It is believed in Hinduism, no act can be more soul-satisfying and pious than going on the Char Dham Yatra. This is the reason why the Hindu devotees on their quest for Moksha trudge to the holy sites nestled in the hills of Uttarakhand. Being one of the holiest pilgrimage trails in India, 4 Dham Tour with its four shrines Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath gives the devotees an opportunity to get a step closer to attaining Moksha. Pilgrims on their way to these popular shrines of the yatra make their way through green meadows, breathtaking valleys and misty roads beckoning that Char Dham Yatra is more than a spiritual journey and a way of reconnecting with Mother Nature. If you are looking forward to experience the same, here is the CharDham Yatra Travel Guide that will let you let you plan your trip to experience peace, purity and beauty in the hills of Garhwal.

What is the Best Time to Visit Char Dham Yatra?

Best Time to Visit Char Dham Yatra

Considered to be the seat of spiritual and cultural fulfilment for pilgrims, the Four Dham will open its door from late April or early May to October or November. The opening and closings dates of the Char Dham Yatra 2019 are as follows:

Char Dham Shrines Opening Dates Closing Dates
Yamunotri Temple 7th May, 2019 29th Oct, 2019
Gangotri Temple 7th May, 2019 28th Oct, 2019
Kedarnath Temple 9th May, 2019 29th Oct, 2019
Badrinath Temple 10th May, 2019 17th Nov, 2019

How to Reach Char Dham?

Reach Char Dham by Helicopter

The routes to all the four temples of Char Dham Yatra isn’t that easy. Only Badrinath is accessible by road from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar and Dehradun and other nearby cities. For making it up to Gangotri you need to reach Janki Chatti from Rishikesh covering a distance of 212 km. Upon reaching Janki Chatti, avail the local bus service or hire a taxi to reach Gangotri. For Yamunotri Dham, you have to reach Janki Chatti from Rishikesh or Haridwar and from there trek for approx 5 km to Yamunotri. Similarly, for reaching Kedarnath Dham, the trek will start from Gaurikund covering a distance of approx 14 km.

Usually, it takes around 10-12 days to visit all the shrines but the pilgrimage tour can now be done in 2 days with Char Dham Helicopter services operated from Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.

Yamunotri Dham Yatra: A Journey to Seek Blessings of Goddess Yamuna

Yamunotri Temple Yatra Ek Dham Yatra Tour Package

The Yamunotri Temple at an altitude 3291 m, stands proudly with its enormous mountain peaks, extensive glaciers and gushing waters of river Yamuna which is the second holiest river in India. Pilgrims visiting the place will get the opportunity to experience a certain magic amidst the pristine mountain air, natural scenic beauty and not to forget the enthusiastic devotees. Not only this, on being here pilgrims can relish a number of hot water springs that are found in the vicinity of the shrine.

How to Reach?

By Air: Board a flight to Dehradun. Upon reaching, Dehradun airport you can avail the Char Dham helicopter service operated from Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.

By Rail: Haridwar and Rishikesh are the two best options to travel by railways. The railway stations are connected to the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Varanasi and more. Upon reaching any of these destinations you need to avail the bus service or hire a taxi to reach Janki Chatti from where a trek of 5 km will start to Yamunotri.

By Road: Various buses and taxi services to Rishikesh and Haridwar are available from the important cities including Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and cities of Uttarakhand. Upon reaching any of these destinations, you need to further extend your journey to Janki Chatti by bus or taxi. And it is from Janki Chatti that a trek of 5 km will start till the holy shrine of Goddess Yamuna.

Where to Stay?

The hotels, cottages and camps in Yamunotri range from standard to deluxe and comfortable hotels. The accommodation options are located in Barkot which is located at a distance of approx 46 m from Yamunotri.

  • Maa Yamunotri
  • Hotel Devbhoomi
  • Camp Adhvanta

Popular Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Places

  • Yamunotri Temple
  • Surya Kund
  • Saptarishi Kund
  • Divya Shila
  • Kharsali
  • Janki Chatti
  • Hanuman Chatti

Gangotri Dham Yatra: Wash Away Your Sins by Taking a Holy Dip in River Ganga

Gangotri Dham Yatra

Considered to be the second holiest place in the Char Dham Darshan, Gangotri temple holds the spiritual significance of the powerful Ganges River. Standing at an elevation 3415 m, a visit to the Gangotri Dham will not only let you take a holy dip in river Ganga but also let you lose yourself amid the natural beauty and grace of the mountains. In addition to this, the shops outside the temple sell lightweight cans in which you can carry the holy water of Ganga after darshan.

How to Reach?

By Air: Board a flight to Dehradun. Upon reaching, Dehradun you can avail the Char Dham Yatra helicopter service operated from Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.

By Rail: As the destination does not have its own railway station the nearest railheads are Haridwar and Rishikesh which are well connected to the major cities of India. Upon reaching Janki Chatti, avail the local bus service or hire a taxi to reach Gangotri.

By Road: Buses ply to Gangotri from Rishikesh and Haridwar which is well connected to Delhi, Dehradun and other nearby cities of Uttarakhand.

