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Get ready for Char Dham 2020

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Get ready for the sacred Char Dham Yatra!

We recommend you book well in advance to ensure your requirements for the trip can be fulfilled. Many have already planned their journey and tourists from various backgrounds are expected, ranging from religious travellers and young adventurers to the high-end guests, including foreign visitors, who look for new, off-beat destinations and want to experience the spiritual powerspots of India.

Experience the divinity and mysticism of these sacred shrines as we take you on a journey through the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand, the state in North India, also called ‘Dev Bhumi’, the Abode of Gods! With its picturesque surroundings, mountain climate (Himalayas), dense forests, large valleys and enthralling environment, the region allows you to unwind yet experience the majestic locations of this popular pilgrimage route.

Sohan Tours & Travel offer pilgrimage packages tailored to YOUR needs – from 3 days to 12 days. Choose your preferred time frame, vehicle and accommodation. English or Hindi speaking tour guides available.

Contact us for further information and bookings. 
call: +91 9557 4177 65 or: +91 9358 5748 61

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The Char Dham Yatra opening dates 2020:
Gangotri Temple Kapat open on 26. April 2020
Yamunotri Temple Kapat open on 26. April 2020
Kedarnath Temple Kapat open on 30. April 2020
Badarinath Temple Kapat open on 28. April 2020
The tentative closing dates of Char Dham: between 27. October (Gangotri) and 30. November (Badrinath).

Destinations can cover:
Haridwar, Rishikesh, Barkot, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gangotri, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Devprayag, Chopta, Haridwar, Delhi

Travel tips:
Book well in advance.
Carry only minimum luggage.
Carry drinking water and snacks with you in case of longer traffic jams.
Respect nature, avoid plastic waste and keep rubbish to a minimum.
Respect local customs.
Take a light rain coat/umbrella, torch, a warm jumper and socks.

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Background information: Char Dham is referred to the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage of India nestled in Indian Himalayas of Uttarakhand state of India. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham (four pilgrimage centres). Traditionally, the Chardham yatra is undertaken from the west to the east follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama, thus the yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri, then Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. Devotees also visit Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji the pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, and is one of the highest located religious sites in the country. 

Yatra Map

Shri Badrinath Dham: is considered the holiest of the four important shrines. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan and the shadow of Nilkantha peak. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu the preserver and protector of the Hindu Divine Trinity. 

Shri Kedarnath Dham: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, 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. It is where Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of light, it is the third of the four dhams.

Gangotri Dham: The Shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level amidst captivating surroundings along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100 km from Uttarkashi. The temples opening is preceded by a special Puja of Ganga both inside the temple as well as on the river bank. Gangotri, the source of the Ganges river and seat of Goddess Ganga; 

Yamunotri Dham: is the Source of Yamunotri River and the seat of Godess Yamuna, it is the western shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, the main attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.

The Garhwal Himalayas: are mountain ranges located in the state of Uttarakhand and covers the districts of Chamoli, Pauri Garhwal and Rudraprayag. Magnificient nature, dense forests and lush terraced valleys, breathtaking mountain peaks and glaciers. Garhwal has more than 20 summits over 6000 m, the highest are Nanda Devi (7817 m) and Kamet (7756 m), rich flora and fauna plus a range of beautiful temples, which are off the mainstream paths, almost hidden gems. Uttarakhand is also revered as the ‘Land of the gods’ (Dev Bhoomi) and every mountain, place, rock and stream of Uttarakhand is somewhat associated with the mythological background of India. Garhwalis relate every peak, lake or mountain range to a God or Goddess, mythological personality, event or saint. Gangotri is for example connected with the legend of Ganga descending from heaven. And Agastyamuni, Srinagar, Parkandi (Khat Sali, Jaunsar), Dewalgarh and Rudraprayag are considered to be sacred because sages like Agastya, Kapil, Parashar, Dattatreya and Vishwamitra had done penance there. (Source: The Holy Himalaya: A Geographical Interpretation of Garhwal by Nitya Nand, Kamlesh Kumar).

Haridwar: is an important pilgrimage city, companioned by river Ganges. The river Ganges after flowing for 253 km from its source at Gaumukh, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára. Haridwar is viewed as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins. Brahma Kund is located at Har ki Pauri and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.
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Rishikesh: is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as ‘The Gateway to the Himalayas’. Rishikesh is located about 25 km north of holy city, Haridwar. Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, at a point, where the present ‘Lakshman Jhula’ bridge stands today. The sacred river Ganges flows through Rishikesh and leaves the Shivalik Mountains in the Himalayas, flowing out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient with new are found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
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Source: Uttarakhand Tourist Boards; 
All photos © Sohan Tours & Travel, Rishikesh.


