The char-dham yatra in itself is not a child's play. It is usually just once in the life time of a person that they go about encountering the grand and majestic temples of the chardham. Keeping that and the unpredictable and hectic nature of the yatra in mind, it feels right to say that one should be energetic and enthusiastic throughout the trip to fully enjoy the panoramic view, the beautiful journey and the spiritual fulfilment they imbibe on the course of their once in a lifetime visit to these sacred pilgrimage centers. So, for the elderly people who feels a little less competent of making the most of their trip if travelled all the 4 places together, it is advisable to split the trip into two smaller, convenient yet equally fulfilling and self-enlightening trips to the Do-dhams.
The do dhams: Kedarnath- Badrinath or Yamunotri- Gangotri can be travelled once at a time and the other two could be kept to be paid a visit later on after re-energising, with no tiredness and the same level of enthusiasm as earlier. While considering a trip to do dham over the char dham, another important factor that comes into the picture is the overall cost of the visit. Travelling do dham is less expensive if compared to visiting char dham at the same time.
Well as we believe in making the trip a memorable one for all the devotees, we have launched a special helicopter service for these two destinations alone. It is an unforgettable experience, which should be enjoyed by each person alive. It is not often that one gets to enjoy an aerial view of the "Land of The Gods", Uttarakhand. So, be it the char dham or the do dham, Timberline Helicharters are at your service, making the quickest, safest and the most comfortable way of accomplishing your journey accessible to you!
Bookings can be done without any hassle by paying the amount in advance. Advance bookings are always advisable as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri are such big religious centres that they attract millions of pilgrims every year. So, Booking is advance guarantees a sense of surety and you can happily look forward to having a good time. Do you have any more reasons left to delay your trip any further?
Day 1 – Dehradun
This is the reporting day at Dehradun, which is our starting & ending point for the Heli-yatra.
Timberline Helicharters arranges this extra night halt for the passengers with dinner and breakfast, to unwind and be ready for the yatra ahead.
Passengers must reach Dehradun in the afternoon. In the evening, there will be a briefing by our Dehradun team, which will be conducted in the evening at your hotel the time would be intimated during the day. Duffel bags will be provided to enable passengers to carry there required baggage for the trip.
Maximum 5 kg/person will be permitted. Your excess baggage will be kept in the hotel cloak room which you collect on your return.
Overnight at Hyatt centric, or similar on MAP basis – Dinner & Breakfast.
Day 2 - Sahastradhara to Kedarnath Ji
This is effectively the first day of your dodham yatra .Passengers will check-out from the hotel and will be picked-up from the Hotel by our team & taken to Sahastradhara Helidrome.
Passengers to report at Sahastradhara Helidrome at the time fixed with them on the previous evening. In case flight is getting delayed due to
NOTAM/delayed clearances/bad weather etc., we shall convey to the passengers in advance, so that they may report according to the delayed timings at the Helidrome.
Sersi – The shuttle service to Kedarnath ji is operated from sersi helipad. Passengers will be ferried to Kedarnath Dham for darshan in a shuttle services flight as per govt. regulations. After being ferried to Kedarnath ji, passengers will be allowed maximum 03 hours for the darshan. Once the darshan is done, we will bring down passengers to Sersi.
Sightseeing at Sersi: Triyuginarayan Temple – It is the venue of the celestial marriage of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati (On direct payment basis.)
Overnight at Hotel Sersi Heights or similar .
Kedarnath to Badrinath
Passengers will have breakfast by 0800 hrs at Sersi & be ready for their flight to Badrinath by 1030 hrs. On arrival at Badrinath helipad, our staff will take the passengers for hotel check-in. Passengers will be taken for darshan to Badrinath temple in the afternoon after lunch. Approximate time taken
for Badrinath Temple Darshan: Approx. 01-1.5 Hrs is taken to have darshan at the Badrinath Temple. Passengers will be taken from hotel to the temple by car. Sightseeing at Badrinath: Mana Village – Known as the ‘Last village of India’, due to its proximity to the China border.
