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Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Uttarakhand, also known as Devbhhomi, is the holy land where every element or location resonates with the aura of that divine power. It is one of the most important religious hubs of entire Northern India. It is abode to many significant shrines and temples, which hold utmost value among the devotees. Be it for enlightenment or attaining liberation, pilgrims from all walks of life certainly make a visit to these shrines. Out of the innumerable most revered sites, Uttarakhand is most popular among devotees for its Char Dham Yatra, also termed as Chota Char Dham. Every year, Devbhoomi becomes a center for lakhs of devotees, who visit to complete this Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.

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Char Dham Yatra

The term Char Dham originally referred to a pilgrimage circuit that included four significant temples—Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath—that were roughly placed at the four endpoints of the Indian mainland. The establishment of the original All-India pilgrimage circuit is given to Adi Shankaracharya, a prominent 8th-century reformer and philosopher. 

Three of the four original Char Dham locations -Puri, Dwarka, and Badrinath are Vaishnava, while one is Shaiva -Rameswaram.

But this Chota Char Dham consists of the deities from all the sects. The Char Dham of Uttarakhand includes:

1. Yamunotri – The source of the Yamuna River.

2. Gangotri -Goddess Ganga’s head and the source of the Ganges 

3. Kedarnath – Where one form of the Hindu deity Shiva is worshipped and is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

4. Badrinath -The seat of the Hindu deity Vishnu in his form of Badrinarayan.

Since the Char Dham Yatra should commence from east and end at west. This also remains the order in which one must visit the shrines of Char Dham. 

Char Dham Yatra 2022 Opening Dates

Yamunotri Kapat will be open on 03 May 2022.

Gangotri Kapat will be open on 03 May 2022

Kedarnath Kapat open date will be announced on Mahashivaratri ( It will be open between 05 to 07 May 2022 )

Badrinath Kapat will open on 08 May 2022

Char Dham Yatra Map

char dham yatra route map
Char Dham Yatra Map

Char Dham Yatra map is provided for travellers, we have provided Char Dham yatra map from Delhi to each site. This map will guide you to Delhi to Kedarnath, Delhi to Yamunotri, Delhi to Gangotri, and Delhi to Badrinath yatra.

Location of Chardham Pilgrimages

  • Yamunotri Temple: Yamunotri Dham is located 216 km from Rishikesh.
  • Gangotri Temple: Gangotri Dham is located 99.5 km from the town of Uttarkashi.
  • Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath Dham is located 227 km from Rishikesh.
  • Badrinath Temple: Badrinath Dham is located 298 km from Rishikesh and 45 km from Joshimath

Char Dham Yatra Route Map From Delhi

Chota Chardham Yatra Road RouteDistance (in km)Duration (in hours)Mode of Transport
Delhi – Haridwar/Rishikesh210/230 km6-7 hrsTrain/Bus/Taxi
Haridwar – Barkot/Dharasu220/160 km7 hrsBus/Taxi
Barkot/Dharasu – Yamunotri36/34 km + 7 Km (trek)Jeep/Taxi
Barkot – Uttarkashi100 km4 hrsJeep/Bus/Taxi
Uttarkashi – Gangotri100 km4 hrsJeep/Taxi
Uttarkashi – Rudraprayag180 km6-7 hrsBus/Taxi
Rudraprayag – Kedarnath74 km + 20 km (trek)Jeep/Taxi
Rudraprayag – Badrinath160 km5-6 hrsBus/Taxi
Badrinath – Rishikesh297 km10-11 hrsBus/Taxi
Rishikesh – Delhi230 km6 hrsTrain/Bus/Taxi
Char Dham Yatra From Delhi

Best Time to Visit Char Dham Yatra

Prepare to face physical and mental challenges on the Himalayan roads before beginning on this trek. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the most accessible but also one of the most difficult pilgrimages. The Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand usually commences from the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya. Summer is an ideal time of the year to complete this circuit as the temperature in summer is moderate in this hilly area. The maximum temperature will not be more than 25 degrees celsius.

LATEST GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR CHAR DHAM YATRA

  • As per new Govt SOP for Chardham Yatra, No limit on number of Chardham Yatra pilgrims
  • Chardham Yatra ePass is not mandatory now
  • Only Registration in Smart City Portal is needed which can be done online at www.smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in
  • For Commercial / Private vehicle, Green Card/ Trip Chart Permit from Transport department Uttarakhand is compulsory. (https://greencard.uk.gov.in)

FOR ALL THE OFFICIAL DETAILS, VISIT: https://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/activity/char-dham

Char Dham Yatra Stay

You can also book state government guest houses maintained and authorized by GMVN i.e. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited link is given below

Link: https://gmvnonline.com/Accommodation_Book_New?acc=44&dist=Rudraprayag

So, here we bring you a complete travel guide to each shrine of Char Dham.

yamunotri char dham

YAMUNOTRI

Yamunotri is a revered site known as the originating point of river Yamuna. Being situated in the westernmost region of this state, it is considered as a commencing point for the Char Dham Yatra Pilgrimage. Amidst the narrow gorge, a temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna is situated in The Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri yatra will start from 03 May 2022

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Gangotri char dham

GANGOTRI

Gangotri, which is one of the Char Dhams, is situated in the Uttarkashi district of this Devbhoomi.  This pious religious site is known as the origin place of the most sacred river, a river which forms the basis of every life on this earth, the holiest of all, The Ganges. As per Hindu mythology, when goddess Ganga began her journey of descending to this earth from the locks of Lord Shiva, this very place became her first site of appearance on this planet. Gangotri yatra will start from 03 May 2022

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kedarnath char dham

KEDARNATH

Nestled in the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, alongside the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the most revered site dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holiest shrine is one of the twelve jyotirlingas and also one of the four major shrines of “Chota Char Dham”. Also, it is the most important site among the Panch Kedar Circuit. Kedarnath is seen as a single manifestation of Shiva, the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand,’ as the region’s historical name suggests. Kedarnath yatra will start between 05 to 07 May 2022

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Shri Badrinath Temple

BADRINATH

Nestled in the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, alongside the Badrinath temple is the revered shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu( the operator), in Hindu mythology, situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It is believed that Vishnu resides here in the dual form of Nar- Narayan. It is a  part of Chardham (Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram) and also part of Uttarakhand Char Dham i.e. Chota Char Dham. The temple is one of five related shrines called Panch Badri, which are dedicated to the worship of Vishnu. Badrinath yatra will start from 08 May 2022

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    hotshot bald cop, March 29, 2022 @ 7:46 am Reply

    I didn’t know that.

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    hotshot bald cop, April 13, 2022 @ 11:31 am Reply

    Right on my man!

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