Char Dham Yatra is basically accomplished amidst the mountains of Uttarakhand, which is also called Dev Bhoomi (The Land of Gods), as it possesses great shrines, pious temples and auspicious (Paawan) rivers including the very famous Gangaa. The entire Char Dham location is surrounded by picturesque sceneries, high elevated mountains (Himalayas), large valleys; thick forests and mesmerizing environment attract millions of visitors from around the world to breathe fresh air and live a life in heaven. Since Char Dham has great religious values, many pilgrims come here for enlightenment.
Char Dham of Uttarakhand is one the most religious and spiritual pilgrimage journey for Hindus. More than 250,000 tirthyatris (pilgrims) visit Char Dham, every year from different parts of India and abroad. The patta (Gate) of char dham opens in the month of April on auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ and continues till Oct-Nov every year. It comprises of 4 highly religious places including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These four temples are marked by the spiritual source of four pious rivers named: Yamuna (Yamunotri), Ganga (Gangotri), Mandakini (Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (Badrinath)
Choose your time of travel
As mentioned earlier, the patta remains opens in between May to November, but it is advisable that you avoid travelling during monsoons due to the fluctuating weather in mountains during that time. May and June are the most convenient period It is the most convenient period that allows you to reach your destinations easily and for travelling and sight-seeing.
How to complete Char Dham Yatra
You can accomplish Char Dham Yatra either via Delhi or Haridwar/ Rishikesh depending upon your convenience. There are various Char Dham yatra packages offered by several tours and travel planners; alternatively you can choose to drive yourself and complete your trip.
Char Dham Yatra Packages
Budget Packages: Group or fixed departure packages with lodging arrangement in economy hotels. Vehicles used: Qualis, Buses, Tempo traveler, etc.
Deluxe Package: These packages include Deluxe Hotels stay inclusive of meals. Vehicles used: Safari, Tavera, Innova, etc.
Luxury tour packages: Customized packages according to customers need. Accommodation in luxury Char Dham hotels including meals, with SUVs or deluxe AC cars
Bus Tours: These are economy Char Dham packages, and usually departs on fixed date from Delhi, Rishikesh or Haridwar
Helicopter Tours: Travel via Helicopters or Charter flights with stay at deluxe/luxury hotels inclusive of meals. These packages are ideal for premium customers or elderly who can’t travel for long hours.
VIP Darshan: Some of the premium packages include VIP (preferred) darshan at Char Dham temples which save considerable amount of time and energy.
Char Dham Car Rentals: Taxi booking and Car rental facilities are also available for Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham Yatra has very high religious significance in Hindu religion. Several middle-aged and old-aged devotees dream to accomplish the Char Dham Yatra at least once in their entire life time. Youngsters prefer to visit the place for trekking and sight-seeing purpose. The Government of Uttarakhand is continuously making attempts to improve the facilities in order to make the journey convenient and memorable for the travelers.