Finding completeness and peace of mind? India, the land of the oldest dharma in the world, the Sanatana, is considered as the abode of God. Brimmed with countless temples, it paves the way for Gyan- knowledge, bhakti-devotion, and vairagya- self-realization. The Char Dham Yatra (चारधाम यात्रा) in Hinduism is considered the most important to acquire the Moksha or salvation and release us from this endless cycle of rebirth. The Yatra of Charm Dham is an amalgamation of four divine shrines of Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwaraka (रामेश्वरम, जगन्नाथपुरी, बद्रीनाथ और द्वारका). Want to calm down your mind and soothe your soul with the charismatic vibes of the maker of this universe? Keep reading the blog.

Char Dham Yatra: Surrender Yourself to God

Char Dham
Whatever you do, make it an offering to me, - the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your sufferings. - Bhagavad Gita

In Sanatana Dharma, also known as Hinduism, spiritual feelings are deeply ingrained and revered. The essence of this ancient tradition lies in connecting with the divine, transcending the material world, and realizing one's true self. Spiritual experiences are multifaceted and can manifest in various forms, such as devotion (bhakti), knowledge (gyana), and disciplined action (karma). These experiences often involve a profound sense of interconnectedness with the universe and a recognition of the divinity inherent in all beings.

Through meditation, rituals, chanting, contemplation, and yatras practitioners seek to awaken their inner consciousness and attain a state of harmony, inner peace, and union with the divine. This spiritual journey in Sanatana Dharma encompasses the exploration of the self, the pursuit of truth, and the realization of the ultimate reality, leading individuals towards a higher level of understanding, purpose, and fulfillment in life. According to the beliefs, one who goes for the Char Dham Yatra attains transcendental growth and Moksha.

To Which God These Shrines Belong- A Meeting with the God

Lord Vishnu

The three shrines of the Char Dham Yatra in India belong to the omnipresent Lord Narayan and one to Lord Shiva. Starting from the divine Badrinath in the North, the heavenly aura of Jagannath Puri in the east, the God-made sacred lingam of Rameshwaram in the south to the holy Dwarka in the west, the spiritual yatra will connect your mind and soul to the Almighty.

Embark your journey from here:

1. Badrinath: Tete a Tete with the Operator of The World, Lord Vishnu

Badrinath Dham
Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam Padmanabham Suresham
Vishvadharam Gaganasadrisham Meghavarnam Shubhangam।
Lakshmikantam Kamalanayanam Yogibhirdhyanagamyam
Vande Vishnum Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanatham॥

Taken from the Upanishads, according to Hinduism, this shloka enlightens us with the gracious charm and glory of Lord Vishnu, who is the protector of the Universe. Situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is dedicated to Lord of Lakshmi, the lotus-eyed God Vishnu. It is one of the holiest pilgrimages in India and is part of both the Bada Char Dham and Chota Char Dham circuits.

  • बड़ा चार धाम: रामेश्वरम, जगन्नाथपुरी, बद्रीनाथ और द्वारका
  • छोटा चार धाम: यमुनोत्री, गंगोत्री, केदारनाथ, बद्रीनाथ

Nestled amidst the heavenly Himalayas and Neelkanth mountain peak in the backdrop, Badrinath is considered as the place where Lord Vishnu meditated. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttrakhand. According to the Bhagavata Purana, while Lord Vishnu was meditating, his wife Goddess Lakshmi came and stood by his side to protect him from the scorching heat. This happened for years and she herself turned into a huge Badri tree known as Badri Vishal and her God is called Badrinath.

The temple is believed to have been constructed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 9th century. It is adorned with colorful carvings. The main shrine houses the 1 ft (0.30 m) Shaligram (black stone) deity of Badrinarayana in a gold canopy under a Badri Tree. The other attraction is the Tapt Kund which is a hot sulphur spring and is located just below the temple. Pilgrims bathe in these before entering the temple as these are considered to have many medicinal and healing properties. It is one of the best tourist places and visiting here is one of the best things to do in Uttrakhand.

Interesting Facts About Badrinath Dham: बद्रीनाथ धाम की विशेषता

Badrinath Route

The idol of Lord Vishnu is in the form of a Shaligram seated in padmasana (Lotus pose) which is the only idol of Narayana in the yogic pose.

  • The temple opens only during the summer season for 6 months and remains closed for the next 6 months due to heavy rainfall in the winter season.
  • The glory of Badrinath can be found in Bhagawata Purana, Skanda Puran and the epic of Mahabharata.
  • Placed between the Nar and Narayan Mountains, the temple is known as the meditation place of Lord Krishna and Arjun.

