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Char Dham Yatra Update 2022: Kedarnath – Badrinath Witness a Huge Crowd of Pilgrims After Monsoon

With the opening of the season after the last leg of the monsoon, the number of pilgrims has increased for Char Dham Yatra. Last Monday, on September 19, when the sky cleared, pilgrims from different areas reached Rishikesh and registered their details at the photo registration centre located in the Chardham Yatra Bus Terminal compound. Moreover, by 11 AM, a minimum of 300 passengers had registered. As per an official, the number of pilgrims has been continuously increasing for Char Dham including Kedarnath-Badrinath.

Reportedly, so far above 12 lakhs devotees have visited Kedarnath Dham despite bad weather for the last few days. A large queue of pilgrims is seen in front of the Kedarnath Temple for darshan. A large number of people are coming to pay respect to Baba Kedar by helicopter along the foot route.

For those who don’t know, September to November is the second best time for Char Dham Yatra because in November after Bhi Dooj or Kartik Poornima, Kedarnath and Badrinath will be closed for the winter. The Yatra is a pious journey in the land of Gods to four holy sites – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Apart from spiritualism, the beauty of the trails and the surroundings of the temples attract flocks of tourists every year from every corner of the country.

People can reach the temples on foot with the help of guides or they can also opt for helicopter service. However, to take a helicopter service, you have to book your seat in advance. This year, the tentative dates for closing the temples are:

  • Yamunotri – October 24
  • Gangotri – October 25
  • Kedarnath – October 25
  • Badrinath – October 26

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The holy pilgrimage tour of char dham is an important spiritual question for Hindu devotees. This quest is an integral part for the self-introspection and spiritual wisdom of a soul. Devotees from all across the globe indulge in Char Dham Yatra to get divine blessings of Almighty. The holy Char Dhams are the divine temple of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Earlier due to covid Char Dham Yatra’s duration and the entry of devotees were very limited. But this year without any restrictions devotees can indulge in Char Dham Yatra and book their Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour 2022 hassle free.

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New Update for Char Dham Yatra 2022 Devotees- Photometric Registration Mandatory

Kedarnath Temple

Here is a new update for Chardham Darshan Yatra 2022. If you are planning a pilgrimage tour to Char Dham, photometric registration is compulsory. With photometric registration it will be easy for the authorities to track any emergency.

It can be done both online and offline. According to your suitability, photometric registration will help you in getting any kind of help if any emergency arises.

Important Covid-19 Guidelines and Update on Char Dham Yatra 2022

Shri Kedarnath Temple

  • Devotees and Tourists have to provide a negative covid-19 report.
  • Devotees and Tourists have to show double covid-19 vaccination certificate.
  • Devotees will not be allowed to take a holy dip into the Kunds.
  • Char Dham Yatra is open to all with adherence to all the covid-19 protocols.
  • E-pass issued by the Char Dham Devasthanam Board is enough for the pilgrims visiting Char Dham and there is no need to register on smart city portal.
  • Tourists who are not vaccinated with both the doses of Covid-19 will be needed to show a negative RT-PCR/True NAT/CBNAAT/RAT Covid report not less than 72 hours.
  • Pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala will need to show both the covid certificates and RT-PCR negative report.

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The Holy Char Dham Yatra

Badrinath Temple

Amidst the natural splendors of Himalayan and Garhwal ranges of Uttarakhand lies the most important and popular religious pilgrimage centers for Hindu devotees – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These four sacred destinations are known as Char Dhams which hold a great religious and spiritual value.

Devotees from all over the world come here to seek divine grace. Moreover, these Dhams have surreal and ethereal vibes. The concept of Moksha is highly believed in Hindu philosophy. Devotees who are seeking spiritual wisdom and divine grace must visit Char Dhams. Without visiting the Char Dhams, your transcendent quest would remain complete.  It is said that those who come here would be free from any sins and karmic backlogs. What adds to the sacredness of these Dhams is the pious Ganga River that flows through the four Dhams.

Not only the Char Dham Yatra offers unbroken vistas of surreal lofty peaks and picturesque landscapes but also the magnificent temples and sacred kunds would delight your eyes and senses. The Char Dham Yatra starts from Yamunotri then Gangotri, Kedarnath and then Badrinath. It needs to be done sequentially.

Yamunotri Dham – Yamunotri Dham is a pious pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees in the great Himalayas. It is the origin point of the second sacred river of India – River Yamuna. It is said that taking a holy dip in river Yamuna would prevent untimely death of any person. Goddess Yamunotri is the presiding deity of Yamunotri Dham. Yamunotri Glacier, lush greenery all around, hot springs and lakes makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions of Uttarakhand.

