Chardham Yatra is India’s most devoted part of India spiritual tour. Chardham includes visiting to four glorious shrines including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. All these famous sacred destinations are being located in the Uttarakhand at distinct districts. The amazing valleys of the Great Himalayas proudly reflect thousands years old legends and history by beholding these sacred shrines at different districts namely Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag on the splendid Garhwal hills. This beautiful journey starts from Haridwar, the perfect gateway to God and can be reached to Uttarkashi for Gangotri and Yamunotri shrine to gaurikund for kedarnath temple and be completed at Chamoli by visiting the Badrinath Temple.
Gangotri is a small town centered around the temple of Gangotri temple and is one of the holy places among the four Char Dhams. It is the highest and the most important temple of river Ganga which is worshiped as a Goddess in India. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri glacier that can be accessed by a short 19 km trek from Gangotri. But according to Hindu mythology, Gangotri is the place where river Ganga descended from heaven when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his luscious locks.
The Yamunotri temple lies close to the source of the Yamuna River, the second holiest river in India. The temple is relatively undeveloped as it’s the least visited of the Char Dham. However, there is a certain magic to be experienced from the pristine mountain air, running water, natural scenic beauty, and enthusiastic devotees. Pilgrims also get to enjoy a number of hot water springs in the vicinity of the temple.
Kedarnath Dham, located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, is one of the most important locations for worshipers of Lord Shiva. Situated in a wonderful location, near the source of Mandakini River and at the height of 3,584 meters, Kedarnath Dham celebrates the greatness of Lord Shiva. The 16 kms of trekking distance that leads up to Kedarnath temple requires the pilgrim to be tough and a good level of physical fitness, therefore, prior to commencing the trekking journey each pilgrim should get themselves properly checked up and get to know if you are eligible to complete this trekking journey or not. The Kedarnath trek from Gaurikund starts at 4 am early in the morning and goes on till 1:30 pm in the afternoon and these timings are fixed since Kedarnath Dham is located inside the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary and this is the reason why pilgrims are not allowed to trek any time after this.
Badrinath is a holy place located in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand at the height of 3,133 meters, the pre-eminent abode of Lord Vishnu is one of the holiest of the holy shrines of Char Dham pilgrimage in India. The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. The beautiful temple is 50ft tall covered with a gold gilt roof. Badrinath Dham is easily reachable by motorable roads and the Badrinath temple can be reached by walking along an easy trek. Around 3 km from Badrinath is the village of Mana, which is one of the last villages before the boundary of India ends and that of Tibet begins. The peak of Neelkanth stands strong spreading its mighty aura for all pilgrims and travellers alike. The snowy mountain peaks, gracefully flowing Alaknanda River and incredible landscapes create the perfect background to facilitate a spiritual connection.
Haridwar, considered to be among the seven holiest cities in India, is an ancient city located on the banks of River Ganga in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. With so many temples, ashrams and narrow lanes across the city. Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple town where millions of devotees come to take a dip in the holy Ganges. It’s believed that taking a dip in the holy Har Ki Pauri relieves you of all your sins. Every evening, Haridwar is witness to a set of rituals for the famous Ganga Aarti at the Ghats where thousands of devotees come together to pray to the river.
Rishikesh, a most visited place in northern Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.
Hemkund Sahib is holy place of Sikhs, many pilgrims visit this place every year. This highest Gurudwara in the world is perched at an altitude of 4329 m above the sea level and lies in the backdrop of snow – clad mountains. The shrine is also known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib and can be reached by trekking through numerous waterfalls, thick forest and captivating views of the Himalayas. The gurudwara is open only for few months between May and October and close down during the extreme winter months.
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