Chardham Yatra

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Char Dham Yatra 

One of the most well-known Hindu pilgrimages in India is the revered Char Dham Yatra, which takes place in Uttarakhand. Four sacred destinations are visited during this religious tour namely Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
The high-altitude holy sites are open for only half of the year, starting in the summer (May) and ending as winter approaches (October or November). During this brief time, the Char Dhams get a massive influx of pilgrims. We have provided a proper guide so that you have a hassle-free Char Dham Trip. You can refer to it while planning for the trip to Chardham
For readers’ ease of understanding, the frequently asked questions have been organised into the most relevant sections. On this page, you'll get in-depth information on the following topics:

 

Badrinath to Hemkund Sahib distance is approximately 42kms and it takes 51 minutes to reach there. If you choose to take the Helicopter route then you can get the aerial darshan of Hemkund Sahib as well.

The trek to Kedarnath starts from Gaurikund, which is 20kms long and you can reach there either by trekking or you can also a hire pony there. Apart from that, the government also offers shuttle services which can be booked online. So shuttle services are basically government helicopters that take approximately 5-7 minutes to take yatris from the helipad to the kedarnath temple.

Every year Chardham witnesses thousands of pilgrims from across the country. There are multiple agencies that conduct Chardham yatra either by road or by helicopter. They have various Chardham Tour Packages which includes Chardham Helicopter route that takes less time, approximately 4-5 days, however going by road takes more time, approximately 8-10 days. About the Kedarnath trek, one can book shuttle services from the government website and then he/she can fly to Kedarnath Temple. The other option is that of trekking or hiring a pony/porter to take you there. Other Dhams such as Gangotri and Badrinath do not require people to trek, however incase of Yamunotri, there is a 6km one way trek and pilgrims can hire a pony/palki there as well. Mostly pilgrims start their yatra from Delhi and reach Haridwar and continue the yatra with this route.

The most common route for Chardham Yatra is  Haridwar-Barkot-Yamunotri-Uttarkashi-Gangotri-Guptkashi-Kedarnath-Badrinath-Haridwar.

If you are at the Kedarnath Temple then first you have to come down to Gaurikund. From here you can take a cab and drive to Karnaprayag, which is at a distance of approximately 103km, taking almost 4 hours to reach. You can stay at Karnaprayag and then the next day, you can drive to Badrinath, which is 122kms away from Karnaprayag and takes 4 hours to reach Badrinath.

The distance from Badrinath to Kedarnath is approximately 240kms, which includes a 20km trek to Kedarnath Temple. The trek for Kedarnath Temple starts from Gaurikund which takes approximately 7-8 hours to reach.

Gaurikund is approximately 245kms away from Dehradun, which takes almost 8 hours to reach. However from Kedarnath, there is a 20km trek that takes 7-8 hours to complete that makes Dehradun 265kms away from Kedarnath. One can take NH 7 and NH 107 to reach there.

The distance from Gaurikund to Rishikesh is approximately 212km, which takes almost 6-7 hours. Since Kedarnath has a 20km trek, the distance between Kedarnath to Rishikesh is 232kms. One can take NH 7 and NH 107 to reach there.

Pilgrims often prefer Delhi over other places to start their Chardham Yatra. One can take a train from Delhi to Haridwar and then book a cab for the yatra. From Haridwar, drive to Barkot and stay there, the next day, drive to Janakichatti and trek to Yamunotri, return back to Barkot for the overnight stay. Next day move to Uttarkashi, stay there and on the next day visit Gangotri and return back to Uttarkashi. Now you can go to Guptkashi and stay there for the night and on the next day drive to Gaurikund, take bath there and trek towards the holy Kedarnath Temple. Stay at the top, next day trek down, go back to Guptkashi for the stay. Drive to Badrinath and stay there and then follow the route that takes you to Rudraprayag and then reach Haridwar, from where you can again take a train to Delhi. However the safest bet to avoid all chaos and extra charges is to book a package. For Registration click on https://www.triptotemples.com/package/char-dham

If one takes the National Highway 7, then it will take almost 9-10 hours to reach Badrinath from Haridwar because the distance between the two is approximately 312kms. During the drive, one can take halts at either Karnaprayag or Rudraprayag which falls in the middle of the two destinations.