Gangotri Dham – Dotted in high Garhwal Himalayas, Gangotri Dham is one of the divine destinations and Char Dhams which is an important pilgrimage place for Hindu devotees. It is the origin point of the most sacred river of India – River Ganga. The holy river of Ganga originates through Gangotri glacier. Goddess Ganga is the presiding deity of Gangotri Dham. It is also one of the best adventure destinations in Uttarakhand as Garhwal Himalayas is a great place for trekkers and mountaineers. The most popular trek here is Gangotri- Gaumukh Trek.

Kedarnath Dham- Decked in snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas and surrounded by the stunning alpine meadows, the holy Kedarnath Dham is one of the most important and popular pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand for Hindu devotees. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of Kedarnath Temple Dham. It is the highest of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. Moreover, if you are a nature lover Kedarnath is a lovely place to be in due to the abundance of natural beauty in the form of a beautiful valley of Rhododendrons, pristine lakes and lofty mountains.

Badrinath DhamBadrinath Dham is among the four pious Char Dhams of India. Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity of Badrinath Temple. Which is the center of attraction of this place. Nestled between Nar and Narayana Mountain ranges it is one of the most stunning destinations to visit in Uttarakhand. Devotees from all around the globe come to seek divine blessings and complete their spiritual quest. Gorgeous lakes, sacred peaks, lofty mountains and ponds makes Badrinath a must visit destination in Uttarakhand.

Popular Places to Visit in and around Char Dhams

  • Mussoorie and Kempty Falls- Beauty and Bliss
  • Lakhamandal Temple– Serene and Divine
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttarkashi– Surreal and sublime
  • Vishwanath Temple– Guptkashi – Ethereal and Serene
  • Kalimath Temple– Seek divine grace
  • Ukhimath Temple– Be one with the almighty
  • Tapt Kund– Take a holy dip
  • Panch Prayag – Confluence of the five holy rivers
  • Vashishta Gufa- For self-introspection
  • Vasuki Tal- Best for trekking
  • Surya Kund-Blissful hot water spring

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If you were waiting to seek the divine grace of the most pious destinations of India – Char Dhams then this is the right time for you to plan your Charm Dham Yatra Tour. Being the most divine destinations of India, these Dhams and its surroundings offer the most scenic vistas to the tourists and devotees which is a visual treat for their eyes and soul. The vibes here are surreal and ethereal as the crispy mountain air and the uncharted terrains of Uttarakhand offers many adventure sports for the thrill and excitement toad in your spiritual journey. It is indeed a best destination to visit in India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Are the portals of Char Dham open for Darshan?

Yes, the Uttarakhand high court has lifted the ban on Char Dham Darshan and now it is open for the devotees to get the darshan to seek divine blessings for the almighty.

Q.How to book Char Dham Yatra Package Online?

There is a limitation in the number of devotees per day to visit the holy Char Dhams. So, you need to book your tour online in advance. For all your bookings you don’t need to worry as you can contact TourMyIndia in planning and booking your Char Dham Yatra Tour package.

Q.What are the Covid guidelines to follow for Char Dham Yatra?

  • You need to show your covid-19 negative report and double vaccination certificate if you are from Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. If you have covid 19 certificates of both the doses then you don’t need to show an RT-PCR negative report.
  • You need to book your tour online in advance.
  • Char Dham Yatra is open to all but proper social distancing protocols need to be followed.
  • You are not allowed to take a holy dip in the sacred water bodies and kunds.
  • There is no need to register yourself in the smart city portal. The e-pass issued by Devasthanam is enough for Char Dham Darshan.

Q.Why is Char Dham Yatra of Himalayas famous?

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Char Dham Yatra is famous because it is the most pious destination for Hindu Devotees. This Yatra is mandatory as without doing this yatra one would not be able to fulfill his or her transcendent quest. It is said that if you visit Char Dhams you will be free from any kind of Karmic backlog.

Q.What are the most popular divine destinations to visit in and around Char Dhams?

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The most popular divine destinations to visit in and around Char Dhams are -

  • Haridwar and Rishikesh
  • Hanuman Chatti
  • Sahastradhara
  • Surya Kund
  • Divya Shila
  • Prakateshwar Cave
  • Shakti Temple
  • Vishwanath Temple
  • Submerged Shivling, Gangotri
  • Pandava Gufa
  • Bhagirathi Shila
  • Ukhimath
  • Guptkashi
  • Sonprayag
  • Gaurikund
  • Nandprayag
  • Joshimath
  • Karnprayag

Published: 21 Sep, 2022

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