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Best Time to Visit Char Dham A Travel Guide For Char Dham Yatra

The Best Time to Visit Char Dham Yatra is something that is looked forward to eagerly by devotees and tourists alike. After first having decided to go, the next thought would be when to go.

This is a critical decision because the timing can make or break your dream journey to the Char Dham (Four Abodes of God). The Char Dham temples are open for only six months of the year.

Due to high altitudes and snowfall in winter, the murtis and pujas of temples are shifted to lower altitudes. Devotees have to make the most of it during the six months they are open.

Like every year, this year as well, the committee has announced the opening and closing dates. Still, the dates are decided by the pujari of the Bhimashankar Linga Temple.

Chardham Kapat Opening Date 2024 (Tentative)

 Yamunotri Temple10 May 2024
 Gangotri Temple10 May 2024
 Kedarnath Temple10 May 2024
 Badrinath Temple12 May 2024

Chardham Kapat Closing Date 2024 (Tentative)

 Yamunotri TempleOctober 31, 2024
 Gangotri TempleNovember 2, 2024
 Kedarnath TempleNovember 2, 2024
 Badrinath TempleNovember 9, 2024

Also Read: Chardham Yatra 2024 Opening & Closing Dates

Chardham Yatra Best Time

Let us look at the various periods of travel and their pros and cons.

Summer Season

April – June is The Best Time For Char Dham Yatra

All the Char Dham temples open on Akshay Tritiya or just after that date. This year, Akshay Tritiya is on May 11, 2024.

So the ideal time would be from May 10 to the end of June. The daytime temperatures are moderate during this period, but evenings and nights are cold.

On the downside, there will be large crowds and premium rates will be charged everywhere. There will be long lines for Darshan. Rooms and transport will be hard to find unless pre-booked.

Monsoon Season

July–August and Up to Mid-September

Avoid the Char Dham Yatra during this period. This monsoon period has light to heavy rains in July and heavier rainfall in August. This period is to be avoided, as there are chances of landslides resulting in road blockages and delays.

Hefty rain can cause even more severe problems. The advantages of this period are easy availability of rooms and transport at discounted prices and smaller crowds. Darshan at temples will be easy and without long queues.

Winter Season

Mid-September October and November

Also, it is a good time to visit the Chardham Yatra. This is also not a bad time to go, as the initial rush of pilgrims will have lessened. Charges will not be as high as during  May and June.

Transport and accommodation will be easier to find. Overall, it will be comfortable to travel. Darshan at temples will be easier, with shorter queues. The only downside is that it will be slightly colder, which may cause inconvenience for some.

Temples close on or just after Diwali, but this year the final dates are tentative and yet to be confirmed.

Points to keep in mind for the Char Dham Yatra

  • Carry sufficient woollen clothes and heavy woollen if travelling in September – October – November. An umbrella or light raincoat may prove handy.
  • Make sure your footwear is suitable for rough terrain.
  • Remember to pack a good torch. 
  • Carry a basic medical kit. 
  • Make sure you have sufficient cash. Cards may not be accepted everywhere.
  • Carry energy bars, chocolates, dry fruits and water bottles.
  • You can call 108 for genuine medical emergencies.

For more information about Char Dham Yatra 2024.

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Sanjay Dangrocha
Sanjay Dangrocha is your guide to a world of adventure through his travel blog. Stay updated for your next journey to famous temples, travel adventures and must-visit places.”
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