The distance between Badrinath and Delhi is approximately 530 kms which takes 13.5 hours to complete. One can either Drive from Delhi, all the way to Badrinath or one can take a bus or train from Delhi to Haridwar and then book a cab to reach Badrinath. The best way is to go via travel agency because there could be chaos in managing things on your own, so taking a package is a safe option, however if you do not wish to do that then you can take NH 7 and you can take a night halt at Muzaffarnagar which falls in between Delhi and Badrinath.

Hyderabad is approximately 2000kms away from our first Dham Yamunotri, which will take about 39 hours to reach if you are willing to drive. It is not a sensible decision to drive all then way from Hyderabad, so you can take a flight from Hyderabad to Delhi and then follow the Haridwar route, using NH7 and NH 107.

Kedarnath, situated at an elevation of 11750ft above sea level, is quite far from the country capital. The distance between Kedarnath and Delhi is approximately 468kms, including a 20km trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple. One can take NH 334 and NH 7 to reach there.

Haridwar is usually the starting point of the Chardham Yatra. The distance between Kedarnath to Haridwar is 250 kms including a 20km trek to Kedarnath Temple. It takes approximately 7.5 hours to reach Gaurikund from Haridwar so it is advisable that you take a night halt and then continue the next day so that it doesn’t become tiring.

Pilgrims often prefer Yamunotri with Gangotri. If you wish to do both dhams together then you can start your tour from Haridwar, take the NH 507 to reach Janakichatti which is approximately 221 kms from Haridwar and from Jankichatti, there is a 6km trek that takes 2-3 hours to complete. If you wish to start your tour from Delhi, then you can take a bus or train to Haridwar and follow the same route.

Pilgrims doing Chota Chardham, often start from Yamunotri, followed by Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. To reach Kedarnath from Gangotri, you can drive to Uttarkashi and stay there for the night. Next day drive to Guptkashi for overnight stay. Now you can drive to Gaurikund which is 30 kms away from Guptkashi. From Gaurikund, there is a 20 kms trek to Kedarnath Temple. The distance between Gangotri to Kedarnath is approximately 336kms which also involves a 20km trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath.

Gangotri is located at a distance of approximately 237 kms from Dehradun. It takes almost 8-9 hours to reach Gangotri, if one drives without taking a break. You can take NH 34 or Ambala-Dehradun-Haridwar Road to reach Gangotri. If you want you can also stop at Mussoorie for night halt and next day before leaving for Gangotri, visit Kempty falls.

Haridwar is 233 kms away from Janaki Chatti and then there is a 6 km trek to Yamunotri Temple. You can start from Haridwar early morning and reach Barkot, which is a 180 km drive. Enroute you can visit the Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. It is advisable that you stay at Barkot for the night. Next day drive to Jankichatti which is 45 kms from Barkot and from here you can start your trek to Yamunotri Temple.

Yamunotri is just 45 kms away from Barkot, so reaching there is not a task.You can take NH134 to reach Janki Chatti. However your vehicle goes upto Janki Chatti only and then you have to trek 6 kms from there to Yamunotri Temple.

The nearest airport from Kedarnath is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is approximately 242 kms from Kedarnath.

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is located at a distance of approximately 95 kms, is the nearest airport from Yamunotri Dham.

Chardham Yatra cannot be done by train so there are no direct trains for Chardham Yatra but you can reach Haridwar or Rishikesh via train and then start your Chardham Yatra by road.

To travel from Mussoorie to Kedarnath by road, one can take NH 707A and NH 107. The distance between Mussoorie to Kedarnath is approximately 274 kms which also includes a 20 km trek and takes almost about 9 hours to reach to the starting point of Kedarnath trek, if one drives without taking a halt in between. It is advisable that you take a night Halt and then continue the next day. There is a 20 km trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple, that takes approximately 8 hours to complete. One has to start the trek early morning to reach the temple on time so taking a halt would be a smart choice.

