Char dham is also growing popular among foreign tourists, who are blessed to see the heavenly natural Among foreign tourists also Chardham is also becoming more and more popular, who are fortunate enough to see the the Himalayas and also the heavenly natural beauty. They also get a chance to learn more about Indian culture. In India, One of the most popular pilgrimage routes is Uttarakhand’s famous Chardham Yatra which attracts millions of tourists each year. From the months of May to November, tourists gather here to get the blessings of almighty. From all over the world and for Hindu worshipers, Chardham Yatra 2019 typically means a visit to four sacred mansions of the Hindu gods, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is the most popular places of visit in Uttarakhand for tourists. Initiated by Adi Shankaracharya, the pilgrimage of Chardham Yatra, today receives huge responses with a multitude of great pilgrims of the country.
Among the four sacred sites of Chardham, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Respectively Yamunotri and Gangotri are devoted to the Goddess Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. In the Hindu religion, Chardham Yatra is of great importance, and it is considered that every Hindu should do Chardham Yatra at least once in his life. Due to its scenic surroundings, the high mountain region (Himalayas), dense forests, wide valleys and fascinating surroundings, visitors can relax while breathing fresh air and using the experience of majestic places.
Attractions of Chardham Yatra
- Sacred departure from the holy city of Haridwar where the devotees take a holy dip in river Ganges and head towards Uttarkashi to catch the mighty glimpses of the two great riverine goddesses, namely Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is interesting to note that heading to Uttarkashi means finding the most suitable glaciers of these two famous Indian rivers – Ganges and Yamuna at the Gangotri-Goumukh Glacier and Yamunotri Glacier; respectively where the divine idols of these goddesses can be seen in their respective temples at Gangotri Temple and Yamunotri Temple; followed by making sacred dips in the rivers.
- Then, the trip leads to Kedarnath, which is located in Rudraprayag district, to visit one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Here devotees receive the blessings of the Almighty and are privileged. Devotees can also find the other divine forms of Lord Shiva in different temples located in different places in the name of Panch Kedar.
- In addition, Lord Badrinarayan’s most important visit to Chamoli District completes this pilgrimage in a more majestic way, where a one-meter statue of Lord Vishnu in meditative Shaligram stone form attracts everyone. The atmosphere of the Badrinath Temple impresses everyone and inspires people for the good of humanity. More importantly, this place is also very important for Chardham Yatra Package 2019 in India, as it is also an essential part. The Badri Panch in this district is also an important part of the Chardham tour, where different forms of Lord Badri-Narayan can be seen in different places.
Opening and closing dates of Chardham
The sacred sanctuaries of Chardham are open every year with the arrival of summers from April to May and end in the early winter months of October to November. The sanctuaries of Char Dham, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri remain open to pilgrims from April to October-November. All shrines close during the winters and could be worshipped in their winter homes.
Char Dham Yatra will start from the 1st week of May 2019. Each year, Chardham Yatra 2019 begins with the opening of the Gangotri & Yamunotri gates, whose opening is scheduled from Akshay Tritya. This year, Akshay Tritiya will be held on May 07, 2019, so Chardham Yatra will be from the 1st week of May 2019, the Chardham Road will be crowded with pilgrims.
|Chardham Temples||Opening Date||Closing Date (tentative)|
|Kedarnath||09 May 2019 (declared)||29 Oct 2019|
|Badrinath||10 May 2019 (declared)||09 Nov 2019|
|Gangotri||07 May 2019 (declared)||28 Oct 2019|
|Yamunotri||07 May 2019 (declared)||29 Oct 2019|
How to Reach?
It is quite easy to reach the pious city of Chardham where one offers prayers to God and finds inner peace by various means:
By plane: Jolly Grant Airport, famously known as Dehradun Airport, is the closest airport to Chardham. Here at the airport, Helicopters and small private planes are also allowed to land.
By train: Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and Kotdwar are the closest railway stations to Chardham. Outside the station, Buses, taxis and private taxis are readily available.
By road: The well-developed road network makes it possible to reach Chardham without any problem. Intercity transportation services and taxis are available regularly. From Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Gangotri and Uttarkashi Buses can be boarded.
Where to stay?
The devotees can stay in the hotels en route to Chardham according to their needs and their budget. Hotels do not spare any effort to provide excellent services and amenities to their guests. All the desired amenities, such as en-suite bathrooms, television, spacious rooms, telephone, etc., are provided by the hotels, which makes the visit a pleasant and memorable one for pilgrims.