About Chota Char Dham Yatra
Chota Char Dham have their own mythological belief as well as historical significance. In India, faith has a special place, whether it is Dwaparuga or Tretayuga. Even in Kalyug, belief in the faith of the people is still alive. Chota Char Dham Yatra is done in Garhwal Himalaya.
Chota Char Dham i.e Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand are similar to the crown of the head of the country. Based on mythological religious texts, these Char Dham are the most sacred places of Hindu religion. By visiting these Dham’s, all human sins are washed away.
Chota Char Dham Yatra Itinerary
Day 1 – Delhi to Haridwar
The first day passers travel from Delhi to Haridwar and see the pilgrimage sites here. The journey of these Chota Char Dham Yatra starts from the religious and spiritual city Haridwar. Haridwar i.e. the door to meet God. In ancient times, it was known as Mayapuri.
Day 2 – Haridwar to Yamunotri
The Chota Char Dham of Uttarakhand namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. After traveling to Haridwar, the passengers arrive, Rishikesh, situated between the high mountain ranges. One route from Rishikesh goes to Gangotri and Yamunotri and the second route goes to Badrinath and Kedarnath. Although traveler can also visit Yamunotri and Gangotri from Mussoorie route. But Rishikesh-Chamba-Tehri route is easy and short.
Traveler first departs for Yamunotri Dham from Rishikesh. Yamunotri is situated at a distance of 222 km from Rishikesh and is the first halt of Chota Char Dham Yatra. Passing through the high mountains, the first stop of this journey is Narendranagar. Chamba which is situated on the lap of Himalaya located just 46 km away from Narendra Nagar. The beautiful confluence of beautiful weather, along with natural beauty, is felt in Chamba.
From Chamba, the visitors now travel towards Tehri. Tehri Nagar is situated at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana river. Tehri Dam is situated in Tehri, the second tallest dam in Asia. After Tehri, the passengers reach Dharasu Band. A route from Dharasu band goes to Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the last stop to reach Yamunotri Dham. Yamunotri Temple is situated at a distance of 13 km from the Hanuman Chatti, which is covered by foot, Horse, Kandi, and Palki.
There is a cave on the way to Yamunotri temple, in which there is a Panchmukhi idol of Lord Shiva. Kedar Ganga flows beneath this cave. The Passengers stay for night rests in GMVN rest house Phool Chatti and start the journey to Yamunotri Temple next day.
Day 3 – Yamunotri to Gangotri
Yamunotri Temple is located at a distance of 6 km from Phool Chatti. On reaching the temple, the passenger’s bath in natural hot water Kund.
Yamunotri, who is the sister of Yamraj and daughter of Surya Dev. One of the eight queen of Lord Krishna. Yamunotri Temple is located 3500 meters above sea level. There is a Kund near the temple name Tapt Kund. In this Kund, the devotees keep rice in a cloth and boil them. The devotees carry the boiled rice home as Prasad. The gateway of the temple remains open from Akshay Tritiya to Deepawali. The remaining 6 months Yamunautri Mata is worshiped in Kharsali village of Uttarkashi.
After the visit of Yamunotri, the passengers proceed towards Gangotri which is the second halt of Chota Char Dham Yatra. The distance of Gangotri from Yamunotri is 228 km. The passenger goes back to Dharasu Bend to go to Gangotri. Traveling from Dharasu to Donda the devotees now go towards Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is an uncommon combination of natural beauty and religious belief. After a bit of relaxation in Bhatwari, devotees begin their journey again.
Now the traveler reaches Harsil, which is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi, it is famous for the apple orchard. There is a proper arrangement for the stay of pilgrims in Harsil. On the way to Gangotri there is a temple of Bhairavnath in the Bhairav Valley, and after visiting the temple the passengers again leave for Gangotri Temple.
Day 4 – Gangotri to Gaurikund
Gangotri Dham is situated at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level. At this place, Bhagirathi Ji attained the Ganga from Shiva. That is why the name of this place is Gangotri. Gaumukh is located at a distance of 10 km from Gangotri Dham, which is the origin of Bhagirathi river. The remaining six months Maa Gangotri is worshiped in the Mukhba village of Uttarkashi.
After the visit of Gangotri Dham, the passengers now depart towards Kedarnath Dham which is the third halt of Chota Char Dham Yatra. Travelers from Gangotri now go back to Dharasu Band. From Dharasu to Tehri to Srinagar the devotees now travel towards Kedarnath. Srinagar is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda river. The distance of Rudraprayag from Srinagar is about 33 km and the distance of Kedarnath from here is 84 km. Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. Rudraprayag is the final market for the travelers traveling to Kedarnath. Travelers buy essential goods from here and then move forward.
