Region: Uttarakhand, India.
Tour activity type: Group Tour.
Group size: Minimum 6 People per Group.
Duration: 9 nights / 10 days.
Difficulty level: Easy, Medium.
Best time to travel: Apr to October.
Trip begins and ends at: Haridwar.
Maximum altitude gain: 3, 553 meters / 11, 657 feet.
Type of accommodations: Hotel / Guest House / Tent.
The Char Dham Yatra or Chardham Yatra Uttarakhand is the most religious, respected, famous and also the most undertaken yatra in India. Several lakhs of devotees opt for this yatra and perform it religiously every year. The Hindus of the country believe that visiting all the four ‘Dhams’ or the ‘abodes of god’ will get them salvation. The four sites included in the yatra are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All of these are a part of Uttarakhand.
Here, it is essential to mention that the traditional Chardham Yatra and Chardham Yatra Uttarakhand are different for two reasons:
While the traditional Chardham Yatra includes Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka, Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra covers Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – the pious Dhams in Uttarakhand only.
Beginning of the traditional Chardham Yatra dates to 8th Century (attributed to Adi Guru Shankaracharya) while the name of Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra was started by locales of Uttarakhand in 1980s.
The trip starts and ends at Haridwar. It is a beautiful amalgamation of a spiritual and natural tour. While you do get to visit the famous temples and other places of worship, you get to enjoy the most scenic locations en route. It is an ultimate opportunity to experience the nature closely and learn about a number of local cultures and several mythological facts that have strong roots in the Hindu religion.
An overview of the tour
The trip will start from Haridwar, the land of River Ganga. The first stop is Barkot and it goes via Mussoorie where the pilgrims get a chance to visit the famous Kempty Falls. Then comes the visit to Yamunotri. Reaching there via trek is a wonderful option for those looking to add some adventure to their trip. Others can hire a Horse.
With a short stay at Uttarkashi, you can visit the famous Vishwanath Temple there together with several others. Enjoy another scenic ride to reach Gangotri and also take a holy dip in the ‘Garam Kund’ en route. Take the much-awaited holy dip in the ‘Bhagirathi’ and be a part of the aarti and puja ceremony that is held at the mandir in the evening. We move forward to Uttarkashi and Guptkashi and visit he famous Ardh Narishwar Temple there.
Then to reach Kedarnath, you can either hire a helicopter or trek the distance. Visit the temple and get a chance to be a part of the very famous ‘Abhishek’ of Kedarnath Shiva. We move ahead to Badrinath from Guptkashi. Besides visiting the temple and taking the holy dip in the Tap Kund, there is a lot more that you can do there since there are several places of mythological interest within the 3 km radius of Badrinathji.
We reach Rishikesh via either Rudraprayag or Kirtinagar. Rishikesh is the land of sages and Yoga and there is so much that you can do here. The trip concludes once the pilgrims are transferred to either the Haridwar Railway Station or Dehradun Airport.
Chardham Yatra—10 days trip.
The 10 days trip of Char Dham Yatra organized by us at Divine Kailash is the most comfortable and convenient package you will come across. It has been designed keeping in mind the comfort of individuals of all age groups. It does not just include decent accommodations and convenient transport facilities but also the amenities that are offered during the yatra.