Char Dham Yatra
A Spiritual Journey to Moksha
The Chota Char Dham pilgrimage, a sacred sojourn encompassing the divine realms of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, stands as a testament to the profound spirituality of India. This spiritual expedition holds a special place in the hearts of devotees worldwide, drawing them to the pristine Himalayan landscape in pursuit of “Moksha” – liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
Yamunotri, the first destination in this spiritual odyssey, is where the holy waters of the Yamuna River flow, believed to cleanse the soul of its sins and shield devotees from untimely demise. A dip in these sacred waters marks the initiation of a divine journey, purifying the soul and setting the stage for a deeper spiritual awakening.
Gangotri, the birthplace of the mighty Ganges River, holds immense spiritual significance for Hindus. The Ganges is revered as a goddess, and a pilgrimage to Gangotri is a quest for spiritual cleansing and blessings. The pristine waters of the river symbolize purity and divine grace, drawing seekers closer to the divine.
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Badrinath Temple, established by the revered Adi Shankaracharya, is the third stop on this sacred circuit. Here, worshippers seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is believed to grant salvation.
The temple itself is a testimony to India’s rich spiritual heritage, with its timeless architecture and a powerful aura that resonates with seekers on their quest for enlightenment.
Kedarnath, nestled amidst the Himalayas, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. What sets Kedarnath apart is the unique reverence for the Lord’s backside, symbolizing humility and the shedding of ego. Pilgrims embark on this journey to attain spiritual awakening and connect with Lord Shiva, transcending the material world.
The Chota Char Dham pilgrimage is more than a physical journey; it is a profound exploration of spirituality, a soul-cleansing experience, and the ultimate pursuit of “Moksha.”
This spiritual quest goes beyond boundaries, guiding devotees towards enlightenment and liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. Pilgrims from diverse backgrounds unite at these sacred sites, believing in the transformative power of this expedition.
39,999 INR / Per Person
From Rishikesh to Rishikesh
Your sacred journey begins in the revered town of Rishikesh. From there, you’ll set your course for the picturesque town of Barkot, nestled within the awe-inspiring Garhwal Himalayas. Upon your arrival in Barkot, you’ll check into your comfortable accommodation, taking a moment to relax and prepare for the spiritual adventure that lies ahead.
The day starts early as you head to Hanuman Chatti, the starting point of your trek to Yamunotri. This is a significant step in your spiritual journey. Upon reaching the sacred Yamunotri Temple, dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, you’ll participate in soul-cleansing rituals and offer your heartfelt prayers. After this divine experience, you’ll return to Barkot to rest and reflect.
You’ll bid farewell to Barkot and embark on a scenic drive to Uttarkashi, a town that serves as a gateway to various sacred destinations. Here, you’ll visit the revered Vishwanath Temple, immersing yourself in spiritual and cultural explorations. Afterward, you’ll check in at your accommodation in Uttarkashi, where you can rest and prepare for the next leg of your journey.
Setting out early, you’ll journey to Gangotri, a spiritual nucleus of your expedition. Upon your arrival, you’ll pay your respects at the Gangotri Temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The tranquil surroundings and the ethereal aura of the temple make it a perfect place for spiritual activities. Afterward, you can explore the picturesque town of Gangotri and its surrounding attractions.
Leaving Uttarkashi behind, you’ll continue your journey to Guptkashi. Upon reaching Guptkashi, you’ll check in at your accommodation, where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming pilgrimage to Kedarnath. Take this time to reflect on the spiritual significance of your journey so far.
The day begins with an early morning drive to Gaurikund, the starting point of your trek to Kedarnath. Upon arrival, check in at your Kedarnath accommodation and prepare to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. One of the highlights of the day is the evening Aarti at Kedarnath Temple, a serene and spiritual experience.
After your morning rituals and darshan at Kedarnath Temple, you’ll begin your descent to Gaurikund. This journey offers a chance for reflection on the spiritual experiences and growth that this pilgrimage has brought. Your overnight stay in Guptkashi allows for peaceful contemplation.
You’ll check out from Guptkashi and embark on a scenic drive to Badrinath, the final destination of your Char Dham Yatra. Upon arrival in Badrinath, you’ll check in at your accommodation, refreshed and prepared for your spiritual journey.
You’ll visit the famous Badrinath Temple to offer your prayers and seek blessings. Additionally, you can explore nearby attractions such as Tapt Kund and Mana Village, rounding off the day with the enchanting evening Aarti at Badrinath Temple.
Begin your day with morning rituals at Badrinath Temple, followed by check-out from your hotel. Your journey continues to Rudraprayag, a town where sacred rivers meet. You’ll explore the serene surroundings and visit the sacred temples of this confluence town.
