12 -Jyotirlinga Darshan

12 -Jyotirlinga Darshan
OVERVIEW- Jyotirlinga is considered as one of the prime worship spots for the devoters of Lord Shiva. It is believed in Hinduism that Jyotirlinga is the resplendent flame of the almighty solidified to make the worship of it simple. A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. It is said that there are 64 Jyotirlinga in India. However, 12 Jyotirlinga are presumed to be very auspicious and revered among them. These Jyotirlinga are positioned in eight states i.e. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. As per the Hindu mythologies, visiting Jyotirlinga is a pilgrimage that wades off all the sins and makes the soul sacrosanct and pure. The devotees visiting these Jyotirlinga become, chaste, pure and calm. They turn illuminated and enlightened with highest and divine knowledge. According to the Hindu folklores, one who visits these holy sites attains all the Siddhis and powers. This tour is perfect for all those who want to relax their minds and get drenched in utter spirituality.

MUMBAI- Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is the financial powerhouse of the country. Also well known commercial capital of India, fast paced cosmopolitan city. This historic city, extends along the sea, has grand buildings and is the center of India's Hindi film industry. The city is famous as the center of glamour and glitz due to the presence of Indian film industry. Mumbai is also a historical city having many attractions to offer to a visitor.

Home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India, Bhimshankar is a prominent pilgrimage centre located in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva resided in the form of Bhima in the Sahyadri hills at the request of the Gods to kill demon Tripurasura. Hence, the site surrounding the Jyotirlinga came to be called Bhimshankar. 
NASIK- The wine capital of India, Nasik is a picturesque town located on the banks of Godavari river. It is dotted with orchards and wineries, a must-see by nature lovers and wine aficionados. It is believed that Lord Ram spent many of his exile years here. Nashik is one of the world's holiest cities in India. Lined with many temples and vivid bathing ghats, the city is one of four sites of the largest religious gatherings in the world, the Kumbh Mela that takes place after every three years with each city hosting it once every 12 years.

Aurangabad Known for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage, the city of Aurangabad was the seat of the Mughal Empire for a short span. The town has derived its name from Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, and it served as the headquarters during his governorship over Deccan. It is a world famous city due to the presence of the Ajanta and Ellora caves regarded as the world heritage sites. These sites have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples. 

Shirdi is the home of one of the most revered saint of Maharashtra - Sai Baba of Shirdi. Well known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba talks of tolerance towards all religions and shared the message of universal brotherhood. Innumerable tourists come throughout the year to visit the shrine of Sidhi Sai Baba, located here. Apart from this, there are some more holy shrines closely related to Sai Baba here.

Pune is an important town of Maharashtra and is also known as “Oxford of the East” due to the presence of a large number of prestigious education institutes. Its ancient forts, caves, temples and bewitching natural beauty are some of the irresistible temptations for the travelers. The second largest city of Maharashtra, Pune, is the place which was home to the Maratha leader, Shivaji for a long time. This calm city was also resided by the self-proclaimed guru, Bhagwan Rajneesh, also known as Osho.

It is one of the greatest cities and among the seven sacred cities of Hindus in India. It is abode with one of the twelve shrines of Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. It was earlier called Avantika, but after King Shiva defeated Demon King of Tripuri, he renamed it to Ujjainyini (One who conquers with pride). Ujjain is the proud possessor of a very glorious history. Kumbh  Mela is held here once in twelve years. Ujjain is also known for industry and crafts.

Somnath - this beautiful beach destination in Gujarat is best known for its shore temple. The temple is a magnificent structure that enshrines one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Many temples dot the cityscape of Somnath and it boasts of quite a few mosques as well but these structures are not merely places of worship. Even though they are frequented mostly by devout followers, lovers of art and architecture also constitute a large share of the visitors.

Located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, Dwarka is one of the most valued religious destinations In India because of the great temple of Lord Krishna. Living within the spirit of devout enlightenment, the city of Dwarka in Gujarat is the abode of Lord Krishna. Highly revered in Hindu mythology, the sacred city boasts of numerous sacred shrines which are scattered all over the city. 

It is the largest city in Gujarat, associated with the great thinker and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi. It is an exclusive blend of Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The city's prosperous and eventful past and present is embodied in its rich kaleidoscope of history, art and culture, rich architecture and imposing monuments. The city is a famous business hub and is well known for chemical and textile industries.

