Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, are collectively referred to as the Char Dham (four pilgrimage centers) of Hindu's. Located in the magnificent state of Uttaranchal in India, these four pilgrim destinations are regarded as most sacred of all pilgrimages.
Char Dham Yatra is a rejuvenating spiritual experience for the devout and for centuries, saints and pilgrims have been visiting these holy sites in search of the divine peace and solace. These holy centers were known in ancient Hindu scriptures as 'Kedarkhand'.
It is believed that undertaking a journey to these places will wash away one's sins. The Char Dham Yatra is undertaken from left to right, that is, your journey begins by visiting Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Kedarnath and finally concluding the journey at Badrinath. Hundreds of devotees take the holy Char Dham yatra during summer months.
The Char Dhams are dedicated to four different Gods and Goddesses. Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddesses Yamuna and Ganga respectively. On the other hand, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Besides the cool and calm atmosphere of the Char Dhams, the beautiful surroundings of the mountainous region throughout the journey give the visitors a perfect opportunity to unwind themselves. The devotees undertaking Char Dham Yatra Tour in Uttaranchal also visit Hemkund Sahib in the vicinity regarded as one of the highest located religious sites in the country.
Reaching the Char Dhams is easy and the nearest airport to reach the Char Dhams is the Jollygrant airport in Dehradun. Taxi services are available from airport to take you to any of the four pilgrim centers. The nearest international airport to the Char Dhams is Delhi.
The nearest railway station to Yamunotri is Dehradun, whereas for Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, the nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.
Hanuman Chatti, which is the nearest bus station from Yamunotri at a distance of about 14 km, is well connected by buses from Dehradun and Rishikesh. Gangotri is connected by road to Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal and Rishikesh. Badrinath is also well connected by road to Rishikesh. On the other hand, Kedarnath has road connections from Rishikesh, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills.