Badrinath Temple, Uttaranchal
About Char Dham Yatra
Hindus hold close to their heart their religion. Perhaps no other
religion is so interestingly vast. What amazes one is the sheer faith
they have in their religion. Char Dham tour is one example of this.
The term Chardham is coined after the four holiest of pilgrimages of
Hindus, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The former two
are the shrines dedicated to the two holiest rivers of Hindus, river
Ganga and river Yamuna. Kedarnath is the seat of Lord Shiva while
Badrinath is the seat of Lord Vishnu. According to the Puranas, every
Hindu must undertake this journey once in his lifetime; pay a visit to
these holy places to attain salvation. A journey of Chardham will wash
one of all his sins, so is believed. To be born here or dying here is
the fate of only fortunate ones.
History of 4 Dham Yatra
Legends go behind all these places, which make them all the more
interesting, and at the same time more significant for every devout
Hindu. Journey to these shrines is not easy either especially for the
elderly, yet people of all age from around the world come to brave
these obstacles which come in the path of their journey to god.
The majestic Himalayas, the greatest of all ranges in the world are
home to the Chardham. These shrines rest in the Middle Himalayas and
are covered under snow for a significant part of the year. However to
soothe the pilgrims, the journey though treacherous at times is marked
with scenic spots. The views of snow capped mountains, meadows, green
landscapes and refreshing springs in between to take a dip. These hot,
cold and thermal springs are equally significant part of
Char dham package.
Chardham Yatra Information
The journey of Chardham Yatra packages starts with the western most shrine of
Yamunotri (the western most), then Gangotri, next is Kedarnath and the
last stop of Char dham tour package is Badrinath. This way journey follows the rule of following
a clockwise direction of parikrama or circumambulation, which is the
prescribed Hindu way. These days more and more pilgrims are opting for the Char dham yatra by helicopter as its a very convenient way to cover the yatra route. Apart from this staying at the Chardham camp is an experience in itself. For more precise info Chardham map will help you.