Four holy temples are situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, which include Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, which is known as Char Dham Yatra. It is well-known as the Chota Char Dham of India. These four temples, famous as a belief among Hindus, are located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is also believed that every Hindu must do the Char Dham Yatra once in his lifetime. It is said that by traveling to Chardham, one gets the blessings of the Lord and attains salvation.
In fact, not only do devotees visit the Chardham shrines from India, but it also enjoys great popularity among foreign tourists, who eagerly visit the place and wish to know more about the culture of India.
Seeing the astonishing beauty, the charm of the Himalayas, the dense forests, large valleys, and the epic nature all around – the Char Dham Yatra is one of the most majestic to experience.
Following are some tips that you need to follow before planning a sacred start towards the Chardham.
- Before embarking on Char Dham Yatra, the first thing to do is check the best timings. Although the journey starts in April-May and ends in October-November, the peak season is in September.
- It is always advisable to carry prescribed medicines along with some common ailments required for general pain, Upset stomach, and some suitable creams to apply to treat any minor sprains on your feet.
- Take comfortable warm and heavy woolen clothes with you as the weather is always cold and it is impossible to stay in light clothes at a high altitude.
- Avoid carrying heavy items with you always, and make sure that you have only the essential items.
Do not track on an empty stomach. Carry enough water and a few packets of dry fruits like raisins, almonds, and cashews, which will help your body get energy.
- If you are not used to long-distance, then practice for that first to not feel tired while trekking.
- Plan your trip in a group with your family or friends as the routes are challenging, and you may face some difficulties. So, it always requires excellent help.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, and consume non-vegetarian food near the temple area.
- Do not throw garbage or worship material in the river.
- Do not use essential detergents on the banks of the river Ganges.
- Hold sufficient cash with you, as ATMs are unavailable in most hilly areas.
- Do not throw matches and cigarettes on the way, due to which there is a risk of a forest fire. Extinguish it well before throwing it.
- Before starting your Char Dham Yatra, it is mandatory to complete the biometric registration.