Best time to visit Badrinath: April to October

Travel Tips for Badrinath Yatra:

Badrinath View
  • If you are travelling between October to April, carry winter clothes as the temp is around 6-25°C with snow.
  • If you are travelling between April to June, the temp will be around 19-29°C. Keep summer clothes, sunglasses and keep yourself hydrated.
  • If you are travelling between July to September, carry light winter clothes, umbrella, and antiskid footwear as the temp is around 19-29°C with rainfall.
  • Carry a first-aid box and necessary medications with you.
  • Book your hotels in advance

Nearby Attractions of Badrinath:

Panch Shila: O KM from the main temple

(Markandeya Shila, Narad Shila, Barahi Shila, Garud Shila, Narsingh Shila)


TaptKund (Sulfuric Hot Spring Water pool/pond/tank) - O Km from temple

Narad Kund: 0.4 Km, 4 mins from Temple

Other Attractions:

Mana Village, India

Brahma Kapal- 0.5 KM, 4 Mins from Temple

Sheshnetra- 0.23 KM, 4 Mins from Temple

Panch Dhara- 1 KM, 15 Mins from Temple

Bheem Pul- 4.8 KM, 12 Mins from the Temple

Vasundhara Falls- 16 Min, 7.2 KM

The Cave of Ved Vyas- 10 min, 4.6 KM

Vishnu Charan Paadhuka (God's Footprint)- 2 Mins, 650 Meters

Pandukeshwar- 22.2 KM, 52 Mins

How to Reach Badrinath: बद्रीनाथ कैसे पहुँचें?

How to reach Badrinath
  • By Road:

The best way to reach Badrinath is via road. It is easily accessible through intrastate and interstate buses. Regular buses link this holy town with other towns and states including Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar, Dehradun, Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh at affordable fares. One can also travel here by private vehicle.

  • By Train

The railway station that is closest to Badrinath is at Rishikesh, 294 km away. You may take a bus or shared vehicle from Rishikesh to Badrinath. From here, you may take a private cab to the pilgrimage site. One can do rail ticket booking in advance for a hassle free experience.

  • By Flight

The closest airport to Badrinath, which is located 311 kilometres away, is Jolly Grant Airport. From Delhi, Lucknow, and Mumbai, there are direct and connecting flights that stop at Dehradun airport. To go to Badrinath, you can choose to take a bus from the closest bus station or to book a cab from the train station. Those who have less time can do the Char Dham yatra by helicopter also.

How to Reach Badrinath from Delhi

Delhi to Badrinath can be easily reached by road. The total distance is around 536 KM. One can reach there via NH 334 and NH 7 by private vehicle or get buses from Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal for Rishikesh and Haridwar, from where you can easily get conveyance for Badrinath town. One can do the bus booking in advance for a nice experience.

Delhi to Badrinath Route:

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Muzaffarnagar – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Joshimath - Badrinath

Delhi to Badrinath Distance: Around 536 KM

Registration for Badrinath: Now, it's mandatory to register for a Char Dham Yatra.

Make sure you register on the official website before planning a trip and you are medically fit.

Dress Code for Badrinath Temple: Indian Wear

Timings of the Badrinath Temple: 6 AM–12 PM and 4 PM–9 PM

Other Facilities Available: SBI ATM near temple, a petrol pump is located near the Bus Stand, there are numerous food joints near the temple

Accommodations Near Badrinath Dham:

  • Guest Houses of BKTC at Shri Badrinath:
  • Dharamshalas of various organizations
  • Accomodation at Joshimath which is around 45 Km from Badrinath
  • Private hotels- Sarovar Portico Badrinath, Ekaant in the Himalayas, Hotel Mount View Annexy, etc

Shopping Places in Badrinath: Badrinath Main Bazaar

Shopping in India

Souvenirs to Buy: God statues, incense sticks, spiritual books of Hinduism, prashadam, beads, etc

Ideal Duration: Minimum 2 Days

Badrinath Yatra Start Date in 2024: 12 May 2024

Badrinath Yatra Closing Date in 2024: 9 November 2024

Registration for Badrinath: Modes of Badrinath Dham Yatra Regirstration 2024

  • One can do registration online through the website itself:
  • Through the mobile app of Uttarakhand Tourism- touristcareuttarakhand (Google Playstore and App Store)
  • Through WhatsApp Message- Text "YATRA" on +91 8394833833
  • Via Call on Toll Free Number- 0135-1364

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2. Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri: Feel the Charismatic Powers of Narayana

Jagannath Puri
NeelAchala-nivasaya nityaya paramatmane|
Balabhadra-subhadrabhyam jagannathaya te namah||

The glory of Lord Jagannatha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is mentioned in the holy Bhagwat Puran and Vishnu Puran. Considered as one of the most important temples and one of the 4 Dhams in India, Jagannath Temple in Puri attracts millions of devotees from all over the world. Situated in Odisha on the eastern coast of India, the temple was built by Somavamsa king Indradyumna of Abanti. It was later rebuilt in the 12th century by Ganga Dynasty Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva. The annual Rath Yatra in Jagannath Puri Temple, or Chariot Festival, is a grand event where the deities are taken on a procession in beautifully decorated chariots.

