Four Pilgrimage Places In India

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The Char Dham is a collection of four pilgrimage sites in India. Hindus thought that visiting these dhaams helps in attaining moksha. It includes Badrinath, Dwaraka, Puri, and Rameswaram. Hindus consider that every Hindu should visit chariot dhams during their lifetime. In Hinduism, the tirthayatra pilgrimage, is one of the five duties of every Hindu, along with Dharma, worship, sanskaras and the observance of religious festivals. A pilgrimage is an exercise of will, humility and faith, when the devotee travels to often difficult places, leaving his problems at the feet of the divinity and forgetting all but God.

Kedarnath Dham 

Kedarnath is one of most famous and sacred pilgrims of Lord Shiva’s which is located in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is one of the char Dham of Uttarakhand and the most important dham among the panch kedar. Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of 3586 mts, in the bosom of majestic mountain peaks and near the head of the Mandakini River, the Kedarnath Range rises one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Route : Delhi → Haridwar (206 kms) → Rishikesh (24 kms) → Devaprayag (70 kms) → Srinagar (35 kms) → Rudraprayag (34 kms) → Tilwara (9kms) → Agastamuni (10 kms) → Kund (15 kms) → Guptkashi (5 kms) → Phata (11 kms) → Rampur (9 kms) → SonPrayag (3 kms) → Gaurikund (5 kms) → Kedarnath (16 Kms).

Aarti Timings: The daily pooja at the temple start around 4.00 am with Maha Abhishek and end at around 7.00 pm with the Shyan aarti. The temple opens for darshan for the general public around 6 am and there is an afternoon recess between 3-5 pm. The public timing for darshan at Kedarnath temple ends at 7.00 pm.

Uttarakahand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board
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Places to visit

  • Gandhi Sarovar: A lake from where Yudhishthir, the eldest of the Pandavas, is said to have departed to heaven.
  • Shankaracharaya Samadhi: Shankaracharya Samadhi poses as an idyllic and tranquil location to the devotees. It is believed that Adiguru Shankracharya took samadhi at this place.
  • Bhairavnath Temple: Bhairon Mandir is located 1 kms from the Kedarnath Temple. It is believed that when Kedarnath dham is closed for winter due to heavy snowfall, the deity in form of bhairavnath protect the kedarnath temple complex as well as whole kedarnath valley.
  • Ratus Kund: It is kund around 200 mts from Kedarnath temple.
  • Gaurikund: Base for a trek to Kedarnath & serves as a roadhead, the village has hot springs & a temple dedicated to Gauri.

Hotels where to stay

  1. Jamloki Tourist Lodge: Kedarnath Road, Phata, Uttarakhand
  2. Hotel Shivalik Valley Resorts: Sitapur Village, Rampur, Rudraprayag District

Badrinath

Badrinath is a holy city and a panchayat nagar in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, India. It is one of the four sites of the Indian pilgrimage of Char Dham and takes its name from the temple of Badrinath. The temple of Badrinath is the main attraction of the city. According to legend, Shankar discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan in Saligram stone in the Alaknanda river. Another belief is that when Ganga made her descend to earth she split up in to twelve streams and one among the channels, Alakananda felt on Kedarnath which gives Badrinath it’s majestic look.

Best Season: May – June and Sep – Oct

Delhi to Badrinath 

Delhi to Haridwar 206 km →Rishikesh 24 km →Devprayag 74 km →Srinagar 34 km →Rudraprayag 33 km →Karnaprayag 31 km →Nandprayag 21 km →Chamoli 10 km →Joshimath 48 km → Joshimath to Badrinath 42 km

Timings: The temple opens at 0430 hrs & closes at 1300 hrs. Once again it opens at 1600 hrs & closes at 2100 hrs after the divine song Geet Govind.

Places to visit:

  • Neelkanth: Behind the Badrinath temple, a side valley opens onto a conical-shaped Neelkanth peak (6600 mts). Also known as the “Garhwal Queen”, this is a snow-capped pyramid-shaped peak that forms the background of Badrinath. Visitors can come to the Braham Kamal area.
  • Tapt Kund: Before entering the Badrinath Temple, one has to take a holy dip in the Tapt Kund. Tapt kund is a natural hot water pool fed by a sulphur spring which is said to be the abode of Agni, the god of fire.
  • Charan Paduka: It is just 3 km away is a beautiful meadow carpeted with wild flowers in the summer. Here is a boulder bearing the footprints of Lord Vishnu.
  • Vasudhara Falls: Vasundhara Falls (3 kms from mana village) is one of the famous tourist attractions, which lies in the Mana Village. The water of this cascading falls flows down from the height of 400 ft and is situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft.

Where to stay


Gangotri

Gangotri is a small town centered around the temple and is one of the holy places among the four Char Dhams. It is the tallest and most important temple on the Ganga River which is worshiped as a goddess in India. Gangotri is the place where river Ganga descended from heaven when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his luscious locks. The river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda.

Timings: 4 a.m to 7 p.m.

Delhi to Gangotri

Road Route : Delhi → Haridwar→ Rishikesh→ Narendranagar →Tehri → Dharasu Bend →Uttarkashi→ Bhatwari → Gangnani →Harsil → Gangotri

Places to visit

  • Gangotri Temple: It is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state.
  • Bhairon Ghati: It is located 10 km from Gangotri. The temple of Bhairav ​​Nath is surrounded by a dense forest. Bhairon Temple can be reached after traveling by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati and crossing the Jahanvi River on foot.
  •  Shivling: A natural rock Shivling submerged under water is an attractive tourist spot of Gangotri. It can be easily seen when winters are on their way because the water level decreases during this period. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.

Where to stay

  • HOTEL HOLY VIEW: subhashkumain@gmail.com, gangotri road, uttarkashi, Uttarkashi
  • HOTEL VIJAY RAJ RESIDENCY: HOTELVIJAYRAJ@YAHOO.CO.IN, GANGORI, UTTARKASHI, Uttarkashi

Yamunotri

Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is located 3,293 meters above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas and approximately 30 kilometers north of Uttarkashi, the seat of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal division of Uttarakhand, India.

Yamunotri Temple:  opens for pilgrims at : 6:00 AM. Yamunotri Temple closes for pilgrims at : 8:00 PM. Aarti Time at Yamunotri Mandir : 6:30 am and 7:30 pm.

How to Reach 

Delhi – Haridwar [210 km]- Rishikesh [25 km]– Narendranagar [16 kms]– Chamba [46 kms]– Brahmkhal [15 kms]– Barkot [40 kms]– Sayana Chatti [27 kms]– Hanuman Chatti [6 kms]– Phool Chatti [5 kms]– Janaki Chatti [3 kms]– Yamunotri [6 kms]

Places to visit

  • Temple: Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on the second day after Diwali festival. The temple holds immense importance amongst the Hindus.
  • Janki Chatti: It is the midpoint of the trek to Yamunotri which is accessible by jeeps.
  • Surya Kund: There are many natural thermal springs in Yamunotri of which Surya Kund is renowned. The water of Surya Kund has a surprising temperature of 1900F. Pilgrims tie potatoes and rice to cook it by immersing it under water of Surya Kund.

Where to stay

  • HOTEL CENTER PALACE:  kendrasinghrawat21@gmail.com, Yamunotri, Kharadi, Uttarkashi
  • HOTEL SHREE KRISHNA PALACE & RESTAURANT: hotelshreekrishnapalace30@gmail.com, YAMUNOTRI ROAD NH 123 TUNALKA BARKOT, naugaon, Uttarkashi

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