Yatra Facts

Duration 15 Days
Max. Altitude
Max. Altitude 3775m
Grade Moderate
Starts India
Ends India
Best Season
Best Season April - September
Accomodation Hotel, Guest House & Tented camp
Group 1-16
Transport Private Car and Helicopter

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Yatra Overview

The Char Dham Yatra is one of Uttarakhand, India’s most well-known religious yatra. Uttarakhand, the Land of Gods or Devbhoomi, is home to many temples. This Yatra takes you to four sacred locations high up in the Himalayas: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Every Hindu’s greatest desire is to do the yatra of the holy sites at least once in their lifetime to find salvation (Moksha).

Every year, the high-altitude temple closes for around six months. They open in the summer (April or May) and close when winter arrives (October or November). It is believed that the Char Dham Yatra should be done clockwise. Thus, the yatra begins in Yamunotri and continues to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. You might finish the yatra by air (helicopter services are available) or by road.

The Yamunotri temple, located in the Uttarkashi area near the source of the Yamuna River, is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, the second-most holy river in India after the Ganga. Gangotri, the shrine to the goddess Ganga, the most revered river in India, is located in the Uttarkashi district. The shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath, is situated in the Rudraprayag district. Named for Lord Vishnu, Badrinath is the location of the revered Badrinarayan Temple.

The journey to the Char Dhams is an experience that will last a lifetime. It is nature in all its grandeur, vast and overpowering yet modest in its exquisite beauty. To organize your Char Dham yatra, review our Chardham Yatra packages and itinerary, and contact our professionals.

Yatra Highlights

  • Witness the divine in the four sacred temples, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
  • Experience the short helicopter ride from Guptkashi to Kedarnath with scenic views.
  • Explore the sacred sites of Haridwar, Uttar Kashi, Dev Prayag, Gaumukha, and Rishikesh.
  • Enhance the ethereality of your spiritual experience with the kunds, glaciers, and holy rivers.
  • Visit India’s breathtaking yoga capital, Rishikesh.

Yatra Notes

There is no age limit for the Char Dham yatra, and as the most popular yatra, the number of yatris crossed the limit. So, to control this, it is recommended that people in the 7-65 age group participate in this holy yatra. But, despite your age, you should have a medical certificate showing your health status.

Oxygen cylinders and first aid boxes are provided at every Char Dham Camp, but having your first aid equipment on hand in emergencies is a good idea. During this yatra, you will walk around 30km, so you should better have a good shoe.

Yatra Itinerary

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Arrive at the New Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel

Our guide will meet you at the Delhi Airport, greet you, and drive you to the hotel.

In the evening, you will be briefed about the Char Dham yatra.

Overnight at Delhi.

30 min.
Standard Hotel
Private Car

Drive to Haridwar, Attend Ganga Aarati

After having breakfast, we will drive you to Haridwar. Haridwar is a gateway to the Ganga and Yamuna sources. It is located in the Uttaranchal Pradesh district of Haridwar at the base of Shiva’s hills, often known as the Shivaliks.

Later, we will visit different temples and attend Ganga Aarati at Har-ki-Pauri (the center of Haridwar) in the evening.

Overnight at Haridwar.

5 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Barkot

We will bathe in the Ganga early in the morning and have a decent breakfast. Then we will drive to Barkot.

On the way, we will stop to witness the Kempty Falls, stay for a while, take pictures, and then drive directly to the hotel in Barkot.

Overnight at Barkot.

7-8 hrs.
Guesthouse or Tented Camp
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Trip to Yamunotri

We head out early in the morning towards Jankichatti via Hanumanchatti & Phoolchatti. From Jankichatti, we hike 5km to reach Yamunotri.

Once we reach Yamunotri, we visit the Holi Dip in Garam (Tapt), where we bathe, and then we do the darshan of Shree Yamuna Ji (you can also perform a special puja). Later, we walked back to Jankichatti, from where we drove back to Barkot.

Overnight at Barkot.

9 hrs.
Guesthouse or Tented Camp
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Harshil

After breakfast, we drive from Barkot to Harshil.  On the way, we will stop by the Prakateshwar Cave. After spending some moments here, we go to Uttarkashi, located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River is Uttarkashi. Here, a gigantic iron trident has been constructed, marking the location of Lord Vishwanath’s temple. Other notable temples are dedicated to Goddess Kuteti Devi, Bhairav, Ekadash Rudra, and Gyaneshwar. We will visit Viswanath Temple and have our lunch here.

