Chardham Yatra is India’s most devoted and featured part of India spiritual tour. Chardham is the most renowned and holy expedition in India that 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 Chardham Yatra in India. All these famous sacred destinations are being located in the astonishing Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand at distinct districts.
The amazing valleys of the Great Himalayas proudly reflect thousands years old legends and history by beholding these sacred shrines at different districts namely Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag on the splendid Garhwal hills. This exalted trip was being initiated thousands years ago in 8th Century by the great reformer and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya and since then the Chardham tour 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 by visiting the Badrinath Temple.
The holy river Ganga is known to be originated from Gangotri itself, through the prayer made by king Bhagirath. Gangotri lies at an altitude of 3,200 mts about the sea level in Uttarkashi district 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 and people can enjoy the tour fully during the months of May to June and September to October.
Located at Uttarkashi at an elevation of 3164 meters from the sea level, Yamunotri Dham temple sanctifies thousands of moods and spirits bringing the origin of River Yamuna. It is the only place where the devotees can find both the amalgamation of hot and cold environment. The Himalayan environment is purified and freezes with the cold tides of the glaciers of River Yamuna and the sides are remained warmed up with thermal springs which are known as ‘Kunds’ of Goddess Shakti.
A visit to Yamunotri temple is a full day tour from Uttarakhand’s main towns including Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The temple is accessible by 13 Kilometers trek from the town of Hanuman Chatti and six Kilometer wals from Janki Chatt during the months of May to June and September to November for the best spiritual expedition.
Shri Kedanath 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 and 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.
The temple was being constructed by Adi Shankaracharya and was privileged by the name of King Kedar, the ruler of Satya Yuga. 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 Alaknanada 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 being believed that the temple was established by Adi Shankaracharaya in the 9th century. From Haridwar, Rishikesh and Kotdwar, the devotees can easily reach to Shri Badrinath Dham Temple.
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Char Dham Yatra Route
According to Hindu Mythology, auspicious yatra of Chardham should be undertaken from west to east in clockwise direction.
This means Yatra start from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri , Kedarnath and terminates at Badrinath. Chardham Yatra is the most popular spiritual yatra starting from April-May and continues till Oct-Nov every year in Uttarakhand India. Now Uttarakhand is also trying to promote Winter Char Dham, which will include Kharsali, Mukhba, Ukhimath and Joshimath.
Location of Char Dham Shrines (temples)
Yamunotri is located 223 kms from Rishikesh.
Gangotri is located 105 kms from the town of Uttarkashi
Kedarnath is located 223 kms from Rishikesh
Badrinath is located 298 kms from Rishikesh and 48 km from Joshimath
Char Dham Road Route (Driving) from Delhi NCR
Delhi to Haridwar - 210 km (6 hours)
Haridwar to Barkot - 220 km (7 hours)
Barkot to Yamunotri - 36 km (drive) + 7 kms by trek
Barkot to Uttarkashi - 100 km (4 hours)
Uttarkashi to Gangotri - 100 km (4 hours)
Uttarkashi to Rudraprayag - 180 km (7-8 hours)
Rudraprayag to Kedarnath - 74 kms (drive) + 20 kms trek* (new route)
Rudraprayag to Badrinath - 160 km (6-7 hours)
Badrinath to Rishikesh - 297 kms (10-11 hours)
Rishikesh to Delhi - 230 km (6 hours)
Important Cities and towns which comes during Char Dham Yatra
Dehradun - Mussoorie - Chamba - Tehri - Dharasu - Naugaon - Barkot - SayanaChatti - HanumanChatti - Phoolchatti - Jankichatti - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Bhatwari - Gangnani - Harsil - Jangla - Bhaironghati - Gangotri (Gaumukh) - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Augustmuni - Chandrapuri - Kund - Guptkashi - Phata - Rampur - Sitapur - Sonprayag - Gaurikund - Kedarnath - Ukhimath - Chopta - Gopeshwar - Chamoli - Pipalkoti - Joshimath (Auli) - Govindghat - Badrinath - Nandprayag - Karnprayag - Devprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar
Char Dham yatra is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage tour circuits which included visit to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The packages listed in eUttaranchal caters to every class of pilgrims and tourists. You can select your budget and you will get the similar CharDham package.
At Uttaranchal Char Dham yatra, you will find various CharDham Packages, such as:
Chardham Budget Packages:
These are normally group or fixed departure packages with accommodation in budget hotels. Vehicles used are: buses, tempo traveller, Qualis, etc
Char Dham Deluxe Package: There are group and individual Char Dham packages. These included stay in deluxe hotels and meals included. Vehicles used are: Tavera, Safari, Innova, etc
Char Dham Luxury tour packages:
These are individual and custom made packages. These include stay in luxury Char Dham hotels, with deluxe AC cars and SUVs.
CharDham Bus Tours:
These are budget Char Dham packages, and mostly work on fixed date departures from Delhi, Haridwar or Rishikesh
Char Dham Helicopter Tours: These includes holy shrine visit via Helicopters or Charter flights. If it is more than one day then accommodation is provided in deluxe hotels with meals.
In some of the packages VIP darshan at CharDham temples is included. It will save lot of time and energy.
Departure Cities for Char Dham Yatra: We have packages from various cities such as: Delhi NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida), Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Chandigarh, Shimla, Ambala, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Nagpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, etc
Char Dham Tour Excursions:
While you are on a CharDham tour, you can extend your trip and include various excursions and nearby places as well. Some of the recommended excursions during CharDham yatra are: Mussoorie, Har ki Doon, Gaumukh, Tehri Dam, Roopkund, Dodital, Panch Kedar, Panch Badri, Chopta-Tungnath, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Auli, Lansdowne. There are also many treks which can be added to the package.
