Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand Guide 2020 – भारत के चार धाम

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Char Dham Yatra 2020

Char Dham Yatra literally translates to ‘Pilgrimage to the four abodes’. These are considered to be the four holiest places in India which include Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameshwaram as described by the Hindu saint and philosopher, Shri Adi Shankaracharya. The sole purpose of this article is to share information in an easy way so that it can work as your Char Dham Yatra guide in your journey.

However, the four Devbhumis in Uttarakhand is an integral part of the original Char Dhams and hence, are termed as ‘Chota Char Dham’. These include Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Kedarnath to Lord Shiva, Gangotri to the holy river Ganga (or the Ganges), and Yamunotri to the sacred river the Yamuna. Let’s share some information with you about Char Dham which may help you as a guide when you visit it.

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It is said that who so ever visits these 4 holy locations, achieves salvation or as it is called in the Hindu scriptures, ‘Moksha’. 

History of Char Dham (भारत के चार धाम)

  • Badrinath Dham

Being the unique Dham as it is a part of both the Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham, Badrinath is a place that is visited by thousands of people every year. Lord Vishnu resides out here and is known as ‘Badrinarayan’.

Badrinath Dham Mandir
Badrinath Dham Temple

Adi Shankaracharya was the one who found a black Saligram stone image of Lord Vishnu and termed it as ‘Badrinarayan’. He later manifested the same in a cave near the Tapt Kund springs. By the 16th century, the then King of Garhwal placed this stone in the present-day Badrinath temple.

The height of this temple is 3048 meters and opens during the Diwali time from 6.30 am to 2 pm and 3 pm to 9.30 pm.

  • Kedarnath

On the banks of river Mandakini and bounded by snowy Himalayan mountains all around, the temple of Kedarnath stands magnificently beautiful.

The conical rock inside the temple is worshipped to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva as Sadashiv. The city where the temple is situated is named Kedarnath after the then King, named Kedar. His daughter was considered to be the partial incarnation of Goddess Parvathi.

Kedarnath Dham Mandir
Kedarnath Dham Temple

The altitude of this temple is 3553 meters and opens from May to October between 6.30 am to 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 9.30 pm.

  • Yamunotri Dham

This temple is located at the height of 3291 meters and built by the Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. Goddess Yamuna is worshipped here in the form of a silver idol. Though the actual glacier is far uphill and hence not easily accessible, all the devotees offer their prayers in this temple.

Yamunotri Dham Mandir
Yamunotri Dham Temple

The temple opens between 6 am to 8 pm in the first week of May and also during the Diwali time. 

  • Gangotri Dham

Gaumukh is the place where the river Ganga (or the Ganges) originates. Gangotri Dham is 19 km away from Gaumukh and receives thousands of devotees every year. From Gaumukh, the Gangotri glacier flows as Bhagirathi till Devprayag and merges with the Alakananda and thus, originates Ganga river.

The temple out here was built by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century and is located at an altitude of 33048 meters. The temple opens between 6.30 am to 2 pm and 3 pm to 9.30 pm in the first week of May and also during the Diwali festival time.

Gangotri Dham Mandir
Gangotri Dham Temple

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Best time to visit Char Dham – Tour Guide

The Char Dham Yatra usually starts on the day of Akha Teej or Akha-Trij (During May) and ends during the winters of Bhai-Beej (2 days after Diwali). This is also known as Akshay Tritiya.

Char Dham Yatras receive much rush and demanding prices during May and June. July and August are the months of rain, and hence there could be many chances of experiencing landslides, avalanches, and route blocks everywhere.

Considering all of the above-stated facts, early June and September would be an excellent time for the Yatra.

Char Dham Yatra Packages

Char Dham Yatra is not a very simple journey to plan on your own without assistance or sources. You would want to witness and experience all the divinity with convenience and some comfort.

The packages below could help you with your Char Dham Yatra journey.

  1. Chardham tour package by Yatra.com

  2. Chardham trip plans and packages by Kesari.in

  3. Uttarakhand Tourism’s Char Dham Yatra Guide And Packages

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

Experience your Yatra to the Char Dhams, is the most convenient and fast way by choosing a helicopter service. This could be an ideal option for you if you are running out of time but really want to witness all the divinity.

Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham yatra guide 2020

This way; Char Dham yatra by Helicopter will also give you a new and beautiful view of all the Himalayan greenery and some breathtaking sights throughout your journey. This method might be a little hard on your pocket, but the Yatra and the facilities that will be provided all along will make it definitely worth it. 

Go ahead to experience the best and unique method of your divine Char Dham Yatra. Here are the links to a few agencies who offer Char Dham Yatra through helicopter-

  1. Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter – Yatra.com
  2. Low Budget Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter – Himalayan Heli
  3. Char Dham Yatra guide & Plans – Air Charters India

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

  • Which is the best time to visit Char Dham?

Ans. Char Dham Yatras receive much rush and demanding prices during the months of May and June. July and August are the months of rain, and hence there could be many chances of experiencing landslides, avalanches, and route blocks everywhere.

Considering all of the above-stated facts, early June and September would be a great time for the Yatra.

  • When does Chardham Yatra begin?

The Char Dham Yatra usually starts on the day of Akha Teej or Akha-Trij (During May) and ends during the winters of Bhai-Beej (2 days after Diwali). This is also known as Akshay Tritiya.

  • How to book accommodation for our Chardham Tour?

The accommodation booking of 4 Dham Yatra depends on travellers requirement. However, one can book hotels, yatra by helicopter, and travel via different portals like Yatra, Uttarakhand tourism, etc. The booking tour and information links are mentioned above.

Hopefully, this information will help you to travel Char Dham and do let us know your experience in comments. You can also comment if you want a Char Dham yatra guide in Hindi language. Have a peaceful and safe trip!

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