Char Dham Tour is an imperial pilgrimage tour in Uttarakhand which is comprised of four holy
shrines in Uttarakhand. The shrines with the names of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and
Yamunotri. The Char Dham Tour is usually a 10 Night/11 Day tour albeit it starts from Haridwar.
Situated in the Garhwal mountains, the Char Dham Tour is said to wash off all the sins of its tourists
and also grant them salvation or ‘moksha’. It is one of the most important pilgrimage tours in the
Hindu religion which is taken by more than thousands of people every year. Traditionally, this divine
pilgrimage tour commences from the West and then is concluded in the East. Each of the shrines are
devoted to a specific deity, which makes each of them distinguished from the other. The yatra
usually spans for six months every year.
The Gangotri Temple is located in the Uttarkashi district and situated at a height of 3,415 metres.
Among the four temples, Gangotri holds a special position as it is the origin of one of the most
important rivers in our country, the Ganga. It is, therefore evident that the Gangotri temple is
devoted itself to the Goddess Ganga. According to Hindu mythology, Gangotri is the place where
river Ganga descended from heaven when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his luscious
The Yamunotri Temple is located in the Uttarkashi district and situated at a height of 3,293 metres.
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. A bath in the sanctified waters of Yamuna is said to
cleanse all sins and protect from untimely or painful death. Such strong associations in Hindu
mythology place Yamuna Devi in high ranks of divinity. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya and
closes on Yama Dwitiya for the winter.
The Badrinath Temple is located in the Chamoli district and situated at a height of 3,300 metres.
Situated between the mighty Nar and Narayan peaks, the Badrinath Temple dedicates itself to Lord
Vishnu. According to a Hindu Legend, god Vishnu sat in meditation at this place. During his
meditation, Vishnu was unaware of cold weather. Lakshmi, his consort, protected him in the form of
the Badri tree (jujube or Indian date). Pleased by the devotion of Lakshmi, Vishnu named the place
The Kedarnath Temple is located in the Rudraprayag district and situated at a height of 3,583
metres. It is also one of the significant temples of the sacred Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand,
raising the glory of the place to further heights. This temple dedicates itself to Lord Shiva. According
to a theological account, the god Shiva agreed to dwell here at the request of Nara-Narayana.
After the Kurukshetra War, the Pandava brothers, came here to meet Shiva on the advice of the sage
Vyasa, because they wanted to seek forgiveness for killing their kin during the war. However, Shiva
did not want to forgive them: so, he turned into a bull and hid among the cattle on the hill. When
the Pandavas managed to track him, he tried to disappear by sinking himself head-first into the
ground. One of the brothers grabbed his tail, forcing him to appear before them and forgive them.
The Pandava brothers then built the first temple at Kedarnath.