DETAILED ITINERARY Day 01: Dehradun – Yamunotri Leave Sahastradhara helipad: 0700 AM Arrive Kharsali helipad: 0745 AM Reach our helipad on Sahastradhara Road and board your helicopter for Yamunotri. This is our first destination of the revered yatra. Our pilots and ground staff will brief the passengers about the entire trip and do’s and don’ts. […]Book Now
Day 01: Dehradun – Yamunotri
Leave Sahastradhara helipad: 0700 AM
Arrive Kharsali helipad: 0745 AM
Reach our helipad on Sahastradhara Road and board your helicopter for Yamunotri. This is our first destination of the revered yatra. Our pilots and ground staff will brief the passengers about the entire trip and do’s and don’ts.
Upon arrival at Kharsali (The helipad for Yamunotri) you are welcomed by Heritage Aviation (HA), ground staff, who will unload your baggage and carry them to your hotel Shiv Shakti Eco Resort which is 10 min walk from the helipad.
You will then be carried by palkis to Yamunotri temple. This trek from helipad to temple is 5.5kms and return trip by palki takes 5.5 hours.
YAMUNOTRI TEMPLE: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the Yamunotri temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. At Surya Kund there are number of thermal springs, the most important of these is Surya Kund. Divya Shila is a rock pillar worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
You can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”.
After returning to the resort for lunch, one can relax and enjoy the surroundings. A visit to nearby ancient Shani temple in the evening is highly recommended.
Dinner and overnight is at the resort.
Day 02: Kharsali – Gangotri
Leave Kharsali: 0750 hrs
Arrive Harsil: 0830 hrs
After breakfast at the resort one has to leave for Kharsali helipad for flight to Gangotri.
At Harsil you will be received by Heritage Aviation representative who will off load your luggage and take them to your resort- Himalayan Nature Resort which is just 2kms from the helipad. Passengers are advised to leave straight for temple in the car and return to resort by lunch time. The temple is 22kms from the helipad and the drive by car takes 45min to 1 hour depending on traffic. We will offer Innova/Xylo car for this drive.
Your stay in Harsil will be most memorable as this resort is set in middle of apple orchards surrounded by snow clad mountains on all sides with a river flowing inside the resort.
Gangotri Temple: This is a 18th Century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. Accordingly to another legend, Pandavas performed the great “Deva Yagna” here to atone the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite. Gangotri Temple, which was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
After the temple visit, one can return to your resort for lunch. Rest of the afternoon is at one’s leisure to explore the pristine surroundings or visit the nearby village of Bagori where you can get exquisite handmade woollen items made or pure sheep wool by tribal women residing in this village.
If somebody wishes to again visit the temple for evening aarti then they are free to do so otherwise they can enjoy a bonfire next to the river which flows from inside the resort.
Dinner and overnight is at the resort.
Day 03: Harsil – Kedarnath
Leave Harsil: 0900 AM
Arrive Guptkashi: 0945 AM
Leave Guptkashi: 1000 AM
Arrive Kedarnath: 1010 AM
Due to massive floods last year all accommodation facilities in Kedarnath have been damaged. Night halt will not be provided in Kedarnath, instead we will offer night halt facilities in Guptkashi/ Rampur area.
We will offer VIP darshan slips at Kedarnath temple so that our passengers can avoid the long queue and finish darshan quickly. The cost for these slips is Rs 2100 per person but it is included in our package. Any other special puja at Kedarnath can be booked at the local temple committee office although the cost for this will be paid directly by the passengers.
KEDARNATH TEMPLE: The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam – the main idol, a statue of Nandi – the celestial bull, a ‘Garba Grah’ for worship and a mandap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors.
Overnight stay at hotel in Guptkashi/ Rampur. Passengers can visit the ancient Triyuginarayan temple in the evening.
Day 04: Guptkashi – Badrinath
Leave Guptkashi: 1030 AM
Arrive Badrinath: 1115 AM
After breakfast board your helicopter to fly to Badrinath, the 4th Dham of your Char Dham Yatra.
Upon reaching Badrinath helipad, you will be escorted to your hotel- Sarovar Portico. This is a three star hotel and the best property in the entire region.
Passengers are fee to visit the temple immediately after landing or take rest and go for darshan in the evening.
BADRINATH TEMPLE: Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines – Badrinath situated along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was unable to withstand the force of its decent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
Dinner and overnight is at the hotel.
Day 05: Badrinath- Dehradun
Leave Badrinath: 1130 AM
Arrive Dehradun: 1230 AN
Next day early morning at 4am we organise special Abhishek Puja at the temple. Here people get the opportunity to remain inside the grabh grah or sanctum sanctorum for almost 2 hours and see the entire Shringar process of the deity. This puja is the highlight of our CHAR DHAM TRIP.
Return to hotel for breakfast, followed by a drive to the helipad for your flight to Dehradun.
BEST SEASON: The best season to avail the yatra on helicopter is May –June and September-October. We do not operate during July-August months due to rainy season.