Best time for Yamunotri-Gangotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath?

#1 Aug 1st, 2008, 13:01
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Hello Friends,
I and my parents are planning to go for Yamunotri-Gangotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath this winter. I need your advice on these points:

1. Assuming that we don't want to be in a hurry in visiting these places, can the whole journey be completed in 10 days starting from and ending in Rishikesh?
2. What will be the best time to start the journey (Mid September, Late September or Early October)? If you know, please also tell me if there is a website which has info on past weather history and forecast for these places. Your personal experience is also very much welcome.
3. Please advise on the itinerary and where we should stay in-between. This is expected to be a mix of pilgrimage and enjoying the nature.
4. Any careabouts we need to make, given that my elderly parents (60-70 years age) will also be travelling?

Thanks in advance for your help!
#2 Aug 1st, 2008, 16:32
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hi sourabhs1
I am from bangalore,
I had visited these places in 2005 oct and again 2006,
10 -11 days is sufficient for these places,
Their are plenty of tour operators who can take you to these places, eg www.gmvnl.com , indogangaholidays, southern travels, radhashyam travels, and so on, I feel you book the hotels from gmvnl located on double road, I feel you should hire a qualis from rishikesh if you are 6 -7 people and dont hire a vehicle from gmvnl as they are very expensive. I have made video of the complete char dham trips, might be i can give it to you.
I had taken my father-in-law along with me just after 9 months of his bypass. Nothing to worry enjoy your holidays.
#3 Aug 1st, 2008, 18:18
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hi n kumar,
Thanks for quick response.
I am thinking that if we book a tour, we'll be bound by their schedule; meaning that if we want to stay a little longer at some place or visit some other nearby place, we won't be able to do so. From that perspective, I think it would be better we go on our own. What is your suggestion?

Could you also comment on my question on timing part?

Thanks.




It'd be good if someone can also give estimate of expenditure for this trip per person (assuming we go for modest mode of transport and accommodation)

Thanks.
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#4 Aug 1st, 2008, 18:29
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hi,
you are right,
What i am taking is not the conducted tours or the fixed tours, they will book hotels depending on the nof days you want to stay. Early october will be right time.


1,Qualis guy will charge you app 2300 per day including all charges.ie for 10 days he will charge you 23000/= and if you are 7 people then the cost will be 3300/= app/person,
2,Food = 250/= per person app per day ( on the higher side)
3,Hotels = 500/= per person per day.
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#5 Aug 14th, 2008, 20:37
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Dear Sourabhs1,

If you are going with parents, comfort and hassle free tour is more important than freedom.

I suggest that you should take a guided tour.

I recommend Chardham yatra by nirmala travels. They have a website and an office in Bangalore. The buses are good, acco is ok, and food is good and timely. They bring their own cooks and provisions.It is a Mangalore based company. Expenses will be of the order of 20-25k per head.

I made this trip last year on the recommendation of a friend and was satisfied except that I did not get sufficient for my snail's trek to Kedarnath and back. hence I planned a more elaborate tour this year.

See http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...59530/new-post
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Planning Trip to Badrinath Kedarnath along with Senior members of family

Dear SourabhS1, N Kumar and anyone located in Bangalore,

I am planning to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri this July along with my Ma and my aunt - both in their late sixties. I need to plan this trip very carefully keeping in mind the age group of my co-travelers. I seek your advice please.

Pertinent points:

1. Ease of travel
2. Clean hygienic accommodation
3. Pure vegetarian food

Gentlemen, please advise.
#7 Mar 23rd, 2010, 11:57
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1. For ease of travel, hire an Innova and don't drive for more than 4-5 hours a day.

2. Good accommodation is little scarce at Char Dham. badrinath and Gangotri have good hotels. Badrinath even has a 3 star (or may be it's 4 star), Yamunotri & Kedarnath are little tough but still manageable. Afterall it's a pilgrimage.

3. Food is very basic. At Badrinath you get South Indian food also. But be prepared to eat simple Dal (lentils) & Rice for meals.
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dear Yogi, welcome to IM
as Delhiwala already cleared all yr apprehensions, i would like to further add, pls dont expect any luxuries, all the things of necessities will be found... the 4 dham places are out of bound to public for 6 months, but still what is available is quite enough at such height...
enjoy your journey with your family
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Also build into your itinerary a couple of extra days since July is the beginning of the rainy season when roads may get blocked due to landslides.

