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How to Plan Chardham Yatra [A Complete Travel Guide]

Kedarnath Temple

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Chardham Yatra 2021 News - Latest Update

In a news that will delight the pilgrims waiting to undertake Char Dham Yatra in 2021, on 16th September (2021), the high court of Uttarakhand has allowed the annual Chardham Yatra.

However, several measures and rules are put in place to contain its impact on Covid-19 pandemic. The Chardham Yatra start date this year is now 18th September.

If you are planning Chardham Yatra in 2021, here are the FAQs with answers to help you plan your trip.

Ques: Do I need a Covid-19 negative certificate?

Ans: Yes. Only those people carrying negative RT-PCR test certificates will be allowed to undertake the Chardham Yatra 2021.

Ques: I have taken only one Covid-19 jab. If I carry a negative RT-PCR test, will I be allowed to do the yatra?

Ans: No, you need to be fully vaccinated and then you'll still have to carry the negative RT-PCR test certificate in order to be able to allowed to undertake this pilgrimage this year (2021)

Ques:I am fully vaccinated. Do I still need to carry COVID-19 Certificate?

Ans: Yes. You will still need to carry a negative RT-PCR test irrespective of the fact that you have taken both jabs of Corona vaccine.

Ques: How many people are allowed to visit Kedarnath Dham?

Ans: Each day, only 800 people will be allowed to travel to Kedarnath Dham.

Ques: How many people are allowed to visit Badrinath Dham?

Ans: Only 1200 people are allowed to visit the holy shrine of Badrinath Dham each day.

Ques: How many people are allowed to visit Gangotri?

600 people will be allowed to visit Gangotri daily.

Ques: How many people are allowed to visit Yamunotri?

Ans: Daily cap for Yamunotri is 400 people only.

Ques: Can I take a dip in the holy rivers and hot water springs?

Ans: No, this year due to Covid-19 protocols, taking a dip in the holy waters of Gangotri, Yamunotri or the hot water springs near the Char Dhams.

How to Plan a Chardham Yatra

Considered one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage, Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand consists of four holy pilgrimage destinations – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Each of these destinations are dedicated to a different Hindu god/goddesses. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva whereas the Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to eponymous rivers that roiginate from these location.

Each deity has their own significance in Hindu mythology and religion. Located in the upper reaches of Himalayas especially Kedarnath Dham, these pilgrimage destinations in India are accessible only during a limited window due to extreme weather. Hence, the Chardham Yatra could only be undertaken from the month of April till November.

Why Chardham Yatra?

In Hindu religion and faith, pilgrimage is of great moral and spiritual significance. Pilgrimage refers to a long journey to pay homage to divine powers as ascribed by scriptures and holy books of Hindu faith and religion. Journey to sacred shrines, often arduous and long one, is undertaken by pilgrims in search of higher good leading to personal transformation.

Chardham Yatra is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage amongst Hindu. The pilgrimage itself is believed to offer path of salvation. It is believed that undertaking the pilgrimage to Chardham frees the devotees from cycle of death and birth. The Chardham Yatra also leads to gaining new meaning about one self, nature and of higher significance. Yet another reason for doing pilgrimage is to rejuvenate oneself and purify the inner state of being. According to Vedas, there is a spiritual merit in undertaking pilgrimage which may involve undertaking long arduous journeys to holy shrines.

Chardham Yatra Opening Dates in 2021

  • Yamunotri Temple Opening Date: 14 May 2021 (Akshay Tritiya)
  • Gangotri Temple Opening Date: 14 May 2021 (Akshay Tritiya)
  • Kedarnath Temple Opening Date: 15 May, 2021 (Akshay Tritya)
  • Badrinath Temple Opening Date: 18 May 2021 at 4:15 AM

Chardham Yatra Closing Dates in 2021

  • Gangotri Temple Closing Date: 05 November 2021
  • Yamunotri Temple Closing Date: 06 November 2021
  • Kedarnath Temple Closing Date: 06 November 2021
  • Badrinath Temple Closing Date: 10 November 2021

