The detailed itinerary of the 10-day Chardham Road Trip from Haridwar is as follows: This can be done by any means of transportation.
Day 1: From Haridwar to Phholchatti via Barcott
It takes about 10 hours from Haridwar to Barcott to explore a small settlement. Add freshness to the atmosphere by enjoying the sights of bander punches and captivating peaks along the way.
Day 2: Phool Chatti Yamunotri Barkot
Start your first trip to the dam early in the morning. Includes an 8km drive and a 7km trek to reach the Yamunotri Temple. Trekking usually takes 5 hours, but you can also cover it with a pony rental. After visiting Darshan and nearby attractions, return on the same route.
Day 3: Barcot Hersyl
Head from Barcott to Hersyl. First, arrive at Uttarkashi and visit the Vishwanath Temple, Shakti Temple, and the natural hot springs of Gannan. After lunch and sightseeing, drive to Hersir and stay overnight.
Day 4: Harsil Gangotri Uttarkashi
Depart Hersir early in the morning and arrive at Gangotri in about 1.5 hours. Take a sacred swim on the Ganges and Darshan, worship at the temple, and then visit nearby attractions. After sightseeing, we will drive overnight to Uttar Kashi.
Day 5: Uttarkashi to Guptkashi
Getting to Guptkashi from Uttarkashi via New Tehri. Guptkashi is a sacred place where Lord Shiva proposed to Goddess Parvati in glory with the main attractions being Vishwanath Temple, Ardhnarishwar Temple, and Manikarnika Kund. Visit the temples in the evening and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Guptkashi arrives at Kedarnath to Gaurikund
Day 6 of the Chardham Yatra will include a long road trip of approx. 35 km then walking 17 km. Gaurikund is the starting point of the trek to Kedarnath, which will take you 3 hours to reach from Guptkashi. You can also choose to ride a horse or rent a doli (palanquin). The journey time will be approx. 7 o’clock to Kedarnath temple. You can watch the evening aarti at Kedarnath Temple and rest overnight.
Day 7: Kedarnath to Tilwara via Gaurikund
Take in the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains behind Kedarnath Temple early in the morning. Hold prayers and rituals at the temple, then head back to Gaurikund. After lunch, the car takes you to Tilwara and overnight.
Day 8: Tilwara to Joshimath
There is a beautiful drive from Tilwara to Joshimath, which takes approx. 5 hours to travel 170 km. Spend 1 hour surrounded by nature with beautiful sights all around. After lunch, continue driving to Badrinath. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and attend the evening aarti. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Badrinath Joshimath
Pray at Badrinath Temple and take a holy dip at Kund. Nearby attractions can be explored such as Mana Village, and Vyas Gufa. The trip can be customised with a visit to Auli after arriving in Joshimath in the afternoon.
Day 10: Joshimath arrives at Haridwar
From Badrinath to Haridwar there are several routes of which Joshimath to Haridwar via Kaleshwar & Kaudiyala is a very famous one.
Chardham Yatra travel tips to be better prepared
- Confirm the opening and closing dates of the four temples from an authentic source. Before booking a Char Dham yatra package, you should ensure all inclusions and exclusions.
- Follow the mentioned instructions to enter the temples
- Wear thick woollen clothing as temperatures are still low and sudden snow or rain can make the weather cooler.
- Remember to check your health because sometimes in the mountains you can be deprived of oxygen.
- Carry with you all necessary medicines, equipment such as flashlights, etc.
- Bring some snacks as you may not have enough restrooms along the way.
- Do not drink alcohol or non-plant products.
- If you’re going on a road trip, start your pre-yatra prep exercises.
- If you’re planning during peak times, make sure to book hotels and transportation in advance. Have cash ready because you may not find ATMs everywhere.