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Pavitra Chardham Yatra

Jun 11th 2015 at 2:29 AM

Pavitra Chardham Yatra

CHARDHAM: The Holy Himalayas up in the misty heights of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas that adorn the wonderful region of Uttaranchal is waiting to rejuvenate spiritual experience for the devotees.

Traveling in the high peaks are the four most holy pilgrimages of India -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively known to as the Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centers) of Hinduism. For centuries, saints, monks and pilgrims in their discovery for the divine, have walked these incredible valleys identified in ancient Hindu scriptures as 'Kedarkhand'.

In the holy books of HINDU RELIGION are to be known as, the holy centers of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath - relatively called the Chardham (meaning four sacred pilgrim’s spots) - are the most famous of all pilgrimages. Going to these places will not just fresh up one's mind but ensure relieve from the cycle of birth and death. The honor conferred on these destinations is not surprising.

For one, they are all in the icy Garhwal areas and regarded as the most holy of all Himalayan ranges. It is also believed that heaven and earth converge in these holy destinations, and to be born or die here is a boon only the very fortunate have. The Chardham must be visited by travelers from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama or clockwise circumambulation.

YAMUNOTRI: Yamunotri is famous for its holiness and hilly tourist destination in India and the temple is among the highly visited pilgrimage destinations. The Goddess Yamuna, one of the most pious rivers in India, However, a catastrophic earthquake damaged the temple severely. Thereafter also, the shrine has witnessed various phases of reconstruction and construction because of the impact of different natural disasters.

The doors of the pilgrimage open on the special occasion of Akshay Tritiya, which comes somewhere in early May and are closed after two days of Diwali, which falls between mid October end and November.

Popular tourist attractions Near to Yamunotri:

Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Sapt Rishi Kund, Hanuman Chatti, Janaki Chatti, Kharsali, Barkot, Dodital, Dayara Bugyal and many more places through which tourist can experienced with adventure.

GANGOTRI: Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams in Chardham. Made up of white marbles the temple is based at an altitude of 3,048 meters above sea level. Gangotri offers scenic splendors and adventures of the rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival as the idol of the goddess is carried to her winter residence at Mukhba.

Popular tourist places Near to GANGOTRI:

Tapovan, Bhairon Ghati, Jalamagn Shivling and many more places near to Gangotri, through which tourist can rejuvenate himself.


KEDARNATH: Kedarnath is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, which comes in Garhwal region. The place is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3584 meter above sea level. Kedarnath Temple, known as one of the holiest destinations in Hinduism (Char Dhams), has the highest and most popular of all the 12 Jyotirlingas. The magnificent River Mandakini flows in closeness to the temple. During summers, this pilgrimage site is flocked by the tourists who come to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Tourists can find many inscriptions and symbols written in Pali language on the steps leading to the sanctums. This tourist destination is the too adventures to reach of all the Chardhams. The temple is open only in summers for 6 months. The shrine remains closed in winters as the region receives heavy snowfall during winter season, which makes the climatic conditions adverse for habitation.

Popular tourist Spots Near to KEDARNATH:

Gaurikund, Vasuki Tal, Shankaracharya Temple and many more scenic spots and places near to Kedarnath, through which tourist can revitalize himself.

BADRINATH: This shrine is located between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges. The Badrinath temple comes under the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which is beautifully covered with natural beauty and breathtaking atmosphere. This place is one of the holy places of the Chardham Yatra; this shrine is perfectly located in front of the huge Neelkanth mountain peak. The temple name Badrinath is taken from Badri, means that, the place where berries grow in abundance. With various holy legends and myths associated with this temple, Badrinath Dham holds prevalence in the sacred travel list of the Hindu pilgrims.

Popular tourist Destination Near to BADRINATH:

Valley of Flowers, Auli, Joshimath, Vasudhara Falls, Satopanth Lake, Pandukeshwar, Adi Badri, Hemkund Sahib and many more tourist destinations near to Badrinath, through which tourist can refresh himself.


Neha Desuza is serving the Chardham Yatra from the past several years. He often writes on topic related to chardham yatra . To know more about Travel Packages service visit


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