Char Dham Yatra Places

More than 80% of people plan Char Dham Yatra once in their life time, so they want to visit each and every place, temple that comes on route.

In this guide on Char Dham Yatra Places, we have shared details on all 4 dham, and other important temples, & places which you must visit.

Have a look at them below and feel free to call me (CB Singh) at 8209351141.

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All Char Dham Places you should visit

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1. Yamunotri Dham

More than 80% of Char Dham Yatra starts from Haridwar, as it has the best road, rail connectivity and from here the 1st place all traveler visit is the Yamunotri Dham Temple.

The temple of Yamunotri is one of Char Dham temples, and to reach here you need to drive 190 km north from Haridwar via Dehradun and reach Barkot.

At Barkot you can stay for an night and then on next day reach a place name Janki Chatti.

From here you need to walk for 5 km and the you will visit the 1st place of Char Dham Yatra: YAMONOTRI DHAM TEMPLE.

The Yamunotri Dham temple is dedicated to Ma Yamuna and is situated in Garwal Himalayas region of Uttarakhand.

It is said that the origin of the Yamuna River is from this temple, and a dip here is considered to protest from sudden death

  • Open from: 22 April 2023 to 14 November 2023

  • Distance from Haridwar: 220 km

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2. Kharsali, Saptarshi Kund & Hanuman Chatti

Along with Yamunotri Dham temple, one can also visit Kharasali, which is the winter seat of Ma Yamuna and every year around Diwali, when the Yamunotri Dham Kapat is closed due to heavy snowfall, the deity of the temple is brought to Kharsali.

Saptarshi Kund,is a lake at Champasar Glacier which is the source of Yamuna river.

To reach here you need to walk more than 7 km from Yamunotri dham, and its advisable to accompany a local guide as its quite a difficult trek.

Hanuman Chatti is a small village near Janki Chatti, and now a days many travelers even stay here when hotels in Barkot are full.

Plus the village is also famous for the Hanuman temple and we suggest to visit it after coming back from Yamunotri Dham Yatra.

  • When to visit: You can visit Kharsali & hanuman Chatti whole year but do consider the weather update. For Saptarshi Kund , you need to consult local authority as its closed in winters due to heavy snowfall.

  • Weather: Very cold, snowfall in winters

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3. Gangotri Dham

After visiting Yamunotri Dham, the next temple which you will visit is Gangotri Dham Temple.

To reach here you will leave from Barkot to Uttarkashi, which is 80 km/ 3 hour drive, & rest for the night.

Then you can drive till the Gangotri Dham temple area, where no trekking is involved.

The Gangotri Dham temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, and it is said that the origin of Ganga starting from Gangotri Dham.

Its is the 2nd of Char Dham temple and not so far from the temple there is a place name Gaumukh where one can self see the Ganga water coming out of glaciers.

  • Open from: 22 April 2023 to 14 November 2023

  • Distance from Uttarkashi: 100 km

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4. Vishwanath Temple, Uttarkashi

While traveling from Barkot to Uttarkashi, you must visit the famous “Vishwanath Temple” in Uttarkashi.

You can visit the temple when you drive from Barokot to Uttarkashi, and next day leave for Kedarnath Dham visit.

The Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Mahadev Shiv, and its full name is “Shree Kashi Vishwanath Temple Uttarkashi”.

It is said that the King of Kashi, in present Uttar Pradesh, shifted the Kashi Vishwanath temple, when his city was submerged in flood water.

There is also a Shakti Temple outside the main temple complex, which you should visit.

  • When to visit: Open whole year

  • Weather: 30’s in summer and 10 degree maximum in winter.

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5. Kedarnath Dham, Kedarnath

After visiting the Gangotri Dham and nearby temples in Uttarkashi, the next place to visit on Char Dham Yatra is Kedarnath Temple.

To reach here from Uttarkashi/ Gangotri Dham, you need to first arrive at Guptkashi which is 200 km drive.

After resting a night in Guptkashi you will first reach Sonprayag which is a 30 km drive, and then reach Gaurikund which the starting point of Kedarnath Yatra by feet.

Plus you can also book a helicopter for Kedarnath (starting from Guptkashi) or take a horse/ palki from Gaurikund.

The trek of Kedarnath Yatra is 18-20 km, and takes around 10-11 hours by foot.

Kedarnath is the most famous temple in Char Dham Yatra dedicated to Mahadev Shiv and some travellers only visit Kedaranath, as it is one of 12 Jyotirlinga.

It is said that this temple was built by the Pandavs as a sign of remorse for killing their relatives, friends & teachers in the war of Maharbahat.

Then in 800 AD, the temple was re-built by Adi Shankraya, whose statue is also built near the Kedarnath temple in 2021.

The temple is closed during winters due to harch cold weather and the diety is brought to Ukhimath Omkareshwar Temple, in Ukhimath and near Guptkashi.

Read more about Kedarnath Dham by clicking the button below.

  • When to visit: 25 April to 14 November-23

  • Weather: 20 degree in summner and -3 in winter.

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6. Ukhimath Omkareshwar Temple

It takes around 2 full days to complete Kedarnath Dham Yatra from Sonprayag.