After the end of Dwapur Yuga, King Indradyumna once found a mysterious glowing object floating in the river. Later, he came to know that it was Lord Krishna’s heart which is placed in the sacred idol made up of neem wood in the main temple. The divine shrine of Lord Jagannath is accompanied by sacred idols of Subhadra and Balabhadra. It is believed that the devotees who come here for darshan attain Moksha and they can feel the blessings of the Supreme God.

Devotees also visit the sacred Bedi Hanuman Temple in the Jagannath Puri to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman. Visiting Puri and experiencing the powers of God is one of the best things to do in India.

Interesting Facts about Jagannath Puri Temple: जगन्नाथ पुरी की विशेषता

Puri Complex
  • The floating of the flag atop the main temple in the opposite direction of the air challenging science.
  • The chakra placed on the top of the main temple is 20 ft high and weighs more than 2 tons. One can see this chakra facing you irrespective of your position.
  • No birds or planes fly above the Jagannath Puri Temple, and it is a no-fly zone. It's not declared by any state powers but by the spiritual powers of God Jagannath.
  • The excellent architecture of the main temple is made in such a way that its shadow does not cast at any time during the day on the floor.
  • While you are entering the main door of the temple through the Singhadwaram, you can hear the sound of the waves of the sea nearby but after entering the temple, the sound can’t be heard.
  • In Puri, the natural phenomenon of air coming towards the land from the sea during the daytime is completely opposite.
  • The flag on the top of the 45-storey building of the temple, is changed every day by a priest for the past 1800 years. It is said that if this ritual is missed even a single day, then the temple will shut down for the upcoming 18 years.
  • Every day around 2000 to 20,000 devotees come to the Puri Temple. The quantity of prasadam cooked is the same every day but it is never less or more, and it never gets wasted.
  • The pots in the grand kitchen of the temple are placed on top of each other in a hierarchy. But the pot placed on top cooks first.

Registration for Jagannath Puri Temple, Odisha: As such no early registration is required to visit the temple but only Hindus by birth can enter the temple

Dress Code for Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri: Only Indian Wear

Nearby Attractions of Jagannath Temple:

Konark Temple, Puri
  • Temples: Bedi Hanuman Temple, Shree Gundicha Temple, Markandeswar Temple, Shri Vimala Shakti Peetha Temple, Konark Temple, etc.
  • Beaches and Lakes: Swargadwar Beach, Sea Beach of Puri, Longest Golden Beach, Chilika Lake, etc

How to Reach Jagannath Puri Temple: जगन्नाथ पुरी कैसे पहुँचें?

Jagannath Puri Temple

By Air:

Puri does not have an airport, but one can fly to Bhubaneswar Airport which is situated around 60 KM from the main city and take cabs to reach the temple. One can do the Chardham helicopter booking in advance for a hassle free journey.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Puri, which is located around 3.3 Km from the main temple, is one of the best ways to reach Jagannath Puri, Odisha on a budget. Some of the famous trains that provide such services are Puri Howrah Express, Jagannath Express; New Delhi Purushottam Express.

The fastest train from New Delhi to Puri is ANAND VIHAR T - PURI Nandan Kanan SF Express which covers a distance of 1858 Kilometers in approximately 29H 45M hours.

Distance from Delhi: Around 1858 KM

Shopping Places in Jagannath Puri: Main Bazaar of Puri

Shopping in Jagannath Puri

Souvenirs to Buy: Chhena Poda Sweet as prashadam, religious beads, status of God, books, keychains, incense sticks, spiritual clothes, etc

Ideal Duration: 3 to 4 days

Jagannath Puri Temple, Odisha Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM

Jagannath Puri Nearby Hotels: Hotel Leo Castle, Hotel Krusti Resort, Hotel Sea View Residency, etc.

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3. Rameshwaram: Where Shri Hari Himself Worshiped Lord Shiva

Namami Shamishan Nirvan Roopam
Vibhum Vyapakam Brahma Veda Swaroopam |
Nijam Nirgunam Nirvikalpam Nireeham
Chidakaash Maakash Vaasam Bhajeham ||

Adorned on the Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram Dham is one of the 4 Dhams and is a divine place dating back to the Ramayana period. Known for its sacred temple of Lord Shiva, Rameshwaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in Hinduism. According to the epic Ramayana, the army of Lord Shri Ram constructed a bridge to rescue Goddess Sita. On every stone, the name of Prabhu Shri Ram was written and when the army threw them in water, they started floating. It was completely opposite to the scientific principles. After that, Lord Shri Ram prayed to the Almighty God Shiva and made a Sivalingam with his hands to thank him and seek his blessings for the further battle with Ravana, the King of Lanka. While on your Charm Dham ki Yatra make sure to visit this place and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Every year millions of devotees visit this holy place in Tamil Nadu to seek the blessings of God. Before entering the main temple, they take bath in the holy waters of Agni Theertham, a sacred sea located near the temple. The magnificent architecture of the temple, the carvings and the positive aura will make your soul pure. It is believed those who visit the temple chanting Ram naam attain Moksha. Devotees also visit Ram Setu which is one of the best places to visit in India.

