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Route of the Char Dham Yatra

Route of the Char Dham Yatra

Overview

The Char Dham Yatra journey covers a total distance of 1,607km which begins from Haridwar and ends at Rishikesh. The sequence in which you will cover the Char Dham temples is, Yamunotri → Gangotri → Kedarnath → Badrinath.

 

A glimpse of Char Dham Yatra.

Char Dham Yatra consists of 4 major pilgrimage sites that are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These sites are all located in the state of Uttarakhand (DevBhumi, the land of Gods). In order to reach these sacred sites diverse routes are available from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Dehradun. You can initiate your spiritual f Char Dham Yatra from any of these places as they are all well connected by roads and flights with all the major cities of India.

 

According to Hindu mythology, Char Dham Yatra is very auspicious and sacred and hence should be done in a clockwise manner that is from west to east. With respect to the clockwise direction, the Char Dham Yatra initiates from Yamunotri and is followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath respectively. If you wish, you can cover the journey by road or by helicopter and it allows you to trek through the way and explore the adventures along the route of your Yatra.

 

How to reach Chardham Sites

You can directly reach Gangotri and Badrinath by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, and Kotdwar. You need to trek from Janki Chatti which is 210km away from Rishikesh to reach Yamunotri. Similarly, you need to trek from Gaurikund which is 93km away from Rishikesh to reach Kedarnath.

 

Route Map of Char Dham Yatra 

Char Dham Yatra is the most auspicious and spiritual tour of Uttarakhand. Char Dham Yatra consists of 4 pilgrimage sites namely, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These 4 sacred temples are dedicated to different Gods. Yamunotri and Gangotri are both dedicated to Goddess Ganga, Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The majestic valleys of the gigantic Himalayas embrace these sacred shrines in different districts of Uttarakhand namely, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, and Rudraprayag on the astonishing Garhwal hills.

 

Let’s have a look at a short description of Char Dham Yatra.

  • Yamunotri
  • Gangotri
  • Kedarnath
  • Badrinath

 

Yamunotri

Yamunotri is the westernmost shrine in the Garwal region and is the origin of the river Yamuna. Yamunotri is renowned for the temple of Goddess Yamuna and the sacred thermal springs at Janki Chatti. Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal constructed this holy temple of Goddess Yamuna.

 

While in Yamunotri, Yamunotri temple, Surya Kund, Saptarishi Kund, Kharsali, Divya Shila, and Hanuman Chatti are the important places to visit. The elevation of Yamunotri is about 3,219m.

 

In order to reach Yamunotri you can follow the given route,

  • Delhi to Rishikesh (231km) 
  • Rishikesh to Narendranagar (16km)
  • Narendranagar to Chama (46km)
  • Chama to Brahmkhal (15km) 
  • Brahmkhal to Barkot (40km)
  • Barkot to Sayana Chatti (27km)
  • Sayana Chatti to Hanuman Chatti (6km)
  • Hanuman Chatti to Phool Chatti (5km)
  • Phool Chatti to Janki Chatti (3km)
  • Janki Chatti to Yamunotri (6km)

 

Gangotri

Situated at an elevation of 3200m above sea level in Uttarkashi lies the divine shrine of Gangotri. People visit Gangotri to wash away their sins in the urge for salvation. The river Ganga accompanies Gangotri and flows with peace and purity. Every year thousands of pilgrims pay a visit to Gangotri. 

 

While in Gangotri, Bhojbasa, Kedartal, Gangnani, Gangotri temple, Gaumukh, Tapovan, Jalmagna Shivalinga, and Bhaironghati are the important sites to visit.

 

In order to reach Gangotri you can follow the given route,

  • Delhi to Rishikesh (231km)
  • Rishikesh to Tehri (75km)
  • Tehri to Uttarkashi (117km)
  • Uttarkashi to Bhatwari (31km) 
  • Bhatwari to Gangnani (15km)
  • Gangnani to Harsil (27km)
  • Harsil to Gangotri (25km)

 

Kedarnath

Kedarnath temple is situated at an altitude of 3584m above sea level and is accompanied by the meandering Mandakini river. Kedarnath temple is among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The routes to reach Kedarnath are well maintained and hence, it is very easy to reach Kedarnath.

 

While in Kedarnath, Son Prayag, Gandhi Sarovar, Triyungi Narayan temple, Kalimath, Chandrapuri, Gaurikund, Shankaracharya Samadhi, and Vasuki Tal are the important sites to visit.

 

In order to reach Kedarnath you can follow the given route,

  • Delhi to Rishikesh (231km)
  • Rishikesh to Devaprayag (74km)
  • Devprayag to Srinagar (35km)
  • Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33km)
  • Rudraprayag to Tilwara (9km)
  • Tilwara to Agastamuni (10km)
  • Agastamuni to Kund (15km)
  • Kund to Guptkashi (5km)
  • Guptkashi to Phata (11km)
  • Phata to Rampur (9km)
  • Rampur to SonPrayag (3km)
  • SonPrayag to Gaurikund (5km)
  • Gaurikund to Jungle Chatti (4km)
  • Jungle Chatti to Bheembali (3km)
  • Bheembali to Lincholi (4km)
  • Lincholi to Kedarnath (4km)

 

Badrinath

Badrinath is situated at an altitude of 3133m above sea level and it is accompanied by the graceful river Alaknanda. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and according to the legends, Lord Vishnu meditated at this place.

 

While in Kedarnath, Yogadhyan Badri temple, mana Village, Pandukeshwar, Tapta Kund, Satopanth lake, Charan Paduka, Neelkanth peak, Narad Kund, Mata Murti temple, Bheem Pul, Vyas cave, Ganesh cave, Brahma Kapal and Sheshnetra are the important sites to visit.

 

In order to reach Badrinath you can follow the given route,

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

 

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