Legend of Char Dham Temples

Legend of Yamunotri Temple

Each of the four temple and shrine are dedicated to a different deity. Yamunotri is dedicated to goddesses Yamuna. The current Yamunotri Temple is a 18th Century temple dedicated to goddess Yamunotri. It was built by Amar Sigh Thapa. The temple has been destroyed several time by snow and floods but it is rebuilt every time. As per Hindu religion, Yamunotri is the sister of Yamraj, ‘the god of death.’ According to the legends, Yamraj promised his sister on Bhai Dooj that whoever takes a dip into the river will not be taken to ‘Yamlok,’ the place where dead souls are taken. Thus a dip in Yamunotri is believed to free the devotees from painful or untimely death and also helping them achieve salvation/moksha. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya every year and it is closed down on Yama Dwitiya or the Bhaiya Dooj. During the winter the idol is shifted to

Legend of Gangotri Temple

The legend of Gangotri is associated with the penance of Bhagirath. As per the legends Bhagirath, the grandson of King Sagara prayed to Lord Bramha that goddess Ganga come to earth to cleanse the ashes of his ancestors who perished due to curse of sage Kapila. Lord Bramha, pleased by Bhagiratha penance granted his wish and the river goddess appeared on earth. However, goddess Ganga was felt insulted and decided to sweep the whole earth. But when she fell from heaven, she fell on Lord Shiva’s head. Lord Shiva trapped her in his hair and only let out small stream to flow. Thus the ancestors of Bhagirath were granted salvation. It is believed that taking a tip here at Gangotri offers salvation to the devotees.

Legend of Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. According to the legends, the temple of Kedaarnath was built by Pandavas of Mahabharata fame. As per the legends, after the great war of Kurukshetra ended, Pandavas felt guilty about killing their kin during the war. To ask forgiveness and as penance for their sin, they embarked on search of Lord Shiva to ask for his blessings. However, Lord Shiva was angry with them so he took the form of bull and hid near Kedarnath Dham. However, Pandavas eventually found him and Lord Shiva gave them his blessings. The current temple at Kedarnath is said to have been established by Adi Sankaracharaya in 8th Century A.D. Kedarnath Temple is located on the bank of Mandakini River.

Legend of Badrinath Temple

There are several legends associated with Badrinath. According to one legends, Lord Vishnu meditated here and to shelter him from sun, his consort goddess Lakshmi took the form of Badri bush. Thus the place came to be known as Badrinath. According to the Bhagwata Puran, at Badrikashram, the supreme lord Vishnu is undergoing penance in his incarnation as ‘Nar Narayan’ since time immemorial for the salvation of the human being. Badrinath also happens to be one of the ‘Bada’ (greater) Chardhams of India established by Adi Shankaracharaya, other 3 being Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Jagannathpuri. Badrinath Temple is located on the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,200 meters ASL. Badrinath Dham is also believed to be where Adi Sankaracharaya attained salvation.

Chardham Yatra Registration Date 2021

Pilgrims planning to undertake Chardham Yatra 2021 must get themselves registered. All you need to register for chardham yatra online is a valid email address, photo ID card and address proof. The ePass thus issued will be valid for darshan at the shrines. For online registration of Chardham Yatra, visit the website of Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board.

You can also get registration for Chardham Yatra at following places physically: Bus Stand Rishikesh, Gurudwara Rishikesh, Rahi Motel Haridwar, Railway Station Haridwar, Dobatta Uttarkashi, Hina Uttarkashi, Sonprayag, Phata, Gaurikund, Pandukeshwar and Govind Ghat.

How to reach Chardham

Located as they are on the upper reaches of Garhwal Himalayas, Chardham can’t be reached directly by air or rail. Although a few dhams are connected by road now, it is not recommended to self-drive there as the high mountain road could get very dangerous to ride/drive. Only drive if you are experienced in driving in the hills.

Chardham Yatra by Road

By road, you can start your Yatra from Haridwar or from Dehradun if you are flying from your destination to Dehradun. If you are flying into Delhi, then again make a halt in Haridwar and then start your journey the next day or you can even choose to spend overnight in Rishikesh.

Chardham Yatra by Rail

The nearest railhead to begin your Chardham Yatra is located in Haridwar. It is connected to most of the major cities of India.

Chardham Yatra by Air

The nearest airport to start your Chardham Yatra is located in Dehradun. From there if you wish to continue to fly to the temples then you can opt for Chardham Yatra by Helicopter from Dehradun. Helicopter services are available from Shahastradhara Helipad. It is always advisable to book your helicopter tour well in advance as there are limited seats and they are in high demand.

Chardham Yatra Route

The pilgrimage usually begins from either Haridwar or Dehradun. As per tradition, the Chardham Yatra is undertaken from West to East direction. Yamunotri is the first temple where devotees pay their homage. Yatra to Yamunotri is followed by visit to Gangotri, then Kedarnath and finally Badrinath dham.