Interesting Facts about Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu: रामेश्वरम की विशेषता

Rameshwaram Island- Ram Setu
  • The Temple has two lingams, one made by Lord Shri Ram, and another brought by Lord Hanuman from Kashi.
  • Nearby the temple, there is water around from 22 theerthmas where devotees cleanse their sins
  • One can visit Ram Setu which is around 36 KM from the main temple via Dhanushkodi in jeeps.
  • The stones float till today in the sea, dating back from the Ramayana period.

Registration Required for Temple: N.A

Dress Code for Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu: Only Indian Wear where men can only wear shirts and vests with dhoti and loose trousers. Jeans and T-shirts are not allowed. Women can wear saree or salwar suits.

Other Attractions: Spatika Linga Darshan at 5:10 AM Daily

Nearby Attractions:

Rameshwaram Island, Tamil Nadu

AadhiJagannatha Perumal Thirukoil Thirupullani, Dhanushkosdi, Ram Setu, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, etc

How to Reach the Rameshwaram Temple: रामेश्वरम कैसे पहुँचें?

How to Reach Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

By Air: Located at a distance of around 142 KM, Tuticorin Airport is the nearest airport here. One can hire buses or cabs to reach the main temple.

By Train: Rameswaram railway station is just about 1.3 km from Rameshwaram Temple.

Distance from Delhi: Around 2,691 KM

Shopping Places in Rameshwaram: Bazaar near the temple

Shopping in Rameshwaram

Souvenirs to Buy: Silk clothes, religious beads, prashadam, books, and Shivlingams

Rameshwaram Temple Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 6 PM till 8:45 PM

Nearby Hotels: Hotel Divine Rameshwaram, Hotel Blue Coral, Vinayaga by Poppys – Rameswaram, Hotel Hare Rama Hare Krishna, etc

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4. Dwaraka: The Heavenly Abode of Lord Krishna

Vasudeva sutaṁ devaṁ kaṁsa cāṇūramardanam |
devakī paramānandaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vande jagadgurum ||

Nestled amidst the captivating views of the sacred Gomti River, Dwarka is a spiritual town on the western coast of Gujarat, India. According to the epic Mahabharata, Shrimadbhagwat Puran, Skand Puran, and Vishnu Puran, Dwarka was the ancient Kingdom of Lord Krishna. The major attraction of all is the beautiful Dwarkadhish Temple which was built by Lord Vishwakarma at the request of Krishna’s great- grandson around 2,500 years ago. Later, it was reconstructed around the 15th century as it was destroyed by foreign invaders. Dwarka is one of the best places to visit in Gujrat for a perfect spiritual connection.

At about 2KM from here, we can find Goddess Rukmini Temple, who is the beloved wife of God Krishna. This is at a distance from the main temple of Dwarkadish because according to the Hindu Mythology, once Krishna and Rukmini invited sage Durwasa for dinner. As they were travelling, she felt thirsty. So, Lord Krishna prodded the ground with his toe and drew Ganges water to quench her thirst. Rukmini drank the water without asking Sage Durwasa who was also present there. The sage become so angry that he cursed that all the land will become barren and there will always be a lack of drinking water there. One can also visit Bet Dwarka which is a beautiful island via a Ferry ride and visit the temple where Meera Bai and Sudama met Krishna. On your Charm Dham journey, you will find this place to be very peaceful and away from every tension of the world.

Dwarka Temple Timings:

6:30 AM to 1 PM and from 5 PM to 9:30 PM

Nearby Attractions of Dwarka:

Nageshwar Temple

Rukmani Temple, Gomti Ghat, Nageshwar Temple, Gopi Chandan Ghat, Dwarka Beach, 5 Magical Wells of Pandavas, Durwasa Rishi’s Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Registration Required for Temple: N.A

Interesting Facts About Dwarka Temple: द्वारिका की विशेषता

Krishna Dwarka
  • The temple was built about 2500 years ago by Vajranabha, the great-grandson of Krishna.
  • Every day the main flag of the temple is changed four times by a priest who climbs up the temple.
  • The Gomti River flowing near the main temple is believed to be the daughter of Sage Vashistha. The sacred river is also called descending Gangas, a river that descends directly from heaven. It washes away all the sins of the people.
  • In the original Kingdom of Krishna, the Bet Dwarka, there is a temple where till today the prashadam offered to the Lord is of rice. This is because here Sudama, the childhood friend of Krishna offered him rice here.
  • In a proposed project, the underwater city of Bet Dwarka can be explored by tourists via scuba diving.
  • Dwarka was also called Suvarna Dwarka, as the entire city was adorned with Gold and precious gemstones, making its ambiance very heavenly.
  • Nearby the city there is a Ghat, commonly known as the Gopi chandan Ghat where the mud from the lake is used to make Gopi chandan. It is believed on this place, Krishna took a dip with gopis and all the chandan from their bodies settled down in the water.

How to Reach Dwarka Dham: द्वारिका कैसे पहुँचें?

Dwarka Nagri

By Air: The Jamnagar Airport (JGA), which is located about 145 kilometres from Dwarka, is the closest airport. You may take a bus or a cab to get to Dwarka from the airport.