Then, we continue our drive to Harshil. Once we reached Harshil, we checked into the hotel and rested.

Overnight at Harshil.

9 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Gangotri and trek to Gaumukh

After having breakfast in Harshil, we drive to Gangotri.  It will take about 5 hours to get there.

Once we reach Gangotri, we will take a holy bath in Ganga, perform the puja, and then hike towards Gaumukh. After spending some moments in the Gaumukh, we headed back to Bhojbasa.

Overnight at Bhojbasa.

8 hrs.
Guest House
Private Car
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttar Kashi

We will have a decent breakfast in the early morning and then hike back (approx. 14km) to Gangotri.

Once we reach Gangotri, our vehicle will be waiting from where we will drive back to Uttar Kashi.

Overnight at Uttar Kashi.

8 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Guptkashi

After having a decent breakfast, we will drive to Gupta Kashi. On the way, we can see the Tehri Dam (a hydroelectricity project), which has a vast water reserve.

Overnight at Guptkashi.

5 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

A helicopter ride to Kedarnath

We will have breakfast and then move to the helipad nearby. From there, we will take a helicopter ride to Kedarnath, one of Lord Shiva’s twelve jyotirlingas; the Kedarnath temple is a picturesque location set against the spectacular background of the Kedarnath range.

Today, we will stay here on Kedarnath, which is astonishing and lovely as we attend the evening Aarti and Rudra Abhishekam of Lord Shiva. Forgetting your worldly Karmas and experiencing Lord Shiva’s benediction is one of life’s most remarkable events.

Overnight at Kedarnath.

2 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Drive to Pipalkoti

Today, we will wake up early in the morning, take a bath, perform the puja, and do the darshan of Kedarnath Ji. Then, we will have breakfast and fly back to Guptkashi.

After reaching Guptkashi, we will have lunch and then drive to Pipalkoti. Also, we will visit the Shri Triyugi Narayan Temple.

Overnight at Pipalkoti.

6 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Badrinath

We will have an early breakfast and drive to Badrinath. Before we reach Badrinath, we will stop by the Narasimha Temple. Later, we will move towards Badrinath.

Once we reach Badrinath, we will do a darshan of Shri Badrinath ji and then drive further to Mana village. We will visit the Vyas Gufa, Bhim Pul, and Saraswati River here. After the visit, we will return to Badrinath and check in to the hotel. In the evening, we will attend the evening (Sandhya) aarti.

Overnight at Badrinath.

3 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Dev Prayag

We will take a holy bath early in the morning, darshan Shri Badrinath Ji, and perform puja. We returned to the hotel, had breakfast, and then drove to Dev Prayag, one of the Alakhananda River’s Panch-Prayags. It is the confluence point of Alakhananda and Bhagirathi Ganga from where the Ganges (new name after the confluence) flows.

Overnight at Dev Prayag.

9 hrs.
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Rishikesh

We will visit the confluence early in the morning, bathe, and then have breakfast. Later, we will drive to Rishikesh, known as the “place of sages,” a well-known spiritual village on the Ganga River encircled on three sides by the Shivalik range of the Himalayas.

Once we reach Rishikesh, you will check into a hotel, have lunch and then rest. In the evening, attend the Aarti, along with Paramartha Aarti.

Overnight at Rishikesh.

3 hours
Guest House
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Delhi

This morning, we will visit Rishikesh and do darshan, and then we will have a late breakfast. Later we will drive to Delhi. Once you reach Delhi, you can rest or stroll around the market.

Overnight at Delhi.

5 hrs.
Standard Hotel
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Departure from Delhi

You will be transferred to the airport three hours before your planned flight departs for your home country or the following location.

30 min. drive to Airport
Private Car

Itinerary Notes

For this Char Dham Yatra, we’ve created a 15-day schedule considering the distance of the Yatra trails and the required acclimatization days in between. Nevertheless, if you have a few days available or want to cut the yatra short, we may adjust it by slashing the suggested 1-2 days based on the current weather state, the time of year, and other factors.

Yatra Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers are in a private vehicle.
  • All private vehicles used for the yatra.
  • Heli ride Guptkashi-Kedarnath.
  • Twin-bed accommodation (where available) and meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All required permits and government taxes.
  • English-speaking professional guide.

Yatra Cost Excludes:

  • India Visa Fee & International flight.
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Evacuation.
  • Tips & gratitude to guides and porters.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, liquor, etc.).
  • Any costs that occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, illness, etc.).
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Yatra Cost Includes section.

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