A pilgrimage to char dhams can be undertaken by road or by helicopter. Only the Kedarnath temple is not accessible by road due to its high altitude location. Pilgrims have to undertake a 22 kilometers trek in order to reach Kedarnath. Helicopter shuttle service as well as pony/palki facilities (chargeable) are available for those who need it.

Chardham Yatra Route from Delhi via Haridwar

Delhi → Haridwar – 210 km (6 hours)

Haridwar → Barkot – 220 km (7 hours)

Barkot → Yamunotri – 36 km (drive) + 7 kms by trek

Barkot → Uttarkashi – 100 km (4 hours)

Uttarkashi → Gangotri – 100 km (4 hours)

Uttarkashi → Rudraprayag – 180 km (7-8 hours)

Rudraprayag → Kedarnath – 74 kms (drive) + 20 kms trek (new route)

Rudraprayag → Badrinath – 160 km (6-7 hours)

Chardham Yatra by Helicopter Route

Dehradun → Yamunotri → Gangotri → Kedarnath → Badrinath

Helicopter services for Chardham Yatra are available from Dehradun, Phata, Sirsi and Guptakashi

Best Time to do Chardham Yatr

Chardham Yatra begins each year in April/May and concludes in October/November. The best time to visit Chardham to undertake the pilgrimage is the month of April, May and early June before the arrival of monsoon. During monsoon, there’s chances of landslides triggered by heavy rains which makes it a little unsafe especially for those pilgrims who go to Chardham Yatra by Road. However, Chardham Yatra still continues throughout the monsoon season. The other safe window to do Chardham Yatra is month of October and November after the monsoon recedes.

Climate of Chardham

Weather should be one of the most important consideration when you are planning your Chardham Yatra. Weather can play spoilsport when you are traveling to the upper reaches of Garhwal Himalayas. Weather in the mountains are mostly unpredictable and change any time. That is why, it’s also important to you keep a tab on the current weather updates on the days you are traveling as heavy rains can cause landslides and roadblocks. Weather could also lead to canceling of your Chardham Yatra by helicopter so it’s important that you remain updated about the climate all the time. Let’s have a quick glance at the climate of Chardham to help you plan your trip.

Climate of Yamunotri

Summer season in Yamunotri is from April to June. April is Also when the presiding deity is transferred to the temple for Chardham Yatra to commence. Summer also happens to be the best time to visit Yamunotri as well as to undertake Chardham Yatra by road and Chardham Yatra by Helicopter. Temperature of Yamunotri varies between 6°C to 20°C during summer. The days are pleasant with sunny weather but nights could get very cold. It is advisable to carry warm woolen clothing even if you are traveling to Yamunotri in summer season. Also carry sunscreen lotion, cap to shield from sun, comfortable walking shoe and a water bottle among other things.

Monsoon arrives in Yamunotri around mid-July. During the monsoon, Yamunotri receives heavy rains which makes it a little riskier to undertake Chardham Yatra in monsoon. There could be long roadblocks due to landslides and even Chardham Yatra by Helicopter gets cancelled sometimes due to heavy rain or overcast weather conditions in Yamunotri. If you are undertaking pilgrimage to Yamunotri during monsoon, do carry waterproof shoes, extra pair of socks, walking stick, raincoats, waterproof jackets and torch/flashlight among other essentials.

The winter season in Yamunotri starts somewhere in October and lasts till March. The climate of Yamunotri during winter gets very cold with subzero temperatures even during day. During winters, Yamunotri receives heavy snowfall. Dirong winter around late October/early November, the gates of Yamunotri closes. The temple remains shut for six month and Chardham Yatra for the season concludes. The idol of the presiding deity is taken to Kharsali which becomes the seat of Yamunotri during winter season.

Climate of Gangotri

Summer season in Gangotri begins from April and last till May. The climate of Gangotri remain pleasant during day time but gets quite cold as the sun sets even during summer. The temperature of Gangotri in summer varies from 4°C to 25°C. If you are planning a trip to Gangotri in summer, do carry sunscreen, cap/hat, comfortable walking shoe, warm woolen clothes/jackets and sunglasses among other essentials.

