Chardham Yatra – Complete Traveller’s Guide | Uttrakhand 2018

Char Dham Yatra is India’s most devoted and featured part of India spiritual tour. Moreover, Char Dham Yatra is the most renowned and pious expedition in India.

In addition, it includes visiting to four glorious shrines including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and lastly the Badrinath Dham.

 

A visit to these holy shrines together forms the Chota Char Dham Yatra in India. All these famous sacred destinations are located in the beautiful Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand at distinct districts.

 

The splendid valleys of the Great Himalayas proudly beholds the sacred shrines at different districts namely Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag on the amazing Garhwal hills. Furthermore, they reflect thousands years old legends and history.

 

The great reformer and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya started this trip thousands years ago in 8th Century. Since then, the Char Dham Yatra is welcoming numerous pilgrims at such tremendous locations.

 

This glorified expedition starts from Haridwar, the perfect gateway to God and can be reached to Uttarkashi for Gangotri and Yamunotri shrine and be completed at Chamoli at Badrinath Temple.

Yamunotri Temple

 

Yamunotri Dham temple sanctifies thousands of moods and spirits bringing the origin of River Yamuna. IAlso, it is located at Uttarkashi at an elevation of 3,164 meters from the sea level.

 

Moreover, it is the only place where the devotees can find both the amalgamation of hot and cold environment. In fact, the Himalayan environment is purified and freezes with the cold tides of the glaciers of River Yamuna. Also, the sides of Kunds’ of Goddess Shakti remain warmed up with thermal springs.

 

However, a visit to Yamnotri temple is a full day tour from Uttarakhand’s main towns including Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. Also, he temple is a 13 Kilometers trek from the town of Hanuman Chatti and six Kilometer wals from Janki Chatt.

 

Moreover, it is best during the months of May to June and September to November for the spiritual expedition.

Gangotri Temple

 

King Bhagirath prayers originated river Ganga from Gangotri itself. Gangotri lies at an altitude of 3,200 mts about the sea level in Uttarkashi district. It is where thousands of devotees pay their visit to wash away their sins in the urge of salvation.

 

The Ganges is believed to be the sacred source of purity and sanctity and so before visiting the temple, devotees take a holy dip in this mighty river.

 

The shrine of Gangotri temple is 18th century old with an exquisite 20 ft. structure made of white granite. People can enjoy the tour fully during the months of May to June and September to October.

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Shri Kedarnath Temple

 

Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state is elevated at an altitude of 3584 m above the sea level flanking around the river Mandakini.

 

It is considered as the most pious abode of Lord Shiva. Also, it is believed that one of the 12 forms of Lord Shiva in the shape of “Jyotirlingas” was dropped at the hills of Mandar where the main temple is located.

 

The famous Jyotirlinga shrines are must visit places where Lord Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. This is the reason tremendous pilgrims visit this original place to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.

 

Adi Shankaracharya constructed this temple. Due to heavy snowfall during winters, the temple is open only between the ends of April to Kartik Purnima.

During winters, the idols from the Shri Kedarnath Dham are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six month.

Shri Badrinath Temple

 

A perfect example of devotion for humanity and mankind, the Badrinath Temple is elevated at an altitude of 3415 meters in the Garhwal Hills on the bank of Alaknanda River.

 

One of the famous shrines of the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand, it is the sacred place devoted to Lord Vishnu. Legend says Lord Vishnu meditated at this place for thousand incessant years under the Badri tree and so the name is given as Badrinath.

 

The idol is made of the Shaligram statue in the meditative pose and is the ideal site for the Vaishnavites. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharaya established the temple in the 9th century. From Haridwar, Rishikesh and Kotdwar, the devotees can easily reach to Shri Badrinath Dham Temple.

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