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