Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra
Among the most important Hindu shrines, also known as Chota Chardham—Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri—can be found in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region, situated in the Garhwal Himalayas.
The temples in this area, which commemorate the mystical origins of the four ancient rivers of the religion—the Ganga, the Yamuna, the Alaknanda, and the Mandakini—combine to form one of the most well-known pilgrimage routes in the nation.
Thousands of followers arrive from April and November each year, braving the inclement weather and perilous mountain passes and treks to reach them.
Each successive generation has continued the annual tradition of attending these annual pilgrimage by following the religious circuit created by the famous philosopher and educator Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century.
What are the opening and closing dates of the Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra?
One might normally be occupied around April and early November when undertaking a Chardham Yatra. The procedure of ordering a Chardham itinerary with multiple OTAs begins each each year when the state government of Uttarakhand releases the kapaat opening and closing dates.
Every one of these temples has a deity that is migrated to its winter residence during the colder months. For Kedarnath Yatra its Ukhimath, for Badrinath its Joshimath, for Gangotri its Mukhba, and for Yamunotri its Kharsali, respectively. These winter residences’ doors are always open, and you are welcome to visit whenever it suits you.
You make sure that your Chardham package includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamnotri while booking it.
What is the Best time to Visit Uttarakhand CharDham Yatra?
Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath are included in the Chota Chardham circuit designed by Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century. The best time to visit Chardham is from the end of April to the beginning of June when the weather is comfortable enough to wander around the area without becoming chilly or getting your jaws tingling.
Between June and September during the rainy season, when Chardham is vulnerable to disasters, you must stay away from the area.
Summers in Chardham (From April to June)
Summertime brings out the best in the Foothills of the himalayas, with blooming flowers and breathtaking vistas. While the daytime temperature often ranges between 20 to 35 degrees Celsius, you would still need to pack your warm clothing in the summer because the temperatures decrease as soon as the sun sets.
Monsoons in Chardham (From June to September)
The monsoon season in Chardham is characterized by heavy downpours and landslides, with some streams even overflowing their banks. It is certainly not advised to do this trip during these months; instead, wait until the first few weeks of October to make your travel arrangements. Following the monsoon, the valleys are bursting with flowers, the falls are gushing, and the adjacent panoramas are breathtaking. A harsh winter’s onset is preceded by temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.
Winters in Chardham (From October to March)
When the Garhwal Himalayas experience below-freezing temperatures between November and February, the cold weather is at its most extreme, making it difficult to visit temples due to the abundance of snow. Due to the exceptionally harsh weather and the close proximity of the temples’ shutdown season, visiting Chardham at this season can be challenging.
Some Important Tips and Pointers to be noted before visiting Uttarakhand Chardham
- The Uttarakhand government always announces the beginning and ending periods of the Chardham yatra, so take note of them.
- Most establishments require you to remove your shoes and keep your head covered. You need to be respectful since these are locations that Hindus regard as sacred.
- Make sure you respect the sacredness of distant sites by not littering while you’re there and by keeping them as spotless as possible.
- Carry enough wool clothes if you’re traveling between October and November because the cold will be biting, particularly after sunset. But in any case, you must always dress in layers.
- Bring bottled water, spf lotion, sunglasses, and a cap with you because the sun may be very strong as you ascend the hills.
- You should also take your own medical kit, which should include antibiotics, painkillers, antipyretic creams, medications for fever and the common cold, and other daily medications.
- Bring energy-boosting snacks with you, such as granola bars.
- Some locations might not permit photography. Therefore, respect the feelings of the locals by not taking photos when asked not to.
- Start some warm-up activities a month prior to your Chardham yatra so that you are prepared to endure the hikes and high slopes your journey may entail.
- As some rural areas may not have consistent power supply, ensure your camera and phones are fully charged and carry power banks, if you can.
- Avoid visiting the Chardham during the rainy season since the slopes and roads can be extremely dangerous and landslides are frequently experienced during this time of year.
- Due to the high volume of visitors during the tourism season, it is advisable to reserve your hotel or guesthouse stays well in advance.
- You cannot consume any non-veg food or liquor while on a Chardham yatra.
Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra by Helicopter
To explore the 4 major Dhams, charter a helicopter for a Chardham Yatra (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath).
Free luxurious accommodation in Dehradun for one night, comprising breakfast and dinner. – Pickup and drop-off services from Dehradun Railway Station, Dehradun Bus Stand, and Dehradun Airport.
- A lavish accommodation and delectable meals.
- Exclusive darshans at each Dham.
- Local excursions
- Yamunotri’s Palki.
- Kedarnath Helicopter Excursion Tickets.
- Badrinath’s Vishnu Sahasranamam Path
- At Kedarnath, Jal Abhishek.
- Non-essential costs include laundry, phone calls, tips and gratuities, mineral water, soft drinks, and porterage.
- Any item not specifically listed in the inclusions.
- Optional sightseeing or car use not already planned in the agenda.
- Guides fees and entry fees.
- Any expenses brought on by natural disasters such as landslides, blocked roads, political unrest, etc.
- A charger for video and still cameras.
- 5% GST and all applicable government taxes.
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