Of all the pilgrimages in India, Chardham yatra is the greatest of them all. Everyone knows that this Chardham yatra is held in the state of Uttarakhand of northern India. Situating in the Himalayan foothills, the journey is long, difficult, and ultimately a great goal! Haridwar is a railway station and the entry gate for Chardham. The main holy temples of the Chardham yatra are Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath in that order. People set off first from Haridwar to Yamunotri. There the pilgrims begin by taking a dip in the holy Yamuna River. There are many famous temples on the way. People worship at those temples. And there is so much natural beauty along the way. It contains the opportunity to purify one’s mind and body.
Gangotri is located in the Uttarkashi district. The distinguished eyes of the Gangotri region are green and pure water. According to elderly Hindu tradition, Gangotri is the source of the river Ganga. Gangotri water has gone to two cities after the four dhams. In Gangotri, you will see the Gangotri Temple, the hot water spring Gangnani. The presence of sulfur in the water, relieves the bath-takers. And people say that there is Shivling submerged in water. It is said that this is the first step of the goddess Ganga on earth.
The temple is opening on 26th April and will close on 28th October of this year.
This city has g to the grown-up on the shore of river Yamuna. It is said that a glacier called Yamunotri, at an elevation of 6387 m, is the source of the river Yamuna. Pilgrims can reach Jamunotri in less time from Janakichatti. Yamunotri can be accessed by riding on the pony or palanquin. The cost is set between Rs. 500 and Rs. 1200. In addition to the main temple here, the objects of sightseeing are Surikunda, Saptarikunda, and Janakichatti.
Yamunotri will open the same day as Gangotri and will close on 27th October of 2020.
Kedarnath is located in Guptakashi district, 87 km from Rudraprayag. Kedarnath can be reached by crossing mountains, sometimes conspicuous green, sometimes fountains, and boundless natural beauty. Kedarnath is said to be one of the most important of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. There is also Kedarnath Sanctuary. The sanctuary is for the location of various plants and wild animals.
Registration is required before going to Kedarnath. You can do it online. You will be given a journey card. The card you have to carry with you throughout the journey.
The Kedarnath is going to be opened in 29th April and will close 29th October.
You also need special permission to visit this holy city in the Himalayas. You can rent a car from Joshimath to reach the temple of Badrinath. But the cars are allowed to go to Badrinath within a certain time period (3-5, 6-9, 6-12 and 2-5 pm). The temple is open from April to May.
The opening and closing dates are 28th April and 30th November.
So, here I am planning a Chardham Yatra in October month during the autumn festivals. Though the Chardham stay closed during Diwali, the reason to make the plan in October because the time is just great to visit. In Uttarakhand bid monsoon season goodbye and welcome autumn in October. And the probability of landslide gets very low. The night temperature in October is zero, but it will be pleasant for day time.
According to the plan, the time span of the trip is 10 to 11 days excluding the train time.
The journey will start from Haridwar to Barkot. The road trip will cover 210 km and will take 7 to 8 hours. Arriving Barkot, will check in hotel and stay the night there, at the hotel.
Day 2: Barkot to Yamunotri and back to Barkot again
We will go to Janakichatti at dawn and set off for 6 km trekking from Jankichatty to Yamunotri river. When we reach Yamunotri, we will take a bath in a hot spring named Jamunabai Kund and go for a temple visit, after visiting the temple, we are returning to Janakichatti and start towards Barkot. Stay the night in the same hotel.
Day 03: Barkot – Uttarkashi (90 km / 4 hours)
We will drive to Uttarkashi to Visit Vishwanath Temple and others. After that, we check in the hotel and rest at the hotel at the Night.
Day 04: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi (100 km / 3-4 hrs)
Will start Gangotri at sunrise, take a holy dip in the Gangnanihot spring and visit Gangotri. Arriving at Sri Gangotri, will pay a holy concentration on the bank of the holy Ganges. It is also known as Bhagirathi at its origin. Return to Uttarakhand. Stay overnight in Uttarkashi.
Day 05: Uttarkashi – Guptakashi (220 km / 8-9 hours)
Will go straight to Guptakashi. There we will see the beautiful Mandakini river at Tilwara. The Mandarkini River approaches from Kedarnath. Then we will move to Guptakashi pre-booked hotel and check in. will visit the Ardh-Nareshwar temple in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Guptakashi – Kedarnath
After breakfast, the journey of ours will start for Kedarnath Dham. In middle we will spend the night near Kedarnath.
Day 07: Kedarnath – Guptkashi
In the after bathing, we will arrive at the temple at 4:00 am. Everyone can touch the idol inside the womb. After visiting we drive to Guptakashi. Will check in the hotel for staying night.
Day 08: Guptakashi – Badrinath (218 km / 7-9 hrs)
In the morning, we will be taken to Badrinath. Check in the hotel at Badrinath. After bathing in Tapatkund, we are goint to visit Badrinath and Aarti in evening. There are more interesting sights. We will see those and will retuen to hotel of Badrinath.
On the 9th day we’ll move to Rudraprayag and see the local spiritual things. Will stay the night in Rudraprayag.
On 10th day we will set back for Haridwar (165 km). Will stay that night in Haridwar
And on 11th day we will board in train from Haridwar to Kolkata.