The Chardham Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage in Hinduism that covers four holy sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. These sites include Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. The yatra typically begins in May and continues until October, as these sites are located in the Himalayas and are inaccessible during the winter months due to heavy snowfall.

Here’s a brief overview of each site:

  1. Yamunotri: This is the source of the Yamuna River and is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. The temple here is located at an altitude of about 3,293 meters (10,804 feet) above sea level.
  2. Gangotri: Considered the origin of the Ganges River, Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The temple is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,100 meters (10,200 feet) in the Garhwal Himalayas.
  3. Kedarnath: This is the site of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (shrines of Lord Shiva), and it’s located at an altitude of about 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) near the Mandakini River. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas.
  4. Badrinath: Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines of Vishnu. It’s situated at an altitude of around 3,133 meters (10,279 feet) in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Many tour operators offer Chardham Yatra packages, which typically include transportation, accommodation, meals, and assistance during the pilgrimage. Pilgrims often undertake this journey for spiritual fulfillment and to seek blessings from the deities at these sacred sites.

It’s important to plan the Chardham Yatra well in advance, considering factors like weather conditions, accommodation availability, and travel arrangements. Additionally, it’s advisable to consult with experienced tour operators or travel agents who specialize in organizing pilgrimages to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey.