Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra is a pilgrimage circuit located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus, and it is believed that undertaking this yatra helps a person attain salvation.

The Char Dham Yatra includes four holy sites, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These sites are located in the Himalayan region and are believed to be the abode of various Hindu deities.

Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna and is located at an altitude of 3,293 meters. Gangotri is the source of the river Ganges and is situated at an altitude of 3,100 meters. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at an altitude of 3,583 meters. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is situated at an altitude of 3,133 meters.

The yatra usually starts from Yamunotri and then proceeds to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and finally to Badrinath. The best time to undertake this yatra is from May to October. However, the route remains closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall.

Undertaking the Char Dham Yatra is considered a spiritual journey and requires physical fitness, as the journey involves trekking through steep and rugged terrain. The government of Uttarakhand has made several arrangements to ensure the safety and comfort of the pilgrims, including the provision of accommodation, medical facilities, and transportation.