By Train: Dwarka's own railway station, Dwarka Railway Station (DWK), provides excellent connections to important towns in Gujarat and other areas of India. From your departure station, you may check the train timetables and purchase tickets to Dwarka.

By Road: Dwarka is easily accessible by bus or private vehicle and has good road connectivity. There are several public and private buses that conduct frequent routes from different Gujarati cities to Dwarka. If you'd rather go by car, you may get to Dwarka by using the National Highway 947 (NH947) or other nearby routes.

Distance from Delhi: Around 1370 KM

Shopping in Dwarka: Main Baazar

Shopping in Dwarka

Souvenirs to Buy: God idols, religious books, pots, prasadam, gopi chandan, incense sticks, etc

Dress Code for Dwarkadhish Temple: Indian Wear

Nearby Hotels: Hotel Fortune Palace Dwarka, Hotel The Heaven, The Dwarika Hotel, Hotel Devang

Additional Information About Char Dham Yatra 2024

चार धाम यात्रा 2024 की संपूर्ण जानकारी

Char Dham Yatra Places: Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka

Char Dham Yatra Packages: Avail of our exclusive Char Dham Yatra tour packages today for a hassle-free darshan to bless your soul.

Apart from these Dhams in North, South, East, and West, one more Dham that one should not miss visiting in the center of India is Bageshwar Dham. Located in Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman. Also known as Bageshwar Dham Sarkar, the Bageswar Dham temple is attracting numerous devotees from all over the world. Visit the temple to seek the blessings of Sanyasi Baba while chanting Jai Shri Ram. Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri ji keeps on organizing Bageswar Dham Divya Darbar to solve all problems of mankind via the powers of God.

12 Things to Do on Char Dham Yatra: That You Must Do

While on your spiritual journey to the char dhams in India, you can do the following things for a lifetime experience.

  1. Visit the Char Dham Temples:

The primary objective of the yatra is to seek the blessings of the four sacred temples. Pay homage to the deities, participate in religious rituals, and experience the divine atmosphere surrounding these revered shrines.

2. Trekking:

Badrinath Trekking

The journey to Badrinath involves trekking through scenic landscapes and picturesque trails. Enjoy the serenity of nature, soak in the breathtaking views, and experience the spiritual solace offered by these sacred sites.

3. Seek the Blessings of the Almighty:

Char Dham Yatra

Offer your prayers to Lord Shiva and Narayana, know about the history and take part in the divine rituals and aarti ceremonies.

4. Explore the Natural Beauty:

Badrinath Natural Beauty

Along with the spiritual significance, the Char Dham Yatra offers breathtaking views of the mountains, lush valleys, and gushing rivers. Take time to appreciate the beauty of nature, capture memorable photographs, and rejuvenate your soul amidst the pristine surroundings.

5. Engage in Pilgrim Activities:

Hindu devotees dancing and chanting

Interact with fellow pilgrims, engage in devotional singing and chanting, and participate in religious ceremonies to enhance your spiritual experience. The yatra provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and immerse yourself in collective devotion.

6. Experience Local Culture:

Indian Culture

Embrace the local culture and traditions of Uttarakhand by exploring the nearby villages, interacting with the locals, and trying regional cuisine. Engage in conversations, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into the customs and traditions of the region.

7. Take Part in Charity and Seva:


Seva, or selfless service, is an integral part of the Char Dham Yatra. Engage in charitable activities such as distributing food, offering assistance to fellow pilgrims, or contributing to the welfare of the local communities. Seva adds a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment to your spiritual journey.

8. Connect to the Roots of Sanatana Dharma:

Ganga Aarti

Feel proud and connect to the roots of the Sanatana or Hinduism and celebrate the divine connection. Converse with the Yogis and Sadhus and get to know about the Vedas.

9. Shopping for Spiritual Souvenirs:

Indian Souvenirs

One can shop for the best souvenirs outside the temples of the Char Dhams like spiritual books, rudraksha malas, ethnic wear, shankha, God's idols, diyas, bells, prashadam and more.

10. Practice Meditation:


Devotees can engage in spiritual practices and learn meditation from the gurus nearby the ghats.

11. Try Local Satvik Cuisine:

Satvik Bhojan

Devotees should have a satvik meal and stay hydrated during the yatra for a blissful experience. From the crispy salty meals to the flavorsome sweet dishes, Indian Vegetarian food is an epitome of culinary dexterity.

12. Visit and Explore the Nearby Attractions:

Indian Heritage

Devotees can also visit the nearby attractions of the char dhams and embrace the rich culture and heritage of India for a lifetime experience close to Godly vibes.

Significance of Char Dham Yatra in Hinduism: Purify Your Soul

The term “Char Dham” was first coined by famous Indian philosopher and Yogi Shri Adi Shankaracharya. The Char Dham temple tour washes away all their sins and helps devotees to get salvation.

