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What is char dham yatra? Which are the four dhams?
Char dham yatra of Uttarakhand consists of four major pilgrimage destinations-Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The temples in these places are dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, Goddess Ganga, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. Pilgrims visit these places in a single tour.
It is also known as the 'chhota char dham' and consists of several other temples starting from Haridwar. These include places like Har ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Uttarkashi), sapt badri temples (Ardha Badri, Dhyan Badri, Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Vridha Badri, Adi Badri, along with Badrinath Temple), Kalpeshwar temple, and more.
How to do Char Dham Yatra?
If one is travelling from Delhi, one can take a train to Haridwar. From there, one can travel to Yamunotri (via Barkot), Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath by road in this order. Traditionally, one should perform this yatra in the clockwise direction, starting from west (Yamunotri) towards east (Badrinath). Due to unavailability of state transport buses to higher altitudes, one must hire a taxi/ tour bus.
How to plan chardham yatra?
One could either take a char dham tour package from a travel agency or hire a cab on one's own to travel from Yamunotri to Gangotri and then Kedarnath, followed by Badrinath. One should keep a few things in mind such as booking a hotel on the Char Dham circuit in advance and ensuring one's physical fitness because one would need to travel to high altitudes.
How many Char dhams are there in India?
The traditional char dham yatra includes four places - Dwarka, Rameswaram, Badrinath and Puri. However, the chhota char dham yatra is the more popular that one undertakes within the state of Uttarakhand including four places within the state - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Where are the char dham?
The Char dhams are present within the state of Uttarakhand. The first two dhams- Yamunotri And Gangotri are present in the Uttarkashi district, while Kedarnath is present in Rudraprayag district and Badrinath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
When does chardham yatra start?
The char dham yatra of Uttarakhand starts every year in April-May and continues till October-November. The temples in the yatra are open for pilgrims only for these months because in winters, due to harsh weather conditions, the temples become inaccessible.
How to register for Kedarnath yatra?
Uttarakhand government does biometric registration for the pilgrims of Char dham Yatra at different centres. One can also do the registration online with a cost of Rs. 50. One would require ID proofs such as Aadhar card number, PAN number, driver's licence or passport.
How many days are required for char dham yatra?
The yatra starting from Haridwar to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath typically takes around 10 days.
What is the char dham yatra package cost?
Undertaking the yatra from Haridwar may cost you around Rs. 23,000-18,000 per head. From Delhi it may cost you around R.s. 24,000-16,000 depending on the number of people travelling. Different types of tour packages are available, and the cost varies according to the facilities available. Premium packages cost about Rs. 10,000 per head more than the deluxe packages.