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Char Dham Yatra


Kedarnath has one of the holiest hindu temples and is an ever most well known destination for hindu travelers and tourist from everywhere throughout the world in a beautiful spot at the birthplace of the waterway Mandakani.....



Badrinath is viewed as the holiest of the four imperative sanctums. The town is at an elevation of 3,133 m. above ocean level, arranged on the left bank of river Alaknanda and precisely between the two mountains Nara and Narayan.



The shrine of Yamunotri is arranged at an elevation of around 3185 mts is a state of foremost religious significance for Hindus and a crucial journey. Yamunotri is popular for its warm springs and icy masses....



Gangotri is the fundamental religious spots among the four Char Dham journey circuit, arranged in Uttarkashi, is firmly identified with Goddess Ganga, the waterway that we know as Ganges.....


Importance of Char Dham in Hindu Religion

The Char Dham Yatra is considered as an absolute necessity went by journey visit keeping in mind the end goal to get salvation. Consistently, more than 2 Lac travelers visit these sacred hallowed places. In Hindu mythology, it is trusted that the ancient Hindu thinker Shri Adi Shankaracharya coined the term ‘Char Dham’. The strict importance of this term is four homes God or Holy Destinations. These four holy places are in the area that is well known for the enamoring mountains encompassed by a thick layer of snow and unadulterated climate.
In India, the Hindus trust that the Char Dham visit opens the entryways of salvation by washing ceaselessly every one of their transgressions. It is likewise trusted that this excursion must be embraced in any event ideal. These four holy places have an awesome criticalness and spot in Hindu mythology. As indicated by this mythology, Shri Adi Shankaracharya gained opportunity from rebirth in the Shri Badrinath Dham. The entryway to the Yatra is Yamunotri. Next destination is the eminent Gangotri place of worship. From that point the explorer needs to visit Shri Kedarnath Dham lastly Shri Badrinath Dham. After completing the Char Dham pilgrimage tour, the pilgrim achieves an absolute serenity of the mind.

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Dham is a favored journey destination for Hindus as it brags Yamunotri-the wellspring of the sacrosanct Yamuna River. For this sacred stream there is a legendary story among Hindus that the Yamuna was the sister of Yamraj and thusly on Bhai Dooj, Yamraj guaranteed Yamuna that whosoever will take a dunk in the Yamuna River won't be taken to Yamlok and he would achieve salvation. Yamunotri Dham, arranged at the elevation of 3164 mts from ocean level, purifies a huge number of guests going by this blessed journey. The temple is the seat of Goddess Yamuna and the wellspring of the Yamuna River. It is the westernmost journey in Garhwal. The real purposes of fascination here are the temple committed to the Goddess Yamuna and the Janki Chatti's holy warm springs. Nature here is refined with the icy tides of Yamuna. The sides stay warmed up with the warm springs prevalent as Kunds of Hindu Goddess 'Shakti'.

Gangotri Dham

The real highlight of Gangotri Dham is Gomukh, which is the beginning purpose of the Holy River Ganges. It is trusted that subsequent to King Bhagirath ruminated for quite a while, waterway Ganga came to earth. The stone on which King Bhagirath did his reflection is situated close Ganga Temple in Gangotri. The Gangotri Dham is situated at a height of 3200 meters trying to forcing surroundings along the bank of waterway Bhagirathi. Here, an uncommon "puja" of Ganga River is composed both inside the place of worship and in addition on the bank of the stream. An excellent temple committed to Goddess Ganga is situated in this devout territory. It is trusted that the sacred stream Ganga is the wellspring of holiness and immaculateness. Along these lines, before going to the temple, the pilgrims take a dip in this great river.

Shri Kedarnath Dham

Shri Kedarnath Dham is an unmistakable journey for Hindus as it is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the God of devastation. Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar, Tungnath, Madhmaheshwar and Rudranath holy places are as one known as Panch Kedar. Adi Shankaracharya reestablished the sanctuary. Kedarnath Temple is named after the leader of Satyuga 'Kedar'. The shrine is open from April end till Kartic Poornima.

Shri Badrinath Dham

The Significance of Shri Badrinath Dham can be comprehended from the way that it is considered as the most sacred among the four temples. Situated at a rise of 3,133 meters from the ocean level, the Dham is on the left bank of the Alaknanda River. The Dham is committed to Lord Vishnu, the defender and preserver of the celestial Hindu Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva). These hallowed sanctuaries of Lord Vishnu are otherwise called Vishal Badri. This area has additionally seen Saint Adi Shankaracharya getting flexibility from the procedure of rebirth.

