Chardham is known as pilgrim places and originally they are Badrinath, Puri, Dwarka and Rameshwaram but Uttarakhand state too has Chardham and are equally popular it is also known as “Chota char Dham” refers to four pilgrim sites Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Badrinath Dham in Uttarakhand. According to Hindu Mythology it is believed that in the lifetime every individual must do a Chardham Yatra.
Most of the people generally start their journey from Haridwar and after visiting the Chardham they back again to Haridwar by following a tradition called Parikrama.
Haridwar -> Yamunotri -> Gangotri -> Kedarnath ->Badrinath -> Haridwar
Hindus devotees consider Char Dham Yatra as one of the most popular and scared routes. Every year millions of devotees come from different parts of India and paying a visit here for eliminating all the sins and attain salvation by the blessings of the God. Well, this a matter of belief but yes once you visit these places, you will definitely enjoy the purity, peace and the natural beauty of the place offers.
Best time to visit Chardham yatra:
May to November consider is the right time to visit Chardham however, all the four places are at very altitude and are open to heavy snowfall during winters and mostly places suffers from harsh weather. So, May to Nov season helps you to reach your destination without any trouble hence you can enjoy the sightseeing. Generally on every year gate opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya and closes on the day of Diwali, a very important festival of Hindus.
This holy city is also known as the gateway to the four pilgrimage. It is a place where people can sit for hours by the bank of Gangas and can take a dip in the river to eliminate the sin and add more freshness to life. It is also one of the four cities for the Kumbh Mela, which happens in every 12 years.
Do not forget to watch the evening aarti at Har ki Pauri. The traditional way of worshiping goddess Ganga, will definitely give you peace and refreshment to start your trip.
Start your day early morning for reaching your first destination Yamunotri. Here the main attraction is the temple which is dedicated to goddess Yamuna.This temple was initially built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur and then it got damaged due to an earthquake, later it was rebuilt by Maharaja Pratap Shah he was the ruler of this region at that time.
Using 5 km track Yamunotri temple can be reached from Janki Chatti the nearest road point. Janki Chatti, Saptarishi Kund, Kharsali, Hanuman Chatti are few other attractions in Yamunotri.
After taking the blessings from Yamuna river, take your step towards the next route which is Gangotri Dham which 221 km from Yamunotri.
Gangotri town is situated on the river Ganga which is about 3200 m above the sea level. Ganga is also known as the longest river in India and it is originally known as river Bhagirathi.
People offer prayer to goddess Ganga and attend aarti at 8 pm every evening.
Opening timings: 6.30 am to 2.00 pm and 3 pm to 9.30 pm.
Prepare yourself for your next adventurous trip to Kedarnath which needs to be started early in the morning because of weather and climate constraints. Begin your yatra with full of energy and faith to take the blessings of lord Shiva.
The nearest road is Gaurikund and from here the trek to Kedarnath is 14 km. Once you reach here, can see the white hilly mountains all around, a river flowing down on one side and ongoing chants of Lord Shiva which is just a heaven in itself to see this mesmerizing beauty. This yatra will definitely take you to the different world.
Badrinath is a town of Lord Vishnu, this is only one of the Dham of the original Chardham and located on the bank of river Alaknanda which is also considered to be a source of river Ganga.
To take lord Vishnu’s hassle-free darshan you need to wake up early in the morning, later take a dip in Tapt Kund (a hot water kund), also some other attractions you can see in the vicinity are Brahma Kapal, Vasudhara falls, Mata Murty Temple, Narad Kund, and Bhim Pul.