Chardham Yatra also known as the four abodes of God, the spiritual retreat of Dev Bhoomi, Each year thousands of pilgrims initiates their journey to Uttarakhand to pay their homage to char dhams or temple based in the heavenly abode of North India. The Char dham yatra comprise of temple visit to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
Praying at these temples is believed to have the power of liberating soul, cleansing inner spirit and bringing absolute peace of mind. Some even believes that the life of a Hindu pilgrim is incomplete without receiving the blessings of the idols based in char dhams in the Himalayas.
The destination also have mythological connotations, as the Badrinath is identified as the meditation spot of Lord Vishnu. It is mentioned in the sacred Hindu texts such as Vedas and epics and Puranas, and Kedarnath is believed to be one of the most sacred jyotirlingas in India
Char dham could be reached from different cities in India. However, it is advised that you begin the yatra from Haridwar since it is a well-connected city and near to Delhi. Dehradun airport is the closest airport and could be covered via on-road taxi.
By Air : Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Haridwar and has proper connectivity. It can be reached from any dhams easily.
Gaurikund to Kedarnath suits those who are adventurous at heart. The divine yatra affects each individual in a different manner. While most travel the path to attain divine salvation, some trails the path out of passion, peace and adventure.
Those who wish to indulge into a spiritual adventurous yatra, cold explore the specific route and enjoy trekking the steep 14 kms path from Gaurikund to Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. The trekking route is connected with key towns in the dev bhoomi.
However, those who are taking the path to offer prayer or other serene reasons and aged pilgrims could avail horse, taxis and palanquin to reach destination and attain spiritual sojourn.
By Air : helicopter service is available from Dehradun situated at a distance of 114 kms.
Learn more about chopper ride to Badrinath
By Rail : Ramnagar is the nearest station. However, pilgrims may reach Badrinath from Haridwar or Rishikesh as well.
By Road : taxi service is available from Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Joshimath and other main cities in Uttarakhand so that devotees could reach destination safely.
State transport service buses also ply on this route and if anyone is going to Badrinath from Kedarnath, direct bus services could be availed from Gaurikund to reach Badrinath.
By Air : you can book helicopter service from Dehradun to Harsil and then commence road journey to reach the destination. Harsil is at the distance of 25 kms from Gangotri.
By Rail : Dehradun is the nearest train station and is well connected with trains from other parts of the country.
By Road : buses and taxi may be availed to reach Gangotri from Haridwar, Rishikesh, or Kedarnath.
By Air : to reach Yamunotri via helicopter or flight the nearest airport is at Dehradun and from Dehradun helicopter will drop you at Kharsali that is only 6 kms away from the temple.
By Rail : Rishikesh and Dehradun are nearest railway station. Haridwar is also close and one can take train to Haridwar and then travel on –road to reach Yamunotri.
By Road : Taxi and buses ply between these dhams and help pilgrims reach their divine destination comfortably. Alternatively, horses and palanquins are also available. You can enjoy a palanquin ride for a different experience or indulge into a thrilling horse ride along the hilly land while enjoying sightseeing along the path
By Air : The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport close to Dehradun. You may book helicopter from Phata, Sitapur, Gauchar or Augustmuni and enjoy the thrill of travelling amidst chilly environment.
By Train : Rishikesh is the nearest rail station. However, Dehradun and Kotdwar are also well connected with trains from all over India.
By Road : Taxi may be booked from Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Joshimath or Rishikesh to reach Kedarnath. The ride from Sonprayag to Gaurikund is thrilling and transcends visitors into a spiritual fascinated experience.
Each year after the winter the holi temple of Yamunotri and Gangotri opens on the day of Akshaya Tritiya which falls in the month of April or May as per the Hindu calendar. After few days the the portal opening of the temple of Kedarnath and Badrinath temple also allows pilgrips to visit and offer prayer.
After six months the Yamunotri and Kedarnath temple close on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj on the other hand the Gangotri Dham closes Diwali, and the Badrinath temple is shut down on the day of Vijayadashami.
It is suggested that devotees should initiate the char dham yatra in a clockwise direction, that is from Yamunotri to Gangotri dham and then to Kedarnath and Badrinath dham. Finally the spiritual journey ends and they could reach their home safely from here.
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Tourist places covered along with the Char dham yatra are mentioned below;
Yamunotri Dham – Surya Kund and Divya Shila
Gangotri Dham – Uttarkashi and Guptkashi
Badrinath dham -Tapt kund, Neelkanth Peak, Brahma Kapal
Several lodging options are available for your char dham yatra suiting your budget and preferences. You can pick and choose from the availability as per budget, standard & deluxe hotels.
However, since during the season there is very high demand so it advised to book in advance with travelodesk’s char dham plans to avoid disappointment due to last minute cancellation. Tour Operator will offer perfect rates and help you in confirming your hotel booking.
Some of the hotels names are mentioned below –
Barkot – Hotel Aditya Palace, Hotel Bharat Palace, Hotel Chauhan Annexe
Uttarkashi – 5 Elements, Ganga Ashray, Hotel Aakash Ganga
Joshimath – Hotel Dronagiri, Hotel Mount View, Shailja Guest House
Phata / Sonprayag – Hotel Nimantran Phata, Sajwan Tourist Lodge, Hotel R N Parivar, Himalaya Villa
Budget Hotel Starting from 1500 – 2000 INR
Standard Hotels Starting from 2050 – 2500 INR
Deluxe Hotels Starting from 3000 – 4000 INR
Premium Hotels Starting from 5500 – 8500 INR
The char dham yatra begins on Akshaya Tritiya in the month of May and the gates remain open for another six months. The yatra is most commonly commenced between May and June, monsoon in July –August is not a proper time to visit the mountain.
The best time for the pilgrims to experience the char dham yatra is between September and October. Avail Taxi Service to reach your destination during the season.
|Monthly Cab Charges||Sedan Cab ( 1-3)||Family Cab ( 5-6)||Group ( 12-14)|
|Between April to May||3200/Day||4200/Day||6000/Day|
|Between June to July||3400/Day||4500/Day||7500/Day|
|Between Aug to Sep||3000/Day||4000/Day||6500/Day|
|In October Month||3200/Day||4200/Day||7000/Day|
Taxi Charge for Chardham Yatra is high during the tourist season, so book now and get discount. You can book in advance with TravelOdesk to avoid last minute cancellation. Enjoy your spiritual trip with the experienced tour operators.