Char Dham Yatra

CharDham - Badrinath

The Char Dham Yatra in the Garhwal Himalayas is an yatra of holy spiritual nature for the Hindus. They are - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

The Char Dham starts at Gangotri and Yamunotri as one cleanses himself of all his sins by taking a bath in the holy rivers of Ganga and Yamuna. After taking the holy bath the pilgrim then goes to Kedarnath where he worships Lord Shiva the destroyer and asks for his forgiveness and at last visit Badrinath abode of Lord Vishnu the creator in order to promise the Lord of a pure and sinless life ahead.

The Char Dham yatra to is a holy journey and it is believed that it relieves one from cycle of birth and death, wash away their sins and attain Nirvana.

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    CharDham Yatra is done from west to east , starting Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Starting point of Yatra is Haridwar and Rishikesh. The Char Dhams located in Uttrakhand's four directions - the east, south, west and north directions. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

    The journey usually starts from Yamunotri moving towards Gangotri, Kedarnath, and finally ending at Badrinath.

    The Chardham temples are located at very high altitudes as given below

    Yamunotri - 3185 mts above sea - level.
    Gangotri - 3049 mts above sea - level.
    Kedarnath - 3584 mts above sea - level.
    Badrinath - 3096 mts above sea - level.

    The yatra from Haridwar is a gradual ascent and takes you through the beautiful valleys, and lofty green mixed forest of Garhwal. The road also passes through some of the best known hill stations of India such as Mussoorie, Chopta etc. The spiritual angle of Chardham with the combination of some of the best views of nature make us really feel in gods own land and also one of the most unforgettable journey undertaken in the lifetime.

    Chardham is usually done by road, helicopter or a combination of both.

    CharDham Tour Packages

    Chardham By Road

    The total distance covered during the char dham yatra is around 1500 kms approx and around 80 hrs - 90 hrs of driving and an approx of 22 km of trek. Minimum time taken to complete the journey is around 8 - 9 days from Haridwar. The route covers around 5 districts within a span of 8 to 10 days.

    • Day 01 - Haridwar - Barkot 220 Km. - 7 hr.
    • Day 02 - Barkot - Yamunotri 36 km drive , 7 km trek
    • Day 03 - Barkot - Uttarkashi 100 km. - 4 hr
    • Day 04 - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi 200 km - 3 hr
    • Day 05 - Uttarkashi - Sitapur 230 km. - 9 hr
    • Day 06 - Sitapur - Kedarnath 18 km - Trek and drive.
    • Day 07 - Kedarnath - Sitapur 20 km
    • Day 08 - Sitapur - Badrinath 200 km. - 8 hr
    • Day 09 - Badrinath - Rudraprayag 160 km. - 6 hr
    • Day 10 - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh 150 km. - 5 hr

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    Char Dham Mythological Divisions

    The Char Dham Yatra is an yatra of holy spiritual nature for the Hindus. The holy Uttarakhand yatra in the Garhwal make it one of the most unforgettable journey in the lifetime.

    Char Dham Winter

    Kharsali Temple

    Yamunotri - Kharsali

    Mukhimath Temple

    Gangotri - Mukhimath

    Omkareshwara Temple

    Kedarnath - Omkareshwara

    Narsingha Temple

    Badrinath - Narsingha Temple

    During winter when the Char Dham receives very heavy rainfall the temples are closed for 6 months and the gods are shifted to their winter homes where the puja is carried out for the winter.

    The winter Chardham is a great option for people looking for a religious trip combined by a spectacular weather and natural beauty of Uttarakhand.

    Char Dham Winter Package ..

    Chardham Road Map and New Route

    Chardham Road Map and New Route

    With the old route which was of around 14kms completely washed off during the floods in Kedarnath. The new route is from Sonprayag - Gaurikund - Lincholi to Kedarnath. This route is around 17 - 18km approx in length, at an altitude of over 13,000 feet.

    Trek to Kedarnath and back to Gaurikund will be around 35km approx which is not a good idea to do in one day. So either stay in Kedarnath at the government camps or hire some Doli, Palkhi or Helicopter.

    Char Dham References

    Image courtesy - by Trek Earth - Someshwar Temple in Kharali
    Image courtesy by Manobik - Narsingha Temple in Joshimath