Chota Char Dham Yatra: Route to Moksha

Apart from this, devotees also go for a Chota Char Dham Yatra (छोटा चार धाम यात्रा), Uttarakhand to seek blessings from the Almighty and attain Moksha. So, are you ready for the spiritual journey of a lifetime? The Chhota Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand is all set to begin in May 2024, so, get ready to embark on a divine adventure to the sacred shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. As you step into the abode of the almighty, let's seek blessings, wash away your sins, and rejuvenate your souls.

Not only the sacred shrines but the way to them will also captivate you. The snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and serene rivers flowing on one side will be your companions on this sacred journey. So, pack your bags, and let's get ready to soak in the spiritual bliss of this Yatra! It is believed that one should do this yatra in a clockwise direction. The places included in the Chota Char Dham circuit are:

Chota Char Dham Yatra 2024: Opening Dates

  • Kedarnath Dham: 12 May 2024
  • Badrinath Dham: 12 May 2024
  • Gangotri Dham: 10 May 2024
  • Yamunotri Dham: 10 May 2024

Chota Char Dham Yatra 2024 Registration Process

छोटा चार धाम यात्रा के लिए रजिस्ट्रेशन कैसे करें?

  • Visit the website,, which allows users to register online
  • Using the Uttarakhand Tourism App, "Tourist Care Uttarakhand" (available on Google Play store and App Store)
  • By texting "YATRA" to +91 8394833833 on WhatsApp
  • By Dialing 0135-1364, the toll-free number

1. Gangotri: Where the Sacred Ganges Descends


Gangotri Dham, also known as Gangotri Temple, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site located in the Uttarkashi district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the four sacred Char Dham sites in Uttarakhand and holds great religious significance for Hindus. Dedicated to Goddess Ganga, the Gangotri Dham is a heavenly place located amidst the epitome of natural and divine charm. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that the river Ganges originated from the Gangotri glacier, known as the Gaumukh, which is located about 19 kilometers from the Gangotri Temple. The temple is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,100 meters (10,200 feet) above sea level amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges.

The Gangotri Temple is a stone structure that dates back to the 18th century. It is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, with snow-clad peaks, dense forests, and the holy Bhagirathi River flowing nearby. Pilgrims visit this sacred site to seek blessings and take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, which is believed to cleanse sins and provide spiritual purification. It is among the 4 dhams or the chota char dham yatra in Uttrakhand. The opening of this temple marks the beginning of the Char Dham Yatra season, when pilgrims undertake a journey to visit all four sacred sites of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.

Gangotri Temple Opens from: May to November

How to Reach Gangotri Dham: गंगोत्री कैसे पहुँचें?

  1. By Air: The nearest airport to Gangotri is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Gangotri. The airport is approximately 250 kilometers away from Gangotri and has regular flights from major Indian cities.
  2. By Train: The closest railway station to Gangotri is Rishikesh, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Gangotri. The distance between Rishikesh and Gangotri is about 234 kilometers.
  3. By Road: Gangotri is accessible by road from various nearby cities and towns. You can reach Uttarkashi, which is approximately 100 kilometers from Gangotri, and then continue the journey by road to Gangotri. Uttarkashi is well-connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand.

Other Attractions at Gangotri Dham:

Tapovan, Gangotri

It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and the pristine surroundings, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and trekkers as well.

Nearby Places to Visit in Gangotri:

Gaumukh Glacier, Tapovan, Harsil, Dharali, Gangnani, and Uttarkashi

Is Registration Required for Gangotri?: Registration is mandatory to travel to Gangotri

Gangotri Temple Timing

  • Morning Darshan Timing- 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Evening Darshan Timing- 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Aarti Timing- 6:30 am and 7:30 pm

Gangotri Trek: There are 14 scenic trails nearby Gangotri for adventure and nature lovers

Gangotri to Gaumukh distance: 18 KM

Time Required to Reach Gaumukh from Gangotri via Trekking: 8 to 10 Hours

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2. Yamnotri: Embrace the Sacred Mystique


Yamunotri is a revered pilgrimage destination in the Himalayas, known as the source of the holy river Yamuna. It is nestled in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India. The main attraction in Yamunotri is the Yamunotri Temple, dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. According to Hindu mythology, the origin of the Yamuna River and the significance of Yamunotri is associated with a legendary tale. It is believed that Yamuna, the river goddess, is the daughter of Surya, the sun god, and his wife Sangya. She was born from the sunlight and was considered a divine entity. Yamuna descended to earth to fulfill the wish of her father, who wanted her to bring purity and salvation to humanity. She chose the pristine and sacred location of Yamunotri as her abode, which became her earthly manifestation.

Another popular legend is associated with the Pandavas, heroes of the ancient epic Mahabharata. It is believed that after the great Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas sought redemption for their sins. They embarked on a journey to meet Lord Shiva, seeking his blessings and forgiveness. As they traveled through the Himalayas, it was Yamuna who accompanied them in the form of a beautiful river. At Yamunotri, the Pandavas encountered Yamuna, and she granted them solace and absolution. Since then, Yamunotri has been regarded as a place of immense spiritual significance and a destination for pilgrimage.

