Char Dham Yatra 2021 Guidelines
By late April, once the snow at the foothills of the Himalayas starts clearing, a massive crowd of pilgrims is seen flocking around the four great temples in India, popularly known as the Char Dham Yatra. Every year the region has 17% of Hindu devotees visiting. The destination is located at a relatively higher altitude of the Garhwal region. Do you want to visit this beautiful spiritual place? Divine Kailash has safe yatra packages - even during COVID-19.
These ancient temples mark the four great holy rivers of our country:
- The Yamuna, which originates in the Yamunotri glacier.
- Ganga, which originates at the Gangotri glacier.
- River Mandakini originates at Kedarnath.
- River Alaknanda originates at Badrinath.
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Overview Of The Char Dham Yatra
The Char Dham yatra is open only during a specific time of the year, roughly starting from mid-April and early May and ending somewhere around early winters in November. Every year Lakhs of Hindus visit this holy land between April to November. However, this area’s journey during the monsoon becomes quite tricky due to its mountainous terrain and slippery routes. The Charon Dham ki yatra is considered an auspicious rite for Hindus. They believe that the Charo Dham yatra helps wash away all the sins and helps them achieve moksha as it releases them for the never-ending cycle of rebirth and death.
Char Dham Yatra- How can you reach your destination
The journey for Char Dham darshan is not very easy. The Char Dham pilgrimage benefits from visiting the two temples Gangotri and Badrinath, with ease as they can be reached via vehicle. However, the other two temples, Yamunotri and Kedarnath, need a rigorous trek. If you plan to complete visiting every temple on the Char Dham temples list, Kedarnath will be the lengthiest. On average, it takes about ten to twelve days to complete the Char Dham ki yatra. However, it comes down to two days to choose to do the Chardham yatra by helicopter. You can connect with us to know more about our Chardham tour package by helicopter.
The pilgrims must take a compulsory medical check-up as a safety measure, especially if planning to visit the Kedarnath temple. Apart from that, the pilgrims are required to undergo a complete biometric registration, available online and offline. Furthermore, as a safety measure, a proper weather report is also offered to the pilgrims going on the Chardham yatra 2021, along with separate telecommunication coverage, medical facilities, and direct contact with the contact room.
A Brief Idea About the 4 Chardham Temples
Before setting out on your yatra, it is better to have a brief idea about the Char Dham Temples. If you’re choosing our 4 Dham yatra package, our crew will guide you throughout.
Here is a complete Char Dham Temples list
- Badrinath: The Badrinath temple is considered the most easily accessible temple of the Char Dham, making it the most popular. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is surrounded by the untidy village on all sides, overshadowed by the snow-capped Nilkantha peak. The priests usually decide the temple’s opening date on the occasion of Vasanta Panchami, while the closing date is fixed on Dussehra. In most cases, the temple stays open for about ten days during Diwali too.
- Kedarnath: The trek starts from Gaurikund, 207 kilometers from Rishikesh. It is the most remote temple of Char Dham. Though the Kedarnath temple requires a lot of effort to get to, it still attracts more than 300,000 pilgrims every year. It is considered the seat of Lord Shiva, one of the most important 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is the largest and most magnificent temple in the Himalayas. Situated high up in Lord Shiva’s territory, it occupies a glacial terrace leftover from a long-ago melted glacier in the Mandakini Valley. The date of opening is decided on Maha Shivaratri, and the temple closes on Diwali.
- Gangotri Temple: A very simple shrine is present in the Gangotri temple, which has an extraordinary significance for the pilgrims. Worshipped as Goddess Ganga, the shrine is considered the holiest place in India as it is closely related to the spiritual source of the River Ganga. The temple is located in uneven terrain amidst mountains and forests. It attracts around 300,000 pilgrims every year who look forward to being a part of the evening aarti at 8 p.m. The temple opens on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya, which usually falls in the last week of April or the first week of May. The event is marked with a colorful procession, the shrine’s journey from its winter home.