Where to Stay?

Just like Yamunotri, pilgrims have to book their stay in Barkot. The accommodation options here range from standard to deluxe and comfortable hotels.

  • Maa Yamunotri
  • Hotel Devbhoomi
  • Camp Adhvanta

Popular Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Places

  • Gangotri Temple
  • Bhagirath Shila
  • Submerged Shivling
  • Pandava Gufa

Kedarnath Dham Yatra: Bow Down Your Heads in Front of Lord Shiva

Kedarnath Dham Yatra

Flanked by breathtaking snow-clad mountains, Kedarnath Dham with an elevation of 3553 m is located near river Mandakini in the Himalayas. Pilgrims feeling enthusiastic about the Kedarnath darshan have to traverse the beautiful mountain routes, meadows, fabulous mountain peaks, thermal springs and lush greens which is an amazing opportunity to explore the pristine nature. Once done with seeking the blessings in Kedarnath shrine, you can head to visit the other tourist attractions along with Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a variety of flora and fauna.

A thing to note: Prior registrations for Kedarnath Yatra is mandatory which can either done online or on the physical registration counters. A trip card will be issued to you that you need to carry throughout the Kedarnath yatra.

How to Reach?

By Air: You need to board a flight to Dehradun. Upon reaching, Dehradun you can avail the Char Dham Yatra helicopter service operated from Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to Kedarnath is at Rishikesh and Haridwar which is well connected with the major cities of the country. Upon reaching any of these travel destinations, you can hire a taxi from the station or board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Gaurikund from where a 16 km trek to Kedarnath will start.

By Road: There are bus services to and from Gaurikund which connects with Chamoli, Srinagar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haridwar and more. Upon reaching Gaurikund a trek of 16 km to Kedarnath will begin.

Where to Stay?

The accommodation options in Kedarnath range from mid-range to budget hotels and camps that offers warm hospitality and modern amenities. Also, some of the accommodations are located in Rudraprayag which is located at a distance of approx 49 km.

  • Hotel Punjab Sindh Awas
  • Hotel Shubham
  • Hotel Sachin International
  • Hotel Jwalpa Palace

Popular Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Places

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Bhairav Temple
  • Mahapanth
  • Triyuginarayan Temple
  • Chorabari Tal
  • Vasuki Tal
  • Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Badrinath Dham Yatra: Door Spirituality Where You Can Seek Blessings of Lord Vishnu

Badrinath Dham Yatra

The beautiful hill station is nestled in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and lies at an elevation 3300 m. Badrinath Dham Yatra brings the pilgrims close to a setting where divinity meets the serenity of nature. After the temple tour and seeking blessings of Lord Vishnu is done, pilgrims can indulge in exploring nature. One can catch the sight of the undulating peaks and hallowed ponds and picture book panoramas which offers peace and pleasure.

How to Reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Badrinath. Upon reaching, Dehradun you can avail the helicopter service operated from Sahastradhara Road in Dehradun.

By Rail: The best railhead option will be Haridwar which is located at a distance of approx 315 km from Badrinath. The railway station is well connected to the major cities of India. Upon reaching Haridwar you can either hire a taxi or avail the bus service to reach the holy town of Badrinath.

By Road: Badrinath is easily accessible by roads with regular buses operating from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Where to Stay?

The hotels in Badrinath offers a comfortable stay with spectacular sights of the surroundings and budget that suits your need and preference.

  • Sarovar Portico
  • New Hotel Snow Crest
  • Narayan Palace Hotel

Popular Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Places

  • Badrinath Temple
  • Tapt Kund
  • Brahma Kapal
  • Charan Paduka
  • Narad Kund
  • Neel Kanth
  • Vasudhara Falls

Different Ways of Planning Your Char Dham Yatra

Gaurikund route Kedarnath

For pilgrims who are not looking forward to visit all the four shrines can also take small circuit tour. For instance, one can even opt for Badrinath & Kedarnath Tour where devotees after seeking blessings in the shrines can visit other tourist attractions or indulge in a sightseeing tour. If not the duo destinations, you can even plan your yatra by visiting one of all the four Dhams. Apart from a religious tour, you can even try out different activities including a nature walk, trekking and camping.

Travel Tips for Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour

Travel Tips for Char Dham Tour
  • Carry woollen clothes when travelling to Char Dham between October and November and semi-woollen clothes between May and September.
  • Carry a first aid box with basic emergency medicines for fever, AMS and more.
  • Use sunscreen lotion or cream whenever required that will help prevent sunburns.
  • Do carry enough packaged water or boiled water. Also, dry eatables, dark chocolates, Glucose (Glucon D) that provide your instant energy during trekking or long jam.
  • Do not forget to carry at least one photo ID card with you.
  • As Char Dham Yatra experiences a heavy rush of pilgrims, it is important to book your hotels, resorts or camps in advance.

This was all about how you can plan your 4 Dham Tour. I hope the travel guide has got you covered on how to reach and where to stay during your Yatra.

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