Climate of Gangotri during monsoon gets quite rough. Monsoon arrives in Gangotri somewhere in July. The region receives heavy rain which occasionally leads to landslide causing roadblocks. You might get stuck in traffic for hours sometimes waiting for roadblocks to get clear. Due to heavy rain, trip to Gangotri even by helicopter sometimes get cancelled so it is important that you always stay updated with current temperature and weather of Gangotri when you are traveling. If you are planning your trip to Gangotri during monsoon, carry with you waterproof shoes, raincoats, extra pair of socks & waterproof jackets among other essentials.

Winter in Gangotri arrives by October. And by November the Yatra to Gangotri comes to a conclusion with the gates shutting and the idol of presiding deity taken to Mukhwa Village near Harshil, the winter seat of Gangotri.

Climate of Kedarnath

Location of Kedarnath is highest among the Chardham of Uttarakhand. The trek to the temple is also the most arduous as pilgrims undertaking Kedarnath Yatra have to trek a long and steep 20 kilometers trail to reach the Kedarnath Temple. So it is even more important to keeb a tab on the climate of Kedarnath when you are undertaking your trip. Summer arrives in late April/early May in Kedarnath but still the weather remains almost cold due to the high altitude location of Kedarnath Dham. The average temperature remains in lower range of 20s. Day time are normally bright and sunny but temperature dips to single digit during day with temperature dropping to as low as 2-3°C. The climate of Kedarnath in summer makes it the best time to undertake this pilgrimage. If you are planning a trip to Kedarnath during this season, do carry warm woolen clothes, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen lotion, caps/hat to guard you from sun rays and walking stick among other essentials.

Pilgrimage to Kedarnath becomes tricky with the trek route becoming treacherous due to heavy rains with the onset of monsoon. The excessive rainy weather of Kedarnath during monsoon also causes occasional landslides which leads to blockage of trek route. The monsoon season in Kedarnath lasts from July to early October and it is advisable that Kedarnath Yatra by road better be avoided during this duration. However, it is much safer to undertake Kedarnath Yatra by Helicopter during the monsoon. But even helicopter yatra to Kedarnath gets cancelled on days when it rains heavily. If you are planning a trip to Kedarnath during monsoon season, do pack good water resistant jackets, raincoats, warm clothes, water proof shoes, and extra pair of socks, torches/flashlights and walking stick among other essentials.

Again, owing to its location in the upper reaches of Garwal Himalayas, climate of Kedarnath in winter gets extremely cold with the region receiving heavy snowfall. The temperature of Kedarnath during winter hovers in subzero range. The road to Kedarnath Temple gets blocked by early November. With roads becoming inaccessible, the idol of the lord Shiva is taken to Omkareshwar Temple in Ukimath which becomes the seat of Kedarnath during winter.

Climate of Badrinath

With the advent of summer sometimes during mid-April/early June, Badrinath Temple gates are opened for darshan. This year, Badrinath Temple opening date is announced to be on 18th May. May and June and early July also happens to be the best time to visit Badrinath Temple. The weather remains mostly plesant with temperature hovering between 7 °C to 20 °C. The days are bright and sunny whereas the nights are mildly cold. If you are planning a trip to Badrinath during this time then you should carry waem woolen clothes, comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses and sun screens to protect you from direct sun rays on higher altitude, caps/hat and water bottle among other essentials.

Weather in Badrinath becomes very risky to undertake yatra with the arrival of monsoon by mid-July. The region witness frequent landslides. The days get mildly cooler and nights get chilly. The climate of Badrinath during monsoon sees average temperature dropping to below 15 °C. Due to heavy rains even Badrinath Yatra by Helicopter gets cancelled sometimes but still, if you are planning a trip to Badrinath in monsoon, booking a chopper ride is a safer bet. Things to pack for Badrinath Yatra must include raincoats, water proof jacket, water resistant shoes and extra pair of socks among other essentials.

Winter in Badrinath is extremely cold with the region witnessing heavy snowfall. Weather in Badrinath remains mostly in subzero temperature. During this time the yatra to Badrinath halts and the idol of presiding deity is taken to Nar Sing Temple in Joshimath which becomes the winter seat of Badrinath.

