Frequently Asked Questions about Chardham Yatra

Each year Chardham Yatra starts with the opening of Gangotri & Yamunotri gates, which are scheduled to open from Akshay Tritya. This year Akshay Tritiya is on07 May 2019, so Chardham Yatra will from 1st week of May 2019, Chardham route will be thronged with pilgrims.

Then here are the opening and closing dates of the Kedarnath Dham: The Kapat of this holy temple will open for yatris and devotees on May 9th 2019 at 5:35 am in the morning. ... On 7th May 2019 the Kedarnath Doli will be transferred from its winter seat at Omkareshwar mandir at Ukhimath post 10 am in the morning.

Badrinath Temple was opened for darshan on 10th May 2019 at 4:30 am. the closing date for the Dham has been decided to be on 20th November 2019.

Kedarnath is cold for the most part of the year, however, May to June and September to October are the best time to visit Kedarnath.

Best Time to Visit Badrinath. Badrinath has a chilly and cold climate almost throughout the year. The peak season to visit this place is between May to June and September to October. With the onset of the Monsoon season, Badrinathwitnesses heavy rainfall and a drop in temperature.

Is it safe to travel to Kedarnath? Being a revered pilgrimage site, Kedarnath is generally flocked with tourists during the Yatra season every year. So it is advisable to be alert about your belongings. Monsoons season should be avoided as the roads leading to Kedarnath are prone to landslides.

There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Kedarnath to Badrinath.The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Kedarnath to Badrinath is to take a taxi from Kedarnath to Badrinath.

The aerial distance from Haridwar to Kedarnath is 125 km. There is/are nearly 1 direct bus(es) plying between Haridwar to Kedarnath. These bus(es) is/are State Transport Bus etc. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Kedarnath fromHaridwar is 5h 27m.

You will reach in 2 hours from Dehradun to Kedarnath by train. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station. It is about 102 kms from Dehradun airport. Dehradun toKedarnath By Car: If you prefer taking the road to reach Kedarnath from Dehradun, check the taxi guide here.

Depending on your starting point, the yatra will take you 11 to 12 days. Char Dham yatra begins with a visit to Yamunotri Dham- the holy shrine dedicated to goddess Yamuna. A 36 Km drive from Barkot, followed by a 7 km trek will get you to the place where the river Yamuna is said to have originated. You can choose to start your yatra from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun according to your convenience.

Char Dham yatra begins with a visit to Yamunotri Dham- the holy shrine dedicated to goddess Yamuna. A 36 Km drive from Barkot, followed by a 7 km trek will get you to the place where the river Yamuna is said to have originated. Barkot also connects to Uttarkashi from which is just about 100 Kms from the Gangotri Dham- the next stop in your yatra. Kedarnath can be driven to from Rudraprayag, which is about 180 Kms from Uttarkashi. A 21 km trek up the mountain will take you to awe-inspiring Kedarnath Dham. Rudraprayag is also just 160 Kms away from Badrinath Dham, which is the final dham in your yatra. From Badrinath, there are a number of routes that’ll lead you back to Delhi via Haridwar. ( If you’re not able to accommodate all four dhams in your itinerary, Badrinath Dham and Kedarnath Dham are definitely the best ones to visit.)

Going for the Char Dham Yatra during the opening months of May to June and then again during the closing months of September to November are considered to be the best time to visit Char Dham Yatra. Avoid going on Char Dham Yatra during the monsoon months of July to September. Helicopter services during these times are suspended owing to the bad and unexpected weather conditions. The entire region remains prone to landslides and torrential rains. Make sure before booking and confirming your tickets or package to the Char Dham portals, that you are not going during the rainy seasons since you may even end up losing a lot of money.

ATMs are not a widely available service and facility in and around Char Dham sites. It would be a wise option for you to withdraw out some cash before commencing the journey on available places. Although there are ATMs available in the nearby pilgrimage towns that fall en route your journey to the holy destinations.

All the Char Dham sites have a good range of stay options available. You will be able to choose from staying in a government guesthouses and camping sites to budget-friendly hotels and even luxury resorts of 3 to 4-star categories. Although most of the facilities everywhere are almost the same which comprises of running hot and cold water facilities, warm bedding and a comfortable stay. Some hotels also have a built-in restaurant available in order to make the availability of food easier for the guests. People also choose to stay in the nearby holy towns that offer a much more pleasant stay option.

Booking your Char Dham Yatra is a lot of work if you choose to go on your own without the help of any travel agency. It is better to book you Char Dham Yatra journey via a travel company who has been doing it since a long time. It will save you a lot of time and unnecessary hassle. You can go through the reviews of people who have already gone on the Yatra and choose the company that appeals to you the most and caters to your requirement. Generally the company will ask you for some advance payment to get you the hotel of your choice. In order to confirm the booking you will be required to do 100 percent of the payment.

