The holy Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand remains open for devotees only for a brief period of six months of the year. Located in the lap of the Himalayas, amid snow covered peaks, the four auspicious dhams remains inaccessible for half the year and doors of the temples remain closed. Every year the temples open their doors from April-May to October- November. The opening dates depend upon the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya also known as Akha Teej, while the closing dates depend on the festivities of Vijay Dashami, Bhai Dooj and Diwali. In 2021, the Starting date of the Chardham Yatra is 14th May and the tentative closing dates are till the 10th of November. The dates are fixed after considering the Panchang, the Hindu calendar. The dates are usually declared by the Char Dham temple committee along with the Kedar-Badri Mandir Samiti.
The Yamunotri Temple and Gangotri Temple open on the day of Akshaya Tritiya every year followed by the portal opening of Kedarnath Temple and Badrinath Temple after a couple of days. Yamunotri and Kedarnath Dham close on Yama Dwitiya/Bhai Dooj whereas the Gangotri Dham closes on the day of Diwali. And the door of Badrinath temple closes on the day of Vijaya Dashami.
|Chardham Yatra||Opening Dates||Closing Dates|
|Yamunotri Temple||14th May 2021||2nd November 2021 (Tentative)|
|Gangotri Temple||15h May 2021||2nd November 2021 (Tentative)|
|Kedarnath Temple||17th May 2021||6th November 2021 (Tentative)|
|Badrinath Temple||18th May 2021||10th November2021 (Tentative)|
Yamunotri Temple Opening & Closing Dates
It is the occasion of Akshay Tritya each year when the Yamunotri Temple gates open up for Yatris (pilgrims). The closing date is also related to the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj. Devotees can pray for peace and seek blessings at Yamunotri Temple between 14 May 2021 - 2 November 2021. The Yamunotri Dham is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna.
Gangotri Temple Opening & Closing Dates
Gangotri Temple is another Dham that opens up its gates for devotees on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya. Gangotri Dham will open up on 15 May 2021 and will close on 2 November 2021 - on the day of Diwali in 2021. This pilgrimage spot is dedicated to Goddess Ganga.
Kedarnath Temple Opening & Closing Dates
Kedarnath welcomes you again from 17th May, 2021. Visit the sacred shrine and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva here. Set off on a pilgrimage to the holy Kedarnath Dham before it closes its gates because of extreme weather on 6th November, 2021.
Badrinath Temple Opening & Closing Dates
Another highly sacred Dham in Uttarakhand is Badrinath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In 2021, the opening date of Badrinath Temple is 18 May 2021. This pilgrim site's opening and closing dates are in accordance with Basant Panchmi and Dussehra Eve (Vijayadashami).