Chennai the fifth most populous city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and was initially known as Madras. Chennai is also known as the automobile capital of India and it has the maximum number of automobile industry in India. It is city with a blend of old and new in the right proportion. Chennai is housed with a number of historic landmarks and beaches.

The place is regarded as one of the holiest cities of India as well an integral part of the mythological representations of India. It is an important pilgrimage center of Tamil Nadu. Equally sacred to Vaishnavities and Shaivities, the two main sects of Hinduism,
MADURAI- The temple city of Madurai, poised on the banks of the Vaigai River, stands testimony to the fact that the Sangam age was the golden era of architecture in the history of South India. The history of Madurai goes back over 2400 years, and it is known to be the only city to be continuously inhabited, in the Southern peninsula. Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu and has been poetically referred to as the Athens of the East and the City of Festivals.

The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad is located on the southern banks of the river Musi. The city is well known for its rich heritage and culture. The city is not only known for its lip smacking Biryanis but also for its pearls and gemstones which are famous all around the world. Also, the city is home to a number of IT firms and pharmaceutical companies which makes it a hub for commercial business processes.

Srisailam is situated in the Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district and is famous for its Brahmarambha Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga. Lies on the ancient sacred hill of Srigiri, the exotic temple of Srisailam is a temple complex date back centuries ago. The unique combination of a major god and goddess shrines under one roof makes Srisailam one of the most exciting holiest sites.

Kolkata, aptly known as the City of Joy, is one of the vibrant cities of India. The city reflects a mash-up of ancient and spiritual India and the European Era. Often Kolkata is regarded as Intellectual and Cultural Capital of India. As one of important seats of the British rule, it consists of several British monuments. Kolkata mirrors warmth, culture, creativity, intellectualism and artistic development considering that Kolkata is the home to four best Nobel laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Ronald Ross, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen.

It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It probably derives from the two rivers that flank the city, the Varuna to the north and the Asi to the south. Many still use the anglicized forms of Banaras or Benares, while pilgrims refer to Kashi. The city of Banaras is situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi - 'the land of sacred light'.

Haridwar is one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus that are also known as Moksapuri or Sapta-Puri. Literally means the gateway to Hari, an epithet for Vishnu, the Creator in the Hindu Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer. It is also called Gangadwara, because it is near Haridwar that the Ganga, the most sacred river of the Hindus, enters the Great Plains. 

A holy town adorned with the many ancient temples and believed to be a part of epic Mahabharata. Situated 47 kms before Kedarnath, the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva, this town is bestowed with great religious significance.

Located on the way to Kedarnath temple at an elevation of 1982 m, Gauri Kund is a religious place and has an ancient shrine devoted to Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Parvati had done penance here to win Lord Shiva's love.

One of the sacred pilgrimage of the Hindus, Kedarnath Temple an ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalayan range. The divine abode of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Dham is among the holiest destinations of Hindu Pilgrimage. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the yatra to this dham paves the way to salvation. 

The district of Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of River Alaknanda and Mandakini (Both Tributaries of River Ganges). It is said that Narad was blessed at this place by Lord Shiva and is named after Rudra, an aspect of Lord Shiva.  The place is best described as ‘Adobe of Gods’ with majestic Himalayas, gushing waters of the sacred rivers and a variety of flora and fauna.

It is a peaceful town and is also one of the holiest towns of India. There is a mystical air about the place. A famous centre for yoga (mystical and spiritual training) and meditation, the town is dotted with numerous ashrams which offer yoga and meditation courses.

Tour Destination: Mumbai – Bhimashankar – Nasik – Trimbakeshwar - Aurangabad – Grihnaeshwar – Shirdi - Pune – Ujjain – Omkareshwar – Somnath – Dwarka – Ahmedabad – Chennai – Rameswaram – Madurai – Hyderabad – Srisailam – Kolkata – Deogarh – Varanasi – Haridwar – Guptkashi – Gaurikund - Kedarnath – Rudraprayag – Rishikesh - Delhi

Travel Duration: 25 Nights/26 Days

DAY 1: MUMBAI- Arrive in Mumbai and later transfer to the hotel.  After freshen up visit

SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE- The temple is devoted to Ganesh, the elephant headed God for Good Fortune. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2: MUMBAI - BHIMASHANKAR - NASIK- Drive to the holy shrine of Bhimashankar (1st Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLINGA TEMPLE- Temple is a composite of old and the new structures in the Nagara style of architecture. It shows the excellency of the skills achieved by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to 13th century and the Sabha Mandap developed in 18th century by Nana Phadnavis. The shikhara was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji is said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate worship services. 