Then, you’ll check in at your accommodation in Rudraprayag, a perfect place to reflect on the confluence of divine energies.
As your Char Dham Yatra nears its conclusion, you’ll depart from Rudraprayag and retrace your path to the sacred city of Rishikesh. Upon arrival in Rishikesh, you’ll have time to explore its vibrant ghats and witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. The spiritual experiences and cherished memories of your transformative journey will stay with you as you continue your onward path.
Your journey concludes with a hearty breakfast and check-out from your hotel in Rishikesh. Depending on your departure schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing. As you bid farewell to Rishikesh, you’ll carry with you the blessings and cherished memories of your transformative Char Dham Yatra, a journey that has touched your heart and soul.
Map Of The Trail
Price Inclusion & Exclusion
- Transportation: Transportation from Rishikesh and back to Rishikesh is included in the package.
- Accommodation: Enjoy comfortable stays during your trek with accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, or dormitories, offered on a twin, triple, or dormitory sharing basis. When camping, rest in spacious tents on a double or triple sharing basis.
- Meals: We provide nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals. Our meals are designed to keep you energized throughout the trek.
- Camping Fees/Permits: All necessary trekking permits and woodland camping fees are included in the package, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
- Trek Equipment: We provide essential trekking equipment, including dining tents, kitchen tents, sleeping tents with mattresses, and sleeping bags. Utensils, ropes, micro-spikes, and gaiters (if required) are also part of our equipment offerings.
- Mules and Porters: Mules and porters are available to carry central equipment, easing your load and allowing you to focus on the trek.
- Qualified Team: Our team comprises experienced and qualified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters who are dedicated to making your trek safe and enjoyable.
- Basic First Aid: A basic first aid kit with an oxygen cylinder and a helmet (if required) is available to address any potential health concerns during the trek.
- Expert Assistance: You can always reach out to our experts for any queries or assistance during your trekking journey. Simply contact us at +91-8089693825.
- Backpack Offloading: If you prefer to offload your backpack, an additional fee of INR 1050 per bag applies.
- Mules or Porters for Personal Bags: The service of mules or porters to carry personal bags is not included and can be arranged at an extra cost.
- Emergency Costs: Any expenses arising from emergencies during the trek are not included in the package.
- Tips: Tips for the trekking team are optional and not included in the package.
- Items Not Mentioned: Any expenses or items not mentioned in the inclusion section are not covered.
- Stay at Dehradun: Accommodation and meals in Dehradun on the last day of the trek are not included.
- Meals During Transportation: Meals during transportation are not included.
- GST: A 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applicable and not included in the package.
Things To Carry
- 45-60 Ltr Bag Pack With Rain Cover & Comfortable Straps: Choose A Spacious Backpack With A Rain Cover And Comfortable Straps To Carry Your Essentials.
- Hot & Cold Water Bottle Like Borosil & Milton: Stay Hydrated With Hot And Cold Water Bottles, Such As Borosil And Milton, To Keep Your Beverages At The Right Temperature.
- Snacks Like Energy Bar, Dry Fruits & ORS: Pack Energy-Boosting Snacks Like Energy Bars, Dry Fruits, And ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During The Trek.
- Personal Medical Kit: Bring A Personal Medical Kit With Essential Supplies For Any Minor Health Concerns That May Arise.
- At Least 3/4 Full Sleeves (Non-Cotton): Opt For Non-Cotton Full-Sleeve Shirts To Protect Your Arms From The Elements.
- 1 Full Fleece T-Shirt: A Fleece T-Shirt Provides Warmth And Comfort In Chilly Weather.
- 1 Fleece Jacket (Woollen Or Sweater): Keep Warm With A Fleece Jacket Or Woollen Sweater.
- 1 Down Feather/Hollofil Jacket: A Down Feather Or Hollofil Jacket Offers Excellent Insulation Against The Cold.
- 1 Waterproof Jacket/ Poncho: Be Prepared For Rain With A Waterproof Jacket Or Poncho.
- Thermal Inners (Upper And Lower) - 1 Pair: Thermal Inners Provide An Extra Layer Of Warmth.
- 2 Trek Pants (Avoid Shorts & Denim Pants): Trek Pants Are Comfortable And Suitable For Trekking Conditions.
- 1 Pair Waterproof Gloves: Waterproof Gloves Keep Your Hands Dry And Warm.
- 1 Pair Woollen Gloves: Woollen Gloves Provide Additional Warmth.
- 1 Sun Cap: Protect Yourself From The Sun With A Sun Cap.
