Uttarakhand is a highly revered state known for many ancient temples and shrines. With a rich history of Gods and Goddesses, many pilgrims visit various destinations to pay respect to their revered Gods in order to receive their blessings. The Char Dhams are situated at Uttarakhand, which is commonly referred to as the ‘Land of God’. The Char Dham route is the most popular among all holy sites and is on the list of many devotees. Millions of devotees travel to these four holy places every year. ‘Char Dham’ was coined by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. It means ‘four abodes of Gods’. These are holy pilgrimage sites. The significance of these places is that these places help attain salvation; or freedom from the cycle of life and death. It helps bring self-knowledge and realization. Initially the char dham yatra take place from the west to the east, the chardham yatra places first starts from Yamunotri then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath at the end. The tour to Go India Holiday of Uttarakhand involves driving and trekking. You can also choose for Chardhamyatra by helicopter. Chardham pilgrimage tour packages are one of the best pilgrimage tour packages in India.
1. Yamunotri temple: Yamunotri Temple is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 10,800feet. It is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Amar Singh Thapa built this temple. However, it got destroyed and was rebuilt in the 19th Century. It stands amidst beautiful mountain peaks and the sacred waters of the Yamuna River. The temple has a black marble idol of Goddess Yamuna.
2. Gangotri Temple: The Gangotri Temple is situated at an elevation of 10,200feet in the Himalayan Range of Uttarakhand. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is situated amidst beautiful mountains and the waters of the sacred river, Ganga. The River Ganga originates here and is called Bhagirathi. It originates from the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh. It is a 19km trek from Gangotri town.
3. Kedarnath Kedarnath Temple: This is located near Mandakini River in the Garhwal Himalayan Range. It is situated at Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is at a height of 11, 760feet. This temple worships Lord Shiva as the ‘Lord of KedarKhand’- Kedarnath Temple is one of the dham in chardham yatra or Do dham Yatra.
4. Badrinath Temple: This temple is situated along the banks of Alaknanda River in the Garhwal Hills. It is at a height of 10,280 feet. It is situated in Uttarakhand. The Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Apart from being the final destination of Chota Char Dham, it is also a part of the Char Dham Yatra. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. The temple worships a black stone statue of Vishnu.