Chardham yatra is a trip to the 4 most holy places of Hinduism. As per traditional beliefs, every Hindu should visit these 4 pilgrimage sites at least once in his lifetime to get salvation (“Moksha”: The whole Sanatan Dharm is based on this concept). Book your Char Dham Yatra Tour Package at the Best prices with Snaptours.
These 4 holy cities are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These four holy sites sometimes are also regarded as Chota Char Dhams since as per traditional Hindu scriptures, Char Dhams are Puri, Rameshwaram, Badrinath, and Dwarka.
The four Chardham are located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and are a spiritual source of four religious rivers mentioned in Hindu scriptures. These rivers are Ganga, Yamuna, Mandakini and Alaknanda. These places are making the most prominent religious pilgrimage in the country as each year thousands of devotees visit these places facing harsh weather conditions and trekking on rough mountainous roads.
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Best Time to Visit Chardham
The best time to visit the Chardham located in Uttarakhand is in April-June. Each year at the starting of summer all the Chardham will open as per the dates announced by the government of the state.
The date of opening of each Dham will be different which be decided on the basis of Muhurat (Auspicious time). These holy places remain closed for 6 months of the year due to heavy snowfall in this region in the winter season. You can book your Chardham tour at an affordable price with Snaptours.
Places to Visit on Chardham Yatra
This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular 12 Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath is located near the source of the Mandakini river which is Chorabari Glacier. For reaching Kedarnath, you have to do a trek of around 14 km from Gaurikund. It is the only Dham in the Chota Chardham that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place has been described in Mahabharata where Pandavas worshipped God to provide mercy over the Kurukshetra war.
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According to Hindu scriptures, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu namely Nar-Narayan has done here Tapasya. The temple of Badrinath is located near Nilkantha peal. This Dham is the most accessible as compared to the other 3 places. This Dham was founded by Guru Adi Shankracharya in the 8th Century and is the only common Dham in old Chardham and Chota Chardham.
This place is located on the banks of the Alaknanda river. it is widely believed that Adi Shankracharya found the idol of Badrinayana in the river itself.
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Gangotri is considered one of the holiest places in Hinduism. This Dham holds major importance due to the source of the holiest river among Hindus i.e. Ganga. The temple of Gangotri is being built in the 18th century by Amar Singh Thapa who was a Nepali commander.
Gaumukh Glacier which is the foremost source of the river Ganga is located around 19kms away from Gangotri.
It is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. The original source of the Yamuna river i.e. Champasar Glacier is located 1 km further up at Kalind Mountain. This point is non-accessible due to the very difficult way to reach there, hence devotees offer puja at the temple located near the foot-hill.
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