Chaar Dham Pilgrimage
Badrinath Temple (Photo Courtesy Atarax42)
Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are collectively known as the "Chaar Dham". Gangotri, Yamunotri are origins of holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna where as Kedarnath and Badrinath are one of the holiest places of worship for Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu devotees respectively.
All Chaar Dhams lie in different corners of Garhwal region and are generally done as part of what's termed as Chaar Dham circuit itineraries. These itinerary typically are ex-Haridwar or Ex-Delhi and are listed as under:
Chaar Dham can be visited all at a go or as ek Dham, do dham, Teen dham depending on convenience and time on hand.
All temples are accessible by Road except at Kedardham where one is required to trek 13 kms before arriving (or take a helicopter ride).
Open : Chaar Dham Circuit opens in May (exact date varies every year) and closes in Oct/Nov (exact date varies every year).
Note: Chaar Dham Circuit came to a hault in June 2013 when floods caused major devastaion all across Uttarakhand. The circuit was later reopened on 1st Oct 2013.