Himalaya, roof of the world, is a magic place where the magnificence of
the world's highest mountains is mirrored in the rugged beauty and
unique culture of the people who live in their shadow.
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|Major Pilgrimage Centres:
|Best Time To Visit :
May To October
Char Dham, or the four pilgrimage centers, comprising of Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are frequented by the religious minded as
well as those intrigued by the remnants of bygone years. The holy river,
Ganges, and her tributaries flow buoyantly past the four Dhams.
shrine, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord shiva, is a sçnic spot
situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. At an
altitude of 3,581 mt it is a 14-km trek from Gaurikund. Kedar is another
name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the
embodiment of all passions love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are
expressed through his various forms.
There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord shiva in Chamoli district
itself, the most important one is Kedarnath. According to legend, the
Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt
guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord
Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took
refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.
On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the
surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places
and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at
Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks
(hair) with head at Kalpeshwar, Kedarnath and the four above mentioned
shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.
the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth Peak (6,597 mt)
in the background, Badrinath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines of
India. It has been said that "there were many sacred spots of
pilgrimage in the heaven, earth and the other world but neigher is there any
equal to Badrinath nor shall there be one." .
It is believed that to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite
the country in one bond, Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya built four pilgrimage
centres in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram in the north,
Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarkapuri in the west and Jagannath Puri in the
east. Badrinath situated at an elevation of 3,133 mt is considered to be
amongst the most pious.
General Information About Char Dham:
Altitude: Badrinath - 3,133m; Kedarnath - 3,581 m; Gangotri -
3,200m, Yamunotri - 3,235m
||Sub Zero, Snow bound
Rainfall: 1,460 mm
May to October is the best season for the four places.
May : Heavy woollens
June - September : Light woollens
October - November : Heavy woollens
This sacred shrine, situated
at an altitude of 3,200 mt is the source of the river Bhagirathi. According
to the Hindu religious scriptures, the heavenly Goddess Ganga manifested
herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Sagar's sons.
After three generations of severe penance, performed over several centuries,
Ganga conceded to descend to the Earth. It is surrounded by the mountain
peaks of Shivlinga, Satopanth and Bhagirathi sisters.At the legendary source
of the river, Goddess Ganga is worshipped in the form of deity. The Gangotri
temple was built in the early 18th century by a Gorkha commander, Amar Singh
Thapa and later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur. Accessible by a motorable
road, it is one of the most pious Hindu pilgrimage centre.
shrine of Yamunotri, situated at an elevation of about 3,235 mt is a point
of paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage.
Situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri, the road bifurcates from a
place called Dharasu, somewhere between Rishikesh - Uttarkashi and goes on
to Yamunotri. It is said that the temple of Yamunotri was built by Maharani
Gularia of Jaipur in the last decade of the 19th century. In 1923 this was
destroyed, with only the idols left, and was rebuilt. It was once again
damaged in 1982. A hot water pool at Yamunotri is used for the preparation
of Prasad, normally rice and potatoes, cooked by dipping them in the hot
water, tied in cloth bags. The shrine can also be visited via Mussoorie and
How To Get There
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
Nearest railhead are at Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Kotdwar.
(A) Badrinath and Gangotri connected by a motorable road with Rishikesh,
Kotdwar, Dehradun and Haridwar.
(B) For Yamunotri motorable road is available upto Hunumanchatti 222-kms
away from Rishikesh. From here one has to go on foot 14-kms to reach
(C) For Kedarnath motorable road is available upto Gaurikund 207-kms away
from Rishikesh and the rest 14-kms is on foot.
Travel Packages of Char Dham