After darshan, drive to the world’s holiest city Nasik. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 3: NASIK – TRIMBAKESHWAR - AURANGABAD- After breakfast, drive to Trimbakeshwar (2nd Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

TRIMBAKESWAR JYOTIRLINGA TEMPLE- Trimbakeshwar is the main Jyotirlinga out of 12 Jyotirlinga devoted to Lord Shiva. According to the legend, Gautama Rishi executed a precise ritual of prayer and tapasya or penance to Shiva on Brahmagiri Hill, which rises above the current temple. It is believed that after being pleased with his dedication, Lord Shiva have blessed him and brought down the sacred rivers of Ganga, Godavari and Gautami to earth from the heaven. Before entering this holy temple, devotees bathe and purify themselves from all sins at the Kushavarta Teertha.

After darshan, drive to the heritage city of Aurangabad. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure activities.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 4: AURANGABAD – GRISHNESHWAR – SHIRDI- After breakfast, drive to Grishneshwar (3rd Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

GRIHNESHWAR JYOTIRLINGA TEMPLE- Being one of the 12 Jyotirlinga’s, the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a popular attraction in the religious tourism circuit of Maharashtra. Located about 30kms from Aurangabad, built of red rocks, the temple was built pre-historic architectural style complete with 5 tiered shikhara. It is said, holy water springs from inside the temple.

After darshan, drive to the holy shrine of Shirdi. Transfer to hotel. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 5: SHIRDI – PUNE - UJJAIN- Early morning you can have first Darshan at Sai Baba Temple. After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards the vibrant city of Pune enroute visiting at Shani Shingnapur.

SHIRDI SAI TEMPLE- It is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Shirdi is famous temple of Shri Sai Baba.  The temples to visit in Shirdi are Saibaba temple & other temples like Dwarkamai, Chavdi, Khandoba Temple, Nand deep, Sai Museum.

SHANI SHINGNAPUR- It is an impressive village with the fact that no house in the village have door. The local villagers here believe that Lord Shaneshwara will save them from all evil. There is a temple of Lord Shaneshwara here with his large idol made of black stone. 

In the evening transfer to Pune Station to catch train to Ujjain or catch flight from Pune to Indore and further drive to Ujjain.

Overnight in Train/Hotel.

DAY 6: UJJAIN – OMKARESHWAR – UJJAIN- After breakfast drive to the holy city of Omkareshwar (4th Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

OMKARESHWAR TEMPLE- Omkareshwar temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, which are sprinkled all around the country. One of the major religious pilgrimage centers, this temple is placed on Mandhata Island. This temple is built in Nagara- style architecture with enchanting frescos and carvings. It is believed that the Shiva Linga in this temple is Swayambhoo. The temple complex also has shrines of Maa Annapoorna and Lord Ganesha.

MAHALESHWAR- Also known as Amreshwar temple, Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga is a striking architecture with amazing stone work. Since 1795 from the time of Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, 22 Brahmins who are paid by the Holkars, performed Lingarchan Puja. During the 20th century, these Brahmins were reduced to 11. The walls of the temple have inscriptions of Mahims Stotra, dating back to 1063 AD.

In the evening return back to Ujjain.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 7: UJJAIN – MAHAKALESHWAR – SOMNATH- Early morning have Darshan at Mahakaleshwar (5th Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

SHREE MAHAKALESWAR MANDIR- Popular as one of the twelve Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Shree Mahakaleshwar temple is a popular pilgrim destination in the ancient city of Ujjain. It is built in five levels including an underground level. The temple has spacious courtyards. The shrine of Lord Shiva in the temple is believed to have formed on its own. The walls are decorated with inscriptions, sculptures and motifs. 