- Yamunotri: The trek starts from Janki Chatti, located at a distance of 225 kilometers from Rishikesh. The Yamunotri temple is located quite close to the source of the Yamuna River. It is the second holiest river in India, which flows down past the Taj Mahal. The temple is small and surrounded by thick forest. This temple is least visited among other Char Dham Temples. However, the scenic beauty you can experience in this beautiful land makes the journey worthwhile. Just like the Gangotri temple, the Yamunotri temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya and closes during Diwali. The Goddess is carried from the Kharsali Village, which is considered Yamuna’s mother on opening, after which it is returned once the temple closes.
From Uttarakhand To Chardham
The Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand is the most religious, respected, famous, and the most undertaken in India. Several lakhs of devotees opt for this Char Dham pilgrimage 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 Char Dham darshan are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. All of these are a part of Uttarakhand.
Here, it is essential to mention that the traditional 4 Dham yatra in Uttarakhand are different for two reasons. While the conventional Char Dham yatra includes Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka, Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra covers Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath – the pious Dhams in Uttarakhand only. The traditional Chardham Yatra dates to the 8th Century (attributed to Adi Guru Shankaracharya), while the Uttarakhand Char Dham name was started by locals of Uttarakhand in the 1900s. The trip begins and ends at Haridwar. The Uttarakhand Char Dham yatra is a beautiful amalgamation of a spiritual and natural tour. While you get to visit the famous Char Dham temple and other places of worship, you also get to enjoy the most scenic locations en route. It is an ultimate opportunity to experience nature closely and learn about several local cultures and several mythological facts that have strong roots in the Hindu religion.
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An Overview Of The Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra
The Uttarakhand Chardham yatra will start from Haridwar, Dehradun, or Delhi. The first stop is Barkot, and it goes via Mussoorie. Then comes the visit to Yamunotri. Reaching there via trek is a wonderful option for those looking to add some adventure to their visit to the 4 Dhams in Uttarakhand. Otherwise, you can hire a Horse. With a short stay at Uttarkashi, you can visit the famous Vishwanath Temple there together with several others. Then, enjoy another scenic ride to reach Gangotri and take a holy dip in the ‘Garam Kund’ en route. Finally, take the much-awaited holy dip in the ‘Bhagirathi’ and be a part of the aarti and puja ceremony held at the Char Dham Mandir in the evening.
On our onward journey, we move forward to Guptkashi and visit the famous Ardhanarishwar Temple there. Then to reach Kedarnath. You can either avail of our Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra by helicopter package or trek the distance. You can also choose Char Dham Yatra by helicopter from the Uttarakhand government.
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 than 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 Uttrakhand ki Char Dham trip concludes once the pilgrims are transferred to Haridwar, Dehradun, or Delhi.
Our Itinerary Of The Chardham Yatra Package
Our Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand package plan is widely spread across 6 to 11 days. The most popular 10 days 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 offered during the yatra.
Here is the overview of our Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand package:
- 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.
- The trip begins and ends at Haridwar.
- Maximum altitude gain: 3, 553 meters / 11, 657 feet.
- Type of accommodations: Hotel / Guest House / Tent.
Our Itinerary of the Char Dham Yatra
Day 1: Haridwar to Barkot.
You will be picked up from Haridwar railway station or Dehradun railway station or airport as the case may be. We will drive to Barkot via Mussoorie and visit the famous Kempty Falls en route. Get back to the drive to Barkot and check into the hotel on arrival. The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax and stay overnight at Barkot.
Weather at Barkot: The summers are pleasant with temperatures that range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, while winters are cool and have cold nights. The temperatures during winters can range from 10 degrees to 5 degrees Celsius.
Distance covered: 210 KMs.
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs.
Altitude: 1, 352 meters.
Day 2: Barkot to Yamunotri back to Barkot.
The 2nd day of the 4 Dham of Uttarakhand visit starts early in the morning with a drive to Jankichatti or Phoolchatti. The 6 km trek to Yamunotri starts from this point. You can choose to either walk the stretch of a 6 km trek or hire a Horse or Doli. It is best to mention here that the horse or doli cost is not included in our Chardham tour package from Uttarakhand. The trek is a beautiful passageway that passes through a lush green valley covered in various flora ranging from Rhododendrons, conifers, cacti, and different varieties of Himalayan shrubs. It is an experience that must not be missed. Trek back to Barkot and rest in the hotel.
Distance Covered: 36 KMS drive and 5 KMS trek (one side).
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs.
Altitude: 3, 291 meters.
