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Char Dham Yatra

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Nestling in the lofty peaks are the four most holy pilgrimages of India -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Sri Kedarnathji and Sri Badrinathji, collectively referred to as the Char Dham ( or four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism.

Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple
If the scriptures of HINDU RELIGION are to be believed, the holy centres of Gangotri, Yamunotri,Badrinath and Kedarnath - collectively called theChardham (meaning four sacred spots) - are the mostsacred of all pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one's sins butensure release from the cycle of birth and death.THE honour conferred on these places is not surprising.
For one, they are all in the icy Garhwal ranges andregarded as the most sacred of all Himalayan ranges.It is also said that heaven and earth converge inthese holy spots, and to be born or die here is a boononly the very fortunate have. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri,
Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath.This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama orclockwise circumambulation

Favourite spots:
Kedarnath temple
Kedarnath temple
1-Yamnotri-The revered shrine of Yamunotri, source of the shadow of the 6,315 mts. high Bandarpunchh mountain.

It constitutes one of the four most important pilgrimages, collectively called 'Char Dham' of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Legend has it that a sage, Asit Muni, used to reside at this secluded spot in ancient times. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti (7 km. Away).

The source of the Yamuna lies a further km. Ahead at an altitude of approximately 4421 mts. Since the approach is extremely difficult, pilgrims usually offer obeisance at the temple itself.

The present temple was constructed by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the nineteenth century.

What's really great:
Gangotri Temple
Gangotri Temple
Gaumukh glaciers
(18 km.) - the source of the Bhagirathi for a dip in its icy waters is dip in almost a must for pilgrims; and to the temple of Bhairavanath at Bhaironghati, (10 km.). GMVN Tourist Bungalow is located at Bhojbasa, about 14 km., from Gangotri, on the road to Uttarkashi, at the confluence of the Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers.

Yamnotri Temple
Yamnotri Temple
For More-

Hotel in Gangotri Trek

Hotel Bhandari

Hotel in Yamnotri Trek

Tourist Rest House
Tara Yatri Niwas
Agarwal Tourist Lodge
Manohar Tourist Complex
Himalayan Tourist Lodge
Rana Tourist Lodge
Hotel Jain

Hotel in Kedarnath Trek

Tourist Rest House (GMVN)
Annupurna Tourist Lodge
Arvind Lodge
Behi Ashram
Bharat Sewa Ashram
Hotel Dev Darshan

Hotel in Badrinath Trek

Tourist Rest House,
Tourist Rest House,
Anand Hotel
Hotel Dronagiri
Hotel Kamet
Hotel Shail


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Published on Monday February 23th, 2009

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