The Yamunotri Temple was constructed in the 19th century by the queen of Jaipur, Maharani Gularia. It is believed to be the place where the Yamuna River originates from the Champasar Glacier. Visitors and pilgrims travel to Yamunotri to seek blessings, take holy dips in the river, and participate in religious rituals. The serene surroundings and the divine aura of Yamunotri make it a cherished destination for spiritual seekers and devotees.

Yamunotri Temple Opens from: April to November

How to Reach Yamunotri Dham: यमुनोत्री कैसे पहुँचें?

  1. By Air: The nearest airport to Yamunotri is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Hanuman Chatti, which is the base camp for the trek to Yamunotri. The airport is approximately 210 kilometers away from Hanuman Chatti.
  2. By Train: The nearest railway station to Yamunotri is Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Hanuman Chatti. The distance between Rishikesh and Hanuman Chatti is about 210 kilometers.
  3. By Road: Yamunotri is well-connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand. You can reach Hanuman Chatti, which serves as the base camp for the Yamunotri trek, by road. Hanuman Chatti is located at a distance of approximately 215 kilometers from Dehradun and is accessible by buses and taxis.

Other Attractions at Yamunotri Dham: Natural beauty and trails

Nearby Places to Visit in Yamunotri:

Surya Kund

Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Hanuman Chatti, and Janki Chatti

Is Registration Required for Yamunotri?: Registration is mandatory to travel to Yamunotri

Yamunotri Temple Timing

  • Morning Darshan Timing- 6:15 am to 2:00 pm
  • Evening Darshan Timing- 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Aarti Timing- 6:00 am and 7:45 pm

Yamunotri Trek: The Yamunotri trek is a scenic and challenging 6-kilometer trail starting from Hanuman Chatti, leading to the sacred Yamunotri Temple, offering breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls, and the pristine beauty of the Himalayas.

Yamunotri to Gangotri distance: 227 KM

Time Required to Reach Yamunotri via Trekking: 4 to 6 Hours

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3. Kedarnath: Abode of Lord Shiva Beyond Science or Explanations

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath is a gorgeous town and a famous pilgrimage site situated in the Rudraprayag district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It's name is derived from the Sanskrit word- 'Kedar' meaning 'field' and 'nath' means 'lord', that is, 'the lord of the field'. It is believed that the 'crop of liberation' grows here. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kedarnath Temple is located near the head of the Mandakini River, which is a tributary of the Alaknanda River. The temple is surrounded by magnificent snow-clad peaks, including the Kedarnath Peak (6,940 meters) and other towering mountains, creating a breathtaking backdrop for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts. According to Hindu mythology, the story behind Kedarnath is also associated with the Pandavas, from the ancient epic Mahabharata.

It is believed that after the great Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas felt remorseful for the massive loss of life and sought redemption for their actions. To test their devotion, Lord Shiva took the form of a bull (Nandi) and hid himself in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. The Pandavas followed him and found him grazing among a herd of cattle. They recognized the true identity of the bull and tried to catch him, but he disappeared into the ground. The body parts of Lord Shiva reappeared at different locations across the Himalayas. The hump of the bull appeared in Kedarnath, where the famous Kedarnath Temple stands today. The Pandavas built a temple at this spot to honor Lord Shiva and seek his forgiveness.

Kedarnath Temple Opens from: April/May to October/November

How to Reach Kedarnath Dham: केदारनाथ कैसे पहुंचे?

  1. By Air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gaurikund, which is the base camp for the trek to Kedarnath. The airport is approximately 239 kilometers away from Gaurikund.
  2. By Train: The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gaurikund. The distance between Rishikesh and Gaurikund is about 215 kilometers.
  3. By Road: Kedarnath is well-connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand. You can reach Gaurikund, the base camp for the Kedarnath trek, by road. Gaurikund is located approximately 207 kilometers from Rishikesh and can be reached by buses or private taxis.

From Gaurikund, you need to undertake a trek of approximately 16 kilometers to reach the Kedarnath Temple. The trek is known as the Kedarnath Trek and passes through rugged terrains and picturesque landscapes. It is a challenging trek, and ponies and palanquins are available for those who prefer not to walk.

Other Attractions at Kedarnath Dham: Natural beauty and trails

Nearby Places to Visit in Kedarnath:


Gaurikund, Triyuginarayan Temple, Vasuki Tal, and Chorabari Tal (Gandhi Sarovar) are some of the best places to visit in Uttrakhand near the main temple.

