Char dham

Nestled among the serene heights of the great Himalayas are four pilgrim-destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, collectively known as Char Dham. These pilgrimage centers draw the maximum numbers of pilgrims each year, thus becoming the most important hubs of religious travel in the whole of Northern India. Traditionally, the pilgrimage begins from the West and ends in the East. Thus, the Char Dham Yatra commences from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Each of these four sites is devoted to a specific deity. Yamunotri is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna who goes along the pilgrims to the high altitudes of the picturesque Rawai Valley. It is believed that a bath in the waters of the Yamuna protects the devotee from untimely death. Gangotri is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. The shrine overlooks the River Bhagirathi, another name of River Ganga – the name having been derived from the myth of the ancient King Bhagirath’s penance that succeeded in bringing her upon the earth from the heaven. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also a part of the Panch Kedar. It is the northernmost Jyotirlinga and is close to the source of the holy River Mandakini. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the bank of the River Alaknanda. According to legend, Lord Vishnu meditated here while his consort Lakshmi took the form of a berry (Badri) tree to offer him shade.

Before embarking on this journey, one has to be prepared to experience physical as well as mental hardships on the Himalayan roads. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the quite accessible yet most arduous journeys. The Yatra route in the state is usually bustling with activity, especially during the summer. The scenic beauty of the mountains solemnly provides strength to the pilgrims as they move towards their destination.

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Char Dham Yatra, 2021

Temple gate opening ceremony dates:

  • Gangotri Dham: 14th May
  • Yamunotri Dham: 14th May
  • Kedarnath Dham: 17th May
  • Badrinath Dham: 18th May

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Char dham need to know

TOUR NO. 01
RISHIKESH – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH - RISHIKESH

TOUR NO. 02 (HKB)
HARIDWAR – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH - HARIDWAR

TOUR NO. 03 (HYGKB)
HARIDWAR – YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH - BADRINATH-HARIDWAR

TOUR NO. 04
RISHIKESH – YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH-RISHIKESH

TOUR NO. 05 (DYGKBR) (ECONOMY)
DEHRADUN –DAKPATHAR- YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH - BADRINATH - HARIDWAR

TOUR NO. 06 (RB)
RISHIKESH – BADRINATH - RISHIKESH

TOUR NO. 07 (RYG)
DEHRADUN – YAMUNOTRI-GANGOTRI-GAUMUKH- HARIDWAR

TOUR NO. 08 (RKB)
RISHIKESH – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH-RISHIKESH

TOUR NO. 09 (HKB)
HARDWAR – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH - HARDWAR

TOUR NO. 10 (RYGKB)
RISHIKESH – YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH-RISHIKESH

TOUR NO. 11 (HYGKB)
HARDWAR – YAMUNOTRI – GANGOTRI – KEDARNATH – BADRINATH-HARDWAR

TOUR NO. 12 (RVHB)
RISHIKESH – VALLEY OF FLOWERS – HEMKUND LOKPAL – BADRINATH-RISHIKESH
 

Advance Reservations is Available at Following Offices

Delhi Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Delhi
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. 102- Indraprakash Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi 110001
Tel. : 011-23350481, 23326620
Fax : 011-23327713
Email : delhi@gmvnl.in

Bangalore Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Banglore
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. Uttarakhand Tourism, 29/2 IInd Floor, Nanjuppa Mention, Double Road(K.H. Road), Shanti Nagar, Banglore-560027
Telefax : 080-22249378
Email : bangalore@gmvnl.in

Haridwar Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Haridwar
PRO GMVN Ltd.Haridwar. Rahi Motel,Near Bus Satand,Haridwar-249408.
Tel. : 01334-228686
Mob. : 09568006661
Fax : 01334-226430

Chennai Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Chennai
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. C/o Tamilnadu Tourism Complex Wallajah Road,Chennai -600002
Tel. : 044-25363524
Email : gmvn@vsnl.com

Hyderabad Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Hyderabad
172, GC Ground Floor Bal Yogi Tourist Bhawan pp. Greenlang Guest House Begum Pet, Hyderabad-500016 A.P.
Tel. : 040-23409945
Mob. : 09493982645
Fax : 040-23409945
Email : gmvnhyderabad@gmail.com,
gmvnhyderabad@gmvnl.in

Kolkata Uttarakhand Tourism
PRO Kolkata
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd., 7/2C, Chakraberia Road(South), (Opp Bank Of Baroda), Bhawanipur. Kolkata-700025.
Mob. : 9831110999
Email : gmvnkol@gmail.com

Mumbai Uttarakhand Toursim
PRO Mumbai
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,Mumbai, Arun Chambers Basement No. 5, Near AC Market, Tardeo Main Road, Mumbai Central 400 034
Mob. : 022 - 23524013
Fax : 022 - 23526054
Email : mumbai@gmvnl.in

Q1: How to reach Kedarnath? 

Ans: In order to visit Chardham or any one dham, one has to first reach Haridwar or Rishikesh. Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is just 17 km away from Rishikesh. This airport is well connected with all the major cities in India.

Train connectivity to Haridwar and Rishikesh is also available from different parts of India. Buses from different state transport also have direct connectivity to Haridwar and Rishikesh.

From Rishikesh or Haridwar one can start the Yatra by Yatra Buses facilitated from GMVN Ltd, GMOU Ltd. and TGMOU Ltd. Taxi service is also available for Chardham from Haridwar and Rishikesh.

The distance between Rishikesh to Gaurikund is around 217 km by road and 17 km uphill trek to kedarnath. Pony, Doli and helicopter shuttle services are also available to give ease to the travellers.

Q2: How to reach Badrinath? 

Ans: From Rishikesh and Haridwar buses and taxis are easily available. Badrinath is 301 km from Rishikesh and 325 km from Haridwar.

Q3: How to reach Yamunotri? 

Ans: Distance between Rishikesh to Jankichatti is approximately 240 km by road. The traveller also undergo the 5km uphill trek to Yamunotri dham. Pony and doli services are also available in this route for the ease of the travellers.

Q4: How to reach Gangotri?

 Ans: Gangotri is very well connected with road. Rishikesh to Gangotri is around 280 kms and travellers can also book buses/taxis which are easily available from Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Q5: How can I best plan my chardham yatra and how many minimum days are needed for the same?

Ans: Ex Delhi chardham tour by bus or taxi required 12 days time. However, same tours from Rishikesh and Haridwar required 10 days time. Travellers can also join group departure tours or customize tours conducted by GMVN Ltd or private tour operators.

GMVN Ltd is a corporation of Uttarakhand Tourism. GMVN has Public Relation and booking Offices in major cities of India. Tourist may also book chardham tour online at www.gmvnl.in

Q:6 How to book packages?

Ans: Chardham packages can be booked online at www.gmvnl.in or any of our below given offices in your city:

  • DGM ( Tourism)

Shail Vihar Haridwar By Pass Road, Rishikesh.
Mob: 9568006623, 9568006619, 9568006626, 01352431793

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