Going further Tilwara and Agastmuni comes. It is believed that Maharishi Agathmuni did austerity at this place. Helicopter facility is also available with the mutual support of Uttarakhand Government and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). A route from Agastmuni goes to Kedarnath passing through Guptkashi and the other way goes to Chamoli passing through Ukhimath. The temple of Ardhanareshwar is situated in Guptukashi.
On the way, Mundkata Temple of Ganesh Ji is situated. It is believed that Lord Shiva had parted Ganesha’s head on this place.
Then comes the ancient Gaurikund where there is a temple of Gauri Mata. By doing darshan of Gauri Mata happiness and prosperity comes. By doing ancestor Pitra Daan here salvation is attained. The water of the Kund in the Gauri Kund is hot. After bathing here, the devotees start their journey again. Gaurikund is the last bus stop for those traveling to Kedarnath. The Passengers stay for night rests in Gaurikund and start the journey to Kedarnath Temple next day.
Day 5 – Gaurikund to Kedarnath to Gaurikund
Kedarnath Temple is situated at a distance of 21 km from Gaurikund, which is covered by foot, Horse, Kandi, and Palki. Rambara has located 7 km ahead of Gaurikund. Traveling from Rambara go to Kedarnath passing through Bhairav Chatti and Garud Chatti.
It is said that after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas had constructed this temple to get rid of their sins. It is such a belief that in ancient times, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu Nar and Narayana had done penance for Lord Shiva at this place. Pleased with his worship, Lord Shiva gifted him a boon. Being pleased with their worship, Lord Shiva asked him for their desire. Then Nar and Narayan urged Lord Shiva to be installed in the same place. Fulfilling their desires, Lord Shiva established himself at that place. Kedarnath is one of Dvashash Jyotirlingas.
The gateway opening date of Kedarnath Temple is on the day of Maha Shivratri. And after Diwali, on the day of Bhai Dooj, the gateway of Kedarnath are closed. When Kedarnath temple closes, then Lord Shiva is worshiped in Ishaneshwar Mandir. After visiting Kedarnath, devotees return to Gaurikund. The devotee can also stay for night rest at the Dharamsala located in Kedarnath. The devotees leave for Badrinath the next morning.
Day 6 – Gaurikund to Badrinath
The pilgrims visiting Badrinath first visit Kedareshwar Jyotirlingas. Passing through Vishnuprayag, the passenger now moves towards Badrinath. The Pandukeshwar Temple is located between Joshimath and Badrinath, this temple reflects excellent architecture.
Badrinath is situated on the banks of the river Alaknanda. Playing conch shell (Shank) in Badrinath temple is prohibited.Without Basil (Tulsi), Badrinathji’s worship is half-done.
In the south part of the temple is a pair of Nag Nagin. There is such a belief about the couple that when Naran and Narayan were going to meet their mother, this pair of Nag Nagin came under their cart. By which Nar and Narayan became angry and made them rock with their curse. Since then, poisonous insects are not habituated to this place. Mana village is situated at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath, which is the last village of India.
Day 7 – Badrinath to Rishikesh to Delhi
Travelers leave for Rishikesh or Delhi on the seventh day. In this way, the travelers can do Chota Char Dham Yatra within 7-8 days.
Chota Char Dham Yatra Package 2018
Char Dham Yatra packages are in numbers of ranges that you can buy according to your wish. The basic package starts from 10,000 and the deluxe package starts from 15000-20000. You can buy the package from any agency. These packages do not include helicopter service. These whole packages include train and bus service.
Chota Char Dham Yatra by helicopter
The Chota Char Dham Yatra helicopter service started on May 8, 2015. The helicopter service package for Char Dham is from 100000- 150000/ person. The helicopter is also available from Guptkashi to Kedarnath. One can book Char Dham Yatra package from any agency.
When to do Chota Char Dham Yatra
In the winter months, the gateway of Char Dham are closed. Char Dham gateway open in the month of April-May. The gate of the temple is open till Diwali. The best time for the four Dham yatra is from May to September. Road condition is not good during the rainy season, so do not travel in the rainy season.
Chota Char Dham Yatra tips
If you are planning to visit Char Dham with your family, then you have to take care of some things.
- First of all, arrange accommodation in advance.
- Carry drinking water and medicines.
- Respect local customs and tradition..
- Carry warm clothes, Umbrella, raincoat etc
- Always keep your vehicle on the left side.
- Use horn on turns.
- Do not hurry to overtake the vehicle and do not overtake on the curves.
- Give space to the climbing vehicle.
- Get the vehicle serviced before departure.
- Do not drive fast.