Evening Aarti at Badrinath Temple – Swaran/Chandi Aarti (on additional payment basis directly at Badrinath). After darshan, passengers will be brought back to hotel for their night halt at Badrinath.
Overnight at Amritara the Avadh or similar.
Badrinath To Sahastradhara Passengers will have breakfast by 0800 hrs & be ready for their flight to Sahastradhara Helidrome by 1100 hrs. Estimated time of arrival will be 1200 hrs at Sahastradhara. On arrival, our team will be present to receive the passengers and take them to the hotel to collect their luggage from the cloak room. Later the passengers will be transferred to the Airport / Railway station for their onward journey.
Helicopter flying from Sehastradhara to Kedarnath , Badrinath and back.
One night accommodation on your arrival at Dehradun with dinner and breakfast.
One night accommodation with meals at Sersi and Badrinath Single room supplement INR30000/-
Kedarnath shuttle service
VIP darshan (as per govt. orders). Arrival and departure transfers. Taxes and other Govt. levies.
COVID TRAVEL GUIDELINES COVID protocols shall be adhered by the passengers as per the effective mandate of the government. Without adhering to the government guidelines, boarding can be denied to the passengers without refund.
HELICOPTER WEIGHT LIMITATION Maximum weight capacity of the helicopter is 450 kg (excluding baggage weight). Passengers are taken on board depending upon the load and temperature conditions. Pilots call will be final. Total weight of all passengers on board must be within this limit. Hence, passengers are required to provide us their exact weights at the time of booking.
PASSENGER WEIGHTS Passengers have to submit their correct weights at the time of booking. If any change in weight is found at the time of their travel from the submitted weights, which would exceed our aircraft’s weight carrying capacity of 450 kg, passenger (s) would be deboarded & cancelled for the Heli-tour without any refund.
OVERWEIGHT CHARGES: ON PER SEAT BASIS ONLY Overweight charges are applicable @ INR 2000/kg. This will be chargeable to passengers weighing above 75 kg. But excess weight (not exceeding helicopter’s total weight limitation) will only be calculated on the total excess weight above the total permissible weight of all the group members combined, i.e., permissible weight = 75 Kg x (No. of pax). Furthermore, any discrepancy found in the weights of the passengers, which would be chargeable as per the overweight criteria, the same would be collected prior to boarding of flights.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Only one baggage weighing a maximum of 5 kgs is allowed per passenger. It Is not permitted to carry suitcases or any other luggage bags in the helicopter. In view of our helicopters’ limited weight carrying capacity, we reserve the right to shuffle passengers between helicopters to manage the right weight for safe flying in the hills. Therefore, passengers travelling together may not be accommodated in same helicopter flight.
SEATING CAPACITY The maximum seating capacity for our helicopters is 06 passengers + 01 Crew INFANTS Infant below 2 years or 12kg are accommodated free of charge. For verification of age of the child, ID proof/birth certificate of the child will be checked.
ADDITIONAL DAY We strongly advise our passengers to keep one additional day at hand at Dehradun, to avoid inconvenience in case passengers get stuck at any of the destinations due to bad weather or force majeure scenarios.
BAD WEATHER & FORCE MAJEURE DISCLAIMER Flying in hills are subject to bad weather, and many Force Majeure factors like delayed Air Traffic Clearances/Permissions, VVIP movements, valley flying by Indian Air Force (NOTAM), sudden occurrence of technical snag in aircraft, illness of flying crew or late reporting of the passengers at the helipads, among others.
Therefore, passengers must be prepared to face any eventuality and inconvenience in case of such scenarios.
Hotels & rooms are subject to sudden change Rooms are booked on double or triple sharing basis only A single occupancy room (which has to be booked in advance and is subject to availability) will be extra chargeable @ INR 30,000 per person (Tax inclusive) Hotels at all the dhams are non star category, however we have carefully selected the most comfortable & best rated properties for our heli tours
EXTRAS Any donations, tips, pitthu, palki/pony and porter charges will be borne by the passengers.
PHOTO ID CARD AADHAR Card copies are to be shared by all Indian passengers, & passports in case of foreign nationals.
ASSISTANCE FIRST AID & PRESCRIBED MEDICATION we have our own crew at all the Dhams. For any guidance or assistance, passengers are free to reach out to them.
MOBILE CONNECTIVITY Network connectivity at Badrinath is very poor. BSNL & Jio are the main telecom services, that work in these regions mostly, but not always. However, our staff shall be with the passengers for assistance at all times. All temples in Chardham sector are located at high altitude, therefore passengers are advised to carry prescribed & first aid medication during travel.
CLOTHING Passengers are advised to carry heavy woollen clothing with them, because during evenings & nights, the temperature can drop drastically. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES Timberline Helicharters will not be liable for any medical emergency on the ground to the passengers. Therefore, in your own interest, passengers are hereby advised to kindly consult a doctor and get medical check-up done before commencing the yatra. Medical check- up is mainly required if a passenger has any medical ailment or condition.
UNRULY PASSENGERS Timberline Helicharters reserves the right to cancel passengers, who are unruly, abusive, intoxicated, sick, mentally unfit or anyone else whom we deem to be unsafe to fly. No refund shall be done to such passenger(s).
PAYMENT TERMS The booking has to be done in advance with a deposit of 50% of the total amount. Balance payment has to be deposited 30 days prior to the date of arrival at Dehradun. Passengers will not be permitted to board or commence the tour, unless full & final payment of the tour has been done.
RESCHEDULING your booking to any future or prior travel date, will be done subject to availability, and on payment of 10% of the total tour cost. This will be permitted only if informed at least 07 days before arrival date. In case rescheduling is requested less than 07 days prior to the travel date, then the booking would be treated as cancelled, & a fresh booking will be given subject to availability, after the levy of applicable cancellation charges
CANCELLATION POLICY If passengers cancel their booking prior or after commencement of tour, following cancellation charges will be applicable –
More than 15 days prior to travel date: 30% of total tour cost.
Between 08 to 15 days prior to travel date: 50% of total tour cost.
07 or less days prior to travel date: No Refund.
No show No Refund.
After commencement of tour: No Refund.
BAD WEATHER & FORCE MAJEURE POLICY Where bad weather, technical snags or any force majeure reason beyond Timberline Helicharters control results in the cancellation of your flight being delayed or cancelled, Timberline Helicharters will not be liable in any way for the cancelled or delayed flight. However, refund will be given to clients as per our refunds policy. Any kind of inconvenience caused because of cancellation of flights is beyond the control of the operator. No compensation or reimbursement for accommodation, transportation, meals or any other extra travel expenses done by the passengers shall be offered in the event of cancellation of a flight.
In case tour departure does not take place from Dehradun as per the scheduled departure timing due to above reasons, our team will propose the possible revised itinerary within our package duration, but without any extension of timings.
In case flying does not take place during the entire day, tour will be considered as cancelled & full refund as per our policies will be made. In case the passengers would like to consider taking the tour on the next available date, a fresh booking can be made for the same. Our team will propose the available options to the passengers.
The balance/unutilized amount against previous booking can be adjusted against the fresh booking. And any extra costs that would be accruing, will have to be borne by the passengers.
New Dodham passenger(s) scheduled for departure from Dehradun on any respective travel date shall be our top priority, over the back-log passenger(s) of previous days(s). In case the tour departs from Dehradun as per schedule but gets disrupted, while the tour is ongoing, our team will propose the possible revised itinerary within the scheduled package duration, but without any extension of timings. Any extension, proposed by the passengers, in the package will only be considered at an extra cost and subject to operational viability.
Additional night halt charges will be payable by the passengers to hotels on direct payment basis, when they get stuck for additional nights due to bad weather/force majeure reasons.
If any passenger(s) require ferry flights to be operated for them in emergency, cost for the same will be charged to the party @ INR 110,000/hr plus GST. Any increase in government levies or taxes, or Temple Authority prices, after the confirmation of booking, will be extra chargeable to the passengers. Payment against the same will have to be made before the commencement of tour.
For detailed terms and conditions you can consult our website Timberlinehelicharters.com
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