Explore the sacred sites of Char Dham with our specially curated package from Kolkata. Our Char Dham Yatra package includes round-trip airfare, comfortable accommodation, and expert guidance for a hassle-free journey to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
Historical and Mythological Significance of Char Dham:
Historical Significance: The origin of the sacred pilgrimage dates back to the 8th century when Adi Shankaracharya founded four monasteries (Mathas) at these locations with the aim of reviving Hinduism in North India. The Char Dham Yatra has become one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus as it is associated with God Vishnu and Goddess Parvati.
Mythology Significance: Char Dham Yatra In Hindu mythology, it is said that King Pandu undertook this pilgrimage as penance for killing some sacred animals such as deer while hunting in the Himalayas forests. It was believed that by undertaking this yatra he would be liberated from the sins committed during his lifetime and achieve moksha or liberation from birth and death cycle.
Places to visit during Char Dham yatra:
1. Gangotri: Gangotri is located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of over 3k feet. It is one of the four sites for a Hindu pilgrimage, known as Chardham Yatra.
It is deemed to be where goddess Ganga descended from the heavens and settled on Earth.
2. Yamunotri: Yamunotri is situated 30 kms northwest of Uttarkashi district and is renowned for being the seat of goddess Yamuna and home to Yamunotri temple.
3. Kedarnath : Considered as one of most sacred and important pilgrimage destinations among Hindus- pandits, priests, rishis flock here from all across India especially during summer months (from April to November).
4. Joshimath :Joshimath also called Jyotirmath or Kartikeya Matha is one of four cardinal mathas set up by Adi Shankara after his lengthy travels across India preaching Adwaita philosophy (nonduality). His followers still run various schools today providing education on scriptures, Vedic-maths etc.
5. Rishikesh: Rishikesh has slowly developed itself over years into becoming an enchanting adventure hub located in foothill areas of Himalayas alongside river Ganga of Uttarakhand ,India . Frequented by tourist alike –whether climber , hiker or yoga practitioner.
6 .Haridwar: Haridwar located along banks river Ganges , Uttrakhand enjoys major legacy being considered one holiest cities entire Subcontinent since centuries .Located 224 km north capital Delhi -with plethora temples religious activities throughout city geared toward soothing ones’ spirit rather than body.
7. Badrinath: The small hill town nestled high up lies within prestigious Chardham yatra circuit –badernamely consisting Badrinath temple dedicated Lord Vishnu; valley peaks only accessible tough trek Located high altar tapt Kund Brahma lotus serves spiritual destination.
Package Cost from Kolkata:
|No. of pax||Cab used||Luxury package||Standard package|
|2||Sedan tata indigo||30,500||26,500|
|4||Sedan tata indigo||23,500||19,500|
|6||SUV Toyota Innovera |
traveller (8 seater)
|12||Van/mini bus /tampoo|
Travelling tips for yatra:
- Plan your trip in advance.
- Pack for varying weather conditions.
- Have necessary documents and permits.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Carry first-aid and necessary medicine.
- Avoid visiting during monsoon season.
- Hire a local guide.
- Keep your mobile phone charged and carry a power bank.
- Do not pollute the area and dispose of trash properly.
- Respect local culture and customs.
Best time to travel from Kolkata to Char Dham:
Pick the Best Time to Go The best time to travel to the Char Dhams (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri) is during the months of May to June or October to November.
- April/May: The ideal time to visit the Char Dhams of India is in the months of April or May as this is when you get to experience beautiful and clear weather, with temperatures ranging from cool 12 °Celsius during nights to warm 28 °Celsius during days.
- June/July: Another great time to plan your char dham yatra is between June and July, wherein most of the regions in India experience monsoon season, including Kolkata.
- August/September: The months spanning from August to September mark another pleasant window in terms of climate; however, mild rains may be experienced intermittently depending on where you are travelling within these dates.
- October/November October is among the most suitable month recommended by experts who specialise in ‘Char Dham Yatras’, especially if you want better chances of having all four temples opened because during winters specific temples like Yamunotri and Gangotri.
Activities you can do:
White Water Rafting: In Rishikesh One of the most popular white water rafting destinations in India, and a must-visit during your yatra to the Char Dham, is Rishikesh.
This city on the banks of Ganga river is located around 230 km away from Kolkata and offers a perfect spot for some thrilling rafting experience.
Sight Seeing Around Badrinath and Yamunotri: On your way to Badrinath and Yamunotri, you would get an opportunity to see some delightful views of verdant valleys, Himalayan peaks as well as small villages tucked away amidst forests full of age old oak trees.
Trekking Up The Valley at Kedarnath: After visiting Kedarnath temple, go for a trek up the valley! While enjoying nature’s beauty along various stops such as Baba Parvatai Temple , Lies Fire cave Lokpal.
Bird Watching In Garhwal Himalayas: Bird watching is avid hobby during your journey to Char Dham Yatra which could become reality in Garhwal region where many unidentified varieties of birds are found in this region such as redstart , tawny woodpecker , eurasian crag martin , blue-cheeked rubythroat etc.
Shopping At Haridwar: Haridwar shopping is something that each tourist should never miss when he/she is traveling for Chardham Yatra from Kolkata , because Ashrams with cotton bedsheets ranging between Rs 50 – 100 per piece and multi head kurti material are worth buying there particularly Atta cloth garments.
Accomodation facilities in Char dham:
Himalayan Hotel: Yamunotri Himalayan Hotel, located in the heart of Yamunotri, offers comfortable guest rooms with a range of amenities. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, satellite television and more.
Jataa Guest House: Gangotri The Jataa Guest House is situated at the foothills of the mighty Gangotri. There are five categories of accommodation offered – deluxe single room, standard double room, family room and dormitory-style rooms. All the rooms are equipped with modern amenities like hot water geysers and LED TVs.
Kedarnath Hot Springs Resort: Located near Kedarnath Temple precincts on the banks of Mandakini River, this hotel has all the modern amenities one can expect from a luxurious stay including 24 hour power supply and Wi-Fi internet connection in all its suites and garden cottages.
Bhimtal Lake Resort & Retreat: Nestled atop a hillock near Bhimtal lake in Uttarakhand is Bhimtal Lake Resort & Retreat offering delightful accommodation options with breathtaking views from indoors and outdoors alike!