There are three token counters near taxi stand at Badrinath. You can collect your token (free) from one of these counters. Token mentions darshan time and you need to be at the main door 10 – 15 minutes in advance. Please note that time allotted for darshan of the Lord Badrinath is only for 10 – 20 seconds in the peak season of May to July. The token system was started in 2012 as a 10 day trial, but with its great success it has been continued for the Char Dham 2012 season. With the token system there is no need for pilgrims to stand in long queues for several hours outside the temple, and pilgrims now visit other nearby spots in the time which was otherwise going waste.

Gangotri has plenty of hotels near the main temple itself so it should not be a problem to find a room. Only the rooms in GMVN can be booked in advance but usually they are almost full in the months of May and June. Do not worry, you will get the rooms easily. In case, you do not get then, turn back to Dharali and Harsil about 20 Kms before Gangotri. These places also have many hotels.

There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Badrinath to Kedarnath.The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Badrinath to Kedarnath is to take a taxi from Badrinath to Kedarnath.

Distance between Badrinath to Joshimath is 44 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 22 km. There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Badrinath to Joshimath.The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Badrinath to Joshimath is to take a taxi from Badrinath to Joshimath.

Kēdārnāth Mandir (Kedarnath Temple) is a Hindu temple (shrine) dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. ... The temple is one of the four major sites in India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.

There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Haldwani to Kedarnath.The convenient and fastest way to reach from Haldwani to Kedarnath is to take a taxi from Haldwani to Kedarnath.The cheapest way to reach Kedarnath from Haldwani is to take Kgm Ddn Express from Haldwani to Haridwar then take State Transport

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh is actually the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibet border and lies deep within the Kinnaur valley. But the official 'India's last village', goes to Mana Village, Uttarakhand. Mana village is located @Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

The ancient Kedarnath shrine has survived the devastating floods in Uttarakhand but virtually everything around it has been destroyed, the official said. But he admitted that the temple had suffered some damage. ... According to the official, 1,000 to 2,000 pilgrims were rescued from the temple region Wednesday.

The temple of Lord Shiva was built in Kedarnath, proverbially by the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata. The exact date of the temple's construction is not mentioned in ancient literature. But if we look at scientific evidence, a minimum age of about 3,000 years can be considered

The heavy rainfall caused massive flash floods and landslides resulting in the death of residents and tourists as well as extensive damage to property. Reportedly the worst hit was the Kedarnath valley popular for the 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The flood left behind a death toll of more than 5000.

Distance between Dehradun to Kedarnath. Aerial distance between Dehradun to Kedarnath is 108 km. No direct flights or trains or buses are available between Dehradun to Kedarnath.The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Dehradun to Kedarnath is to take a taxi from Dehradun to Kedarnath.

The treks that lay ahead from the stopovers at motorable road junctions till the sacred shrines at Yamunotri and Kedarnath are particularly physically demanding. Unless one is a regular sports practitioner and enjoys above-average fitness levels, one needs to be duly prepared to undertake the strenuous uphill treks. Thus engage in some sort of physical training like brisk walking, repetitive climbing of stairs etc so that your body is fit enough to show up for the challenges the uphill trails may present. Before one starts Chardham Yatra, one needs to be adequately prepared, both mentally and physically, for the strenuous physical exercise the pilgrimage demands of oneself.

Since we are travelling to remote locales in Chardham Yatra, do not expect uninterrupted mobile and internet connectivity. But, BSNL offers the best possible connectivity for telecommunications and internet data usage. Grab yourself a BSNL SIM so that you can keep your loved ones at home updated about your whereabouts.

It is essential to get your accommodation reserved well in advance of the beginning of the pilgrim season in Chardham Yatra. It gets very difficult to find accommodation during peak season if one has not made early reservations.

You can hire pony/palki to ease the perils of the trek. Make sure that you maintain discipline while trekking. It is essential that you undertake the trek in devotion, and not give into competitive urges. It is advised to move slowly as the trek gets more difficult with time. Also, avoid walking or standing on the side of valley. Instead choose to walk alongside the hill-curve. This will prevent your coming in the way of ponies coming from the opposite side and subsequent accidents.

Only hire registered ponywala/palkywala/porter. This will prevent unnecessary haggling over prices as the rates have been previously fixed. Also, do not leave your luggage alone with any of them. Ensure that you walk alongside them. A little kindness goes a long way. One ought to treat the people and animals hired with respect and dignity while on the chardham Yatra. Make sure that you buy eatables, chai etc for them on the way. This will also let them reciprocate their services wholeheartedly.

Pay obeisance at the Yamunotri shrine. Yamuna Maa is embodied in a black statue. Enjoy the trek! It’s not every day that one gets to undertake such a challenging as well as rewarding trek through the Himalayas. The trek gifts you beautiful Himalayan scenery! Be sure to enjoy it fully. Pay obeisance at Divya Shila. This rock-pillar is said to have been where Yamuna river first originated at. Visit Surya kund. Bring home the prasadam of boiled potatoes/rice made in its boiling water.

