In winter season, the gods from the holy Chardham come down to their winter homes where they reside for whole six months. During this time the dities from all Chardham are worshipped at Yamuna temple locted at Kharsali Village, Ganga Temple located at Mukhba Village, Onkareshwar Temple located at Ukhimath & The Nursingh Temple located at Joshimath. During these six months Winter Chardham Yatra there is zero chance of any natural calamity like heavy rain or flood. It is good tie to take the yatra & feel the spiritual journey at relatively low altitude.
Kharasli Village (Yamuna Temple)
During winters the main idol of Maa Yamuna or Yamunotri is kept at Lord Shani Dev temple at Kharsali. This place is also known as Khushimath.
Mukhba Village (Ganga Temple)
When the Gangotri glacier freezes, when winter sets in, Mother Ganga travels to her winter abode, Mukhba (Near Dharali). Maa Ganges is housed in a brand new concrete and marble totally anonymous temple that the villagers are extremely proud of.
Ukhimath Village (Omkareshwar Temple)
Ukhimath is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath. King Mandhata penances Lord Shiva here. During winter the Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath is brought from Kedarnath to this place. Winter puja of Lord Kedarnath and year round puja of Lord Omkareshwar is performed here.
Pandukeshwar Village Joshimath (Nursingh Temple)
Abode of Utsava murti (festival image) of lord Vishnu, Nursingh Temple at Pandukeshwar is the place of worshipping Lord Badrinath ji during winters. Located 18 kms. from Joshimath, it can be approached by road.
ROYAL SUNNY WINTER CHARDHAM : The combination of Divinity and Nature.
Day 1 : Start the Journey
Haridwar to Mussoorie - Overnight stay in Mussoorie (Approx 100 KM, travelling time 3 Hours)
Day 2 : Exploring Mussoorie
Mussoorie, the queen of the hills, it is a wonderful hill station situated at the height of 2005 Meters above the sea level. The major attraction in Mussoorie is the scenic beauty of the Shivalik hills and the Doon Valley. From the midway along the mall a cable car runs up to Gun hill. It gives a panoramic view of Himalayan ranges. The 4 KM trekking from Kurli Bazar to Library point, which is called camel’s back rock, is a good opportunity to enjoy and admire the beautiful nature. Tourist can ride a horse or trek here.
Kempty Waterfalls It is a popular picnic spot in Mussoorie. The Kempty Falls is surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet.
Day 3 : Travelling from Mussoorie to Kharsali, then to Uttarakashi. Overnight stay in Uttarakashi. (Yamunotri Darshan [Approx 115 km Travel time 4 Hrs.]
Kharsali – the winter home of Goddess Yamunaji . The temple itself is a beautiful piece of architecture. It is believed that this temple was built by Pandavas. Another interesting attraction is the Lord Shiva Temple. Here the Lord Shiva is depicted in his someshwar form. There are many hot water springs in this area. After Darshan the team is proceeding to Uttarakashi .
Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1352 m above sea level. The famous Vishwanatha Temple, sacred to Lord Shiva is here. Overnight stay in Uttarkashi.
Day 4 : Travelling from Uttarkashi to Mukhba. [Approx 75 km. Travel time 2.5 Hrs.]
Mukhba is a small village in the town of Harsil, on the Banks of Bhagirathi, which is the winter home of Gangotri. After darshan coming to Harsil for overnight stay.
Day 5 : Harsil to Uttarkashi / Rudraprayag via Tehri Dam . [Approx 75 km. Travel time 2.5 Hrs.]
Tehri Dam is the tallest dam in Asia. It situated on the Bhagirathi River. Dam has a capacity for generation of 1,000 megawatts (1,300,000 hp) of hydroelectricity. Construction of the Tehri Dam was completed in 2006, whereas the pumped storage power plant scheme is currently under construction.
Overnight stay in Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. The temple of Lord Rudranath (Shiva) is here. According to mythology Narada Muni worshiped god Shiva here to learn music from him. The god then taught him music in his form of Rudra (Lord of Music). There used to be a rock called Narad Shila where Narada is said to have sat in meditation.
Day 6 : Kedarnath Darshan
Travelling from Rudraprayag to Joshimath . [Approx 120 km. Travel time 3.5 Hrs.] Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage located at a height of 1,890 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttarakhand and is also known as Jyotirmath . It was established by guru Shankaracharya in 8th century. The rivers of Alkananda and Dhauliganga meets in the confluence of Vishnuprayag located just below Joshimath.
Ukhimath During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple and Madhyamaheshwar brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath. King Mandhata penances Lord Shiva here. During winter the Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath is brought from Kedarnath to this place. Winter puja of Lord Kedarnath and year round puja of Lord Omkareshwar is performed here.
Day 7 : Badrinath Darshan
Joshimath to Badrinath. [Approx 45 km. Travel time 2.5 Hrs.] Overnight stay in Joshimath. Badrinath Temple is sacred to Lord Vishnu. It represents the source of Alaknanda river. The temple is located at a spectacular setting in the shadow of snow topped Nilkantha. It was built by guru Shankara in the 8th century.
Day 8 : Joshi Math to Auli by cable car. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag
Auli is known as Scotland of India. It is well-known for it ski resort. Auli is usually assured of good snow from January to March. There is exciting opportunity for skiing and enjoying snow. There is a 4 KM cable car connecting Joshimath to the resort.
Day 9 : Rudraprayag to Rishikesh / Haridwar drop.
Sunny Winter: It’s bright and warm on the upper valleys of Himalayas. Great time to enjoy the snow, the scenic valleys and hills of Himalaya.