Day 3: Barkot to Uttarkashi.
On day 4 of the Char Dham Uttarakhand yatra, drive to Uttarkashi and visit the famous Vishwanath Temple and others. Check into a hotel, have the day at leisure, and stay overnight at Uttarkashi.
Weather at Uttarkashi: During the summers, the days are hot and the nights are pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. The winters are cold here the temperature drops to 2 degrees Celsius.
Distance Covered: 90 KMs.
Duration: 4 hrs.
Altitude: 1, 352 meters.
Day 4: Uttarkashi to Gangotri back to Uttarkashi.
Early in the morning, start driving to Gangotri and stop at Gangnani en route to take a holy dip at Garam Kund. Continue driving to Gangotri via the beautiful Harsil Valley known for its natural beauty and majestic views laced with impressive mountains and towering Deodar trees. On arrival at Gangotri, take the much-awaited holy dip in the River Ganges, named ‘Bhagirathi’ at the point of its origin. Be a part of the Pooja and enjoy the darshan. Before returning to Uttarkashi, take some time to enjoy the natural surroundings and have leisure. Stay overnight at Uttarkashi.
Distance covered: 100 KMs.
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.
Altitude: 3, 048 meters.
Day 5: Uttarkashi to Guptkashi.
Starting from Uttarkashi, drive straight to Guptkashi via Lambgaon. On the route, you will see the Mandakini River at Tilwara. You will drive along the river and reach Guptkashi. Once you arrive at Guptkashi, check into the hotel, visit the famous Ardh Narishwar temple and stay overnight at the hotel.
Weather at Guptkashi: During the summers, the days and the nights are pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 22 to 30 degrees Celsius. The winters are cold here the temperature drops to 0 degrees Celsius.
Distance covered: 220 KMs.
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs.
Altitude: 1, 319 meters.
Day 6: Guptkashi to Kedarnath.
The Distance covered on the 6th day of the Char Dham yatra from Uttarakhand is 30 km by road and 19 KMs by trek. After the morning breakfast, leave for Kedarnath, enjoy darshan and pooja, return to your hotel and stay overnight at Kedarnath. You can either choose to trek, pony ride, or take a helicopter ride.
By Trek: you can also trek for your Uttrakhand ki Char Dham yatra. In the morning, the driver will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at Sonprayag. From here, you can take a local jeep to Gaurikund and start the trek to Kedarnath. Follow the same route to get back to Sonprayag the next day. Network and parking issues in the area can make it a little complicated to contact the driver to get back to the hotel. Be prepared to hire a new taxi, if required.
By Helicopter: you can choose our Uttarakhand char Dham yatra by helicopter for some added thrill. The driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the helipad that is pre-booked. He will also take you back to the hotel from the same point when you return after the darshan. If you are planning to return via trek, inform your driver about the same.
Weather at Kedarnath: During the summers, the days and the nights are cold, and the temperature ranges from 0 to 18 degrees Celsius. The winters are very cold here the temperature drops to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
Distance covered: 30 kilometers by road and 19 kilometers by trek.
Altitude: 3, 553 meters.
Day 7: Kedarnath to Guptkashi.
The 7th day of the Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand starts real early since we have to be at the temple at 4:45 A.M. to be a part of the ‘Abhishek’ for Kedarnath Shiva. Once at the temple, you can have darshan to your heart’s content from going inside the ‘Garbha Griha’ to touching the idol to submitting yourself to the deity- you can do everything at this hour. After you have completed your darshan at the temple, trek down to Sonprayag, drive to Guptkashi, check into a hotel, and stay there overnight.
Distance covered: 30 kilometers by road, 19 kilometers trek.
Duration: 1 hour by road.
Day 8: Guptkashi to Badrinath.
After the morning breakfast, we start driving for Badrinath and, on arrival, check into a hotel. Before darshan of Badrivishal and attending the evening aarti, everyone needs to take a holy bath in the ‘Tapt Kund,’ which is a natural spring. There is the special significance of Brahma Kapal in relation to ‘Pitrus’ or Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors. After the main visit to the Char Dham Mandir, the pilgrims can spend time visiting other places. There are several other interesting places to visit within the three-kilometer radius of Badrinathji, such as Mata Murti, Vyas Gufa, Bhimkund, Charan Paduka, and the ‘Mukh’ or the source of River Saraswati.
Weather at Badrinath: The temperatures at Badrinath can vary from 18 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 4 degrees Celsius. This leaves the place cold most of the year-round. The winters are chilly and accompanied by snowfall, making the climatic conditions quite extreme. The temperature at this time of the year can go down to minus 15 degrees Celsius. Therefore, woolen clothes are necessary at Badrinath, irrespective of the time of the year you are visiting.
Distance covered: 215 KMs.
Duration: 7 hrs.
Altitude: 3, 133 meters.
The Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand places to visit here:
Tapt Kund: It is a natural thermal spring where it is customary for the devotees to take a holy dip before they enter the temple. It is situated on the banks of River Alaknanda.
Mana Village: It is the last Indian village before the Tibet border starts, and it is inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe.
Vyas Gufa: As the name suggests, it is a rock cave near the Mana Village, and it is believed that it is here that Rishi Ved Vyas composed the holy Mahabharata.
Vasundhara: Vasundhara means ‘Water’. It is a mesmerizing and magnificent waterfall, 5 KMS from Badrinath.
Bhim Pul: Bhim Pul is a massive rock that forms a natural bridge over the famous Saraswati River. It is a spectacular view to watch the roaring river thundering and passing across the narrow passage under the rock. It is believed that the rock was placed there by Bhim, one of the Pandavas and hence the name Bhim Pul.
Day 9: Badrinath to Rudraprayag.
You will cover a distance of 160 KMs to Rudraprayag and 200 KMS to Kirtinagar. You can start the 9th day of the Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand at leisure and choose to visit the temple again, have darshan and visit the places around. Later in the day, you can drive back to either Rudraprayag or Kirtinagar, both via Joshimath. On coming here, check in to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Weather at Rudraprayag: During the summers, the days are hot, and the temperature ranges from 30 to 38 degrees Celsius. The winters are cold here the temperature drops to 2 degrees Celsius.
Distance covered: 160 kilometers to Rudraprayag; 200 kilometers to Kirtinagar.
Altitude: 690 meters.
Day 10: Rudraprayag to Rishikesh to Haridwar, or Kirtinagar to Rishikesh to Haridwar.
The Char Dham pilgrimage will be driven to Rishikesh, a heavenly town in the laps of the Shivalik Range. It is popularly known as a ‘land of sages’ or a spiritual town where people from across the world travel to find inner peace or solace. You can spend time visiting popular ashrams or yoga centers or try adventure fun in the form of white-water rafting. From here, the pilgrims will be transferred either to Haridwar Railway station or to Dehradun Airport. The Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand yatra concludes at this point.
Distance: 160 KMs from Rudraprayag and 135 KMs from Kirtinagar.
Duration: 5 hrs from Rudraprayag and 4 Hrs from Kirtinagar.
Check out our Char Dham Yatra Packages
Well, it is not very difficult to prepare for your 4 Dham Yatra journey. There are several Char Dham yatra packages available with Divine Kailash.
If you are planning to travel from Uttarakhand, know that our Chardham tour package is designed based on two basic options:
- Government Designed: Every year, the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam designs and organizes a tour package via bus from May to November. If you want Char Dham yatra by helicopter by the Uttarakhand government, feel free to connect with the respective authorities.
- Self-planned: You can also customize the Chardham tour based on your preference, select the number of Char Dham temples you want to see. You can also include the visit to the Valley of Flowers and the Hemkund Sahib. The temples are located in a clockwise direction, starting with Yamunotri in the east, followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath, and ending in the west, at Badrinath. Being the starting point, most of the Chardham yatra tour package is available from Haridwar or Rishikesh. Where more buses depart from Haridwar or Rishikesh, there are a number of yatra buses that leave from Delhi, depending entirely on the itinerary. The average time needed to complete the Chardham tour is ten to eleven days, with the shortest being four nights. The average Char Dham yatra package starts from 15,000 rupees per head. It also includes the accommodation cost, which mostly consists of a shared accommodation facility with a proper bathroom. If you want, you can also choose to stay in luxury hotels at an extra cost.
Divine Kailash is your solution for an affordable yet comfortable Char Dham Yatra, be it by road or through the air!