The land of lakes and forests – that’s literally what Yercaud means (Yeri – lake, kaadu – forest). But a visit there will tell you that the place has a lot more to offer – coffee plantations, orange groves, temples and a wide gamut of wildlife, from bison to bulbul, from snakes to sparrows. Other forms of wildlife include deer, rabbits, hares, foxes, mongoose, squirrels, partridges, kites and swallows.
Located 1500 meters above sea level near Salem in Tamil Nadu in the Shevaroy range of hills; Yercaud offers you the bounties of any hill resort – great weather, beautiful scenic spots, and breathtaking sights of the mountains and steep roads that boast of beautiful scenery on either side. But as a tourist or a traveler, there’s one thing you get here that most other places fail to deliver – total peace of mind. The peace and tranquility of the forests and the resort is hard to match, wherever you go.
Another unique feature of Yercaud is its forests that have existed for decades and are home to some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna. Besides, the hill resort is less expensive than its counterparts in other parts of the country. Moreover, Yercaud is never hot during summers and never too cold during winters, thereby providing a well-controlled weather the year round. So be it trekking, boating or just sight-seeing, the cool climes await you – go ahead, unwind to a unique experience that will leave you asking for more.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL DELHI – HARIDWAR (205 KMS. 06 HRS)
Upon arrival in Delhi meeting and assistance followed by drive to Haridwar. On arrival at Haridwar. Check-in at hotel. Evening Visit Mansa Devi temple & Aarti at Har Ki Peri. Overnight stay at hotel.
Haridwar : Haridwar lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e. Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'Dia' (lamp is a moving ritual..
DAY 02 : HARIDWAR - BARKOT (215 KMS. 07 HRS)
Morning drive to Barkot via Dehradun, Mussoorie, and en-route visit Kempty fall. Later continue drive to Barkot. On arrival Barkot Check In at Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03 : BARKOT - YAMUNOTRI - BARKOT (42 KMS DRIVE / 06 KMS TREK)
Morning leave for Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti & Fool Chatti. On arrival Janki Chatti start Trek of 06 kms for Yamunotri, On Arrive Yamunotri Holi Dip in Garam Kund, than Pooja and Darshan of Shree Yamunotri Ji, after Darshan and Pooja, afternoon start trek back to Janki Chatti on arrival Janki Chatti meet with driver and drive back to Barkot. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Hanuman Chatti : The confluence of Hanuman Ganga & Yamuna River.
Yamunotri Temple : Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.
Surya Kund : There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund.
Divya Shila : A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple..
DAY 04 : BARKOT - UTTARKASHI (DRIVE 82 KMS, 04 HRS)
Morning leave for Uttarkashi, a drive of 82 kms. Enroute vist Prakateshwar Cave, on arrival Uttarkashi check in at the hotel evening visit Vishwnath Temple, Overnight stay at the hotel.
Uttarkashi : Situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here where a massive iron trident is erected. The other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar and Goddess Kuteti Devi. .
DAY 05: UTTARKASHI - GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI (100 KMS. PER WAY)
Early morning drive to Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings, afternoon drive to back to Uttarkashi, on arrival check into the Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 06: UTTARKASHI - GUPTKASHI (223 KMS. DRIVE 09 - 10 HRS)
Morning drive to Guptakashi, en-route visit Tehri Dam & continue journey toward Guptakashi. Upon arrival in check-in at hotel. Later in the evening visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ardh Narishwar Temple, Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Guptakashi: is located in the Northern Himalayan belt within the Mandakini river valley, which has lush green forests. A number of streams and rivulets drain into the main Mandakini River. It has salubrious climate with its elevation being around 1,319 meters (4,330 ft). The snow sparkling view of the Chaukhamba peak is a lovely sight to behold in the morning hours from here. The valley has large magnolia trees (locally called Champa) that provide a sweet scented atmosphere to the place.
DAY 07: GUPTAKASHI – SONPRAYAG - KEDARNATH (25 KMS DRIVE, 22 KMS. TREK)
Morning drive to Sonpryag Via Guptakashi on arrival trek start Kedarnath via Gaurikund, Bheembali, Garuechati, on Arrival Pooja and Darshan, Overnight stay at Kedarnath.
Kedarnath: is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Sankracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandava’s. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
DAY 08: KEDARNATH – SONPRAYAG - RUDRAPRAYAG (22 KMS TREK 58 KMS DRIVE)
Early Morning Pooja and Darshan at the Temple, Morning start trek down to Sonpryag, on arrival meet with driver and drive to Rudraprayag, upon arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 09: RUDRAPRAYAG – JOSHIMATH - BADRINATH (155 KMS 08 HRS.)
Morning leave for Shri Badrinath Ji. En-route visit Narsingh Temple, and Adi Sankracharya Samadhi at Josh math, and drive to Badrinath On arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, Byas Gufa, Bheem Pul, Saraswati River, Overnight stay at hotel.
Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinath. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Bhim Pul: On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge lies over the roaring Saraswati River. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava’s brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Veda Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the paranoiac commentaries.
DAY 10: BADRINATH - RUDRAPRAYAG (155 KMS 08 HRS)
Early Morning Pooja & Darshan at the Temple. Later drive to Rudrapryag, via Joshimath, Chamoli, Karanprayag, on arrival check in at the Hotel for Overnight stay.
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
Temples: Rudranath and Chamundi Devi, Koteshwar Temple (3 Kms).
DAY 11: RUDRAPRAYAG - RISHIKESH (135 KMS 7 HRS)
Morning drive to Rishikesh via Srinagar Garhwal. En-route visits the Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River which is called Devprayag. Than continue drive towards Rishikesh. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh
Rishikesh: 24 Kms. from Hardwar. Located in the laps of lower
is important not only as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centers of Hindu religious thought and spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are a great many ashrams and Yoga institutes here. Rishikesh is also the gateway and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
DAY 12: RISHIKESH – DELHI (234KMS – 7 HRS)
Morning Drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi drop you at the Airport/Railway station for onward Destination.
Onward and return journey by a private A/C coach.
Accommodation for 2 nights in 3 star resort.
Meals – Daily Buffet Breakfast and Dinner
All transfers and sightseeing in 1 private AC coach.(from Bangalore to Bangalore)
All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.
Anything specifically not mentioned in the above inclusions / itinerary.