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An important guide to Uttarakhand’s char Dham yatra

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The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is known as the Chota Char Dham of India. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri are among the four Hindu sacred sanctuaries in the Himalayas.


These four temples are all in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region. The Hindus consider the Charm Dham Yatra to be extremely important. Furthermore, every Hindu is expected to take part in the Char Dham Yatra at least once in their lives.

Worshippers go from all over the world to visit the shrines, and the number of international tourists who come out of curiosity to learn more about India and its culture is growing. Let’s have a look at the specifics.


The Chota Char Dham Yatra Itinerary


  • Day 1: Haridwar to Delhi


Begin your journey towards Haridwar from Delhi, traveling 210 kilometers in six hours. I strongly advise you to get to Haridwar as soon as possible. This will allow you plenty of time to see the Gateway to the Gods, one of India’s holiest sites, as well as one of the world’s oldest living cities.


  • Day 2: Haridwar to Barkot


Start your day as early as possible, and after a dip in the Ganga, head for Yamunotri, Surya’s daughter and Yam’s sister, the first Dham. The trip to Barkot today will take approximately 10 hours and cover 200 kilometres.


  • Day 3: Yamunotri/Barko


Following a full breakfast, you’ll embark on your journey to the first Dham. You’ll arrive in Yamunotri in around 5 hours today after traveling 36 kilometers and trekking 7 kilometers. Expect to pay anything between INR 1000 and 2500 if you want to hire a horse or a Doli.


  • Day 4: Gangotri / Barkot


 As a result, I strongly advise you to go to bed early to have a good night’s rest in preparation for your day today! You’ll be traveling for roughly 9 hours today, covering 210 kilometers. Keep in mind to take pauses.


  • Day 5 – Uttarkashi/Gangotri


Today, you can take your time getting started on your journey. The sensation of waking up in Gangotri is one-of-a-kind, and it should be treated as such. There aren’t many places in the world where you can feel as relaxed as here.

Uttarkashi translates to “Northern Banaras” (i.e. “Kashi”). Today’s trek will take you 4 hours to complete and will cover 95 kilometers.


  • Day 6 :Uttarkashi / Sitapur 

You’ll enjoy an early wake-up call and breakfast on another day. Today, you’ll travel 212 kilometers to Sitapur, covering the distance in roughly 10 hours of driving time. Sitapur is around 7 kilometers from Gaurikund and 26 kilometers from Guptkashi, at an elevation of about 1820 meters.


  • Day 7 Sitapur/ Gaurikund/ Kedarnath


You’ll go to Gaurikund after an early breakfast, which will take two hours.


  • Day 8: Rudraprayag / Kedarnath


After an early morning meal at Gaurikund, you’ll travel from Kedarnath to Rudraprayag today. Today’s voyage will be 75 kilometers long, including a 14- kilometer hike. If you leave Kedarnath around 6 a.m., you should arrive in Gaurikund by 11 a.m. and Rudraprayad by 3:30 p.m. Stopping at Sitapur for lunch is a must.


This convergence is very gorgeous, as if the two sisters are hugging! 


  • Day 9: Badrinath/ Rudraprayag


You won’t start your journey to Badrinath, your final Dham, as early as yesterday.  . You’ll be driving 160 kilometers after breakfast, and it’ll take you about 8 hours to complete the journey! 


  • Day 10: Badrinath / Birhi


Your spiritual awakening is drawing to a close; you’ll wake up slowly in the morning and leave for Birth just after lunch. The journey today is 95 kilometers long and will take you 5 hours to complete.


  •  Day 11 :Rishikesh/Birhi


After breakfast at Birhi, travel to Rishikesh. This journey is 160 kilometers long and takes 7 hours to complete. Tours to Ladakh and Spiti are available at a reduced price.


It’s a good idea to go sightseeing in Rishikesh while you’re here. It is situated in the Himalayan foothills and offers some of the most breathtaking views as well as soul-calming sensations!


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