Yoga & Satsang Events 2020

Yoga & Satsang Events 2020 Rishikesh India:

11. December 2019 – 15. January 2020
24. March – 30. April 2020
Satsang & Meditation Camps in Rishikesh
15. – 24. January 2020
24. January – 02. February 2020

Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats
guided by Swami Radha Bharati
at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh
12. February – 08. March 2020
Open Satsang in Rishikesh
Swami Swatantranand Ashram
05. February – end of. March 2020
Shanti Mayi
Satsang in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
Sacha Dham Ashram
12. February – 05. March 2020
Maharishikaa Preeti
Open Satsang at 
Prarthana Mandir,
next to Chotiwala restaurant, New Gaddi, Swargashram
16. February – 08. April 2020
Swami Atmananda Udasin
Open Satsang at Ajatananda Ashram, Rishikesh
Tapovan, Laxman Jhula
21. January – 10. February 2020
22. February – 07. March 2020

Shri Amritji
Satsang & Spiritual Lifestyle Retreat
17. February – 02. April 2020
Louise Kay
Meetings in Presence / Satsang
Ramana’s Garden, Tapovan, Rishikesh
01. – 07. March 2020
International Yoga Festival
at Parmath Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh.

Further details and program:
01. – 22. March 2020
Rishikesh Kirtan Fest
Kirtan, Workshops & Food
at Anand Dham Ashram, Rishikesh

Further details and program:
08. March 2020
Maha Mantra Music Festival
feat. Satyaa & Pari

09. March 2020
Holi – Festival of Colours
Bank Holiday & Public Festival
Dedicated to the arrival of spring and blossoming of love (incl. forgiving and repairing broken relationships)
29. March 2020
Krishna Das Concert
at Ganga Prem Hospice, Rishikesh.

Further details:
26. April – 30. November 2020
Char Dham Yatra & Pilgrimage into the Himalayas
April: official opening of the Char Dham temples
Depart from Rishikesh
21. June 2020
International Yoga Day
various ashrams in Rishikesh, nationwide in India and worldwide in many countries
17. – 25. October 2020
Maha Navratri
One of the biggest annual Festivals in India
Dedicated to the divine mother goddess with all her aspects

25. October 2020
Dusshera (Vijayadashami)
Bank Holiday & Annual Festival
Dedicated to the victory of divine light over darkness

14. November 2020
Diwali – Festival of Lights
Bank Holiday & most important Annual Festival in India
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phone: +91 9557 4177 65

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New Year Travel Plans

Greetings from Sohan Tours & Travel in Rishikesh!

We thank all our staff, clients and partners for their continued loyalty. We wish you and your families a VERY HAPPY 2020!

We’d be delighted to plan and organise your trips and transportation across Northern India. We aim at creating long-term client and business relationships, hence offer good quality service at value-for-money prices.
For more information: on our service, click:

Sohan Tours & Travel
– estd. 2011 –
Badrinat Road, Tapovan/Laxman Jhula
Rishikesh, India (Uttarakhand)
mobile: +91 9557 4177 65
or: +91 9358 5748 61

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#sohantoursrishikesh #ganga #rishikesh #happy2020

image: own archive (sunrise on banks of Ganga in Rishikesh )



Supporting NGOs

Mission Smile is an NGO that currently provides a free surgery program at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in Rishikesh. The doctors come from India as well as abroad, and they stay at The Lily Resort seven days until the weekend. The resort provides their accommodation – also prepares and packs also meals for the patients in the clinic: 150 packed meals per day. All transportation and travel facilities by Sohan Tours & Travel Rishikesh.

Group photo shows Lily Resort Managing Partner Bodh Raj Lamsal (left) with Shamir Bhowmik, mission smile program coordinator (middle).

Thanks to all ngo organisers, the medical team and our staff for smooth project management.

