If your parents have been longing to go on a spiritual trip but have not been able to do so, what better gift than a Dham Yatra, to fulfil their desires. This spiritual tour will not only help them reconnect with God, but also help them witness the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas, serene nature and the purity of the holy rivers at every pit stop of this tour.
According to the Hindu tradition of Parikrama, the Char Dham Yatra commences with Yamunotri, going to Gangotri, then Kedarnath and concluding at Badrinath. Let’s take a closer look at the Char Dham sites, in order of significance.
Yamunotri: Situated in Uttarakhand, Yamunotri is the origin of the river Yamuna, also considered the seat of Goddess Yamuna. The temple of Goddess Yamuna is one of the chief attractions of Yamunotri. Every year, on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, which is celebrated either towards the end of April or beginning of May, the Yamunotri temple is opened to pilgrims. It closes on Diwali day, which is either in October or November. Therefore, the ideal time to visit would be from May to June, or September to October.
Gangotri: Apart from being the origin of the holy river Ganga, Gangotri is renowned for its religious attractions like Pandava Gufa, Surya Kund, Gaumukh, and Bhaironghati. The Gangotri temple remains open to pilgrims from May to October or November and is usually closed during the winter months on account of heavy snowfall.
Kedarnath: The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is bordered by the magnificent snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Each year, the celebrated Kedarnath temple is visited by thousands of devotees, making it one of the most popular sites in the Char Dham tour circuit. The temple remains open from April end to the beginning of November every year. Other famous religious attractions nearby include Bhairavnath temple, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Chorabari Tal, Deoria Tal, Ukhimath, and Vasuki Tal.
Badrinath: The last leg of the Char Dham yatra, Badrinath is famous for the Badrinath temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath is also well known for the Panch Badri temples that include Adi Badri, Bhavishtya Badri, Vriddha Badri and Yog Dhyan Badri. Other popular tourist attarctions in Badrinath include Tapt Kund, Neelkanth, Brahma Kapal, Vasudhara Falls, Satopanth Lake, Charan Paduka, Mana Village and Sheshanetra. The best time to visit Badrinath is between May and June or September and October.
This Char Dham Yatra would be the best way to gift your parents the unique experience of visiting these four renowned pilgrim sites, satisfying their spiritual longing and giving them memories to cherish for the rest of their lives.