Packing and Preparation Tips for Chardham Yatra

  • All the temples that you visit during Chardham i.e. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are located in at an elevation of 3000+ metres. Even if you visit them during summer, you should carry warm woolen clothes, thermal innerwears, and some lighter woolen cloth/jackets as well. It gets cold and chilly as soon the sun sets. Also weather is very unpredictable in the upper reaches of Garhwal Himalayas.
  • On the upper reaches of Garhwal Himalayas, you get to face strong cold wind. Do pack a windcheater to stay warm and cozy from the wind.
  • Weather is very unpredictable in the Chardham Yatra route and it can rain anytime. It is strongly advisable to carry rain coat and umbrellas when you pack for Chardham Yatra.
  • Do pack water resistant shoes for your Chardham Yatra trip along with extra pair of socks.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, caps/hats should also be carried by you during your CHardham Yatra as the sun rays could be scorching at higher altitudes during day when the sky is clear.
  • Monkey caps and muffler should also be packed even during summer just in case weather take a turn.
  • Since all the temples you visit are located at high altitude (3000+ meters above sea level) and if you are not planning to undertake Chardham Yatra by Helicopter, it is highly recommended that you prepare for your treks by going for jogging and running well in advance. Physical fitness is a must before you undertake Chardham Yatra by road. 3-4 kilometeres of running daily, taking stairs instead of elevators in buildings goes a long way in preparing you for the treks that you’ll have to do during your trip, especially to Kedarnath Temple for which pilgrims have to trek 20 kilometers.
  • Do carry basic medicines with you. Painkillers, antiseptic cream, medicine for cold, fever and upset stomach as well as pain reliving spray should be some items that you must pack for your Chardham Yatra
  • The treks take a toll and you might feel very tired. To reenergize yourself, carry chocolates, energy bars and dry fruits to eat along the way.
  • Packing a water bottle is a must as you might not find water sources for a long distance during your treks. Avoid drinking water from outside unless it is from clean natural source.
  • Do carry tocrches/flashlight with extra batteries. Carry powerbank for camera and cell phone. You might not find many places to recharge your gadget’s batteries.
  • Women should avoid sarees during yatra and should wear salwaar kameez as it might get very uncomfortable during trek if you are wearing saree.
  • If you are hiring a pony or palki, make sure that they are registered for the service.
  • Watch out for warning signs and avoid resting at places that are prone to landslides.
  • Don’t attempt shortcuts during the treks.
  • Pregnant ladies, Infants & pilgrims with age less than 10 years & above 65 years are advised to avoid the char Dham yatra.
  • Get yourself registered at http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in/ it is mandatory for tourists arriving in Uttarakhand.
  • No Quarantine or RT-PCR/ True NAT/ CBNAAT/ Antigen test required if you are traveling to Uttarakhand for less than 7 days.
  • This year, yatris may require negative RT-PCR test for Covid-19 if they will spend more than 7 days in Uttarakhand. The test should be taken within 96 hours before entering Uttarakhand.

FAQs for Planning a Trip Chardham Yatra

Which is the 4 Dham in India?

There are 2 Char Dhams in India. The one established by Adi Shankaracharaya in 4 corners of India namely Dwarka, Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram and Badrinath. The other Chardham also sometimes referred to as Chhota Chardham is located in Uttarakhand. The Chardhams of Uttarakhand are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Which are the 4 Dham Yatra places?

Chardham places include Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. They are located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

How can I do 4 Dham Yatra?

There are two ways to do Chardham Yatra. Chardham Yatra by road and Chardham Yatra by helicopter. You can plan your trip on your own but it is always advisable to book your Chardham Yatra through a registered and reliable tour operator.

Should I use a tour operator for Chardham Yatra booking?

Although you can plan a trip to Chardhams on your own, going for yatra without the convenience of a tour operator could prove to be a huge hassle. Booking Chardham Yatra with a reliable and government recognized tour operators can make it very easy and comfortable to arrange and plan for every aspect of your trip. From accommodations, registrations, transportation to arranging darshans and helicopter package (if you are planning for one), everything could be arranged conveniently for you by a Chardham Yatra tour operator saving you a lot of time and hassle.

What is the best time for Chardham Yatra?

The best time for Chardham Yatra is the summer months of May, June and early July and the autumn months of late September and October. It is advisable to avoid Chardham Yatra during monsoon as the region receives heavy rainfall and the mountains are susceptible to landslides.

Which Dham should I visit first?

As per the tradition, Chardham Yatra should be done from West to East. Thus, Yamontri is the first dham that one should visit, followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath and finally Badrinath.

What is the cost of Chardham Yatra?

The cost of Chardham Yatra depends on how do you plan to do the pilgrimage and if you are using a tour operator for Chardham Yatra booking or planning everything on your own. The cost of Chardham Yatra also depends on from where you are planning your pilgrimage in India. If we don’t take into consideration the cost of your reaching Haridwar or Dehradun by air, rail or road, Chardham Yatra cost will vary from INR 30, 000 by road by a taxi to INR 1, 59, 999 by helicopter from Dehradun.


Chardham Yatra Car/Taxi Rates

VehiclePer day Cost Ex HaridwarPer day Cost Ex Delhi

Swift Dzire / Etios

3200/-

3500/-

Toyota Innova

4200/-

4500/-

Toyota Innova Crysta

5000/-

5500/-

9-12 Seater Tempo Traveller

6500/-

7000/-

15 Seater Tempo Traveller

7000/-

8500/-

Is ePass required for Chardham Yatra?

E-Pass is mandotory for Chardham Yatra. It will only be valid for the Darshan at respective temples when you visit the Shrine. Your local contact person/travel agency or helicopter company shall be responsible for your visit to the shrines, on whose behalf your Chardham Yatra e-pass has been applied in case you are booking Chardham Yatra with a tour operator.

Which is higher Kedarnath or Badrinath?

Located at an altitude of 3,553 metres, Kedarnath is higher than Badrinath which is located at an elevation of 3,300 meters.

How can I plan for Chardham Yatra?

If you are planning your Chardham Yatra by road and starting from Delhi, then the best itinerary is:

Day 1: Delhi to Haridwar

Day 2: Haridwar to Barkot

Day 3: Barkot / Yamunotri/ Barkot

Day 4: Barkot / Gangotri

Day 5 – Gangotri /Uttarkashi

Day 6: Uttarkashi / Sitapur

Day 7: Sitapur/ Gaurikund/ Kedarnath

Day 8: Kedarnath / Rudraprayag

Day 9: Rudraprayag/ Badrinath

Day 10: Badrinath / Birhi

Day 11: Birhi/Rishikesh

Day 12: Rishikesh/Delhi

Although you can possibly do it in a minimum of 9 days but to avoid exertion and fatigue, it is recommended that you keep a day or two extra while planning a trip to Chardham.

It is also possible to do Chardham Yatra by Helicopter. Helicopter service for Chardham Yatra is available from Dehradun.

How far is Badrinath from Kedarnath?

Distance between Badrinath and Kedarnath is 218 kms

What is the best time to go Kedarnath?

Best time to go to Kedarnath is the summer months of May, June and early July and post-monsoon months of late September to mid-October. Traveling to Kedarnath should be avoided during monsoon which lasts from mid-July till late September as this region is prone to landslides and floods.

How can I plan a trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath?

Haridwar is ideally the place from where pilgrims begin their chardham yatra by road. If you are planning to do the trip by helicopter, then Dehradun is from where you should start your trip or else drive from Haridwar to Guptkashi on day 1.

On day 2 of your trip, drive to Gaurikund which is the basecamp to start trek to Kedarnath Temple. Helicopter shuttle service is also available from here which can take you to Kedarnath. Either way, reach Kedarnath Temple and have darshan of Lord Shiva. Spend overnight in a government camp/cottages in Kedarnath.

On day 3 of your Kedarnath Badrinath Yatra, leave from Guptkashi for Badrinath via Joshimath.

On day 4 drive from Badrinath to Rudraprayag via Joshimath

On day 5, you’ll be back in Haridwar.

Who established 4 Dham?

The Char Dham was established by Adi Shankaracharaya but Char Dham as defined by him consists of Badrinath (First Dham with origin in Satya Yuga), Rameshwaram (Second Dham with origin in Treta Yuga when Ram built a Shivalingam to get Lord Shiva’s blessing, Dwarka (Origin in Dvapara Yuga when Lord Krishna made Dwarka his home) and the fourth Puri Dhaam where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Jagannath, his avatar for Kali Yuga.

The other Char Dham are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and is also referred to as Chotta Char Dham.

What comes first Kedarnath or Badrinath?

If you are undertaking the pilgrimage, then you have to visit Kedarnath first. But if you are talking about origin of the legends, then Badrinath considered the holiest of Hindu places, came into existence first.

Can we go to Badrinath by own car?

Yes, it is possible to drive to Badrinath by your own car.

How many days does it take for Kedarnath Yatra?

