Chardham is a spiritual pilgrimage circuit in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It consists of four holy sites: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These sites are highly revered by Hindus and attract millions of pilgrims each year.
The Chardham starts at Yamunotri and Gangotri. The yatris take a bath in the holy rivers of Yamuna and Ganga. After taking the holy bath the yatris go to Kedarnath to worship Lord Shiva and at last visit Badrinath Lord Vishnu.
The Chardham yatra is one of the holiest Yatra for the hindus which is usually done once in a lifetime. The yatra usually begins from the month of may till the day of diwali. The specific dates are announced by the mandir samiti annually and it states the opening and closing dates of the yatra.
Pilgrims often undertake a Chardham Yatra, a religious journey that involves visiting all four sites. The pilgrimage usually takes several 7 to 10 days to complete, and various modes of transportation are available, including road, helicopter, and trekking options.
Chardham circuit is usually open for pilgrimage during specific months of the year, typically from April/May to October/November. It's advisable to check the current status and accessibility of these sites before planning your visit.
During the winter season the deities rest and also the Chardham circuit becomes inaccessible due to snowfall the dieties are moved to their winter temples such as Joshimath for Badrinath, Ukimath for Kedarnath, Mukhba for Gangotri and Kharsali for Yamunotri..