A Guide to Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand

Before we start you should know that Char Dham Yatra and Chota Char Dham Yatra are not the same. The Char Dham also known as four abodes are located at four different places all over India like Badrinath (Uttarakhand), Dwarka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha), and Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu). Whereas the Chota Char Dham also known as Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is another circuit of four holy pilgrimages; Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, located in the Northern part of India.

1) What is Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand ?
Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand (चारधाम यात्रा) also popularly known as the Chota Char Dham Yatra or is the combination of four holy temples Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath located in the State of Uttarakhand in India.

2) Why is Char Dham Yatra important for every Hindu ?
There is a belief in the Hindu religion that visiting Char Dham Yatra during one’s lifetime helps achieve moksha or liberation from rebirth.

3) Which is the best month to visit the Char Dham Yatra ?
Chota Char Dham Yatra is the best way of exploring the Northern State of Uttarakhand. The best time to visit Chota Char Dham Yatra would be in the summer season from the start of April to the mid-days of June. As weather conditions are more favorable in the summer season as compared to the winter and monsoon seasons.

4) Is it possible to do Chhota Chardham Yatra in one day ?
No, It is not possible to worship all the temples of Chota Char Dham yatra in one day. Only two out of four temples of Chota Char Dham Yatra, that is Badrinath and Gangotri are accessible through the vehicle. The other two temples of Yamunotri and Kedarnath require an uphill hike. However, now there is an option to book Chota Chardham Yatra package by helicopter which reduces the overall time to cover the temples by more than half.

5) What is the best way to travel to Char Dham Darshan ?
The traveling route depends on your time availability, if you travel by road it takes around 10 to 12 days to complete the Chota Chardham Yatra. And if you book the Chota Chardham Yatra package by helicopter then the time is reduced to half around 5 to 6 days to complete the Chota Chardham Yatra. Both experiences are incomparable with each other and are different in their own terms.

6) Is Chota Chardham Yatra service available by helicopter ?
Yes, you can book the Chardham Yatra by helicopter. It is considered the best package for those having time constraints and wish to worship all four temples in a limited period of time. Generally, if you book the Chota Chardham Yatra package by helicopter it will include a package of 5 days and 4 nights with a stay planned at Dehradun, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Guptkashi, and Badrinath. The helicopter package also provides few complimentary services like Luxury stays and delicious meals, VIP darshan at every Dham, Vehicle transfer (Pick and Drop facility), and Local Sightseeing.

Hope this article was helpful for you to plan your visit to Chota Char Dham Yatra.

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