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Nestled among the Serene Heights of the Great Himalayas, Char Dham is a collective term used for religious circuit covering Holy Hindu pilgrimage centers namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, collectively known as Chota Char Dham or Char Dham in Uttarakhand. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the quite accessible yet most arduous journeys. The scenic beauty of the mountains solemnly provides strength to the pilgrims as they move towards their destination.
The city of Haridwar is deemed to be the traditional starting point for Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand. Thus, the Char Dham Yatra commences from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. In accordance with the Hindu conventions, thousands of devotees take up this pious tour in the hope to experience bliss and successfully purge their souls of all worldly demons.Enquire Now
Kedarnath is a town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath is located at a remote location in the Himalayas about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level. The temple is closed during the winter months due to snow. For six months, from November to April, the Palki with the Utsava Murti (Idol) of Lord Kedarnath is brought to a place called Ukhimath, near Guptakashi.
Badrinath is a holy town in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India situated at an average elevation of 3,100 metres (10,170 feet). The town Badrinath is established on the banks of the Alaknanda River & gets its name from the temple of Badrinath. Deity of Lord Vishnu is established at the holy Badrinath Temple. The temple was re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the 8 th century. The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 m) tall whose walls & pillars are covered with intricate carving. Badri refers to a berry that was apparently said to grow abundantly in the area, and Nath means "Lord". The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade along the walls & pillars which are covered with intricate carving.
Gangotri is a town in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi & the origin of River Ganges. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100 metres (10,200 ft). The original Gangotri Temple is believed to be built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River & the place of the Goddess Yamuna. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) & located approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna which is made of black marble & was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The actual source of Yamuna river is a frozen lake of ice & Champasar Glacier located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421 m above sea level, about 1 km further up and it is generally not accessible. Hence the Yamunotri shrine has been located on the foot of the hill for better access.