The Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand brings devotees in huge numbers. The challenging terrain of the Himalayan mountain range does not hinder the conquest of spiritual fulfilment. With complete faith in the divine makes the pilgrims embark on the holy Char Dham Yatra Route.
According to Hinduism, every circumambulation or pilgrimage follows a clockwise pattern. Therefore, the Chardham Yatra commences with Yamunotri followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath and, finally, Badrinath. The route passes through heavenly beauty of towering snow-covered mountains, lush valleys, land interspersed with roaring rivers, glaciers, lakes and remote villages. The beauty is such that it is easy to believe that the gods actually reside here hence the name ‘Dev Bhoomi’.
Chardham Yatra Route Map
Chardham helicopter route:
Dehradun (Sahastradhara helipad) - Yamunotri (Kharsali helipad) - Gangotri (Harsil Helipad) - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Guptkashi - Badrinath helipad → Back to Dehradun (Sahastradhara helipad)
Chardham Yatra Route by Road:
Delhi - Haridwar - Barkot - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Guptakashi - Kedarnath - Guptakashi - Badrinath - Rishikesh/Haridwar - Back to Delhi
- Delhi to Haridwar – 210 km
- Delhi to Dehradun- 254 km
- Haridwar to Barkot – 220 km
- By road Barkot to Janki Chatti and trek to Yamunotri – 36 km + 7 km trek
- Barkot to Uttarkashi – 100 km
- Uttarkashi to Gangotri – 100 km
- Uttarkashi to Rudraprayag – 180 km
- Rudraprayag to Gaurikund and trek to Kedarnath – 74 km + 20 km trek
- Rudraprayag to Badrinath – 160 km
- Badrinath to Rishikesh – 297 km
- Rishikesh to Delhi – 230 km
Complete Route Informations of Char Dham Yatra
You can commence your journey by road from Delhi or arrive at Haridwar and then proceed onwards to Rishikesh and so on. Rishikesh/ Dehradun to Narendranagar to Chama to Brahmkhal to Barkot is a distance of around 117 km. Barkot to Sayana Chatti to Hanuman Chatti to Phool Chatti to Janki Chatti is the next leg covering a total of 41 km. From Janki Chatti, begin a trek of 6 km from Yamunotri temple. You can either go on foot or hire a pony or a palanquin. On the way, stop at Saptarishi Kund, Surya Kund and Divya Shila, each of the sites has religious significance.
Yamunotri Dham is located in Garhwal alongside the River Yamuna, hence the name and the temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Also being the sister of Lord Yama, a visit to the shrine is said to protect from untimely and painful death.
Yamunotri Route by Road:
Delhi - Haridwar - Jankichatti - Yamunotri - Jankichatt - Chami - Haridwar - Back to Delhi
Places to See in and around Yamunotri Temple:
Yamunotri Temple, Saptarishi Kund, Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Hanuman Chatti, Kharsali.
After the darshan of Yamunotri proceed to Uttarkashi at a distance of 123 km. The ancient town of Uttarakhand shares the name of the holy city ‘Kashi’ now Varanasi. Like its namesake, the town is a holy destination full of shrines that people visit for divine blessings. Halt at the town to pay obeisance at the holy temples of Uttarkashi. Next, proceed to Bhatwari and then onwards to Gangnani and Harsil, a journey of 77 km. The hoy shrine of Gangotri is only an hour away by road.
Gangotri Dham is the sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga. Said to be the origin of the river, the temple worships the River Goddess who descended on Earth through the matted locks of Lord Shiva as blessings of the King Bhagirath was perfume austere penance. The shrine is set on the banks of the River Bhagirathi at a height of 3200 metres. Pay a visit to the white-marble shrine dedicated to the River Goddess for divine blessings.
Gangotri Route by Road:
Delhi - Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Harsil - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Back to Delhi
Places to Visit around Gangotri Temple:
Gangnani, Kedartal, Gaumukh, Gangotri Temple, Bhaironghati, Jalmagna Shivlinga and Tapovan.
After blessings of Gangotri temple, get back to Harsil. Follow the route back to Uttarkashi and proceed to the town of Guptkashi almost a 100 km odd distance. Chose to spend time in the beautiful town of Uttarakhand. Like its name that translates to ‘Hidden Varanasi’ Guptkashi has many hidden gems, such as ancient temples and holy sites. Proceed to Gaurikund as you pass through Sonprayag, about 14 km by road. Phata is on the way, a starting point for the helicopter Yatra to Kedarnath. However, you proceed by road to Gaurikund, about 5 km away. The last leg on the yatra is the trek of 14 km to the shrine of Kedarnath. The beautiful path with mesmerizing views can be covered on foot, hiring horses and palanquins. Helicopter services are also available which start from Phata.
One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, Kedarnath is the abode of Lord Shiva at a height of 3586 metres in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The roaring Mandakini River flows in a noisy torrent while the environs are blissful and tranquil. The 8th century temple is replete in beauty and holiness that touches the hearts of all. Kedarnath, the toughest Yatra of the Chardhams in Uttarakhand. Besides the road route, the temple of the Lord Shiva, also one of the holy 12 Jyotirlingas in India requires a tough trek of 14 km.
Kedarnath Helicopter Route:
Dehradun(Sahastradhara helipad ) to Guptkashi helipad - Kedarnath - Back to Dehradun.
Kedarnath Route by Road:
Delhi - Haridwar - Guptkashi - Sonprayag - Kedarnath - Sonprayag - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh/Haridwar - Back to Delhi.
Places to Visit in and around Kedarnath Temple
Gandhi Sarovar, Phata, Gaurikund, Son Prayag, Kedarnath Temple, Triyugi Narayan Temple, Chandrapuri, Kalimath, Vasuki Tal and Shankaracharya Samadhi.
From Kedarnath darshan get back to Gaurikund. Proceed by road to Guptkashi and take the road via Chopta to Chamoli and proceed to Joshimath. Halt at the winter shrine of Lord Badrinath. Later, travel onwards to Govindghat and then Badrinath. The journey is almost 610 km which can be covered in 6-7 hours with an overnight stay in Guptkashi or Joshimath.
The holy shrine of Badrinath is not just part of Chota Char Dham but the larger Char Dham circuit in India. One of the holy Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu is set on the banks of the swift-flowing River Alaknanda. Besides the temple, there are many other important places in the vicinity. Explore places such as Mana Village, Tapt Kund, Neelkanth Peak, Narad Kund, Ganesh Cave and Vyas Cave among others.
Badrinath Helicopter Route:
Dehradun(Sahastradhara helipad ) to Guptkashi helipad - Badrinath - Back to Dehradun.
Badrinath Route by Road:
Delhi - Haridwar - Rudraprayag -Badrinath - Rishikesh/Haridwar - Back to Delhi.
Places to Visit in and around Badrinath Temple:
Pandukeshwar, Mana Village, Tapta Kund, Neelkanth Peak, Charan Paduka, Mata Murti Temple, Narad Kund, Bheem Pul, Yogadhyan Badri Temple, Ganesh Cave, Brahma Kapal, Sheshnetra, Cave of Veda Vyasa.