The most sacred tour circuit of India!
Char dham Yatra is considered to be the most auspicious pilgrimage tour in India. As the name suggests this includes Char meaning 4 places in \in India which are of high significance to the Hindus. This is believed to cure pilgrims of their sins and lead devotees to a path of salvation. They are all located in four different directions of the country namely Badrinath in the north, Dwaraka in the West, Rameshwaram in the south and Puri in the East. This circuit of Char dham is believed to laid down by Adi Shankaracharya Tour Packages
This is a town located in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand in the Garhwal region. Alaknanda river flows in its proximity adding on to the beauty of the temple and the region as a whole. This town lies in between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges. The name of the region arises from the word Badri which means Berries which are found here in abundant and nath means Lord/ lord of.
The main attraction fo this place is the Badrinath temple itself the idol of Vishnu in which is made of black stone found in the Alakananda river believed to be Saligram. While on your Char dham yatra to Badrinath you can also choose to visit the nearby places which also hold a great significance in the religious context as well as a dose of glorious nature.
This is believed to have been the resting place of Pandavas located at a distance of 4km from Badrinath town in the Mana village. It is an exhilarating feeling to watch this waterfall amidst the beautiful mountains and scenery around Tour Packages
Yet another sight with high religious significance. This is a rock atop 3380 ft which can be reached after a trek. This is believed to be a place where Lord Vishnu set his foot for the first time on the earth.
This is a hot spring located above the Alaknanda river bank which is believed to have medicinal properties. People also believed it to a sacred home of Agni the fire god.
This is yet another sacred river in Hindu mythology believed to be getting its name from the Goddess of wisdom Saraswati. This is a tributary of river Alakananda and further merges withGanga.
This is believed to be the holy site from where Adi Sankaracharya recovered the idol of Lord Vishnu that is placed in Badrinath temple. Tourists and devotees visit this place because of its importance associated with the mythology. There is also a hot water geyser in which people take a dip before visiting the temples.
This place is between May to June and September to October. Char dham Yatra is in full fledge during these months. During the summers the weather is pleasant and also easily accessible. Monsoons here can get quite tricky as there are landslides and roadblocks occurring alongside continuous and sometimes heavy rain. Temple, however, remains closed in winters for almost 6 months because of heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
Badrinath the nearest airport is in Dehradun, from where you must travel by road. NH58 is connected to Badrinath from other parts of the country. There are well-connected network of buses especially tour packages for Char dham. Haridwar is the nearest best-connected railway station from where you have to travel by road.
The Dham in the southern part of India located in the state of Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is highly sacred among the devotees following Lord Shiva. Tamil Nadu as a whole is a magnificent abode to beautiful temples and irresistible culture. The main attraction of Rameshwaram is the Rameshwaram temple itself which is very sacred and believed to be housing one of the 12 jyotirlingas.
Also known as Ramanathaswamy Temple is not just of spiritual significance but also an architectural marvel. This temple has the longest corridor of the world and carvings on the pillars are a treat to one's eyes. If you are in Rameshwaram for your Char dham Yatra around these festivals -Shivaratri, Navratri, Thirukkalayanam, Vasanthautsavam it is a true delight to be there in the temple to witness the events and processions that go on.
This was a wonderful place for a temple until a cyclone hit the region. This is a ghost town isolated from the rest of the world yet a beautiful ruin. The beaches are unusual, the town is eerie but a great place to visit if you are around.
This is one of the 64 sacred baths in Rameshwaram located on a beach. This is the only bath located out of the temple complex receiving a number of tourists and visitors all around the year. Legends has it that Rama took a dip here to cleanse himself of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin and a worshipper of Lord Shiva. It is one of the highly sacred baths in Rameshwaram.
Rameshwaram is primarily from November to February for a pleasant experience. Otherwise, this is a region which can be visited throughout the year. Since the overall climate here is subtropical, the weather in monsoons can become quite humid with average rainfall.
By flight Madurai is the closest city with an airport at a distance of 174km. The road and rail networks to Rameshwaram is excellent from all the major cities and towns across southern India.
Char dham destination in the Westen part of Country in the state of Gujarat is dedicated to Dwaradish This town is associated with Dwarka kingdom of Lord Krishna and believed to be the first capital of Gujarat. This city is sacred in itself because of the belief that Lord Krishna constructed the city and settled here after defeating his uncle Kansa. A part of the city is believed to be submerged underwater which has also been partially proved by the Archeological Survey of India. There are distinct sights and temples for tourists to visit in and around Dwarka during their Char dham Yatra.
This is the topmost attraction of the foremost Char dham, a temple built in the Chalukya styled architecture is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The history of which leads back to Mahabharat, believed to have been existing from then. The eve of Janmashtmi is the most special celebration in this temple which is a retreat to the senses to get to witness.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:
Again one of the 12 jyotirlingas found in India is situated here. It has an aesthetic appeal on pilgrims and tourists alike.
Even though not a big one is architecturally alluring. A temple dedicated to Rukmini, who is one of the wives of Lord Krishna must be visited to see paintings and carvings on the walls portraying Rukmini and Krishna.
Dwarka is in the winter months (October to February) of the year when it is cool and pleasant to explore the Char dham at its best. Summers can get warm and temperature which becomes quite unbearable to some. Monsoons are quite humid yet chilly and pleasant during the evenings so not a bad time of the year to plan your Char dham Yatra and check also Honeymoon Packages
Dwarka by air nearest airport is Jamnagar about 137 km away. Rail links and road connectivity to the city is great and hassle-free. Well connected from major cities across North, Central as well as South India.
Char dham of the east located on the shores of Bay of Bengal, the city of Puri houses the infamous Jagannath Temple. Located in the state of Odisha, this city is approximately 60 km away from Bhuvaneshwar.
Sri Jagannath Temple:
This glorious temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath who is a form of Lord Vishnu. One of the Char dham places is highly auspicious and visited by thousands of devotees especially during the most famous festival of Rath Yatra. The architecture of the temple is an unmatchable Oriya architecture. Mahaprasad of the temple is something that will make the devotees feel the sacredness of the place.
This temples is a must-visit ono your Char dham Yatra to Puri. It is believed that this temple was visited by Lord Shiva and Parvati after their marriage by Goddess Lakshmi herself.
Raghurajpur Artist Village:
Pattachitra paintings are famous from here which is a heritage crafts village near Puri. Wood and stone carvings, Gotipua folk dance are all worth a visit when you are in the town. This culture is known to date back to the era of 5BCE check Honeymoon Packages
Puri is all around the year except for core summers (April-June). Winters are very pleasant to go sight-seeing and visiting the temples peacefully.
Puri by Air nearest airport is at Bhubaneshwar at a distance of 60km and well connected through transports. Puris Rail and Road networks are also great connecting all the major cities across the country.