Chardham Yatra also called as Chota Char Dham, one of the most popular pilgrimages of Hindus. It is believed that one should visit all the four dhams once in a lifetime. All the dhams are located at higher altitudes offering complete peace of mind and one gets free of all the sins and attain moksha by the blessing of the god and goddess. All the four adobe of Hindu god and goddess are located in the Gharwal region of Uttarakhand – Land of Gods.
After the weather gets suitably pleasant and all the snow is cleared from the foothills, the access to the Chardham Yatra is opened for thousands of pilgrims every year. The travelling months starts from May till mid October every year. It takes around 10-13 days to visits all the temples of char dham. Beside this all the four dhams are located near holy rivers i.e. Yamuna, Bhagirathi, Mandakini and Alaknanda. The temples can be visited clockwise i.e. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
This shrine can be reached only by trek of 7 kms which starts at Janki Chatti. Janki Chatti is reached from Hanuman Chatti via motorable road of 7kms. One can either trek by using the walking sticks or people who are unable to trek can by carried on mules. The weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 15- 20 degrees Celsius in day time and gets very cold during night time.
This dham is located on banks of Bhagirathi River at an altitude of 3100 meters in the Uttarkashi district. This sacred dham is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is said to be the origin of river Ganga (the actual source is 19kms trek aheah called Gaumukh). The temple of Gangotri was built in 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa. The temple opens every year on the propitious day of Akshaya Tritya and closes on the day of Diwali.
This shrine can be reached by bus or jeep from Rishikesh which takes about 12 hours or via Uttarkashi which takes 6 hours. The weather is pleasing and the temperature ranges between 20- 25 degrees Celsius in day time and as low as -1 degree Celsius during night time.
This dham is located at the head of Mandakini River at an altitude of 3600 meters in the Rudra Himalaya range. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered as the holiest of all four dhams. It is also the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. The temple of Kedarnath was built in 8th century AD by by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple opens every year in the month of Vaishakh and closes on the first day of Kartik.
The reach to the shrine can be started from Rishikesh till Gaurikund by bus or jeep which takes around 12 hours and from there an uphill trek of 14kms for approximately 06 hours is taken. Pilgrims who are unable to walk can take pony and continue their journey. Kedarnath is also accessible by helicopter operated by Pawan Hans’s helicopter, owned by Indian government and Prabhatam Aviation a private company- it takes only 15 minutes ride one way. The weather is nearly cold as the temperature during the day is between 10-12 degree Celsius and below 1 degree Celsius during night time.
This dham is located on the banks of river Alaknanda at an altitude of 3133 meters in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and most mesmerizing due to the lofty hilly landscape and cliffs amidst the most beautiful place on the earth. The temple of Badrinath was built in 8th century AD by Adi Shankara. The opening and closing date of the temple is dedicated by the priest on Basant Panchami and Dussehra respectively.
The reach to the shrine starts from Joshimath, and Joshimath can be reached from Rishikesh or Haridwar by taking a journey by bus for 10-12 hours. To reach the temple from Joshimath takes another 2-3 hours. The weather is pleasing and the temperature ranges between 15- 20 degrees Celsius in day time and as low as 0 degree Celsius during night time.
The Char Dham Yatra offers the pilgrims huge peace of mind and takes them close to the almighty. There are oodles of packages to carry out the Char Dham yatra and fulfill the requirements of pilgrims coming from different corners of the world. Char Dham yatra, not only is it believed to wash away all sins, it also ensure release from the cycle of birth and death….