Char Dham Yatra Packages 2017
Haridwar/Rishikesh 10 Nights
Budget Tour Rs 15999
Deluxe Tour Rs 19999
Char Dham Budget Tour from Dehradun 10 nights
Budget Rs 15999
Deluxe Rs 19999
Char Dham Tour from Delhi NCR 11 nights
Budget Rs 17999
Deluxe Rs 20999
Char Dham Tour from Chandigarh 11 nights
Budget Rs 18999
Deluxe Rs 20999
from Ahmedabad 12 nights
Budget Rs 15999
Deluxe Rs 19999
Mumbai 12 Nights budget Rs 16999
Bangalore 12 NightsBudget Rs 20999
Kolkata 12 nights Rs 16999
Char Dham Yatra
with Valley of Flowers Delhi, Haridwar14 Nights Rs 24999
with Auli 12 Nights( Delhi, Haridwar) Rs 22999
with Gaumukh 14 Nights Delhi, Haridwar Rs 23999
with Golden Triangle Tour 15 Nights Delhi, Haridwar Rs 31999
Budget Fixed Departure Char Dham Yatra Packages
Delhi NCR 11 nights Rs14999
Haridwar/Rishikesh 10 nights Rs13999
Dehradun 10 nights Rs13999
Ahmedabad 12 nights Rs14999
Helicopter CharDham (Badrinath and Kedarnath) Tour Packages on Requist
Kedarnath 1 night 2 Days
Kedarnath Same Day Helicopter Tour
Badrinath 2 Days
Badrinath Same Day
The above cost is on per person basis for 2017 CharDham Yatra. It is the lowest cost in the package, the cost goes higher with increase in inclusions, facilties, type of vehicles and number of persons in a Char Dham Tour Package.
During your visit to Char Dham, It is advisable not to hurt the religious sentiments of the people or litter the waste in such remote and scenic locations. We have managed to list down few tips, things to do and things to avoid during your CharDham Tour of Uttarakhand.
The following yatra tips will help to make your Char Dham Yatra comfortable, hastle free and will keep you healthy and fit during the entire trip.
The chardham or the four pilgrimage destinations are accessible only for six months (May to October) throughout the year. The region becomes inaccessible during the other half of the part of the year due to snowfall. You can check opening and closing dates of Char Dham Temples.
While visitng Hindu mythological sites, shrines and temples, one should remove shoes and cover head with a piece of cloth before entering the Holy Place.
Carry heavy woolen clothes to protect from cold weather during the month of October-November and carry moderate woolen during Summer Season.
Carry woolen Blanket, an umbrella, Raincoat, Torchlight, minimum luggage and canvas shoes with you. You can carry woolen sweater, monkey cap and muffler, which will enable you to with stand cold winds, at the upper level of Himalayas.
Do carry creams, moisturizers, sunscreen creams.
Pack a medical kit with painkillers, antibiotics, cough lozenges, Antiseptic cream, Iodine, tube-squeeze cream and medicines for cold and fever.
Carry your routine medicines, as you might find only limited and general medicine at such remote locations.
Carry dark choclates, dry fruits, Glucose (Glucon D), toffees. They will provide your instant energy during the trekking and during long jams.
When asking for directions, speak to shopkeepers, not pedestrians. Check with at least two persons or more.
Do not take pictures if cameras are not allowed in any particular area. Do not play with the sentiments of any particular religion.
At least a month before the Yatra, it is advisable to start preparatory exercises for the trip 4 months in advance.
Though self-managed tours happen to be economical, it is advisable for your Chardham yatra to go for a guided tour arranged by an expert local travel agent.
Carry extra batteries and films for your camera, as electricity is not regular in such remote places.
Do not travel in the rainy season as there are a lot of landslides during that time.
Book hotel rooms in advance if you are travelling close to the temple opening dates, there is a heavy rush of pilgrims. Check hotels on CharDham Route.
Alcohol or non vegetarian food is not permitted during Char Dham Yatra Tour.
Drink packaged water or boiled water only.
Clothing during Char Dham Yatra
Summers (May, June, July, August)- Moderate Woolens
Winters (April, September, October, November)- Heavy Woolens
Medical Emergency Number
In case of any serious medical emergency, call 108 (The Mobile emergency service from Government of Uttarakhand). Don't make fake calls, as it is punishable offence.
Rishikesh, Haridwar, Kotdwar and Dehradun are well connected to major cities of India by Railway Network. From here you can get bus or you can hire taxi as well.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. Helicopter service to Kedarnath and Badrinath is available from Delhi, Dehradun, Phata, Augustmuni and Gauchar near Rudraprayag and Jollygrant Airport Dehradun.
Driving Tips in Uttarakhand during Char Dham
Always keep your vehicle on left side of the Road
Use Horn at curves on hills, Never overtake the overtaking vehicle
One should not drive more than 8 hours a day in hilly region
Avoid driving after sunset, as it is not allowed in hilly area of Uttarakhand
Use shoes instead of slippers while driving
Check your Brakes and Hand Brakes before starting journey
Check the Headlights, Break light and Parking lights of your vehicle
Always give way to uphill vehicles
Keep your vehicle's valid documents with you to avoid inconvenience
Before journey, make sure that fuel tank of your vehicle is full, in case of land slides you might have to take alternate long routes
Ensure to refuel, where ever easily you get chance, during season there might be long queues in Petrol Pumps at main stations
Carry first aid box with you
Do not drink and drive
In case of traffic jam, park your vehicle at the end of the queue. If you initiate a parallel queue, the traffic from other side might force you to drive in reverse gear, till you reach again at end of the original queue. And you may find it very difficult to drive long in reverse gear on a hilly road
Do not compete with local vehicles/drivers. They know the terrain very well.