Places to Visit during Char Dham Yatra

One of the most prominent pilgrim tours in North India, Char Dham Yatra encompasses the four most religious destinations in India – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

chardham in uttarakhandThe term ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is used to symbolize the holy pilgrimage to the religious places undertaken by the Hindus every year. If you are planning to visit these pilgrimage spots, you can travel in the summer months (May to November). This sacred journey is fun and exciting if you mix pilgrimage with sightseeing and nature trekking.

As per the thousand years of Hindu tradition, it is believed that one of the ancient Hindu philosopher and reformer “Adi Sankracharya” coined the famous term ‘Char Dham’, which denotes the four Hindu pilgrimages in the four different directions of India.

The destinations are as follows :

a.  Badrinath in the North,

b.  Rameshwaram in the South,

c.  Dwarka in the West

d.  Puri in the East.

In the 8th century, this was the attempt to revive Hindu religion and unify Hindu population spread all across the country.

However, over the years, the term ‘Chardham’ is associated with the pilgrim tour in the Garhwal Himalayas. In order to differentiate this religious tour from the larger circuit of Char Dham Sites, Hindu pilgrims call it by the name of Chota Char Dham.

The term Chota Char Dham Yatra refers to the trip in the lap of Himalayas.

1. Yamunotri Dham :

Yamunotri-templePerched at an elevation of 3,293 meters, Yamunotri is the seat of river Goddess Yamuna and is situated atop the edge of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The famous Champasar Glacier, situated on the Kalind Mountain at an elevation of 4,142 meters, is the original source of River Yamuna. The glacier is around 1 kilometer up from the place of existence.

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Destinations to be covered en-route Yamunotri and Gangotri

  • Surya Kund : One of the most important attractions nearby Yamunotri is Surya Kund. The Surya Kund, located nearby the Yamunotri Temple, is called so, because Yamuna is the mythological offspring of Sun God. The temperature of Surya Kund is 88 degrees. The presence of this thermal spring bordered by snow-covered mountain peaks adds to the divine ambience of this place.
  • Divya Shila : Divya Shila is a powerful rock pillar that is located close to the Surya Kund. Although the voyage is quite tiresome, the devotees found pleasure in climbing this massive embankment. The journey is highly rewarding with the most tranquil environment.

2. Gangotri Dham :

Gangotri-TempleA part of the Char Dham Yatra, Gangotri is a small town located on the banks of River Bhagirathi and nestled at an elevation of 3,100 meters in the Greater Himalayas. The Gangotri Dham is enclosed in the spectacular Garhwal Hills, at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level.

The evening Aarti performed on the banks of River Ganges is the most appealing sight of this place. The temple was constructed by General Amar Singh in the 18th century.

Destinations to be covered en-route Gangotri and Kedarnath

  • Uttarkashi : Also known as ‘Kashi of the North’, Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
  • Guptkashi : Located within the Northern Himalayan belt within the Mandakini River Valley, Guptkashi is famous for the Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

3. Kedarnath Dham :

Kedarnath-TempleLocated near Rudraprayag District in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath Temple is a holy and revered place and is the seat of Lord Shiva. It is surrounded by enthralling snow-capped mountains, including the Mount Kailash. It is also revered as one of the ’12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva’, and rests at an altitude of 3584 meters from the outfall of the holy river ‘Mandakini’.

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Destinations to be covered en-route Kedarnath and Badrinath

  • Rudraprayag : Located in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. The famous man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag was hunted by Jim Corbett here.
  • Hemkund Sahib : Also spelled as Hemkunt, Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh place and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. The Sikh shrine is devoted to the tenth Sikh Guru ‘Guru Gobind Singh Ji’ and finds its mention in Dasam Granth.

4. Badrinath Dham :

Badrinath-TempleBadrinath is the final destination of Char Dham Yatra and is considered as the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is strategically situated in the Garhwal Hills, at a height of 3,415 meters above sea level. It is a two-day long journey from Kedarnath and tourists can also visit the Hemkund Sahib.

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter is organized by the local tour & travel operator and the helicopter services are arranged in conjunction with the private and government aviation operators. The helicopter services was started to help devotees who are either physically disabled or running short of time.

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2 Responses

  1. Venkant Bhavsar says:

    Thanks for sharing the valuable information about this Chardham Yatra. Very few lucky ones get a chance to visit these. It is very helpful information about the Chardham Yatra.

  2. Ashi Singh says:

    thanks for sharing the valuable information about the chardham yatra . It is very helpful information about the Chardham Yatra

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