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There are innumerable religious places in India, whose glory is famous even abroad. Char Dham has special importance in these religious places. Every devotee wishes to visit Char Dham at least once. Summer season has started. In such a situation, if you are planning to travel somewhere during the summer holidays, then this is the right time to visit Char Dham.
Visiting Char Dham pilgrimage with family will be very exciting and memorable. Char Dham Yatra includes Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. On the other hand, when you go on the journey of Char Dham, you can also enjoy the darshan of many other famous pilgrimages.
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Places you can’t miss during your Char Dham Tour:
If you go to Uttarakhand for Char Dham’s visit, then it is very important to have information about the very close tourist places there. Narayan Temple, Tungnath Temple, Vishwanath Temple Guptkashi, Madmaheshwar Temple, Bhavishya Badri Temple, Narsingh Temple, Basudev Temple, Joshimath and Mahakali Temple in Kalimath are among the temples present. Apart from this, there are many beautiful temples like Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Kedar Marg and Karnaprayag, Nandprayag, Vishnuprayag etc. You will also get a chance to travel by flight during your Char Dham Tour to explore more in a limited time frame.
Things to do in Char Dham:
Best time to visit Char Dham:
The best time to visit Char Dham is from April to June and from September to October. The weather is pleasant during these months, which makes travel comfortable and enjoyable. The weather is pleasant during summer. It is advised to avoid travelling during the monsoon season as the region receives heavy rains, making some areas susceptible to landslides and floods.
During the winter season, the region receives heavy snowfall due to which the temples remain closed for about six months. In winter, the idols of Kedarnath are shifted to Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath and idols of Badrinath to Joshimath. Devotees can go there and have darshan.
How to Reach Char Dham:
By Air: Flights are easily available from major cities of India to Dehradun airport. Dehradun is the nearest airport to Char Dham. Almost all airlines have flights to Jolly Grant Airport. For a hassle-free Char Dham Tour, it is better to travel by air to Dehradun airport and then proceed to the four pilgrimage sites.
By Train: Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to these holy places. Haridwar is connected to Delhi and other major cities through rail network.
By Road: Char Dham by road can start from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Dehradun through State transport, private car, cab/taxis, tempo traveler are also available to these holy pilgrimage sites.
Our representative will meet you at the Delhi Airport, Railway Station, or your preferred location and transfer you to Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, check-in at the hotel. In the evening, participate in the Ganga Aarti at "Har Ki Pauri". Later, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Haridwar.
After breakfast, meet our driver and transfer to Barkot via Mussoorie; en route, visit Mussoorie Lake and Kempty Fall. Later, drive straight to Barkot. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival in Barkot. Overnight stay at Barkot.
After a delicious breakfast, drive to Jankichatti or Phoolchatti and start the trek from Jankichatti to Yamunotri, which is approx 6 km (either by walk, by horse, or by Doli at your own cost). After taking a bath in Jamunabai Kund’s warm water and having "Darshan" of "Yamunaji", return to Jankichatti by trek. Later, drive to Barkot for dinner and an overnight stay.
Early morning, transfer to Uttarkashi. On arrival in Uttarkashi, check-in at the hotel. In the evening, visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi and return back for dinner and an overnight stay in Uttarkashi.
After breakfast, drive to Gangotri, stopping en route at Gangnani to take a holy dip in the Garam Kund. Further drive to Gangotri via the beautiful Harsil Valley. Harsil is famous for its natural beauty and for the majestic views of the Deodar trees and mountains. On arrival at Gangotri, take a holy dip in the Ganges, which is also called Bhagirathi. Perform pooja and darshan, and then relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. Later, I drove back to Uttarkashi for dinner and an overnight stay.
Early morning, drive to Guptkashi via Moolgarh and Lambgoan. En route, you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. The Mandakini river comes from Kedarnath; drive alongside the river to reach Guptkashi. Visit ArdhNarishwar Temple in Guptkashi. When you arrive in Guptakashi, check into your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
After a delicious breakfast, drive to Gaurikund and start your trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (by pony or Doli). Visit Kedarnath Temple and participate in an evening aarti before spending the night at the hotel.
Early in the morning, perform pooja and darshan at Kedarnath Temple before trekking down to Gaurikund. When you arrive in Gaurikund, you will meet our driver and drive to Guptkashi, where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, drive to Joshimath via Chopta, Ukhimath. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival in Joshimath. Pilgrims are returning from Narsingh Temple after having darshan in the evening. Stay at the Joshimath Hotel for one night.
The following day, drive to Badrinath for pilgrims after taking a bath in the Tapt Kund, and have the darshan of Badrivishal and Aarti in the evening. Brahamakapal is significant for the Pinddan Shraddh of the ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sightseeing spots like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund, and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Badrinath Ji is only three kilometres away. After Pooja and Darshan come back to the Joshimath Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Dehradun via Rishikesh. Rishikesh, "the place of sages," is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of the Ganga and is surrounded by the Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh. Later, visit the Rishikesh Temples for sightseeing at Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla. Later, drop at Haridwar.
Check out of the hotel after a delicious breakfast and transfer to Delhi Railway Station or Airport for your onward journey.