Gangotri Char Dham Tour

Gangotri Char Dham Tour, or Chota Char  Dham tour to be precise, consists of the tour of Gangothiri, in Utterkashi District of Uttarakhand or Utteranchal in India long with 3 other temples.

Chota Char Dham Tour which consists of Gangothri, Yamunothi, Kedarnath and Badrinath (‘Chota’ means ‘small’ in Indian language, Hindi).

Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand, India
Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand, India. Image courtesy – Wikimedia / Wikipedia

This pilgrimage tour  is considered as one of the most sacred Hindu Pilgrimage tours.  It is in the Himalayas, at an altitude of around 3100 meters above sea level. River Ganga or Bhagirathi originates here. It is at  a distance of 19 kilometers from Gangotri town, which can be trekked. It is part of the four pilgrimage centers of Chota Char Dham.

Char Dham Tour consists of visiting Badrinath, Dwarka temple,  Puri Jagannath Temple and Rameswaram temple.

Gangotri is seat of Gooddess Ganga, where Gangothri temple is located. There is a Submerged Shivlingam at here.

Purpose of Gangotri Char Dham Tour

Gangotri Char Dham Tour liberates you of your sins and leads you to salvation as per Hindu belief. Confluence of the River Ganga, River Yamuna (two physical rivers) and the invisible or mythic River Saraswati, three of the most sacred rivers, happens at Allahabad.

Taking a holy dip at the confluence of three holy rivers, ‘Triveni Sangam‘ at Prayag in Allahabad,  is considered most sacred. Allahabad is considered as a holy place for Hindus.  It is believed that taking a bath at Allahabad takes away your sins and absolve you of the your sins. It is a site where many immerse the ashes of their beloved ones, including that of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s ‘father of the nation’.

How Do I Go to Gangotri?

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at around 250 kilometers distance. Haridwar Junction railway station is at around 245 kilometers away. New Delhi is at around 450 kilometers distance.

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun at around 260 kilometers distance, is the nearest airport.

Gangotri  is well connected by roads to Delhi, Rishikesh, Dehradun, etc.

Yamunotri Pilgrimage route

Pilgrimage to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar & Rishikesh

Pilgrimage to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar & Rishikesh is a very popular pilgrimage tour in India. These places are considered as very holy places by Hindus. Group travel package is the best option to cover these major Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Yamunotri Pilgrimage route
Yamunotri Pilgrimage route

Yamunotri, is the source of holy river Yamuna. It is the seat of the Goddess Yamuna, as per Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 10,804 ft above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas.  Yamunotri is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Uttarkashi, in Uttarakhand State, India.

Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi, in Uttarakhand State. Gangotri  is the origin of the River Ganges. It is also the seat of the goddess Ganga,as per Hinduism.

Kedarnath,is among the holiest pilgrimage center for any devout Hindu. It is in the Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector & the destroyer of the universe, as per Hinduism.

Badrinath is considered as the most sacred center of pilgrimage for Hindus, situated in the Himalayan Region, in the state of Uttarakhand. Badrinath  is located at an altitude of more than 10000 feet above sea level. The route to Badrinath is one of the the most scenically beautiful places in the world.

Haridwar, is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to the Hindus. It is in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand state, India

Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India.  Rishikesh is situated in Dehradun district, in the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is known as “The Gateway to the Himalayas”. The word Rishikesh means Lord of Senses or Lord Vishnu.

Where Do I Start My Pilgrimage?

Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarahkand state, serves as the main access point for the pilgrims. Please contact your   travel agent as this may vary for some of the travel agencies. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, at Dehradun.

Dehradun is well connected by roads to all parts of India.