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Usually people start from Haridwar early in the morning and do night stay at Janki chatti. We did our first night stay at Himrol village, for which we went 30 km out of our char Dham route.

This is going to be a more than 20 episode series of Uttarakhand Tourist places, just in case if you miss any episode, just follow the Uttarakhand playlist on youtube channel: visa2explore.

We Started our Char Dham Yatra from Haridwar, we wanted to explore Garhwali food, folk dance, home stays etc. for which we had to extend our journey to 29 days, Usually people do this yatra – Haridwar to Haridwar in 9 days.

Following are the details of the places visited by us, which are part of this tour.

After dip in Holy Ganges, i enjoyed Poori Chole and Halwa at Mohan ji’s shop.

Mohan Ji Puri Wale
Poori Sabzi Rs. 80
Halwa Rs. 30
Address: Near Police Chowki, Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249410


Hapur Walon Kee Dukaan:

I was so much impressed with the hospitality of the owner of this restaurant.

Garhwali Thali Rs. 300

Following are the food items we had during this journey.

Gahat Stuffed Paratha
Mandua Ka Samosa
Gur Ki Jalebi
Pahadi Raita
Address: Landour Chowk, Mussoorie

We passed through Yamuna bridge , got the opportunity to attend a marriage function at Himrol village, for this we went 30 km out of our Char Dham route. But this opportunity was really really good.

We stayed at a home stay at Himrol village, details below.

Himrol Village
Address: Himrola, Uttarakhand
Mr. Bharat owner of homestay: 9639827574.

We did this complete journey of Char Dham over 29 day period, hired Innova cab from Gangotri travels- Haridwar. We paid per day cost of Rs 4500 inclusive of driver night stay.

Summary of my experience with Gangotri travels: Average experience – why?

They are over occupied with the business, when i called them during the journey to discuss about a issue that was bothering me, i noticed there was no one free to talk to me, i had to attempt it multiple times.

There is more to it then what meets the eye, i think this is the case with most of the agencies, they get over loaded with work in the month of May. God bless!!!

Would i prefer travelling again with Gangotri travels: To be honest i am not sure.

Important note:

Drivers usually charge extra money for going to places like Mana village or Panch kedar or Panch Badri but for us it was all part of 4500 per day deal.

Best time to travel for char Dham yatra is mid august to september end. We did this journey from 13th May 2019 to 10th June 2019- this is not the best time, May means a lot of traffic jam. Mid June to 15th Aug is monsoon time – avoid hills.

Cost Details:
Innova Per day hire cost: Rs 4500.
Food per person Garhwali Thali Mussoorie: 300
Homestay tariff per person: Himrol village Rs 1000 ( includes dinner & Breakfast).
Parking cost at Mussoorie: Rs 100.

At min cost basis it works out to Rs 6000 for Day 1.

Overall Tour cost approx indicators:

Innova per day cost: Rs 4500.
Average per day meal cost per person: 800.
Average room tariff: Rs 1700 to Rs 2200. Generally on this route single person accommodation is not available, so solo travellers end up paying more.
Average parking cost per day: Rs 100 ( at Char Dham destinations).

Above costs are for the month of May till 15th June. Thereafter all costs generally drop by 20 to 30 percent.

Our cost was way too high, there is so much in miscellaneous cost that occurs in any trip. Any ways above figures are indicators only.
Hope you enjoyed watching this first episode of Char Dham Yatra.


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