For any pilgrimages, film shooting organisation, transportation and travel arrangements, contact us:
Sohan Tours & Travel
Mr Sohan Kumar and Mr Anuj Bahuguna
phone: +91 9557 4177 65, +91 9358 5748 61

For any enquiries related to workshops, company meetings or team outings at The Lily Resort, contact:
The Lily Resort | Rishikesh
phone: +91 135 2442 499, 7668 983837, 93585 74861

Mission Smile:

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Happiness in the Himalayas


Today we would like to share some snapshots which our client has just sent us.

Happiness in the Himalayas – in Chopta and Badrinath:


#sohantoursrishikesh #rishikeshtravelagency #chopta #himalayas #badrinath #indiantemples


Recommended Yoga School Rishikesh

Amongst the many yoga schools for a teacher training course in Rishikesh, one stands out in particular: Lily Yoga Rishikesh. It’s special not only because of its great team, but also for its amazing location. Lily Yoga Rishikesh is located in central Tapovan (Laxman Jhula district of Rishikesh), yet is tucked away from the main road. Here the school has their own resort with hotel, spa, restaurant, yoga halls, a luscious peaceful garden and Ganga valley views.

Lily Yoga Rishikesh is registered with Yoga Alliance USA, and it encourages traditional values and practices, so students can learn an authentic and holistic yoga lifestyle, which goes far beyond postures and anatomy. Their Yoga Teacher Trainings 
(RYT) contribute to refine the student’s awareness and connect to truth within him/herself. Therewith guiding them to become integrated and confident yoga instructors.

We at Sohan Tours & Travel are providing the school’s transportation from / to the airport and organise additional activities such as adventures sports, pilgrimages and excursions to sacred power spots and temples.

To contribute to their guests‘ wellbeing and to encourage a holistic, healthy lifestyle, Lily Yoga Rishikesh also offers Ayurvedic Detox & Rejuvenation Retreats which purify, balance and heal your body, harmonise your mind and nourish your soul. You can book an Ayurveda Retreat any time of the year. Minimum stay: 7 days. Ideally you stay 2 weeks. And for a deeper shift 3 weeks.

Apply now for the next Yoga TTC:
200 hours Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India
31. August to 28. September 2019 (200-hours Certification) 

At Lily Resort, Tapovan – Duration: 4 weeks residential programme. Further information and to book your Yoga Teacher Training, visit:

Details and to book your Panchakarma Retreats at
The Lily Resort, Rishikesh / India:


Open now: Char Dham Yatra 2019

The Char Dham Yatra began yesterday with the reopening of the portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines. While Kedarnath and Badrinath will be reopened on 9 and 10 May.

The first group left yesterday morning at 4am, from Tapovan. Here the cars before departure (in front of Shri Balak Nath Mandir):

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And here a bigger group that has left for the Yatra – also with blessing from punditji.

(Under the scorching sun, guests wait inside the bus.)

Monday, as per tradition, the ceremonial procession of lord Kedarnath started from Ukhimath (see video below). Yesterday, the procession halted at Gaurikund and reached Kedarnath today. Kedarnath shrine will be reopened to the devotees at 5:35 AM on May 9.

For further information and Char Dham Yatra bookings, just call or email us:
mobile: +91 9557 4177 65 or: +91 9358 5748 61


Rishikesh: Location of latest Samsonite Ad

#EkDinKiChutti | Let’s travel to vote | Samsonite

Film crew’s local transportation, accommodation, catering as well as on set support by Sohan Tours & Travel, Rishikesh.

Agency: Autumn Grey
Director: Deepti Nagia
Creative Producer: Tushar Sadashiv Shivan

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Supporting Film Productions

Sohan Tours & Travel are increasingly more involved in film production projects in Uttarakhand / India: documentaries, movies and advertising spots.

We offer a variety of services for shootings in and around Rishikesh as well as Uttarakhand:

+ Location scouting 

+ Catering

+ Transportation

+ Accommodation

+ On set support

+ Consultancy

For further information, just call us, or drop an email.


Shakti Power at Local Temple

This is a beautiful example of a small temple that is fully integrated in people’s life in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Following snapshots and a video of local women celebrating – a daylong carefree, joyful get together, including praying / chanting / dancing/ food and flower offerings to Devi. Celebrating the inner and outer devi.

This temple is a smaller sister of the major Surkanda Devi Mandir in Dhanaulti.

Respect for and appreciation of traditions and culture,
respect for and appreciation of women of all generations,
respect for and appreciation of the goddess,
respect for and appreciation of the divine powers larger than us humans.

All this still does exist in India.1

1Background ‘Surkanda Devi’:

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