CHAR DHAM – HOW TO REACH – A Basic Guide
The Char Dham Yatra is one of the most looked forward to journeys for devotees. Everyone wants to visit these four abodes of God at least once in a lifetime, if not more. Nowadays the yatra has become much more convenient with increased facilities and comforts compared to earlier times. Even so, it is best to be well prepared and know all about the Yatra in advance.
The Chardham Yatra is usually done in a clockwise direction from west to east, starting with Yamunotri, then to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and finally Badrinath. There are many travelers who do not wish to do the full Yatra and go to one-off places. The basic guide below should be of help to those who want to visit all four dhams and to those who want to visit one or two of the dhams. Explore A Guide to Chardham Yatra 2021
A Guide to Chardham Yatra 2021
Yamunotri – is traditionally the first place to be visited
The distance from Haridwar to Yamunotri is about 220 km and the route takes you through Dehradun, Mussoorie, and Barkot up to Janki Chatti. The motorable road ends in Jankichatti and from there it is a 5 km trek to Yamunotri. Dehradun to Jankichatti distance is 170 km.
Gangotri – is the second stop on the Char Dham Yatra
From Yamunotri to Gangotri, the distance is about 221 km and the route goes via Uttarkashi, Gangnani, and Harsil to Gangotri.
If you want to go directly from Haridwar to Gangotri, the distance is about 285 km, and the route takes you via Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, and Harsil to Gangotri.
Dehradun to Gangotri distance is about 241 km. The route goes via Uttarkashi and Harsil.
Kedarnath – the third place to be visited on the Yatra
Gangotri to Gaurikund distance is about 324 km and the route is via Uttarkashi, Guptkashi, and Sonprayag to Gaurikund. The motorable road ends in Gaurikund, from there it is an approximately 20 km trek to Kedarnath.
If you want to go directly from Haridwar to Kedarnath, the distance from Haridwar to Gaurikund is about 235 km. The route will take you via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, and Sonprayag up to Gaurikund. From there it is an approximately 20 km trek to Kedarnath.
Ponies and palanquin services are available from Gaurikund. Two days is the minimum time required to return. Helicopter services are available to Kedarnath from Phata and other points. One can return on the same day.
Dehradun to Gaurikund distance is about 258 km. The route goes via Devprayag, Srinagar, and Guptkashi.
Badrinath – the last of the Dhams – the Char Dham yatra ends here
Gaurikund to Badrinath distance is about 217 km. The route goes via Guptkashi, Ukhimath and Joshimath to Badrinath.
If you want to go directly from Haridwar to Badrinath, the distance is about 317 km and the route goes via Rishikesh, Srinagar, and Joshimath to Badrinath.
Dehradun to Badrinath distance is about 340 km. The route goes via Rishikesh, Srinagar, Joshimath to Badrinath.
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According to Hindu Mythology, the auspicious yatra of Chardham should be undertaken from west to east in a clockwise direction. This means Yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and terminates at Badrinath. Chardham Yatra is the most popular spiritual yatra starting from April-May and continues till Oct-Nov every year in Uttarakhand India. Now Uttarakhand is also trying to promote Winter Char Dham, which will include Kharsali, Mukhba, Ukhimath, and Joshimath.
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