All the char dham sites of Uttarakhand are perched on high elevations amongst the scenic beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas. Each year a large number of crowd throngs from all over the world to witness the grandeur of the lord and experience spirituality by offering their prayer to the deities. On a char dham journey the pilgrim will be covering 1,607 km and will cover the districts of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi. The networks of roads here are well built and safe to travel and inter linked thoroughly with each other. Here is a brief map of the overall char dham yatra route map:
Delhi – Haridwar / Rishikesh – Barkot – Yamunotri – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Badrinath – Rishikesh – Delhi
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If you are planning on going on this holy pilgrimage then you can follow the given route to ease your journey:
Kedarnath Dham Route Map
Popular for being one of the toughest pilgrimage routes among the char dham sites, Kedarnath dham has to be one of the most scenic char dham destinations in Uttarakhand. Located on the high altitude of 3,584 metres above sea level this panch kedar site is also one of the highest jyotirlingas in India. The entire region of Kedar valley is dotted with interesting sites of tourist and pilgrimage interest like – Gandhi sarovar, Vasuki Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi etc.
Here is a brief route map which every pilgrim follows during their visit to Kedarnath:
Delhi – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Agastmuni – Guptkashi – Phata – Rampur – Gaurikund – Rambara – Linchauli – Kedarnath
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Badrinath Dham Route Map
This holy abode of Lord Vishnu is not only a crucial char dham yatra of Uttarakhand but is also one of the most important pillars of all India char dham yatra. Located on an elevation of 3,133 metres above sea level on the banks of the holy river of Alaknanda, this colorful temple is built at the place where Lord Vishnu is said to have meditated. Set against the backdrop of the mighty snow bound mountains of Nar and Narayan some other places that should be visited here are – Mana village, Charan paduka, Brahma Kapal, Tapt kund etc.
Here is a brief route map that will lead you directly to the temple premise of Badrinath:
Delhi – Haridwar / Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Nandprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Badrinath
Yamunotri Dham Route Map
Known for being the seat of Goddess Yamuna and located on the banks of the holy river of Yamuna, the temple marks the point of origin of this holy river. The temple stands tall amongst the lush greenery along with the beautiful backdrop of cascading waterfalls and rolling green hills. There is not direct route leading up to the temple since it is situated at an extremely remote end of Uttarakhand. Some places where you could visit on your journey are – Saptarishi kund, Surya kund, Divya Shila and so much more.
Given below is a brief map of the route that you will be following on your trip to Yamunotri:
Delhi – Rishikesh – Barkot – Syanachatti – Phool Chatti – Janki Chatti – Yamunotri
Gangotri Dham Route Map
Nestled peacefully on an elevation of 3,200 metres above sea level and surrounded by the natural scenic beauty of Garhwal Himalyas, Gangotri dham marks the starting point of the River Ganga. This is also the place where Pandu had worshipped the goddess in order to get her on the earthly realm from her heavenly realm. Taking a dip in its holy water is believed to wash away all the sins of the pilgrim. The gleaming white temple is one of the most easily reachable char dham destinations since there is road that leads up directly to the entrance of the temple. Some places that you can visit on your visit to Gangotri are – Bhojbasa, Gaumukh, Harsil, Jalmagna Shivling etc.
Here is a brief route map of Gangotri dham:
Delhi – Rishikesh – Tehri – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Gangnani – Harsil – Gangotri
Best Way to Reach
By Road: All the char dham sites are very well connected by a network of roadways. Buses ply on a regular basis from Haridwar and Rishikesh that reach to all the char dham portals easily. Taxis and shared jeeps can also be utilized to reach these sites. Even if you are coming by railways then you will be able to hire these cabs or buses from right outside the railway station itself.
By Helicopter: If you have a limited period of time to visit the char dhams or if you have someone with you who will be physically unable to complete the journey then one should avail the facilities of a helicopter. There are numerous helicopter services companies that ply from Dehradun airport of Sahastradhara and goes up till various designated helipads. These helicopter services can cut down the duration of the journey from 12 to 11 days to just 2 or 1 day (depending on your plans).