Char Dham Yatra
Char dham refers to the four holy shrines of Uttarakhand : Gangotri, Yamunotri , Badrinath and Kedarnath. All four are situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is known as the Chota Char Dham as the bigger one includes the four pilgrimage sites around each corner of the country comprising of Badrinath in the north (Uttarakhand) , Puri in the east , Dwarka in the west and Rameshwaram in the South. It is said that Hari(Lord Vishnu) and Har (Lord Shiva) are eternal friends and hence where Lord Vishnu resides , Lord Shiva also resides. Any Vaishnav Hindu must do the Char dham pilgrimage atleast once in his/her lifetime to attain Moksha(Salvation) , to liberate oneself from the cycle of birth & death.
Akshya Tritya marks the opening of the Dham. Though every year each dham has its own date or tithi for the opening and closing of gates. So, the pilgrims can visit between April to October/November. The best time to visit is in October, the holy month of kartik . You will also observe less crowd as most of the people travel in May-June. Also it is not advisable to travel in monsoon as the landslides and cloudbursts are more frequent than normal.
People from all corners of the country are taking the char dham yatra and the numbers have been increasing every year. A record of 22 lakh pilgrims visiting the char dham has set a new record. In spite of the catastrophe in 2013 where the shrine of Kedarnath suffered maximum damage, has not stopped pilgrims from visiting the place. They are coming in huge numbers with loads of enthusiasm and devotion.
Chardham Yatra Tour
The minimum travel time is 10 days by road. However, helicopter services are fast and reliable . One can also book a taxi which will charge a bit extra than normal bus fares but are useful at high altitudes as there are no means of transportation.
Char Dham Yatra Tour Package
The Char Dham Yatra of uttrakhand can be completed in one time in 9-10 days by road trip. Or the helicopter Yatra can be chosen to complete this char Dham Yatra. The char Dham Yatra helps everyone to get closer with the Nature and God.