In simple terms, Char Dham conveys the presence of four sacred abodes. But it has a got a great significance in Hindu religion. Char Dham originally used to refer to a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four holiest sites which were located at four directions of India - Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. They were established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. A relatively smaller circuit of Hindu pilgrimage is formed by the four hallowed places of Indian Himalayas, which are also known as Chota Char Dham. 'Chota' means small in Hindi. Alternately called Char Dham of Himalayas or Char Dham of Uttarakhand, the revered group possesses four sacred sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.
There are three major sects in Hinduism - Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism. The Char Dham of India consists of three Vishnava locations (Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri) and one Shaiva (Rameshwaram).
Hindu pilgrimage circuit of Indian Himalayas represents all the primary cults by having two Shakta sites (Yamunotri and Gangotri), one Vaishnava site (Badrinath) and one Shaiva site (Kedarnath). Adi Shankaracharya, who has been credited with the creation of the four holiest abodes in India, is believed to have attained freedom from his bodily form in Kedarnath.
Here is our itenary:
1st Day: Haridwar to Kharadi (N.S)(200kms/7-8hrs)
Journey starts from Haridwar to Kharadi . On arrival check-in Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
2nd Day: Kharadi to Yamunotri and back Kharadi(N.S)(40kms & 6kms trek one side)
Early morning drive to Jankichatti , start 6 Kms trek from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri either by walk, doli or by horse at own cost. On arrival at Yamunotri, take bath in hot Jamunabai Kund then go for Temple darshan, after having Temple darshan you can also cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice back to home as "Prasad". After this back down to Jankichatti and then proceed to Kharadi. Overnight at hotel.
3rd Day: Kharadi to Maneri (N.S)(100kms/4-5hrs)
Morning check out from the hotel and drive to Maneri. In route visit Praketswar Mahadev. On arrival check-in the hotel, In evening we will visit the famous temple of Kashi –Viswnath at Uttarkashi and then back to hotel for overnight stay.
4rth Day: Maneri to Gangotri and back Maneri (N.S)(80kms/4-5hrs one side)
Early morning drive to Gangotri. At Gangotri take a holy dip in the river Ganga, It’s also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Then go for Temple darshan, after temple darshan drive back to Maneri for overnight stay.
5th Day: Maneri to Guptkashi(N.S)(230kms/8-9hrs)
Morning check out from the hotel and then drive to Guptkashi. On arrival at Guptkashi check-in the hotel, in evening we will visit the famous temple of Kashi –Vishwnath at Guptkashi. After temple darshan back to hotel for overnight stay.
6th Day: Guptkashi to Kedarnath and back Guptkashi
Early morning check-out from the hotel and reach Kedarnath by trek, you can hire horse or doli on your own cost, After darshan come back to Guptkashi. Overnight stay at Guptkashi.
7th Day: Guptkashi to Pipalkoti (N.S)(140kms/6-7hrs)
Morning drive to Pipalkoti . On arrival check-in the hotel. In the evening go for aarti. Overnight at hotel.