Opening Closing Dates of Char Dham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra starts in the month of April-May and ends around Oct-Nov each year. The four holy spots of Chardham: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – are located in the remote hilly corners of Uttaranchal. During the winter months the shrines get inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. So, the Chardhams is actually open for tourists for six months only.

The opening and closing of the holy shrines follow the age-old traditional almanac. Highly auspicious dates are considered for the opening and closing of the holy portals of the shrines. Yamunotri and Gangotri Dham portals are thrown open on Akshay Tritiya, considered auspicious by Hindus. It is believed that any good or holy deed done on this day remains ‘Akshay’(non-perishable). So, there is general tendency amongst the devout Hindus to do charity, buy gold, visit temples and shrines and the likes. Nothing can be more propitious than to visit the most revered shrines on this day. The Kedarnath shrine opens for the pilgrims on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv Chaturdashi or Shiv-Ratri. Since Kedarnath ji is considered an incarnation of Shiv, or Lord Shiv himself, so Shivratri is considered the best day to visit him. Badrinath, on the other hand, opens on Basant Panchami, another greatest day.

The closure of the portals is on different dates. Yamunotri temple closes on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj as we know. It is on the second day after Diwali. Kedarnath shrine too closes on this day. Gangotri temple shuts its door on Diwali whereas Badrinath shrine shuts down on Vijaya Dashami. All the dates of closure and opening of the shrines are fixed by the respective governing Mandir committees administered by the Purohits or priests. It is believed that after the Mandir closure, the gods and goddesses, come down to do the regular Puja of the deities.
The Chardham Yatra is recommended to be done in clockwise direction, i.e, from East to West. Therefore, the Yatra should start from Yamunotri proceeding towards Gangotri, then Kedarnath and ultimately terminate at Badrinath. Each of the four shrines has its own unique history, legend, folk-lore and spiritual significance. The devout Hindus believe that every Hindu should visit Chardham at least once in their lifetime. Not only it washes away all the sins, the arduous journey reveals greater knowledge of one’s own self and the universe. In ancient times, the journey was so strenuous and full of perils that it was marked for Vanprastha ashram, the penultimate stage of one’s life. The journey was considered so holy that the pilgrimage was equalled to the quest for ‘Nirvana’ meaning the final liberation.

Travel Tips & Things to Carry for Char Dham

  • If inquire for direction ask only shopkeepers make sure at least two, or use services of Govt. tourist Information Center.

  • Due to climate changes may suffer with throat sore so carry some throat relieving tablets. or gargles with salt warm water.

  • Boiled and fried food is better & safer avoid cold or raw vegetable, bitter salad or ice. Always carry a hand sanitizer.

  • Keep a small first box with having some pain killer, anti fever, cough-cold tablets, antibiotic, antiseptic cream, bandages etc.

  • Keep always with yourself a Touch and lighter as electric city light may go off at any time.

  • If you are carry Handy cam, Digital Camera, mobile phone so carry additional battery because availability of electricity at every place is fluctuate.

  • Do not take photo at prohibited places and temples. Also respect the sentiments local peoples.

  • Carry some woolen clothes with yourself as you travel at high altitude region.

  • Your physical and mental health should be good as you will trek at high altitude about 14000ft. if necessary carry a small oxygen cylinder.

  • Before yatra do some practice of walking approx 4 to 5 km daily.

  • Always hired a registered Porters, Pony or doly. Walk with dolies or pony as they carry your luggage.

  • Keep some dry food, biscuits, Sugar, Candies, Glucose powder, milk powder, assorted dry fruits, honey or lemons, Water bottle, spoons, tumblers, saucers and plates.

  • Please consider environments, don’t throw wrappers of chips, chocolates, polythene, cold drink bottle, water bottle etc. on road or in the forest. Use dustbin.

  • Carry enough money with yourself for personal expenses as ATM is very rare.

  • Non veg meal, alcohol is completely prohibited in yatra route.

  • Avoid a rest where board of caution indicated.

  • Avoid carry jewellery.

  • Don’t endeavor to clean hands, feet, clothes or bath in the rivers while there is no special ghat or place.

  • Make sure your vehicle has fitness and necessary permits to route of yatra. AC is not working on hill drive.

  • Do's & Dont's





    Prior Hotel Bookings is a must.

    Don’t throw wrappers of chocolates etc on road or in the forest trek during journey, better to use dustbins if possible otherwise keep it in your pocket and throw when you find dustbin.


    While on high altitude, eat only what is cooked over there.

    Don’t overstrain on steep gradients.


    Carry sufficient heavy woolens clothes including sweaters, woolen thermal body warmers, trousers, monkey caps, mufflers and any other cold fighting apparel.  Also wind sheeters, raincoats, sleeping bags, blankets, water proof shoes with sufficient grips, small water proof tents, torch with sufficient batteries and walking sticks should also be carried. Ladies are advised to wear body hugging clothing like Salwar Kamiz, pants, etc instead of sarees.

