Char dham Yatra
Know everything about this beautiful Yatra of 4 Dhams in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand
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About the Yatra…
Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand or Garhwal, is also known as Chota Dhar dham yatra, as an anther yatra of 4 temples of Uttarakhand (Badrinath), Gujarat (Dwarkadhish), Tamil Nadu (Rameshwaram) and Odisha (Jagannath) is also referred as Cham dham Yatra of India. The only common temple here is the Badrinath temple which is covered in both Chardham Yatras.
And this page is all about the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand or Garhwal.
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Char Dham Yatra details
In this section, we have presented complete details on what all temples, stops, you will visit when you will start your Chardham Yatra. As 75% of Chardham Yatra starts from Haridwar, we have considered Haridwar as the starting & finishing point.
The Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand is a trip to the 4 historical temples of:
- Yamunotri temple
- Gangotri temple
- Badrinath temple
- Kedarnath temple
So when we start the journey from Haridwar, we first reach Yaminotri temple and then Gangotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath. All these 4 temples are nested in mountains and thus we make sure that only our professional drivers are engaged in these trips.
The Yamunotri temple or Dham
Yamunotri Temple, or Suryaputri Yamunotri Temple is dedicated to River Goddess Yamuna or Ma Yamuna. Yamunotri is the 1st dham which we visit in our Char dham yatra and from Haridwar, it’s 222 km & 8-9 hour journey.
Below we have shared three important point, which after reading, you will have complete idea about the the Yamunotri temple or Yamunotri Dham yatra from Haridwar. These are:
- Routes to reach Yamunotri from Haridwar:
- Barkot to Yamunotri Yatra:
- Opening dates of Yamunotri Temple
1. Routes to reach Yamunotri from Haridwar (via Barkot):
There are two routes to reach Yamunotri from Haridwar, which are
- Via Dehradun which we take.
- Via Rishikesh which isn’t well developed & is 40 km extra long.
While travelling from Haridwar, it takes more than 10-12 hours because many guests are interested to visit some on-route sites like:
- Shree Prakasheswar Mahadev Temple, near Mussoorie
- Kempty Fall & Company bagh, near Mussoorie
- Lakha Mandal, between Mussoorie & Barkot.
Around 45-50 km before Yamunotri Temple, lies the city of Barkot, which is the 1st city you will sleep on Day 1. From Barkot, you can also plan to visit 2 popular temples that are 41 & 88 km away. These are:
- Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple: 41 km from Barkot. A temple was founded by Shri Ram & Hanuman Ji.
- Mahasu Devta Temple (Hanol): 46 km from Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple & 88 km from Barkot.
Click here to see the google map of Barkot to above 2 temples distance.
2. Barkot to Yamunotri Yatra:
On next day, you will leave for Yamunotri Temple from Barkot and from here the cab/car can drive upto Syanachatti, which is a beautiful town that comes on-route to Yamunotri Temple. Nowadays, many guests are staying here instead of Barkot. From Syanachatti, Barkot is 30 km away.
From Syanachatti, we will drive towards Hanuman Chatti which was once the last stop for cars and from here travellers have to walk 13 km towards Yamunotri Temple, but not anymore.
Now from Hanuman Chatti, travellers can drive towards Janki Chatti, which is 8.5 km away and is the last stop for car, bike, bus. From here, Yamunotri Temple is a 5 km trek which you can plan to walk or take horse, palki or pithu.
After reaching the Yamunotri Temple, all travellers first visit three hot water kund:
- Surya Kund (88 degree celsius water temporatute)
- Drapaudi Kund
- Gauri Kund
Out of these three Kund, Surya Kund is the most famous as here travellers put a cloth with raw rice, which gets cooked and is the main prasad of Yamunotri Temple. And at Gauri Kund, travellers take a bath. Note: water in Gauri kund is rich in sulphur and thus we suggest to not stay in the kund for much longer.
Yamunotri Dham is is situared at the origin of Yamuna river, which is Kalandi mountain. From Yamunotri Dham temple, just 1 km away is the champasar glacier. A few adventurous travellers also plan a trek on champasar glacier to get the amazing view of this whole region.
3. Opening dates of Yamunotri Temple
Yamunotri Temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya, which is in the month of May and close on Diwali, in the month of November. In 2019, the Yamunotri Temple opening & closing dates are 7 May 2019 and 29 October 2019.
And with this, we have shared all the details of trip from Haridwar to Yamunotri Dham temple. And by night, many guests come back to Janki Chatti, where their cab, taxi, cars are parked and they come back to Barkot to spend the night.
The Gangotri temple or Gangotri Dham
Gangotri which is the origin point of river Ganga, is a town of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The Gangotri Temple is dedicated to River Ganga (Ganges) & is the 2nd dham which you will visit after the darshan at Yamunotri.
From Yamunotri (or Barkot) the Gangotri temple is 180 km. After leaving Barkot we don;t straight away reach Gangotri but first arrive at Uttarkashi city, where travellers stay for a night & on next day leave for Gangotri temple which is 100 km away (2-3 hour drive)
There isn’t must walking distance from the car parking & the Gangotri temple. And here you can have the darshan of Surya Kund & Gangotri temple.
The Kedarnath temple or Kedarnath Dham
Kedarnath, the 3rd dham of the Char dham Yatra, is situated near Chorabari Glacier. The Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Shiv ji, and this temple on only open from April end to November, because weather here gets very extreme in winters.
To reach Kedarnath from Uttarkashi (on-route to Gangotri), we will drive 224 km till Gaurikund. Gaurikund is 12-13 km walk away from the temple and you have to start the yatra from here either on food or on gorse, palki etc.
This travellers visiting Kedarnath temple stays at Gaurikund or Sitapur, 6 km from Gaurikund.
The Badrinath temple or Badrinath Dham
The fouth dham is Badrinath temple, which is dedicated to Shri Hari Vishnu & is visited by both travellers travelling Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand and also the other Char dham yatra of India (Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath & Rameshwaram).
The temple of Badrinath is situated in the beautiful Nanda Devi National Park, and from Gaurikund (or Sitapur), it takes more than 8 hours to straight reach Badrinath. Thus we suggest to first reach Joshimath which is 6-7 hour & 171 km drive from Gaurikund. Here you can stay for the night & on next day leave for Badrinath temple which is 45 km drive which takes less than 2 hours.
The car can reach Badrinath temple, so there won’t be much walking near the temple