In the evening transfer to Ujjain Station to catch train to Somnath. 

Overnight in Train.

DAY 8: SOMNATH- In the evening arrive to the temple city Somnath. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 9: SOMNATH - DWARKA- Early morning visit Somnath Temple (6th Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

SOMNATH TEMPLE- This significant temple, comprises one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Located in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval, Somnath Mandir falls in Saurashtra region that lies on the western coast of Gujarat. Somnath Temple stands as a symbol of rich cultural heritage of India. The mention of this ancient temple has been made in the scriptures like 'Rig Veda' of the Hindu origin. The term Somnath suggests 'the protector of Moon God'. Lord Shiva is depicted here in the form of a Jyotirlinga (linga of light), as the protector. 

BHALKA TIRTH- Bhalka Tirth is a small but compact temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple portrays the many feats of the Lord and his preaching's in the Gita.

In the afternoon drive to the holy city Dwarka. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10: DWARKA- Early morning visit Nageshwar Mandir (7th Jyotirlinga) and Dwarkadish Temple.  Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

DWARKADISH TEMPLE- It is the main temple of this place that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Dwarkadhish Temple is made of limestone and sand. The exterior of this magnificent temple is supported by 60 columns. The structure of Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka is quite complicated. This temple has two gateways namely Swarga Dwar and Moksha Dwar. Through the former, pilgrims enter while the later serves as the exit door for the pilgrims. From this temple, you can get a beautiful view of the Sangamam of Gomati River flowing towards the sea.

NAGESHWAR MANDIR- It houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in an underground compartment. It has a giant statue of Lord Shiva and a new temple. This shrine of Lord Shiva near Dwarka is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. At Nageshwar Mandir, you can get the chance of a close darshan of the Shivling. However, you need to wear a Dhoti, which the temple would offer you if requested.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 11: DWARKA – AHMEDABAD – CHENNAI- Today drive to Ahmedabad, and transfer to airport to catch flight to Chennai. Arrival at Chennai, and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 12: CHENNAI – RAMESWARAM- After breakfast, full day city tour of The Capital City of Tamil Nadu- Chennai

KAPELESHWAR TEMPLE- Located in Mylapore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleshwar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings.

DAKSHINACHITRA- Located in the heart of Chennai city, DakshinaChitra , or "a picture of the south", as it is meant in English, is a hub of living art traditions , conventional performing arts, crafts and architectural works of the country with due emphasis on South Indian customs and practices. 

PARTHASARTHY TEMPLE- It is located at Triplicane, near the famous Marina beach in Chennai. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, it was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna (Parthasarathy), houses images of the five incarnations of Vishnu. 

MARINA BEACH- This is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.

In the evening transfer to Chennai Station to catch train to Rameswaram.

Overnight in Train.

DAY 13: RAMESWARAM- Early morning visit Rameswaram Temple (8th Jyotirlinga).  Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple. 

RAMESWARAM TEMPLE- Ramanathaswamy Temple is an important pilgrimage site for the followers of Hinduism. It is believed that a visit to this temple washes away one's sins and brings salvation (moksha). Located on an island off the Sethu coast of Rameshwaram, Ramanathaswamy Mandir can be reached via Pamban Bridge across the sea. Being situated in Rameswaram, the shrine is popularly known as Rameshwaram Temple. After Darshan, evening free for leisure.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 14: RAMESWARAM – MADURAI - HYDERABAD- After breakfast, start your drive towards another ancient town- Madurai. Later visit

SRI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE- A historic Hindu temple, Meenakshi Amman Temple, is situated on the bank of Vaigai River. The enormous temple is dedicated to Parvati, who is also known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. This temple is among the most famous temples of India which is known throughout the world for its outstanding and impressive architectural beauty. 

In the evening transfer to Madurai Airport to catch flight to Hyderabad. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 15: HYDERABAD - SRISAILAM- Today drive to Srisailam. Later go for Srisailam Temple Tour and visit Mallikarjuna Temple (9th Jyotirlinga).  Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple.

MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY TEMPLE- Perched at a height of 457 meters above sea level, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is a major pilgrim spot in the Srisailam town. The sanctum of the Mallikarjuna temple has a shell like structure and it enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna. The Mallikarjuna Temple looks like a large fort and appears like a large fort for the rich and beautiful structures.