    Places where warning signs are fixed should not be used for relaxation.


    Cover your head with Monkey cap or any other woolen clothes while on high altitude to avoid hill-sickness, giddiness etc., at Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri.

    Don’t break traffic discipline.


    Carry dry eatable stocks with you like biscuits, Sugar, Candies, Chocolates, milk powder, assorted dry fruits, honey, lemons and tinned foods and other items suiting your palates.  Also carry Water bottle, spoons, tumblers, saucers and plates.

    Heavy jewellery should be avoided during journey.


    Trek only on hill-side, avoid trekking or standing on valley side, as pony (horse) coming from opposite direction may push you down to the valley which may cause serious casualty.

    Don’t try to wash hands/ clothes/ bath in the rivers on the way.


    Only registered pony walla, porter, dandy man may be hired as they are available for prefixed tariffs.

    Alcohol is strictly prohibited


    To avoid inconvenience, ponies carrying luggage and eatables should remain with you all the time. At no point of time should you should not get out of touch with them at any point of time. While carrying your luggage through the porters tie it properly as to avoid any loss of luggage

    Never overtake the overtaking vehicle.


    While on trekking, trek in one motion (Slow step), avoid any competition. Maintain discipline. Move slowly and steadily, as this is a laborious pilgrimage.

    Never drive an overloaded vehicle


    Instructions of Yatra officer should be strictly followed. Respect customs of locals

    Don't compete with local vehicles / drivers while driving. They know the terrain very well.


    Tap-Water is available at every place, use only tap-water or boiled water can be obtained from local chatty (tea-shop) during on trekking.



    You should Carry sufficient money to pay for your personal expenses during the journey.



    It is always advisable to carry your own personal medical kit and First aid kit containing Ointment or any painkiller tablet, Bandage, Antiseptic Ointment, Any other medicine prescribed by your doctor if you have B.P or any other problems.



    Put sweet candid in the mouth, use electrol / glucose in water while trekking.



    While hiring pony / doli /local laborer if tea/meals if offered to them, they provide better services or take more care of you.


    Char Dham Accommodation

    Hotels In Kedarnath

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    Hotels In Badrinath

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    Hotels In Yamunotri

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    Hotels In Gangotri

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    Tourist Information Centre

    Tourist information center Haridwar – Phone no: 0133-4227370.

    Tourist information center Rishikesh – Phone no: 91-135-2431793, 2431783, 2435174, 2430799

    Tourist information center Srinagar – Phone no: 01346250065

    Tourist information center Rudraprayag – Phone no: 01364-233995

    Tourist information center Kedarnath – Phone No: 01364-263218

    Tourist information center Guptkashi – Phone No: 01364 – 267221

    Tourist information center Joshimath – Phone: 01389-222226, 9568006667

    Tourist information center Badrinath – Phone No: 01381-222212

    Tourist information center Uttarkashi – Phone no: 01374222271

    Tourist information center Jankichatti – Phone no: 01375235639

    Tourist information center Barkot – Phone no: 01375-224236

    Helpline Number

    Gangotri & Yamunotri Region

  • Ambulance, Police, Fire- 108

  • Commissioner Garhwal Pauri- 01368-222300

  • DM Uttarkashi- 01374222280/222102

  • SP Uttarkashi- 01374-222116/222102

  • Tourist info.Center Uttarkashi- 01374274761

  • GMOU Rishikesh- 0135-2430074

  • Taxi stand Rishikesh- 0135-2430413
  • Badri – Kedar Region

  • Ambulance, Police, Fire- 108

  • DM Rudraprayag– 01364-233300/233376

  • SP Rudraprayag– 01364-233210/233388

  • Badri-Kedar Temple Committee Joshimath– 01389-222124

  • DM Chamoli- 01372252102/252101

  • SP. Chamoli- 01372252134/252133

  • Tourist Information Center Gopeswar- 01372253185
  • Hospitals

    Yamunotri Route- Damta, Naugaon, Barkot Hospital, Brahmkhal prathmi swath Kendra, Syanchatti, Janaki Chatti, Yaminotri.
    Gangotri Route-Gangotri Route-Nagun, Chinyalisaur, Dunda, Uttarkashi, Maneri, Bhatwari, Harsil, Gangotri.
    Kedarnath Route-Ukhimath, Kalimath, Chopta, Guptkashi, Gaurikund, Kedarnath
    Badrinath Route-Joshimath, Chamoli, Pipalkoti, Birahi, Badrinath

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