Uttarkashi, ‘Kashi of the North’, falls in the Yamunotri-Gangotri route of Chardham Yatra. This holy city located along the banks of Bhagirathi River not just emulates Varanasi/Kashi in its name but also in the many religious sites strewn within its contours. In fact, the city witnesses the meeting of two rivers Varuna and Asi and has a temple named as Kashi Vishwanath Temple in its centre. Uttarkashi even has a Ghat named as Manikarnika Ghat. Pilgrims of Chardham Yatra also include Uttarkashi in their itinerary so that they can pay homage at Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the renowned Shakti Temple located opposite to it. The Shakti temple venerates a massive trident which is considered to be an embodiment of Shakti herself. It is to be noted that the trident which does not register even a slight motion after application of great physical force vibrates at the slight touch of a finger on its surface!

Gangotri is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Gangotri celebrates the origin of River Ganga. River Ganga is formed of Alakananda and Bhagirathi, of which Alakananda is the hydrological source stream because of its greater water discharge and length. As per Hindu mythology, River Bhagirathi is the chief source of Ganga River. Hindu mythology traces Ganga’s descent from heaven upon earth to have taken place in Gangotri. Gangotri is situated at about a distance of 105 km from Uttarkashi. The major towns in the road route between Gangotri and Uttarkashi are Bhatwari, Gangnani and Harsil. The town located at an altitude of 3145 m above sea level is well connected by road with the major pilgrim stopovers and cities in north India, thus it poses no major challenge inaccessibility.

Triyuginarayan Temple of Rudraprayag district is the celebrated wedding site of Lord Shiva and Parvati. This ancient Vishnu Temple still has a flame believed to have been burning from the date of the celestial wedding. The ashes from the fire are taken home by many pilgrims since they believe it will promote marital bliss. It is situated at just about 10 km from Sonprayag.

The trek till Kedarnath temple is a real test of one’s physical endurance and spiritual faith. It is a real blessing to be bale to receive Lord’s Darshan at the end of the travail. One can also visit Bhairavnath Temple located near Kedarnath Jyotirlinga. This fierce form of Lord Shiva is considered as the guardian deity of the entire Uttarakhand region. The beautiful scenery one is gifted from the hilltop is truly worth the extra effort of climbing the hilltop.

Have a blissful Darshan of Badrinarayan. Legend has it that this is the exact site at which Nar and Narayan performed austerities for thousands of years for the upliftment of the entire mankind. The 1 m tall idol worshipped at the temple is said to have been discovered by Adi Shankaracharya. Tapt Kund is the hot water spring located near the temple. Allegedly, a cave near Tapt Kund was the chosen site for enshrinement by Adi Shankaracharya when the idol was first discovered. Tapt Kund’s water is known for its healing properties. Mana Village is a major attraction near Badrinath. It is located at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath. Some of the major tourist attractions in Mana village include Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Saraswati River and Bhim Pul. A stroll across this last Indian village would take you back to the bygone era, with its many remnants of Mahabharata serving as ideal pointers.

You are advised to seek information only from Government Tourist Information centers. Phone numbers for Tourist information centers at each of the major stopovers are given below: Dehradun – 91 135 2559898, 2559987 Haridwar – 0133-4227370 Rishikesh –91-135-2431793, 2431783, 2435174, 2430799 Srinagar – 01346250065 Rudraprayag –01364-233995 Kedarnath –01364-263218 Guptkashi –01364 – 267221 Joshimath –01389-222226, 9568006667 Badrinath –01381-222212 Uttarkashi –: 01374222271 Jankichatti- 01375235639 Barkot –01375-224236 Also, let us list the address of Head office of Tourist Information Centre at Dehradun.

Before you start your Chardham Yatra, make sure you carry list of all the emergency phone numbers you might require on the way. Gangotri & Yamunotri Region Ambulance, Police, Fire- 108 Commissioner Garhwal Pauri- 01368-222300 DM Uttarkashi- 01374222280/222102 SP Uttarkashi- 01374-222116/222102 Tourist info. Center Uttarkashi- 01374274761 GMOU Rishikesh- 0135-2430074 Taxi stand Rishikesh- 0135-2430413 Badri – Kedar Region Ambulance, Police, Fire- 108 DM Rudraprayag– 01364-233300/233376 SP Rudraprayag– 01364-233210/233388 Badri-Kedar Temple Committee Joshimath– 01389-222124 DM Chamoli- 01372252102/252101 Chamoli- 01372252134/252133 Tourist Information Center Gopeshwar – 01372253185

It is essential to know where the hospitals are located en route. In case you encounter any medical difficulties, you can go to hospitals located at the following places: Yamunotri Route: – Damta, Naugaon, Barkot Hospital, Brahmkhal Prathmi swath Kendra, Syanachatti, Janki Chatti, Yamunotri. Gangotri Route: – Nagun, Chinyalisaur, Dunda, Uttarkashi, Maneri, Bhatwari, Harsil, Gangotri. Kedarnath Route: – Ukhimath, Kalimath, Chopta, Guptkashi, Gaurikund, Kedarnath Badrinath Route: – Joshimath, Chamoli, Pipalkoti, Birahi, Badrinath.