Chardham

The Land of Gods, Char Dham There are four most pious religious sites over here which are together called the Char Dhams of Himalayas or Char Dham of Uttarakhand. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are the sanctified spots which make up the Char Dham Yatra in Garhwal. The temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva. The older temple existed from the times of Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. The temple is also one of the four major sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas. At the entrance of the temple is the statue of Nandi, the divine bull of Shiva. Char Dham, literally ‘the four abodes’, yatra refers to the journey up the mountains to four sacred temples in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand.


Badrinath



elevation of 3,300 metres about 10,827 feet above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserveris beautifully set in the backdrop of the colossal Neelkanth mountain peak and never fails to make the visitor spellbound with its unparalleled gorgeousness.. The term Badrinath is a derivative of badri, which means the place where beries grow abundantly. Many Hindu devotees are smitten by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture. Badrinath remains covered in snow for over six months. Badrinath is one among four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India.


KedarNath



KedarNath Built by Adi Shankaracharya and is among one of the 12 jyotirlingas located at an altitude of 3,584 m above sea level, near the head of river Mandakini. Kedar meaning powerful is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions - love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the area itself, the most important one is Kedarnath.


Yamunotri



At a hovering altitude of 3293 meters, Yamunotri is located in the Uttarkashi district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Yamunotri stands proudly with its enormous mountain peaks, glaciers and gushing waters of Yamuna. It is one of the four sites in Char Dham pilgrimage of Uttarakhand. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal

Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. Yamunotri is famous for its thermal springs and glaciers is a part of famous Char Dham Yatra. Yamunotri is the source of Yamuna river. According to a legend, Asit Muni, a revered sage, used to reside here. The temple at Yamunotri is closed during winters — it closes on the Diwali day and reopens on the auspicious day of Akshaya-Tritiya (April/May). For the interim the village of Kharsali is home to the idol.


Gangotri



one of the holy places among the four Char Dhams. It is the highest and the most important temple of river Ganga which is worshiped as a Goddess in India. Gangotri Dham, located at the height of 3,100 meters (approx.) was built by a Gorkha commander in the 18th century on the Himalayan range in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, holds a very special place in the hearts of Hindus. amidst sylvan surroundings, constitutes one of the most important pilgrimages for the devout Hindus and emits a highly pious aura. The river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda.