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Chardham Yatra can be taken with up as pilgrimage tour or as family getaway. These places on the Himalayas have variety to cater to the tastes of people of all ages.
Taking tour of the Char dham is the lifetime dream of many of the Hindus. A trip to the Char Dham- the four abodes of Gods are believed to wash away the humans of their sins and relieve them of the cycle of birth and death. Each of these places is dedicated to specific gods. They are Sri Gangotri Dham where the scared Ganges originates, Sri Yamunotri Dham where the river Yamuna starts its course, Sri Badrinath Dham famous for Lord Narayan and Sri Kedarnath Dham known for the Shiva temple. These places are located in the lofty peaks of the icy Gharwal ranges of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Accessibility and travel to these places was challenging up until a few years ago. Due to the popularity of these places there are lots of tours and travels operators offering Chardham Yatra Packages. These packages include the pickup and drop (transportation), food and shelter. Pilgrims of these Chardham Tours are accompanied by knowledgeable guides who brief about the reverence of each place, rights and rituals to be performed at every place. Normally, the Char dham Yatra would be stretch between 10 days to 11 days depending on the mode of travel taken. The journey to these holy spots can be performed by bus, Tempo, helicopter or on four Villiers like Indica, Indigo, Innova and so on. Those traveling with family can even opt for a dedicated vehicle like car or a cab just for themselves where they would get personalized services. On the way to the char dhams there are a number of places of worship. In the chardham tour package, the pilgrims get to halt at these places too. Generally, the Chardham tour would cover these places Haridwar, Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Harsil, Gangotri, Tehri dam, Srinagar Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Chopta, Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Joshimath, Badrinath, Devprayag and Rishikesh. Pilgrims need not be taken aback by such a huge list of places. They would adequate rest. There would be night halt at many of the places. As part of the package, the travels will arrange for night halt at the Hotels In Chardham. Many people who visit the Chardham are awed by the natural beauty of the Himalayan region and choose to visit the place in and around too. It’s mesmerizing to be there in the spring and the summers when the trees bloom with flowers and cover the slopes. Nature lovers can catch turn on their cameras and catch some of the rarest flora and fauna too. A trip to Chardhams can be combined with Valley of the flowers, Gaurmukh trek, Hemkund Shahib etc.
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