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About Char Dham Yatra 2020

The Getaway to meet Omnipresent, Omnipotent and the Omniscient

In simple terms, Char Dham conveys the presence of four sacred abodes. But it has a got a great significance in Hindu religion. Char Dham originally used to refer to a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four holiest sites which were located at four directions of India - Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. They were established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. A relatively smaller circuit of Hindu pilgrimage is formed by the four hallowed places of Indian Himalayas, which are also known as Chota Char Dham. 'Chota' means small in Hindi. Alternately called Char Dham of Himalayas or Char Dham of Uttarakhand, the revered group possesses four sacred sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.

There are three major sects in Hinduism - Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism. The Char Dham of India consists of three Vishnava locations (Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri) and one Shaiva (Rameshwaram).

Hindu pilgrimage circuit of Indian Himalayas represents all the primary cults by having two Shakta sites (Yamunotri and Gangotri), one Vaishnava site (Badrinath) and one Shaiva site (Kedarnath). Adi Shankaracharya, who has been credited with the creation of the four holiest abodes in India, is believed to have attained freedom from his bodily form in Kedarnath.

Four pious spots of Garhwal Himalayas find mention in many great Hindu texts such as Vedas and Puranas and assume a very important position in Hindu religion.

The temples of Chota Char Dham are located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri and Gangotri are located in Uttarkashi district, Kedarnath is in Rudraprayag district and Badrinath is in Chamoli district.

Land of Uttarakhand is also known as Dev Bhumi (Land of Gods) because of the various tales of divine beings finding its permanent home in the ever flowing rivers, river confluences, shrines, rocks, caves and, most importantly, in people's faith.

Going to the four sacred places would take you through the most picturesque landscape involving dense mountain forests, meadows, large valleys, waterfalls, rivers, river confluences and flowers. With plentiful of nature's presence in every nook and corner of Uttarakhand, pilgrimage in Himalayas becomes more rejuvenating and spiritually uplifting.

FAQ'S for Char Dham Yatra

Q. When does Chardham Yatra begins?

Every year during Akshay Tritiya (also known as Akha Teej) the doors of Yamunotri and Gangotri opens for the pilgrims. However, the dates for the door openings of Badrinath is declared on Basant Panchami and for Kedarnath, it is declared on the day of Maha Shivratri.

Q. How is the Cellular Phone & Internet Connectivity in Chardham Temples?

With Airtel and BSNL telecom services, there is a good cellular phone and internet connectivity in Chardham Temples.

Q. Is it safe to visit Chardham during the Monsoon Season?

Even though there are chances of landslides and road blockage during the monsoon season between July and September, you can still visit Chardham safely.

Q. When does Snowfall occur in Chardham Temples?

From the first week of October up to Diwali festival, snowfall in 4 Dham Temples starts to occur.

Q. How many minimum days are required to visit Chardham from Delhi or Haridwar/Rishikesh?

From Delhi, a minimum of 12 days and from Haridwar/Rishikesh a minimum of 09 days are required to visit 4 Dham.

Q. How is the road condition of Char-Dham Route?

The road condition to Char Dham Route is good letting one travel without any hassle.

Q. Are Chardham Temples of Garhwal Himalayas open during the monsoon season?

Chardham Yatra for the pilgrims opens from May to October/November. So, one can plan a trip to Char Dham Temples of Garhwal Himalayas during the monsoon season.

Q. How to book accommodation for our Chardham Yatra?

The accommodation booking of 4 Dham Yatra depends on our client's requirement.

Q. Is any medical certificate required for Chardham Yatra?

The Chardham Temples, especially Kedarnath are situated at an elevation of more than 3,000m from sea level. One needs to be physically fit to accomplish the journey to Chardham Yatra. For this reason, medical certificates with proper tests of Vertigo, Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Blood Pressure and more, ensures that you eligible for the journey.

In addition to this, pilgrims also need a Biometric Certificate which is provided by the Uttarakhand Government. The registration for biometric certificate can be done both online and offline.

Q. Is there any government-approved prepaid taxi booth available in Delhi /Haridwar/Rishikesh for Chardham Yatra?

Yes, there is government-approved prepaid taxi booth available in the important destinations including Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Q. Will you provide a local sim card to an international tourist?

We do provide local sim card as per our client's requirement.

Q. Where can I receive Ayurvedic treatment during 4 Dham Yatra?

Rishikesh is where one can receive Ayurvedic Treatment during Chardham Yatra.

Q. Do I require any vaccinations for taking the Chardham pilgrimage?

No only permit is required for Kedarnath which our driver arrange for our clients.

Q. Is wine or tobacco products allowed in the premises of Chardham Temples?

Ethically, it is not recommended to carry wine or tobacco in the premises Chardham Temples.

Q. What is the most convenient road route to reach Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri Temple?

With good road conditions, reaching all the four temples of Chardham Yatra is convenient when starting from Delhi will follow the course:

Delhi - Haridwar/Rishikesh- Barkot- Yamunotri- Uttarkashi- Gangotri- Guptkashi- Kedarnath- Badrinath- Rishikesh- Delhi

Q. Are there any government guest houses like GMVN guest house available in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri?

Yes, there are government guest houses available in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Q. Is it to safe travel to Chardham as a solo female traveller?

Yes, travelling to Chardham is completely safe for those who are planning a solo trip.

Q. Which God/Goddess is worshipped in Chardham of Uttarakhand?

Pilgrims can attain blessings of Goddess Yamuna in Yamunotri; Goddess Ganga by visiting Gangotri; Lord Shiva in Kedarnath; and Lord Shiva in Badrinath.

Q. Are there any special darshan tickets in Char Dham Temples?

Yes, there are special darshan tickets for Mahapuja (INR 6500) at Chardham Temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Q. Can I get a private taxi or bus to Chardham Temples from Haridwar or Rishikesh?

Yes, you can get a private taxi or bus to Chardham Temples from Haridwar or Rishikesh along with a tour guide.

Q. Can I touch statues of Gods/Goddess at Chardham Temples?

Yes, you can touch the statues of Gods/Goddess at Chardham Temples.

Q. What are the charges for VIP darshan at Chardham Temples?

The charges for VIP Darshan at Chardham Temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath is INR 6500.

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