There are four Abodes in Himalayas collectively referred as "Chota Char Dham of India " and popular as "CharDham Yatra" which includes four holy shrines of Hindus: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. All of these temples are situated within the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand state in North India.
Among four Scared sites Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the other hand, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna rivers respectively. In Hindu religion, the CharDham Yatra have a great importance, and it is considered that every hindu should do Chardham yatra at least once in a lifetime.
Char Dham Yatra is one the most popular pilgrimage route, with millions of devotees paying homage to all these religious places in aspiration of eliminates all sins and to attain salvation by the blessings of the Lord. Every Year More than 250,000 pilgrims visit Chardham from various parts of India. Char dham is also growing popular among foriegn tourists, who are blessed to see the heavenly natural beauty and Himalayas with a chance to know more about culture of India.
CharDhams of Uttarakand can be covered in one strech in a matter of 10-11 days. Nowdays, you can also get helicopter services to visit CharDham in just 2 days.
Due to Picturesque surroundings, high altitude mountain region (Himalayas), dense forests, large valleys and enthralling environment gives an opportunity to visitors to unwind themselves by breathing fresh air with experience of majestic locations.
CharDham Yatra Opening Dates
|Yamunotri||28 April 2017|
|Gangotri||28 April 2017|
|Kedarnath||29 April 2017|
|Badrinath||1 May 2017|
|*Note: The above are tentative dates for the start of Char Dham Yatra, the actual announced dates will be updated soon.|
Adi Shankaracharya who was Great Reformer and Philosopher group together these Scared Pilgrimage site into religious circuit during the 8th century. Generation followed generations, thousands of devotees from all over the world regularly visit these four religious places in Uttarakhand. During Winter season all Chardham are closed for Six month due to Heavy snowfall all temples are inaccessible.