SHIKARESWARA TEMPLE- It is located on the highest point of Srisailam known as Sikharam.  The region is well-known for its natural views, eye-catching scenarios and beautiful views of the downhill. The temple is dedicated to Sikareswara Swamy, one of the forms of Lord Shiva. 

BHRAMARAMBA DEVI TEMPLE- Perched atop of the Nallamala hills, on the southern bank of Krishna River, Bhramaramba Devi Temple is a renowned temple in the hill town of Srisailam. The temple is dedicated to Devi Bhramaramba, the divine consort of Lord Mallikarjuna.

HATHAKESVARA TEMPLE- Situated on the downhill of Srisailam in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Hathakesvara Temple is an exquisite edifice which enshrines a beautiful Shiva Linga. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 16: SRISAILAM – HYDERABAD -KOLKATA- Today drive back to Hyderabad, and transfer to airport to catch flight to Kolkata. Arrival at Kolkata, and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 17: KOLKATA – JASIDIH – DEOGARH- In the morning transfer to Kolkata Station to catch train to Jasidih. On arrival drive to Deogarh. Transfer to hotel. Later visit Baidyanath Temple (10th Jyotirlinga). Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at the temple.

BAIDYANATH TEMPLE- Vaidyanath Temple is also known as Vaijnath or Baidyanath. It is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jharkhand. This is one of the highly revered Jyotirlinga shrines, and the devotees believe that the sincere worship of this shrine relieves a person from all his worries and miseries. People believe that one attains moksha or salvation by worshipping this Jyotirlinga. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 18: DEOGARH – JASIDIH – VARANASI- Today drive back to Jasidih and transfer to station to catch train to Varanasi. Arrival at Varanasi, and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 19: VARANASI- In the morning visit the Land of Sacred Light- Varanasi. Proceed for Darshan and Aarti at Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (11th Jyotirlinga).  

KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE- Kashi Vishwanath, a manifestation of Lord Shiva, is the patron deity of Varanasi. The idol is a jyotirlinga, one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. The Kashi Vishwanath temple has been built and re-built several times over the past few centuries. The present temple was built in the 18th century by Rani Ahalyabai Holkar of Indore after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the previous temple and built a mosque at the site (now adjacent to it). The temple gets its name from Kashi, which is another name for Varanasi.

In the evening view Ganga Aarti on the Ghats. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 20: VARANASI - HARDWAR- In the morning transfer to Varanasi Station to catch train to Haridwar.

Overnight in Train.

DAY 21: HARIDWAR- Morning arrival at Haridwar Station. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up visit City of Ganges-Haridwar. In the evening go to Har ki Pauri to attend the evening aarti at River Ganges.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 22: HARIDWAR – GUPTKASHI- After breakfast, proceed straightaway to Guptkashi, a small village settled in the district of Rudraprayag of the hill state. Transfer to hotel. Later visit

VISHWANATH TEMPLE– ‘Vishwanath Temple’ is home to the original Shivlinga of Lord Shiva that is believed to have been brought from the Vishwanath Temple in Kashi when the temple was attacked by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. Many pilgrims gather here is huge numbers to seek blessings of the God.

ARDHANARISHWAR TEMPLE- The ‘Ardhanarishwar Temple’, located near the main Vishwanath Temple, houses the deity of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the form of half man and half woman.

MANIKARNIKA KUND– The Kund also holds a great religious significance as the Shivlinga residing in the centre of the kund is bathed by waters of two springs representing Ganga and Yamuna.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 23: GUPTKASHI – GAURIKUND – KEDARNATH- After morning breakfast drive to Kedarnath enroute visiting Gaurikund. From Gaurikund pilgrims have to trek to Kedarnath. The trek is breathtaking with mountains and dazzling peaks. Mandakini, one of the main tributaries of the Ganges is seen. The river originates at Kedarnath and flows through Gaurikund. Later transfer to ashram.

Overnight at Ashram

DAY 24: KEDARNATH - RUDRAPRAYAG- Early morning after having a bath attend the 'Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva (12th Jyotirlinga). The morning rituals are spiritual blessings. 

