Pilgrimage Tour

“THE PLACE YOU CAN’T IMAGINE”

The Char Dham is the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas. Located in the Garhwal section of the state of Uttarakhand (formerly the northwestern section of Uttar Pradesh), the circuit consists of four sites—Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. While each site is unique in its own fashion, inclusion in the Char Dham has, over time, caused them to be viewed together in popular imagination and actual pilgrimage practice.

Nestling in lofty, snowy GARHWAL HIMALAYA’S peaks are the four most pious pilgrimages of India- Sri Kedarnath, Sri Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri, collectively called the Char Dham. The region (Uttarakhand) is referred as the land of the Gods in the epic and Puranas.

Char Dham are the four seats of God in four directions of India- BADRINATH is the North, RAMESWAREM in south, DWARKA in the west and PURI is the east. They were collated by the 8 th century’s Philosopher and reformer ADI SHANKRACHAYA.

The importance of the Char Dham an actual destination and an object of the national Hindu religious imagination has increased significantly. Buoyed by the development of new forms of bourgeois "religious tourism" the Char Dham has become an important destination for pilgrims. Today, the Char Dham sees upwards of 250,000 unique visitors in an average pilgrimage season, which lasts from approximately April 15 until Diwali (sometimes in November).

The season is heaviest in the two-month period before the monsoon. Despite the danger, pilgrims do continue to visit the Char Dham in the monsoon period, as well as after the rains end. Although temperatures at the shrines in the early winter months (the last of October and November) are inhospitable, it is said that the incredible mountain scenery that surrounds the sites is most vivid after the rains have had a chance to moisten the dust of the plains below.

 

 
 
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