Char Dham Yatra 2013

Whenever a pilgrim wants to visit the beautiful heaven like place named as Uttarakhand situated in the western Himalayas, pilgrims generally want to head towards Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra. It is considered to be one of the spiritual and highly significant journeys of India. This Yatra consists of four Hindu pilgrimage destinations that are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. This journey must be started from left to right as the names present here. This is the correct order. A traveler gets a wonderful opportunity to take up a living and lovely lesson on Hindu culture. This lesson includes Hindu customs, rituals, and traditions. 

Devotees come to these four spiritual places to purge their sins and to get freedom from the cycle of birth and death. When you will enter into Uttarakhand, you will see that this state is well blessed with nature’s wonderful supplies such as pristine flora as well as fauna. You can also indulge in adventurous sports such as trekking, fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, mountaineering, and wildlife safari. You have ultimate options in front of you. It is important to know about the beginning of this yatra. This Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra usually starts in the month of May and it gets completed till the month of October every year. This year the Yatra will be start from 13 May 2013. 

If you really want to experience the Yatra and adventure equally then the month of September is the best. Flocks of devotees come to these four pilgrim places from around the world. Even if it is the monsoon season, you will see flocks of people visiting this yatra journey. There is no shock or surprise in the fact that these places are like oxygen for the Indians. You must have Char Dham Parikrama. A parikrama actually signifies a clockwise visit to these four places as mentioned above. 

The Yamunotri pilgrimage shrine is well situated at an altitude of about 3,165 meters above sea level. This shrine is devoted to the Hindu goddess Yamuna. The Gangotri shrine is the next destination which is located at an altitude of over 3,042 meters above sea level which is devoted to the Hindu goddess Ganga. Further you have to visit the Kedarnath shrine which is situated at a height of 3,581 meters above sea level. Finally, you reach the beautiful and the sacred shrine of Badrinath which is present at an altitude of over 3,133 meters above sea level and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. You should have an amazing trip ahead. 

The door opening dates of Char Dham Yatra 2013. 

Gangotri - 13th May 2013, Akshaya Tritiya 

Yamunotri - 13th May 2013, Akshaya Tritiya 

Kedarnath - 15th May 2013

Badrinath - 16th May2013


Dharchula Uttarakhand

Dharchula in Uttarakhand
Dharchula is a lovely but small hill town located in the Pitthoragarh district of the state of Uttrakhand in India. This town name is really meaningful. In the Hindi language, the word ‘Dhar’ mean peak plus the word ‘Chula’ means stove. Thus, it depicts that this hilly town is in the shape of a stove. This town is well surrounded by the hills of the Kumaun region. This town is located on the bank of the Kali river and that also at the Indo-Nepal border. It is situated about 90 km away from the Pitthoragarh district. This place is popular as a pilgrimage for the presence of the Kailash Mansarover in this town. 

When it comes to the attractions of this destination, you have so many places to explore. The Narayan Ashram is a wonderful place to see. It is located at an elevation of 2734 meters above sea level. You will get complete peace at this ashram. It was established by Sri Narayan Swami in the year 1936. It remains closed during the winter season because of heavy snowfall. You must also visit the Chirkila Dam to have a nice picnic time. You can also see a spell bound lake beside this dam.

If you are fond of the wildlife then it is better to head to the Askot Sanctuary which is famous for a wide number of species of flora as well as fauna. Tourists can easily see snow leopards, chukors, Bharals, musk deer, black bears, snow cocks and pheasants in this sanctuary. Kailash Mansarovar which is responsible for making Dharchula a famous pilgrimage spot is another destination to visit.  This is a lake that freezes in winter. The traces of the Indus river, the Sutlej River, the Karnali river and the Brahmaputra River can be found in the close vicinity. 

The Om Parvat and Adi Kailash are other wonderful places to explore. It is an ancient holy Hindu mountain which is situated in the Himalayan mountain range. The appearance of this mountain is quite similar to Mount Kailash in Tibet. This 'Om Parvat' is present close to the Lipulekh Pass which is in close proximity to the the Nabi Dangh. You will also see the beautiful impression of “AUM” written on it. The food you will get here is delicious. You must taste the food of this town for sure. Cultural viewpoints of this place are amazing.

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