KEDARNATH TEMPLE – It is the main shrine of Kedarnath, considered to be the home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Also, revered as one of the ‘Panch Kedars’, the temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims all across the world. Perched on the head of River Mandakini and flanked by the breath-taking vistas of the Kedar and Swargarohini peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, a visit to the Kedarnath Temple fills hearts of all devotees with divinity and spirituality.

Post darshan, return to the hotel for breakfast and trek towards Gaurikund. Later continue your drive to Rudraprayag. On the way pilgrims can explore the temples and monuments in and around the town. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 25: RUDRAPRAYAG – RISHIKESH- In the morning, visit Rudraprayag, a significant holy town for Hindus.

RUDRANATH TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his rudra avatar.

CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda who is worshipped here as wife of Lord Rudra.

KOTESHWAR TEMPLE– Situated on the banks of Alaknanda River in a cave, this is one more temple dedicated to Lord Shiva..

KARTIK SWAMI TEMPLE- Perched at a height of 3050m, the temple is devoted to Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravati. Apart from its religious values, the shrine is known for offering indescribable beauty of the Himalayan Range. 

Later drive downhill to Rishikesh, one of the most important spiritual cities and the Yoga capital of the world. Explore the wonderful town with its charming locations. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 26: RISHIKESH – DELHI- After breakfast, visit fascinating temples, ashrams, spiritual sites and Ghats. 

NEELKANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is revered here in the form of Neelkanth. As per puranic legends, it is at this place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from Samudra Manthan. The poison turned his throat (kanth) blue (neel) and hence the name Neelkanth.

TRIMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE– One of the most famous temples of Rishikesh, the ‘Trimbakeshwar Temple’ is a 13 storeyed building with each floor having a shrine of different form of Lord Shiva. The temple can be reached by crossing the Laxman Jhula. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple every day.

TRIVENI GHAT– The ghat is located on the confluence of three holy rivers: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the waters of the triveni confluence can wash off all your sins. Main attraction of the Triveni Ghat is its Maha Aarti that is held during twilight. The aarti and fragrance of incense fills the air with spirituality and mysticism.

In the afternoon travel back to Delhi/Dehradun to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Mumbai – Bhimshankar Temple: 230 kms/06 hrs
  2. Bhimshankar Temple – Nasik: 210 kms/05 hrs
  3. Nasik – Trimbakeshwar Temple: 30 kms/45 mins
  4. Trimbakeshwar Temple – Aurangabad: 220 kms/05 hrs
  5. Aurangabad – Grihaneshwar Temple: 20 kms/30 mins
  6. Grihaneshwar Temple – Shirdi: 110 kms/02 hrs
  7. Shirdi – Pune: 200 kms/05 hrs
  8. Pune – Ujjain (By Train): 16 hrs
  9. Ujjain – Omkareshwar Temple: 150 kms/04 hrs
  10. Ujjain – Somnath (By Train): 18 hrs
  11. Somnath – Dwarka: 250 kms/06 hrs
  12. Dwarka – Ahmedabad: 450 kms/08 hrs
  13. Ahmedabad – Chennai (By Flight): 2.30 hrs
  14. Chennai – Rameswaram Temple: 600 kms/12 hrs
  15. Rameswaram Temple – Madurai: 200 kms/04 hrs
  16. Madurai – Hyderabad (By Flight): 02 hrs
  17. Hyderabad – Srisailam: 220 kms/05 hrs
  18. Hyderabad – Kolkata (By Flight): 2.30 hrs
  19. Kolkata – Jasidih (By Train): 05 hrs
  20. Jasidih – Deogarh: 10 kms/30 mins
  21. Deogarh – Varanasi (By Train): 08 hrs
  22. Varanasi – Haridwar (By Train): 15 hrs
  23. Delhi – Haridwar: 220 kms/06 hrs
  24. Haridwar – Rishikesh: 20 kms/1 hr
  25. Rishikesh – Delhi: 245 kms/07 hrs
  26. Haridwar - Guptkashi:  230 kms/07 hrs
  27. Guptkashi – Gaurikund: 55 kms/02 hrs
  28. Gaurikund – Kedarnath (Trek): 20 kms
  29. Gaurikund - Rudraprayag: 95 kms/04 hrs
  30. Rudraprayag - Rishikesh: 175 kms/06 hr
  31. Rishikesh – Delhi: 245 kms/07 hrs

