Siddha Peeths, Mansa Devi, Maya Devi and Chandi Devi. This auspicious temple is known to have the power of fulfilling all the wishes of the devotees.
A famous belief at Mansa Devi temple is to tie holy threads to the sacred tree standing within its premises, for the fulfillment of the devotee s wishes. Once the wishes are fulfilled, the holy thread has to be untied, so as to pay regards to the Holy goddess. Thousands of Devotees offer coconuts fruits, marigold garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her. Apart from being a religious destination, the place is also a Famous Tourist Spotbecause of the cable cars known as Devi Udankhatola. The Udankhatola carries a passenger from lower station right up to the temple. The ropeway is situated at a height of 178 meters from the ground and the total length of ropeway is 540 meters. The panoramic view of the beautiful City Of Haridwar as seen from the height is awesome. One can also follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine.
The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 A.D. by the king of Kashmir- Suchat Singh . It is 3 kms. trek from Chandighat . Legend has it that the army chief Chanda-Munda of a local demon King Shumbh- Nishumbha was killed by goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi . It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankracharya in 8th century A.D. One can reach here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot.
The river, about 2,510 km (1,560 mi) long, rises in a snowfield called THE GANGOTRI GLACIER, situated among three Himalayan mountains all more than 6,706 m (22,000 ft) high. It issues as the Bhagirathi River from an ice cave, 3,139 m (10,300 ft) above sea level, and falls 67 m per km (350 ft per mi). About 16 km (10 mi) from the source is Gangotri, the first temple on its banks and a traditional resort of pilgrims. At the village of Devaprayag, 214 km (133 mi) from the source, the Bhagirathi joins the Alaknanda to form the Ganges.
The Ganges is regarded by Hindus as the most sacred river in the world. Many important religious ceremonies are held in cities on its banks, including Varanasi, Haridwar, and Allahabad.
Bath in Ganges.
Gaduval sri nagar
5 confluences of Alaknanda River. Panch Prayag means "Five Confluences" referring to the five confluences of river Alaknanda with Dhauli Ganga, Nandakini, Pindar, Mandakini and Bhagirathi at Vishnu Prayag, Nanda Prayag, Karna Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Devaprayag respectively. After the confluence of Alaknanda with Bhagirathi at Devprayag, the river is known as Ganga (Ganges).
Formed by the confluences of the impetuous Vishnu Ganga (known, after this point, as the Alaknanda) and the Dhauliganga rivers, Vishnu Prayag, 1,372 mts. has an ancient temple here by a pool called Vishukund. It is said that the sage Narada worshipped Vishnu at this sanctified spot, and the Lord, pleased with his austerities, had given him his blessings.
Visitors are find the Kagbhusandi lake bewitching with its emerald green depths giving it a still surface, while on the banks, blossoms evoke the colours of nature in all her glory. The lake can be approached from either Bhundar village near Ghangaria or from Vishnu Prayag.
The confluences of the Alaknanda and Nandakini rivers forms Nand Prayag at 914 mts. Trekkers are often seen here on their way to Tapovan across Kunwari pass, or on their way to Roopkund. This beautiful spot is a major tourist point.
It is said that the confluence is named for the pious Raja Nanda who had performed a huge fire purification ceremony here. According to one legend, the king had been granted to Devaki, the imprisoned sister of the tyrant king Kansa. Ultimately, the gods found an ingenuous if wily solution: Vishnu would be born as Krishna to Devaki but would be brought up by Nanda's wife, yashoda.
The icy flow from the Pindari glacial becomes the Pindari river, and when it joins the Alaknanda at 788mts, the confluence is known as Karna Prayag. The wooded thickets of the hills surrounding Karna Prayag were the meeting ground for Shakuntala and Dhyanta, immortalised in Kalidasa's immortal classic of the same name, and a favorite ballad ever since, There is a temple dedicated to Karna here, the son of queen Kunti and her fiery lover , Lord Surya. Karna's lineage was kept a secret, but he practiced austerities before his father and was granted the boon of a pair of earrings and armour that made him invincible, Ultimately, he fell in the bettle the Pandavas and Kauravas, but he remin a tragic hero for in life he never had the legitimacy he desired. Other temple at the confluence are dedicated to Narayan, Gopal, Shiva and Uma.
When the Alaknanda and the MandaKini, two of the most beautiful among Himalayan rivers, meet, the confluence is called Rudra Prayag. Here so says legend, the sage Narada came, hoping to complete with Shiva ( or Rudra ) in a music composition. The smug sage was humbled, however, when the nymphs of musical composition complaint about his insensitive handling of musical composition. It was here, also that Shiva's wife, Sati was reborn after her self - immolation because her father had humiliated her husband. In her new wife, as the daughter of Himalaya, she did penence here to ask the boon of Shiva as a husband once again.
Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), Rudraprayag is situated at the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakani rivers, at a distance of 34 km from Srinagar (Garhwal). The presence of two separate route of Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from
Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes and glaciers.
Rudra Prayag is a small town that is located in the state of Uttarakhand and in the district of Rudraprayag. The town is situated at the confluence of the River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. It has a special religious significance for many people as well. It is said that the place where the two rivers meet resembles two sisters embracing each other and there is a unique beauty about the place. Many visitors travel to the place to witness this phenomenon every year. The entire area is surrounded by immense beauty and one can see many lakes, glaciers, rivers and streams here. There are a few temples that are located in the town as well and these are a must visit while travelling to Rudra Prayag.
The main temples are the Jagdamaba Temple and the Shiva Temple. The town of Kedarnath which is an important pilgrimage center for many Hindus is located around 86 km from the town of Rudra Prayag and this can be visited as well. The Koteshwar Temple can be seen on the banks of the Alaknanda River and this is also a popular site in the town. Son Prayag and Okhimath are present outside the town and are important religious sites as well.
Dev Prayag is regarded as the most complete showcase of legends, heritage and tradition. If on one hand Lord Rama and his father King Dashratha did penence here. On the other, some of the oldest stone inscriptions in the region can be found here. However, the most celebrated event at Deo Prayag is the congregation of devotees, who come here to worship the image of Lord Rama at Raghunath temple.
Located at a height of only 618 mts, Deo Prayag is an invocation to the gods who
have generously endowed this spot with tremendous natural beauty. Other believes its name comes from a Brahmin priest who meditated here for long years, asking for the birth of Vishnu's incarnation, finally granted in the guise of Ram. For most Indians, this confluence is no less holy then the Sangam at Allahabad.