Opening and Closing Dates for Chardham Yatra 2023

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The holy Char Dham Yatra in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand remains open for Darshan just for a very brief period of 6 months. As the snow melts away and gives way for the blissful spring season to shine through, the temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri open its gates for the devotees to arrive and complete the 4 Dham Yatra. Each year devout Hindu pilgrims from across the world make it a point to complete the Chardham Yatra by Helicopter or roadways in order to achieve moksha or the ultimate freedom.

As a part of traditions, the opening dates are decided and announced by the head priest of the Char Dham Temples on the holy day of Basant Panchami. Each year on the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej the doors of all the Dham Temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri open their doors for the pilgrimage to begin. When it comes to the closing dates they all close on different dates but on some holy day or the other like Bhai Dooj, Diwali and Vijayadashami. These opening and closing dates are fixed after reading the Hindu calendar or the panchang and are declared to the devotees by the Char Dham Temple committee along with the Kedar Badri Mandir Samiti.

Keep in mind that the doors of Char Dham open for Darshan for a very limited period of time so devotees should book their Char Dham Yatra Packages way beforehand.

Char Dham Yatra Opening & Closing Dates in 2023

Char Dham Temples Name Opening Dates Closing Dates
Badrinath Mandir 27th April 2023 20th November 2023
Kedarnath Mandir 25th April 2023 26th October 2023
Gangotri Mandir 22nd April 2023 20th November 2023
Yamunotri Mandir 22nd April 2023 25th October 2023


Kedarnath Opening And Closing Dates

  • Opening Date – 25th April 2023
  • Closing Date – 26th October 2023

The opening date of Kedarnath Dham is announced on the holy occasion of Maha Shivratri which is set to take place on 1st March 2023. It opens its doors on Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down for the season after Diwali on Bhai Dooj. Kedarnath Dham is the highest temple of all Char Dham Temples making it difficult to reach. Getting there is a physically challenging activity and will take up a lot of your energy, physically and mentally. The most secure, luxurious and easiest way of reaching Kedarnath Dham is via a helicopter package for Kedarnath.

Winter Home Of Lord Kedar – Once the doors of Kedarnath shuts down; the presiding deity of the temple is then transferred to his winter home in Ukhimath for the rest of the season. Pilgrims can continue to go there and offer their prayers to lord Kedar.

Badrinath Opening And Closing Dates

  • Opening Date – 27th April 2023
  • Closing Date – 20th November 2023

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu Badrinath Dham is not only a part of the Chota Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand but also a part of the all India Char Dham Yatra along with Rameswaram, Dwarkadhish and Jagannath Temple. Just like its counterpart, the temple doors open up during Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down on the holy occasion of Vijayadashami. It is relatively easier to reach as compared to the other Dhams due to the availability of several roadways that increases easy connectivity between the temple and other nearby towns.

Winter Home Of Badri Vishal – As the snow envelopes the Badri Kshetra, the idol of Lord Badri is transferred to his winter home in Joshimath among great excitement and fun singing and dancing. During his stay at his winter home, pilgrims continue to visit and offer their prayer to the Lord.

Gangotri Opening And Closing Dates

  • Opening Date – 22nd April 2023
  • Closing Date – 25th October 2023

Gangotri Dham is dedicated to the goddess Ganga and is located on the banks of the holy river of Bhagirathi. The temple is set amidst the stunning backdrop of intense greenery and snowcapped mountains. It is also another one of the easily reachable temples in the 4 Dham Yatra circuit. Remember that the nearest helipad for Gangotri is in Harsil and it takes almost an hour to reach the temple from the helipad by road. There are many places that visitors and tourists can visit after completing their Darshan at Gangotri like Bhojbasa, Harsil, Dharali, Satopanth and many more.

Winter Home Of Gangotri – The nearby village of Mukhba is the winter abode of goddess Ganga of Gangotri Dham temple. Pilgrims looking for the blessings of Ganga Mata of the famous Char Dham Yatra can continue their pilgrimage by going to Mukhba during the winter months.

Yamunotri Opening And Closing Dates

  • Opening Date – 22nd April 2023
  • Closing Date – 25th October 2023

The temple of Yamunotri opens up during Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down on the day of Diwali. Traditionally pilgrims start their Char Dham Yatra from Yamunotri and then go on in a clockwise direction. The temple of Yamunotri is set on a flank off of the Bandarpoonch Parvat and reaching there is quite challenging but not as much as compared to Kedarnath Dham Yatra. The trek up to Yamunotri is 8 kms long and starts from Janki Chatti. It is believed that taking a dip in the Yamuna River will rid you from your sins.

Winter Home Of Yamunotri – The quiet and peaceful village of Kharsali is the winter abode for Yamuna Mata. The idol of the goddess is kept in the ancient temple of Shani Dev and pilgrims continue to visit there and offer their prayers to the goddess.

It is important to plan your trip to Char Dham accordingly and keep in mind the dates for opening and closing accurately. It is best to book the Char Dham Package of your choice way before hand and enjoy the soulful trip of a lifetime.

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