We begin our journey toward ‘Joshi Math’ from ‘Gupta Kashi’. We had first visited at ‘Ukhimath’ and ‘chopta valley’ and those places are very interesting.
Ukhimath is a very old temple and when in winter Kedarnath is off that time the entire warship done here and this temple has an important significant in Hindu mythology. The entire‘panchakedar’ lingo are present here. The actual name of this temple is Omkareshwar. It is in fact the place where the mythical marriage between Lord Krishna’s grandson Anirudh and Vanasur’s daughter Usha.The name Ukhimath comes from Usha.
Mythology of Ukhimath
The popular Hindu legend suggests that it was here that Anirudh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna got married to Usha, the beautiful daughter of Banasura, the demon King. From then onwards the place came to be known as ‘Ukhimath’ the ‘maith’ or the maternal home of Usha.Ukhimath is dotted with several artistic ancient temples dedicated to Usha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandhata.
Quick Facts :
Best time to visit Ukhimath
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Chopta valley : Greater Himalayas Always Smile Back at You
Chopta valley is part of kedarnath wildlife sanctuary and it’s located in Uttarakhand. This place is basically base camp of Tunganath. From here the distance between these two places is 3.5 km. We had also visited that valley.
At night we reached Joshimath after visited that temple.
Next day we went to Badrinath from Joshimath. Badrinath is one of the Pilgrims of all the four pilgrim of India.
The main temple had quiet far away from our hotel.
Badrinath temple :
At night when we had reached that place the sound of the hay was coming from far away. In the morning we saw the beautiful scenery of that place. The place has surrounded by the Mountains and the weather also very cool and cold air was blowing that time. That was very chill weather for us.
To reach this temple everyone should pass through a bridge.
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world”
Badrinath is a perfect blend of spirituality and nature. The mountains lover and the Nature lovers must visit that place. I suggested that once in a life everyone must visit that place.
Next day we had visited Managram. This is the last village of India and this village is 24km far away from Indian Broder and the distant between Badrinath and Managram is 3 km.BhimPhul also located here and from that place the river saraswati is going on. There is an arrangement of trekking to reach the Vashundhara Falls but due to shortage of the time we did not went that place.
It is situated at a height of around 3219 meters. The village is surrounded by Himalayan hills..
Some Quick Facts :
Locatyion : In Badrinath. (About 5 kms further ahead of badrinath)
Exploration Time : 2 hr
Travel Time : 4.4Kms/9 Mins
Locals of Mana :
People who are living there called Bhotias (Mongol Tribes). The villagers of this village live in small cottages that are decorated and carved gracefully.
Mythology facts about Mana :
The traces of Hindu mythology, Mahabharata, are visible in Mana. It’s believed that Pandavas had passed through Mana during their journey to heaven. There’s a famous stone bridge created by Bheem (one of the five brothers among Pandavas) which is known as ‘Bheem Pool’ near River Saraswati. It’s a huge rock formed as a bridge across river Saraswati.
Attractions in Mana :
Neelkanth: Neelkanth Peak is at a height of around 6,597 m above sea level and is known as the ‘Queen of Gharwal’. The holy place of Badrinath can be seen from this peak. Numerous Brahmakamal can be seen from here. It is situated above the Badrinath temple.
Tapt Kund: Tapt Kund, a natural spring, is believed to be the abode place of Lord Agni. It is believed that the Kund has medicinal values and can cure many skin diseases
Mata Murti Temple : This Temple is devoted to the mother of Lord Narayan. According to legends, Mata Murti requested Lord Vishnu to take birth as her son. Lord Vishnu granted her this wish by taking birth in the form of a twin, Nar and Narayan. The temple holds an annual fair in the month of august.
Vasudhara: It is a waterfall, which is located 9kms away from Badrinath temple.
Trekking :This is a perfect place for trekking and there are many trekking spots that are located here.
Next morning we started our journey for Rudraprayag. Between the Rudraprayag and Badrinath there is a place called ‘Auli’. This place is beautiful but that time that place was not very famous.
Badrinath Mythology and Legend :
According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badris. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the ‘Old Badri’ and Adi Badri.
The Badrinath area is known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu’s dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, “Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years.”
One legend has it that when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda being one of them.
The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini – literally, the ‘Ascent to Heaven’. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Swarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where the great sage Ved Vyasa is believed to have written the epic Mahabharata.
Some Quick Facts :
Best time to visit Badrinath : May, Jun, Sep, Oct.
Located in Chamoli, Garhwal
Recommended stay 2 days
Famous for Badrinath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Pilgrimage, Temple
Railway Station Rishikesh, 295 kms
Auli is a hill station of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, with a panoramic view of the peaks of the Himalayas. From here we board on ropeway. The total distance is 4 km include 10 stations. The ropeway is like a capsule box and from ropeway we could see the 360 degree view. All over the experience was good. At the end of our journey we reached Rudraprayag and next day we started our journey for Haridwar.
We had visited this place in the year 2006. At now (2018) Auli is attractive place for tourist.
Attractions/Things to Do:
The top attraction that Auli offers is winter sports. The slopes get covered with thick snow during the winters that offer a perfect place for skiing.
How to Reach :
The nearest airport to Auli is located in Dehradun and the nearest international airport is located in Delhi. Dehradun airport is well connected via flights running from Delhi and other major cities on a daily basis.
Kedarnath, Badrinath and Haridwar 13 Nights and 14 days Tour Plan :
Date – 05/10/2016-19/10/2016
Tour Members : 10
Tour plan :
Day 1 : Night : Train from Howrah
Day 2 : In Train
Day 3 : Reached, Haridwar and Night stayed.
Day 4 : Reached Gourikund by car. Night stayed in Gourikund.
Day 5 : Gourikund to Kedarnmath, Night stayed In Kedarnath
Day 6 : Back to gourikund, Via Trijugi narayan, Night stayed in Guptakashi.
Day 7 : Via ukhimath, chopta Night stayed in Josimath.
Day 8 : Josimath to Badrinarayn, Night stayed in Badrinarayan
Day 9: Visit Mangram, Night stayed in Badrinarayan
Day 10 : Via Auli, Badrinath to Rudraprayag.
Day 11: Rudraprayag to Haridwar.
Day 12: Sight scene Haridwar, Night : Train
Day 13: Train
Day 14: Reached Kolkata.
Some more info :
Haridwar : Hotel Biswanath : Address: Ram Ghat, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Phone: 097191 34232
Haridwar : Address: Near ramlila ground, bholagiri road, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Phone: 01334 229 933
Things to carry :- a) Voter id card b) Heavy Woollen Clothing & socks c) Good rubber-soled shoes d) Camera with sufficient batteries and film / memory cards
Things to do in Simla-Manali
1. Temple Hopping
2. Visit Har ki Pauri Ghat
3. Food Trail – Street food of Haridwar is renowned, especially the aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale and the kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. Try the sweets at Mathura Walon Ki Prachin Dukaan. Don’t forget to pack an iron stomach!
4. Skiing in Auli
5. Auli Artificial Lake
6. Ropeway Ride
7. Camping in Auli
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