Is Registration Required for Kedarnath? : Registration is mandatory to travel to Kedarnath

Kedarnath Temple Timing

  • Aarti Timing- 06:00 am and 08:30 pm
  • Temple Timing-4 AM–9 PM

Kedarnath Trek: The trek starts from the Sonprayag base camp

Total trekking distance in Kedarnath: Around 30 KM

Kedarnath to Gaurikund Distance: Around 16 KM

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4. Badrinath: Worship the Lord of Badri

Badrinath Temple

The Badrinath Temple, also known as the Badrinarayan Temple, is one of the four Char Dhams in Uttarakhand, attracting a large number of pilgrims each year. Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, it is situated between Nar and Narayana Mountain ranges. Established in the 8th century by sage Adi Shankaracharya, the temple is believed to be dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Open for six months a year, it becomes inaccessible in winter due to heavy snowfall. The detailed information is given in the beginning of the blog, so please scroll up to read complete information.

Badrinath Temple Timing

  • Morning Darshan Timing- 4.30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Evening Darshan Timing- 1:00 pm to 9:00Pm
  • Aarti Timing- 4.30 A.M am and 8:30 pm

Chota Char Dham Yatra 2024 Tips: चारधाम यात्रा की तैयारी कैसे करें?

  • Book accommodations and transportation in advance
  • Start regular exercise regimen several months before the yatra
  • Pack wisely for unpredictable weather in the Himalayas
  • Be prepared for altitude sickness symptoms such as headache, nausea, and shortness of breath
  • Respect local culture and customs, including modest dressing, shoe removal, and littering
  • Hire a local guide for guidance and assistance with language barriers
  • Be flexible and go with the flow of the journey
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly and avoiding alcohol
  • Stay healthy by getting enough rest, eating well, and avoiding risky behavior
  • Carry travel insurance for emergencies
  • Avoid the starting dates of the yatra (Go at least after 10 days of the yatra beginning date)
  • Always carry a valid ID proof

What Should be Brought to the Chhota Char Dham Yatra 2024

चार धाम यात्रा के लिए आवश्यक वस्तुओं की सूची

  • Bring all necessary travel documents like passport, ID card, and necessary permits
  • Carry enough cash and a debit/credit card as a backup
  • Pack warm clothing and rain gear for unpredictable weather
  • Bring sturdy footwear like hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Carry a backpack for essentials and hands-free movement
  • Bring a torch and headlamp for night-time navigation and power cuts
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit, water bottle, and water purification tablets
  • Pack light snacks and energy bars
  • Carry a camera or mobile phone for capturing views and memories
  • Carry personal hygiene items like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and moisturizer

Char Dham Yatra is a must for those who are willing to devote themselves to the worship of God. Doing this religious journey will let you know about the rich culture of India and let you delve deep into the pious roots of Hinduism. Don’t think anymore, follow your heart and get ready to unwind in the real happiness away from every maya and sin. Plan your Bada Char Dham and Chota Char Dham trip today and avail of our packages for a divine experience like never before.

Char Dham Yatra FAQs

Q1. What are the places included in the Bada Char Dham Yatra and Chota Char Dham Yatra?

The four main places included in the Char Dham Yatra, also known as the Bada Char Dham Yatra are Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. The places included in Chota Char Dham Yatra are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is believed that going for this spiritual journey washes away all your sins and takes you towards Moksha.

Q2. What is the ideal duration of a Char Dham Yatra?

The duration of the Char Dham Yatra depends on various factors such as travel arrangements, weather conditions, and individual preferences. On average, it takes around 10 to 14 days to complete the entire journey.

Q3. What are the places included in the Chota Char Dham Yatra?

The places included in the Chota Char Dham Yatra are: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. It is believed that doing this cleanses the soul and takes the devotees towards enlightenment.

Q4. Are there any age restrictions or physical fitness requirements for the Char Dham Yatra?

There aren't any strict age restrictions, although the Char Dham Yatra comprises challenging excursions including hikes and protracted walks. Before beginning the yatra, it is essential to check your health and speak with a doctor, especially if you are elderly or have a particular medical issue.

Q5. What is the best way to reach the Char Dhams?

The Char Dhams can be reached via excellent highways in taxis, buses, or personal vehicles. One can also book helicopters to reach sites like Badrinath in less time.

Q6. What are the places included in the Chota Char Dham Yatra?

The places included in the Chota Char Dham Yatra are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. One can plan it according to the weather conditions and time availability.

Q7. Do I need to register for the Char Dham Yatra 2024?

Yes, from now onwards it's important to register for the Char Dham Yatra keeping safety a priority. One can go on the official website of Char Dham Yatra to complete the registration.

Q8. What are the travel tips for a Char Dham Yatra?

Here are some of the helpful travel tips for Char Dham Yatra: Respect the traditions and follow a vegetarian diet Keep first aid box and all your medications Keep monitoring your oxygen level on high altitudes Wear comfortable shoes Carry your personal Id card

Q9. Why is Gangotri famous?

Gangotri is famous for being the sacred place where the holy river Ganges descended from heaven, with its actual origin at Gaumukh in the Gangotri glacier, which is accessible by trekking.

Q10. Why is Kedarnath so famous?

Kedarnath is renowned for its historical and religious significance as it is believed that the Pandavas undertook penance to please Lord Shiva in this sacred place. It holds immense importance as one of the four major sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage and as the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas, making it a significant destination for spiritual seekers.