Char Dham Yatra

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Char Dham Yatra 2024

Held in high reverence by Hindus all over the world, the Char Dham or the Chota Char Yatra in Uttarakhand is one of the major pilgrimage circuits taken up by the devotees every year. The Char Dham Pilgrimage involves visiting the holy temples of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath located in the high hills of Uttarakhand. Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, the Char Dham Temples are getting ready to welcome devotees again this year after remaining closed for the winters. The opening dates of the temples for Char Dham Yatra 2024 are currently tentative in nature and are believed to be from 10th May, for the temples of Yamunotri and Gangotri, 10 May onwards for Kedarnath, and 12th May onwards for the holy shrine of Badrinath.

Reaching the 4 dham temples is not an easy task due to the high altitudes and the ever-changing weather that make it a challenging journey. Yet thousands of people take up the expedition every year due to the reward that awaits them at the end. It is their unwavering faith that guides them to follow the difficult path and help them reach the sacred pilgrimage sites. Along the path to the temples, the devotees are also blessed with the mesmerizing views of the Garhwal Himalayas which are bounded by the mighty mountains and dense forests all around. One of the most holy pilgrimage destinations to cover, the Char Dham Yatra temples are some of the most sacred temples in Hinduism, a visit to which is meant to help the devotees attain salvation and absolve them of sins. Take up the pilgrimage tour to the holy Char Dham Temples this year and witness the serenity and blessings they have to offer.


Best Time to Visit

The sacred Char Dham opens between April end/ May start and October/November before it closes for next six months in winter.

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Chardham Yatra 2024 Opening Dates

Chardham Yatra 2024 will be flagged off with the opening of the portals of Yamunotri and Gangotri Dhams around 10 May 2024.

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Chardham Tour Packages for 2024

We provide the best Char Dham pilgrimage tours 2024 for Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri temple darshan. With our Char Dham Yatra tour packages 2024, you can be certain of an unforgettable experience in the Land of Gods and pristine nature.

Best Hotels to Stay in Chardham Route

While your prime comfort experience will be at the feet of the Supreme one, there are numerous pit stops in the form of budget and luxury hotels, camps, homestays and guest houses offering you the much-deserved relaxation as you prepare for the long hours walk to the portals of the Gods during Chardham Yatra.

Helicopter Services

It has become very difficult for people these days to get themselves a break of 10-15 days from their busy schedules. For such pilgrims, who have a very limited time in their kitty, helicopter services can be a good choice enabling them to cover the char dham sites in shortest span of time. Besides saving lots of time, the helicopter tours also give you an opportunity to witness the natural beauty of the magical landscapes from a different angle. For Yamunotri, chartered helicopter services can be booked from Sahastradhara in Dehradun till Kharsali, from where pilgrims need to take pony rides up till Yamunotri. For Gangotri, chartered helicopters ply from Kharsali to Harsil, from where Gangotri is just 30 km. drive away. Kedarnath and Badrinath can be reached through helicopter services available at Phata near Guptkashi.

We can provide you with best deals for the char dham packages combined with helicopter services. The booking are required to be done well in advance due to limited availability of seats.

  • Accommodation Options Along the Char Dham Route
  • Permissions Required for Char Dham Yatra
  • Transportation Setup for Char Dham Spiritual Tour of Uttarakhand
  • Significance of the Char Dham Yatra
  • Top Tourist Attractions on the Char Dham Yatra

Accommodation Options Along the Char Dham Route

The Char Dham Yatra route is always bustling with a variety of accommodation options ranging from lodges, GMVM tourist guest houses, budget hotels to 3-4 star properties. Luxury hotels and resorts are very limited in these hilly areas. Besides the normal hotel stay, if you wish to soak your spirits in ample serenity and take in full pleasure of this soulful and sanctified journey, then the best option is to stay in luxury camps that are built amidst tranquil settings and provide ample peace to your fatigued souls. These camps are set up in Barkot enroute to Yamunotri, Harsil enroute to Gangotri, Gupt Kashi enroute to Kedarnath and Joshimath enroute to Badrinath.


Permissions Required for Char Dham Yatra

All the pilgrims commencing with the char dham yatra are required to undergo a biometric registration process under which they will be issued with biometric cards also known as the ‘Yatra Pass’ or ‘Yatra Permit’. The registration can be done at the yatra offices in Haridwar, Rishikesh or Tapovan (Tehri District). With the biometric registration, government also aims at maintaining a check on the number of pilgrims entering and leaving a shrine through a GPS-based monitoring system. This will help the government to plan for safety measures for the pilgrims at a given point of time just in case an emergency situation similar to flash floods of 2013 arises again.

If you plan to trek to Gaumukh or further up to Nandanvan or Tapovan from Gangotri, special permissions are required to be taken from the forest department in Uttarakhand.

Transportation Setup for Char Dham Spiritual Tour of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand state run buses and private deluxe & luxury coaches regularly ply from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun for the holy Char Dham Yatra. From the same locations, taxi services can also be hired from private taxi rental services operating in the area. If you wish, you can also opt for chartered helicopter services for a tour to the four sacred dhams, details of which are given in one of the sections below.

Significance of the Char Dham Yatra

The ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is one of the most sacred pilgrim tours for Hindus and is believed to wash away all your sins of present and past lifetimes. As per Hindi mythological beliefs, commencing on the ‘Char Dham Yatra’ at least once in lifetime relieves you from the vicious cycle of life and death, thereby helping you attain salvation or ‘Moksha’.

Besides mythological reasons, there are many scientific and medical reasons associated with the significance of this holy pilgrimage tour. Since, all the sacred shrines are located in higher mountainous regions, a trek to these destinations in a year helps a person attain fitness and physical stamina which is also very important for a healthy mind and heart. Secondly, the abundant natural beauty comprising of lofty peaks, gurgling rivers, sparking waterfalls and serene lakes enroute to these holy sites, help a person feel relaxed and rejuvenated, thereby regulating the neurotic senses. Besides these, the whole atmosphere sanctified with enchanting of mantras and shlokas brings a lot of positivity which in turn regulates various body hormones, pulse rate, and heartbeat.

Top Tourist Attractions on the Char Dham Yatra

The journey for the Char Dham Yatra begins from the holy city of Haridwar either taking you via Rishikesh or Dehradun-Mussoorie routes. Make sure to start this pious journey by taking a holy dip in the waters of sacred Ganges at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar. Also, pay homage at the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples where the wishes of devotees are believed to be fulfilled.

If you are taking the Rishikesh route, get the blessings of Lord Triambakeshwar and Neelkanth Mahadev at the respective temples or feel the essence of spirituality by soaking your souls in the echoing sounds of hymns and prayers during the captivating Ganga Aarti at the Triveni Ghat. At some distance from Rishikesh, awaits Devprayag to offer the scenic view of merging of rivers to form Ganga. The Chardham route is replete with picturesque and sacred destinations, both create a view to cherish. You have the opportunity to sight the mouth from where River Ganga originates in Gaumukh, and also witness the winter seats of all four deities in the form of Ukhimath, Joshimath, Mukhba, and Kharsali. There are sights like Auli that is a getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation, and then there is also a chance to see the last village of India, Mana. The Panch Prayags, the high-altitude Vasuki Tal, the ancient and mysterious Gupt Kashi, and the offbeat Madhyamaheshwar are some of the destinations that surround the Chardham destinations in Uttarakhand.

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