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      Chardham Yatra
The pilgrimage of the four most revered Hindu destinations of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is known as the Chardham Yatra. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient Hindu scriptures as

Badrinathis considered the holiest of the four important shrines . The town is at an altitude of 3,133 mtr. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu.
Shri Badri - Kedareswaro Vijayate darshan in Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath Temples are free for all irrespective of caste, creed or status Re-opening of the temple takes place at 4.00 p.m. for commencement of evening rituals which lasts till 8.00 p.m. During this period, Ashotothram and Sahasranamam recitations take place. Around 7.30 p.m.
It is believed that worshipping at this shrine is a means of liberating the soul from the bound of transmigration. The temple of Shri Badrinathji is flanked by two mountain ranges known as Nar and Narayan with the towering Neelkanth peak providing a splendid backdrop. This spot was once carpeted with wild berries which gave it the name ‘Badri Van’,meaning ‘forest of berries
Facing the temple at the bank of Alakhnand river is a hot water spring known as ‘Tapt Kund’. A bath in this spring is very refreshing. A separate tank is available for women.

Tapt Kund : Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.

Narad Kund : A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Brahama Kapal : A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform proppitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

Sheshnetra : 1.5kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.

Charanpaduka : 3kms. away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple , Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet .

Vasundhara : As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 kms. from Badrinath out of which 2 kms. is motorable upto Mana.

Bhim Pul : On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.

Vyas Gufa (cave) : Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.

Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

Kedarnath one of the Holiest Hindu Temples
Kedarnath hosts one of the holliest hindu temples and is a ever most popular destination for hindu pilgrims and tourists from all over the world in a scenic spot at the origin of the river Mandakani, the shrine of Kedarnath is most venerated amongst the hindu pilgrimes.

Kedarnath is accessible by a 14 km trek through a hilly paved path (hourses or planquines are available for rent) from Gaurikund. Gourikund is a one day's Travel by road from Rishikesh,Haridwar, Dehradun and other important hill stations in the Garwal and Kumaon regions of Uttrakhand.

Location:14 kms. Trek From Gaurikund (Poni and Doli are available on this trek).

The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlings of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. At an altitude of 3,581 mt it is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund.

Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters., one can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple . This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.

Gangotri is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Located on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi River, Gangotri is one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand.Submerged Shivling: There is a natural rock Shivling in Gangotri submerged under water which can be easily seen when winters are on their way as the water level decreases during that time. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.Gangotri is the highest and the most important temple of Goddess Ganga .....Read More

Ayurvedic Panchakarma in Rishikesh

The time-tested science of medicine and positive health, Ayurveda welcomes you in Rishikesh. The popularity of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic therapies continues to increase with each passing day. Most of the travelers who arrive in Rishikesh do not leave the town without treating themselves with the healing touch of Ayurveda. Keeping in mind the need and requirements of travelers, we have designed a number of Ayurvedic Panchkarma packages. Let experienced Ayurveda physicians and masseurs heal you with a variety of medicinal herbs, therapeutic massages and routines herbal diets. These tour packages cover Ayurvedic treatments like Shiro Dhara (therapeutic head massage), Abhyanga (herbal oil massage), Pizhichil (an effective remedy for relaxation), Khizi (a therapy including medicinal and herbal oils), Udvarthanam (who body massage with powders), beauty care etc.

Ayurveda Massage Treatment in Rishikesh
Ayurveda happens to be the most ancient treatment in the world. The concept of Ayurveda is based on a process of purification and rejuvenation. According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of "Ama" or toxic substances in the body results in the imbalance of the Tri Dosha and thus toxins build up leading to ill-health and numerous diseases.

Ayurveda, the ancient science of living, has been in human practice for the last 3,000 years. It has addressed itself to the fundamental principles of good health and a longer lifespan. The treatment through Ayurvedic medicines is based in the inherent ability of the human rejuvenate and heal the body and restore its natural balance.

Benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has a number of properties - preventive, protective and curative in nature. At the same time herbal remedies prove to be harmless and non toxic. It is this treatment process of Ayurveda that provides a constructive approach against destructive forces.

Ayurvedic medicine is prepared with the extracts of herbs, plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and all vegetation that grows around us in plenty. Further whatever is available in India is bound to be more suitable in providing good health to us rather than a knowledge that has been borrowed from some other culture or nation. The same has been mentioned in Charaka samhita.

The effectiveness of Ayurveda proves itself when everything fails and when the treatment is uncertain and prolonged. Ayurvedic approach is the most appropriate as it treats chronic and stubborn diseases with its natural treatment procedures and drugs.

It is an Ayurvedic massage technique which aims at balancing the 'Tridoshas' and release accumulated stress from the mind and body, increasing sense of well-being.
Abhyanga and steam bath (60 mins) - 1 therapist

Benefits of Abhyanga
It promotes tissue strength, Improves blood circulation and rejuvenates the whole body. In addition, it removes the cellulite, beautifies the skin, prevents aging, induces sound sleep, increases vitality, pacifies imbalance of Vata and reduces stress as well as removes toxins .