Thus when you are coming back to Sonprayag on day 2 from Kedarnath Dham, you can rest for the day in Guptkashi, Sitapur or at Ukhimath to visit the Ukhimath Omkareshwar Temple, which is the winter seat of Baba Kedarnath.

Ukhimath is 40 km drive from Sonprayag and from here Guptkashi is 13 km or 20-30 minute drive.

Some guests also book their stay in Ukhimath, which now a days have quite some good accommodation options.

As per the local legends, Mandhata, an ancestors of Shri Ram performed a hard 12 year tapasya here, because of which he was able to feel the presence of Mahadev Shiv in the form of Om, and thus the temple name is Omkareshwar Temple.

Anther ledgend suggest that the grandson of Shri Krishna Anirudh, married Usha, daughter of a asyr (Vanasur), which led to rhe creation of this Shiv temple.

In winters, the temple is visited by many locals & travellers as not just Kedaranth Dham diety is brough here but the diety of Madmeshwar temple is brough here too.

Madmeshawar temple is as old as Kedarnath temple, built by Pandavas, and is also one of Panck Kedar.

  • When to visit: Open whole year, and visit in winters to see both diety, which is a rare site.

  • Weather: 30 degree in summner and 12 in winter.

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7. Badrinath Dham

After the Kedranath Yatra, its very important to go for Badrinath Yatra, which is also one of Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand, also known as Chota Char Dham Yatra.

Badrinath Temple is also a part of Char Dham Yatra of India, with other three temples being Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujrat, Jagannath Temple in Puri, and Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu.

From Guptkashi/ Sitapur/ Ukhimath you need to reach Pipalkoti, which is 95 km/ 3 hour drive, and rest for the day.

Next day from Pipalkoti, you will drive towards Badrinath temple, which again has no trekking as a car can reach the Dham area in 2-3 hours/ 75 km drive.

The temple of Badrinath is dedicated to Shree Hari Vishnu, and is one of 4 major Vishni temples in India, other 3 temple names shared above, along with 108 Divya Desams (temples dedicated to Shree Vishnu).

The Badrinath temple, also known as Badrinarayana Temple is suitated just next to Alaknanda river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, and here you will have the darshan of 1 meter tall black statue of Vishnun ji, in the form of Badrinarayana.

The Badrinath temple is also said to be re-developed by Adi Shankaracharya in 8-9th century AD, and here you will find that temple is divided in three main parts.

These are Garbhagriha, Darshan Mandap and Sabha Mandap.

Along with Badrinarayan statue, you will also have the darshan of Mata Laxmi, Kuber, Narad muni, Garuda, Nar Narayan and 15 more idols, made of black stone.

Plus below the temple you will find Tapt Kund which is a hot water spring with medicinal quality due to high sulphur, where you can take a bath before visiting the temple.

  • When to visit: Late April to early November, befoe Diwali.

  • Weather: 25 degree in summner and 6 in winter.

Also checkout our Char Dham Yatra package from Haridwar, starting @ Rs 17,000 per person all inclusive.

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7. Triyuginarayan Temple

Situated in Rudraprayag & dedicated to Vishnu ji, Triyuginarayan Temple is visited before or after visiting Badrinath temple.

Shri Bhairavnath Temple kedarnath

8. Shri Bhairavnath Temple

Situated at Kedarnath Dham complex, Shri Bhairavnath Temple is the protector of Kedarnath and a must visit temple.

Mansa Devi Temple in haridwar

9. Mansa Devi Mandir Haridwar

One of two famous temples in Haridwar, Mansa Devi Temple is situated at a hill & dedicated to Mata Mansa Devi.

Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar

10. Chandi Devi Temple

Along with Mansa Devi, we suggest to visit Chandi Devi Temple dedicated to Ma Chandi Devi, & is also situated at the top of a hill.

Trayambakeshwar Temple in rishikesh

11. Trayambakeshwar Temple

Suitated in Rishikesh near Laxman Jhula, Trayambakeshwar Temple is a 13 story temple dedicated to Shivji.

neelkanth mahadev temple in kotdwar

12. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Dedicated to Neelkant roop of Shivji, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is in Kotdwar (32 km from Rishikesh)  & a very popular temple of Mahadev.

The above list of Char dham yatra places can be covered in a 10 days yatra, and you can can give a few extra days then you can plan to visit more sites & places like.

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13. Tungnath Temple, Chopta

Chopta is a very peaceful & beautiful village near Rudrapragah, and famous for the Tungnath Temple, one of Panch Kedar.


14. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station which is 2-3 hour drive from Haridwar and can be visited after completing Char Dham Yatra.

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15. Dhanolti

Dhanolti is a small but popular hill station near Mussoorie, and is quietly visited by travellers coming back from Mussoorie.

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16. Tehri Dam

Around 80 km east from Mussoorie, you can visit Tehri Dam. You can stop here for an hour or 2 while driving from Mussoorie to Rishikesh.

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17. Auli

Rated as the best ski destination in India, Auli is thebest destination to see snow & enjoy sking. Its close to Pipalkoti & on route to Badrinath.

Hemkund Sahib

18. Hemkunt Shahib

Devoted to Guru Gobind Singh ji, Hemkund Sahib is a Yatra which starts near Auli and opens around the same time as Char Dham.

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