Uttarakhand char dham yatra will mark its beginning from May 2019 and for all those who are planning to travel to the char dham need to know a few things before they head to this difficult trekking journey. The yatra covers the very famous Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath shrines that are based in different locations of Uttarakhand region. This is the reason why Uttarakhand is also called Devbhoomi or the land of gods. The journey to the four abodes is quite challenging as you have to trek through difficult routes and you should be well prepared before you decide to go to this yatra.But, even though the journey is tough, it is inspiring as well. It teaches you to be more resilient and patient. The journey can be a good experience or a bad one basis how prepared you are. So, first things first, start preparing for this yatra in advance. There are a few more things that can be taken care of before you leave for your trip. Here is a list of 5 tips that will make your char dham yatra a memorable and hassle-free one. Scroll down for the deets.
The ancient mythology depicts the value of the Badrinath Mandir with the legend of meditation of Lord Vishnu for complete 1000 years under a Badri Tree for the welfare of humanity and since then the location is considered sacred by establishing the shrine of Lord Badrinath in the meditative pose; and to spellbound tremendous devotees, there are other captivating images and idols of Lord Vishnu.
The one meter tall Lord Vishnu’s imposing structure lying amidst the Nar Narayan temple with its three sacred sections including the Garbhagriha, Sabha-Mandap and Darshan-Mandap is the reason for the fame of whole the Chamoli district. Along with the shrine of Badrinath temple, there are other fascinations that captivate people for thronging across the holy destination and that include Tapt Kund and Surya Kund and famous Panch Badri.
Badrinath Yatra is a real manifesto to realize the human values and respect humanity and so a visit to such a sacred place is worthwhile.
Kedarnath, nestled around 221 km from Rishikesh, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s of Lord Shiva. Lying against the backdrop of the magnificent Kedarnath range, at an altitude of 3,580 m, the splendid Kedarnath temple is enveloped by the imposing snow draped peaks. The temple was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D. The cascading Mandakini River and the images of verdant landscapes and snow draped Himalayas make Kedarnath a tranquil place.
The devotees can experience a great peace of mind and undertaking a spiritual trip here always rekindles human beings faith in the almighty. Devotees flock to this holy pilgrimage site every year. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. The temple opens its gates for the visitors in the first week of May on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down in the month of October-November. Gandhi Sarovar, Vasuki Tal, Gaurikund, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan, Agastyamuni Temple and Deoria Tal are some of the memorable sites around Kedarnath.
The mesmerizing vistas and splendid sceneries in the form of the snow-fed mountains, rhododendron forests, and salubrious environment make the place truly enchanting.
Ganges- the sacred river of India transcends into the earth to absolve the sins of human beings and this is the reason why the Gangotri basin bears so much of importance. Being the place of origin of this sacred river, Gangotri in Uttarkashi district is being determined to be the holy place for the devotees and is recognized as Shri Gangotri Dham where the shrine of Goddess Ganga is being worshipped by thousands of pilgrims. This 18th century temple made of white granite structure at the height of 20 ft attracts tremendous devotees to catch the holy glimpses of the divine stature of power- the holy goddess Ganges.
And, a natural submerged rock in the form of partial shivaling along the Gangotri Temple brings great significance to all where it is believed to be the same spot where Lord Shiva entangled the great waves of river Ganges in his matted locks. Experiencing Gangotri Yatra is the amazing feeling like never before and that can be shared during the months of May to June and September to October.
Yamunotri, the source of Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna, the Yamunotri Dham is the holy journey at the height of 3293 meters at Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. The temple devoted to Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal spring at Janki Chatti at 7 kms away are the major attractions of Yamunotri tour. The actual source of River Yamuna is at a fewer distance from the temple at an altitude of about 4,421 meters (14,505 ft). Besides, two hot springs can also be seen at Yamunotri Dham out of Surya Kund, has boiling water properties where the Gauri Kund has lukewarm water suitable for bathing.
The shrine at the Yamunotri temple made of black marble is being constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya in the month of May and closes on Yama Dwitiya (the next day of Diwali in November).
The Yamunotri Tour can be experienced completely during the months of May to October and catching the glimpse of the holy shrine is really mind soothing and pacifying.
Day 1: Dehradun – Barkot (170 Kms) - In the morning drive to Barkot Via Mussorie.
Day 2: Barkot – Yamunotri- Barkot (45 Kms & 5Kms Trek) Each side. Early morning Drive for 45 Km Upto Janki Chatti. Janki Chatti to Yamunotri 5 Kms. Same day back to Barkot. Stay at Hotel in Barkot.
Day 3: Barkot – Uttarkashi (85Kms) - In the morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and Depart for Uttarkashi. Check in at the hotel, at evening, visit the famous temple of Kashi–Viswnath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Uttarkashi- Gangotri- Uttarkashi (100 Kms) Each side - Early morning drive to Gangotri. Upon arrival at Gangotri take a holy dip in the River sacred The Ganges, It’s also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Visit the temple. Late afternoon drive back to Uttarkashi for overnight stay.
Day 5: Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (230Kms) - In the morning after early breakfast depart for Guptkashi. Upon arrival at Guptkashi Check in at the hotel, Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Guptkashi – GouriKund- Kedarnath (32 Kms & 17 Kms trek) - Early morning check out from the hotel and Depart for Gouri Kund. From where 17 Km Trek Start. Either by walk or by horse or by Helly from Fata. On arrival at Kedarnath, check-in into the Tent developed by Government. Yatris staying at kedarnath are provided Tented Accomodation & Food by Govt on DIRECT PAY BASIS ). In the evening visit Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple and take a part in evening Aarti. Overnight stay at the Kedarnath.
Day 7: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag (17Kms Down Trek & 80 kms by Road) - Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at the Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (170kms) - Morning after breakfast drive to Badrinath via Joshimath.On arrival Check in to the Hotel. at the short break go for interesting sight seeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Overnight stay at the Badrinath.
Day 9: Badrinath – Srinagar (190 kms) - Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Later drive back to Srinagar. Stay in Srinagar.
Day 10: Srinagar - Dehradun (155kms) - Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh.
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