- 1 Woollen Cap: Keep Your Head Warm With A Woollen Cap.
- 2 Pairs Of Sunglasses (U/V Protected): Sunglasses With UV Protection Shield Your Eyes From Harmful Rays.
- 1 Waterproof & High Ankle Trekking Shoes: Quality Trekking Shoes With Waterproofing And Ankle Support Are Essential.
- 1 Pair Of Floaters: Comfortable Floaters Are Perfect For Resting Your Feet After A Day Of Trekking.
- 4 Pairs Of Cotton Socks: Bring Cotton Socks For Comfort During The Trek.
- 1 Pair Of Woollen Socks: Woollen Socks Provide Warmth In Cold Conditions.
- Hand Sanitizer & Sunscreen Lotion: Maintain Hygiene With Hand Sanitizer And Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen Lotion.
- Toothbrush And Toothpaste: Basic Dental Hygiene Items Are A Must.
- Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes: Carry Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes For Convenience During The Trek.
- Quick Dry Towel: A Quick-Dry Towel Is Compact And Useful For Freshening Up.
- Lip Balm & Antibacterial Powder: Protect Your Lips With Lip Balm And Maintain Hygiene With Antibacterial Powder.
- 2 Neck Gaiters (Buff): Neck Gaiters, Like Buffs, Keep Your Neck And Face Covered.
- Moisturizer: Keep Your Skin Moisturized In Varying Weather Conditions.
How To Reach
Best Time To Travel
One of India’s most respected pilgrimage routes, the Char Dham Yatra, beckons devotees and those seeking spiritual solitude to set out on a solemn trek through the magnificent Himalayas.
The timing of this holy excursion is essential for guaranteeing a flawless and spiritually gratifying experience, even though the search for heavenly gifts never changes.
The months from May to October are, without a doubt, the most significant time to travel the Char Dham Yatra.
The four respected Char Dham temples opened their doors to pilgrims from all over the world at this time. Opening and closing dates are coordinated with the ebb and flow of the seasons in each temple’s unique calendar.
Amid breathtaking mountain scenery, Kedarnath welcomed visitors on April 25, 2023, allowing followers to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings up to the temple’s anticipated shutdown on November 14, 2023.
Another holy location on this pilgrimage, Badrinath, began its heavenly visit on April 27, 2023, and continues to welcome the devout through November 18, 2023 (updated).
Likewise, on April 22, 2023, the famed Gangotri Temple and Yamunotri Temple, both essential destinations on this celestial circuit, welcomed visitors. Up to its anticipated closure on November 15, 2023, pilgrims can worship Goddess Yamuna in Yamunotri and Goddess Ganga at Gangotri.
More Info about Char Dham
The Main Four Dhams are a group of four holy pilgrimage sites in India, and Chota Char Dham, also known as Mini Char Dham, is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The Four Pilgrimages draw millions of visitors from all around the world. We will give you a brief overview of the significance of Mini Char Dham here:
Cultural Significance: Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River, is believed to be the abode of Goddess Yamuna. It is a place where devotees pay homage to the goddess and take a holy dip in the Yamuna's icy-cold waters.
Religious Significance: This shrine is the first stop in the Char Dham Yatra. Devotees believe that taking a dip in the Yamuna here cleanses them of their sins and ensures a safe journey ahead.
Cultural significance: Gangotri, the Ganges River's source, is regarded as one of the most sacred locations in Hinduism. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty and tranquility.
Religious significance: The Gangotri Temple is devoted to Goddess Ganga, and it is thought that visiting this temple will wash away sins and lead to salvation. The Ganges is revered as a source of life and a cleanser.
Cultural Significance: The Kedarnath Temple represents Hindu spirituality and architecture and is situated amidst the breathtaking Himalayan peaks. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled.
Religious Significance: Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is devoted to Lord Shiva, giving it significant religious significance. When worshippers come to this temple with a pure heart, it is thought that Lord Shiva forgives their sins.
Cultural significance: Badrinath Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams, which are significant to Vaishnavites. It is located in a stunning valley encircled by snow-capped mountains.
Religious Significance: The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu, especially to his incarnation as Lord Badrinarayan. It is said that going to Badrinath will free one from the cycle of life and death, or moksha.
As you embark on the Char Dham Yatra, you will be greeted by the enchanting presence of two prominent tree species, the Rhododendron and Oak. These ancient and towering trees have silently witnessed the passage of time for centuries. Apart from their aesthetic charm, they hold a vital role within the local ecosystem. The Rhododendron forests, especially when they burst into full bloom, paint the trail with a mesmerizing palette of red and pink, creating a visual spectacle that leaves a lasting impression.