Pizhichil (Sarvangadhara)
In this Ayurvedic treatment, herbal oils are applied all over the body in a rhythmical way for approximately one hour. This treatment can provide relief to anyone with rheumatic or arthritic conditions. It also helps in relieving nervous disorders. Sarvangadhara (Pizhichil) 60 min - 6 therapists

Benefits of Pizhichil
The Ayurvedic treatment is highly beneficial in cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after exposure to a viral or bacterial infection. It also increases Ojus and body immunity, prevents ageing and provides rejuvenation. In addition, Pizhichil alleviates the burning sensation in the body, ensures better circulation, helps to recover from paralysis and promotes healing of fractures.

This Ayurvedic process is used on specific parts of the body where there is a problem. Or it can be applied over the whole body. Ayurvedic medicinal plants are applied as a compress to the body, using the warmth of the oil. The treatment also relieves tension pain

In this Ayurvedic treatment, hot herbal powder is massaged deeply and with lasting effect into each part of the body. The Ayurvedic massage can be done using herbal powders alone on dry skin, or on oiled skin. It can also be done with a warm paste made of herbal powders and a corresponding herbal oil.

Shirodhara is a wonderful relaxation process in which the scalp and forehead receive gentle nurturing massage by a thin stream of warm oil. This treatment cools the mind, relaxes the body and relieves tension.

Benefits of Sirodhara
The Ayurvedic Sirodhara massage helps to cure and relives from anxiety, epilepsy, hypertension, depression, diabetic neuropathy and central nervous system. Besides it also strengthens the sensory organs and provides cure from insomnia, pre-mature graying of the hair, mental retardation, paralysis and stress

Chavitti Thirumal (Foot Massage)This is a kind of traditional Kerala massage. Chavitti Thirumal is done by the feet and happens to be an excellent treatment for correct alignment of the body. It is also an ideal treatment for back problems.

It is a kind of Ayurvedic therapy where drops of medicated oil are administered in each nostril of the patient. This treatment helps to eliminate accumulated toxins from the head and neck region. Nasayam is an useful therapy in curing headaches, migraine, sinusitis, chronic cold, chest, congestion, cervical spondylosis and facial Palsy. In addition, the therapy brings about lightness of the body and head ensures better sleep. Nasayam therapy is also effective in curing degeneration of cervical vertebrae

Marma Therapy
The Ayurvedic therapy includes simple touch or light massage of the vital points in the body (marmas), is used to open up our energy channels.

Abhyangam is a popular body massage in ayurvedic medicine. The word abhyanga itself translates into massage. In this therapy, special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the needs for about 60 minutes per day for 14 days. It is highly effective for treatment of obesity, diabetic gangrene (a condition developed due to lack of blood circulation in certain parts of the body).

Abhyangam Ayurvedic therapy can increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies to provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. In turn, this helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity. In this way Abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver and a rejuvenator. The treatment also increases self-confidence and will power in people

Dhara (Thakra Dhara, Siro Dhara)
Dhara therapy is performed with the use of herbal oils, medicated milk, buttermilk etc. All these substances are allowed to flow on the forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes a day for 7 to 21 days. This treatment is highly beneficial for patients suffering from insomnia, vatha predominated diseases, mental disorders, neurasthenia, memory loss and various skin disorders.

In the treatment known as Siro Dhara, a good head massage is followed by pouring of herbal oil in an uninterrupted flow from a hanging vessel to the forehead and scalp. The treatment is excellent in relieving stress and strain and generates sleep. Sirodhara also regulates hormonal secretion.

The therapy includes the pouring of certain lukewarm herbal oils into a cap put on the head for 15 to 60 minutes everyday depending on the patient conditions for a period of 7 to 14 days. This is highly effective treatment for curing dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, facial paralysis, severe headache and other vatha based ailments. While you go for Sirovasthi, you will notice that a leather sleeve of about six to eight inches in length is placed on the shaven head of the patient and a band (vartti) tied around the forehead to keep it in place. Kneaded dough is then used to line the inside of this sleeve and therapist ensure that it does not leak. Next, the oil is poured into the sleeve and allowed to remain on the head for a while. Physicians determine the time span for which the oil should be kept there. Sirovasthi proves quite effective for treating cervical problems, sleeplessness, migraine and other problems of head, hair loss and tinnitus

One of the most popular and effective Ayurvedic therapies, Pizhichil involves the application of lukewarm herbal oils over the body by 2 to 4 masseurs in a special rhythmic style for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a span of 7 to 21 days. The treatment proves to be extremely rejuvenating and is effective in ailments of nervous disorders, treatment for paralytic, rheumatic and diabetes among others.

Ayurvedic physicians recommend this treatment to cure stiffness and pain of joints and limbs, dislocation of joints, paralytic conditions etc. In women, Pizhichil treats conditions like uterine inertia in earlier deliveries and menopausal problems. The treatment is also advised for rejuvenation of the body and to prevent ageing.

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