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#10 Mar 23rd, 2010, 17:06
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Mid September onwards till first week of October is very good time & least rush.
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badri nath and kedar nath

i want to visit badri nath and kedar nath with my family members
pl guide me.
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hey
hello everyone
we are planning a trip to badrinath nd kedarnath n frst of july.....herez d itenary.... July 2nd: Delhi – Haridwar/Chilla/Rishikesh (210+Kms/5-6hrs)

We will try to depart as early aspossiblein themorning? Ifwe getaccommodation at Chilla then we stay as Chillaotherwise in Rishikesh.

July 3rd – RISHIKESH/CHILLA– GUPTAKASHI or GAURIKUND. 223 Kms (8 –9 hrs)

Leave for Guptakashi from Chilla/Rishikesh by 8am.

July 4th - GUPTAKASHI/GAURIKUND – KEDARNATH. (Drive32Kms& trek 14Kms)

Start trek to Kedarnath and reach there by afternoon. Darshan and Pooja same day.

July 5th – KEDARNATH– GAURIKUND/GUPTAKASHI. (Trek 14 Kms, drive 32 Kms)

After pooja in the morning leave back for Gaurikund/Guptkashi. Reach by evening.

July 6th – GUPTAKASHI– JOSHIMATH viaCHOPTA. 175kms. (6– 7 hrs)

After early breakfastleave for JoshimathviaChopta(abeautiful site). We can also visit Tri-juggi Narayan (where Shiv Ji Got Married to Parvati) on the way. We will drive through thick medicinal forest and can stop at Pipalkoti for Lunch. Arrive at Joshimath by late afternoon.

July 7th – JOSHIMATH – BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH. (Drive 90 Kms)

After early breakfastleave for Badrinath, have Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village. Come back to Joshimaththesameday.

July 8th - JOSHIMATH – Rishikesh (10Hrs)or straightto Delhi(15HrS WE ALSO WANT TO INCLUDE VALLEY OF FLOWERS ND HEMKUND SAHIB.....WE INCLUDE MANY LADIES....WID SOME CHIDREN ALSO....AGE 3,10,16,......PLS PLS TEL US D BEST WAY TO INCLUDE VOF ND HEMKUND...HOW CAN WE REACH thERE QUIKLY ND RETURN....PLS ALSO ADVICE AS WE HaVe CHILDREN WID US ALSO...IF U WANT TO ADD NE PLACE WHICH Z A MUST WATCH N TRIP TO KEDARNATH badrinath.... den pls TEL...WE CAN eXTEND D TRIP A DAY...IF WANTED..... THAnKS PLS REPLY
ANKUR
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We just came back from char dham travel back on 22-May-2012. I was there with my parents, my wife and 2 children (one 8 years and other 2 years). My suggestions:
1. Instead of staying at Guptkashi (although you will get good hotels here compared to Sonprayag), I would suggest you to stay at Sonprayag (which is just 6 kms from Gaurikund). There is a barrier at Sonprayag which is opened after 1-2 hours). If you are staying at Sonprayag, ask your driver to park your vehicle on the other side of the barrier so that you do not waste time next day. If you can start very early in the morning, then it is possible to come back on the same day instead of staying at Kedarnath as it will be very cold and weather changes very often there. We started at 4AM and came back by 6.30PM.
2. Before starting for Kedarnath, we were very tired as we were coming from Yamunotri and Gangotri. So, we took complete rest at Sonprayag. Triyugi Narayan temple is an other road going from Sonprayag. It is around 18 kms from Sonprayag. I would recommend going there as it is very less crowded. It will take approx 2 hours going there and coming back.
3. I don't think it will be possible for you to make it to Hemkund Sahib or VOF as they are trekking routes. In my opinion, you will need one complete day for each place. But, I am not sure on this.
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really thanks mr goyal....we werE thinking we WILL include vof in our trip by extending it 1 more day...please help me out in 1 thing that there wont be any problems for the old people to walk...as there are khachars avaibale...but i am concerned uptill whAT DIStance they go...for darshan at kedarnath badrinath....like do they go uptill the mandirs doors...or....we have to walk a little bit....as it will be a problem for the old people...and second thing....we are travelling by ac 2 by 2 bus.....there wont be ane problems on route and roads ..as it is a big vehicle....how are roads to kedarnath badrinath....pls tel
thanks once again for ur reply
ankur
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hi i want to visit the Char Dham as well but not getting right company. Would some elderly couple please guide me.

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