Chardham yatra is the epic journey of your life covering Char (Four) important dham (Home) of Gods & Goddesses in Uttarakhand Himalayas i.e Yamnotri & Gangotri – the Yamuna & Ganga Goddesses as well as the source of the famous life giving rivers of north India. Kedarnath is the abode of Shiva and one of the 13 Jyotirlinga’s situated in different part s of india, while Badrinath is home Vishnu and one of the four dhams situated in all the directions of India.
Chardham yatra has been a timeless journey for Hindus since time immemorial when pilgrims use to trek to all the Chardhams in Uttarakhand part of the Himalayas to address the deeper questions of life as a human being and add on to their karma and spiritual life. Today’s chardham Yatra has been made easy and access bale to pilgrims form all the walks of the life, with good roads, hotels and even helicopter rides for those who having less time and can afford it.
While on Chardham Yatra one also gets a change to witness the famous panch prayags – the confluences i.e Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karan prayag, Nandprayag and Vishnu prayag which are one the way and can be good add on the deepen your mythological quest and get inspired. One can make little extensions add on some of the Panch Kedars ( the seats of Shiva) such as Trijugi Narayan and Tungnath which are also the famoua destinations otherwise for trekkers from world over. As you will be very close to Hemkund Sahib, the pilgrimage of Sikh people from world over as well the famous valley of flowers, you can extend your Do Dham Yatra or chardham Yatra by adding valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib to it.
Chardham Yatra normally starts from end April or early may after the official announcement of the dates from the Kings palace after the traditional rituals and astrological calculations made on the day of Basant panchami & Shivratri festivals. The closing is normally in the month of mid October or early November and is announced on Dushera festival after the astrological calculations. From the closing to reopening all the Shrines of Chardham yatra are closed and mostly snowbound.
Chardham yatra can be done in parts covering One or two dhams at one time or in one go covering all the chardham at one time. You can opt the chardham yatra with following options.
Ek Dham Yatra – You can choose one dham from Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath.
Do Dham Yatra – You can opt for Do dham Yatra choosing any of the two from Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath.
Teen Dham Yatra – You can opt for three from the chardhams, out of which the best option is teen dham yatra of Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Chardham Yatra – Visiting all chardham at one time.
Rishikesh, town serves as the starting point of chardham Yatra which is 231 kms from New Delhi and can be reached by surface (6-7 hours), by fast trains and by flight to Dehradun Airport , which is just 17 km from Rishikesh and takes about 30 minutes. There are many flights coming from New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai all the day. Fast trains like Shatabdi Express come up to Haridwar which a bigger city at the distance of 24 kms from Rishikesh. Rishikesh town is a hub for agents offering services to the pilgrims for chardham yatra arranging their travel and accommodation with other logistics during the Yatra.
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