Guptakashi could be reached from Haridwar or Dehradun in one day. You spend overnight in Guptakashi and then drive to Gaurikund. After reaching Gaurikund, the base camp for Kedarnath Temple trek, it takes one day to go to Kedarnath and you descend the next day as reaching Kedarnath involves 20 kms trek through arduous steep path. So depending upon your starting destination, it will take a minimum of 3 days from Guptakashi, 5 days from Haridwar or Dehradun and 6 days from Delhi.

In which month Kedarnath opens?

Kedarnath usually opens in the month of late April or early May on or after Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya Tritiya is also the day on which Char Dham Yatra begins every year as it is considered the most auspicious day of the year according to Hindu scriptures.

How much does a trip to Kedarnath cost?

Kedarnath Yatra by Road from Haridwar costs as low as INR 7000 to 10,000. From Delhi, Kedarnath Yatra from Delhi cost is approx. INR 10,000 to 15,000. Kedarnath Yatra by Helicopter from Dehradun costs around INR 70,000 to 80,000. Helicopter packages usually includes shuttle charges from Guptakashi/Phata/Sersi.

What is the cost of Kedarnath by Helicopter Shuttle Service?

FromToOne Way Ticket

Phata

Kedarnath

INR 2400

Sersi

Kedarnath

INR 2500

Guptkashi

Kedarnath

INR 4300

What is the cost of VIP Darshan at Kedarnath?

Kedarnath VIP Darshan cost is INR 2100 per person.

What is the cost of Phata to Kedarnath helicopter booking?

The fare of helicopter ticket to Kedarnath from Phata is approx INR 4720 per person for the round trip.

What is the cost of Guptkashi to Kedarnath helicopter booking?

The fare of helicopter ticket to Kedarnath from Guptkashi is approx INR 7750 per person for the round trip.

What is the cost of Sersi to Kedarnath helicopter booking?

The fare of helicopter ticket to Kedarnath from Sersi is approx INR 4680 per person for the round trip.

How do I get to Badrinath temple?

Badrinath is connected by road. The route from Delhi to Badrinath by road is:

Delhi to Haridwar 206 kms → Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 kms → Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 kms → Devprayag to Srinagar 34 kms → Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 kms → Rudraprayag to Karnaprayag 31 kms → Karnaprayag to Nandprayag 21 kms → Nandprayag to Chamoli 10 kms → Chamoli to Joshimath 48 kms → Joshimath to Badrinath 42 kms.

How do I get from Kedarnath to Badrinath?

You can get to Badrinath from Kedarnath either by road via Joshimath or by helicopter directly. The distance between Kedarnath and Badrinath is 218 kms and the road route is:

Kedarnath – Ukhimath – Chopta – Gopeshwar – Chamoli – Pipalkoti – Joshimath (Auli) – Govindghat – Badrinath

How far is Gangotri from Yamunotri?

The distance between Yamunotri to Gangotri is 227 kms.

How can I go to Yamunotri?

There are two routes to reach Yamunotri:

Dehradun to Yamunotri Route (Distance 182 kms): Dehradun → Mussoorie → Damta → Naugaon → Barkot → Janakichatti → Yamunotri (6 km trek)

Delhi to Yamunotri Route (Distance 430 kms): Delhi → Haridwar → Rishikesh → Narendranagar (16 km) → Chamab (46 km) → Brahmkhal (15 km) → Barkot → JankiChatti → Yamunotri (6 km trek)

There are two routes to reach Gangotri.

Route 1 Delhi to Gangotri via Haridwar (Distance by road 498 kms): Delhi → Haridwar → Rishikesh → Narendranagar → Tehri → Dharasu Bend → Uttarkashi → Bhatwari → Gangnani → Harsil → Gangotri

Route 2 Dehradun to Gangotri (Distance by road 242 kms): Delhi → Dehradun → Mussoorie → Chamba → Tehri → Dharasu Bend → Uttarkashi → Bhatwari → Gangnani → Harsil → Gangotri

How high is Yamunotri?

Yamunotri Temple is located at an elevation of 3235 meteres.

Is there snowfall in Badrinath?

Yes, badrinath receives heavy snowfall from month of November till March.

Is Gangotri open now?

Gangotri Temple 2021 opening date is 14th of May.

How can I reach Yamunotri from Uttarkashi?

The route from Uttarkashi to Yamunotri is (Distance by road is 126 kms): Uttarkashi → Dharasu → Barkot → Janakichatti → Yamunotri

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