Chardham Yatra (approx. Time: 5 Days)
Last Updated:08 May 2009
Nestling in the lofty peaks are the four most holy pilgrimages of Uttarakhand – Yamuntori, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath collectively called Char Dham. Traditionally the Chardham Yatra is taken from the west to the east – starting from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Located on the western face of the Banderpoonch Peak is Yamunotri at an altitude of 3235 meters is the first destination of the Chardham Yatra. The main temple here is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, who is represented in the form of a black marble idol.
The temple is 5 km trek from Janki Chatti. Gangotri is the 2nd destination of the Chardham Yatra. The shrine of Gangotri overlooks the river Bhagirathi and is set in the middle of rugged mountains. The temple at Gangotri is believed to have been consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya and was built by Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century.
Kedarnath is the northernmost jyotirlinga and traditionally the third stop in the Chardham Yatra after Yamunotri and Gangotri. The shrine is close to the source of the holy river Mandakini at an altitude of 3584 meters. The shrine is a 14-km trek from Gaurikund, the last road head to the temple. The trek is a steady ascent up till Garuda Chatti, which is approximately 10 km from Gaurikund. Badrinath, the easternmost shrine, is the last stop, which completes the Chardham Yatra of Uttrakhand. The shrine is nestled between Nara and Narayan mountains on the banks of the river Alaknanda at an altitude of 3,133 meters.
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