Char Dham Yatra 2023 (चार धाम यात्रा 2023)
Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods), as it is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and places, which attracts millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to get enlightenment. The pilgrimage of 4 Dhams located in Garhwal region are considered the most sacred places in India: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
These four ancient temples also marks the spiritual source of four sacred rivers as well: River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga or Ganges (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath) and River Alaknanda (Badrinath).
Why Char Dhams
Char Dhams are the famous four holy places of Hindu Pilgrimages, which are nestled among the lofty peaks of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This hindu pilgrimage Char Dham circuit consists of four sites: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All these locations are believed to be highly sacred by the Hindu religion. It is the ultimate desire of every Hindu to visit the holy shrines at least once in life time to attain salvation (Moksha).
Why one should do Sacred Pilgrimage Yatras?
According to Hinduism the Pilgrimage tirthayatra (Teerth Yatra), is one of the five duties of every Hindu, along with Dharma, Worship, Sanskaras and Observing religious festivals. A pilgrimage is an exercise in willpower, humility and faith, when the devotee travels to often difficult locations, leaving his problems at the feet of the Deity and forgetting everything but God.
A pilgrimage is an intimate experience, a direct connection between the seeker and the sacred. A devotee goes on pilgrimage to see holy men and women, to worship at holy shrines, to have darshan of Deities abiding in ancient sanctums. A pilgrim journeys to see God have a life-changing, bliss-engendering, karma-eradicating contact with the Divine.
Chardham Yatra Route (4 Dham Travel Circuit)
Traditionally, the Chardham yatra is undertaken from the west to the east, thus, the yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Pilgrims traditionally first visit Yamunotri and Gangotri and bring with them the holy waters from the sources of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga and offer abhishekams to Kedareshwara. Char Dhams of Uttarakhand are also known as Chota Char Dham of India.
Popular Route : Haridwar → Rishikesh → Barkot → Yamunotri → Uttarkashi → Gangotri → Gaurikund → Kedarnath → Joshimath → Badrinath.
Char Dham Tips (Things to Carry During CharDham Yatra 2023)
- Carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines, Use bottled water during trip
- Eat Food which is boiled, cooked or fried, Carry a mosquito/insect repellent, Sunscreen cream
- Ensure you are physically and mentally fit to perform the journey as the Yatra involves trekking at an altitude of 1,4000 ft.
- At least a month before the Yatra, it is advisable to start preparatory exercises
- Carry heavy woolens, including thermal body warmers, raincoats, sleeping bags, blankets, water-proof shoes with sufficient grips, torch
- Women are advised to avoid sarees and opt for salwar kameez or trousers.
- Hire only a registered ponywalla or porter, Don’t attempt short cuts on the route.
Important Note: Registration is compulsory for Char Dham Yatra 2023.
CHARDHAM YATRA OPENING DATE 2023
Is Kedarnath open now 2023?
• Yamunotri Temple Opening Date 2023 – 22 April 2023, Friday. (अक्षय तृतीया22 अप्रैल 2023)
• Gangotri Temple Opening Date 2023 – 22 April 2023,(अक्षय तृतीया22 अप्रैल 2023)
• Kedarnath Temple Opening Date 2023 – 25 Apil 2023
• Badrinath Temple Opening Date 2023 – 27 Apil 2023
Can we go Chardham tour in July and August(monsoon months)?
Yes you can do chardham tour in July and August (monsoon months), but that time is heavy rainfall in uttarakhand. That time you can get the very low price for chardham yatra package.
Can we do chardham tour in Winters?
In winters main chardham temple is closed (शीतकालीन चार धाम यात्रा). But you can do chardham darshan in winter month chardham sitting temples like Kedarnath Ji sitting in Ukhimath, Badrinath Ji sitting in Joshimath, Yamunotri ji sitting in Kharshali) and Gangotri sitting in Mukhba.
FAQ FOR CHARDHAM YATRA TOUR PACKAGES (बदरीनाथ, केदारनाथ, गंगोत्री व यमुनोत्री यात्रा)
Question 01: When is chardham yatra start?
Answers: Chardham yatra is start every year from akshaya tritiya. Chardham Yatra start in April last week and may first week.
Question 02: Which types of restaurants are available in chardham yatra route.?
Answers: Chardham yatra route veg food Dhaba, few good restaurants in chardham. You can take their information from your driver and Bhagti Karo Team.
Question 03: Which types of Accommodation available.?
Answers: Chardham yatra route hotel, dharamshala, guest house and camps available. Some place budget, deluxe and luxury hotel available, but many place only budget and deluxe accommodation available.
Question 04: Any registration required for the Chardham Yatra?
Answers: Yes, registration required during chardham yatra. In chardham yatra route so many registration counter available, you are easy to registration, need only proper photo-id like aadhar card or passport. And other easy way you can register yourself is online registration. After the online registration slip will be generated and that should be shown to any counter to take the registration card.
Question 05: What are the darshan timing in chardham temples?
Answers: Yamunotri Ji temple open from 6:00am to 8:00pm,
Gangotri Ji temple timings are 6:15am to 9:30pm,
Kedarnath Ji temple is open from 5:00am to 3:00pm
and Badrinath Ji temple timings are 4:30am to 3:00pm.
Question 06: Which month is Kedarnath closed?
Answers: The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva. In Kedarnath alone, there are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Question 07: Which Dham is difficult?
Answers: Yamunotri is the first of the four dhams and definitely the toughest. Although, its located at a lower elevations than the other dhams, the narrow and crowded pathway make it challenging and tough to reach the temple.