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The Char Dham Yatra is considered as one of the famous pilgrimage tour in order to rejuvenate one’s body,mind and soul. It is believed that a visit to the Char Dham, washes away all sins and helps a person achieve salvation by the blessings of the Lord. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that the Hindu philosopher Shri Adi Shankaracharya coined the term ‘Char Dham’ which means ‘four abodes of God or Land of Gods’. This Char Dham circuit in Garhwal Himalayas includes two Shakti or Devi or Goddess temples in Yamunotri and Gangotri , a Shiva temple in Kedarnath and a Vishnu temple in Badrinath.
CharDham yatra can be covered in 10-11 days. Nowadays, you can also visit CharDham via helicopter and cover it in just 2-3 days just to save time and one can also take our parents and grandparents to this sacred yatra which is convenient via helicopter. It has got good connectivity via roadways, railways and airways. People tend to visit CharDham by their own conveyance or by booking cabs or tempo travellers or by opting for helicopter services.
Opening Dates for Chardham Shrines Yamunotri- 18 April 2018 Gangotri- 18 April 2018 Kedarnath- 29 April 2018 Badrinath- 30 April 2018
Significance of Chardham Yatra Chardham Yatra have a great importance among the people of Hindu religion. Pilgrims believe that Chardham Yatra washes away all sins and helps in attaining “Moksha” not only of this birth but of previous births too. It awakens a sense of spirituality if you do not have it. A visit can awaken this spirit inside you. Apart from mythological reasons, there are other reasons associated with the significance of this holy pilgrimage tour. As all the sacred shrines are located in higher mountainous regions, a trek to these destinations in a year helps a person stay fit and healthy. Secondly, the serenity and beauty of mountain peaks, rivers, waterfalls lakes helps a person to rejuvenate.
CharDham Tips Get a routine check-up done from a doctor before beginning with the journey. Get yourself tested for any problems like blood pressure, diabetes, asthma etc. Only if you are in a fit condition, take on with the yatra. Carry a medical kit along containing your prescribed medicines and off the shelf medicines for fever, stomach problems, cough & cold, sprains. Carry heavy woolens, including thermal body warmers, raincoats, sleeping bags, blankets. Carrying a torch, lighter and extra batteries for cameras and handycams is always advisable. Wear comfortable and sturdy sport shoes during the yatra. Make sure you have the helpline numbers handy just in case you need any assistance. Carry sufficient cash along as very few ATMs are located on the yatra route. Keep in mind, the cleanliness of environment; do not throw away any wrappers, packets or bottles on the roads.