IntroductionUttarakhand is also known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods). It is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and places. Uttarakhand attracts lakhs of pilgrims and spiritual worshippers to get enlightenment. The pilgrimage to Char Dhams located in Garhwali region is considered to be the most sacred tour in India. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.are the four ancient temples and are collectively called Char Dhams. These four places mark the spiritual source of four sacred rivers: River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga or Ganges (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath) and River Alaknanda (Badrinath)
The yatra starts from Yamunotri, then to Gangotri and to Kedarnath and finally to Badrinath. Pilgrims visit all these places with a hope of losing away all their sins and to attain salvation (Moksha) by the blessings of the Lord. They feel they will get released from the cycle of birth and death. These places are considered the most sacred of all Himalayan ranges. It is also said that heaven and earth converge in these holy spots, and to be born or die here is a blessing of God. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri.
The four important shrines The details of these four important shrines are narrated below.
Other places of importanceIn addition to the above four main places there are many places which are worth a visit. Some such places are briefed here.
How to plan the tripTour starts from Haridwar. There are many travels which will provide the vehicles with well-trained drivers as per your requirement and itinerary will also be given by them. They will guide you throughout the tour with places to stay overnight and places to see. They will start the journey with Kemp falls, Yamunotri, uttarakasi, Gangotri, Gupta Kasi, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh. Once the tour is completed they will drop the tourists at Haridwar. Alternatively, there are travels from Delhi also who will start the tour from Haridwar. You can get good information about various travels available through the internet and you can book online also. From Haridwar, it is a journey of about 9 to 10 days basing on our plan and places we visit.
My Impressions I am blessed by the God and he gave me a chance to visit these places in the first week of this month and my impressions are narrated below.
Conclusions:The tour will bring a lot of peace to the people. We will find many places which explain us the beauty of nature. I feel everyone should spend some time to visit these places at least once in their lifetime.
An excellent and detailed article from Dr. Rao, the author. The Çhardham yatra is undertaken by thousands of people every year.
Nowadays, almost all travel agencies offer Chardham Yatra package. These packages look after the passengers more or less well, but in case of a medical problem, the tour operators generally don't make provisions.
The author has mentioned almost all the details. I would only add that Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Guptkashi and Srinagar are also known for trekking. Almost all trekkers of Uttarakhand get their provisions and essential items from Srinagar. The Chardham Yatra passengers meet the trekkers throughout the route.
I feel that the author could have given the total cost for two people/four people for the convenience of other Members of this site. Generally, a standard package of 10-12 days cost Rs. 12,000/- per person.
Thank you, Partha, for your kind words.
In fact, I have also thought of touching upon the cost details. But I restrained myself due to the fact that the tour package depends on various issues.
Our group of 52 passengers started from Hyderabad. The tour operator is from Haridwar. Our package includes air charges from Hyderabad to Delhi and from there to Haridwar by Volvo bus. From Haridwar, it is a 26 seater non-AC bus for 21 persons. The tour is for 12 days and 11 nights. Our package cost included helicopter charges for Kedarnath visit also. This package includes a double bedroom of standard hotels including food during the tour. The amount per head is Rs.38000/-. The tour operator is having different plans and basing on our convenience and requirement we can choose any other plan. It is always advisable to talk to the tour operator regarding the tour details and finalize the cost. The interested persons can look for various packages on the internet.
With my experience, I suggest that it is better to go in a group of six persons by opting for a six-seater. This will help us in deciding the places to spend more time and places which can be just peeped in. This will make us more satisfied and we can plan the programme in a better way. It may cost a little more than the cost mentioned by me. If the person is having more time, the flight charges from Hyd to Delhi can be avoided by travelling by a train.
The cost is affordable and we can change the tariff plan according to our requirement.
I had undertaken the Chardham yatra of Uttrakhand in my car. We had planned for Gangotri and Badrinath in one trip and Yamunotri and Kedarnath in the next trip. Both were nice trips. It was a tough drive but enjoyable. We were two persons who drove the car. It was appx 1200 kms to and fro from Delhi. Kedarnath is the best place I have ever visited in my life. It was a track of appx 22 kms which we traveled on the pony. People were going on foot also but that is really tough to do that. It was nice to see snow capped mountains and Ganga flowing by side of the track. I am so much impressed by the place that I wish I could visit it once again in my life.