Mumbai at a Glance

  • Population: 18.41 Million
  • Area: 603 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Maharashtra (West India)
  • Average Climate: 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 022
  • Airport: Mumbai International Airport

Nasik at a Glance

  1. Population: 2,165,426
  2. Area: 300 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Maharashtra (West India)
  4. Average Climate: 18°C to 38°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: October - March
  6. STD Code: 0253

Aurangabad at a Glance

  • Population: 1,575,426
  • Area: 139 sq km
  • Geo Location: Maharashtra (South West India)
  • Average Climate: 18°C to 38°C
  • Best Time to Visit: July to March
  • STD Code: 0240
  • Airport: Aurangabad Airport

Pune at a Glance

  1. Population: 5,926,606
  2. Area: 479 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Maharashtra (South West India)
  4. Average Climate: 19°C - 33°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: October - March
  6. STD Code: 020
  7. Airport: Pune Airport

Ujjain at a Glance

  • Population: 515,215
  • Area: 152 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Madhya Pradesh (Central India)
  • Average Climate: 10°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0734

Somnath at a Glance

  1. Population: NA
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Gujarat (North West India)
  4. Average Climate: 10°C - 35°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: October - March 
  6. STD Code: 02876

Dwarka at a Glance

  • Population: 33,614
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: Gujarat (North West India)
  • Average Climate: 23°C - 42°C
  • Best Time to Visit: March - June
  • STD Code: 02892

Ahmedabad at a Glance

  1. Population: 7,394,912
  2. Area: 464 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Gujarat (North West India)
  4. Average Climate: 10°C - 36°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: November - February
  6. STD Code: 02631
  7. Airport: Ahmedabad Airport

Chennai at a Glance

  • Population: 8,551,768
  • Area: 426 sq km
  • Geo Location: Tamil Nadu (South India)
  • Average Climate: 33°C 
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 044
  • Airport: Chennai International Airport

Rameswaram at a Glance

  1. Population: 37,968
  2. Area: 53 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Tamil Nadu (South India)
  4. Average Climate: 17°C - 35°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year
  6. STD Code: 04573

Madurai at a Glance

  • Population: 3,041,038
  • Area: 148 sq km
  • Geo Location: Tamil Nadu (South India)
  • Average Climate: 18°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0452

Hyderabad at a Glance

  1. Population: 6,809,970
  2. Area: 650 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Telangana (South East India)
  4. Average Climate: 13°C - 28°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: October - February
  6. STD Code: 040
  7. Airport: Hyderabad International Airport

Kolkata at a Glance

  • Population: 4,573,606
  • Area: 185 sq km
  • Geo Location: West Bengal (East India)
  • Average Climate: 15°C - 24°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 033
  • Airport: Kolkata Airport

Varanasi at a Glance

  1. Population: 1,202,000
  2. Area: 82 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Uttar Pradesh (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 20°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: October - March
  6. STD Code: 0542
  7. Airport: Varanasi International Airport

Haridwar at a Glance

  • Population: 1,927,029
  • Area: 12.3 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  • Average Climate: 20 °C - 35 °C
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • STD Code: 01334

Guptkashi at a Glance

  1. Population: N.A
  2. Area: N.A
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 28°C
  5. Best time to visit: March-June; September-November
  6. STD Code: 01364

Kedarnath at a Glance

  • Population: N.A
  • Area: N.A
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  • Average Climate: 5°C 
  • Best time to visit: May - June
  • STD Code: 01364

Rudraprayag at a Glance

  1. Population: 2,242
  2. Area: 2,439 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 35°C
  5. Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  6. STD Code: 01364

Rishikesh at a Glance

  • Population: 102,158
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India) 
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - May
  • STD Code: 0135

New Delhi at a Glance

  1. Population: 16,787,941
  2. Area: 1,484 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: North India 
  4. Average Climate: Summer extends from Apr. to Jun. (25°C to 46°C), Winter from Oct. to Mar. (3 °C - 30°C), and Monsoon from Jul. to Sep. (25°C to 35°C).
  5. Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, though the best climate is experienced from Sep. to Apr.
  6. STD Code: 011
  7. Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport


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