The government offers shuttle services for pilgrims who do not wish to trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple. You can book these shuttles through the government website only since no private helicopters can operate on that route. Different helipads have different price range such as:

  • Phata to Kedarnath: Rs.2360 for one way and round trip for Rs.4720
  • Sirsi to Kedarnath: Rs.2340 for one way and round trip for Rs.4680
  • Guptkashi to Kedarnath: RS.3875 for one way and round trip for Rs.7750

However in Chardham yatra 2023, the prices may vary. You can book your shuttle tickets from heliservices.uk.gov.in

There are two ways to do Chardham:

  1. Chardham By Road: If you wish to take the road route then it is best that you take the route Delhi-Haridwar-Barkot-Uttakashi-Guptkashi-Kedarnath-Badrinath-Rudrapyag-Haridwar route. Thhis route usually takes 10-11 days to complete, where total travelling by vehicle is approximately 1350 kms. There are two treks that one has to undertake in this route, one is from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri(6kms one way) and the other one is a 20km(one way trek) from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. However in both cases oe can hire mules that are available there and at Kedarnath you can also book a government shuttle via government website.
  2. Chardham By Helicopter: If you are running short of time and money is not something you are worried about then the safest option for you is to choose the helicopter route. It starts from Dehradun-Yamunotri-Gangotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath-Dehradun. It takes approximately 4-5 days to complete the tour and saves a lot of your time and effort. Helicopter route gives you the advantage of not trekking at any place and you get to do VIP darshan at every place. It is less hectic and less time consuming. It id difficult to say which one is better but if you have less time, then Chardham by Helicopter is what you should go for and if you have time at your place and you want to keep it budget friendly then you can choose the road route.

The distance from Rishikesh to Gangotri is 267 km which takes almost 8 hours to cover. However It is advisable to take a night halt instead of doing it in one stretch. You can take a night halt at Uttarkashi and the next day drive towards Gangotri on NH 34.

Approximately there is a distance of 288 kms between Gangotri and Haridwar. It will take around 9 hours to reach Gangotri from Haridwar. Taking NH 34, the sensible thing to do would be to take a night halt at Uttarkashi, which is 190 kms from Haridwar. The next day, you can drive to Gangotri and visit the Gangotri Dham.

 

Gangotri Glacier is the largest Glacier in the Garhwal Himalayas and is located in Gangotri National Park, Uttarkashi. The Glacier is 30km long, with a volume of 27 cubic kms. Gangotri Trek requires a permit to undertake the trek which is later checked at the Forest Check point. The trek starts from Gangotri and takes approximately 6-7 days to complete. The trekkers will come across lush greenery and reach Chirbasa which is found at an elevation of 11,482 ft above sea level. After 5kms you will reach Bhojhbasa and again there is a 5km trek to reach Gangotri Glacier.

There is a trek of 20 kms in Kedarnath and 6 kms in Yamunotri so the travelling distance between the two is approximately 322 kms. However, if one calculates the trekking part as well, then the total distance becomes 348 kms.

The nearest railway station to Gangotri is in Rishikesh. You can take a train to Rishikesh which is approximately 267 kms from Gangotri and takes about 8 hours to reach there by road.

Gangotri and Gaumukh are located in the Uttarkashi district of the Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand, India. Gaumukh is the source of River Ganga in Gangotri Glacier. According to mythology, this holy river descended from heaven when Lord Shiva released his lock of hair. Ganga or Bhagirathi is worshipped all over the country by Hindus and it is believed that taking a dip in Ganga washes away your sins.

 

Yamunotri, the source of Yamuna River is found at an elevation of 10,979 ft above sea level. The Yamunotri Temple is located in Uttarkashi district of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. To reach Yamunotri Temple, one has to trek 6kms from Jankichatti and there is a Yamunotri bridge to the Yamunotri Temple. Inside the temple, the interior is that of ‘Garbha Griha’ and also there is a ‘Mandap’ which is a prayer hall and devotees gather over there for darshan and prayers.

Chardham all weather road is a dream project dedicated to those who lost their lives during the 2013 Uttarakhand tragedy. The project’s goal is to broadened the roads and connect the Chardhams. It is believed to reduce the travelling hours as well as road accidents.

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