Best Places To Visit In Char Dham Yatra (Timing, Fees, Location)

Chardham Yatra is a popular pilgrimage tour in India that involves visiting four sacred Hindu sites located in the Uttarakhand state of northern India. The four destinations included in the Chardham Yatra are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These sites hold great religious significance for Hindus and are believed to cleanse one’s sins and lead to spiritual salvation.

Char Dham Yatra

About Char Dham Temples :

1. Badrinath, Uttarakhand

Badrinath is a town and nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu holy place, and is one of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage. It is also part of India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit and gets its name from the Badrinath Temple.

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 Badrinath, Uttarakhand : Char Dham Yatra
Badrinath, Uttarakhand

2. Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

The Kedarnath Temple is the main attraction of the town and Nagar Panchayat of Kedarnath, which is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. The distance to Rudraprayag, the district’s administrative centre, is around 86 km. The fourth and farthest away of the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage locations is Kedarnath.

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Also Read : Kedarnath Yatra (Timing & Travel Guide)

 Kedarnath, Uttarakhand : Char Dham Yatra
Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

3. Gangotri, Uttarakhand

Chota Char Dham Yamunotri Kedarnath Badrinath Gangotri is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is 99 km from Uttarkashi, the main district headquarter. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi – the origin of the river Ganges. 

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Gangotri, Uttarakhand
Gangotri, Uttarakhand

4. Yamunotri, Uttarakhand

The philosopher Asit Muni, who resided on the banks of the Yamuna and was renowned for his devotion to the goddess, was said to have called Yamunotri his home. Although the location has been referenced in ancient Hindu writings, the present temple was constructed by the Hindu ruler Narendra Shah in the 19th century.

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Tour Plan For Char Dham Yatra in 10 Days :

Here is a travel itinerary to guide you through the finest of Uttarakhand:

Day 1. Arrival | Haridwar to Barkot


  • Take a bus or taxi to Barkot from bus stand or available pickup point in Haridwar.
  • Fulfils check-in formalities after being transferred to the hotel.
  • Explore the tiny pilgrim village of Barkot.
  • To have dinner, go back to the hotel.

Day 2. Barkot – Janki Chatti – Yamunotri


At a height of 3235 metres above sea level, Yamunotri is the first stop on the Char Dham Circuit and one of the Char Dhams. Between April and October, tens of thousands of people flock to the Yamunotri shrine dedicated to the goddess Yamuna. Pratap Shah, a Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, built the Yamunotri temple. As the location of the Yamuna river’s source, which is one of India’s major rivers, the temple has special significance to Hindus.

Here’s how the itinerary goes:

  • Have breakfast to start the day.
  • Drive to Yamunotri Dham, the birthplace of the Yamuna River, the second holiest river in India.
  • Reach Janki Chatti, the place from where the 7km trek starts for temple. You have the choice of a walk, pony, or palki.
  • Take a bath in Jamnabai Kund before starting the trek. It is said that the water It is thought that the water wash away all sins and protect from agonising death.
  • When you arrive at the temple, bow your heads to the mother Yamuna.
  • You can also visit the hot spring Surya Kund, which is close to the temple.
  • Trek back to Janki Chatti and drive to Barkot for the overnight stay.

Day 3. Barkot to Uttarkashi


Uttarkashi is situated at a height of 1352 m above sea level on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. Somya Kashi and Shivnagri are other names for Uttarkashi, which means “Kashi of the North” in literal terms. It is well-known for having an old Lord Shiva temple that attracts a large number of tourists every year. It is one of Northern India’s oldest Shiva temples. High Himalayan peaks, lush meadows, and a number of hot springs surround it.

  • Take taxi or shared cab to Uttarkashi from Barkot.
  • Fulfils check-in formalities after being transferred to the hotel.
  • Visit Vishwanath temple.
  • After that visit Shakti Temple, it is well known for its large Trishul, which measures about 6 metres in height and 90 cm in circumstances. According to the epics, the goddess Durga threw this Shakti onto the demons.
  • To have dinner, go back to the hotel.

