Kedharnath - Badrinath- Rishikesh - Haridwar
On the way to Kedharnath, we visit the following places like Tehri dam, Chamba, Rudraprayag, Guptaprayag, and stay in Senaprayag or in Gupta kasha or Sithapur. Night stay.
The Tehri Dam of Uttarakhand is the highest dam in India, 2nd highest in Asia and 8th highest in World. It is on the Bhagirathi River near Tehri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, India.Tehri dam is being built by THDC India Ltd. The dam is expected to generate about 2400 megawatts of electricity. The total cost associated with the Tehri Dam project is around Rs 8000/- crores.
Tehri dam is about 260.5 metres (855 ft) high rock and earth-fill embankment dam. Its length is 575 metres (1,886 ft), crest width 20 metres (66 ft), and base width 1,128 metres (3,701 ft). The dam creates a reservoir of 2.6 cubic kilometres (2,100,000 acre ft) with a surface area of 52 square kilometres (20 sq mt).
The installed hydro capacity is 1,000 MW along with an additional 1,000 MW of pumped storage hydroelectricity. The Tehri Dam and the Tehri Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant are part of the Tehri Dam Hydro power Complex which also includes the 400 MW Koteshwar Dam .
2400 megawatt electricity.
Clean Drinking water to almost 40 lakhs of people living in Delhi.
Chamba is a town and nagar panchayat in Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at a junction of roads connecting Mussoorie and Rishikesh with the Tehri Dam reservoir and New Tehri.
Its nearby tourist places are Dhanaulti, Surkanda Devi Temple, Ranichauri, New Tehri, and Kanatal, halfway between Chamba and Dhanaulti.
About 50 km from Mussoorie, the small hill town of Chamba, Uttaranchal, is another of those destinations yet unknown to most tourists and therefore unspoilt and fresh like a daisy for the lucky few who venture out seeking new places to explore and enjoy. Chamba is situated at an altitude of 1600m above sea level. There are pleasant forests of pine and deodar trees, with some good views. Unlike Mussoorie, this place is fairly quiet and picturesque, hence an excellent place to relax and wash off the city blues.
Sona prayag :
At an elevation of 1829 mts. and on the main Kedarnath route, Sona Prayag (sena Prayag ) lies at the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakini. The holy site of Son Prayag is of immense religious significance. It is said that a mere touch of the holy water of Son Prayag helps one to attain the “Baikunth Dham”. Kedarnath is at a distance of 19 kms. from Son Prayag. Triyuginarayan, which is supposed to be the marriage place of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is at a distance of 14 kms. by bus and 5 kms. on foot from here.Adorned with all that is pretty and beautiful, this lovely locale catches anybody’s attention. The hoary mountain peaks and the gushing waters in the rivers attribute a majestic charm to this tranquil location. Apart from its pictorial appearance, this popular tourist location is a much-revered religious place. The devotees believe that a simple dip in the rivers would fetch them with high rewards.
Reaching Kedharnath valley. 19 kilometer walk by foot to the temple.
(Horse, Helicopter and Doli services available. But you have to pay yourself).
And come back in Senaprayag (sithapur) and stay.
Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificient temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic - Mahabharata. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 mt. It is a 21 km trek from Sonprayag.
At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.
Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions - love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.
The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow - covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distance. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perpetual snows is simply enthralling.On the way to Kedharnath, we visit the following places like Tehri dam, Chamba, Rudraprayag, Guptaprayag, and stay in Senaprayag or in Gupta kasha or Sithapur. Night stay. The medical check up is mandatory for the person who wants to go by walk. Only after that, they allow people to go the temple by walk. There is a group of Dr.'s in one area.We have to go and check up. This is a casual check up and if any diseace or sickness, they provide some medicine. Next day early morning at 5 Am, we start from Hotel by shuttle service. People those who are walking 19 kilometers , start at 6 Am. Roads are not so easy to walk. Its difficult to walk.They have to keep warm water in their thermal flask, some eatables like dry fruits etc have to keep with them. On the way, we can provide some light foods. Meal can be served while reaching the temple or after the Darshan .
Walking 19 kilometer is so long for the people. We can arrange accommodation in kedhar. During night, cold might be bit heavy. It may create less oxygen in the atmosphere. The Asma patients are not advised to stay at the top. They must come back to the place. Asma patients must take the helicopter services. There is no hospital in and around Kedhar Temple. So those who have sickness or have any sort of disease are advised not to stay there. During night, no transportation service is available.
There is a possibility of stay on the guest house at the top, but there is no heater and there are 3 or 4 bed per room. (For the reservation in advance, we have to know how many people want to stay there.)
Repeating again : - People who have the issues in health must come down on the same day. (including the people who are coming on Helicopter)
- The people who are not able to go to the Kedhar temple. They have to stay at the bottom and do the prayer. We shall organise a small trip to near by temples.
- The people who are able to come back on same day, must register in advance with us. We have to book rooms in advance.
- On next day morning, we shall take a Darshan and start walking to the Sona Prayag or Sitapur. We stay there in the night. Next day we start our journey.
Before starting to Kedhar temple Darshan, we shall keep all the luggages in one room, so we will vacate the room before going to the temple. People those who come back in the same day, need not to vacate. But we need to know who all are coming back. This is a bit risky work for all of us.
Normally, the travel agency , bring back the tourists on the same day. We are itemising here. We give the choice to the individuals.
The Himalayan climate is extreme and completely different from every where (Europe/America). So be cautious of your health. Take necessary precautions those who come to the pilgrimage.
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.
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.
Vyasaguha (Vyasa Cave) :
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.
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.
Pramartha manikethan Ashram
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.
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.
Holy Bath in Ganges.