If you set out on the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, it is likely you will start from Haridwar. The first of the four pilgrimage spots is Yamunotri. Next in the sequence is Gangotri and then comes Kedarnath followed by Badrinath, the final destination. Kedarnath is inarguably the toughest because it involves a trek over rough terrain at height of about 3550 metres or more. It is well to be well prepared for this arduous pilgrimage to Kedarnath.
Here are a few tips to help.
Check if health permits are required prior to travel and make arrangements to obtain them.
Chardham Yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimage expeditions for Hindus. The yatra consists in the visit of four holy shrines, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath. Hindus feel themselves religiously obligated to visit the Chardhams, which they consider to be a gateway to God’s world. The significance of Chardham Yatra lies in the fact that it is thought to be a path towards ‘moksha’ or salvation. To know more about Chardham travel read on-
How to Reach Chardham
To complete your Chardham Yatra you need to complete Darshan of all the four Dhams. You may start your Yatra from Haridwar; the gateway to God’s abode and proceed towards the high Himalayas for Chardham Darshan. To reach Haridwar, you can avail road or rail transport from the nearest metro city, Delhi which is well connected to the rest of India via road, rail & air transport. Also, regular trains run between Haridwar and many other major cities of India. After viewing the splendid Ganga Aarti at Haridwar’s Har ki Pauri Ghat, you may hit the road for Barkot via Mussoorie & Dehradun. From Barkot starts the 5km trek towards the first of the Chardhams, ‘Yamunotri’. If you have physical issues with trekking, you have other options like pony ride or Doli. After Yamunotri Darshan, you may return to Barkot for some rest and relaxation after which you are to proceed towards Uttarkashi. From Uttarkashi you are to move towards the next Dham Gangotri. Once done with Gangotri Darshan, you may return back to Uttarkashi for a night’s halt. After that you are to proceed towards Guptakashi. On reaching, drive straightway to Sonprayag and then Gaurikund. From Gaurikund starts your trek for the third dham, ‘Kedarnath Dham’. After Kedarnath Darshan you are to trek back to Sonprayag and proceed towards Rudraprayag by road. Next the route takes you to the last of the four Dhams, Badrinath Dham. From Rudraprayag, you are to drive to the Badrinath Dham via Joshimath. After the Darshan of Badrinath Dham, you are to return back to Rudraprayag from where you drive back to Haridwar. That completes your Chardham Yatra! The Yatra takes 11-12 days in total.
Best Time to Visit Chardhams
The Yatra season for Chardhams is between the months April & October. But in between this time span, there is a Monsoon season around months- June & July. The part needs to be avoided strictly. Landslides, heavy rains, slippery pathways could make your journey highly perilous and life threatening. Post October, winter sets in and the weather becomes stingingly chilly. By the end of November, temples are shut down and the area becomes clad with snow.
Tips to be followed During Chardham
To make your Yatra hassle-free and fulfilling here are some tips you need to abide by-
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