Day 4. Gangotri

A prominent pilgrimage site in India, Gangotri is located at an altitude of 3042 meters on the banks of Bhagirathi river. The Ganga, also known as Bhagirathi, rises from the Gangotri glacier. After the river crosses Devprayag and combines with the river Alaknanda, the name Ganga is given to it. The imposing presence of the nearby snow-covered mountains and the Ganges River’s pristine, crystal-clear water flowing nearby add to the area’s holiness. The local restaurants, or dhabas, serve vegan food, which is prevalent in the culture. Alcoholic beverages and non-vegetarian cuisine are strictly prohibited.

  • After breakfast, go for Gangotri via Gangnani.
  • Take a holy bath in Gangnani’s Garam Kund.
  • Continue your journey to Gangotri via the stunning Harshil valley, which is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and commanding views of the Deodar trees and mountains.
  • On arrival at Gangotri, take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges and attend the Aarti at the temple.
  • Drive back to the hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 5. Guptkashi

Get up early and after breakfast take a transport to Guptkashi. Located in the Rudraprayag region of Uttrakhand’s Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 1,319 metres, Guptakashi is a sizable town. You will see terraced fields, meadows on the mountain tops, Garhwal Himalayan peaks, and other sights throughout the route. Visit the Guptkashi temple and complete your biometric registration and verification at the GMVN office before beginning your journey to Kedarnath the next day.

  • View the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers’ confluence in Devprayag.
  • Take lunch at Srinagar which is the best place in the Garhwal region.
  • When you arrive in Guptkashi, get transferred to the hotel and eat dinner there.

Day 6. Kedarnath

Kedarnath is one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand and the most sacred pilgrimages of Lord Shiva. One of Lord Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlingas, Kedarnath is located at an elevation of 3586 metres, surrounded by spectacular Himalayan peaks and close to the head of the Mandakini River. The Shiva Temple, a well-known Hindu shrine and place of pilgrimage that draws visitors from all over the world, is the main attraction in this area. Kedarnath can be accessed by Helicopter foot, mule or palki. Helicopter is available from Agastyamuni or Phata.

  • After breakfast at your Guptkashi hotel, take a transfer to Gaurikund, where the trek to the temple will begin.
  • Gaurikund is a distinctive pool with warm water that is renowned for curing skin conditions. There, Lord Shiva confessed his love for Lord Gauri.
  • After breakfast at the hotel, begin the journey from Gauri Kund to the Kedarnath shrine. The distance is roughly 17 kilometres.
  • Include the Kedarnath temple’s evening aarti.
  • Drive back to Uttarkashi and enjoy your dinner

Day 7. Pipalkoti

  • After having your breakfast, start your journey to Pipalkoti.
  • Get transferred to Pipalkoti and complete the check-in formalities.
  • Go for local sightseeing in Pipalkoti.
  • Return back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner

Day 8. Badrinath

The most significant of all the Char Dhams, Badrinath Dham is a magnificent sight. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to this revered Badrinath town to seek blessings and view the shrine of Shri Badrinathji temple. Only Badrinath is a shrine that is included in both Chota Char Dham and India Char Dham. From May to September, the temple’s access route for pilgrims is open.

  • Visit Mana village first for local sightseeing before moving on to Badrinath Temple.
  • Explore the pilgrim town of Badrinath.
  • Include the Kedarnath temple’s evening aarti.
  • Get transferred to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.

Day 9. Pipalkoti to Rishikesh

Sightseeing and activities at Rishikesh.

Along the confluence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga Rivers, Rishikesh is situated in the Himalayan foothills. Rishikesh is renowned as the “Yoga Capital of the World” and for its adventurous activities, historic temples and popular cafes.

Day 10. Haridwar

Sightseeing at Haridwar

Haridwar is a historic holy city and the gateway to Char Dham. It is a popular travel destination because of its extensive mythical past, stunning temples, and the world-famous Kumbh Mela.

On the final day visit Haridwar’s famous temples Mansa Mata, Chandi Mata mandirs and other places of worship. You may end your day with some delectable regional cuisine after taking in the famous Ganga aarti at Har ki Pauri in the evening.

FAQ About Char Dham Yatra :

From Where to start Char Dham Yatra?

Starts from Yamunotri, proceeds towards Gangotri, onto Kedarnath, and finally ends at Badrinath.

How many days do you need in Char Dham Yatra?

The complete yatra will take you 11 to 12 days.

What is best time to visit Char Dham yatra?

April/May to October/November the only best time to visit Char Dham.

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