Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is among the holiest pilgrimages in India. The journey is said to absolve all sins and grant salvation. The four destinations of the journey in the ‘Dev Bhoomi’ include Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All the four pilgrimage sites can be visited one by one or a complete tour can be planned. To reach the holy shrines of the Chardham, opt to travel by road or air.
Char Dham Tour by road can be completed by vehicles and treks to the respective temples. Owing to its location amid the snow-covered mountains of Uttarakhand, not all routes are navigable by roads. To reach the shrines, there are options of trekking, palki, ponies, and even helicopter rides.
If time is short and you would not like the hassle of the pilgrimage, Chardham Yatra by helicopter helps you reach your revered. The entire journey is planned by helicopter with short rides to respective helipads followed by visit to the shrines.
Chardham yatra By Road
Chardham Yatra has the facility of extensive road network. As the journey to the holy shrines need to be completed in a clockwise journey the first stop is Yamunotri, then Gangotri, moving to Kedarnath and finally Badrinath.
Arrive at Delhi, then proceed to Haridwar or Dehradun and henceforth begin your journey. From Dehradun, Yamunotri lies at a distance of 171 km. The next shrine, Gangotri is about the distance of 222 km, while you need to cover 33 km more to Kedarnath and 46 km to Badrinath.
The journey by road to Yamunotri ends at Hanuman Chatti. From there begins a trek of 13km to the holy temple. You can either trek through the beautiful and challenging terrain or hire ponies, horses, & palanquins to cover the trail. The next stop, Gangotri is well-connected by highways that also connect the major towns of Uttarakhand. The road to Kedarnath ends at Gaurikund. A 16 km trek through the mountains takes visitors to the temple of Lord Shiva.
The routes of the Chardham Yatra by road have services of taxis and buses besides private vehicles from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun. This is one the best ways to experience the Char Dham Yatra.
Chardham Yatra By Train
Though the location amid the mountains renders it difficult to be connected by railways. Haridwar and Dehradun are the best options to reach the Char Dham circuit by train. For Yamunotri, Dehradun Railway Station at 172 km and Rishikesh approximately 200 km away are the best options. Similarly Gangotri is easily connected by Dehradun Railway Station at 114 km. To get to Kedarnath, Haridwar Railway Station is the closest at a distance of 231 km. To get to the revered Dham of Badrinath, Ramnagar, approximately 154 km away, or Kotdwar, which is 146 km away are the best options.
Chardham Yatra by Helicopter
The easiest and the most convenient option to reach the Char Dham in Uttarakhand is by flight. Helicopter packages for Chardham Yatra plan a tour in such a way saving time and hassle of the pilgrims. While there are options of the entire Yatra by helicopter, there are also helicopter rides for the individual dhams as well.
Fly to Dehradun to the Jolly Grant airport as it is the closest airport from all the four Dhams, with abundant nationwide connectivity. The closest international airport is in Delhi which is also not that far away.
The Char Dham Yatra by helicopter starts from Sahastradhara Helipad in Dehradun. The first stop is the Kharsali helipad from where you can trek or opt the other services to get to Yamunotri. The next stop is Harsil helipad that connects Gangotri. Kedarnath helipad is in Phata from where it is easy to reach the temple of one of the revered 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Badrinath helipad is just 1 km from the shrine and can easily visited.