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Char- Dham Yatra

Char Dham is a term coined for the four most revered Hindu temples viz' Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. According to the Puranas and various Hindu scriptures the Char Dham Yatra is of very high religious significance. Pilgrims from all around the world brave the severe conditions of landscape and weather to visit the shrines and have the holy darshan of the revered diety

 YAMUNOTRI TEMPLE
Yamunotri Temple lies in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas. It is situated at a height of 3235m.

Goddess Yamuna  the river goddess is worshipped here and has special significance in Hindu scriptures. The idol is made of black marble.

The river Yamuna emerges from Yamunotri glacier which is at a height of 4420 m near the Kalind mountain. This place was the home of Sage Asit.

The temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah
of Tehri Garhwal. A hot sulphur spring pond is situated at Yamunotri close to the temple. Devotees cook potato and
rice at this pond and offer to the Goddess.
Nearby Places of Interest
Surya Kund
Divya Shila
Sayanachatti
Janakichatti
HanumanChatti


GANGOTRI TEMPLE
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m  amidst charming surroundings of deodars and pines.
The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side.
It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship  Shiva on a slab of rock “Bhagirath Shila” situated near the temple.  Submerged in the river there is a natural rock shivling where according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks.

Nearby Places of Interest
 Gauri Kund
Gaumukh
Dev Ghat


KEDARNATH TEMPLE
The temple of Kedarnath dedicated to Lord Shiva is revered and visited by many pilgrims every year. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3580 m amidst the background of snow covered mountain peaks and greenery.

The temple is built of  large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones and is considered more than 1000 years old. The temple has a garbha griha where the conical rock formation is situated and a Mandapam for seating of pilgrims and visitors.

 A large statue of the Nandi Bull is situated outside the temple door. The nearest bus stop is Gaurikund and pilgrims have to trek 14 kms to reach the temple.

Nearby Places of Interest
Bhairavnath Temple
Adi Shankarcharya samadhi
Madmaheshwar
Tungnath
Rudranath
Kalpeshwar
Chandrashila
Deoria Tal
Vasuki Tal
Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar)
Gaurikund
Sonprayag
Trijuginarayan
Guptkashi
Ukhimath
Agastyamuni




BADRINATH TEMPLE
Badrinath Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m at the banks of Alaknanda.  
At the backdrop is the NeelKanth mountain peak situated between twin peaks named Nar and Narayan.  The name of the place is derived from wild berries called Badri.  
Adi Shankarcharya established the idol of Vishnu in the temple, the idol is made of black granite. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring known as Tapt Kund.




Nearby Places of Interest
 Panchshilas
Panchdharas
Mata murty temple
Mana Village
Vasudhara
Bhim Pul
Vyas GutaYogadhyan Badri
Bhavishya Badri
Adibadri
Alkapuri
Satopnath
Swargarohan Parbat

 Panch Badri
Badrinath  
Yogdhayn Badri  
Bhavishya Badri  
Virdha Badri  
Adi Badri



Information for Tourists


Climate
Summer - cool during day and cold at night
Winter - snow bound and inaccessible

Clothing
Summer- light woolens, Winter - very heavy woolens

Languages
Hindi, Garhwali, English

Transportation
Nearest Airport - Jolly Grant , 18 km from Rishikesh
Nearest Railway: Rishikesh, Haridwar

Accomodation
Tourist Rest Houses of GMVN
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