While traversing the Mini Char Dham in the Himalayas, you might be fortunate enough to cross paths with captivating wildlife, adding a layer of intrigue to the journey. Among the avian wonders, you'll encounter the vibrant Himalayan Monal, whose plumage rivals the vibrant hues of the Rhododendron blossoms. The majestic Himalayan Griffon Vulture soars gracefully in the high mountain skies, a symbol of the rugged beauty of the Himalayan landscape.
On the ground, the elusive Himalayan Tahr, a master of mountain terrains, may make a rare appearance. The graceful Musk Deer, with its delicate features, adds to the mystique of the region. The ever-watchful Langurs and Macaques, swinging through the trees, lend a sense of dynamism to the tranquil mountains.
As you go to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath for pilgrimage, you will get the opportunity to see the natural beauty and cultural richness of Uttarakhand. You can advance spiritually by visiting the places and doing the things in your community listed below:
- Gaumukh Glacier: The Gaumukh Glacier, the River Ganga's source, is reachable by a walk from Gangotri. It's a challenging yet worthwhile journey.
- Gangotri National Park: Explore this national park if you enjoy nature because it is home to a variety of animals, including the rare snow leopard.
- Surya Kund: Swim at the Surya Kund hot spring, which is renowned for its healing qualities.
- Janki Chatti: a town close by that serves as a jumping-off place for the journey to Yamunotri and offers beautiful vistas.
- Vasuki Tal: This glacier lake is a well-liked hiking location and offers breathtaking vistas.
- Chorabari Tal (Gandhi Sarovar): a tranquil lake encircled by lush vegetation and snow-capped mountains.
- Triyuginarayan: Visit the holy community famous for its perpetual light and Lord Shiva's wedding location.
- Mana Village: Known as the "Last Indian Village," it has great natural beauty and cultural significance.
- Vasudhara Falls: a magnificent waterfall with a hiking track that offers beautiful views.
- Tapt Kund: For a spiritual experience, plunge in one of the hot springs found around the temple.
Here's a breakdown of the difficulty level for each of the Char Dham destinations:
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trekking: The trek to Yamunotri is relatively moderate and suitable for most pilgrims. It involves a 3-kilometer trek from the town of Janki Chatti to Yamunotri Temple. Ponies and palanquins are available for those who prefer not to trek.
- Altitude: Yamunotri is situated at approximately 10,797 feet (3,291 meters).
- Difficulty: Easy
- Travel: Gangotri is easily accessible by road. The temple is at a walking distance of 1 Km from the Gangotri Parking area.
- Altitude: Gangotri is located at a height of around 10,310 feet (3,143 meters).
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
- Trekking: The trek to Kedarnath can be challenging due to its steep ascent. It covers approximately 16 kilometers from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. The path includes rocky terrain and some steep sections.
- Altitude: Kedarnath is situated at a high altitude of about 11,755 feet (3,583 meters).
- Difficulty: Easy
- Travel: Unlike the other Char Dhams, Badrinath is easily accessible by road, and no strenuous trekking is required to reach the temple. This makes it suitable for pilgrims of all ages and fitness levels.
- Altitude: Badrinath is located at around 10,279 feet (3,133 meters).
Note: It's important to note that the difficulty of the pilgrimage can also vary based on individual fitness levels and weather conditions.
The Mini Char Dham Is in Uttarakhand State of India.
The Difficulty level of Char Dham is easy to Moderate.
Yamunotri was Built by Sudarshan Shah in 1839
Gangotri was built by Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa
Kedarnath & Badrinath were Built by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya.
In the midst of awe-inspiring mountain landscapes, Kedarnath initiates its spiritual journey on April 25, 2023, allowing devotees to seek Lord Shiva's blessings until the anticipated closure on November 5, 2023.
Another sacred destination on this pilgrimage, Badrinath, commences its divine sojourn on April 27, 2023, and graciously receives devotees until November 18, 2023.
Simultaneously, on April 22, 2023, the renowned Gangotri Temple and Yamunotri Temple, both integral stops on this celestial circuit, open their doors. Pilgrims can offer their devotion to Goddess Yamuna at Yamunotri and Goddess Ganga at Gangotri until the expected closure on November 15, 2023.
You can do the registration to the Registration for mini char dham from the Uttrakhand Government Portal and the Link to that Portal is:
Undoubtedly, the most significant time to embark on the Char Dham Yatra is from May to October. During this period, the revered Char Dham temples open their doors to pilgrims from around the globe. Each temple follows its unique calendar, aligning its opening and closing dates with the changing seasons.