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An Important Guide To Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra


The char dham yatra was open for only certain times in a year which starts from late April or from May to November. The peak period of the pilgrimage is May and June. The monsoon season from the month July to September can be quite dangerous as the rain makes the route slippery and steepy.


How can people reach char dham yatra?

Char dham yatra is not very easy to perform. Pilgrims will need to take the best benefits as only two of the temples (Badrinath and Gangotri) are accessible by vehicles. The remaining two temples (Yamunotri and Kedarnath) require trekking. Trekking to Kedarnath trek is the lengthiest trek. It will take around 10 to 12 days to visit all the temples. And it is also not possible to cover all the temples in just two with the helicopter.

To ensure the safety of pilgrims, a medical checkup is also organized for trekking to the Kedarnath temple. Special checkup is also done here and the pilgrims also have to complete the biometric registration for this. The registration can be done online or at the designated registration centers in Uttarakhand. The weather condition would be informed in the route as well as the telecommunication network coverage. Mobile medical facilities and a control room.


Where are the char dham located?


  1. Badrinath and Gangotri

People can reach here directly by road from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar and Dehradun.

  1. Yamunotri

The Trek to Yamunotri starts from Janki, Chatti which is 225 kilometers (140 miles) from Rishikesh.

  1. Kedarnath

The trek to Kedarnath will start from Gaurikund which is 207 kilometers (130 miles) from Rishikesh.

How to visit Badrinath Temple?

Badrinath temple is one of the most accessible temples to reach and is also the most popular in the char dham. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu surrounded by the untidy village and towered by snow- topped Nilkantha peak.

When Badrinath temple is open?

The opening date of the temple will be decided by the priests on Basant Panchami in February, while the closing date will be decided on Dussehra. 

How to visit Gangotri temple?

Gangotri temple has also a special significance for Hindu Pilgrims. It is considered to be one of the holiest places in India .It is the spiritual source of the powerful and spiritual river Ganga. Set in the rugged mountains and forests,Gangotri attracts almost 300000 pilgrims a year. Every evening Aarti (worship of God) took place at the temple.


When is Gangotri temple open?

Gangotri temple opens on the set day every year. This will fall on Akshay Tritiya which is an auspicious day on Hindu calendar, in the last week of April or in the first week of may. The occasion features a traditional procession of Goddess Ganga back from her winter home at Mukhyamath temple in the Mukhba village which is 20 kilometers (12 miles) downstream. The temple closes on Diwali every year and the goddess returned to the Mukhyamath temple.


How to visit Yamunotri temple?

Yamunotri temple lies near to the source of yamuna river which is the second holiest river in India and it flows from all the way down to Taj Mahal.

When is Yamunotri temple open?

The same as Gangotri temple, Yamunotri temple also opens every year on Akshaya Tritiya which is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar.


How to visit Kedarnath temple?

Kedarnath is the most remote holiest of the char dham. It is considered to be the seat of Lord Shiva and the most important of the 12 jyotirlingas in India.


When is Kedarnath temple open?

The opening date of the temple is decided by the priests on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri in the late February or early March every year. The temple closes after the festival of Diwali every year.

How do you get to the Kedarnath temple?

The route of the Kedarnath starts from Rishikesh and heads into the same direction as the Badrinath temple. The destination is at the Gaurikund which is 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Kedarnath. The whole journey of char dham from Rishikesh takes around 12 hours by bus or jeep.


Here is the important guide to Uttaralhand’s char dham yatra which should be done by everyone. As doing this yatra will give a mesmerized and spiritual feeling to everyone. Every year around 1000000 pilgrims visit the char dham yatra for worshiping the god.



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