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Location : In Various Part of Uttaranchal
Major Religious Sites : Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath
Most Important Attraction : Aarti at Gangotri Temple
Best Time to Visit : May to October

Char Dham at Yamunotri
Gateway to Holy Chardham - Yamunotri

Major Char Dham Destination : Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath.
Yamunotri : Location – 220 km from Rishikesh.
Famous Temple – Yamunotri Temple.
Trekking Excursions – Kharsali (1 km), Trijuginarayan (25 kms), Jankichatti (7 kms).
Altitude – 6,315 mts.
Gangotri : Location – 249 kms from Rishikesh.
Famous Temple – Gangotri Temple.
Trekking Excursions – Gaumukh glaciers (18 kms), Nandanvan (6 km) and Kedartal (18 km).
Altitude – 3,200 mts.
Kedarnath : Location – 234 kms from Rishikesh.
Famous Temple – Kedarnath Temple.
Trekking Excursions – Vasuki Tal (6 kms), Gaurikund (14 kms), Sonaprayag (20 kms).
Altitude – 3584 mts.
Badrinath : BLocation – 300 km from Rishikesh.
Famous Temple – Badrinath Temple.
Trekking Excursions – Hemkund Sahib (43 kms), Mana Village (3 kms), Satopanth (25 kms), Joshimath (44 kms).
Altitude – 3,133 m.

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Char Dham Yatra – The Journey of a Lifetime

If your are Hindu, then this journey is a must for you, a do or die situation, but if you are not one then there is even a greater motive to come. Is it not causing you an inquisitiveness to know, after all what is there in this journey that make millions of people flock to India and be part of it? Char Dham is essentially a journey in which the pilgrim has to cover the four major religious sites in Uttaranchal, which is better known as the abode of God. The four major site are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. These holy paces are opened for tourists from the period of May to October and the rest of the year they remain unreachable due to chunk of ice they lie covered with.
This is one of the most holy journey in the country and you should definitely be a part of it. Take up pilgrimage tours of Char Dham in Uttaranchal and visit the four holy peaks that lie in the lap of Himalayas. Besides, bowing the popular temple, you can also indulge in various adventure options that include trekking and camping.

Begin Your Journey from Yamunotri – The Source of the Holy Yamuna

After paying homage in the temples of Rishikesh and Haridwar, move towards Yamunotri where pilgrims indulge in a 6 kms long trek to reach atop where a temple is located. As per the Hindu mythology, this town is a sacred spot because it was the abode of an ancient sage by the name, Asit Muni. The shrine in the temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and inside the temple, you should not miss seeing the silver statue of the Goddess that is embellished with garlands. Here you should enjoy the Prasad that is distributed among the devotees. Another attraction here is the hot water spring where as per rituals raw rice is cooked and then made in to the prasads. Other tourist attractions around are Janaki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti and Saptrishi Kund.

Gangotri Char Dham
Pilgrims Outside Gangotri Temple During Char Dham Yatra

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The Holiness in Gangotri – Next in Line

After the pilgrims have paid their reverence in Yamunotri temple, they pave their way towards Gangotri which is an important land in the hinterland of Himalayas. The legend associated with this spot revolves around king Bhagirath who supposedly performed his penance here. The religion savvy definitely love to visit this place that has a beautiful temple and also offer options for trekking. The main religious activity in the temple is the famous aarti that you should miss seeing. One of the important tourist attraction that you should not miss is the Gaumukh glacier. One should explore this area by taking up trekking excursions to see the lake attractions and other small towns that one encounters on the way. This destination is just a day journey from Rishikesh (249 kms), Haridwar or Dehradun (26 kms). Enjoying pony rides to the temple has its own unique charm.

Kedarnath Welcome the Pilgrims After Gangotri

Known as one of the most religious centre in India, Kedarnath has its signature as the Kedarnath temple, where pilgrims flock to kowtow. The term Sri Kedarnath Ji, is self explanatory of the religious importance this hill station of Uttaranchal holds. To reach this place you will take to take an interesting 14 kms trek, at an altitude of 3,581 mts. Here the mythological stories is spun around Lord Shiva and incidents from his life. Travel to Kedarnath in order to know more of this interesting legend that has gripped the minds of people to an extent that they are more than willing to come here on foot. The nearby attractions of the town is also worth visiting.

Kedarnath Temple
Pilgrims at the Famous Kedarnath Temple

Badrinath – Where The Consecrated Journey Ends

It might be the last, but there is no dearth of sanctity in Badrinath. This is the seat of Hindu goddess Vishnu, which can be reached by taking up a two-day's journey from Kedarnath. This is the most pious destinations among all the other dhams. Clearing the clouds of the rumor that the famous Badrinath temple was earlier under Buddhist control, this temple has striking colors that gives a wonderful site against the while Himalayas.

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Char Dham Yatra in Uttaranchal

Journey That Hails the Divinity
An inevitable journey for the Hindus and an enjoyable yatra for the rest of the people is what Char Dham is all about. This might have bee segregated to be an important religious journey, but today for the tourists is also a great way to understand the culture, myths and legends of Indians

Eat the Famous Prasad at Yamunotri
Yamunotri is the first site from where this journey begins. At a distance of a day's journey from Rishikesh, Yamunotri temple temple can be reached by taking a 6 kms long trek from from the town of Hanuman Chatti. One can even enjoy pony or palanquin ride to reach this holy temple.

Attend the Aarti at Gangotri
Gangotri is nestled in the Himalayas from where the Gaumukh glacier is a stone's throw away. Though the temple here is quite well known but the most famous activity that serve as an important tourist attractions is the Aarti that is held inside the premise of the Gangotri temple.

The Temple of Badrinath Adds to the Colors of Himalayas
This is the holiest among the four holy destination in Chardham. Having the very colorful Badrinath temple, this town sees the maximum number of visitors. Badrinath also serves as important gateway for tourists to enjoy excursion to the Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund Sahib.

Trekking Expedition to Reach Kedarnath
A 14 kms long trek from Gaurikund on foot, palanquin or the ubiquitous ponies are the way you can reach this famous pilgrimage town. Known to be offering some very scenic views, Kedarnath is in possession of one of the 12 sacred Lingams that rests in the inner sanctum of the temple.

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