Winter has faded. Shortly, Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamnotri temples (Uttarakhand, India) will welcome pilgrims again. The pilgrimage to all four shrines in the lap of the Himalaya requires courage and physical stamina because buses and helicopters do not drop you at the shrine. You have to walk / ride ponies for some distance before you reach the shrine.
If you are rich, you may charter a helicopter for your family and friends. However, sudden height gain is not good for people, especially who have passive lifestyle. So take care. Today, we have compiled a short list of helicopter companies serving the pilgrimage route in Uttarakhand.
1. Heritage Aviation offers 5-day char-dham (shrine) helicopter packages. The price starts from INR 131,000.00 (US$ 2,566.29, € 1,943.80, £1,615.54) per person. The price includes accommodation, palki (palanquin) at Yamunotri, VIP darshan (temple visit) at Kedarnath, dinner and breakfast. Read more about the heli service packages.
2. Himalayan Heli Services Pvt. Ltd.’s yatra (pilgrimage) packages start from INR 160,000.00 (US$ 3,314.40, € 2,374.11, £1,973.18) for a group of four (4) persons buying ek dham yatra (one-shrine pilgrimage) package. However, the price does not include service tax. The company offers packages for Kedarnath and Badrinath. Contact the company.
3. Prabhatam Aviation Pvt. Ltd. offers helicopter services for Uttarakhand and Himalaya Darshan. Highlight of the Himalaya Darshan package is bird’s eye view of the Doon Valley, Ganga River, Mussoorie Hills, Haathi Parbat and other peaks. The price of 1-night 2-day pilgrimage package amounts to a few lakh (1 lakh = 100,000) rupees for a group of four (4) persons. Contact the company for char dham yatra by helicopter.
4. Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited (P.H.H.L.) sells a Kedarnath Dham package. As of 2011, the price of Phata-Kedarnath-Phata journey amounted to INR 7, 310.00 (US$ 143.20, € 108.47, £ 90.15) per person inclusive of service tax. The Dehradoon – Phata- Kedarnath-Phata- Dehradoon charter for up to five (5) persons was priced at INR 176,480.00 (US$ 3,457.24, €2,618.65, £2,176.42). Read terms and conditions for booking.
5. Timberline Charters offers do dham (2-shrine) and char dham (4-shrine) yatra (pilgrimage) packages. The 2-day package rate varies from INR 47,000 (US$ 920.73, €697.40, £579.62) to 525,000 (US$ 10,294.54, €7,797.48, £6,480.66) exclusive of service tax. The rate includes airfare, accommodation on twin sharing basis, all meals, jeep / car transportation and transfers as per itinerary. The price of Chinyalisaur – Yamnotri – Gangotri – Chinyalisaur tour starts from INR 47,000 (US$ 920.73, €697.40, £579.62) per person for a group of five (5) people. Review all pilgrimage packages.